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Volume 63 Number 16 - 17 October 2016

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 19 October - Board Meeting
Wednesday 26 October

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank Speaker
26-Oct-2016JimGlenisJohn EDonRayJohn VLiz

News and Notices

  • Link to Debbie Beadle's photo album - Okaihau Kaikohe Traverse 2016 (thanks Debbie!).

  • Link to Otago Youth Adventures Trust - Milton Rotary Tramping Club - places still available for the 2017 summer season.

  • Link to the webpage of the newly opened Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

  • Thanks to Debbie Beadle for the Northland Age Okaihau-Kaikohe Traverse coverage.

  • The next Rotary Learning and Information Training is on Sunday 6 November at Northcote.

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 - 14 October 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Vocational Service Newsletter - October 2016.

  • Link to Rotary Membership Minute - October 2016.

  • Link to the September Governor’s Newsletter.

  • Link to End Polio Now - October 2016.

  • Link to the latest Bay of Islands Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Kerikeri Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Waipapa Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest E Mara E Pānui.

12 October Meeting - Speaker - John Vujcich

  • Electric cars have been around for a long time, but until recently they have been on the fringe, as their uptake was hampered by their cost, limited range and the difficulty of recharging.

  • Advances in battery technology combined by lower production costs mean electric cars are becoming a viable alternative to the traditional petrol-powered car.

  • On Wednesday our very newly elected councillor John Vujcich told Kaikohe Rotarians why electric cars are the vehicles of the future. Electric cars are five times more energy efficient than conventional vehicles and because the average electric car has just 18 moving parts (compared with around 2000 for cars powered by internal combustion engines) they are very reliable and less likely to break down. And because battery performance has improved thanks to the advent of lithium batteries, the best electric vehicles, such as Teslas, can go more than 300 km on each charge.

  • However, there are still some obstacles to overcome. Currently there is only one recharging station in the Far North - at Kawakawa. Plans for several more are on the drawing board and they are due to open next year. John believes electric vehicle usage will take off is a network of recharging locations in the Far North. Go to https://charge.net.nz/ for more information.

  • John says the performance of electric card has significantly improved. No longer are they small cars limited to use around town. The latest electric cars have acceleration and speed that can rival the best and with companies such as Tesla producing vehicles in large numbers, prices of new vehicles are coming down fast. As the world's oil reserves are finite, electric cars are the way of the future.