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Volume 66 Number 34 - 24 February 2020

The Rotary Club of Kaikohe Bulletin

Dinner Meetings
Wednesday 26 February - Speaker: Far North Mayor Hon John Carter
Wednesday 4 March

Members' Privileges (Mobile Friendly Version)
DateCashierFive Minute SpeakerIntroduce SpeakerRaffleSergeantSergeant's AssistantThank SpeakerLast Word
26-Feb-2020John EColinValerieNoelNgaireJohn VLizGlenis
4-Mar-2020ElizabethJohn VDonJohn EHelenNgaireBruceNoel

News and Notices

  • Meals on Wheels - 24-28 February

    • Link to Spreadsheet.

  • The New Zealand Blood Service is in Kaikohe this Friday 28 February - Volunteers needed. Contact Ngaire 0-9-4010706 or 0-21-0345496 if you can help.

  • Link to Concert at the Station - 1 March 2020 - Bay of Islands Vintage Railway.

  • Link to an email about Rotary Learning and Information courses.

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 last week’s Rotary Weekly.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Service and Engagement Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Membership Minute.

  • Link to an invite from ShelterBox.

  • Link to the latest Kaikohe Kōrero.

  • Link to the latest Young Leaders in Action.

  • Link to the latest Governor’s Newsletter.

  • Link to the latest Rotary Down Under.

  • Link to the latest Dargaville Rotary Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest Bay of Islands Bulletin.

  • Link to the latest E Mara E Newsletter.

19 February Meeting

  • This week Kaikohe Rotary heard from three women who are concerned about the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs on our community. Two of them told their life stories and they were harrowing.

  • Jane Beamsley was a sole child of a Pakeha father and Maori mother and was brought up as a sole child in a family in which drinking and violence were the norm. She started drinking at 11 under the delusion that she could hold her drink when the adults around her could not. Very quickly she was drinking four days a week with alcohol supplied by her mother. Being often drunk meant problems with the law and led to trying drugs such as methamphetamine. Jane told us she tried many treatment programmes. She did well in all of them - until she returned to normal life and old habits kicked in.

  • Dee was the oldest of five siblings in a household ruled by drink and domestic violence. His father was frequently absent, constantly in and out of prison. Dee got pregnant at 14 but had to give up her child to the father's family. She started a relationship at 17 but led to 15 years of violence and domestic abuse. Dee moved from drink to drugs and ended up having her children taken away by Child Youth and Family. Like Jane, Dee went through rehab successfully - until she returned home.

  • But after years of struggle, both Jane and Dee are free of their addictions. That change happened because they met Rhonda Zielenski who owns Influence Gym in Kaikohe. The trio are setting up a hub where people affected by drug and alcohol abuse can seek help and support. It is a much needed initiative in Kaikohe and we offer Jane, Dee and Rhonda our support and best wishes.