This year's Big Dig is coming soon! We are very thrilled as we have many prizes for kid and parents. This year we have a raffle specially for the parent, with many prizes to be won. The Big Dig will be held at Freyberg Beach on
Sunday March16th 2014
from 11am to 12.30pm.
Dig: $5 per entry on the day Raffle: $5 per ticket on the day or online
$10 for 3 raffle tickets!
A very big welcome and thanks to incoming President George for taking up the mantle for the upcoming 12 months. He certainly knows what it takes to lead the Club as this is his second time around, having already served a term as President a few years ago. There are many exciting things planned with a few changes also. As usual, we right behind you.
Club Members and wives of the Club's first year Members
Len Kenna with Nicky
Nicky being thanked by Norma Pailthorpe
The Club celebrated it's 40th Anniversary at the President's Changeover dinner held at the James Cook Hotel's Whitby Restaurant on Saturday 29th June. It was special for many reasons: Firstly, to warmingly thank the Club's first lady President, Nicky Byrne for her service and dedication over the past 12 months. Secondly, to pass over the chain of office to incoming President George Borthwick. Thirdly, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our Club. This included welcoming a special guest, founding member and Past President, John Pudney and his wife. Lastly, to present Len Kenna with Rotary's Sapphire Pin, the first in our Club, for nearly 40 years of service to our Club and the local community. It was a superb evening, including the food, and we are looking forward to another exciting year under the stewardship of George and the Board.
During our last lunch we had the great pleasure to have Getrude Matshe as a speaker. What a fantastic person, so inspiring. She told us about her life in Zimbabwe, around the world and in New Zealand.
Like she says: "when I speak I can see that people can’t believe that people in Zimbabwe live on US0.30c a month; that the life expectancy of a Zimbabwean female is 34 years"... No help is too small, but she decided to do lots via Africa Alive Education Foundation, an organization that supports HIV orphans in Zimbabwe. On this website you can buy Getrude's book or become a subscriber for as little as $5 per month and help to pay school fees for a child in Zimbabwe.
She did not have the time to talk about John Fawcett during the talk, but I was lucky enough to discuss with Getrude after lunch. John helps, via his Foundation, people to get cataract eye surgery. His foundation helped restore sight to 34,000 people over the last 21 years. You can donate online via www.balieye.org. $100 allow to pay eye surgery for one person. You will be giving one person the gift of sight, so be generous!
His biography will soon be available on Amazon. In the meantime you can learn more about him thanks to the video Getrude made about him: