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Welcome to our Club!
We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Stamford Plaza
22 Albert St.
Auckland,  1010
New Zealand
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President's Message
Brett O'Riley
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Kia ora Members
We have an exciting program of events coming up in the next few weeks and I am looking for maximum participation from Club members.
On Monday we have Ryan Ashton from AFQY “A Few Quiet Yarns” as our guest speaker. Ryan is a mover and shaker in the technology sector, with an incredible in-line presence.  Ryan is very entertaining and insightful, so please join me to hear his address.
Wednesday February 27th we will have a very special lunch with Kiwi music legend Dave Dobbyn joining us to celebrate the Club’s relationship with Te Whakaora Tangata, who are doing amazing work in South Auckland to turn lives around.  Be prepared for a moving and inspirational lunch, and it will be my pleasure to host you at the EMA’s premises at 145 Khyber Pass Road.
And please get in your diary Wednesday March 20th at 5.30 pm, for ER25 (Experience Rotary), our key annual new member event.  Sir John Kirwan will be our guest speaker, in an evening that will also feature JK’s own wine label.  We want to see you and your prospective Rotarian guests at KPMG, for this opportunity to hear a great New Zealander and grow our Club membership.  Let’s make this happen.
Last Monday we heard from lunch speaker Brendan Bourke, who is with the Commercial, Marketing and Events department for the Challenger of Record, Luna Rosa, America’s Cup 36. It is clearly a very interesting time for AC36 as they move to finalize the challengers, and it was sobering to hear that the challenge from Great Britain has received $270 million of funding from its major sponsor - that’s an astonishing figure. Given Sir Ben Ainsley’s track record, it is clear Emirates Team New Zealand are going to have to bring their “A Game” to the defence. We’ll hear a different perspective on the Cup from Hayden Porter, CE Royal NZ Yacht Squadron when he presents to our Club in March.
We also welcomed our newest member, Kristen Flannery on Monday, who is a Property Manager with Metro NZ Property Management based in Albert Street.  Welcome Kristen!
We are finalising the list of Club committees and we will issue a new list very soon, with members allocated appropriately to new committees.
You should have also received the follow-up membership survey, seeking to get further clarification on your preferences. Please help the Board by completing this.
See you on Monday at the Stamford Plaza.
Hei kona mai
Brett O'Riley
Next Monday’s Speaker – Shamubeel Eaqub
Shamubeel Eaqub is an experienced economist who makes economics easy and is a thought leader unafraid to take a contrarian view.  Shamubeel is a regular and respected contributor to media, government and business sector discussions on economic and strategic matters and holds a BCOM with honours in Economics from Lincoln University and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).  Shamubeel has authored "Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in NZ", co-authored "Generation Rent" and "The NZ Economy: An Introduction".
Rotary Christmas Puddings
It is that time of year again to think about getting organised for Christmas and what better way to start, than by ordering some Rotary Christmas Puddings, whether for yourself or to donate to a worthy cause, or to do both - this year will be donating puddings to the Auckland City Mission.  Puddings are now packaged in a heat-proof bowl (though I still have some in tins if anyone prefers).  These puddings are still $20 each, with $5 being donated to our Club, so please contact Jacqui in the office if you would like to place an order – they can be purchased in any quantity (and come in cartons of six).
RCA Online Platforms
We recently discovered that many of our Club's members are either unaware or not familiar with some of the online platforms available to our our Club.  We would like to encourage you to check them out, to see how easy they are to use and how practical they are:
For anyone on Facebook, be sure to look at our Club’s Facebook Page and “like it”: RCA Facebook Page
Regarding LinkedIn - please join our group: RCA LinkedIn Page
Consider joining both groups/pages to receive current announcements or learn about recent activities, share photos, etc. In case you run into any difficulties joining the LinkedIn group, please email Monika Levinson at and she will assist you.
We also realised that many of you are unaware just how easy the ClubRunner tool works when you download the app onto your phone. It is a very simple way to quickly look up contact numbers, emails, or basic info regarding fellow Club members without having to log onto the big Clubrunner platform on your computer.  This is a free app - just follow the instructions for downloading it: Clubrunner on iTunes or Google Play
We look forward to getting more connected with you through these tools!
Best wishes from your Engagement Committee
Become a Paul Harris Society Member
November is “Foundation” Month, so what better way to celebrate than by becoming a Paul Harris Society member.  All that is needed is a commitment of US$1000, which doesn’t have to be done in one payment.  For example, it can be done over 12 months with a regular credit card payment of NZ$125.  The Rotary Foundation helps to improve lives & serves many communities now, while ensuring Rotary’s ability to serve even more effectively in the future: with more members, more vibrant clubs, and a stronger Rotary Foundation.  Every Rotarian is a link in a chain that stretches back 100+ years, to the days of Paul Harris in 1905.  And every one of us knows that the more we give to Rotary, the more it gives back to us - as we look ahead, we can be proud of all we have accomplished.   If you would like more information please contact Leanne Jaggs on 021 908 644 or; or if you would like to become a Paul Harris Society member, then please contact Jacqui in the office for the commitment/renewal form, which offers two methods of payments.  And to make payments even easier there is the global payment system (GPS) where you can select frequency of payment on your credit card.
Charter of a New Rotary Club
You are invited to the Charter of the newest District 9920 Rotary Club – ‘Auckland Airport Area’, on Friday 9 November from 6.30pm until 10pm at Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport.  The cost is $70pp and includes a drink on arrival, buffet dinner and a cash bar.  If you would like to attend, then please contact or 027 895 2909.
Rotary eBike Safari – 3 & 4 Nov
The Rotary Club of Auckland East has organised a Rotary eBike Safari on the Hauraki Rail Trail on 3 & 4 November.  This is a non-competitive event and hire bikes are available and mountain bikes can also enter.  Entrance is $30pp with proceeds going to the Life Education Trust.  For more information and to register, go to
2019 Rotary District 9920 Conference
You are invited to attend the 2019 District 9920 conference to be held at the Napier Conference Centre from 10 - 12 May 2019.  Registrations will open on 1 September 2018 and earlybird registrations will be available until 30 November 2018.  There are a range of accommodation options available at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Art Deco Masonic Hotel and Expressotel and also events outside of the conference.  Please go to the following link for more information
2019 RI Convention – Hamburg, Germany
The Rotary International's 2019 Convention will be held in Hamburg, Germany from 1 to 5 June.  There are already nearly 30 people from different NZ Clubs attending, including RCA President Brett O’Riley and myself.  If you’d like to know more about this event and are possibly interested in joining us, would like to fly with and/or stay with other NZ Rotarians in Hamburg, let me know or reach out directly to the District Coordinator for this Convention: Jennie Herring:  Or if you would like to register, then please go here.  If you register prior to Dec. 15, 2018, you will receive an early-registration discount, which is US$395 vs. US$495 or US$595 at later dates.  District Governor Ingrid Waugh, also mentioned the possibility of a 10-day “Zurich-to-Amsterdam Cruise” leading up to the convention  and Jennie Herring can help us get the black shirts that all the NZers wear - which will really make us stand out!  So please let us know if you are interested in attending, so we can organise a couple of fun Kiwi/RCA activities, while in Hamburg!  And also feel free to run any questions by us
Upcoming Events
See Dave Dobbyn and support Te Whakaora Tangata
Feb 27, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Hear Sir John Kirwan and taste some of his wines
Mar 20, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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