President Peter welcomed everybody - with special welcomes to Bevan back from Presidents’-Elect training, to guests Mike Farmer, and Garth Laing,  to past members John Rose and Chris Rickard, to Bernie Currie back from leave, and to Maureen Bruning
Rotary segment:
On Tuesday last week, at her home, Nola introduced me and some other Board members to Australians Peter and Helene Brown who were over from Taveuni, and who had also attended PET in Auckland.   Present at this excellent morning tea as well, were Kees and Ineke van Laar, who live in Omokoroa, and whom Nola has known over a number of years.    What I ascertained at this meeting was that both couples live part of each year on Taveuni, where they are involved in service projects, and the remainder of each year in Tauranga or Melbourne.  Peter is a builder par excellence, Helene is the secretary of Rotary Taveuni, Ineke is a nursing expert and is involved with Rotary eye health, and Kees has done administrative work for the same project.
Isn’t it wonderful that there are people who are prepared to use their retirements, and their personal resources, in such ways?  I was certainly struck by these impressive examples of service above self.  
Incidentally, I would also need to admit that I privately very much enjoyed the extraordinary apple cake that was available for morning tea.
Apple cake front and centre!
And on the lighter side....
Ma was in the kitchen fiddling around when she hollers out, "Pa! You need to go out and fix the outhouse!"
Pa replies, "There ain't nuthin wrong with the outhouse."   Ma yells back, "Yes there is, now git out there and fix it."

So Pa mosies out to the outhouse, looks around and yells back, "Ma! There's nuthin wrong with the outhouse! "
Ma replies, "Stick yur head in the hole!"   Pa yells back, "I ain't stickin my head in that hole!"    Ma says, "Ya have to stick yur head in the hole to see what to fix."

So with that, Pa sticks his head in the hole, looks around and yells back, "Ma! There's nuthin wrong with this outhouse!"    Ma hollers back, "Now take your head out of the hole!"    Pa proceeds to pull his head out of the hole, then starts yelling, "Ma! Help!    My beard is stuck in the crack in the toilet seat!"

To which Ma replies, "Hurt's, don't it?!"
THE ORATOR - Nola Ardern
Recently Nola received an email from the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel, which was the subject of her talk.
Namaste & Greeting - I am Bishnu Prasad Sapkota, the president elect from Rotary Club of  Dhulikhel, one of the vibrant clubs of Rotary Nepal.     I feel happy to message & connect you and wish you successful tenure of the president in 2019/20.   I would like to take this opportunity to present my club’s small presentation for information purpose. Thank you for your cooperation.     
With best regards,
Rtn.  Bishnu P.Sapkota President 2019/20                                                                                       
Rotary Club of Dhulikhel, RID 3292 NEPAL                  
Before looking at Rotary Dhulikhel’s information . . . let’s look at the Dhulikhel community/municipality
  • Population  Total = 32,162
  • Have several education institutes, including Kathmandu University
  • 50 schools in the area.
  • literacy rate of male population = 85.63%
  • literacy rate of female = 65.77%  
  • One Community Hospital.
  • A Primary Health Center
  • 6 Health Posts including 3 Urban Health Posts
  • 81.4% of the residents of the area have access to pipeline water supply
  • 64.23% households (4522 HHs) are equipped with a toilet                                            
  • the remaining 35.76% (2518 HHs) no toilet
Residents use a number of sources of fuel for cooking
  • 60.47%. residents use Firewood
  • 29.84%  residents use Kerosene and Gas
  • 5.28%  residents use Guitha,(locally made cattle dung cake)
  • 4.41% residents use Electricity                                                                               
Thinking about this environment – let’s turn our attention back to the Dhulikhel Rotary Club  - 
  • Chartered On: June 25,1997 
  • Members at present: 35
  • Average 65-70 per projects & programs annually
  • First club in District 3292 to receive a Global Grant
  • First organisation in Nepal to launch Earthquake relief program 2015.
Just to name a few of the projects Rotary Dhulikhel club have completed in the past few years
  • Blood bank at the Dhulikhel hospital
  • Several education projects
  • Built School facilities
  • Supplied schools equipment & stationery
  • Funded Hospital equipment – even a Cathlab costing $300,000
  • Dental clinic
  • Youth training centre and camps
  • Drinking water project and Harvesting rainwater project
  • Built a bridge over a very wide river – kids to get to school, adults to work
  • Mega annual eye camp, averaging 200 free operations every year
  • Disaster relief  . . . To name a few.
The projects range from $7,000 to $300,000 US.  The greater number being above $40,000.   These projects are potentially DAUNTING for any Rotary Club.   How do they do it?  I don’t think that Dhulikhel municipality is an environment where you could raise funds locally with its 35,000 inhabitants, with 25% of the population illiterate, more than half the population using firewood to cook, and almost 36% of households without a toilet.
So what makes Dhulikhel Rotary so successful?
The way I see it is . . . . the Rotary Dhulikhel club members see a need, and commit to it; and secondly recruit several partners – enough to fund the projects along with Global and District Grants.   In recent years – Dhulikhel Rotary partnered with 3 three Rotary clubs in D9930 to erect a toilet, and re-roof a village school in Nepal.    They also received a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation.   I suggest they are highly successful because they’re. . . .  
  • excellent communicators and highly organised in their planning, timing, and administration.
  • they go far and wide to look for funding.
The Dhulikhel Rotary President Elect’s email certainly gives us something to think about 
Cathlab USD 300,000
School Bus to Deaf School - USD 44,722
House for Homeless Project
GUEST SPEAKER - Mike Farmer, Farmer Auto Village
Mike Farmer is group managing director of Farmer Auto Village here in Tauranga.    Farmer Auto Village have been agents for a number of new and used vehicle brands for over 25 years.    Farmer Auto Village are active and major supporters in the community.
Mike spoke about their business, the future of motor vehicles, what the infrastructure needs to do, and the challenges of the next 15-30 years.   A critical factor for the future will be the ability to accept change.   The motor industry has not changed in the last 100 years, but over the next 10 years the way that we buy cars will change. 
Their company opened as Bay Nissan in 1991, and within 18 months was the Nissan Dealer of The Year.   New franchises have been progressively added  - Subaru (1993), Audi/Volkswagon (1996), Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge (2002), Hyundai (2011), Alfa Romeo/Fiat (2013, but now discontinued), and Haval/Great Wall (2018).   The Auto Village concept as born in 2005, and opened in July 2008.
The company now employs 130 people, is the most awarded dealership in New Zealand for customer service, has an annual turnover of 150 million dollars, has sales of 250 vehicles per month, services 150 vehicles per day, and has 45% of the new car market in Tauranga.
The Auto Village concept features -
  • more choice, less stress for the customer
  • all brands under one roof
  • shared resources
  • better customer interaction
  • most cost efficient
  • central management
  • one stop shop for everything motoring
Mike then discussed electric vehicles.   He says the media hype is ahead of the manufacturers at this point.  Electric vehicles (EVs) are only .6% of the total fleet.   It will be another 18-24 months before there is a decent supply of vehicles.   The pricing will settle as investment continues.   The range of the vehicles is still an issue - where do we charge when we get where we are going?   The infrastructure to support the vehicles has to greatly improve.   
The challenges that will come are the demands for a quick charge - as a comparison if you use your vehicle and need to recharge the battery, if you plug it in at home overnight, the battery will only charge 20 per cent.   The charging capacity requires a lot of investment in infrastructure, and this comes with a cost.   The electrical industry is still coming to terms with ascertaining what will be compliant.   People will need to adapt to soundless vehicles, and there is going to have be a huge acceptance of change.   At the moment there are no rules or regulations, and this is a big challenge.   We have to be careful about how problems are approached, and the infrastructure is everything.
Mike outlined their plans to be leaders in the industry, and for the Charging Station that they are intending to build, and hopefully have up and running by August.   
The types of EVs are - 
  • Electric Vehicle - has no internal combustion engine, and is only electric drive
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle - has an internal combustion engine, and an electric motor, and batteries
  • Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle - has an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, and can be plugged in to charge.
  • Mild Hybrid Vehicle - no longer a viable option.
Once the infrastructure and supply of vehicles is sorted out the next issue will be the human control of vehicles.  There are so many issues and questions, that in Mike's opinion, vehicles which require no driver intervention are at least thirty years away.
There will be some models available in 2019, but production is not quite there yet to cope with demand - that is more likely to happen by about 2022.   The next few years will be interesting.    In time the sales model is going to need to change.   It will not be about selling vehicles, but selling subscriptions to vehicles - something like Uber - you will call up when you need a vehicle and it will turn up at your location - but this is millions of miles away yet.
Mike showed some pictures of vehicles that are coming.   One of his favourites that he has driven overseas is the Audi Etron GT - shown below.
Tauranga Book Fair Parking - Keith McLeod thanked the fourteen people who had assisted with parking control at the Book Fair.   They had put in about 60 person hours over the weekend, and the club will benefit by a donation of $1000.
Carmen reviewed the cost and income, showing that the project is in profit, and that every ticket sold in the next five days, only adds to the profit.    So contact anyone you think might like the show, and bring them along.
There will be a live auction for a three night stay at Cooks Beach, driving in a prestige car (supplied by Mike Farmer), petrol vouchers to fuel it, and food vouchers to fuel the inner self.
A list of duties were outline for the night, and assigned as follows:
  • Preparing the venue (5 - 7 p.m.) - Nola Ardern, Peter Smith, Donald Hegan, John Buck
  • Greeters - Rachel Ackerley and Nola Arern
  • Greeters Support (the wine pourers) - Paul Noonan, and Donald Hegan
  • Ticket Sales (recording the etickets, and counting the beans) - Kay Farthing, Keith McLeod, Bruce Farthing
  • Raffle Buckets - Brian Hodge, Peter Stanley, Rachel Ackerley, Rae James
  • Silent Auction Table Security - Gordon Mock and Brian Hodge
  • EFTPOS machine - Paul Higson and Bruce Farthing
  • Auction winner carers - Rachel Ackerley, Nola Ardern, Brian Hodge, Morton Mair, Paul Noonan, Clyde Stewart
COMPUTER SECURITY - Paul Noonan reminded members that a few months back someone has accessed his mailing list, and was sending messages in his name.   It is still happening.   If you get a message from him, and you are not expecting it, then hit the "delete" button.    If it is really Paul, he will get in touch with you if he needs you.
POPPY DAY - Norm Bruning advises that we will again be helping with the Poppy Day collection, in the BIrch Ave commercial area.   It will be Friday 12 April, and eight volunteers are needed.   It is 9 am start and takes a couple of hours.   Please contact Norm if you are available.
HOME STAY - Peter Stanley said he had been contacted by Te Kuiti Rotary who were looking for some assistance with home stay for an exchange student from Austria.   If interested, contact Peter.
In a unanimous decision of the club members, John Barnard was elected an Honorary Life Member of the club.
John joined Rotary in 1985, and was previously at the Rotary Club of New Plymouth North - joining this club in 1988, and is honoured for his exemplary service to Rotary and the community.
It's a celebration - nobody!
25 March - Grace Bissett, Summer Science School
Only Rotary Ted was awarded this week, going to Carmen for her splendid efforts on the Beatgirls.    No one would admit to misdemeanours, so Elsewhere Ted has a bye this week.
Don then imposed fines on the following for anniversaries this month, which they all admitted to!
  • 2 - Keith Mcleod (WA)
  • 4 - John Buck (WA)
  • 13 - Sonita Rakoia (B)
  • 14 - Rachel Ackerley (R)
  • 15 - Dorothy Butt (B)
As Mike Farmer was here, the questions for members all followed a motoring theme -
  • What car sold more than one million units in 1965, setting a record that still stands today?
           Answer - In 1965, the Chevrolet Impala sold more than one million units in North America, setting a                       record that still stands today.
  • What year was the Corvette first introduced?   1943, 1953, 1963, or 1973?
            The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the production line on June 30 1953 - 300 were produced, all                          handmade.
  • What was the first commercially available hybrid gasoline-electric car in the United States?   Ford Escape Hybrid,Toyota Prius, or Honda Insight?
            Answer - In 1999, the two-door Honda Insight became the first commercially available hybrid-gasoline                  car.
  • What kind of car did Starsky and Hutch drive in the classic television series?   Ford Bronco, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Gran Torino, or Ford Ranger?

            Answer - The classic television series Starsky and HUtch (1975-1979), a red and white Ford Gran Torino.


  • How much horsepower did the first Porsche 911 have?   35 HP, 90HP, 130 HP, or 180 HP?
            Answer -  The original Porsche 911, introduced in 1964, boasted an impressive 130 hp @ 6100 rpm and              a top speed of about 130 mph (209 km/h).
PARTING THOUGHT - Carmen Goodwin
Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation.   Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace.   If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished.   Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.
[Kofi Annan]
President               Peter Stanley           570 1952       Mobile 021 0247 5576
President-elect     Bevan Rakoia           578 9511           Mobile 027 461 2127
Secretary               Nola Ardern             576 2410  Mobile 021 752 335
Treasurer              John Knowles          548 2324          Mobile 027 499 9456
Apologies &
Attendance            Ian Cochran             579 3836          Mobile 021 449 599
Bulletin Editor       Peter Smith              548 1680                Mobile 027 655 0397
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.   Please contact a club officer to confirm such dates.
ATTENDANCE – Members please email apologies to Ian Cochran,  The close off time for apologies is 12 Noon Friday, with late apologies by 12 Noon Monday.
Guests wishing to attend the club meeting please call 579 3836 or email Ian with your interest.