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OTUMOETAI ROTARY - 50 YEARS OLD
Jen Scoular (Daughter of Robin, founder member of the club),
and President-elect Bevan Rakoia, representing the past and the future, cut the birthday cake.
 
PRESIDENT'S WELCOME
Peter extended a very warm welcome to everybody on this celebration of our Golden Jubilee.  "I am hesitant to name anybody because everyone here is special to our club.  It is wonderful to see Rotarians, past members, the partners of present and past members, prospective members of our club, presidents and members from other clubs, and prominent Tauranga people."
 
Peter then acknowledged a long list of apologies which had been sent.
 
"I would also like to acknowledge absent friends.  I have received the following email from PDG Tom Ryan........."
 
President Peter,
I want to thank the Club for the warm invitation to attend the dinner,
to celebrate the Club's 50th birthday.   I am very proud of my 38 years, first as an active member, then as an honorary Life Member, but unfortunately I will be unable to  attend.   Please convey my apologies, my congratulations for the half century of service to the community now completed, and my best wishes for the continuing of this "service above self" into the future.
        Yours  sincerely,
                Tom Ryan
 
THE SAGE - Bruce Farthing
 
This is a rapidly changing world - we must be more prepared to change with it.
The story of Rotary will have to be told again and again ..... and again.
[Paul Harris 1935]
 
 
Introduction presented by John Buck....
 
Living to an old age has been no hindrance to Alf, whose aerial photos of old Tauranga formed the basis of a very successful publishing venture 5 years ago at the age of 97.    Alf puts his longevity down to "Simple Luck".
 
He was 8 months old when his parents shifted from Whakatane to the village of Tauranga in 1918.  Apart from 3 ½ years serving in the Pacific during World War 11, he has lived his whole life in Tauranga.  He is a fascinated observer of its meteoric growth to become our 5th largest city.   During the war he was called up in 1941 and spent the first few months in Fiji and Tonga before being shipped to New Caledonia to be closer to the Pacific war.  At that point he was not issued with a rifle, but with a camera and spent the rest of the war in and out of darkrooms.  He was demobbed in 1944 without firing a shot in anger. 
 
Returning to Tauranga he reopened the Rendell’s Photography shop on the corner of Devonport Road and Red Square which he ran until retiring in 1975.   But Alf didn’t just sit around after retiring.   No, for one thing he is quite at home here at the yacht club, as he has been a member since 1933 and is still a familiar sight on club nights and functions.
 
He has been a volunteer at the Te Puna Quarry Park since 2006, and until recently he has been a helper on a weekly basis enjoying the get-togethers. 
 
But let’s get to Alf’s book that he produced at age 97.  'Rendell’s Tauranga - Historic Tauranga From Above'.  This features the best of hundreds of aerial photos he has taken from the cockpit of a Tiger Moth aeroplane from 1946 to 1958 and later in other aircraft until 2006.    In the early days a couple of his friends were learning to fly, so he agreed to pay their fees in exchange for going along for rides and taking photos.  He was the passenger sitting in the back seat of the open cockpit.   A lot of the time he was facing backwards to take his camera shots. 
Not for the faint hearted with a woosy tummy.   A lot of the photos have been taken years apart from basically the same spot and the changes in our city are remarkable.
 
Once the book hit the shelves it was an instant success selling the first 2000 copies very quickly.   Another 2000 copies have been printed and are still selling well.  Alf takes pride in the fact that the book spent six weeks in second place on Books A Plenty best seller list, only beaten by Dan Carter’s book.   Alf’s idea was that the book was to be a part of history for the city and he was not looking for any kudos from his efforts.  Alf would take no profit from the sales and this has enabled an Endowment Fund to be setup with an amount of $2000 awarded annually to a student studying for a Batchelor of Creative Industries at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.   Further donations have also been given to the Waipuna Hospice.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen Alf is a Living Anthology of  Tauranga  - a Living Artefact - he is Living History.  
 
PRESIDENTIAL HUMOUR....  
Our club attaining 50 years is a significant milestone and a substantial accomplishment.  However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a little humour and entertainment......
 
An elderly couple is having an elegant dinner to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary.  The old man leans forward and says softly to his wife, “Dear, there is something that I must ask you.  It has always bothered me that our tenth child does not look like the rest of our children.   Now I want to assure you that these fifty years have been the most wonderful experience I could have ever hoped for, and your answer cannot take that away. Nevertheless, I must know, did he have a different father?”
 
The wife drops her head, unable to look her husband in the eye.  She pauses for a moment and then she stammers, “Yes.  Yes he did.”
 
The old man is very shaken.  The reality of what his wife has admitted hits him harder than he had expected.  With tears on his cheeks he asks, “Who?  Who was he?  Who was the father?”
 
Again, this older woman drops her head, saying nothing at first.  But finally, she manages to muster the courage, and she tells her husband the truth.   "It was you," she says.
 
 
GUEST SPEAKER - Marty Grenfell
CEO - Tauranga City
Appointed 3 September 2018
 
The future for Tauranga
I was asked before I got the role, what my vision for the future of Tauranga was.   My answer was that I had never lived in Tauranga, I remembered visiting a marineland and a dolphin when I was a five year old, and I had no right to have a vision, because my role was to work with the elected members.   I have a role to communicate and articulate with community partners.   What you see is what you get from me.   
 
I was appointed nine months ago, and so far it has been engaging, challenging, exciting, and it is what it is - it's what I signed up for.   The media coverage of council business is a symptom that the organisation needs some tender loving care.
 
My history is that I grew up in the Hutt Valley, played rugby, damaged my shoulders, and needed operations to fix them.   I applied to join the Police but got knocked back on medical grounds, and it was after my third and last operation that I was accepted to join.    I was in the Police for 21 years, and you saw the best, and the worst, of communities.   When I was the Area Commander in Wellington Central, I worked closely with the previous CEO, Gary Poole, and this sparked my interest in local government.
 
In 1999 there was a Wellington City Council community survey, and one of the questions related to how safe you felt at night.   Only 35% felt safe.   The council and the Police have a lot in common - about how the community is used, and how they use it in a safe manner.   Over the next three years there were 31 initiatives on public safety, and then a survey was done again, and 75% now felt safe.   This showed the impact of two organisations working together, with common goals, and the actions got results.
 
So why did I change careers.   I was lucky enough to get a secondment to the Olympic team in a management role, taking the athletes to Athens.   Every morning I woke up to 130 athletes, each wanting to do better than the day before, and it was infectious, and unsettled me.   It made me think of my future, so I took leave without pay, and got a job in the council in the Hutt Valley.   This was delivering services 24/7 to another sort of service - pools, toilets, parks etc.   That showed me that if you didn't deliver the service, people let you know.   After three years, I still had an option to return to the Police, but decided to stay on in local government - it would give me more time with family, be more localised, and I needed to get back on the leadership horse.
 
So I was sitting on the steps reading the paper, and saw this advert for the CEO in Whakatane, and thought I might apply.   My wife looked on the internet and saw a house that looked nice.   The stars aligned, and I got that job, and we bought that house.   After seven years there, I had a decision to make - the work was stimulating and challenging, and the lifestyle was good.   Looking around the country I identified five jobs that I might apply for, and Tauranga was one of those.  I got it, and I got goose bumps - what if I got this right.   There were so many factors that I was not in control of.
 
In the first three months I spoke to about 100 people, and did surveys on the most important things impacting people.    The answers were always the same.   Firstly transportation is driving us nuts - how do you get across the city.   Second, house prices, availability, and land supply.   It was becoming impossible for newly weds to get into the market, and impacting on the ability of families to live near each other.   There was a lot of feedback on the organisation, and if I can get some change there, it will be brilliant.   It was a bit of a shambles, and I Iiken it to trying to move a big ship.   There were many years of embedded culture, and you cannot just flick a switch and change course.
 
There are examples, such as Greerton, Durham Street, the Phoenix car park, Hairini slip road etc.   So I have engaged a person to look at why we were getting things wrong.   We are not having the right conversations with our communities.   We need to be honest and frank, and do what we say we will do.   We need to reset some things, but that doesn't happen over night.   
 
I had eleven direct reports, which was too many, so I decided to build a smaller team that the elected members trusted, and the community recognised as smart and capable.   There will now be six direct reports, and the appointments have just been completed.   In the big picture we need different conversations about how we use motor vehicles, and how we use public transportation.    At the moment we run empty buses.    We need to work out how we will do it in the future, and it will probably need a ten year plan to change.   
 
So, where to from here - my sole focus to Christmas will be to work with the new team on how we interact internally and externally, and how to interact with people and the community.   In the New Year there will be a new relationship with a new council, and the relationship will be different - then we need to start getting it right.   If I get this right, then we will all benefit.
 
 
THE ORATOR - Rae James
 
A brief history...........
The Rotary Club of Tauranga sponsored this club.   From April 1968, there was a survey of members (existing and potential), a survey of businesses in the area, and an agreement reached on our territorial limits - Otumoetai and north to Athenree.
 
Our Charter President was Keith Henderson, but he died suddenly on 7 January 1969, and Ivan Crawshaw took over as President for the Charter Meeting on 15 March 1969.    The club started with 35 members, including 11 from the Tauranga club, 4 returning Rotarians, and 11 new members.    It was men only, as women were not welcomed into Rotary until 1988.   Meeting was weekly, and attendance was expected.     If you missed a meeting, a make-up was encouraged, and written proof was needed.   Members were classified by their business/occupation, and ideally there was only one member per classification.   The joining fee was $10, and the annual membership was $15.
 
The first meeting was in the Tauranga Bridge Club, and we have shifted premises several times - being here at TYPBC since 2012.   Community Service was the hall mark of Rotary, and our first project was a water fountain at Mitchell Park.   A list of our other projects, but not all, can be seen from the list on your table, portrayed in the photo albums, and shown here tonight in the slide show.   (see later in the Bulletin for the listed projects).   In the pictures you see the fashion shorts, the legs, and the hair!
 
The list does not include our youth orientated programmes, which we have consistently supported over the years.   These are RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment), and Summer Science Schools which is for top students planning to go to university.   We, or Otumeotai College, has been very successful in this.   Of the four students who attended this year, one has gone on to be selected to go to an international school in China, and another to one in the United Kingdom.    We have hosted and sent Rotary Youth Exchange students to study overseas, and have participated in the Matched Twin Exchange with students from Australia.   Our incoming President, Bevan Rakoia, was our 1994 nominee in this programme.
 
We have donated money to the Rotary Foundation almost from the club's inception, and since 1986 have given $92000 to the Foundation, and $26000 specifically to the PolioPlus appeal.
 
Tonight is not all about the past, but also about the future, and President Peter will continue ......
.....and the President said:
 
Yesterday is history and tomorrow is mystery.   In fact, the future is not completely unknown if our club is clear in its intentions and actions.   The vision of the Rotary Club of Otumoetai is “To grow as a vibrant and professional group of diverse supportive members, who make a positive difference by supporting the community.”   This is an indisputable vision for a service club which, when distilled, is about membership growth, member capability, and service. 
 
Right now, the tide is running against service clubs, and probably against clubs of all sorts.  However, some Rotary Clubs are flourishing, and this includes some other local clubs that are represented tonight.   The history of the Rotary Club of Otumoetai is rich in lessons about membership and about service.  So too is the larger history of Rotary in New Zealand.    I am constantly impressed by the fact that Rotary started the following organisations and institutions in our country - the Crippled Children’s Society, Karitane Hospitals, Milk in Schools, Health Camps, Defensive Driving, Riding for the Disabled, the Asthma Society, the National Children’s Health Research Foundation, and even the Ellerslie Flower Show.
 
The Rotary Club of Otumoetai is most fortunate in its history and heritage, and in knowing its purposes and requirements as it steps into the future.
 
 
CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION
ADG Ron Fyfe read a letter of congratulations from RI President Barry
Rassin, and presented a certificate to President Peter for our fifty years service.
 
 
 
THE FOUR PRESIDENTS
President Peter was joined by fellow Tauranga Presidents to commemorate our club's service.
Ross Prestige (Tauranga), John O'Hagan (Tauranga Te Papa) and Pat Taylor (Tauranga Sunrise)
 
THE STEWARD
 
The two Teds were awarded for service to our birthday celebration.   Local Ted went home with Margaret Saunders for putting the flower decorations on all the tables.    Foundation Ted acompanied Rae James for organising the event.
 
Guests then had to answer the following questions, and no matter whether they got it right or wrong, to make a "note" donation to the Foundation.....
  1. Why are we called Rotary Clubs?
  • Initial Meetings were held around a table.
  • Meetings were intended to rotate around Members houses.
  • A name choice was difficult and ideas went round in circles
  1. What was Paul Harris’s business occupation?
  • Property Developer
  • Attorney
  • Stockbroker
  1. What as the first project completed by Paul Harris and friends?
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Upgraded Park facilities
  • Toilet Block
  1. Who was our Club's Charter President, and what was the date of the Charter Meeting?
  • K D Henderson then I D Crawshaw 15 Mar 1969 
  1. How many Rotarians are there in the World?
  • 1 million
  • 2 million
  • 3million          (Actual  figure  April  2019  1,214,363 )
  1. What does the word “Otumoetai” mean in English?
  • Sleeping Tides
  • Caught by the dawn
  • Sheltered Waters
  1. Meeting  Rooms - The Club at one time met in the Promenade Lounge… Where was it?
  • SE Corner of Elizabeth St and Devonport Road)
  1. While thinking of Meeting Rooms we also met at the Erinlea Reception Lounge on the SW corner of 1st Avenue and Devonport Road… Who owned it?
  • Tony Fahey
  1. Whilst we are predominately a City Club we have drawn members from the Omokoroa area farming community. Name the current member of the Club who is a farmer?
  • Norm Brunning
  1. This Yacht Club is built on Sulphur Point. Why is it so named?
  • Early settlers could smell Sulphur fumes here when they first arrived
  • Sulphur from White Island was brought here for processing
  • The yellow crested penguin was nesting here in great numbers in the early days
  1. Polio Plus Campaign – A Rotary initiated project.   In 1988 there were 350,000 cases of Polio per annum in the World and they came from 125 countries.   Since then 2.5 billion children have been immunised.   What were the comparative figures in 2018?
  • 22 cases from 3 countries
  1.   Name the Countries…
  • Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria
And if you haven't worked it out yet, the answers were in bold!
 
PRESIDENT'S FINAL WORD.... This is really the last word before the Sage and there are so many acknowledgements that might be made.    Specifically I need to thank Rae James and his organising committee.  And thank you to all of you for making our birthday such a special occasion. 
 
I wish to finish with another joke which, like a lot of humour, contains a serious message.....
 
Dale was celebrating fifty years of marriage and during the special anniversary banquet some friends asked for an account of the benefits of a long marital union.   "Tell us Dale, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your partner?"
 
Dale responds, "Well, I've learned that marriage is the best teacher of all.  It teaches you loyalty, forbearance, self-restraint, and forgiveness -- and a great many other qualities you wouldn't have needed if you'd stayed single."
 
THE SAGE - Bruce Farthing
 
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things,
because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
 
COMING UP....
 24 June - Club Changeover, partners invited.   Please note that the cut off for indicating your attendance will be 12 noon Friday 21 June.
 
Don't forget, you must tell the Attendance Officer who is attending!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLUB OFFICERS 2018-19
 
President               Peter Stanley           570 1952        pstanley18@outlook.com       Mobile 021 0247 5576
President-elect     Bevan Rakoia           578 9511        bev_a_lev@yahoo.com           Mobile 027 461 2127
Secretary               Nola Ardern             576 2410        rotaryotumoetai@gmail.com  Mobile 021 752 335
Treasurer              John Knowles          548 2324        jtknowles47@gmail.com          Mobile 027 499 9456
Apologies &
Attendance            Ian Cochran             579 3836        iancocko80@gmail.com          Mobile 021 449 599
Bulletin Editor       Peter Smith              548 1680        pbmts@kinect.co.nz                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, iancocko80@gmail.com  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.