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May 28, 2018 7:15 AM
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Afghanistan and Iraq - a fascinating and fantastic recent encounter
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We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Stamford Plaza
22 Albert St.
Auckland,  1010
New Zealand
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Mon 5 March – Councillor Desley Simpson
Desley Simpson is the Councillor for the Orakei Ward on Auckland Council’s Governing Body and was appointed to be the Deputy Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee and leads political advisory.  Desley’s previous Local Government roles have included Chair of the Orakei Local Board for two terms and Chair of the Hobson Community board.  Desley’s family has a close association with Auckland’s local government, with four generations of tradition going back to the sixth Mayor of Auckland City, Sir Henry Brett.  The title of Desley’s speech will be: ‘State of Auckland’s finances and how it affects you’
Rotary Grove of Friendship Tree Planting
This Sunday 4 March at 11am, the Rotary International President Ian Riseley will be planting a tree in the Rotary Grove of Friendship in the Auckland Domain and you are invited.  The tree will be planted next to the Domain Grandstand, near the corner of Park Road and Carlton Gore Road.  This tradition was started in May 1932, when Rotary International President Sydney Pascall visited Auckland and planted a totara near the Domain's tea kiosk, one of the chain of “trees of friendship” he planted during visits to Rotary Clubs around the world. So, began a tradition by Rotary World Presidents when visiting Auckland.  These plantings are now located in two areas of the Domain, one near the Grandstand and the other near the Band Rotunda.  The Rotary Club of Auckland has for many years been given the responsibility of organizing such plantings on behalf of District 9920.  There are 24 trees planted between the Band Rotunda and the glass house and each tree has a cast bronze plaque detailing the date of planting and in total more than 30 trees have been planted to date.
Ak City Mission Cook Off
Here at the City Mission, finding funding to provide essential services is a constant challenge and we are now seeking some assistance for a new fundraising event we are running here in March.  At the City Mission Cook Off we will be cooking a three-course meal to 150 Mission guests (a mix of the homeless clients and families we work with).  We will be cooking under the guidance of a celebrated Auckland chef to provide a special night for people who are struggling.  The Cook off provides an opportunity for Auckland's top business leaders to give back to the local community with food on the night and via fundraised donations.  The Mission has a goal of raising $250,000 of crucial funding for our food services through the Cook Off event.  Each year the Mission provides emergency food parcels to 13,000 families and individuals, who otherwise wouldn't be eating that day. We don't want anyone in our community to go hungry.  If you would like to donate, please click on the following link to our fundraising page You can then click on the green donate button to go through to the secure payments page.
Jubilee Recipient Update
A condensed update from Jubilee Scholarship recipient Olivia Carville:
I’m writing to you from the Columbia University Butler Library reading room, with its floor to ceiling leather bound books, mahogany tables and strict silence policy.  I’m just over half way through my master’s degree and my experience so far has been more than I could have ever imagined. The Columbia journalism school is world renowned – it was founded by Joseph Pulitzer and hands out the annual U.S. Pulitzer Prizes.  The course load is aggressive and intimidating – I currently have half a book and 17 readings to complete by tomorrow! Not to mention three assignments next week. But I’m learning skills that will help me so much moving forward. One of my mandatory classes last semester was financial accounting – and coming from a background of classics and art history this was a terrifying prospect.  I attended every lecture, every recitation and every period of office hours.  I completed all the readings and solved problems in the text book that were not required - even finding a few errors that I pointed out to my professor, who said it was the first time a student had ever done so!  I managed to pass the class with one of the highest grades.  I have also been applying for various internships and currently have job offers at The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and was flown down to Washington DC to interview with the not-for-profit investigative news bureau, ProPublica, which was founded in 2008 and already has four Pulitzer prizes.  New York is an amazing city – it’s cold and heartless and warm and wonderful all at the same time.  I’m writing to you and the Auckland Rotary Club to say thank you for helping me find my way here. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without your financial support and I am filled with excitement for what the future holds.  I will keep in touch and let you know how I go and where I end up.
Third Thirsty Thursday – 15 March
We’d like to invite you to join us for the upcoming TTT (Third Thirsty Thursday) in a fortnight.  We thought we should take advantage of the day light and the opportunity to be outside while we can.  The time frame is 4:30pm to make it easier for some of us to enjoy a relaxing after-work chat & drink before joining our families at home - No RSVP necessary:
Date & Time:  Thursday 15 March from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Place:  The Occidental Belgium Beer Cafe, 6 Vulcan Lane, Auckland
TTT is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with fellow Rotarians outside of the regular Monday meetings in a purely social context.  The Occidental is a cosy haunt in a heritage building with a wide variety of beers, wines and other drinks as well as nibbles, friends are also most welcome to join.  We look forward to seeing you there.
John, Monika and Petko on behalf of the Rotary Club of Auckland
Knickers Needed Urgently
All Rotarians are being asked to donate a pair of boys or girls knickers aged for 2-4-year olds to the Fiji Squatters Camp Pre Schools.  Cost is very low, about $5 to buy a 5-pack from K-Mart or The Warehouse.  These children’s families have come to Suva to look for work and to give their children an education and they arrive with nothing and there are 4 of these camps in Suva alone.  The Montesouri teachers volunteer their time 3 days a week to teach these children through play and Rotary has donated mobile teaching kits and transportation costs.  These teachers have asked for underwear to help encourage good sanitation and hygiene behaviour.  DG Malini will take the items back to Fiji, or you can donate $5 instead and all the money will go to buy underwear.  Your donations can be left with Jacqui at the Stamford on Mondays or please contact her, to organise dropping off clothing or money to her office in Takapuna.
Rotary International Youth Exchange
Applications are now open for high school students aged between 16 and 18 years at departure in January 2019.  These students will spend twelve months in an overseas country, attending school while living with several host families.  Applications close on 30 April and all the information can be found at
Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications
The Rotary Peace Centres announce the 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship application has launched – go to the application page for more information and helpful tips.  This programme funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centres. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.  Applications for the 2019-20 program are now being accepted and the deadline for applicants to submit applications to their district is 31 May.
This Week’s Meeting – 26 February 2018
This week’s panel was titled ‘Disruptive Technologies: including bitcoin and blockchain’ and the speakers were Binu Paul, Michelle van Gaalen and Jeremy Muir, with the panel’s facilitator David Whyte.  The impact of technical advances over the last few decades has been phenomenal and advances today are being made at an exponential rate.  Today’s mobile phones have the capacity of the early super computers and while everything seems to be getting smaller in size, at the same time they are increasing in capacity.  The impact of today’s successful businesses, such as Amazon, Uber and AirBnB has led to a complete rethink regarding running a successful business in today’s every changing environment.  The digital age means many areas of businesses are now outsourced (such as insurance underwriters) to companies that have the software to be able to efficiently mine all the digital data being generated, so systems can keep being upgraded.  So the one thing we can expect going forward, is for the rate of change to keep getting faster and what is current one day will become obsolete just as quickly.
Upcoming Events
Breakfast with Sir John Key
Stamford Plaza Hotel
May 28, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Presidential Theme 2016-17