Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Bulletin

Wednesday 27 May, 2020


Weekly meetings are via Zoom due to the situation with Covid-19

David Shackleton
It will be 77 days since we last met physically and I, for one, cannot wait to get together. On Wednesday 3rd June we will m
There are new protocols in place to ensure our safety and health which Peter has already communicated. However, if you have any reservations about meeting or if you have any questions regarding the format, please just call me at 021 654 738.
As you know, we provide final meeting numbers to the Wellington Club based on your responses.  This is the number we guarantee and what the Wellington Club charge us. If you confirm your attendance and are unable to make the meeting, and do not cancel, then I am afraid the $27 breakfast charge will be deducted from your account.
The attendance at our Zoom calls, over the past two months, has been excellent. This was made possible by the generosity of Warwick Bell who provided the use of his company Zoom account. Please join me in thanking Warwick for setting up the meeting each week and for allowing us to use his account. Warwick, we could not have done it without you.
I recently had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Rotary International Director Elect Peter Kyle. Peter outlined the four reasons people join Rotary.
  1. To contribute to society jointly with other people. They want to volunteer.
  2. Networking purposes and to meet other businesspeople
  3. For social interaction
  4. To have the opportunity to work with others on a project.
Peter went on to say that approximately 21.5% of New Zealanders undertake volunteer work. This is a similar figure to Canada, Australia, US and UK. In addition, the value of formal volunteering in New Zealand is estimated at a whopping $4 billion per annum. A huge contribution to society.
This underscores very clearly why for our members and for society, we as a Club, need to take on more hands- on projects.
Have a restful long weekend and see you Wednesday.


Kamini's thoughts on the on line Rotary Education Programme

I was very happy to have had the opportunity to sit in on two of the on-line Learning Webinars on Saturday 23 May. As a fairly ‘new’ Rotarian, I was keen to learn more about some of the areas that we as a group offer the community…both near and afar.
I found Ramala Ladge’s talk on ‘Millennials and Rotaractors Are Key to Your Club’s Future’ very informative and thought-provoking.
A few interesting points on how to attract young secondary school students/ young professionals to be part of the Rotary community and see the benefits for themselves and at the same time, for others in need were:
  1. Find ways to have fun engagement with the young people. Look for opportunities to connect informally as well.
Know your audience. We need to remember and ealise that when mentoring young professionals, they need to feel included & be able to gain something in return.
  1. Understand the importance of building a relationship with the young professionals. E.g. help them with moving house, giving them networking opportunities etc.
  2. Link the young people with senior professionals in their line of business/career.
  3. Give the young people the opportunity to manage the clubs Fb page, Instagram etc. These are areas that come naturally to them.
One important aspect that stood out for me was that as Rotarians we need to have a positive public image at all times….professional, relevant & consistent.
The other presentation that I enjoyed was the ‘Rotary Youth Exchange Programme’ by Lynne Philips.
Again, a few interesting points:
As Rotarians we need to dispel a few ‘Host Family’ myth – busters. They include …being too old, or too busy, or not currently having young adults in the house.
Older people have so much to offer e.g. valuable life experiences that youth want to hear about & will learn from.  
With regard to being too busy to host a Rotary Exchange Student… the young person will be busy too and will not be reliant on the Host family for a majority of each day. 
I found it useful to go back on-line and listen to these speakers again, as well as a few of the others.
The presentations are currently available on-line.
I very much appreciate having been a part of these on-line Learning Programmes; from which I acquired some valuable information.
Kamini Hermon

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

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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!
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Rotary District 9930 May 2020 Newsletter, from District Governor, Peter Maxwell
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Kiriwhakapapa news

Miss Piggy’s diary – Episode 8

Miss Piggy’s diary − Episode 10
I am still a bit shaken from the earthquake the other morning. I was just tucking in to my first round of pellets when the shed began to shake, rock and roll. I knew it would not fall down because Julian built it and he had said it could stand anything up to a 5.7 quake. It was only later that I heard it was a shallow 5.8. That was when I really began to shake. Julian and Sue seemed to cope. Sue hid in a doorway as you are supposed to but Julian stayed where he was.
The egg laying is beginning to be a bit of a problem, or should I say the lack of egg laying. I have not produced an egg since early January when I had a very early moult. Nearly five months with no eggs and I do not know what I can do. I keep going into the nest box and pretending to lay before so Julian thinks there is still a chance of an egg. It is at times like this I am pleased to know that Julian and Sue are both vegetarians.
Julian has continued his so-called sustainable living plan by resurrecting his old ski jacket. He says he bought it in 1985 and it still fits, although he says it is a bit on the snug side. I would say it is quite tight. With the recent frosty mornings he has found it very useful in spite of the chewed mouse holes in the sleeve which he says no one will notice. The photograph I have sneakily attached with his patched trousers and ‘snug’ jacket shows how much he has gone feral in the past few months.
Sue is beginning to trend this way as well. She has resurrected some clothes which Julian said were last fashionable in the 1970s – a lovely shade of brown. I must admit that I have never been a follower of fashion, I just look good naturally.
This week Julian went to Wellington for the first time in nearly three months. He was quite apprehensive about the visit and had long chats with me asking for advice about going back into the real world. I gave him some wise words, but as usual he did not understand. When he came back he said it was not as bad as he thought, but preferred to live in the wilds of the Wairarapa. Sue has said the same and has told me she has no desire to visit Wellington in the near future.


Julian Bateson