Tuesday, 22 July 2014

This Week's Chronicle: Friday 24th 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.













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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 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, 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.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Chronicle: Friday 27th June

Title:

Ruchi: Take a Kiwi Rotarian's Can-Do Attitude to the Indian Himalayas and Will It Cause Prosperity of Rebellion? 

Speaker: Jean Phipps





About ‘Ruchi’ :
  • In 2004 DG Barbara Williams wanted a District Centennial Project that would involve service. With the help of a Rotary ambassadorial scholar, Ellie Sanderson (NGO), RUCHI, in the Himalayas was identified. 
  • Jean went to Europe via the Himalayas and this has led to 10 years involvement. A $1/2 million project will bring water, sanitation, irrigation, education, and personal dignity to a cluster of struggling villages.

About the speaker Jean Phipps: 
  • Jean Phipps was born in Northern Ireland where she attended a tiny country school. 
  • Her parents sold up and moved to NZ. Her father passed away when she was 13. Her mother was a nurse. At the age of 12 she decided that dietetics was the career for her.
  • She got a studentship at Otago and studied Home Science doing the teaching option. She taught at Wellington Girls College for a year even though she had already been offered a job in industry (bonded you know). 
  • Married, and later became a solo parent. She has never been on a benefit and had to face considerable criticism for being a working mum. 
  • She has 2 daughters -  Gaeline who is a barrister specialising in medical law, Robyn who is a Professor of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey, and a son, David, who has double degrees and runs ABLAZE, the business he talked her into financing him into when he completed his BCom. She has known Marten for over 20 years. 



  • She is fortunate to be at home in both Ireland and New Zealand and to have outlived both her parents and young sister. Her parents taught her that “it was better to wear away than ‘rust away’, so life so far has just eroded the edges". 
  • There is a lot more to do and Rotary is a great organisation to do it through.  She has 5 grand daughters and 1 grandson and was invited to join Rotary just over 25 years ago.

Roster:

  • Setting up: Ern P.
  • Projector: Nicky B.
  • Host Visitors: Ben B.
  • Grace: Len K.
  • List Visitors: Bernard W.
  • Sergeant: Brian K.
  • Intro: Arthur Y.
  • Thanks: Wayne J.
  • Last Word: Yvonne DS.

The Presidential Changeover

Due to this event, there was no weekly lunch meeting last week. 


 What a brilliant night!
- Fun
- Food
- Friendship

You did a brilliant job Ex-President George - we all had a great time! Thanks! 


President George officially handed over the reins to Bryan H. who will now lead the Team.

Ken R, Ern P. and Len K. were honored by being made Honorary Members in acknowledgement for their service, loyalty, and over 40 years of membership!

Well done guys. You are such great role models for the rest of us to follow.



Next Week - 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: Wayne J.

Please note:

  • If you are unable to attend, please send your apology to President George 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, 17 June 2014

This Week's Chronicle

Reminder: There will be NO lunchtime meeting this Friday due to the Change-Over Dinner on Thursday.

Don't forget to make your reservation with Len or George! 


Hope to see you all there!

Last Week - Friday 13th June 

Title: Chiasma
Speaker: Sheen Joseph 



  • Sheen Joseph, a pHD student in Geophysics at Victoria University spoke about the student-led organisation, ‘Chiasma’ and its mission of connecting students with industry. 
  • He also touched on a lack of knowledge about opportunities that exist for post-graduate students within our economy. Chiasma has demonstrated much success in connecting students to Biotech industries in Auckland since its inception 10 years ago. 
  • Now, its mission is to do the same in Wellington. Sheen, the CEO of Chiasma Wellington, touched on his vision to connect non-science students with industry partners, stating that, “the line between arts and science is blurring….students from all fields are particularly relevant in the commercialisation of ideas that will benefit our economy and society”
  • He also mentioned Chiasma’s aim of motivating entrepreneurship in students during their varsity years. His talk ended with an outline of some of Chiasma’s industry partners such as Callaghan Innovation, Grow Wellington and Medicines NZ. 







Guests: Jing Jing W.,  Savan.,  Jean Phipps , Sheen Joseph (Speaker)
Friends of Rotary: Norma P., Ben P.
Apologises: Gladwyn G., Yvonne DS., Kraft DS., Brian F., Wayne J., Ron H., Mary E. 



Next Week's Meeting - Friday 27th June

Title: 

Ruchi: Take Kiwi Rotarian's Can-Do Attitude to the Indian Himalayas and Prosperity or Rebellion? 


Speaker: Jean Phipps 




About ‘Ruchi’ :
  • In 2004 DG Barbara Williams wanted a District Centennial Project that would involve service. With the help of a Rotary ambassadorial scholar, Ellie Sanderson, RUCHI (an NGO), in the Himalayas was identified. 
  • Jean went to Europe via the Himalayas and this has led to 10 years of involvement. A $1/2 million project will bring water, sanitation, irrigation, education, and personal dignity to a cluster of struggling villages.

About the speaker Jean Phipps: 
  • Jean Phipps was born in Northern Ireland where she attended a tiny country school. 
  • Her parents sold up and moved to NZ. Her father passed away when she was 13. Her mother was a nurse. At the age of 12 she decided that dietetics was the career for her.
  • She got a studentship at Otago and studied Home Science doing the teaching option. She taught at Wellington Girls College for a year even though she had already been offered a job in industry (bonded you know). 
  • She married, and later became a solo parent. She has never been on a benefit and had to face considerable criticism for being a working mum. 
  • She has 2 daughters -  Gaeline who is a barrister specialising in medical law, Robyn who is a Professor of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey, and a son, David, who has double degrees and runs ABLAZE, the business he talked her into financing him into when he completed his BCom. She has known Marten for over 20 years. 


  • She is fortunate to be at home in both Ireland and New Zealand and to have outlived both her parents and young sister. Her parents taught her that “it was better to wear away than ‘rust away’”, so life so far has just eroded the edges. 
  • There is a lot more to do and Rotary is a great organisation to do it through.  She has 5 grand daughters and 1 grandson and was invited to join Rotary just over 25 years ago.


Roster:

  • Setting up: Ern P.
  • Projector: Nicky B.
  • Host Visitors: Ben B.
  • Grace: Len K.
  • List Visitors: Bernard W.
  • Sergeant: Brian K.
  • Intro: Arthur Y.
  • Thanks: Wayne J.
  • Last Word: Yvonne DS.

Please note:

  • If you are unable to attend, please send your apology to President George 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.