Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Bulletin

Wednesday 19 February, 2020

David Shackleton
Once in while a media story appears about the excessive amount’s charity organisations spend on administration. So, this week I went on-line to find out how much the Rotary Foundation spends on its administration.  I was pleasantly surprised.
The Rotary Foundation expenditures in US dollars is $335 million.  Of that 92% go to programme awards and operations such as Polio Plus, Global, district, and other grants and to Peace Centres. The remaining 8 % is spent on Fund development and general administration. This has earned the Foundation the highest award from Charity Navigator 12 years in a row. Only one percent of organisations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 12 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
On a similar subject, from our membership dues we pay US $64 to Rotary International. These funds are used to support members, clubs and districts. Here’s how they are allocated. $21.95 to programmes and member services, $13.97 to IT, operations and administration, $10.96 to communications and $6.15 to international operations, $4.16 in governance and executive, $4.01 in finance and $2.80 in HR, legal and audit.
On a completely different subject, this week we presented our first “Rotary Hero award” to Jane Wells the Functions Manager at the Wellington Club. The Hero’s award is designed to recognise non-Rotarians who support our Club.  Jane is truly deserving, as she organises our weekly breakfasts and functions, dealing with our fluctuating numbers and dietary needs with great equanimity. We will be giving more Hero Awards later this year but if you know of someone who is deserving please let me know.
Have a great week
Jane Wells and Peter Whittington


Speaker's Report

Our speaker this week was Marnie Karmelita, Creative Director for the New Zealand Festival of the Arts. The Festival which began here in 1986, runs from 21 February to 15 March.

Marnie grew up in Perth and early in her career worked with the Perth Festival before going on to a number of other related roles. There was a very close relationship between the Perth Festival and the New Zealand Festival in Wellington when it first started and the Director at the time willingly shared ideas and artists. Marnie was therefore very familiar with the New Zealand Festival and was delighted to secure the Creative Director role in Wellington.

She highlighted a number of events coming up over the next 3.5 weeks, all of which can be found in the Festival catalogue or online.  An important take home message for members was - if you are having trouble deciding which events you would like to attend, her staff in the Festival office on Dixon Street are very willing to spend time with you providing more information and helping you match your interests with programme items. And as always, there are a number of free events to enjoy such as the large-scale artworks that will light up our waterfront throughout the Festival. Enjoy.

Brenda Lazelle
Club Reporter
Child Cancer Appeal
Saturday 29 February
Collection for Child Cancer 
The Club is collecting for the Child Cancer Appeal on
The Club is collecting for the Child Cancer Appeal on Saturday February 29. Our station will be the Chaffers New World from 9am to 5pm. Tony Robinson will be supplying us with the identification sashes, buckets etc.
MANY thanks to all those who have already offered to take a shift. If you can do any of the unallocated slots please email Tony and Brenda If the slot allocated doesn’t suit you, please feel free to swap.
Thank you again
Collector 1
Collector 2
9am – 10am
John Bishop
Joy Durrant
Nicci Tong
Tony Robinson
11am – 12 noon
Sue Waldren
David Barnes
12 noon – 1pm
Anne Hare
Bev Wells
Howard Tong
Bill Day
2pm – 3pm
David Shackleton
Sheryn Shackleton
3pm – 4pm
Jill Robinson
Andre Lategan
4pm – 5pm
Tony Robinson
Peter Whittington
Dinner with Ben Baker
Save the date of Monday 2 March 6.30pm Wellington Club for a special performance Dinner Date with Ben!
Back in New Zealand on a flying visit to play the Sibelius Violin Concert as soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra on 29 February, Benjamin Baker is squeezing in a dinner performance for his supporters from the Wellington Club and the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson and invited guests. He will be joined by Justine McCormack, other special guests and pianist Julie Coulson. There will be solo violin works by Bach, Kreisler, Paganini and a beautiful violin duo by Shostakovich with Justine, followed by a fun item or two!
The evening will begin at 6.30m with a drink, followed by a delicious 3 course meal, interspersed with brackets of music and hearing Ben talk about his already illustrious international career and exciting plans for a new programme in the Southern Lakes, Chamber Music at the World’s Edge.
He will mingle at the end so that people can engage more with this outstanding and delightful locally born musician. More information can be found here.
Tickets $90
Book now! Contact Nicholas Duncan
Please include names of all guests and any dietary requirements
Bank into Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Account No: 03 0502 0132476 00
Queries to Dawn Sanders M: 027 283 6016, NZ Agent for Ben Baker

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 04, 2020 7:00 AM
High Commissioner of Samoa
Mar 11, 2020 7:00 AM
House of Grace
Mar 18, 2020 7:00 AM
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Dinner with Ben Baker
The Wellington Club
Mar 02, 2020
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Social Get Together - Tuesday 3 March
Carter Observatory
Mar 03, 2020
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 4 March
The Wellington Club
Mar 04, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Zealandia Working Bee
Mar 14, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Martinborough Round the Vines Fun Run and Walk
Mar 21, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Goal Setters Awards 2020
Mar 30, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Rotary Weekly Meeting 1 April 2020
No meeting at Wellington Club this week.
Apr 01, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Social Get Together - Friday April 3
Thistle Inn
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
View entire list
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
The Ambulance for Samoa
Darryl has possession of the Ambulance and has been cleaning and polishing it. It’s now ready for maintenance and paintwork.
Gazley Motors (a regular supporter of our club’s initiatives) kindly provided the delivery plate for driving the ambulance to Auckland
A wonderful project - well done Darryl, Rick and all others involved.
Working Bee
Saturday 14 March
9.00am - Midday

The work will be at the Discovery area to remove all the old path edging.

It has rotted away over the years and is now a real trip hazard for anyone walking there.

An email will be sent to members - also contact Paula on 021 398 198

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 ...........................
On a scale of 1 to 10, you’re a 9. I’m the 1 you need.
Roses are red, my face is too.. that only happens when I see you
You know what’s on the menu? ME-N-U
If I had a penny for every time I thought of you, I’d have exactly one cent, because you never leave my mind
 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
 Duties for 26 February
Desk:    John Mills
Greeter: Heather Lucas
Opening Thought: Bill Day
Happy Dollars:  Nicole Barker
Introduction: Steve Lawton    
Thanking: Geoff Smith
Parting Thought: Peter Whittington
Club Reporter: Ros Fogel

Predator Free Waterfront Servicing Schedule
We’ve caught our first rat! Dave and I found a very dead rat in Trap 103 during servicing on Monday.

As we have now completed our first trapping quarter we intend to do a review of the programme and all Club members input is welcome. A date will be advertised once our WCC partners confirm their availability. We also hope to hold another WCC Trapper Induction to enable new trappers to join our Servicing Team. 
Week Ending (Sunday)
Volunteer 1
Volunteer 2
Feb 9
Brenda Lazelle
Dave Lazelle
Feb 16
Noel Winsloe
Steve Lawton
Feb 23
Bev Wells
Bill Day
Mar 1
Paula McKnight
Jeff Lee
Mar 8
Jenny Flannigan-Tong
 Howard Tong
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

  Howard Tong - A profile by Jean Sloane

Howard is a truly lovely man. The smile he carries in his heart lights a boyish twinkle in his eyes. He is a happy man and his joy for life is expressed in his always positive attitude.

While it’s important to recognize Howard's professional and volunteer accomplishments, the many roles he has played and the contributions he has made are well documented and easily Googled. See District Governor 2011. The details tell the tale of a life he enjoys living to the fullest, but the really fascinating bit is the man himself and what makes him, him.

Howard believes in the importance of really knowing oneself and explains that his own Clifton Strength’s Talent Assessment identifies responsibility as one of his five unique talents that make him who he is. He says “It’s true, I do not shirk responsibility”. It’s clearly more than that though. He enjoys responsibility and always has.

One of Howard’s fondest childhood memories was walking out of the bank and down Tawa Main Road every week with a bag of money, thousands of pounds in salaries entrusted to a boy of only nine years.

Howard takes great pride in both his experiences and his accomplishments but is clear to enumerate his priorities 1. Family 2. Work 3. Rotary and 4. Everything else. Interestingly “Everything else” has its own list of accomplishments including significant contributions to the performing arts as musical director and producer and more recently a personal interest in wooden models.

Howard says, “It’s quirky of me I know”.  And, while it may have seemed quirky in the beginning it’s not now. In fact, he’s quite accomplished at this particular art form. “Saint Mary of the Angels church was the first one that was mine,” he said, meaning he both created the design and built it. He proudly whips out his phone and the picture he shows tells the story of a labour of love creating a replica of the beautiful historic structure in downtown Wellington.

It seems that Howard’s every accomplishment leads to yet a new opportunity. The school of architecture at the University of Victoria recently asked if he would complete a replica of St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Willis. He is pleased and proud to take on this project and is approaching it with his usual vim and vigour.

Howard has made countless contributions to Rotary over the years, his next one being Master of Ceremonies for the 2020 District Conference. That said, his proudest moment as a Rotarian was only a few weeks ago when his daughter Nicci join him as a member of the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson. On this day, his eyes twinkled and he beamed with pride.