We welcomed students Ella Ruby and TJ Pullar who participated in RYPEN - Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment, Ella and TJ experienced this program at the well known Nagmuwaihine Camp in the Kaimais in Tauranga. We also got to hear from 4 Spirit of Adventure students Sage Freeland-Smith, Jamie Tickner, Rhys Stewart and Amelie Duffy. Above is a THANK YOU card from these Otumoetai College students for our kind sponsorship. Sandra Boubee is a Year 10 Dean at Otumoetai College she says "I am the Yr 10 Dean who had the privilege of accompanying these students on their 5 night journey.  I have been involved with Camps as an Outdoor Education teacher for over 30 years and would like to add my thought, Whaow, I fully endorse this opportunity for students. Compared to all the camps I have attended or facilitated, what I saw happening with these young students was amazing, I call it "Spirit Magic".  The students developed from strength to strength over the five days and really bonded as a functioning team.

Yannick Michel
Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Germany
Yannick Michel joined us for his first meeting and introduced himself to the club, some members met Yannick when we visited the Waikato University last month and dined at Gengy's together, He is attending Otumoetai College, we are the host club and Rachel and Paul are his host family, welcome again Yannick and we wish you an enjoyable year with us.
Supporting Cambodian Charitable Trust
Cambodia Charitable trust along with members of the Cambodian Community is hosting a event this month August 24th 2019, contact Devon for further details.
Charlotte Cameron
Outward Bound Student

Dear Otumoetai Rotary Club

Thank you for allowing me to attend OB and experience all its amazing opportunities. I came to OB not knowing that the next 3 weeks would be some of the most life changing and memorable weeks of my life. I experienced things I would never have experienced, made many lifelong friends and created memories which will stick with me forever. 

One of my most memorable moments at OB would have been sailing. The weather was perfect (almost too perfect for sailing), and everyone was in a good mood cracking jokes and laughing… probably at the fact our boat was barely moving. For the 36 hours we were out at sea I learnt many new skills such as jibing, steering the boat and how to row in time with 9 other people which proved to be way more difficult than expected. At first, anchor watch didn't sound like the most fun job when told it meant we had to sit on the Bow of the boat for two hours at night making sure the boat didn't move. I was quickly proved wrong when sitting on the bow at 11oclock, water lapping against the sides of the boat with millions of stars above. I no longer felt tired, in fact I didn't even want to go to sleep with a view like that right above my head.  

Before coming to OB, I was excited to discover where my mental and physical limits lay and what my values are. OB definitely allowed me to discover my values and limits. Gratitude was an important value I discovered at OB. I learnt that there is so much to be grateful for in life even when challenged physically or mentally. Within the first week of returning home, I have already been conscious of the goals I made at OB and have felt a real shift in my attitude towards life and the challenges it throws. 

I came home from OB with an open mind and much more confidence in my values and goals. I now feel like I can take on any challenge and give it 100 percent. I am incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to spend 21 days in the Queen Charlotte Sounds, experiencing all the challenges and memories OB has to offer. There were challenging times, like getting into frozen wetsuits early in the morning and tamping for 10 hours straight uphill, but these are the times that I am most grateful for as they helped me to grow. I cannot thank you enough for all the memories, lessons and experiences you opened up for me by allowing me to attend OB. 


Charlotte Cameron

Tauranga Christmas Parade Saturday 30th November 2019 - Bev Tagg President of Tauranga Rotary has reached out to us seeking volunteers to assist with crowd control and walking with the floats. Time is usually from 9am to 12.30pm Please contact

New Subscription - Do not forget to adjust your automatic payment to the new monthly subscription of $70, please do so before 31st July

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  
Apologies - Members please send apologies to Keith Mcleod
Up coming Speakers
Aug 26, 2019
Future for Tauranga
Sep 09, 2019
Tipu - Skills for Life
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Guest Speaker - Local Artist, Jamie Harkins
Honoured to hear from local artist Jamie Harkins, he is a resident of Mount Maunganui, a former Otumoetai College student,  he found his niche with his unique 3D sand art design and with the use of social media propelled his love for art and gathered a loyal following, Jamie presented a slide show of his creations. You will see some of his creations around Mount Maunganui when the tide is low and the weather is right. Photos and Images Copyright to Jamie Harkins (Artist)
Words by the Sage
Rae James

First Thought

For all present here tonight, for a well filled plate and brimming cup and freedom from washing up.

Final Thought
Art is not what you see but what you make others see
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Secretary               Nola Ardern             576 2410  Mobile 021 752 335
Treasurer              John Knowles          548 2324          Mobile 027 499 9456
RYPEN - Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment

RYPEN camp will be held from the 20th to 22nd of March 2020 at the Ngamuwahine Camp.

With increases in the cost of the Ngamuwahine camp site, Health and Safety requirements, and Adventure Works please ensure your budget for the 2019/20 Rotary year includes $1,400 for the camp.

For those unfamiliar with the Programme please refer to the following website  and check our Facebook page for photos of the 2019 camp.

In Tauranga we invite the year 10 Dean from each of the colleges from Katikati to Te Puke to nominate 5 students who they feel will benefit from the weekend.

As always there is an open invitation to anyone who is interested in participating in the weekend.

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.