Contact: James Hopkins
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1 Tees St
Oamaru,  9400
New Zealand

Hello again, one and all. The year marches on and March is upon is. I’ve got a  few things to cover off this time:-

  1.   This month’s meetings.
  2.   Adair’s visit to Timaru
  3.   The Job Passport evening at the Hive
  4.   Our 4WD expedition
  5.   Bookarama


So, here goes. We’ve got a new venue for our meeting on the 13th. It’ll be at Cucina and thanks to Michael Robinson for arranging it. The meal will be $20 with three menu options to choose from. Our speaker is Gerard Quinn, the Council’s new Economic Development Manager, who’ll take us through his ED focus, future options for the area, GeoParks and such. To acknowledge International Women’s Day on the 8th, I’m planning to have a complimentary glass of bubbly for all our ‘international’ women (and wives) and there’ll be a cash bar too.

If you’re coming - and I hope everyone does - please register by  Monday night so we can let the chef know numbers on Tuesday.

Our meeting on the 27th will be at another new venue - arranged by Michael’s Dad, Peter (thanks Pete). It’ll be at the Last Post and the speakers will be Helen Algar, updating us on Safer Waitaki, and Ruth Kibble, the new hospital CEO, talking about what’s happening there. I think there’ll be a lot of interest in both meetings so feel free to bring a guest or two.

Thanks to Celestine who went up to Timaru with Adair last Tuesday when she made her ‘On Ya Bike‘ presentation to the Timaru Club. It was a great night and Adair’s package of videos and information went down very well. It looks like the Club will help with a donation and Adair’s going to Waimate later this month to talk to the Club there. I’m planning to go again and I hope other members will too.

There was a big crowd at the Hive last Tuesday for the Chamber of Commerce Student Job Passport presentation. Thanks to Cara for making the venue available, Blair for speaking on Rotary’s role, and other members for being there to support this great idea

Speaking of which, it was great idea to organise our fund-raising 4WD expedition and thank you Sven for putting it together, and also the Club members who came as drivers and passengers. It was a fascinating experience, enjoyed by everyone, with excellent information from Dr Sophie Briggs about Zealandia and where Godzone’s come from. I think it’s worth looking at a sequel as a fundraiser and great day out. See the photos below.

Finally, we’ve arranged the use of the Hall behind the hospital again for Bookarama sorting and we’ll be advertising it as the book drop-off point from 10 to 12 on Saturday mornings, starting on the 23rd. More info on Wednesday.

That’s it from me. See you at Cucina.        

Jim Hopkins



Dr Sophie Briggs tells 4WD day trippers where New Zealand came from.



Looking at ancient rock art on our 4WD trip.