President's Message

A big welcome home for John Savory. John and Heather arrived back from Egypt and Europe and no doubt will have plenty of stories to share with us.
We were all pleased to have Madeleine back with us again.
Of course the meeting was about two important club matters. The club received the annual report and accounts for 2017-2018. When you see the number and range of activities that we are involved in it is quite inspiring to know that as a group we continue to make a positive contribution to society. Thanks to Gavin and his team and all members for their contributions in our 57th year. A particular thanks goes to Charles Davidson who, despite no longer being an active club member, compiles our annual report.
Our second item of business was a vote on trialling three changes to our meetings for the second half of my year as president. 6 members who were not present provided proxy votes in addition to 23 who were present.
  1. That the RCH ceases to meet weekly and meets twice monthly – yes 26, no 2, abstain 1.
  2. That the RCH removes the regular invocation in its current form – yes 19 no 10.
  3. That the RCH removes the shrapnel box from its regular meetings – Yes 21, no 8.
As a result the club will meet twice monthly from February. There are a couple of arrangements already in place that will mean some variations such as bowls night on 15th  January and our annual visit to Howick coastguard on 19th February.
The new schedule will be 1st Tuesday will be speaker night when we focus on bringing prospective members, friends, family and other guests. The 3rd week will be club night when our focus will be on club business and projects.
Committees will be free to arrange their own meetings and the board will continue to meet monthly. For those who will miss the weekly opportunity to socialise I recommend that you continue to do so but make your own arrangements at a time and venue that suits. David Teape has been doing a good job getting members together and some also meet for coffee. Please don’t stop if anything do more.
I would like to take a moment to thank Juergen Arndt on behalf of us all, for his dedication to publishing Keyway each week. Juergen does not benefit from his association with Rotary. He chooses to help us in this way.
Christmas is a special time for us and I hope it is for you. I am writing this after taking my grandson, Simon, to the movies. We saw the Grinch, for those of you who haven’t experienced the characters of Dr. Zeus, the grinch is a character who despises all things Christmas and has a “Damascus moment” courtesy of a little girl and everything is sweet after all. At the end he offers a toast that sums up what Jeannette and I wish you all “To kindness and love the things we need most.”
Have a wonderful Christmas, a new year to remember, and a holiday to reinvigorate your soul.
Jan 15, 2019
Howick Bowling Club
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Next Meeting: Duties
Host 15th January
Fels, David
Invocation 15th January
Abercrombie, Mike (Michael)
Reception 15th January
Green, Gavin
Peterson, Alan
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ian Wallis
December 12
Allan Riley
December 13
Dave Wylie
December 14
Spouse Birthdays
Judy Pascoe
December 6
December 12
Dorothy Osborne
December 26
Fred Holland
Celeste Holland
December 17
Join Date
John Sanders
December 1, 1992
26 years
Club Information
Howick (Inc)
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (fromFeb 2019)
Howick Bowling Club
33 Selwyn Road
Auckland,  2010
New Zealand
0210 267 2042
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A Word from Madeleine East
My thanks to you all for your kind thoughts, messages and offers of support during this difficult time for me. While Jim has not enjoyed good health for some time his passing was very sudden really and came as a shock. I don't think we are ever really prepared.
I am managing ok, have my moments but doing ok, and I did appreciate the kind words and hugs at Rotary tonight.
Thank you all. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year.
from the Editor
It's my pleasure to help you guys experiencing your Rotary experience again in the Keyway.
With your motivation to help others and activities in the local community and all over the world you add a divine touch of giving and service-to-others to life.
Unfortunately humanity is not yet in a position to live peace, love and happiness, rather we prefer conflict, hate and suffering as it appears looking back for the last 10,000 years on a global and micro level, individuals and families. Probably it will take 'a few more years' until the human mind will change. Change won't come from governments or corporations but one day it will emerge from society - and society is every single human being including life supporting organisations such as Rotary.
In collating the information for the Keyway and posting it to you, I do my humble work in the background to support the Rotary Club of Howick.
For the coming festive days and beyond, I wish you time to reflect and recharge - and lots of love.
Take care
Rotary International Convention
Attendance at a Rotary International Convention is an inspiring and uplifting experience. A number of club members attended the convention in Salt Lake City and came back buzzing.
The dates are 1st – 5th June and the location is Hamburg, Germany.
If you are planning travel at that time this is a great option to include in your trip.

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