Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you very much for ALL your service to Rotary this year, our appreciation to all the good work the club has achieved throughout the year, our association with the Cambodia Charitable Trust, Brookfield School, Merivale School, Otumoetai Intermediate, Otumoetai College, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Youth Exchange, Taveuni Project Home Economics Room in Fiji,  all our club meetings, guest speakers and great fellowship. And to our newest members and to our members that have passed recently. Wishing you ALL a Merry Christmas with family and friends, safe travels to where ever you are traveling. See you in the New Year. 
Rotary Otumoetai Christmas Function
Festive fellowship with partners, and enjoyable evening with guest speakers, Sue Van Os from the Tauranga Foodbank, Rotary Youth Exchange Student Jannick Michel speaking about Christmas in Germany and our guest speaker Dr Andrew Corin (see details below), photo above has our choir members lead by Donald Hegan and on keyboard Rosemary Mock, thank you to everyone for making this evening a success. As always many thanks for gifting food items to the Tauranga Food bank.
Small Note From Jan Tinetti
Jan has been recovering at home following surgery to remove non invasive breast cancer. She says that she is really glad to have followed the regular screening programme. Whilst glad to have had the surgery, the recovery will take a while and she is really wanting to get back to normal.
Paul Higson arranged flowers and a card for Jan, Wishing you a speedy recovery Jan.
Guest Speaker Dr Andrew Corin

Story-telling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it…it brings about consent and reconciliation with things as they really are.”

I am frequently delighted by the surprise and revelation that comes from giving time and space for someone to tell their story. Like a mist clearing from the surface of a sparkling sea with the encouraging nudge of a light wind, most people I know have tales, curiously shy and waiting for the elements to allow them release.

I have the privilege and responsibility, as a medical doctor, of spending time with people, often in their most vulnerable and honest places; respecting their privacy and consent, they are my inspiration.

The gathered family members were clearly familiar with silence – the only sound was Jack’s tortured and rasping breathing. In different circumstances, Adrian knew that Jack’s usual bonhomie would have resolved the awkwardness, but now all his failing energy was consumed by the work of trying to coax ephemeral breath into his resistant lungs.

He sensed Jack’s grip slightly tighten and he turned to face the eyes that were wet still. Jack’s hand lifted and opened, trembling but inviting. Adrian clasped it with both his hands and smiled with reflected tears. The grip was so much weaker than the first time, but no less intense.

(From ‘Complaint’ in This Old Stick, 2019).



First Meeting - Reminder Monday January 13th 2020 - Rotary Otumoetai First Meeting BBQ, venue to be confirmed. Email will be sent out prior to meeting.

Apologies - Reminder Members please send apologies to Clyde Stewart

Cambodia - Undiscovered Lands Paul Noonan, informed the club of a bike trip in Cambodia, The Cycle trip confirmed by the operator Red Spokes to start in Phnom Penh on 31 May 2020, which would be in the area of school that the group can visit on Thurs 4th and Fri 5th of June, there are 5 people committed to the trip. If you are interested in the trip or know of a keen cyclist please visit 



Meetings each second and fourth Monday of the month – 5.45 p.m. for 6.30 p.m. at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Sulphur Point, Tauranga.  There will be no meeting on public holidays, and these dates will have been rescheduled in the same month.   All guest are welcome to join, please contact a club officer to confirm such dates.