Experience Rotary #24
Mar 29, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
TTT - 20 April 2017
The Jefferson, Imperial Building, Fort LaneApr 20, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
RCA vs Lions Golf
Akarana Golf ClubMay 02, 2017
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
D9920 2017 Conference
Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, WesthavenMay 05, 2017 10:00 AM –
May 07, 2017 5:00 PM
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Mr. Russell Brown OBE is Founder and Managing Partner of LehmanBrown International Accountants, a China-focused accounting, taxation and business advisory firm with operations in Beijing, Hong Kong and China. Russell has over 30 years working experience including 22 years living in China and has been involved in establishing and developing businesses in China. Previously Russell was Global CFO of one of the world’s largest public relations and communications consulting companies. Russell is actively involved in many charitable events and is the President Elect for the Rotary Club of Beijing. Russell was awarded an OBE for services to British Business and the British Community in China and will talk about Rotary in China and what it is like to live and run a company there.
Rotary Young Person Leadership Awards, otherwise known as RYLA, is a week-long leadership development programme for 20-28 year-old participants. This programme is hosted and sponsored by Rotary Clubs and is designed to help young people develop their team work and communication skills and fulfill their potential as leaders. This year’s programme will run from 1 – 8 July and applicants are now being sought. If you know of anyone who might be a possible candidate go to the following link for more information and the application form http://www.ryla.co.nz, and completed application forms with supporting documentation can be forwarded to Jacqui in the office, with the closing date mid-April.
On Wednesday 29 March, we will be holding our next Experience Rotary event in the offices of ATEED. This is the 24th in a series that has been running for many years with the aim of growing the Club. The main attraction will be an address by Rob Waddell of Olympics fame. An invitation to this event will be circulated shortly. However, due to limitations of this venue’s space, we are unable to invite the whole Club – but if you bring someone along, your guest or guests will automatically convey a right of entry for you personally! PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP!
Best regards in Rotary
John F Holding
on behalf of Membership Committee
On Tuesday 2nd May we will again be competing against the Lions in our annual golf competition. This will be at the Akarana Golf Club from 12noon, with the cost being $25pp - which includes golf fees, finger food and prizes. If you would like to be part of this event, then please either email John Lister at JGRLister@gmail.com or phone Jacqui on (09) 486 6010.
JBWere recently produced ‘The New Zealand Cause Report: Shape of the Charity Sector’, which is an analysis of the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand, which can be accessed via the following link: https://jbwere.co.nz/assets/Uploads/JBWereNZ-CauseReport-March2017-DigitalVersion.pdf If you would like a hard copy of this report please contact Jacqui in the office. Many thanks to Ally Cui for bringing this report to our notice.
Massey University Auckland is currently holding a new lecture series ‘Our Changing World’, consisting of five free public lectures. Unprecedented world events call for a better understanding of the country we live in, so please come and hear the leading minds in humanities and social sciences at Massey University discuss critical contemporary issues. The link below outlines the issues that will be discussed: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/events/our-changing-world/our-changing-world_home.cfm And don’t forget to register- https://masseyuni.wufoo.com/forms/pu7t2u804gqltq/
The 2017 District 9920 Conference will be from 5 to 7 May at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron and registration is now open. This Conference programme is packed with surprises, extraordinary speakers and a celebration of our Rotary achievements - such as Nigel Latta who will be the first speaker on Saturday 6 May. Billets will also be required for overseas Rotarians attending – if you can help with this then please advise the Conference Chair- Scott Burridge at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We began this week with Pam Clarke asking for volunteers to help with this year’s St John Annual Appeal. Instead of the usual street collection, this year collectors will be based at the Z Service Station on Beach Road from 10am until 5pm (2 volunteers at a time doing a 2-hour shift). If you would like to assist to help raise funds for this important charity, please contact Pam at email@example.com or on 027 600 1363.
We then heard from our key-note speaker Jennah Wootten - Chief Executive of the 2017 World Masters Games (WMG), the largest multi-sport event in the world to be held in Auckland from 21 - 30 April 2017. The idea for the WMG came about in the early 1980s, as the Olympics was for young elite athletes, which is a minority of the population, so the WMG was established to meet the growing need for competitive sport among the ageing population. The first WMG was held in Canada in 1985 and about 8000 athletes competed and this number has steady grown larger to where Auckland is expecting about 30,000 competitors next month, which will be the ninth World Masters Games. But WMG is more than just about the sport, it is also about socializing and being a tourist destination, which will provide a huge financial injection into our economy over the next few months, as the average athlete is expected to remain in New Zealand for at least nine days over the duration of the Games. The only criteria for entering these games is that you meet the minimum age requirement and currently the oldest registered athlete is 101 and she will be here competing with her 75-year-old son. The Opening Ceremony will be on Friday 21 April at Eden Park and athletes are marched in by sport, not their affiliated nation, as they are competing as individuals. The duration of the Games is nine days and there are 28 sports, with many more disciplines across 48 venues, 46 of which are in Auckland plus Lake Karapiro for rowing and the Avantidrome velodrome in Cambridge for indoor cycling. To ensure the Games goes to plan, there are about 4000 volunteers involved in this multisport multivenue event, who will be easily identifiable by their green uniform. So, get ready for an action-packed Auckland next month and all the best for our member Bryan Leyland who will be competing in the WMG rowing competitions.