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Brett O'Riley
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Kia ora Members
It has been a very moving day as we acknowledge the fallen and contemplate the new environment that the Christchurch mosque attacks has placed our society in.  I think our core kiwi values have come to the fore, but it has made me question how individually, and collectively through organisations like Rotary, we can make a difference in promoting cross cultural understanding.
We had a lively meeting last Monday, beginning with a great 5 minute talk from Nic Russell on the work she is doing to support families.  The following link is for Luka’s video which encountered technical problems on Monday and more information about Kenzie’s Gift can be found by going to the following website  Then we heard from Holly Bennett, who talked about the topical subject of Government advocacy, where she is taking a unique approach.
Next Monday we have two speakers from the Auckland Health Foundation -  Gwen Green is the CEO and Hannah Davies their Fundraising and Marketing Manager.  This recently established organisation goes beyond what is presently funded in the healthcare system and through donations, financially supports projects, research and education for adult health services, which have the capacity to transform healthcare.
I hope to see you all tomorrow.
Hei kona mai
Brett O'Riley
Next Monday is the last 2018 Meeting
Next Monday 10 December, is our last weekly meeting for 2018.  We would love to see you there and encourage those attending to wear at least one piece of Christmas attire if possible.  The key-note speaker will be John Berry from Pathfinder Asset Management, who will be talking about a range of issues including:
  • what investing responsibly means and why do it (interestingly it is millennials and women who are most engaged with it)
  • global challenges that ethical investors need to consider (water scarcity, climate change etc)
  • how to account for environmental, social and governance factors in investing
  • whether "doing good" means your investment returns will be lower
  • can engaging with companies change behaviour (Exxon Mobil is a great case study with shareholder activism last year)
As well as our key-note speaker, we will also have our Honorary Member Bishop Ross Bay giving the 5 Minute speech.
And we are still accepting children’s Christmas presents if you would like to make a donation, that will be forwarded onto the Auckland City Mission to distribute.  And there are three remaining Christmas Puddings available for purchase at $20 each, which people can buy for themselves and/or to donate them, also to the Auckland City Mission.
Monday’s Bowls & BBQ Evening
A great night was had on Monday at the Auckland Bowling Club for our End of Year Bowls & BBQ Evening.  Even though the outside lawns resembled watering holes due to the wet weather, we were able to hold an indoor bowling competition.  Congratulations to the winning team of Brett O’Riley, Robyn Walker, Craig Brown and Stewart Germann and runner-ups were Jim Johnston, Deirdre Johnston, Chris de Boer and Sue de Boer.  Many thanks to those members who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, to ensure everyone had a great evening and great food – Kaye Shannon, Lindy Esslemont, Denis Black, Peter Lavelle, Monika Levinson and Jackie Hinchcliff.
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).
SkyCity Breakers Basketball Team
On Sunday 27 January 2019 the SkyCity Breakers Basketball team will be celebrating their community heroes and volunteers when they take on the Brisbane Bullets at 2pm at Spark Arena in Auckland.  As this is their community game, they would like to offer Auckland Rotarians a special $10 ticket offer, as a small thank-you for all the hard work we do in our communities.  Please contact Jacqui in the office if you are interested in this promotion.
NZCJC Chinese New Year Charity Dinner
The Rotary Club of Auckland has again been fortunate to be selected as one of the organisations to receive (with minimal effort on our part, other than attendance) the proceeds of an auction to be held at the 2019 Chinese New Year Charity Dinner at the NZ Bloodstock Karaka Million Meeting at Ellerslie on Saturday 26 January, organised by the NZ Chinese Jockey Club.  Tickets are $240 per person or $2300 for a table of ten and included in this price is magnificent views of the racecourse, a gourmet buffet and beverages.  Dress is black tie.  Please support this event as it is a significant fundraiser for our Club.  Many thanks to Ally Cui and Yi Ping Ge for all their work in making this happen.
Event: 2019 Charity Dinner at the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting
Date and Time: Saturday 26 January 2019 from 3.30pm
Venue: Guineas Ballroom, Level 3, Ellerslie Event Centre, 80 Ascot Ave, Ellerslie
Call Jacqui on 09 486 6010 or for tickets.
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
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Apr 08, 2019
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