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PDG Pat Waite, 15 Mar 16Melva Waite, 15 Mar 16PDG Pat and Melva Waite were our speakers on 15 March 2016, and they shared  their interesting and special journey to the Middle East earlier this year. Their journey was a special group tour which included Jordan and Israel.

Jordan is an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and Petra, Holy Landseaside resorts. They were fortunate to  visit  the famed archaeological site of Petra,  the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C.E. Petra is set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples and monuments carveDead Sea, 15 Mar 16d into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs from which Petra earns  its nickname, the "Rose City.”

Also Madaba, best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of the Holy Land.

Map of the Holy LandAnother highlight was the Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. The Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. The surface and shores of the Dead Sea are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, making it Earth’s lowest elevation on land; 377 m (1,237 ft) deep, making it the deepest hypersaline lake in the world, with 33.7% salinity. It enabled both Melva and Pat to float easily, although getting upright again was more difficult as Pat found out!

Entry into Israel was more difficult, with many delays and armed guards, which made they found intermediating.  However they found the time spent in the Holy land inspiring.

Whilst in the Holy Land they took the opportunity to renew their marriage vows.

Guest speaker - Brett Hudson List MP for Ohariu

On 22 March, Brett Hudson, List MP based in Ohariu will be our guest speaker.

Upcoming Events 

Date (2015)



22 March

Brett Hudson, List MP for Ohariu Brian Frampton

29 Mar

Membership Development action plan; Helena, exchange student presentation Pat Waite

5 Apr

Ian McKinnon Robert Armstrong

12 Apr

Nina Sochon, Team building and inspiration John Sloan

18 Apr (Mon)

Visit to Zealandia with Johnsonville Rotary  

26 Apr

Di Patchett, Cheboche Trust Nepal Malcolm Andrews

3 May

CentrePort Visit Pres Ken Pearson

10 May

Claire Tyler - Enduring Power of Attorney  


New home required for Club’s BBQ

We need to find a new home for the Club’s BBQ. If you have suitable storage space available in a garage, or similar, please contact Peter Lockery. The Club only uses it once or twice a year so it is available for your own use in between!!

Zealandia visit with Johnsonville Rotary

Please see below and keep Monday 18 April free. More details will be coming.

This week we will advise who to RVSP to within our Rotary Club; do not RVSP to Johnsonville.

“Dear Fellow Presidents

It gives me great pleasure to invite you and your clubs (including partners) to the dinner at Zealandia (Rata Café) on 18 April 2016.

This is to reciprocate your hospitality when our club members and partners have visited your clubs. Due to the small size of our venue we have not been able to reciprocate till now.

Zealandia offers us a unique venue and something different. The theme of the evening has been crafted to fit the venue and hopefully make it a memorable evening.


Times: arrive from 5.50 to 6 pm, with 6.15 meal. We should finish around 8 pm. Date: Monday 18 April.

Guest speaker: the new CEO of Zealandia, Paul Atkins. He will speak about Zealandia.

Paul will be introduced by Kerry Prendergast. Kerry was a major contributor and supporter for the Rotary Centennial Project (Discovery area) at Zealandia (she was Wellington’s Mayor at the time). Kerry is also current chair of the Environmental Protection Authority and President of the Rotary Club of Wellington.


  • Flight crusted whole Angus sirloin with kumara mash & chimmichurri
  • Garden fresh Green Salad with Roasted potatoes
  • Assortment of Desserts on Platters
  • Selection of Herbal Teas & Filter Coffee

Special menu requirements can arranged if notified beforehand (there may be an extra cost if there are more than 5 special requests).

Meal cost: $29.50 a head (inclusive of GST). There will be a cash bar available.

Arrangements between clubs ….[Names to be collected for Tawa Rotary to be forwarded to Johnsonville Rotary]

I am looking forward to having you all with us on 18 April.

Kind regards,

Michael Hodgen (President: Rotary Club of Johnsonville)”

Volunteers please - the Redwood Club

The Redwood Club has drivers, but is aiming to get two-person teams as a safety measure (same logic as the Longview Home wanting a driver and helper for their outings – just in case something happens). The members are all elderly and variously either dementia sufferers or stroke victims, mostly not too safe on their feet. 

In effect, each volunteer is “riding shotgun”, helping members on and off the bus or walking them to their doors. Additional volunteers are required for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (Doug Burrus does Wednesdays). Each volunteer does one day per week. The duty goes from 3.30pm till 5.00pm and is not onerous. Club Members come from the Tawa, Porirua, Johnsonville and Newlands areas.

If you are available to help, please call Wendy on 232 5521.

Other Rotary news

District Conference:

DG Simon Manning, Sue O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Sutton 1 March 2016DG Simon Manning pictured from left with Sue O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Sutton.Invitation to combined Conference May 2016

Note from DG Simon Manning:“…attached the March DG Newsletter. In this newsletter you will find details on how to register for our district conference in Nelson in May. Please register for conference as soon as possible. If you haven’t been to a conference in a few years, may I strongly urge you to consider coming to your district conference this year.”

To register now please go to:




District Assembly:

DG Elect Martin and Denise Garcie

DG elect Martin Garcia is encouraging us to attend this year’s District Assembly – being held at Palmerston North Boys’ High School on Sunday 10 April from 9am to 3.30pm.

Please register with Pres elect Andrew Watson - registrations are required no later than 27 MARCH

Martin asks: Please encourage as many of your fellow Rotarians to come along to District Assembly, especially incoming leaders and those who are new to Rotary and those who may be your future leaders.

There will be an excellent coverage of topics including leadership, change and peace from former Governor General and Wellington Rotarian, Sir Anand Satyanand. See more


Duties  Tuesday 22nd March  Tuesday 29th March
Speaker:  Brett Hudson  Membership
Attendance:  Paul Drummond  Malcolm Andrews
Greetings:  Richard Herbert  Laura Sommer
Setting Up:  K. Searle / K. Woodgate  K. Searle / T. Humphries
Clearing Up:  All Members  All Members
Photographer:  Denise Garcia  Peter Lockery
Grace & Parting Thought:  Steven Pettigrew  Euan Patchett
Speaker Introduction*:  Brian Frampton  Tony Heyward
Speaker Thanks:  Russell Smith  John Sloan
Raffle:  Bill Sommer  Bernard O'Laughlin
Long View Roster:  N / A  N / A


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