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Hearing from our Members

Gary DentonOur guest speakers were two Club members who described their very interesting lives and careers. We are privileged to have such members.

Gary Denton recalled memories of early days growing up in Tawa in the 1960s. There were still farms in Redwood beyond Pembroke St and Lane Crescent. Groceries were bought at Wardells (now the site of the Salvation Army Store). There were many dairies then that are now residential homes and many more service stations, including on the sites of the lawnmower repair shop and the Amcal pharmacy on the main road. Gary is a Chartered Accountant, having gained a BCA from Victoria University of Wellington in 1979. He worked with major accounting firms before commencing practice in Tawa in 1993. He has longstanding sporting interests, particularly in rugby and cricket. Gary has served for 37 years with the Tawa Volunteer Fire Brigade, including 3 years as Chief Fire Officer.

Tony HeywardTony Heyward’s early life was in rural Edgecumbe where his experiences included milking cows, water skiing, bare-back riding and learning how to cook. He was runner-up North Island junior go-kart champion. Tony moved to Napier when he was 17 and worked in the parts department of an automobile firm, raced yachts competitively, and joined Jaycees. He moved on to Air New Zealand and eventually Wellington where he managed Government business for the airline, travelling with the company to some interesting places and meeting some memorable people, including royalty. After a time with Morgan & Banks, Tony joined and bought a boutique recruitment company which he rebranded as Transit Lounge.  

Congratulations to Raffle Winner

Congratulations to New World Raffle Winner – Peter Lockery

Parting Thought

Parting thought from Brian Frampton - “Well done is better than well said”.


Join us and have a go!

the expertFurther to last week’s appeal for help with preparing weekly notices from our meetings and updating content on the website, the suggestion received is to roster members to carry out these duties – similar to our rostered group of photographers, and also the shared approach to such duties taken by Plimmerton Rotary for their website updates. Both Martin and Laura are unavailable to continue these roles, as they need to focus their effort as directors of membership and community projects respectively.

Fraser Carson has kindly offered to assist with practical guidance – and has already delivered two sessions that involved Plimmerton and Tawa Rotarians. Web software knowledge is not required.

It’s important for Tawa Rotarians to share the load and take ownership of our web presence so that the content can be kept up-to-date and relevant for our communities and members. Such input from members delivers to our strategic priorities – support and strengthen clubs and enhance public image and awareness.

Upside Down, Inside Out and All Over the Place – 20 weeks to Conference 2014

President Pat urged members to register for the combined District Conference and Zone Institute. Early bird discounts are available until 1 October. Ken Pearson and Martin Garcia are Tawa’s club champions for the Conference.

Being held at: Wellington 5-7 December 2014.

Rotarians and friends from some 15 countries across the 21 districts of Australia and 6 of New Zealand – and thus reaching out across the South and South West Pacific – will be in Wellington for a week.

It culminates in a combined Conference and Institute Friday 5 to Sunday 7 December, at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.

A programme is available on line; and you can register now. More activities and speakers will be added. The Facebook page is

Register at

Early bird registration closes 30 September.

From 1 October the current $285 + $70 (for the Saturday night function) will increase to $325 + $70. So get on line and register now at (A saving of $40 if you register early).

PS: The next District 9940 Conference after this is not until May 2016 (that’s right, no District Conference in calendar 2015). The December 2014 Conference is so good, you will need all that time to gear up for the next!

Good health @ Revolve

The Tawa Rotary Revolve Gym class is held each Sunday, at midday, or 10 minutes earlier if you wish to warm up on a treadmill. At Revolve Gym, The Mall, Tawa. Tawa Rotarians and their friends / relations are very welcome to join - so come along and give it a go. FREE for first time attendees – else only $10pp per session. A bargain for a 40 min. weights and exercise circuit to tone up those muscles. Want to find out more? - get in touch with Richard Herbert.

For print copy of notices, select: Bulletin Notices 3 August 2014 [size 361 Kb]

Tuesday 29 July 2014

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