Peter welcomed twenty plus guests to a very special occasion for the Rotary Club of Otumoetai as we welcomed guests and prospective members.
"Often at this point in the evening’s proceedings I tell a joke or a story that may relate in some way to Rotary.
Tonight, as you do, I would like to share some children’s comments about adult relationships.  I don’t really think that there is much connection with Rotary, but the observations are interesting nonetheless."
When Lynette aged eight years was asked what people do on a date she said:
'Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.  Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.'
Meanwhile, Martin, aged 10, said, 'On the first date they just tell each other lies.  That usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.'
When is it okay to kiss someone?   'When they are rich,' says Pam aged seven.    'The rule goes like this,' says Howard, who is a year older.  'If you kiss someone then you should marry them and have kids with them.  It’s the right thing to do.'   Poor Howard.
How can a stranger tell if two people are married?   Eight year-old Derrick commented, 'You might have to guess based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.'
When Lori, who is the same age, was asked what she thought her mum and dad have in common she replied. 'They both don’t want any more kids.'   
Finally, Kelvin, yet another eight-year-old responded to the question ‘How would the world be different if people didn’t get married?’    He said, 'There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?'
After dinner, Peter made a presentation about Rotary, and Otumoetai's position in this world.....
He outlined the beginnings of Rotary, the regional, district and club organisation - Otumoetai being one of 52 clubs in District 9930, with a district membership of almost 1800.    Peter went on to explain that the club served in the world - in the district - and in our neighbourhood - The Rotary  Foundation's flagship programme Polio, and its successes.
Peter spoke of our own international projects on Taveuni Island, Fiji, and the partnerships which have built a toilet block, and the continuing project this year to outfit a home economics room at Nuisawa High School - and the introduction of the Days For Girls programme on the island, and the continuing support with the provision of goods so that women can now make their own health kits.
The club has a commitment to youth, having participated in RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and  the Rotary Youth Exchange programme.   Rachel and Paul have just returned from Brazil where they visited Eduardo whom they had hosted.    (They had been invited to a family wedding, and Eduardo is now sporting the beginnings of a beard).   The club has also participated in RYPEN, the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment.
The majority of the funding for our various youth projects is raised from the Beatgirls Event, which is a night with NZ"s favourite girl group.   This project is well supported by local businesses and sponsors.
An outstanding success of the club, or perhaps Otumoetai College has been the Summer Science Schools offering selected students exposure to university science programmes, to help shape their futures.   This year we have four successful students, and two of those have been selected to go onto international schools, in London and China.   For the younger students, since the early 2000's the club has run a reading programme at Merivale School, and in addition each year the club gives to each year five pupil at Merivale and Brookfield Primary, an illustrated dictionary.   We also support the Alan Duff Books in Schools at Brookfield, and are involved in other programmes such as Starsopoly at Otumoetai College.
Two projects in the community where you will see us, is the K. Valley.   Since the turn of the century, the Rotary Centennial Trust and Tauranga City Council have cleared 20 hectares of land, planted 220,000 native tress and plants. and constructed 15 kilometres of boardwalks and walkways.   Recently there was a planting day where an additional 6000 plants were put in the ground.
When you drive passed Bureta Park in the spring, you will see Daffodils blooming.   These were planted in memory of one of our members.
Peter concluded that one of the really important things was having fun - which includes a BBQ at the beginning of the year, and some monthly top up events - Sunday would have been petanque - but the weather intervened.    While Rotary's name came from an early practice of rotating club meetings around the offices of its members, the present day Rotary Club of Otumoetai is happily settled at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club.
On 3 May, President Peter and Nola Ardern visited Campbell Des Forges to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Campbell and Margaret for their service to Rotary - as they have done so much together, in particular the school outings for the children at Merivale School. 
Campbell joined Rotary in 1970, serving at Otorohanga until 1990, where he was a Past-President.   He joined the Rotary Club of Otumoetai in December 1990, where he and his close ally, Jack Barlow, were renowned for their exploits, from cutting wood to building gardens at Merivale.
GUEST SPEAKER - Peter Williams
New Zealand television presenter and sports writer, who currently hosts the morning talkback programme on Magic Talk.
Peter took us on an anecdotal journey through his life.......
He opened by aligning himself with Rotary - having been President of the Blenheim Rotaract club in the mid-seventies.
His broadcasting career started at the age of six, when his family was living in Invercargill.   His father listened to the radio, keeping up with the rugby and cricket, and Peter remembers listening with him.   There was a children's quiz at 5 p.m. on Sundays on Radio Invercargill.   They wanted contestants, and Peter said that he would go.   He was in standard one, and was taken to the quiz.   It was run by Clarence Payne (Uncle Clarry) live.   He was asked to introduce himself, and his first words on air were "Peter Williams and I live at....."
He had an interest in broadcasting as he grew up, and liked the information programmes.   He was expected to go to university, and be the first in the family to do so, but he went on an AFS student exchange to upstate New York, to the town of Corning.   He was there for a year during 1971-72.   There was a weekly slot on a local radio station from 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays, and the school radio club could produce content for the programme.   There was a personality interview each week, and Peter was the guest on one of these programmes.   He talked for 8-10 minutes, doing his ambassadorial role, flying the flag for New Zealand.   Afterwards he was told, "You can talk a bit!", and was invited to join the radio club.  He learned a lot making the weekly programme and talked and performed on air.
When he came back to New Zealand it was the early seventies - Radio Hauraki was now based on shore, 1xx Whakatane and Radio Otago had started.   While he was interested in broadcasting, he was considered too young by NZBC.   So he walked into Radio Otago and asked for and got a job - making the coffee, and doing odd jobs.    His parents were a little disgruntled that he didn't go to University.      While there he learned the radio trade, seeing it from behind the scenes.   He would practice reading the news, and bulletins, and then harassed his bosses, having them listen to his practice tapes, and being overly enthusiastic.
A few months later NZBC came recruiting, and he was accepted as an announcer.   He transferred around the country, and from 1970-1976 had christmas in six different towns or countries - which he describes as a good life experience.   In 1976 he ended up in Christchurch, and was there for three years.   He left the general announcer pool, and became a sports reporter for Radio NZ, doing cricket commentaries.   He got the vacancy by going and sitting at the top of the stand at Lancaster Park, making a practice tape, which he took back to his boss.
He was then offered a TV1 sports position at Avalon, and he was there for thirteen years as a sports frontman and cricket commentator.   Following the public service ethos, he had to do sports that he didn't know much about.    He commented on a World Darts Cup at Nelson, and could not believe the way they treated their bodies - the drinking and the smoking.   He was live for the final day, which started about 9 am.   The players would drink 14-17 jugs of beer during the day.   After the 3.30 p.m. grand final he had to interview Jockey Wilson, a Scotsman, who had lost the match fairly badly.   Jockey was Glaswegian, had taken his dentures out, and had been drinking beer since 9 a.m - there really should have been a tele-text to understand him - the saliva was flying, and the cameraman needed to wipe the lens of his camera with his handkerchief.    Peter also had to do synchronised swimming which he knew little about, but he was the only broadcaster there.   He broadcast the great era of cricket with Richard Hadlee and Martin Crowe, being the best bowler and batsman of the time.
Sometimes things happened out of hours.    He had been commentating a NZ v Aussie match at Eden Park.   The Aussies were out cheaply in the first innings, and NZ got a good lead.   Aussie struggled through the second innings, and the game finished early.   There was a time gap from 6.10 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. which Peter had to fill.   He interviewed Graham Wood, who had got 100 for Aussie, and then gone out.   Peter asked him what in hindsight was an insulting question - did he feel irresponsible for his bad shot and getting dismissed?   Wood answered, and left the studio in a huff.   Later that night Peter was in a Auckland restaurant with a lovely lady, who was a work colleague.    A note was passed to him - "Dear Mr. Williams.    Hope you are not going to be irresponsible tonight" signed Graham Wood.    So Peter learned from that, to phrase questions so that they don't come back to bite you.
He had to commentate at a Davis Cup tie, NZ v Korea, and there were language difficulties.    It was suggested he get someone from Korean Media to assist.   Peter saw this Asian looking guy, and assumed he had found his man.   He introduced himself.   The Asian said, "I've heard of you.   Eddie Kwok, NZ Herald" and shook his hand.
In the early 1990's things changed and TVNZ Sports ended up in the newsroom.    The six o'clock news was seen as a cash cow, and they wanted a sports reporter, so Peter got into that.   The 1999 Rugby World Cup was a highlight, but not for the All Blacks.   Peter asked John Hart if he was resigning, and got "No!"     Later that night after a few beers Peter got a word that NZ Rugby would be announcing Hart's resignation at 9 am the next morning.   Peter passed to word back to NZ, and then found that the next morning he had to do a live cross at 7 a.m. with a hangover, hoping that in fact Hart had resigned.   He did, and Peter got an award for his coverage of the cup.   That was basically the end of his sports career and in early 2000 he became a news presenter.    It was not as exciting as the life on the road, but it was less stress and better pay.    That career ended late last year - there was no room for pensioners reading the news, and it was time to ride off into the sunset.
He is now learning new stuff, and finding that being a talkback radio host is very demanding - it is the hardest he has worked in two decades, but he considers himself very lucky to have a career stretching over five decades.
27 May - Business Meeting
10 June - 50th Jubilee Celebration, partners and guests.   Please note, that the cut off for indicating your attendance at this function will be 12 Noon Friday 7 June.
24 June - Club Changeover, partners invited.   Please note that the cut off for indicating your attendance will be 12 noon Friday 21 June.
Don awarded Foundation Ted to President Peter for his earlier explanation of Rotary, and Local Ted to John BUtt for his work on K. Valley.
Anniversaries celebrated were John Butt, (Rotary), JUan Tinetti (Birthday), Nola Ardern (Rotary), Norm Bruning (Birthday), and Kay Farthing (Birthday).   
Don then formed his fund raising questions around Peter Williams and television ...........
  • NZ’s first non- experimental television transmission went to air – (a) 1 March 1962, (b) 1 June 1960, (c) 1 June 1963 –                                                                                       
            Answer - 1 June 1960
  • PYE is responsible for a number of New Zealand broadcasting firsts. In what year did it broadcast a rugby game - Barbarians vs Waihi in the Bay of Plenty town.               
           Answer - July 1954
  •  What programme has been aired on TVNZ 1 since March 1966?  Making it New Zealand’s longest-running television series                                                     
           Answer - Country Calendar
  • In what year did televised election advertisements appear for the first time?   But had little impact on a dull campaign.   The three main parties – National, Labour and Social Credit – share two hours of pre-recorded speeches, broadcast on each of the four regional TV stations.    According to one critic, the leaders look like ‘semi-animated waxworks’ in front of the camera.                                                                                                                                               
            Answer - 1963
  • On 10 April 1968, the news service 'comes of age' with its coverage of what disaster?    The footage wins the World News-film Award.                                                             
            Answer - Wahine Disaster
  • On 30 June 1975, TV2 based in Auckland and Christchurch, begins broadcasting, with limited coverage initially.    Its news, at 7 p.m., has more regional content than TV1's.     It features the country's first female newsreader, who was?                                     
           Answer - Jennie Goodwin
  • What began on 26 November 1989?    To help you, Philip Sherry the newsreader.                                                                                                                                                              
            Answer - TV3
  • Who started their career in broadcasting at Radio Otago, now More FM, in Dunedin in 1972?   
           Answer – Our guest Peter Williams
  • When Peter first appeared on TV1 in July 1979, he was a commentator of what sport?      “And I wasn't a very good one either”, Peter is quoted as saying.                                                                                    
            Answer - Rugby League Commentator
  • Peter Williams has had an illustrious career, having covered seven Olympic Games and two Masters Golf Tournaments how many of the following:
    1. Commonwealth Games                                                                                       Answer 5
    2. Rugby World Cups                                                                                               Answer 3            
    3. Cricket World Cups                                                                                              Answer 2
  THE SAGE - Warwick Kingston-Smith 
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