Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Chronicle: Friday 27th June


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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