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Brett O'Riley
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Kia ora Members
On Monday we have Ludo Campbell-Reid, Auckland Council’s Urban Design Champion as our guest speaker, who is always engaging and entertaining. With lots of public discussion around the changes to the CBD road network and speeds there will be plenty of questions I am sure. We will also be announcing our new President elect on Monday, so make sure you are along to share in this news.
Please make sure you get your RYLA applications in for next week, we want a strong contingent of young leaders from the Club.
Also, a big welcome to new Club member Dr Chris Jenkins.  Many of you will remember Chris from his luncheon presentation to the Club on Brexit.  Please make yourself known to Chris at forthcoming club activities.
And finally for those who knew Geoff Amos, his memorial service will be held this Sunday 28 April from 2pm at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Westhaven.  Geoff was a larger than life Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Taveuni Island in Fiji and will be missed.
Hei kona mai
Brett O’Riley
Next Monday 18 March – U.S. Diplomats
Next Monday’s speakers are Scott Brown – the US Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa and Katelyn Close – Consul General for the US Consulate Auckland.  Scott  is an American attorney, diplomat, Republican politician, former United States Senator for Massachusetts and was the 2014 Republican nominee for the US Senate in New Hampshire.  Katelyn has been a career diplomat with the US State Department for 18 years.  Scott and Katelyn will be talking about US / NZ relations.
ER25 – Listen to Sir John Kirwan
We have been fortunate to get Sir John Kirwan (known as “JK”) for our next ER (Experience Rotary) event.  JK will be interviewed by President, Brett O'Riley, on the theme of ‘mental health as it relates to business and leadership’ and we will also have the opportunity to taste a selection of JK's own Jk.14 wines.  The aim of ER25 is to introduce new members to the Club.  Current members are welcome to come to the event if they bring a prospective new member, or are able to help on the night.  JK needs little introduction - the former All Black and 1987 Rugby World Cup winner has been an amazing campaigner for depression and mental health awareness.  These days he works in his ambassador roles for Westpac and Auckland Tourism, whilst continuing with raising the profile and assisting with mental health initiatives, including his involvement with the website.  We hope you and your guests can join us for what will be a very special evening.
Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019
Time: 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start
Venue: KPMG, 18 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, City
Parking: On the street or Viaduct Harbour Carpark
Cost: $10.00 (to be donated to the Sir John Kirwan Foundation)
RSVP: RSVP by 11 March either to Jacqui or by registering online at
RCA Golf Day – Tuesday 9 April
This year’s Club’s Golf Day will be on Tuesday 9 April at the Akarana Golf Course and partners are invited to play.  If you are interested in taking part, then please let Jacqui in the office know, with your golf club membership number and current handicap, as well as any special requests, such as hiring a golf cart.
Date & Time: Tuesday 9 April, 11.30 registration for a 12noon tee-off
Venue: Akarana Golf Club, 1388 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill
Cost: $40 per person, which includes green fees, prizes and finger food
RSVP: Jacqui Bernards (09) 486 6010 or
Auckland City Mission CookOff
President Brett O'Riley participated in yesterday's Auckland City Mission CookOff and visit the video clip from the NZ Herald: ACM CookOff Video 2019, where you will be able to see Brett a few times!  For those still wishing to make a donation to this extremely deserving charity, please go here.
WANTED – Used Handbags for Women’s Refuge
The Rotary Club of Manukau Sunrise are looking for spare handbags, ones that are still in good condition, but you don’t want or use anymore.  The Club will then use these handbags, by filling them with personal items & make them into a much needed care package & deliver to the Woman’s Refuge. Some of the woman arriving to these centres have nothing. This will give them a little bit of hope, showing there are people out in the world that are wanting to help, even in this little way.  If you have any handbags you would like to donate, then please drop them off to me over the next few weeks at our weekly meetings, or they can be delivered to the Rotary office at 8 Greydene Place, Takapuna.
Rotary International Student Exchange
It is that time of the year again, when three information evenings are being held to provide students and parents with details about the youth exchange program.  Also, information can be found on their website  Please circulate this information to any student who may be interested:
South Auckland:
7:30pm, Monday 18 March, Papakura RSA, 40 Elliot Street, Papakura
East Auckland:
7:30pm, Wednesday 20 March, Te Tuhi Centre (Pakuranga Art Gallery Building), 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga
Auckland & Central
7:30pm, Thursday 28 March, Remuera Golf Club, 12 Abotts Way, Remuera
Rotary Leadership Institute
The next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March and will be held at Selwyn College.  We encourage all new and existing Rotarians to attend, and especially those who will be taking up leadership roles.  This is an opportunity to learn from others, share ideas and challenge your thinking; discover more about Rotary and Rotaract and how this knowledge can help you contribute to your community, as well as providing an opportunity for personal growth.  If interested in attending, please contact Jacqui in the office, who will provide you will all the information you will require.
Mt Eden Rotary Quiz Night - 23 March
The Rotary Club of Mt Eden invites you to their Quiz Night Fundraiser.  Grab your mates and get a team together, or just come along yourself and we'll match you up with a team.  Net Proceeds from this evening will be donated to Allergy New Zealand and various Rotary programmes.
Date & Time: Saturday 23 March from 6.30pm
VenueThe Alex Bar & Eatery, Alexandra Park, Greenlane West Rd, Epsom
Tickets: $25pp Maximum 6-8 People Per Table - Prizes ∙ Cash Bar ∙ Nibbles ∙ Raffles
RSVP: or Frances Loo 021 635 027 for door sales (cash only)
30 Years of Women in Rotary - 6 April
To celebrate 30 years of “Woman in Rotary”, District 9910 and District 9920 invite you to a “Fun 5km Walk” around Wynyard Quarter & Westhaven area on Saturday 6th April. (Rain, hail or shine, we are doing this……).  We will gather from 9am for a 9.30am start, at Wynyard Quarter Playground (Jellicoe Rd) and we will start & finish at the same spot for ease of parking.  Gold coin donation for all attending, which will be donated to the Polio Plus campaign.  As we want to promote Rotary, please wear Rotary branded t-shirts and/or caps.  We have a limited quantity of new, bright lime green “Woman in Rotary” t-shirts for a $10 donation (Polio Plus for D9920).  First in, first served for the current allocation, so pre order via e-mail to Leanne. Note t-shirt sizing on the small side, so it is recommended to go up one from your usual size (S,M,L,XL,2XL available).   Register interest via e-mail to Leanne On registration, we will send you a map of the walk with additional information for the event.
Cultural & Charity Night – 6 April
The Rotary Club of Auckland South invites you to their Cultural & Charity Night on Saturday 6 April.  Come and enjoy the experience and be inspired by the displays of cultural diversity that will be on show.
Date & Time: Saturday 6 April, 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Venue: The Imperial Palace Restaurant, 519 Panmure-Ellerslie Highway, Mt Wellington
Cost: $65pp and $600 per table (includes wine on the table)
Dress Code: Cultural attire or semi-formal
RSVP: by 25 March, Janet 027 534 2888 or Madison 027 510 5138
2019 Challenge Camp
Applications are now open for the Rotary Challenge Camp, which buddies up incoming Rotary Youth Exchange students with disabled youth aged 16 to 24, for a week of fun and challenging activities.  Activities include team building exercises, hearing inspiring disabled guest speakers, a visit to the Tree Adventures high-wire course, learning the basics of circus performance and a visit to the Parakai hot pools.  And on Thursday night there will be a concert where all camp attendees are expected to be involved.  All Rotarians are invited to attend the concert.  Our disabled youth are either physically, intellectually or sensory disabled.  Challenge Camp is a joint project of 30+ years between Rotary Clubs in Districts 9910 and 9920.  The venue for this year's camp will be Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club, from Monday 13th to Friday 17th of May.  For more information go to and applications close on 1st April
2020 Rotary Peace Fellowships
Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our Peace Centres.  Through academic training, practice and global networking opportunities, this program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace.  The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.  In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 1,200 fellows. Many of them now serve as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.  The 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available and we need your help to find the next cohort of experienced global peace and development leaders!  Candidates have until 31 May to submit applications to their District and Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.  General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent 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
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