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Volume 62 Number 42 - 2 May 2016

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 4 May - Board Meeting
Wednesday 11 May - Guest Speaker: Ricky Houghton - He Korowai Trust

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank Speaker
11-May-2016ColinJohn EValerieElizabethJohn VRayHelen

News and Notices

  • Link to Colin’s report on the Kaikohe Rotary Hoes efforts last Saturday at the RSA.

  • Our 11 May guest speaker is Ricky Houghton from He Korowai Trust in Kaitaia. The trust has some notable achievements. Check out their website here. This may be of interest to visitors and/or partners. (Remember to let Noel know if you invite a visitor: 4011700 or admin@birchalls.co.nz).

  • President Don enjoyed the District Conference in Tauranga. Follow this link to find out more.

  • Link to Mum’s the Word - Special deal for Mothers’ Day at the Pioneer Village.

  • Dictionaries for Year 4 Students

    • Link to Spreadsheet.

  • District Quiz - 7 May

  • Link to District Youth Programmes Spreadsheet.

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 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 and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group) Blog.

Regular Newsletters

  • Link to Rotary Weekly - 29 April 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Down Under 583 - May 2016.

    • Link to a report on the Dictionary Project.

  • Link to download the District Governor’s Newsletter - April 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Service - April 2016.

  • Link to Vocational Service - April 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Young Leaders in Action - April 2016.

  • Link to RI Resource Extra - 31 March 2016.

  • Link to the latest Waipapa Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest E Mara E Pānui.

28 April Meeting Report - John and Elodie’s visit to Vanuatu

  • Rotary District 9910's Conference earlier this month was scheduled to be held in Vanuatu. But at the last minute it was transferred to Tauranga after Air New Zealand cancelled all its services to Port Vila and other airlines followed suit.

  • Kaikohe Rotarian John Vujcich had already booked to go to the conference with his wife Elodie on Air Vanuatu. The trip was also to see a European Commission beef initiative. They decided to make the trip despite the conference was no longer there.

  • John told Kaikohe Rotary this week that Vanuatu was slowly recovering from Cyclone Pam which devastated large swathes of the country last year. But recovery is being hindered by the country's dependence on tourism, which took a big hit following the cyclone and is now suffering again following Air New Zealand's withdrawal.

  • The second issue holding back the country is corruption. Virtually nothing happens in Vanuatu. Corruption goes right to the top, with more than half of the country's MPs in jail.

  • Rotary is held in high esteem for its cyclone relief work including providing desks for schools. John visited Vanuatu's three Rotary clubs and joined with one of them in opening a container of hospital supplies that had been sitting on the wharf for four months - probably because the required backhanders hadn't been paid.

  • John and Elodie had a great time during their 12-day stay, even though they had to endure five earthquakes. And despite Air New Zealand's refusal to fly in or out of Vila, they had no qualms about the runway, especially since several members of the Fulton Hogan repair crew were from Northland.

  • Elizabeth Killen thanked John and Elodie for a fascinating and informative presentation.