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Volunteering Auckland
May 28, 2018 7:15 AM
Leadership - commercial vs political. Chair: Sir Ralph Norris
Jun 18, 2018
Afghanistan and Iraq - a fascinating and fantastic recent encounter
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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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Mon 12 March – Anthony Grant
For 12 years Anthony Grant and his wife Sandra, filled their 10ha Matakana vineyard and restaurant site with hundreds of sculptures - including the most substantial piece of glass art on public display in Australasia (a chandelier by Dale Chihuly), works by Cezanne, Matisse, Chagall and Rodin, brightly coloured animals by the Cracking Art Group and hundreds of other pieces by New Zealand and international artists.  The title of Anthony’s speech will be ‘Sculptureum: Bringing Art to Life in Auckland’.
Rotary Grove of Friendship Tree Planting
Last Sunday 4 March, Rotary International President Ian Riseley planted a tree in the Rotary Grove of Friendship in the Auckland Domain and as you can see, he had many assistants.  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 overall to date.
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
Evening with Jennifer Jones – 27 March
Join Jennifer Jones, former RI Director, talk about the future of Rotary.  Jennifer is the President and CEO of Media Street Productions, an award-winning television production company, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland and Past District Governor of District 6400.  In Rotary, she has served as the Chair of the Strengthening Rotary Advisory Group, Moderator of the RC/RPIC Institute, Vice Chair of RI Communication Committee, North American RPIC Coordinator, the Advisory Board for Rotary Canada and the RI Promotions Committees for Lisbon and New Orleans. Jennifer also served three terms as Seminar Leader at the International Assembly and has been a featured speaker at this event on four occasions.
Date & Time & Cost: Tuesday 27 March, cash bar from 6pm and buffet dinner at 7pm, $50 per person
Venue: Quality Hotel, 10-20 Gladstone Rd, Parnell, Auckland
Reservations: Go to and follow link or email and confirm your booking by making your ticket payment to RI District 9920 account 12-3011-0757766-02 and include your surname as the reference.
Rotary Exchange Student Reunion
District 9920 is planning an Exchange Student Reunion later this year.  If you can help with information to contact past D9920 Outbound Exchange students, then please send to: Email: or Graham Rea 021 757 074
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
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.
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 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 – 5 Marsh 2018
We began with a Rotary banner swap, with Sharon Fraser from the Rotary Club of Chongqing in China.  This Club was re-chartered in 2016, as Rotary was banned in China under communism, but has slowly been allowed to establish itself again, but under very strict conditions.  One being that only foreign passport holders can be Rotarians in China, unlike Lions, where only Chinese can be members.
Our key-note speaker was Auckland Councillor Desley Simpson, who was interviewed by Craig Brown.  The title of Desley’s speech was ‘The State of Auckland’s Finances and How It Affects You’.  Desley is the Deputy Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee and leads the political advisory team.  While Mayor Goff’s aim is to keep rate increases to a minimum, the reality is we live in a city that grows by 50,000 people annually and has infrastructure that is in dire need of upgrading – due to the lack of any long-term infrastructure maintenance programme.  Then, as well as the normal rates, targeted rates have also been proposed as a new initiative regarding environmental issues (such as the kauri dieback problem) and water issues (such as sewage frequently ending up in the harbour).  Then there is also the fuel tax which will be implemented later this year to help fund Auckland’s transport problems.  The issue with this particular tax, is its domino effect, as very few goods and services will not be impacted by this levy, leading to across the board increases.  No one doubts the need to generate funds regarding transport, the issue is what will these funds be used for.  Currently, the government doesn’t have a clear plan to improve Auckland’s transport woes and until it does, we need to be sure the fuel tax funds are not diverted elsewhere.  Auckland’s continuing population growth has highlighted the need for long-term, as well as short-term infrastructure plans and hopefully the current Auckland Council starts making long-overdue improvements in this area.
Upcoming Events
Breakfast with Sir John Key
Stamford Plaza Hotel
May 28, 2018
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Presidential Theme 2016-17