Tuesday, 29 July 2014

This Week's Chronicle: Friday 1st August

Title: NZ's Navy's Journey to Excellence

Speaker: Lieutenant Commander Paul Robert Gray


  
   RNZN - Royal New Zealand Navy
    Defense Career: In The Navy                                                            

Roster:

  • Setting up: John C.
  • Projector: Paul C.
  • Host Visitors: Yvonne DS.
  • Grace: Len K.
  • List Visitors: Jean P.
  • Sergeant: Brian F.
  • Intro: Kraft DS.
  • Thanks: Dave E.
  • Last Word: Marten Y.

Last Week's Meeting - Friday 25th July 

Title: Role of the Met Office in NZ
Speaker: Peter Lennox 

MetService CEO - Peter Lennox
MetService App
On Apple and Android
       


  • He told us that the MetService is not only a highly-respected scientific institution, but also a global leader in commercial meteorological science and weather communications technologies and how the MetService is delivering significant commercial benefits back to its owners - the NZ public.
  • Peter's presentations was highly informative and made us all proud of this organization which is run from right here in Wellington!

Visitors: Jean P's Granddaughter, Samantha
Friends of Rotary: Norma, Mary and Helen Y.
Apologies: Utsav S., Paul C., Kraft and Yvonne DS., Brian K., Ben B.

Notes from President Bryan:

  • Wellington Children Hospital Collectors wanted for
                    
                 Thursday 25th September
           (Volunteer Info Forum is in the 
              Notices section of previous post)




  • The Stroke Foundation's Blood Pressure Awareness Campaign will take place on


Saturday 4th October from 10am - 2pm 



  • Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 7120 (Up State New York)  


February 2015

  • 9940 District Conference + Combined Institute, zones 7 b/8 is scheduled for
                   5-7th December 


  • Entertainment Books page is being setup on website with a Facebook link 

Next Week's Meeting - Friday 8th August 

Title: Stay Flexible to Resist Seismic Forces
Speaker: Graham Nei


        

  • Graham Nei is the Founder and Managing Director of the multi-award winning Disaster Prepare Ltd.   
  • Disaster Prepare Ltd provides earthquake safety services across NZ and the Pacific.
               

  • He is the inventor of the award-winning QuakeFlex seismic restraint system as used by the GNS Science. 
  • Its patented design flexes during an earthquake to dissipate energy-providing better protection. 


Roster:

  • Setting up: Ern P.
  • Projector: Gladwyn G.
  • Host Visitors: George B.
  • Grace: Wayne J.
  • List Visitors: John M.
  • Sergeant: Arthur Y.
  • Intro: Ben B.
  • Thanks: Stephen DB.
  • Last Word: Wayne M.

Next Meeting: Club Form - August 15th 
Please forward your Agenda items to President Bryan


Please note:

  • If you are unable to attend, please send your apology to President Bryan or Secretary Bernard.
  • If unable to fulfill your roster duty, please arrange your own replacement.
  • Any notices or Chronicle inclusions, please send to the Editor (Kraft DS.) no later than Sunday lunchtime.
Many thanks for your cooperation.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

This Week's Chronicle: Friday 25th July

Title: Role of the Met Office in NZ




Metservice app on
Apple and Android

Speaker: Peter Lennox











Peter Lennox is the new CEO of Met Service and has many years' experience working in and with the global biotechnology sector, and brings a well-balanced blend of commercial and scientific disciplines to the role. 

Roster:

  • Setting up: Ern P.
  • Projector: George B.
  • Host Visitors: Norma P.
  • Grace: Wayne J.
  • List Visitors: Don L.
  • Sergeant: Colin C.
  • Intro: John M.
  • Thanks: Gladwyn G.
  • Last Word: Nicky B.

Last Week's Meeting - Friday 18th July

Title: Predator Free NZ 
Speaker: Kevin Hackwell

   

Forest & Bird has played a vital role in turning around the precarious situation of many of our native plants and animals. They have raised public awareness of the unique and special nature of our native wildlife, and have advocated for better protection for these vulnerable species. We also take part in hands-on projects to protect native species through habitat restoration and pest control. 

Despite the efforts of Forest & Bird and other conservationists, many of our native species remain under threat of extinction - 2,700 species were identified 'at risk' at last count. The threats they face - most importantly the threat of introduced pest species - must be managed if our native plants and animals are to continue to survive. 

Some of the threatened species include: 
Kakapo, Whio (blue duck), Kiwi, Albatross, Fairy Tern, Long Tailed Bat.

Guests: Kevin Hackwell (Speaker)
Friends of Rotary: Mary E.
Apologies: Brian K., Brian F., Utsav S., Lani T., Ben P., Paul C., Len K.

Notices: 

 

         


Wellington Children's Hospital requires collectors on Thursday the 25th of September 2014. A form is attached with the Chronicle. 

Please complete it and return to HOSPI if you are able to assist. 

President Bryan will have hard copies of the Form available at Rotary Meetings for those who wish to use them.













Choose from the traditional Entertainment Book  or the NEW Digital Membership, which puts the value of the book onto your smartphone.

Plus, 20% of your Membership purchase goes towards our fundraising - so please tell your family and friends, as the more Memberships we sell, the more funds we'll raise! 

Thank you for your support.





Next Week's Meeting - Friday 1st August 

Title: NZ's Navy's Journey to Excellence
Speaker: Lieutenant Commander Paul Robert Gray



Royal New Zealand Navy

Defense Career: In The Navy

Roster:

  • Setting up: John C.
  • Projector: Paul C.
  • Host Visitors: Yvonne DS.
  • Grace: Len K.
  • List Visitors: Jean P.
  • Sergeant: Brian F.
  • Intro: Kraft DS.
  • Thanks: Dave E.
  • Last Word: Marten Y.

Please note:

  • If you are unable to attend, please send your apology to President Bryan or Secretary Bernard.
  • If unable to fulfill your roster duty, please arrange your own replacement.
  • Any notices or Chronicle inclusions, please send to the Editor (Kraft DS.) no later than Sunday lunchtime.
Many thanks for your cooperation.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

This Week's Chronicle: Friday 18th July

Title: Predator Free NZ - Is it Possible?

Speaker: Kevin Hackwell 


         
    
  • This dynamo of a man has been on the frontline of many of our major environmental and social battles over the past 35 years.
  • He started his activist career at the tender age of 15 over the felling of the South Island’s beech forests, and after gaining an honours degree in ecology took the government to task over its ‘think big’ schemes.
  • Over the years he has played an important role in protecting our remaining native forests from logging, in establishing our nuclear-free status, the Official Information Act, the MMP electoral system; and New Zealand’s Smoke-Free Environments Act. 
  • He’s been involved in countless actions, boards (Greenpeace, Tongariro Taupo Conservation Board, Wellington Council of Social Services, the Council for Socially Responsible Investment) and community groups, all the while working for a range of organisations from the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Peace Movement Aotearoa and the Downtown Community Ministry. 
  • Since 2003, he has been Forest & Bird’s Advocacy Manager, a role in which he helps to manage and plot the strategic direction of this diverse, growing organization.
  • During that time, his team has successfully fought the government’s plans to mine our national parksgained greater protection for Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins and established five high-country parks in the South island. 
  • He is a tramper, a seasoned rat trapper and vegetable gardener.

Roster:

  • Setting up: Dave E.
  • Projector: Stephen DB.
  • Host Visitors: Ben B.
  • Grace: Len K.
  • List Visitors: Colin C.
  • Sergeant: Arthur Y.
  • Intro: Bernard W.
  • Thanks: Yvonne DS.
  • Last Word: Don L.

Last Week's Meeting - Friday 11th July

Title: The Rotary Sydney International Convention 2014

Speaker: Dr John Moriarty 



Our Club was privileged to have Dr John Moriarty and Jean Phipps to attend.
Sorry that Marten could not make it. Better luck next time Marten.
Great that you have recovered so rapidly! Keep it up.




Guests: Graham B.
Friends of Rotary: Norma P., Mary E.
Apologies: Brian K., Brian F., Utsav S., Colin C., Stephen DB, Lani T., Ben P.















Next Week's Meeting - Friday 25th July  

Title: Role of the Met Office in NZ
Speaker: Peter Lennox



MetService App
 on Apple and Android

 
Peter Lennox is the new CEO of Met Service and has many years' experience working in and with the global biotechnology sector, and brings a well-balanced blend of commercial and scientific disciplines to the role. 


Roster:

  • Setting up: Ern P.
  • Projector: Stephan DB.
  • Host Visitors: Norma P.
  • Grace: Wayne J.
  • List Visitors: Don L.
  • Sergeant: Colin C.
  • Intro: John M.
  • Thanks: Gladwyn G.
  • Last Word: Nicky B.

Please note:

  • If you are unable to attend, please send your apology to President Bryan or Secretary Bearnard.
  • If unable to fulfill your roster duty, please arrange own replacement.
  • Any notices or Chronicle inclusions, please send to the Editor (Kraft DS.) no later than Sunday lunchtime.
Many thanks for your cooperation.


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

This Week's Chronicle: Friday 11th July

Title: The Sydney International Rotary Convention 

Speaker: Dr John Moriarty 


Dr. John Moriarty, Industry Consultant, has held senior positions in New Zealand's Information Technology (IT), Telecommunications, Transportation and Tourism sectors over the past 30 years. 

He has Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Public Policy and a PhD in Management.  

John has recently attended the Rotary International Convention in Sydney and is passionate about the manner in which it was planned and organised. 

He is also of the opinion that it was the best conference he has attended to date. The papers he says were of an outstanding calibre. You have to come and listen to what John has to tell us!


Roster:

  • Setting up: Gladwyn G.
  • Projector: Nicky B.
  • Host Visitors: Wayne J.
  • Grace: George B.
  • List Visitors: Ern P.
  • Sergeant: Wayne M.
  • Intro: Jean P.
  • Thanks: Marten Y.
  • Last Word: Paul C.

Last Week's Meeting - Friday 4th July

Title: Getting the Best Out of Social Media

Speaker: JoAnne Carr 

(daughter of Colin Carr - an ardent and long standing member of our Club) 

            
 A Social Media Consultant spoke about getting the best out of Facebook... 


JoAnne Carr made many valid and useful points and suggestions. 

With 1.2 billion people using this form of communication the power and energy of getting your message through is enormous.  

Facebook is also useful in connecting groups of people with similar interests or advertising activities to a wide range of audience in a very inexpensive way.  

By using Facebook, an advertiser or an event organizer can send messages to a huge group of people without spending any money on postage or a mass emailing service.


Guests: JoAnne C., Alistair R., Sarah T., Hank R.
Friends of Rotary: Norma P., Ben P.
Apologies:  Brian K., Brian F., John M., Gladwyn G., Dave & Mary E., Ron H., Utsav S., Ben B.

Next Week's Meeting  - Friday 18th July 

Title: Predator Free NZ
Speaker:  Kevin Hackwell 


  • The world’s first recorded rat eradication on an island occurred in 1960 on the 1 ha Maria Island east of Auckland. 
  • Every decade since then the size of island we have been able to eradicate rats (and other introduced predators) from has increased significantly. 
  • We are now at the point where we can seriously contemplate eradicating introduced predators from all of New Zealand – including the North and South Islands.  

This is a bold vision - what will it take to achieve?


              

  • This dynamo of a man has been on the frontline of many of our major environmental and social battles over the past 35 years.
  • He started his activist career at the tender age of 15 over the felling of the South Island’s beech forests, and after gaining an honours degree in ecology took the government to task over its ‘think big’ schemes.
  • Since 2003, he has been Forest & Bird’s Advocacy Manager, a role in which he helps to manage and plot the strategic direction of this diverse, growing organization.
  • He is a tramper, a seasoned rat trapper and vegetable gardener.

Roster:

  • Setting up: Dave E.
  • Projector: Stephen DB.
  • Host Visitors: Ben B.
  • Grace: Len K.
  • List Visitors: Colin C.
  • Sergeant: Arthur Y.
  • Intro: Bernard W.
  • Thanks: Yvonne DS.
  • Last Word: Don L.

Please note:

  • If you are unable to attend, please send your apology to President Bryan or Secretary Bearnard.
  • If unable to fulfill your roster duty, please arrange own replacement.
  • Any notices or Chronicle inclusions, please send to the Editor (Kraft DS.) no later than Sunday lunchtime.
Many thanks for your cooperation.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

This Week's Chronicle: Friday 4th July

Title: Getting the Best out of Social Media

Speaker: JoAnne Carr


About the Speaker:


                                                                                                                                                      
  • She creates social media strategies, content and creative campaigns so businesses can turn engaging, add-value conversations and content for their social media community into a more visible brand profile. 
  • In her spare time, she often gives advice to her father on the intricacies of Facebook etiquette.

Roster:

  • Setting up: Dave E.
  • Projector: George B.
  • Host Visitors: Don L.
  • Grace: Norma P.
  • List Visitors: John C.
  • Sergeant: Colin C.
  • Intro: Marten Y.
  • Thanks: Stephan DB.
  • Last Word: John M.

Last Meeting - Friday 27th June 

Title: Ruchi
Speaker: Jean Phipps



Jean gave us an illuminating and articulate account of The Ruchi Project.
She has been involved since the start and has contributed and learnt a lot 
from her participation.

Jean will be inducted into our Club next Friday.

We are looking forward to having her as a member.
She will be a valuable asset to the Club.

RUCHI - Rural Centre for Human Interests

RUCHI Projects organised by this committee engage the volunteer support, skills and knowledge of Rotarians to raise the standard of living of isolated communities 
in India's Himalayan District 3080.

   

Rotary volunteers provide a resource and organise projects that meet RUCHI's 
identified needs in a co-ordinated and planned manner. 
  
Rotarians from District 9940 are involved in water and soil conservation, transport, crop enhancement and protection, health, literacy, IT (Information Technology), and income generation projects.

Email from our Chile exchange student: Fernanda 


Brian K. received this email from Fernanda:
“I am so happy to hear from you! We were so happy, because here football is like Rugby is for you, so now we are hoping to win against Brazil tomorrow, which we know it is almost impossible, but we still have faith that we can do it!

How have you been? How is everybody at the Rotary Club? I always remember all of you and keep you in my heart every day! 


I am studying at University now, which has been so hard, and I am really stressed. But it is still a good thing to be there. I am studying Nutrition at the Medicine School of University of Chile. It is really hard to get in, so it is supposed to be hard once you are in. 

I always think about when I will be coming back to New Zealand, because I really want to. I always watch the All Blacks on TV. Can you believe it’s been 3 years since I went there? It'll always feel like yesterday to me! 

haven't practised my English very much, so that is why may be some of the sentences are wrong. I am here waiting for all of you to come and visit me at my place.

Best wishes to you, your family and the Rotary Club of Courtney Place. Of course, I will never forget it!” 

Next Week - Friday 11th July

Title: The Sydney International Rotary Convention 2014
Speaker: John Moriarty

Roster:

  • Setting up: Gladwyn G.
  • Projector: Nicky B.
  • Host Visitors: Wayne J.
  • Grace: George B.
  • List Visitors: Ern P.
  • Sergeant: Wayne M.
  • Intro: Jean P.
  • Thanks: Marten Y.
  • Last Word: Paul C.