Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Bulletin

Wednesday 11 March, 2020

David Shackleton


A number of members have asked about our position with regard to the meetings and forthcoming events in light of the Corona virus.  We have discussed, in depth, postponing not only the Goal Setters but also the Auction event in May. The decision, at present, is to go ahead with the Goal Setters and wait and see for a week or so about the Auction. This also goes for our meetings.

Our decision is based on the latest Department of Health advice and recommendations and we will review daily. The advice to date reads:
Event organisers
At this stage, the Ministry of Health does not propose altering arrangements for public events. If you are an event organiser, you should focus on:
  • reminding the public and event workers not to attend if they are feeling unwell
  • reminding the public and event workers not to attend if they have been to any country except those listed in Category 2 (excluding airport transit) in the past 14 days
  • ensuring your emergency management plan is up to date
  • briefing your event staff on how to practice good hygiene and making it easy for staff and attendees to practice good hygiene (see below).
How to proceed with large public events
For this reason we will continue with our weekly meetings unless this advice changes. We are reviewing the advice daily and will let you know the moment it changes.
Naturally, if our members feel uneasy about attending a meeting or indeed feel unwell then you should not attend. Also please remember that shaking hands, hugging is not advised, and to follow the recommended hygiene instructions of washing your hands, using hand sanitiser etc.
I will be sending out more advice as we hear more.
Have a good week


Speaker's Report

House of Grace
 - works with unwed Mothers

Fiona Collins from the House of Grace shared her favourite story about working at the home for young, unwed mothers in Newlands.
She calls it the lunchbox story and has to do with a young girl watching Fiona pack a lunchbox for Fiona’s daughter in the days when Fiona and her husband were the parents in resident at the home.
“She asked what I was doing. I said I was doing a lunchbox for Ada (her five year old daughter).
“What’s in it? Sandwich, some fruit and some yoghurt.”  The girl seems disinterested.
But she came and watched again the next day, and several more times after that.
“So you do that everyday? she asked.
Yes said Fiona, everyday.”
That routine act of caring for someone made a huge impression on the girl, Fiona told the club.
“She was 21 and had never had a lunchbox or even her own toothbrush. She’d dropped out of school at twelve and no one had noticed. She came to us pregnant and with no one to care for her. Her daughter is now six and she goes to school everyday with a lunchbox and she has her own toothbrush.”
The House of Grace is one of the charities which our club supports, and club members regularly provide goods and gifts to the house. The house is one of two – the second is in Hamilton - and there are plans to open a third house in Christchurch.
They provide a safe and secure environment for 12 to 23 year old to have their babies and they are looked after for up to a year after that. The houses are live- in couples and there are eight people in total in the House of Grace team with another 10-15 volunteers helping out in each home.
John Bishop
Club Reporter
Working Bee Saturday 14 March

A small but hard working group made a wonderful difference up in the Discovery area on Saturday.

A big thank you to you all.

The couple in the above photo
are from the Oklahoma Rotary Club


Last week this year's group elected their Board. It was a very active meeting and the new Board were ecstatic at their nomination.
The co-Presidents are Lea and Ken - 3rd and 2nd from right.
Gillian talks to the very enthusiastic group.
 Annual Round the Vines run/walk
will take place on Saturday 21 March 2020.  I have booked Keith's place in Martinborough for the weekend, so we will finish with a BBQ there after the event.  Thanks Keith for allowing us to recuperate at your place.  Either keep or start training over the festive break to ensure you are in peak physical condition for this event.  It is a lot of fun with both competitive and very social runners and walkers welcome. The drink stands around the course are all themed and serve a range of beverages that include "water".  More details in the New Year.
Peter Whittington

Early registrants go into the draw for a

Bottle of Champagne


An email from

Tony Abbott, Hutt Valley Rotary 

021 351 343;


The annual Rotary District 9940 conference is approaching to be held 15-17 May 2020.

Over this time we would like to offer “Home Hosting” to those delegates wanting accommodation during the conference.

We are reaching out to you and your club to see who is interested in being a home host.  Those who are interested should contact
me directly so I can match them up with those needing accommodation.


A home host would be expected to offer the following: 

  • Accommodation at no cost on Friday and Saturday
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Means of transport to and from the conference venue if required (this could be via public transport if necessary)
  • Contact with the hostee prior to conference with details such as home location.

Being a “Home Host” is a rewarding experience and we would encourage you and your members to get involved where possible.

I am available to answer any questions you might have, look forward to hearing from you.


The hard working Conference Committee who meet fortnightly.

Mar 25, 2020 7:00 AM
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Upcoming Events
Goal Setters Awards 2020
Mar 30, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 1 April 2020
Leuven Bar informal breakfast
Apr 01, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Cancelled - Social Get Together - Friday April 3
Apr 03, 2020
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 29 April 2020
No meeting at Wellington Club this week.
Apr 29, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Charity Auction & Quiz Evening
May 01, 2020
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 13 May 2020
No meeting at Wellington Club this week.
May 13, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
District 9940 Conference
Lower Hutt Events Centre
May 15, 2020 5:00 PM –
May 17, 2020 12:00 PM
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Goalsetters Award  Monday
30 March 2020
There has been an amazing response this year as there has been over
50 applications. Interviews have taken place and awardees selected.
Richard Brodie 
027 439 2424
Mark your diary:
Anzac Day Breakfast Copthorne Hotel Oriental Parade
Saturday 25th April 6.45 a.m
In conjunction with Rotary Club of
Mount Victoria
At the conclusion of the Anzac service at Pukeahu
Stroll to a delicious cooked breakfast and guest speaker.
Raising money for the Wellington Children’s Hospital
More details to follow
and/or contact  021-620-557.

Club Support for the Refugee Community

As you will know, Marc has circulated a notice inviting contributions to our next incoming refugee family. Many thanks Marc for overseeing this initiative. 

We have received an invitation to following related event: 

Picnic in Parliament Grounds Sunday March 29

The Club has received an invitation to meet some of the former refugees we have helped settle in Wellington, at a picnic on Sunday 29 March from 12noon to 2pm in Parliament Grounds (Alternative venue in case of rain: Anglican Cathedral in Hill St.) 
Something to diary for 2020...…...
Our Charity Auction Dinner and Quiz will be held on Friday
1 May 2020
For our Charity Auction Dinner and Quiz we'd love contributions for our......
Cashed in gifts HOT POINTS/FLY BUYS 
RE-GIFTING – those gifts you know you’ll never use!
MOVIE.... Tickets/Vouchers
MENS and WOMENS Gift Vouchers
HAIRDRESSING.... accessories/vouchers
Bring to Rotary over the next few weeks or contact
Paula 021 398 145 ...........................
This week some shortcuts for WhatsApp and texters!
1NAM=one in a million
BFF=Best friend forever
CYO=See you online
HMU=Hit me up
WRU=Who are you
BBL=Be back later
KYP=Keep you posted
ORLY=Oh really
WB=Welcome back
TIA=Thanks in advance
BB=Bye Bye
JJ=Just joking
JK=Just kidding
ASIC=As soon as I can
BAU=Business as usual
AAK=Alive and kicking
 Duties for 11 March
Desk:    David Barnes
Greeter: Marc Rands
Opening Thought: Kamini Hermon
Happy Dollars: Bill Day
Introduction: Heather Lucas   
Thanking: Howard Tong
Parting Thought: Julian Bateson
Club Reporter: Brenda Lazelle

Rotary Predator Free Waterfront Project - Review Wednesday April 1.

Our Review with Wellington City Council is scheduled for 9-10am on April 1. The Council is providing a meeting venue on the Terrace and I will confirm details later. The review will take the form of an open discussion on the success of the Project to date and consideration for improvements or possible adjustments to the trap locations. I would welcome any suggestions or agenda items so we can notify Henk and Fraser in advance. 

New members interested in becoming involved in the Project are VERY welcome to attend. And if you are interested and cannot attend please let me know. 

Thank you again for your support

Brenda Lazelle

Predator Free Waterfront Servicing Schedule
Again – many thanks to Trappers for their support on our Predator Free Waterfront efforts. Our tally to date is 43 mice and 1 rat – and a couple of inquisitive blackbirds unfortunately. But we understand a reduction of mice could result an increase in the number of skinks around – so still very positive. 
Week Ending (Sunday)
Volunteer 1
Volunteer 2
Mar 15
Noel Winsloe
Peter Whittington
Mar 22
David Shackleton
Richard Brodie
Mar 29
Brent Gerrard
Dennis Small
April 5
Marc Rands
Jeff Lee
April 12
Jenny Flannigan Tong
Howard Tong
April 19
Richard Brodie
Bill Day
April 26
Brenda Lazelle
Dave Lazelle
May 3
Marc Rands
Dennis Small
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.
Brenda Lazelle
Linda Wellington - Profile by Jean Sloan
Linda is an interesting woman. She works as Corporate Affairs Manager for Waterford Security, the family owned business she operates with her husband Craig.  Linda is mother to three grown kids – Grace 28, Jack 26 and Florence 22. She and Craig might be considered empty-nesters, if it weren’t for the dog, Harold, who takes up the space of a full grown person.
The really interesting bits about Linda jump out when the conversation turns, as it inevitably does, to health and fitness. “I’m not a fanatic or anything, I’ll take drugs if I have to but if I can avoid it with diet, I will.” Linda adds emphatically, “Food is the best medicine.”
While Linda worked 25 years as a pharmacist, she says pharmacy was really just a safe career choice. Her real passion lies in community nutrition. She says that earning her Diploma in Food and Nutrition was the result of a life-long, personal interest in using food to get and stay healthy.
While Linda eats a plant-based diet, she recognizes that some make the decision to go Vegan for environmental and humanitarian grounds.  For her, the decision was made as the result of a personal health issue. Becoming Vegan was a gradual process. As she continued to limit various foods from her diet, she says, she just felt better and better.
Linda says that being vegan does take a bit of planning. She dehydrates her own food and prepares meals to take tramping. She actually grows a lot of her own vegetables too.
An important part of healthy living is physical fitness and Linda’s voice get’s excited when she talks about her many tramping trips from base camp at Everest, climbing Kilimanjaro or visiting Antartica. “The wild-life was amazing. The whales, the penguins and the albatross…more beautiful than I ever imagined and the elephant seals were leaping out of the sea.” You can hear her love of the outdoors when she talks about her next trip; she and Craig are off to the Galapagos Islands in June 2020 for the sole purpose of seeing “more amazing wildlife.”
Thankfully, New Zealand is a beautiful place to work and play and she and Craig return as often as humanly possible to spend time in the Wairarapa. Contrary to the youthful cries for freedom which was only to be found in someplace away from the family farm, Linda now treasures times at her country home. Her vision of retirement promises views of the Tararua Mountains, overlooking the Rumahanga River and the family farm where her father, Bryan Tucker, himself a long-serving member of the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa, still works the farm.  He might have known that while she couldn’t wait to leave, one day she would quite like to return! And she does!
Oh, yeah! And as an active member of the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson, Linda has held a variety of positions from treasurer to president and more recently as assistant governor. Not surprisingly, being an active member of the club includes participating in the Poneke Tramping Group.

Rotary branded T-shirts and Polos

Orders required by midday Monday 9 March - please email An invoice from BRANDMARQUE will be emailed direct once shirts are ready.

QCT Mens Lattitude 'Tee' Shirt - NB sizes are S-3XL, 5XL

Unit $42.00

QVT Womens Latitude 'Vee' Shirt -NB Sizes are 8-22

Unit $42.00

P200 Unisex Oxford Polo - NB Sizes are 3XS-3XL, 5XL, 7XL

Unit $44.00

Cheers, Ross.