President's Message

Hi to you all
I would like to thank all of the Club members for allowing me to be your President for the 2019/2020 year, it is indeed an honour and I will do my best to live up to both your and the Clubs expectations.
A big thank you to the Social Committee and to those that assisted in making the evening happen.
I really enjoyed the Changeover Night and the venue and I personally think it was an enjoyable evening.
It is our new Rotary venue and I would like to know how you thought the evening went and if there are any things that you think that we could  do to improve things in the future, i.e. Venue, function room, table layout, food, lighting, sound system, bar, signing in etc. etc.Also, the same thing applies to the room that we meet in on our regular nights, I would appreciate your thoughts on that too.
The club will be having a review on our move to The Howick Club in the near future, but to help me as your new President, if anyone would like to personally give me their thoughts on how things are going that would be great.
Looking forward to seeing you all when we next meet.
Yours in Rotary
A Big Thank You
Dear Dave,
To each of you, as one of the leaders of our district for the 2018-19 Rotary year, I want to say a huge thank you for the work you have put in this year and for your willingness to be an inspiration to others, to take action and to make a difference. 
Club Raffles
Effective July 1st the following changes will be made to the Have-a-Go raffle.
Mangemangeroa Tree Planting
Those attending the Rotary and Friends of Mangemangeroa (FOM) tree planting event had a very productive morning which we trust was fulfilling and enjoyable for all the 130 volunteers. This is promoted as a joint Friends of Mangemangeroa,  Rotary, and Pakuranga Chinese Association  community  event.
Jul 09, 2019
His experience as an MP
Jul 23, 2019
Police Person of the Year (TBC)
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Host 9th July
Holland, Fred
Host 23rd July
Owen, David
Reception and Thanks 9th July
Thompson, Geoff
Reception and Thanks 23 July
Osborne, John
Attendance 9th July
Peterson, Alan
Attendance 23rd July
Peterson, Alan
Upcoming Events
Rotary Dine Out
Jul 31, 2019 12:30 PM
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Member Birthdays
Ian Fox
July 9
John Osborne
July 10
Rob Mouncey
July 17
David Teape
July 30

Changeover 2019

Posted by Dave Wylie
Our annual Changeover was held on Tuesday 25th June. Our celebrations included some important acknowledgements:
Citation – Stuart Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong was presented with a citation acknowledging many years of diligent service to Howick Rotary and our community. Stuart was very active as our secretary, treasurer and auditor during his time as a member of Howick Rotary Club. He has been supported by Karen all that time and she thank everyone on behalf of them both.
Karen & Stuart Armstrong receiving Stuart’s citation for long and faithful service
New Member – Jenny Naley
Jenny was introduced to the club by Garry Donoghue and welcomed to Rotary International by Ian Fox. Jenny is a social worker  managing The Sowers Trust in Howick.
Sowers provides wrap around support for the whole family.  This includes youth development groups, mentoring and social work support to parents / caregivers.
Jenny Naley our newest member’s induction
Paul Harris Fellow – Alan Peterson
The board was pleased to make this award to Alan acknowledging many years as a member. He has spent time, often unacknowledged, quietly doing his thing, most noticeably taking everyone’s attendance when they arrive. Alan the little things matter. Thank you.
Alan Peterson reacting to his Paul Harris Fellow award

Past President Dave’s Address to Changeover

Welcome to Howick Rotary Changeover 2019. Tonight we celebrate a 58 year tradition of service to Howick and further afield. “Service before self” has made us all better people and our community a better place to live and work.
What an interesting and at times challenging year:
  • We have had some interesting speakers. Two that stick in my mind are Guy Slocum who enthralled us with his experiences as a fighter pilot during the cold war.
  • Recently Ashleigh Ali-Aziz told us about her experience as a Muslim refugee coming to New Zealand and how much she is doing for our country.
Our projects continue to serve Howick. Some examples:
  • Bookarama was the most successful in recent years
  • Howick Fun Run and Walk was the biggest yet and resulted in a large donation to Howick Coastguard
  • Apprentice Awards
  • Police Awards
  • RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
  • Howick College
    • Muna
    • Science Camp
    • Speech Awards
  • Annual planting of Mangemangeroa
  • Howick Historical Village
  • And there are more.
We responded to unanticipated issues quickly and generously
  • A simple request for undies for kids in squatter camps around Suva resulted in making a big change in the sanitary conditions of hundreds of poor kids
  • Christchurch was a shock to us all and Howick Rotary made an immediate donation through the Rotary Club of Riccarton to be used at their discretion
We have made some important changes
  • We are growing and crucially we have more women as members with more to come
  • We now meet twice a month rather than weekly which is a big adjustment
  • We have moved venues after a long and excellent association with Howick Bowling Club
The last twelve months have been a busy time. Apart from the Christmas break there has always been something happening.
It has been my privilege to be entrusted with the leadership of such a dedicated hard working club.
Thank you hardly seems enough to express my gratitude to everyone who has contributed in so many ways. To our club executives, directors, project leaders, families and friends you make this club an important contributor to our community. I am in awe of how much some give of themselves year after year. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Jeannette you have supported me through thick and thin over the past 52 years and the last 12 months  have been no exception. You were the best decision I ever made.
Enough from me. We have a busy night to come. Enjoy our celebrations.
Past President Dave handing the chain of office over to President Mike Abercrombie. Why is he smiling you ask?
Your new board plus past President Dave
Flowers for Jeannette – thanks for the table arrangements

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