Full Night at Dinner Meeting

Left - Colin Monk presenting the cheque to Coastguard's Jenny Rowsell and Chris Paul. Right - DG Allan Smith and wife Sue 
It was a very full night at the last dinner meeting of the club. New member Mathew Cook was inducted following an introduction from Ian Fox.  James Monk our RYLA candidate was introduced by Dave Wylie. The Fun Walk & Run project cheque for $10000 was presented to Coastguard by Convenor Colin Monk and District Governor and wife Sue gave us a presentation of their backgrounds and what the DG team had been up to during the year.
Full Night at Dinner Meeting 2023-05-23 12:00:00Z 0

"Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter" Appeal 

The "Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter" Appeal Starts on May 1st with Collections Running Through the Month of May. 
if you have already given your spare blankets in previous years but would still like to help needy families keep their kids warm this winter there are some super special sales that some retailers have on at the moment. For example, the Warehouse has blankets for $20 that were on special for Mother’s Day down to $14.
If you do not have any spare blankets but want to support the appeal look for retail specials at the Warehouse and other retail outlets.
"Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter" Appeal 2023-04-25 12:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Jon Duffy

Jon Duffy CEO of Consumer NZ was our guest speaker at the club’s last dinner meeting. Jon has more than 20 years’ experience working in the consumer field. This included roles at the Commerce Commission, heading the Trust and Safety Team and Trade Me, and more recently Assistant Privacy Commissioner. He is also Deputy Chair of Netsafe, and has been on the Board of Consumer NZ since 2014.

Jon covered a range of issues including Supermarket competition, misleading specials and the use of facial recognition. He then went on to cover Retirement Village contracts, Climate Greenwashing and Health and Safety relating to cosmetics.

It was evident from Jon’s presentation that Consumer NZ does a great job for consumers with very limited resources based on funding from their own activities and public subscriptions 
Guest Speaker - Jon Duffy 2023-04-14 12:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Littlemore

Sarb Lester Manager of Littlemore Charitable Trust Speaking at the Club Dinner Meeting
Sarb thanked the club for the support that it provides Littlemore through its Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter project which is held in May each year. She also told members about the origins of Littlemore and its vision. 
The vision is to ensure every baby in Auckland has everything they need to keep them safe and warm.

The focus is on the first year of a baby’s life and Littlemore is one of the few, if not the only organisation that focusses on new born babies whereas others tend to spread wider across a broader age range.

Too many of the babies needing support are the result of break downs in families, family violence, social isolation and so on. Littlemore can intervene quickly usually within a day or two, although Covid did present many challenges.

The organisation relies heavily on donations and volunteers, there is no Government funding. With over 5500 babies receiving an estimated $2.4M worth of goods from over 7300 supporters the organization delivered an amazing amount of support to needy families in the Auckland area in the last year.
Guest Speaker - Littlemore 2023-04-01 11:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker

Martin Butler - Guest Speaker 
Martin Butler was the guest speaker at our last dinner meeting. Martin, an ex-pilot has an interest in aviation history in New Zealand and talked about the first flights of the Walsh brothers. His interest in aviation also led him to research the mystery of 2 planes being stored in the North Head tunnels which in turn led to the possibility of there being more tunnels containing military history. However, disappointingly he has found there is a real resistance from authorities to allow further exploration so the mystery goes on.
An interesting and thought-provoking presentation which led to many questions from members
Guest Speaker 2023-03-20 11:00:00Z 0

RYLA - Rotary Young Leadership Awards

RYLA (Rotary Young People Leadership Awards) is a week-long leadership development programme for 20 – 28-year olds hosted and sponsored by clubs in Rotary District 9920. It is an experiential live in programme designed to develop their teamwork and communication skills and fulfil their potential as leaders in our community.
Applications are now open for this years programme to be held between Saturday June 24 and Saturday July 1st.
Contact Dave Wylie Mob 027 534 4338 email david.wylie@experienceontap.co.nz or register on ryla.co.nz/home
RYLA - Rotary Young Leadership Awards 2023-03-04 11:00:00Z 0

Member Presentation

Arnie du Toit a relatively new member of the club gave a personal profile presentation at the last dinner meeting.

Arnie is from South Africa and he still has a large extended family over there, but Arnie’s immediate family, Mum and Dad plus his brother and sister -in-law are well settled here in New Zealand.

Arnie joined Rotary because through his work he understands that many in our community are vulnerable and as a group that works for and in the community, Rotary is a good fit for his beliefs and values.

Arnie is a qualified mental health nurse who works as a private independent contractor who is focused on providing support and medical nursing care to people who have a range of mental health issues. As part of his role, he is at times required to work with Police and other agencies in times of disaster or death. To further his interest in health Arnie is continuing his studies at medical school. 

Arnie is also the Marketing Manager for Mutual Financial Support Services, a family business which is part of SHARE, a NZ based network of financial advisers with a common brand, systems, and processes. Through this network the company understands the needs and goals of individuals and businesses and tailor solutions best suited to their needs.
Member Presentation 2023-03-04 11:00:00Z 0

Howick Fun Walk & Run Event


The 2023 Howick Fun Walk and & Run is coming on the 26th March – Healthy Family Fun 

This premier Howick Rotary community event is a great draw card for walkers, runners, school teams and their families to enjoy the scenery of Howick whilst participating in healthy exercise.

Starting and finishing at Howick’s historic Stockade Hill there are three exciting routes; 5.9km, 6.9km or 8.1km. After the run/walk, participants and families can relax under one of the many trees on Stockade Hill and enjoy music, food and a prize draw. It’s a day designed for the whole family to enjoy.

The main beneficiary is the Howick Coastguard for the purchase of vital safety equipment.

In the unlikely event we have to cancel the Fun Walk and Run, notification will be advised on both the FWaR website and the Howick Rotary website by 7.30am on Sunday 26th March;
Should this be necessary registrations received will be considered donations to the Howick Volunteer Coastguard unless we are specifically contacted with a request for a refund of the fee paid.

Also see www.howickfunwalkrun.co.nz

Howick Fun Walk & Run Event 2023-02-17 11:00:00Z 0

Member Profile Presentation

Garry Donoghue making his Profile Presentation to the Club
The speaker for the evening was our own Garry Donoghue.
It is very clear that Garry has had an interesting career in the retail industry being involved in senior executive positions in a range of large corporations including Coles Myers, K Mart, Progressive Enterprises and Paper Plus. 
In his corporate life, while the work was complex and he needed to be very skilled in his strategic thinking and planning, there were also some very good highlights or “perks” such as swanning around the country side and across the Tasman in a private corporate jet. 
During his presentation he quipped that he has struck it lucky twice in his life, once when he missed the ballot for the draft in Australia and the second and most important when he met Helen, with this latter comment the meeting agreed most heartily!! 
After retirement Garry and Helen looked for more adventure and spent 3 years in a Camper Van travelling around Australia and New Zealand visiting all sorts of interesting places on the way. He even wrote a book which was published, and while it didn’t make the best seller list full marks must go to Garry for such an achievement. 
At age 70 when many of us are deciding if we can be bothered going for stroll around the block, Garry planned 7 Marathons completing them all!! 

Another amazing achievement. All of which were acknowledged by David Teape in his thank you to Garry on our behalf, along with the very valuable contribution to our club Garry has made over a number of years. 
Member Profile Presentation 2023-01-27 11:00:00Z 0

Aid for Ukraine

Following Sally Fletcher’s presentation of the appeal for Aid for Ukraine from the ReliefAid organization and the discussion regarding a similar appeal to assist Rotary Ukraine through Rotary NZ World Community Service the Board and Trust have approved support for both organizations.

In the case of the ReliefAid appeal the club will apply to the Thomas Brydon Trust for a grant of $2500 which it in turn has been matched with a donation of $2500 from the RCoH Community Trust In addition, members donations collected through their club accounts will be added to the overall amount donated to ReliefAid. Please contact John Sanders Ph 537 3461 Mob 021 423 891 email sandersjw2017@gmail.com to advise the amount you wish added to your account.

In the case of the Rotary NZ World Community Service appeal on behalf of Rotary Ukraine the Board and the Trust have approved a donation of $3000.
Anybody wanting more information on the appeals go to www.reliefaid.org.nz/ukraine/ or click the Rotary NZ World Community Service/Rotary Ukraine link.
Aid for Ukraine 2023-01-27 11:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellowship Awards

Two Paul Harris Fellowship Awards were made at the Club’s recent Christmas Party. The Awards recognize the contribution that Rotarians or members of the public make to the community which is marked by a donation of $1000 to the international organization’s Rotary Foundation and the awarding of a special pin and certificate to the individual for their service.

Barry Nicholls introduced the presentation to Meryl Monk wife of long serving member Colin Monk. Meryl was recognised for her strong support of our club and her ongoing commitment to so many of the club’s projects with a special mention made of the enormous contribution Meryl makes every year to Bookarama. 

The second PHF was introduced by President Madeline East to Pat Abercrombie who has held many roles within the club, has been the Director of both community and social committees and provides great support for all club projects. Mention was made of how Pat prefers to work away quietly in the background such that the amount of work she does could easily be overlooked and it was particularly special to be able to ensure she was acknowledged for her efforts.

President Madeleine East concluded the awards ceremony by congratulating both Meryl and Pat on behalf of the club for their richly deserved Paul Harris Fellowships.
Paul Harris Fellowship Awards 2022-12-16 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party

The club held its annual Christmas Party last Tuesday being the final meeting for the calendar year. And what a great occasion it was. Held at the Pakuranga Tennis Club it was an evening of fun in an atmosphere that invited conversation and fellowship all very capably managed by our MC for the night David Teape. 

Many of our members took away spot prizes and the two very generous hamper raffles were won by Geoff Thompson and Malcolm Pascoe. 

President Madeleine East took the opportunity on the night to wish everybody a Merry and Safe Christmas and thanked the Social Committee for the their great organization of the event. 
Christmas Party 2022-12-16 11:00:00Z 0

Club AGM

Sally Fletcher presenting her Community Committee report at the Club's AGM.
The club held its AGM for the 2021/22 year at the last dinner meeting. Although the year was significantly disrupted by Covid the club was able to meet on Zoom and at an alternative venue, the Pakuranga Tennis Club. 2 of the major projects Bookarama and Fun Walk & Run had to be cancelled however the club was still able to complete a wide range of community projects, including the highly successful Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter. 
Club AGM 2022-11-25 11:00:00Z 0

Brian Hanlon Speech Awards

President Elect Malcolm Pascoe with winner Stella Donaldson holding the Brian Hanlon Memorial trophy along with Michele Innes, Brian's daughter who presented the awards.
Howick Rotary held its annual Brian Hanlon Howick College 4 – Way Test Speech Contest for Howick College year 9 and 10 students last Tuesday evening. This followed on from the previous judging at the College to select the finalists. The winner of the Brian Hanlon Speech Contest Award for this year was Stella Donaldson who spoke on the subject of “the problems and acceptance of people with disabilities”.
Brian Hanlon Speech Awards 2022-11-11 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leader Awardee Presentations

The Club’s two awardees at this year’s RYLA seminar, Tara Nichols and Martina Rheinbeck presented their experiences at the last dinner meeting. They talked about the timetable and activities that they found thought provoking and challenging. 

A case of covid did impact on the programme as some were in isolation, but it was an opportunity to test resilience and support.

Overall, both of them found the course exciting and inspiring and both had developed their “can do” attitudes that will stand them in good stead as they head into the future.
Rotary Youth Leader Awardee Presentations 2022-10-27 11:00:00Z 0

Biggest Bookarama Concludes

Huge Quantities of Books on Display Above and Below Tables at the Start of Bookarama 2022
With 2 years of collections this year’s Bookarama saw the largest volume of books, puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s and LPs ever on display in Somerville Intermediates Gym for the Sale which took place between Wednesday and Sunday last week. This is the 22nd year that Howick Rotary has organized the annual Bookarama event and it required a herculean effort by club members assisted by Coastguard and volunteers from the public to stage it. 
If you want to know more about Rotary go to www.howickrotary.org.nz or be a guest at one our meetings – call Glenice 021 2010262 or Rob 021 413341.
Biggest Bookarama Concludes 2022-10-18 11:00:00Z 0

Cycle Repair Station

Jane Newbury Town Centre Manager, cycling enthusiast and well known Howickian Gerald Patterson and Madeline East President of Howick Rotary.
Gerald is demonstrating the Cycle Repair Station newly installed at the rear of Market Square in Howick.
A joint collaboration between the Howick Village Association and Howick Rotary will benefit local cyclists. A Cycle Repair Station has been installed at the rear of market square outside the HVA offices for the growing number of cycling enthusiasts in the area. Running repairs can now be done with an array of different tools on the station. It has a rack to hang the bike on while the work is being done.
Cycle Repair Station 2022-10-14 11:00:00Z 0

Bookarama - Sale On

 Set Up                                                                 Sale On
Bookarama is now well underway with a huge mountain of books set out in Somerville Intermediates gymnasium for sale. The Early Bird Sale on Wednesday afternoon saw many dealers arrive from all over New Zealand, one even coming from Christchurch. This year there were many people other than dealers who were prepared to pay the $20 entry fee to get an early selection of  the huge quantity of books, puzzles, CD's, DVD's and LPs that were on display.
The Sale finishes tomorrow with all items being half price at the Super Sunday Sale.
Super Sunday Sale - Half Price!
Bookarama - Sale On 2022-10-01 11:00:00Z 0

New Member - Quiz Night

President Madeleine East welcoming new member Arnie du Toit to the Club.
Another relaxing evening at Howick Rotary after busy days sorting books ready for our huge Bookarama. It will be massive this time with two year's stock ready to go. We welcomed our newest member to the Club before participating in a very challenging quiz evening. Lots of laughs and a few cheeky answer challenges. If you would like to join with us to have some fun while also helping our community just send a message or give us a call and we will get back to answer any questions you may have. 
New Member - Quiz Night 2022-10-01 11:00:00Z 0

Charter Night Birthday Celebration

President Madeleine East and Jim Duckworth cutting the 61st birthday cake.
The cake baked by Jim was delicious!
At the clubs last dinner meeting it celebrated its 61st birthday. The evening was full of fun and humour with guests, partners and special guest Past District Governor Craig Horrocks present. The social committee had done a great job of giving the room a real festive atmosphere and the evening was full of fun and humour with many “lucky number” prizes being distributed amongst the throng. In addition the big “Have a Go” jackpot raffle was drawn with Ian Fox taking out first prize and Fred Holland winning second prize.
The night was also marked by the presentation of RI President Holger Knaack’s long service awards for 2020/21 (somewhat belated due to Covid) to 13 recipients including a crystal globe to Jim Duckworth for over 50 years of service to Rotary.
Prior to the start of the cub’s birthday social Craig Horrocks made a presentation to a Club Assembly on Rotary’s Regionalization Pilot project being undertaken in Oceania and the UK. Club members voted in favour of proceeding with the Pilot and President Madeleine will carry that vote forward to the next stage. This will be an exciting time to see how the different approach will help take Rotary into the future..
Charter Night Birthday Celebration 2022-09-17 12:00:00Z 0

Bookarama - Collection Stage

Bookarama is one of Howick Rotary's largest fundraising activities from which we support a huge range of community projects including helping needy families, improving the environment, supporting heritage, helping young people, assisting Coastguard and aiding local fun events.
We welcome your support in making this wonderful community project a great success.
Thank you.
Bookarama - Collection Stage 2022-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Police Awards

Nicola Gibson receiving the Annual Howick Rotary Police Award for 2022. President Madeleine East 
presented the Award which was announced by Scott Gemmell District Commander Counties Manukau
East. The Annual Police Award is organized by Rotarian David Owen.
The Annual Police Award was held at the Club’s last dinner meeting. This year it was the task of new District Commander for Counties Manukau – East Scott Gemmell to announce the winner of the 2022 Rotary Club of Howick Police Award to Nicola (Nicky) Gibson. On making the announcement Scott described the process by which the Leadership Team had put forward candidates and then jointly assessed the person who had made what Scott described as an amazing contribution to the force and the community. “Nicky has dedicated her career and life to policing. It is through her example of dedication and effort that police can help the community feel safe” he said.  

The Award was presented to Nicky by President Madeleine East who previously had welcomed the Leadership Team of 8 officers to the club’s dinner meeting. The Annual Award is organized by Convenor David Owen himself a police officer in the UK for many years.   
Police Awards 2022-08-27 12:00:00Z 0

Heritage Recipe Bread Oven Opening Ceremony

Jim Duckworth holding the kauri Peel made by Menzshed with Marin Burgess President of the Howick & Districts
Historical Society and Madeleine East President of the Rotary Club of Howick at the Oven Opening Ceremony
A small opening ceremony at last Sunday’s “Meet the Villagers” open day at the Howick Historical Village marked the culmination of a project led by well-known former local baker Jim Duckworth of installing and operating a Heritage Recipe Bread Oven in the grounds of the Village. From the throngs of people trying out the various baked treats cooked in the oven the project will be a great draw card for visitors epitomizing the goal of open-air museums of bringing history to life.
Heritage Recipe Bread Oven Opening Ceremony 2022-08-18 12:00:00Z 0

Committee Updates plus Robbie Burns

President Elect Malcolm Pascoe Presiding Over the Meeting
President Elect Malcolm Pascoe presided over our last meeting with Committee Directors providing an update on their committee’s plans for the coming year. The Social calendar looks like we are in for an enjoyable time and the challenges of new membership got a good airing.

This was followed by an interesting dissertation from Scottish Sergeant Bill Charkow on the poet Robbie Burns. In addition to telling us about Burn’s rich and colourful history Bill referred to 3 of his favourite poems and read one of them to the members on the subject of friendship – a fitting way to recognize one of the benefits the members share being part of the club.
Committee Updates plus Robbie Burns 2022-08-14 12:00:00Z 0

2022 Bookarama is Coming!

Venue : Somerville Intermediate School

Dates :  Wed 12th October 12-6pm Early Bird Afternoon $20 entry 
               Thurs 13th October to Sat 15th October 9am–6 pm  Free entry
               Sun    16th October 9am- 3pm Free entry

Collection: Please contact one of the following 3 people if you wish to donate books, puzzles, cd’s, dvd’s, lp’s.
                     Geoff Thompson 021 740 733
                     Steve Lines  022 1028 332
                     John Savory 029 774 6566
                  They will make suitable arrangements for collection

Collection Depots : We will as in previous years advertise collection depots from the 1st September
As we were unable to hold Bookarama in 2021 due to Covid we have accumulated a substantial quantity of stock already so Bookarama 2022 promises to be a Big Event.
The Quality and Quantity will be better than ever!
So watch out for all the advertising and promotional material in the next few months and make a diary note not to miss this major Rotary Club of Howick Community Fundraising Event 
2022 Bookarama is Coming! 2022-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

An Evening with Poet Jan Beaumont

Jan Beaumont was our guest speaker at our recent dinner meeting. Jan is the author of “Let’s All Drink to Lockdown” the poem that went viral around the world. 

Her fame with this poem spread such that she has undertaken interviews with the BBC, Australian and NZ radio networks. The poem was at some point wrongly attributed to well known funny English poet Pam Ayres. Jan was very philosophical about the mistake explaining that her main motivation in writing poetry is to make people smile. 

She has now added to the original poem and written and published over 300 all of which focus on the day-to-day activities in our lives. She shared her life experience and some of the poems in her presentation. She also bought some of her books along which members were keen to purchase. 
An Evening with Poet Jan Beaumont Rob Mouncey 2022-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Ken Scott, President HVA

The guest speaker for the evening was Ken Scott President of the Howick Village Association (HVA).
Before making his presentation Ken expressed the appreciation of the association for the support and contribution we make as a club to the Howick Community.

Ken gave us a background to the HVA from when it started life as The Howick Business Association through to the current time as Howick Village Association. As the local Business Improvement and Development (BID) member the HVA is accountable to the Local Board for the development and growth of business in the Village business area.

The key public events managed by the HVA include the Christmas Fair, Howick Village Hop, ECO Day, Food and Culture Day, Fun in the Sun and of course the very popular Howick Village Market on Saturday mornings which draws people from all over Auckland. Surprisingly we learnt that Panuku Developments (Auckland Council’s property management CCO) charges a substantial fee for use of the land.

Some of the challenges facing the Association include: Bureaucracy, competition from the Malls. Online shopping, Howick as a destination not en-route to anywhere and is viewed as being out of the way with poor transport links.

 A very interesting presentation generating some good questions and discussion.
Guest Speaker - Ken Scott, President HVA 2022-07-13 12:00:00Z 0

"Gliding On" Changeover Night

Top: President Madeleine East being presented with a potted camelia by Social Director Mike Abercrombie with President Elect Malcolm Pascoe looking on. 
Bottom L and R: Mike Abercrombie and Rob Mouncey giving their Paul Harris Fellow thank you speeches. Mike is accompanied by Rotary District Governor Steve Chaney who presented the awards on the night.
Bottom Centre: Members attending the Club's "Gliding On" Changeover at the Howick Club.
Each year, across the globe at the end of June, Rotary Clubs elect a new leader, new team and plan for the year ahead. After such a disrupted 2021-2022 year and to maintain continuity the Rotary Club of Howick is moving forward with many of the existing team including re-electing its current President, Madeleine East MNZM for the year to come.  

As the number of changes were few the club decided to refer the normal “Changeover” function to more like “Gliding On”. However, MC on the night Ian Fox assured the audience that the Howick Rotary administration was significantly superior to the “bumbling bureaucrats” that acted in the early 1980’s TV series. 

In reviewing the year President Madeleine outlined some of the many projects we have been able to complete despite Covid including our most recent highly successful 'Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter' project.

We also welcomed District Governor Steve Chaney and Edith who together gave us a snapshot of the challenges Rotary Clubs have faced during these COVID times. 

A Paul Harris Fellowship Award was presented to Past President Mike Abercrombie and a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin to Past President Rob Mouncey for the considerable work they have done in supporting our club and the community.
We all look forward to a less disruptive year ahead as we now plan for our annual Bookarama sale in October.
"Gliding On" Changeover Night 2022-06-30 12:00:00Z 0

Maurice Williamson Guest Speaker

Ex local MP Maurice Williamson was our guest speaker at the last club meeting.

He briefly traced his history having been raised in Matamata and progressing through to Auckland University where he graduated with a Masters degree in Physics and Mathematics. His first job was with Air NZ before turning to politics and becoming MP for Pakuranga in 1987. He served in Parliament for 30 years holding many different portfolios.

Maurice retired as an MP in 2017 and then became NZ’s Consul General in Los Angeles and most of his presentation was on the US and Californian economies as well as sharing some observations about the US in general finally noting that to him the USA is not one country but with its federal structure it is in fact 50 different countries.

He rounded out an interesting and informative evening by announcing his candidacy for the position of Councillor for the Howick Ward on Auckland Council as he was fed up with the way that the Super City spending keeps on going up well above the normal rate of inflation.
Maurice Williamson Guest Speaker 2022-06-17 12:00:00Z 0

Blanket Bonanza!

The Blankets 4 kids 4 Winter “Wall of Blankets” in the War Memorial Information Centre. From left to right, Lole Turner Volunteer from All Saints, Bill Charkow Rotary Convenor, Sarah Laing Howick Village Association, Chontelle Bidois and Ann Voykovich Stand Children’s Services, Jane Newbury Howick Village Association. Foreground, Reverend Lucy Nguyen All Saints and Libby Giddey Our Lady Star of the Sea churches
The Blankest 4 Kids 4 Winter appeal organized by Howick Rotary and supported by the Howick Village Association drew to a close last Tuesday. With blankets still flowing in the end result will be in excess of 1500 blankets donated to help keep needy families and kids warm this winter.
Bill Charkow Rotary Convenor said “the response has been amazing across the whole community with individuals, families, schools and the BNI and Howick Click business groups making donations. Last year we collected around 350 blankets so this year’s effort has been incredible. As a club we are thrilled that the community has got in behind the project and has been so generous. People have donated excess home blankets, the Knitting in Public Group made and donated lovely colourful blankets, crochet squares have been made into blankets and there is a substantial quantity of brand-new blankets that people have purchased and donated, some still in boxes, in addition there were donations of children’s gloves, socks and knitted hats. Just marvellous!”
Blanket Bonanza! 2022-06-11 12:00:00Z 0

Introduction of New Local Salvation Army Team

Donna Hedley Regional Relationship Manager introducing the new Salvation Army team of Tiana and Neil Henderson.
The Salvation Army were the clubs guests at the last dinner meeting. Donna Hedley Regional Relationship Manager whom the club got to know through the Food Parcel project took the opportunity to introduce the new local Salvation Army team of Tiana and Neil Henderson to the club. Donna was accompanied by fellow head regional office colleague Kate Hambly. 
Tiana and Neil presented the work that the local branch is involved in to support the local community. One of their new local approaches is to reach out to other local community organizations to provide better support packages for those people and families in need. They also thought that the Rotary International theme for 2021/22 of "Serve to Change Lives" aligned with their own approach to their ministry. 
Introduction of New Local Salvation Army Team 2022-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Wendy Spiller

Wendy Spiller belatedly receiving the Rotary Club of Howick Police Person of the Year Award for 2021 from President Madeleine East and Convenor David Owen
Former police Area Commander Wendy Spiller was our guest speaker at the club’s dinner meeting. 

The evening was an opportunity to formally present the Rotary Club of Howick Police Person of the Year Award to Wendy after she became the recipient in 2021 but had been unavailable to receive it due to Covid work pressures. The Award was for the amazing job she had done while in her role as Area Commander and having dedicated 34 years to Police service.
Following this presentation Wendy provided some reflections on her work as Area Commander and Controller of the Auckland’s southern border under Covid in addition to outlining her new position as Director of the International Police Woman’s Conference which will be held in Auckland in 2023. The conference will be one of the few that combine two organizations, the International Organization of Women in Policing and the Australasian Organization for Women in Policing. 

Wendy is very excited about her new role as Conference Director and asked if the club could assist her with some small goodwill gifts that she can use to encourage support for the NZ conference as in preparation she will be attending the individual organization’s conferences being held in Sydney and Toronto in 2022.  
Guest Speaker - Wendy Spiller 2022-05-13 12:00:00Z 0

Farewell Night at Tennis Club

President Madeleine East presenting Caterer Foong Joseph with some flowers as a thank you for the delicious food that she had prepared during the clubs time at the Tennis Club.
The Club’s recent dinner meeting was a ‘fond farewell” to our temporary venue at the Pakuranga Tennis Club. 

Under Red Covid conditions we have been unable to meet at the Howick Club and Jenny and John Richardson worked with President Madeleine East and the Social Committee to make the Tennis Club room’s available with full catering and bar facilities. The temporary “home away from home” has worked incredibly well and members have enjoyed the “airy” environment and delicious food prepared by tennis club member Foong Joseph and her team.
All in all, a great temporary venue and one that may well feature in future social events. A big thank you to Jenny Richardson President of the Pakuranga Tennis Club and her team for making it happen.
Farewell Night at Tennis Club Rob Mouncey 2022-04-29 12:00:00Z 0

Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter

Posted by Rob Mouncey
Some lovely knitted blankets donated by the Howick and Botany Knitting in Public Group
“Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter” Blanket Donations Underway Already - Well Done Keep it Up!

Winter is on its way and the unfortunate truth is that many families in the community will not have enough blankets to keep their kids warm on winter nights.

To assist these families Howick Rotary has started the collection of blankets and quilts through its “Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter” Appeal. Donations are already occurring and will run for the month of May. The project is being supported by the Howick Village Association which has added its organizational skills, resources and network to provide additional momentum. This follows the successful Rotary effort last year when more than 350 blankets were distributed to families in need through Stand Children Services and All Saints Anglican Church. In addition 40 Hand Woven blankets, along with many Teddy Bears, largely from the “Knitting In Public” groups of Howick and Botany, were donated to the Littlemore charity for the Middlemore Infant Birth Department.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church has been added to the supported charities this year to enable more families in need to be reached.

Collection Points are the Howick War Memorial Building (Market Place) and Howick Village Optometrist in Picton Street and Grasslands in Moore Street. If you are group or a school that needs help with a pick up please call.

For more information contact Bill Charkow 021 663022 or Rob Mouncey 021 413341. 
Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter Rob Mouncey 2022-04-18 12:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Iva Ropati

Posted by Rob Mouncey
Iva Ropati Principal of Howick College shared his experience whilst on secondment to NZ Teachers Council to review Principal Leadership Growth and Development amongst NZ Principals.
His presentation was thought provoking and challenging. The main recommendations of the team on conclusion of the review were:  
Priority 1: Address workload: • Increased and equitable staffing provision • Ensure nationally mandated change is appropriately resourced and managed, and • Implement recommendations from the Tomorrow’s Schools Report around property.

Priority 2: Develop a formal and coherent programme for principal professional development and support. This should: • Support career development and progression from aspiring to experienced principals and beyond • Incorporate appointment criteria and include additional support for appointees who do not reach this threshold, and 9 • Provide specific and targeted support to grow leadership capability and aspiration among Maori and Pacific teachers and leaders.
Priority 3: Ensure there is tailored support for all principals by: • Develop best practice guidelines around supporting principal wellbeing • Provide Board training in understanding the challenges of the principal’s role, the importance of principal PLD for the school and the individual, and the support the principal needs to maintain their wellbeing, and • Establish the leadership advisor roles as recommended by the Tomorrow’s Schools taskforce to provide principals with customised support and critical friendship they can trust.
All in all a very interesting evening.
Guest Speaker - Iva Ropati Rob Mouncey 2022-04-18 12:00:00Z 0

Member Presentation

Glenice Yeoman a member of the club presented a brief “life story” at the last dinner meeting. 

Her life’s journey had not always been plain sailing but a wonderful relationship with her very special dad has shaped her life and who she is today.

Born in Whakatane, her mother had a stroke when Glenice was very young, and as a result was severely disabled. Care facilities were not what they are today so her mother’s care was largely undertaken by Glenice and her dad. Living with a severely disabled person and seeing the challenges that were faced daily strongly influenced Glenice’s decision to build an Air B and B which is set up to accommodate people with even the most severe disabilities.

Glenice trained as an event manager and worked in that field for a number of years but her early dream was to be an architect. While this ambition was not fulfilled, her interest and passion were a huge advantage in developing her home into her business with a beautiful outdoor area complete with pool.
Member Presentation 2022-03-26 11:00:00Z 0

Education Update

Our club has been fortunate to be able to continue to meet together during these difficult times. At our last meeting we heard from Deidre Alderson, Director of Education, Auckland, who spoke about the many changes currently underway in our school curriculum. A focus on literacy development and mathematics is clearly evident, along with a review of NZ history being taught in schools. It was interesting to hear how schools are meeting these new changes while also having to cope with the huge challenges COVID has brought. It was evident by the number of questions asked that there is very keen interest in what is happening in our schools.
Education Update 2022-03-12 11:00:00Z 0

Club Night

Club Members Enjoying an Informal Club Night at the Pakuranga Tennis Club
The last meeting of Howick Rotary was an informal Club Night at which President Madeleine East took the opportunity to update members on a number of key Board matters and upcoming projects.
It was noted that the Bookarama team are brainstorming new ideas to look at operating this project in different ways in the future. In addition the club has decided to assist the RSA in this years Poppy Appeal. Carole Ansley will be coordinating club member volunteers to help on Collection Day which is the 22nd April. The RSA needs the Clubs much needed assistance to make this year's Collection Day a big success as they have had to cancel the event in the last two years. The funds raised on the day go toward assisting Veterans and their families.
Club Night 2022-02-24 11:00:00Z 0

Insight into Watercare and 3 Waters

Raveen Jaduram Director of the Infrastructure Commission and previous CEO of Watercare was our guest speaker at our last meeting. 
Raveen provided an interesting insight into the complex issues facing Auckland’s Watercare and those involved in the proposed 3 Waters legislation. In the case of Watercare it was clear that as an infrastructure entity that had to be consolidated into the accounts of the overall Auckland Council that funding issues for development would likely go on into the future. On the 3 Waters legislation he concluded that if the country wanted the right answer in terms of structure and control of water resources politicians should be asking the correct questions on what the current problems are. 
Insight into Watercare and 3 Waters 2022-02-13 11:00:00Z 0

Logan Installed 

The Rotary Club of Howick continues to support the Howick Historical Village. Recently a small dedicated group ensured the horse (which the Village has called Logan) and gig would be protected from the weather by putting down a concrete pad and shifting the rather heavy horse, along with the gig, to the new home. A much more comfortable place for Logan to stand, well protected from the elements.
Logan Installed 2022-02-13 11:00:00Z 0

Bookarama Postponed Again Due to Covid

The Rotary Club of Howick has been running our popular pre-loved book sale every October since the year 2000.   Due to Covid restrictions last year’s event was postponed until this March.  Sadly, the current “code red” restrictions have caused us to make the frustrating and difficult decision to further defer Bookarama until next October.

Bookarama is our major fund-raising event and we know the community look forward to donating their surplus books, puzzles, CD’s, DVDs and LPs for recycling as well as coming along to Bookarama and enjoying the opportunity to purchase these items at extremely attractive prices.

The good news is that we are now working toward holding the event in October at Somerville Intermediate School as we have in the past few years. So, if you are able to donate any items suitable for Bookarama we are ready to accept them. 

For drop off arrangements or a collection call: 
Geoff 09 534 9371 or 021 740 733
Steve 09 534 7589 or 022 102 8332
John   09 534 6566 or 029 774 6566 
Bookarama Postponed Again Due to Covid Rob Mouncey 2022-02-13 11:00:00Z 0

First Meeting at New Temporary Venue

With the number restrictions at the normal Howick Club venue under Red the Club has found another temporary location to hold meeting’s, the Pakuranga Tennis Club. The first meeting at the new venue was held this week. Tennis Club President Jenny Richardson was on hand to host the meeting and ensure arrangements went smoothly. 

The meeting was an opportunity for Directors and Administrators to update the whole club on projects and activities as well as reviewing the club’s financial wellbeing.  President Madeleine East presided over the meeting and thanked presenters and the tennis club for making the meeting a success. The new venue worked very well and will allow the club to get back into the normal meeting programme while under Red Covid conditions.
First Meeting at New Temporary Venue Rob Mouncey 2022-02-03 11:00:00Z 0

Howick Fun Walk & Run Cancelled

It is with significant regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Howick Fun Walk & Run Event for 2022.
The Annual Event which is normally held toward the end of March will not be occurring this year. Under the current Public Health scenario with the many participating children still undergoing their vaccination programmes and now with Omicron in the community and the consequent move back under the Red Traffic Light conditions the event has had to be cancelled.
We are sorry the situation has come to this point for such a popular local community event but rest assured Howick Rotary are committed to holding the event next year when hopefully we will have put the Covid interference in our lives behind us.
Howick Fun Walk & Run Cancelled Rob Mouncey 2022-01-23 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas Gathering

After such a challenging year it was great for members to be able to meet up in person for a pre-Christmas get together. President Madeleine helped cut the Christmas cake once again made by our master baker, Jim Duckworth.
We look forward to returning in the new year with our plans for 2022. Watch out for an announcement re an early 'Bookarama,' maybe late March, to replace this year's cancelled event. More to come!
We wish all supporters the very best for Christmas and hopefully a more settled 2022 for us all.
Merry Christmas.
Christmas Gathering Rob Mouncey 2021-12-15 11:00:00Z 0

District Governor Zoom Club Visit

The District Governor’s visit to a Rotary Club is always an opportunity to hear first-hand District goals for the year as well as international focus areas. This year by necessity we had this visit in virtual form. We welcomed DG Steve Chaney, his wide Edith as well as DG Elect Alan Smith and DG nominee Vinod Sareen. A large number of club members ‘zoomed’ in to hear DG Steve’s address with his focus on ‘diversity, equity and inclusion.’ The District Conference to be held next June will have these areas as their primary focus. Click on Slide Show to see Steve's presentation.

Hopefully, with the upcoming change to the ‘traffic light system,’ members will be able to meet together for a pre-Christmas catch up which will truly be a time for celebration.
District Governor Zoom Club Visit 2021-11-26 11:00:00Z 0

Zoom AGM's

The Club held its annual AGM via Zoom last Tuesday. It was great to see so many joining in the video link. President for 2019/20 Gavin Green presented his report covering the year’s activities and Treasurer John Richardson presented the Annual Accounts. The Clubs AGM was followed by Trust AGM chaired by Rob Mouncey. Largely as a result of the Bookarama fundraising project the club has been able to support a wide range of projects and activities in the community even under Covid conditions. For a detailed schedule of the projects and activities along with value of donations and grants made click LINK.
Maybe all AGMs in the future should be virtual! Too many attendees to fit on the one page!
Congratulations to all the new officers for the coming year.
Zoom AGM's 2021-11-12 11:00:00Z 0

Police Awards

Annually, the Rotary Club of Howick recognises a local Police Officer for the outstanding work done to help keep our community safe. Area Commander Wendy Spiller has always been extremely supportive and has, each year, presented the award on behalf of our Club.
This year it was Inspector Spiller’s turn to receive the award after stepping down from such a high profile and demanding job. Sadly, the presentation had to be over Zoom. Wendy shared a number of challenges faced by the Police over these Covid times, including her current challenge as the Commander of Operation Romeo, the Mercer Checkpoint. It’s amazing just what can be found in a car boot!

We wish Wendy every success as she moves into her new role as Director of the International Police Women’s Conference to be held in 2023 in NZ for the first time and thank her for all she has contributed to our community.
Police Awards 2021-10-28 11:00:00Z 0

RYLA Presentation

Alex Monk at the RYLA Awardees Dinner
The Club had another Zoom meeting last Tuesday at which Alex Monk shared his experiences of this year's Rotary Young Leader Award Event that happened in July.
He was able to observe and practice different leadership styles as the participants get the opportunity to lead different activities through the week long course. He was also exposed to various team dynamics and saw how the best team performance comes when the whole team is dedicated to the activity with the same high levels of energy and commitment from everyone.
All in all a life changing experience with the added benefit of forming a new network of friends and colleagues.. 
RYLA Presentation 2021-10-14 11:00:00Z 0

Club Meets by Zoom Again

Another Zoom Rotary meeting in level 3 lockdown. We are all now becoming more and more proficient as we ‘zoom along,’ with the odd non-muted mike or forgetting the camera is on, all adding that little extra chuckle to the occasion. Last night we heard from two relatively new members to the club Carole Ansley and Tony Francis who each shared their life journey. It certainly reinforces the wealth of experience and capability we have in our club. We all look forward with optimism to an announcement that will take us to Level 2 when we will be able to meet up face to face once again. Zooming is great but it does not substitute for direct contact with friends.
Club Meets by Zoom Again Rob Mouncey 2021-09-29 11:00:00Z 0

Club Meets on Zoom

Not being able to meet together under lockdown a Zoom meeting was held with 24 members attending our digital get together. Virtual cheers and greetings were exchanged with a wide variety of pre-dinner drinks. Prior coaching on the use of the mute button saw the meeting go very well with members learning new Zoom skills with the use of hands up, smiles and thumbs up from the reaction box. Geoff Thompson provided an update on Bookarama and for further news on this community project see below.
Our guest speaker for the night was our own Sally Fletcher who shared a brief account of her life. Some of the highlights included coming from farming stock with her family knowing the legendary All Black Clark brothers and her father teaching the great Don to kick a rugby ball no less! She spent time in the UK and Europe on her OE working in a variety of jobs, came home and ran the family timber yard and also trained in interior design and loves renovating houses. She was the first woman “traffic cop” in the Waikato. While living in Taupo Sally became so interested in Rotary’s disaster relief ShelterBox programme that she went to the UK for special training. It was this interest that bought her to Howick Rotary when she moved into the area. An interesting and diverse life and a great member of our team!
Club Meets on Zoom 2021-09-15 12:00:00Z 0


Unfortunately the Club is unable to hold physical meetings under Leve's 4 and 3.
 Activities are being progressed as best they can through email, teleconferencing and Zoom meetings. We will be advising people if we have an Open Zoom Meeting so if you wish to attend let us know.
Lockdown 2021-08-31 12:00:00Z 0

Howick Fun Walk and Run Celebration

Chris Paul Community Liaison Officer for Coastguard receiving the Club's donation from President Madeleine East
The Fun Walk and Run project the club runs in March each year raises funds for Howick Coastguard and the clubs last dinner meeting was a celebration of this year’s event. Chris Paul Community Liaison Officer for Coastguard formally received the gross proceeds for this year’s event along with a further amount from the Rotary Club of Howick Community Trust totaling $9500. The funds will go toward the operational costs of running this essential lifesaving community service. 
The Fun Walk and Run project is a community team effort with a committee involving the original Crawford Medical members of Judy Pascoe and Shirley Curtiss along with representatives from Coastguard and led by members from Howick Rotary. It is well supported by a grant and equipment from the Howick Local Board, principle sponsors Mega Mitre 10 Botany and a range of other prize sponsors. Howick Local Board Chairperson Adele White, Mega Mitre 10 Botany Owner Michael Beale and Business Development Manager Sudesh Prasad along with the organizing team were also guests on the night to round out the team celebration. From 2013 the first year that the Rotary club supported the event the proceeds were $647 with a few hundred participants. It now grown into a significant event on the community calendar with 14 schools and large numbers of families and individuals taking part in a healthy fun day based at Stockade Hill.
Howick Fun Walk and Run Celebration 2021-08-12 12:00:00Z 0

New Members

We were pleased to be able to welcome two new members, Penny Li and Carole Ansley at our dinner meeting last Tuesday. 

Penny lives locally. Following her schooling in Bucklands Beach she graduated with a degree in Radiation Therapy. She works at Auckland City Hospital in this role helping cancer patients through their difficult journeys. Whilst in Wellington she attended Rotary’s RYLA programme and was also a member of Rotaract. Penny enjoys volunteering so she will be a great contributor to our club and the community. 

Carole is a past member of our club and used to own the 'Titles' Book Store in Uxbridge Road a good number of years ago. After a long period away in Kati Kati she has moved back to Howick and re-joined our club. Her expertise will be very valuable with our annual Bookarama project.

If you would like to know more about Rotary or want to explore how you can participate in community projects please give us a call.
New Members 2021-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

Medical Science at its Best

At our last dinner meeting we were fortunate to hear from the very talented Dr Helen Murray, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Auckland studying the anatomical changes in neurodegenerative diseases using post-mortem brain tissue. Helen made an incredibly complex subject so interesting that she was able to hold members and visitors spell bound!

Dr Murray is captain of the NZ Ice Fernz women’s ice hockey team and as such her research is closely aligned to her personal experience which is helping better understand brain changes after repeated injury from severe knocks in contact sport and how then to improve brain health in sport.

If you would like to join with us to hear other outstanding speakers, and to participate in other club activities please call or email Colin Monk Mob: 0275 771 879 email: monk@xtra.co.nz .
Medical Science at its Best 2021-07-17 12:00:00Z 0

"Changing of the Guard"

President Gavin Green hands over the "Chain of Office" to incoming President Madeleine East at the Clubs Changeover night last Tuesday.
Rotary Clubs world-wide complete their year at the end of June. A new President is elected and the new Rotary year begins, often with new goals and projects to complete. The Rotary Club of Howick held its ‘Changing of the Guard’ evening on Tuesday last with Madeleine East welcomed in as our new President. Madeleine, along with her Board, will set the club’s direction for the next 12 months. One thing however is certain, and that is the Club’s ongoing commitment to helping within our own community wherever possible. We can be very satisfied with what was achieved over the last 12 months in spite of the COVID challenges we all faced and look forward to continuing our commitment throughout the next year.
Madeleine's full incoming speech is available through our Keyway bulletin and she provided the following statement under Read More to thank the organizers and introduce her new year. 

"Changing of the Guard" Rob Mouncey 2021-06-26 12:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Award

Helen Donoghue with a typical humble "why me" look receiving a Paul Harris (Founder of Rotary) Award for her wonderful contribution to the Clubs activities and the Community at large from President Gavin Green.
The Citation for Helens Award was presented by David Fels and this is included under Read More below.
Paul Harris Award Rob Mouncey 2021-06-26 12:00:00Z 0

Covid 19 - The Impact on the Travel Industry

Speaker Alison Kearney with Sergeant Mike Abercrombie answering questions following her presentation.
One of our own Alison Kearney who owns and operates the House of Travel in Howick shared her experience of the dreadful impact that Covid 19 has had on the industry and her business at our Tuesday dinner meeting.

Knowing about the outbreak in January and being led to believe that it was going to similar to the previous SAARS and MERS situation Alison left New Zealand to travel to Norway and the Artic to see the “bucket list” Northern Lights in late February. While away and being temporarily out of Wi-Fi contact, she suddenly had a barrage of emails on the 10th March notifying her of the situation as well as a deluge of questions from clients. On the 11th March the WHO declared the outbreak as a pandemic. 

The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on her own business and the travel industry as a whole has been disastrous and Alison bravely related her own downsizing and alternative income business strategies that she and the NZ operations of the House of Travel had to put into place to survive. In addition, she told us about the international impact including such incredible statistics such as; 17000 planes being “idled” in deserts around the world at a cost of US$5000 per day, IATA members losses of a staggering US$84 billion up to July, all the world cruise ships anchored up and mothballed, Emirates refunding 750000 tickets per month and one airline having 19 policy changes in one month. She also shared some of the amazing House of Travel survival stories that occurred during this period. 

Despite going through this horrendous ordeal Alison is proud of how her and the company have weathered the storm and is also immensely grateful for the ongoing customer support that she has received. After 33 years in the industry Alison is optimistic that with everyone getting vaccinated and borders opening safely that it will be “onwards and upwards from here” after an incredibly stressful year. 
The full text of Alison’s presentation is available under Read More.    
Covid 19 - The Impact on the Travel Industry Rob Mouncey 2021-06-12 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Prestigious "5 Avenues of Service" Award Presented to Jim Duckworth

Jim Duckworth receiving Rotary's "5 Avenues of Service" Award from District Governor Craig Horrocks under the watchful eye of President Gavin Green.
Following an introduction by President Gavin in which he outlined the many different ways in which Jim has served the club and the community over his 50 years of active membership District Governor Craig Horrocks presented Jim with a “5 Avenues of Service” engraved crystal plaque. Jim’s family with wife Judy and daughter Rachel and son Jamie were on hand to help him celebrate an amazing milestone in Rotary service. Proof that “you can’t hold a good man down” Jim made his way to the rostrum on crutches to receive his award after undergoing another knee replacement the previous week!

Jim joined Howick Rotary in July 1971 and is a Past President of the Club and has held numerous Directorship roles within the Club over his 50 years. His many roles and achievements include helping found the “Friends of Mangamangaroa” through which a magnificent local estuarine reserve has been created, helping the Fiji FAIM team build houses, led a District Group Study Exchange to Germany, set the path for the club in making the first Paul Harris Fellowship awards and being active in hosting exchange students and RYLA participants. Amongst his many skills and attributes Jim’s baking ability is well known to all club members through his mouthwatering “Eccles” and Charter Birthday and Christmas cakes that he has made for project treats and formal occasions over the 50 years!

A well-deserved award to an incredibly generous and community minded man!

For a more complete review of Jim’s amazing 50 years of involvement in Rotary’s 5 Avenues of Service along with another photo of Jim and family click on Read More.  
Rotary's Prestigious "5 Avenues of Service" Award Presented to Jim Duckworth Rob Mouncey 2021-06-12 12:00:00Z 0

Mangamangaroa Reserve Presentation

It is now 20 years since the Friends of Mangamangaroa was formed and a short power point presentation of the activities of the organization including the part that Howick Rotary played in its formation and ongoing operations was given by Allan Riley, Jim Duckworth and Warwick Kitchen. The power point presentation was accompanied by a quiz on the recognition of native tree samples – not an exercise members found easy!

The Reserve was first formed when a number of individuals and community groups convinced the then Manukau City Council to purchase the land from the Somerville Estate and turn it into a reserve. The first planting took place on the 12th June 1999. Since then, an estimated 4500 – 8000 trees have been planted each year creating an amazing 5.4km walkway for the community.
The club can feel justifiably proud of the part that it has played in helping form this wonderful environmental asset.
Mangamangaroa Reserve Presentation Rob Mouncey 2021-05-29 12:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Transferring Member

Following an introduction by Mike Abercrombie President Gavin Green welcomed Tony Francis the Rotary Club of Howick and presented him with his club badge and membership certificate.

Tony is transferring from the Rotary Club of Darwin where he was Rotarian of the Year in 2019/20. Tony is a paramedic, a job that has taken him to many different countries around the world. He currently works for St Johns as Manager – National Operations Effectiveness Centre. His interests include red wine, skiing, motorcycles, motorsport, travel and enjoys walking around golf courses.
Club members gave Tony a big warm welcome. 
Welcome to Transferring Member 2021-05-29 12:00:00Z 0

National Science and Technology Forum Attendee Shares Her Experience

Bri. Flexman attended the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum in January of 2021. She joined two hundred other nationally selected candidates sponsored by Rotary clubs for an intensive two-week series of activities that spanned a vast range of science and technology subjects. These ranged from molecular biology to astronomy including practical’s involving analyzing her own DNA, testing her performance on Sport Science equipment and dissecting the heart, lungs and trachea of a sheep. 

Apart from providing her with a much wider perspective on what science and technology careers could be in front of her she immensely enjoyed being with liked minded people and has made some life long friends.
The club really enjoyed hearing Bri’s feedback as the Forum is one of the many ways that the club helps young people through sponsoring them on leadership and personal development courses.
National Science and Technology Forum Attendee Shares Her Experience Rob Mouncey 2021-05-29 12:00:00Z 0

Wine Tasting

This week’s meeting was kept short as we had an invitation to join with Howick Club’s ‘Wine Tasting’ group. 

After dinner members moved to the Howick Club’s function Room to enjoy an evening of tasting from Hãhã wines. Some 6 or 7 wines were offered creating considerable ‘well informed’ discussion. The presentation of the wines was accompanied by a background on the company and a description of each of the wines on offer by Auckland Sales Representative Ben Plummer.
Interestingly, Ben described Hãhã wines as a “virtual” winery with contracted grape growers, winemakers and bottlers. 

A most enjoyable evening for all. Thanks to the Howick Club wine group for the opportunity to participate.
Wine Tasting 2021-05-15 12:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction

Bill Charkow introduced new member Glenice Yeoman to the club and President Gavin Green then completed the induction ceremony and presented Glenice with her membership pack and name badge. The ceremony was rounded off by Rob Mouncey who welcomed new member Glenice to the Rotary International organization on behalf of 2020/21 President Holger Knaack.

Life originated for Glenice in Whakatane. She came from a farming background and more recently worked successfully as an Events Manager for Villa Maria Wines.

She has four adult children and currently operates “attitude b n b” as Managing Director. Interestingly she has designed the “b n b” to suit the needs of families with disabilities to ensure they maximize the enjoyment of their stay.

It is evident that Glenice likes working in a team environment as she has already been a keen participant in the clubs’ projects. It is also nice that Glenice’s induction takes us another step along the journey of gender balance. Glenice will be joining the Community Committee.
New Member Induction 2021-04-30 12:00:00Z 0

Howick Rotary at Brit and Euro Car Show

Howick Rotarians assisted with car marshalling and a sausage sizzle and drinks tent at the recent Brit and Euro Car Show at Lloyd Elsmore Park. There were over 1200 cars on display and thousands of visitors on the day. Demand was so high that another shipment of sausages had to be made to the tent!
Howick Rotary at Brit and Euro Car Show Rob Mouncey 2021-04-16 12:00:00Z 0

Laurence Kubiak, Chief Executive NZIER Presentation

Laurence Kubiak was the speaker at the Club’s last dinner meeting. Laurence is Chief Executive of the NZ Institute of Economic Research and he presented his view on the economy as the country approaches a post Covid era. He was able draw on the Institutes Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion that was “hot off the press” as it had just been completed for the first quarter of 2021.
Laurence Kubiak, Chief Executive NZIER Presentation Rob Mouncey 2021-04-16 12:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction

Colin Monk introduced new member Bhupen Narsay to the club at our last dinner meeting with President Gavin Green completing the induction ceremony and past president Rob Mouncey welcoming Bhupen to the Rotary International organization. 

Bhupen had been aware of Rotary, and its good work, for many years whilst living in Fiji. He is a trained and certified aircraft engineer, and has worked in Fiji, Canada, and latterly in NZ, in this role.
The arrival of COVID, and the problems in the airline industry, gave Bhupen the opportunity to take early retirement from Air New Zealand, and he is looking forward to giving something back to the community by joining Rotary.

Bhupen’s wife Anila joined him for his induction ceremony and they were given a warm welcome by all members, partners and friends in attendance. 
New Member Induction 2021-03-27 11:00:00Z 0

Howick Local Board Chair Presentation

Howick Local Board Chairperson Adele White was the guest speaker at the club’s dinner meeting. 

She took the opportunity to present what she called “Local Board 101” which was an interesting and comprehensive overview of the role of the Local Board within the local government of the “Auckland Super City”. 
Howick Local Board Chair Presentation 2021-02-26 11:00:00Z 0

New Member Presentation

New member Steve Lines presented a synopsis of his life to the club at our last meeting.

Born in Walsall in the Black Country of England in 1953 Steve told us how he grew up in a “world of makers “as many of his relations worked in the Austin car factory in Birmingham or associated industries. His father was a fitter and turner and his mum looked after the family home and Steve and his younger brother Andrew. While at school at the early age of 16 he and his Dad restored a “clapped out “1961 Reliant using his part time job money.  
He joined the Royal Engineers cadet force and loved the structure and discipline of the army. He went on to train as a teacher at Shoreditch College London majoring in Science and Technology which led him onto a number teaching roles in English and New Zealand schools. His move to the area was as Head of Technology at Howick College and following that to avoid “drowning in paperwork” became the Graphics Teacher at Somerville Intermediate. It was here that he made the acquaintance of President Gavin.

Whilst at High Wycombe he met and married Sarah and they have 2 children Rebecca and Tom both of whom are married. Steve and Sarah have 3 grandchildren in Rebecca’s family and he says Tom is still practising! They love travelling and Steve is also an avid sailor. Since retiring from teaching in 2017 he enjoys “giving back” to the community and is a Board member of the Howick Menzshed organization. He is looking forward to continuing to serve the community through his Rotary membership.

A big welcome to Steve and Sarah!

The full text of his presentation is in Read More. 
New Member Presentation 2021-02-13 11:00:00Z 0

Howick Fun Walk and Run

Registrations are Coming In Fast - Get yours in Quickly!
The Howick Fun Walk and Run will be held on Sunday 28th March.
The date is coming up fast - it is time to register.
To register online go to www.howickfunwalkrun.co.nz or on site on the day.
If you would like further information or want to help on the day contact John Osborne Ph 534 7699 mob 0272 161925 email jwosborne8@gmail.com
Howick Fun Walk and Run 2021-01-30 11:00:00Z 0

Food Parcel Support

One of the key objectives of Rotary is to provide support where we can to those in need. We know how Covid increased that need for so many young people and families over the past year. How best could we help within our limited resources? The media made it clear our local Foodbanks were struggling due to unprecedented demand. Members decided we should dig deep and provide financial assistance. With some of the funds raised through our projects such as our annual Bookarama, along with personal donations from members, we were able to provide funding close to $20k between 'Stand Children's Services, All Saints Church and the Salvation Army to assist those in most need in the middle of last year and again prior to Christmas. At last night's meeting we welcomed Pene Frost, Regional Manager of 'Stand Children's Services' and also Becky Fenn and Lole Turner from All Saints Church. 
Pene Frost                                        Lole Turner                                     Becky Fenn
Regional Manager                            All Saints                                        All Saints
Stand Children Services                  Food Parcel Coordinator                 Christmas Lunch Box Coordinator                                                 
Food Parcel Support 2021-01-29 11:00:00Z 0

Food Parcel Thank You

One of the key objectives of Rotary is to provide support where we can to those in need. We know how Covid increased that need for so many young people and families over the past year. How best could we help within our limited resources? The media made it clear our local Foodbanks were struggling due to unprecedented demand. Members decided we should dig deep and provide financial assistance. With some of the funds raised through our projects such as our annual Bookarama, along with personal donations from members, we were able to provide funding close to $20k between 'Stand Children's Services, All Saints Church and the Salvation Army to assist those in most need in the middle of last year and again prior to Christmas. At last night's meeting we welcomed Pene Frost, Regional Manager of 'Stand Children's Services' and also Becky Fenn and Lole Turner from All Saints Church who in turn expressed their thanks for the generous support the Club had provided.
Pene Frost                                        Lole Turner                                     Becky Fenn
Regional Manager                            All Saints                                        All Saints
Stand Children Services                  Food Parcel Coordinator                 Christmas Lunch Box Coordinator 
Pene told us about how Stand had to go to 'contactless" deliveries under Covid and how Rotary's support had helped buy bulk food and blankets that were then dispensed into family lots. Sadly many of the families are transient with no permanent home as such. Lole informed us that the first donation for Food Parcels was a life line as they had almost run out of funding at the time and she was having sleepless nights worrying about what to do. The additional Food Parcel funding prior to Christmas was used to make a real difference to a significant number of families. Becky told us about the Christmas Lunch Box Appeal and how the members donations had really bought “the Gift of Christmas” to a lot of local families that were recommended by social workers, doctors and other local professionals who had contact with them.  Members were visibly moved by many of the heart-felt stories of the challenges so many families are facing at present. Discussion will continue no doubt as to how we can do more in the future. 
Food Parcel Thank You 2021-01-28 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas Party Generosity Supports All Saints Christmas Lunch Box Appeal

Howick Rotarians took up the challenge at their Christmas Party early in December and raised $1640 for the Christmas Lunch Box Appeal being run by the All Saints Anglican Church for those needy families in the Howick Community. Organizer of the Christmas Party David Teape said “it was a good way for the club and its members to share some Christmas cheer with those people in the community that were in need of support”.  

The Christmas Lunch Box donation follows on from the donations of $2000 for Food Parcels made in November to All Saints and Stand Children’s Services made by the club  from the Rotary Club of Howick Community Trust in conjunction with the Thomas Brydon Trust. 
Christmas Party Generosity Supports All Saints Christmas Lunch Box Appeal 2021-01-18 11:00:00Z 0

Club AGM

The Rotary Club of Howick Inc. and the Rotary Club of Howick Community Trust held their joint AGM on Tuesday 24th November. Immediate Past President Mike Abercrombie presented the Club’s Annual Report for the 2019/20 year which ended on 30th June. He noted that whilst the Covid 19 pandemic had severely impacted the latter part of the year the club’s main projects of Bookarama, the Fun Walk and Run were successfully held along with a broad range of community, environment and young people assistance projects including the Food Parcel project during the lockdown period. Ian Fox and Dave Wylie were thanked for their efforts to keep club communications going during lockdown through Zoom meetings. 
Club AGM Rob Mouncey 2020-11-25 11:00:00Z 0

Howick Rotary Supports Coastguard Refuelling Project

At a dinner meeting on the 24th November Past President Alan Martin and Community Liaison Officer Chris Paul from Howick Coastguard formally received a cheque for $6000 from Howick Rotary to help toward the cost of establishing a refuelling facility at its Howick Beach headquarters. In addition, Colin Monk, Fun Walk and Run Committee member was able to announce that the club had secured a further $3000 from the June Gray Charitable Trust to go toward the project.
Howick Rotary Supports Coastguard Refuelling Project Rob Mouncey 2020-11-11 11:00:00Z 0

Police Award 2020

The Rotary Club of Howick Police annual Police Award was presented to the Commander of the Counties Manukau East Area Inspector Wendy Spiller at the club’s Tuesday dinner meeting at the Howick Club by President Gavin Green.
Police Award 2020 Rob Mouncey 2020-07-31 12:00:00Z 0

Food Parcel Project

Salvation Army Awards Certificate of Appreciation to Members of the Club. 
Howick Branch Pastor Joanne Wardle and Northern Regional Relationship Manager Donna Hedley made the award to Club President Gavin Green at the club's dinner meeting last Tuesday.
The total of the donations made by the members, the Rotary Club of Howick Community Trust and the Thomas Brydon Trust was $10470. Pastor Joanne said "the demand for food parcels had more than doubled under Covid 19 and the funds allowed them to significantly extend the breadth and depth of support within the local community".
Food Parcel Project 2020-07-15 12:00:00Z 0

Changeover 23rd June 2020

The club held its traditional Changeover Meeting on 23rd June at the Howick Club. New President Gavin Green was welcomed and past President Mike Abercrombie farewelled.
Changeover 23rd June 2020 Alex Garden 2020-06-26 12:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Simeon Brown

story thumbnail
Club Zoom Meeting Features Local MP Simeon Brown as Guest Speaker. On Tuesday evening the club held its first Zoom Club meeting attended by 23 members. Our guest speaker for the evening was Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown.
Guest Speaker Simeon Brown Rob Mouncey 2020-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

Food Parcel Project

The Rotary Club of Howick Community Trust and club members have joined forces with the Thomas Brydon Trust to help local organizations provide food parcels to needy families in the Howick area.
Food Parcel Project Rob Mouncey 2020-05-12 12:00:00Z 0

Howick Rotary Suspends Club Meetings

Due to the health risks associated with the Covid 19 virus the Board of the Rotary Club of Howick has decided to suspend club meetings for an approximate period of two months.
The situation will be reviewed again at the May Board meeting planned for the 21st May.
Howick Rotary Suspends Club Meetings 2020-03-18 11:00:00Z 0

RYLA and RYPEN Cancelled

Howick Rotary announces the cancellation of its Rotary Young Leader Awards and Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment programmes.
After careful consideration of the health risks associated with the Covid 19 virus pandemic the organizers have decided to cancel these events for 2020.
RYLA and RYPEN Cancelled 2020-03-16 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas Message

Howick Rotary President Mike Abercrombie would like to wish the Howick Community, Members, Associates and Friends “A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND TO ALL YOUR FAMILIES AND WE HOPE YOU HAVE A SAFE & ENJOYABLE TIME OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD”.
Christmas Message  Rob Mouncey 2019-12-19 11:00:00Z 0

Aid for Samoan Measles Epidemic

Howick Rotary and fellow clubs in District 9920 have responded positively to a request from the Rotary Club of Apia to help them in supporting the Ministry of Health and communities in Samoa. The Ministry of Health have specifically sought assistance from Rotary for health centre furnishings and supplies (beds, screens, trolleys, wheelchairs etc.) The Rotary Club is also providing family support for those bereaved families. To date 16 children have died with some thousands under care and observation.
Aid for Samoan Measles Epidemic  Rob Mouncey 2019-12-19 11:00:00Z 0
February Report from Exchange Student Polly Chamberlain 2018-03-08 11:00:00Z 0

Dr. Byron Kemp of Platinum Chiropractic

story thumbnail
This week’s speaker was Dr. Byron Kemp of Platinum Chiropractic. Byron spoke to us about the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Despite the fact he started by confessing to being “Australian” we forgave him because he is a long time resident and has taken on the task of treating some of our members.
Dr. Byron Kemp of Platinum Chiropractic 2018-01-26 11:00:00Z 0

Trip to the Arlberg Ski Club at Mt. Ruapehu

story thumbnail
Barry Nicholls is still taking bookings for the weekend at the Arlberg Ski Club social weekend. The accommodation cost is $20 per person per night. The booking is for the weekend of 3rd and 4th February, two nights. Barry is very happy to talk to those who have not been on this trip before. The last trip was late January 2015 when a great social time, lots of walks, chairlift rides and lunch at New Zealand's highest café. Barry assures us that there will be room for some family and friends, so join the fun if you can.
Trip to the Arlberg Ski Club at Mt. Ruapehu 2018-01-25 11:00:00Z 0

Howick Rotary and Club Runner

There has been an ongoing project to convert our club onto Club Runner. This comprehensive software package specifically for Rotary Clubs is now being used by large numbers of clubs in our district and internationally. This coming Tuesday Dave Wylie and Alex Garden will talk to us about the biggest change to running our club in many years. Alex Garden is a Rotarian and is the President of Pohutukawa Coast club. His company NetInsites specialises in the development and support of websites.
Howick Rotary and Club Runner Dave Wylie 2018-01-25 11:00:00Z 0

Geoff's Report for 2016-2017

My induction as President was delayed until 19th July 2016 largely due to our club’s substantial involvement with the Rotary organised event called RYLA. This was successfully completed early in July. With the changeover to Gavin Green on the 20th June 2017, I was effectively a President for just 11 months although officially from 1/7/16 to 1/7/17!
Geoff's Report for 2016-2017 2017-12-15 11:00:00Z 0

Nicola Elia's Report

It is a few weeks before I hop on a plane and head back to New Zealand. I can’t believe my year is almost over, I’ve learnt so much and experienced things that couldn’t have happened without Rotary. My club has been with me every step of the way and they have supported me so much.
Nicola Elia's Report 2017-12-15 11:00:00Z 0

Welcome to ClubRunner

Posted by Dave Wylie
Well it has taken some time but we now have Club Runner up and working and this Keyway has been produced using Club Runner and the individual records of all members and friends of Howick Rotary.
The software has functions that will, in time, make it easier for us all to administer and manage our terrific club. Most clubs in District 9920 have either implemented, or are in the process of implementing the system. The software is cloud based (i.e. on the internet) and is also used by District and has links to RI as well.
Welcome to ClubRunner Dave Wylie 2017-12-08 11:00:00Z 0

Howick Coastguard Donation

story thumbnail
One of the many highlights of our club Christmas party last Tuesday was a $5,000 donation to Howick Volunteer Coastguard. John Osborne made the presentation on behalf of our club. They provide a fantastic service to our community. Without their dedication there would be a lot more grief amongst our community particularly at this time of the year. A local example of "Service before self."
Howick Coastguard Donation Dave Wylie 2017-12-06 11:00:00Z 0
Bookarama Report 2017-11-06 11:00:00Z 0