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Volume 62 Number 19 - 9 November 2015

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 11 November - Dinner at The Hubb, Northland College - Speaker Jim Luders
Monday 16 November - Area One Dinner - Kerikeri RSA (No Kaikohe meeting on Wednesday)

Members' Privileges

News and Notices

  • Dinner at Northland College - Wednesday 11 November

    • The main speaker for the evening is Northland College Principal Jim Luders.

    • We will also hear from students who have been involved in Rotary activities during the year.

    • It would be great to have a good turnout for this evening. Honorary Members, partners and members’ guests are especially welcome.

    • Come along at 5:30 for a 6:00pm start - $25.00 each.

    • BYO drinks.

    • Link to form to confirm your attendance.

    • Link to spreadsheet (read only).

  • Area One Combined Dinner - Kerikeri RSA - Monday 16 November

    • Link to invitation and details.

    • Link to form to confirm your attendance.

    • Link to spreadsheet (read only).

  • Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Show (Waimate North) - Saturday 14 November 2015.

    • Link to show website.

    • Link to form to volunteer as a helper.

    • Link to spreadsheet (read only).

  • Meals on Wheels - 9-13 November 2015.

  • District Conference 2016

    • Link to the District Conference 2016 website.

    • Have you considered attending? Don has booked his flights and accommodation.

Calendar and Blogs (where there is always something new - check these links every week)

  • Link to the Kaikohe Rotary Club Calendar. Go here to check out Guest Speakers for future meetings and details of other club activities.

  • Link to Kaikohe Rotary’s Facebook page.

  • Link to Megan Hammerton’s Blog.

  • Link to the District Facebook page.

  • Link to the District Calendar.

  • Link to the Rotary Service Connections Blog.

  • Link to the Rotary Voices Blog.

  • Link to the Rotary Down Under Blog.

  • Link to the Rotary Regional Public Image Resource Blog.

  • Link to Rotary International’s Member News.

  • Link to Wasrag (Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group) Blog.

Regular Newsletters

  • Link to Rotary Weekly - 6 November 2015.

  • Link to Youth Exchange News - November 2015.

  • Link to Rotary Giving and Grants - November 2015.

  • Link to Rotary Down Under 578 - November 2015.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest E Mara E Pānui.

4 November Meeting

  • Far North District Council Civil Defence Co-ordinator Bill Hutchinson had an extra special reason to go to Gallipoli in April for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Anzac landings. His father Tom was a Gallipoli veteran who as an army medic endured eight months under fire from Turkish troops. Although his father never talked about his Gallipoli experience, Bill got to read his diaries and view his photos.

  • Bill wanted to experience Gallipoli for himself but kept putting it off. However, following encouragement by his niece Wendy he entered the ballot for places at the 100th commemoration and was successful.

  • In Turkey Bill was struck by the welcome he received from the locals, even though the Anzacs had been a foreign force invading Turkish soil. But the ISIS threat was uppermost in the thoughts of the Turkish authorities, so security was incredibly strict. But Bill was able to attend the joint Anzac dawn service before walking more than 6 km to the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair.

  • Bill also made a point of going to the places where his father had taken photos and seeing how those places had changed over the last 100 years. Bill showed us the some of these photos, and while there has been a lot of vegetation growth, there are many similarities.

  • Bill said his trip involved lots of queueing, waiting and enduring security checks. But unlike his father, Bill felt totally safe, not having to endure the consistent threat of being shot.

  • It was an enthralling presentation and Bill gave us all cause to remember the sacrifices our forebears endured and how their example made us who we are.