Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Bulletin

Wednesday 10 June, 2020

David Shackleton

Another record turnout this week with 44 members attending our breakfast. This is the highest turnout for the year and a great endorsement of the social nature of the Club and having an excellent speaker.

I was reading recently of a study carried out by the Institute of Value Management in Australia on what are the features and characteristics of a successful Rotary Club.

Their findings highlighted the following:

  • A diverse membership reflecting the local community in numbers, % female members, active business members compared to retired members, and ethnic mix
  • Efficient use of members’ time with well organised meetings, projects and fund-raising, the number and quality of meetings and delegated responsibility
  • Good internal communications and public image through social and other media, gaining community recognition
  • Funding sustainability achieved by a secure fund-raising source, use of community partnerships and /or effective use of grants
  • Shared responsibility indicated by a leadership succession plan, club strategic plan, engaged members - working well together and a delegated project structure
  • Flexibility to make process changes and a willingness to try new initiatives.

Healthy clubs offering value to their members will attract new members, retain existing members and enhance their public image. An organisation needs to understand the value it is offering to members as this drives their marketing and recruitment campaigns and should prioritise their strategic planning actions to ensure their continued ability to grow and deliver their service outcomes.

Ultimately a club must deliver ‘Value for Money’ in comparison with other opportunities for their members’ time and effort volunteered for Rotary.

We do well on a number of these characteristics. However, there are definitely areas in which we need to improve. This has to be our focus for the forthcoming year.

See you all on Wednesday.



Speakers Report

Nick Robertson - Economist at BERL
Nick gave us rundown in layman's terms of what the outlook is for the NZ economy following the Covid19 shutdown.
In a nutshell, the next two years look a little say the years.
The worst recession since the great depression!
With the borders closed for some time to come, thousands of businesses reliant on tourism and imported labour will continue to suffer. This is also continue to affect hospitality and supporting businesses - meaning continued job losses and increasing unemployment.
Peak unemployment is expected to arrive in around 12-18 months and hopefully a vaccine will be available by then and international borders can reopen and we can get our tourists back. But that's a long wait for these businesses and the local economy won't be enough to sustain them all. 
The second wave of unemployment following the wages subsidy ending WILL happen unless the government continues to support these businesses - but the government is not an endless borrowing machine (although it should borrow for a while to support retraining and job creation) but can't support them forever.
Wellington is not so bad as there are many government jobs and supporting industries which are not as exposed to these factors but we can still expect to take a hit.
One of the worst aspects of a recession like this (in fact almost any recession) is that inequality plays a major role in determining who is affected the most. Generally the least able to cope, and lowest paying jobs, are the worst affected. This is certainly playing out today as we see food banks struggling to keep up with a massive surge in demand.
Rising negative social impacts will see a surge in demand for support services.
The message is generally - hang on to your hats - it's going to be a tough ride for the next couple of years but we should start to see some growth come back after that and it could be a few more years to get back to normal after a vaccine is available.
Interact Meeting 9 June 
The first face to face meeting of the Port Nicholson Interact Club since the Lockdown was held at the Wellington College Library. Our President David presented the Board with their pins; and it was a very lively and fun meeting. 
The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention
Take advantage of this unique & free opportunity!

In addition to last week's article (immediately following) here is a Membership here
Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will link you with Rotary and Rotaract members from around the world. Sign up now for this free online event that takes place 20-26 June. Our first virtual convention is open to all Rotary members and participants.

Come together during general sessions to witness the power of Rotary connections. Learn new skills, explore thought-provoking topics, and discover inventive ways to engage and adapt at our breakout sessions.

Visit the convention’s event page on Facebook to connect with other members. And use the hashtag #Rotary20 in your social media posts to share what you’re looking forward to at this year’s convention. Don’t forget to invite a friend from your club or share the convention with your Rotary family.
We Need Your Support!
Support Gillian Jones into her District Governor Role

As a club, we need to support our own Gillian Jones by providing a good turnout to District Changeover. We will celebrate District Governor John Mohi’s successful year and look forward in anticipation to incoming District Governor Gillian Jones’s role in our Centennial Year.

To celebrate this centennial change the event will be taking place in soon-to-turn-100 Lansdowne House in Masterton: a stunning venue where one can enjoy delicious food and wine, celebrating the best of the Wairarapa.

$60 per head, with cash bar. (Free if Zooming, but we hope you’ll charge your glass.
You may consider donating a portion of the meal cost to one of our Centennial projects.
Hybrid: Face-to-Face or Zoom
Sunday June 28th:
11.30 for Lunch
12.30 Lunch is Served
Hybrid: Face-to-Face OR Zoom
Zoom: Link to be provided upon registration (Free).
Face-to-Face ($60 for the extravagant lunch)
Lansdowne House, Masterton
What do I need to do?
To attend via Zoom or in-person please register here!

Please note that due to venue capacity numbers registrations are based on a "First-in, first-served" basis, so be quick!

Women in Tech Breakfast -
"This is life, but not as we know it"

Register now!

IYM is excited to be involved in TechWeek 2020. We are hosting an online Women in Tech Breakfast in conjunction with SSS IT Security Specialists. Our theme - "This is life, but not as we know it".

We have three inspiring women who will share their story and how Covid-19 has changed life as they know it.
DATE:     29 July
TIME:      7 am- 8.15 am
VENUE:  Online event - Registration Link:

Our guests are:

Victoria Crone CEO of Callaghan Innovation. 

Victoria is passionate about making a difference to New Zealand. She has twenty years experience in the Communications and IT sectors, across strategy, partnerships, product, marketing, channels, business development, customer services, communications and brand. She is experienced in all customer segments (Corporate, Business and Consumer), across traditional and emerging products. Victoria is known as a results-driven leader. She has held many Board roles that cover a variety of private, social and not for profit enterprises. 

Georgia Elliott - Project Manager @ SSS IT Security Specialists

Georgia leads the Project Management team at SSS IT Security Specialists. Her role is managing the translation of technical jargon into a common language for project teams or stakeholders to understand, resulting in success.
Maniaiwaho Phillips - PKI and IAM Specialist @ SSS IT Security Specialists

Maniaiwaho is PKI and IAM specialist at SSS IT Security Specialists. Her role is to enable the management of the lifecycle of identities within organisations including Identity Governance, Public Key Infrastructure, Certificate Lifecycle Management and Privilege Access Management.
There will be an opportunity for a few questions following each speaker.
We hope you can join us and our guests for an inspiring and informative start to your day. Don't forget to register!
Jun 24, 2020 7:00 AM
Author The Wakefields
Jul 08, 2020 7:00 AM
Toastmasters Collaboration TBC
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Meeting Responsibilities
Meet & Greet
Paterson, Jane
Hughes, Rick
Opening Thought
Smith McKnight, Paula
Happy Dollars
Selvadurai, Michael
Walbran, Sue
Buxton, Ross
Parting Thought
Gerrard, Brent
Club Reporter
Hare, Anne
Club Duties and Roster:         
NB: If you are rostered for duty and cannot make it, then please arrange for someone else to take your place and let Brent know at or 021 725060 Txts are fine too!
See below for 4 wk Roster
Have you registered for 17 June Rotary Meeting?
If here
Upcoming Events
Rotary Weekly Meeting Wednesday 24 June
The Wellington Club
Jun 24, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Perambulators walk Butterfly Creek Sunday 28 June
Jun 28, 2020
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Changeover & Post Covid Celebration
The Wellington Club
Jul 01, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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And Post Covid Celebration

When: 5.30 pm
            Wednesday 1 July 2020
Venue: The Anteroom 
             Level 5
             The Wellington Club
             88 The Terrace
Cost:    $50 pp
              Canapés and welcome drink
              Cash bar 
Payments to Club Account  
With Reference ‘Changeover’
Click here for invitation

Guess the Rotarian

We had another challenging session this week with the “Guess the Rotarian” featuring Lindsay Chitty. Well done, Linda for guessing the right answer. To recap on those little known facts about Lindsay

  1. In 2008 had the privilege of being escorted through the VIP lounge of Entebbe airport, with little more than a cup of tea
  2. This was part of a small Trade Delegation to Uganda reporting directly to the President.
  3. Best fish caught was a large sea bass off White Island 4. Have enough Equiticorp shares to paper a bathroom
  4. Visited Cuba in 2016. Wanted to go before America ruined the country
  5. Owned goats during the great goat boom of the 1980’s, ended up selling them for $1.50 each when the market collapsed
  6. Was once asked to stand for Parliament for Act by Ken Shirley, ex Labour MP 8. Took 14 yearling horses to South Africa in 1982 by sea
  7. In 2007 visited the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador Amazon jungle
  8. Was a veterinarian on three shiploads of cattle to Indonesia, Thailand and China. Had the distinction of not having any losses; in fact on the China trip arrived with one more than we started with.
Rotary in Review -
A roundup of Rotary News Click here
Rotary South Pacific & Philippines Office - 
Newsletter: Click here

Rotary  - 4 Ways to engage members online:
Click here
Rotary - On The Move Newsletter for June 2020 plus webinar invitation. Click here
Interesting comments!

Republicans will accept 100,000 deaths from a white President but not Healthcare from a Black President!!


In praise of Women Who Read

One morning a husband returns to the cabin after several hours  of  fishing and decides to take a nap.  Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the  boat out, since it is such a beautiful day.
She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.
Along comes a Game Warden in his boat.  He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good  morning, Ma'am, what are you doing?"
"Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, "Isn't that obvious?")
"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.
"I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing, I'm reading."
"Yes, but you have all the equipment.  I'll have to write you up a ticket. "
"For reading a book," she replies.
"You're in a Restricted Fishing Area ,” he informs her again ."
"But officer, I'm not fishing, I'm reading."
"Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.  I'll have to write you up a ticket and you'll have to pay a fine."
"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman."
"But I haven't even touched you," says the Game Warden .
"That's true, but you have all the equipment.  For all I know you could start at any moment."
"Have a nice day ma'am," and he immediately departed.
Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think.




Rotary Predator Free Waterfront Trapping Schedule
Week Ending (Sunday)
Volunteer 1
Volunteer 2
May 24
Jeff Lee
Brent Gerrard
May 31
Jenny Flannigan-Tong
Howard Tong
June 7
Bill Day
Steve Lawton
June 14
David Shackleton
Richard Brodie
June 21
Marc Rands
Bev Wells
June 28
Noel Winsloe
David Shackleton
July 5
Steve Lawton
Dennis Small
July 12
Brent Gerrard
Bill Day
July 19
Brenda Lazelle
Dave Lazelle
July 26
Jenny Flannigan Tong
Howard Tong
Aug 2
Richard Brodie
Peter Whittington
Aug 9
Noel Winsloe
Bev Wells
Please note: I have used Sunday as the service day for the week, but feel free to negotiate an alternative day to suit with your Service Volunteer Partner. If your allocated day doesn't suit please swap. Text Fraser Ebbett (WCC) 021 765 694 when you arrive and leave the site.