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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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President
 
Secretary
 
Treasurer
 
President Elect
 
Immediate Past President
 
Director - Membership Engagement
 
Director - Youth
 
Director - Speakers
 
Vice President
 
Hon. Auditor
 
Director - International
 
Director - Membership Attraction
 
Director - Communications & IT
 
Director - Mana Tangata
 
Director - Micro Vaccination Project
 
Director - World Press Exhibition
 
Director - Emergency Response Kits
 
President's Message
Brett O'Riley
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Kia ora Members
 
Happy Holiday Season, Merry Xmas everyone, at last it feels like summer is upon us.
 
Thanks to everyone who attended the Xmas Party Bowls night on Monday at Auckland Bowling Club.  Despite the rain outside we enjoyed playing on their indoor carpet and the competition was fierce (modesty prevents me from communicating the final result). It was fun all round and a big thanks to the organising team for all their work, and for the delicious Xmas kai, the pavlova was sensational!
 
On a sadder note we record the passing of our good friend and member Barry Graham after a tough battle with cancer.  One of life’s real gentlemen, Barry will be greatly missed and thanks to the Club members who have offered his widow Margaret their support.
 
We held our final Board Meeting  last night and reviewed the engagement survey results.  The findings are very helpful, so thanks to those members who responded. We have decided to undertake a brief follow-up survey in the next few weeks which will address some very specific questions that will guide our direction for next year.
 
We have also made some good progress on the Mana Tangata history project and have a clear sense of direction.
 
Please make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to provide some gifts or Xmas puddings for the Auckland City Mission, we will still be collecting these at our final lunch for the year on Monday.
 
Stewart Germann will be deputising for me on Monday after a superb performance at the Christmas Bowls. I am off on a long planned two day adventure with my wife Robyne.
 
If I don’t see you before Christmas please have a wonderful holiday season full of family, friends, joy and laughter. The odd nice present helps too.
 
And let us reflect on the good work done by Rotary throughout 2018 and the challenges ahead as we seek to make a difference through service in our local communities and globally.”
 
Hei kona mai,
 
Brett O'Riley
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Bowls & BBQ Evening - no lunch meeting
There is no lunch meeting next Monday 3 December, as it has been replaced with an evening End of Year Bowls & BBQ at the Auckland Bowling Club (across from the Stanley Street Tennis Centre).  If you haven’t already registered and would like to attend, the cost is $40pp for bowls and bbq, or $25pp for bbq only, or $15pp for bowling only.  The evening will begin at 5pm for those who are bowling to allow people to register and meet their team mates, with play starting at 5.30pm and dinner scheduled for around 7pm.  If you are unable to put together a team of four players and would like to play, don't worry as we can organise this for you.  We will also be collecting Christmas presents and selling Christmas puddings, which will be given this year to the Auckland City Mission to distribute to families in need.  If you would like to be part of this fun evening (partners and family members are most welcome to join us), then please let Jacqui in the office know.
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 office@aucklandrotary.org.nz 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 https://rotarydistrict9920.org/page/district-9920-conference-2019
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: herringjennie@gmail.com  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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