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22 Albert St.
Auckland,  1010
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President's Message
Craig Brown
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Kia ora Members

I would like to acknowledge that last week, at their home in Remuera, Ron Goodey and his wife Lesley were presented with Paul Harris Fellows (PHFs) by District Governor Gary Langford and Past District Governor Ingrid Waugh.  Ron received two PHFs and his wife Leslie one PHF, in recognition of their more than 30 years of service on the Harold Thomas Rotary Trust, as well as to our Club and Rotary in general.  Congratulations Ron and Leslie.
Today we are planning to do something a little different at our 12:15 Lunch time Zoom meeting.  We would like members to join the meeting to discuss for 45 minutes the ways in which we see how our economy will be responding to coming out of Lock-down in anticipation of the move from  Level 2 to Level 1.
To inform the discussion,  members can also chose to tune in to the first of five daily sessions in the week-long Summit called VisionWeek (website ), which runs from 10:30am - 12pm.  These seminars are free and anybody can register and log-on to watch via Youtube.  This is the first day of the Vision Week Seminars called "Opportunity NZ".  Interviews over the week will include opinions from:
  • Ian Taylor – CEO, Animation Research
  • Shamubeel Eaqub – Partner, Sense Partners
  • Rachel Taulelei – CEO, Kono NZ
  • Andrew Grant – Senior Partner, McKinsey
  • Tamati Kruger – Chair, Tuhoe Te Uru Taumatua
  • Kirsti Luke – CEO, Tuhoe Te Uru Taumatua
  • Sir Stephen Tindall – Founder, The Warehouse & Tindall Foundation
  • Rob Campbell – Chair, SkyCity
  • Rod Drury – Founder, Xero
  • Sir Peter Gluckman – Scientist, Former NZ Chief Science Advisor
  • Andrew Casely – CEO, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority
  • Tessa Meyey – Sustainability Advisor, 2020 Future Thinker of the Year
  • Stephen England-Hall – CEO, Tourism NZ
  • Peter Beck – CEO, Rocket Lab
We hope you can join us to discuss the opening session of the Vision Week Summit.
Here is the Zoom link to today’s RCA meeting,  we will open up the Zoom call at 12:15 for a 12:30 start:
Join Zoom Meeting: 
Password: 556417
Hei kona mai
Craig Brown
ERKs Update
Earlier this month Cyclone Harold caused widespread destruction in Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and the Solomon Islands.   Harold was the first Category 5 severe tropical cyclone to occur in the South Pacific basin since Cyclone Gita in 2018 and the most intense tropical cyclone thus far globally in 2020.  An Emergency Response Kit (ERK) contains the basics to get families through the first few weeks of a disaster and includes tarpaulins, mosquito nets, tools, cooking equipment, kitchenware, cleaning materials, first aid kits and clothing.  A number of ERKS are kept in storage in Fiji, Samoa Tonga and the Cook Islands and the photos are of ERKs being delivered in Tonga after the devastation of Cyclone Harold.
Club History – Jubilee Scholarship
The following is a condensed history of what today is known as the Jubilee Scholarship.  Thanks to Christine Scott for all her work sorting and compiling the folders of Jubilee paperwork that had been stored in the RCA office:
In 1969 Frank Reeves wrote a paper suggesting that RCA establish a trust for small bequests to benefit worthy charities in the community.  In 1970 the Board endorsed the recommendation of the establishment of a General Charitable Trust (as suggested by Frank Reeves) and Harold Thomas was asked to submit a plan for a Golden Jubilee project for the Rotary year 1971/72.  The Golden Jubilee Trust was established  in 1971 and Deed of Trust signed to enable members to make gifts and bequests and for the income to be used for any cause the Club deemed worthy.  The Trust was launched in 1974 at a Jubilee Dinner and two donations of $100 each were made by Frank Reeves and Rod Keir.  The first recorded grant of $50 was made to the Orakei Marae in 1973.  At this time Trust funds totalled $1,622.  
Then in 1983 President Gordon Gilmour announced the formation of another Trust to recognise the contribution of John Seabrook, the sole surviving Charter member of our Club.  By June $12,500 had been raised and at the same time, the Jubilee Trust’s funds were just $6,631.19.  It was recognised that the concept had not caught the imagination of members and it was recommended the Jubilee Trust be joined with and form part of the John Seabrook Trust. This recommendation was approved, and the name was changed to the John Seabrook/Jubilee Trust.  Applications were invited for the first John Seabrook/Jubilee Award from all Rotary Clubs in the Auckland area in 1984.  Applications had to be from individuals who needed financial assistance to achieve a worthwhile goal, which they would not otherwise been able to achieve.
In 1987, to recognise the contribution of John Seabrook $16,000 was raised, bringing total funds to $27,500.  Then in 1989/90, Jim Lavelle donated $30,000, and his name, together with John Seabrook’s, were used to identify awards being made.  A new Trust Deed was signed in 1990, now called the Auckland Rotary Jubilee Trust.  Applicants had to be from individuals, who were self-starters and needed funds to assist them to achieve a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which if carried through successfully would have a profound impact on their lives.  Trustees confirmed that awards should be given through all Auckland Rotary Clubs in the original Rotary Club area between Wellsford and Tuakau.  Investments totalled $71,092 and produced an income of $6,845.  Then in 1992 David Chalmers initiated a project to mark the distinguished Rotary record of David Steen and $30,159 was raised, increasing funds to around $95,000 and awards granted for that year were $10,500
Between 1997 and 2005 the value of grants exceeded income and by the end of 2004, the capital sum had fallen to $113,000.  During this time John Lavelle set about restructuring the Trust and raising funds – a contribution of $30,000 from the Club’s Centenary project, the Club’s Medical Scholarship Fund of $11,225 was transferred to the Trust and $119,020 was raised through a Club drive.
During the 2013/14 Rotary year, a decision was made to merge the Jubilee Trust into the Rotary Club of Auckland Foundation.  Assets of $279,719 were transferred and the Jubilee Trust became the Jubilee Scholarship.  Selection criteria was now for post-graduate individuals, up to the age of 30, who required funds to achieve an advanced level of study overseas that would have a profound impact on their lives.  While not prescriptive, selectors leaned towards applicants who would not only fulfil their personal goals, but who were likely to make a net contribution to NZ society in some way.  By the end of the 2019/20 Rotary year, 123 scholarships/awards had been granted totalling $314,287.50
Church Ladies with Typewriters
Thanks for Chris de Boer for the following:
They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for the church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services:
  • The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
  • Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled.  Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
  • The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
  • Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
  • Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
  • Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
  • For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
  • Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
  • Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
  • A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
  • At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Weekly Quiz – Pandemics
A pandemic relates to geographical spread and is used to describe a disease that affects a whole country or the entire world.  Over human history it is estimated pandemics have killed 300 – 500 million people over 12,000 years.
  1. The origins of the 1918 Influenza pandemic, otherwise known as Spanish Flu, are still being debated today.  Current research indicates this pandemic may have originated in:
  1. East Asia, Europe or Kansas
  2. New York, Madrid or London
  3. Rome, Glasgow or Boston
  1. What was different about the 1918 Influenza pandemic, compared to earlier flu pandemics?
  1. It targeted children, rather than young adults or the elderly.
  2. It targeted young adults, rather than children or the elderly.
  3. It targeted anyone over the age of 40, rather than children or young adults.
  1. The Plague of Justinian (541 – 542 AD) is not only believed to have killed 25 million people; but is also the first recorded evidence of the Bubonic Plague.  At the height of this pandemic the hardest hit city was Constantinople.  It is estimated what percentage of this city’s population died?
  1. 40 percent
  2. 50 percent
  3. 60 percent
  1. How many people is it estimated died from The Black Death (Bubonic Plague) during the 1346 – 1353 pandemic?
  1. 25 million
  2. 30 million
  3. 35 million
  1. Over history there has been seven cholera pandemics, all believed to have originated in which country?
  1. Mongolia
  2. China
  3. India
  1. A - East Asia, Europe or Kansas
  2. B - It targeted healthy young adults, rather than children or the elderly.
  3. A – 40% (at the height of this pandemic it was estimated 5,000 people were dying daily)
  4. A – 25 million
  5. C - India