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Volume 65 Number 37 - 15 April 2019

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 17 April - Board Meeting
Wednesday 24 April - Guest Speaker - Roger Toplis - Antarctica

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
24-Apr-2019John ERogerIsaacSteveBruceElizabethNoelNgaire

News and Notices

  • Link to Meals on Wheels Spreadsheet - 15-18 April.

  • Link to find out how to access the livestream from the Rotary Convention - Hamburg Germany - June  2019.

  • Link to Spread the Word that Vaccines Work - World Immunization Week 24-30 April.

  • Link to the Dictionaries Spreadsheet - Volunteers needed.

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 Rotary International’s Member News.

Regular Newsletters

  • Link to the latest Rotary Weekly.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Down Under - April 2019.

  • Link to the latest Governor’s Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Shelterbox Newsletter.

  • 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.

Club Meeting 10 April

  • Russell Harris has spent most of his life as a farmer, owning four farms. But perhaps he is best known for completing the sailing ship R Tucker Thompson, sailing it around the world and then making it available as a sail training ship. It's been a long voyage with many twists and turns. On Wednesday Russell told Kaikohe Rotary all about it.

  • R Tucker Thompson was an American who migrated to New Zealand in the 1970s. He was building a sailing ship at his home near Whangarei Heads when he died suddenly with the ship still far from finished. Russell met Thompson's son Tod who had inherited the project but lacked the capability to finish it. On a whim Russell offered to take it over. So the unfinished hull was trucked to Russell's home at Mangawhai Heads. Despite running out of money several times, more than four years later the R Tucker Thompson finally made it into the water.

  • Russell then sailed the ship to England in 1987 so it could take part in the reenactment of the First Fleet to coincide with Australia's Bicentenary in 1988. The R Tucker Thompson completed the voyage with flying colours, even though it was the smallest vessel in the fleet.

  • Initially Russell operated the R Tucker Thompson as a business. But this meant he could not access funding from charitable trusts. So in 2006 he helped form the R Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust which ever since has owned the vessel and operated its sailing training programmes.

  • Kaikohe Rotary has been a strong supporter of the R Tucker Thompson and every year offers scholarships for four local students which enable them to experience life on the high seas - and learn more about themselves. Go to https://tucker.co.nz/ to learn more.