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Volume 66 Number 15 - 7 October 2019

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 9 October - Vicki Douglas: - Visit to Auschwitz
Wednesday 16 October - Board Meeting

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word

News and Notices

  • Link to Colin’s Okaihau Kaikohe Traverse Report with 168 Photos (Thanks Colin).

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 Governor’s Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Down Under.

  • Link to the latest Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest ShelterBox Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Bay of Islands Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Kerikeri Club Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Kaikohe Business Association Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest E Mara E Pānui.

25 September Meeting

  • On 3 October Kaikohe Rotarians welcomed District 9910 Governor Ian Kiernan and his wife Jasmine. They are from Norfolk Island, although both were born and brought up in Auckland They have lived on Norfolk for 35 years where they own and run the general store. However, they are currently based in Auckland while Ian performs his duties as governor.

  • Ian has been a Rotarian since 1986 and has held every office there is in Norfolk Island Rotary, including being president five times.

  • Ian spoke to us about how Rotary needs to change with the times. In Asia Rotary is showing massive growth in numbers. But in the remainder of the developed world Rotary is declining and the demographic of Rotary is becoming older and greyer. A society where young people work longer hours and have more community interests makes recruiting new Rotarians difficult.

  • Ian believes Rotary is a family and when we welcome new members we also welcome their family. He spoke up of being Rotarian with three young children and how children grew up in Rotary as they often came to meetings and took part in Rotary projects.

  • He also said that clubs need to be more flexible in the way they operate. They no longer have to meet every week, while options such as e-clubs or ditching the meal might make Rotary more affordable to those on lower incomes.

  • Before speaking, Ian presented Liz Henley and Glenis Sutherland with Paul Harris Sapphires to recognise their ongoing outstanding contributions to Rotary and the community. Congratulations, Liz and Glenis. Your honours are well deserved!

2 October Meeting

  • Many of us may remember a movie called The Great Escape. Starring Steve McQueen, it told the story of Allied prisoners of war who tunnelled out Stalag Luft 3 in Poland, right under the the noses of their Nazi captors. What isn't well known is that three of those who escaped were New Zealanders. On Wednesday night we heard from Reo and past District Governor Peter Smith who told us the story of one of them - Johnny Pohe - who was Reo's uncle.

  • Reo told us she first heard about her uncle just four years ago after watching an Anzac Day TV programme. Johnny was born and brought up in the Rangitikei. At the start of the Second World War he joined the RAF and became a combat pilot. In 1943 his Halifax bomber was shot down over the English Channel and he was captured by the Germans and sent to a POW camp.

  • Peter told us how the tunnelling took place. Three tunnels -called Tom, Dick and Harry - were dug, although only one was ever

    used. The tunnel entrances were located directly under the stoves which used to heat the prisoners' quarters. The dirt was dug by the prisoners working in shifts and released into the camp from compartments sewn into their trousers.
  • The tunnelling continued for months without the guards having the slightest idea what was going on. Eventually on the night of 24 and 25 March 1944 76 prisoners made their

  • way down the tunnel and to freedom. However, all but three were recaptured and 50 - including Johnny Pohe - were executed on Hitler's orders.

  • Peter and Reo were able to visit Stalag Luft 3 after the Rotary World Convention in Hamburg. There is a memorial at the camp to remind everyone of the heroism and sacrifice

  • of all those - including Johnny Pohe - who took part in the escape and died as a result.