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Presidents Notes - Rapport  5 March 2019
Henry Chen, winner/awardee of the Oncology Award was introduced to members at our meeting. He will be speaking to the club at a later date.
Dates to put in your diary.
Petanque at Epsom Bowling Club - 20 March 2019  See Peter Corner for more details.
Rotary Leadership Seminar 30 & 31 March 2019 - see the flyer in the body of this Rapport
Circus Quirkus - 9 June 2019
The Garden Designfest is up and running. But sponsors are needed. If you know anyone whose shoulder can be tapped plase tell Paul Monk.
District Conference. Napier 2010 - Keep Rotary Real.  To book for the conference see the conference website -
Duties  - If you cannot undertake your rostered duty please arrange for some-one else to step in and do your duty.
Programme 12-Mar-2019 19-Mar-2019 26-Mar-2019
Topic Impromptu Speaker/s   Lunch
Ellerslie for Lunch   Ellerslie for Lunch
Speaker TBC No Meeting TBC
Rapport Colin Lucas Colin Lucas Colin Lucas
AV Duty Paul Monk John Hawke David Weikart
Cash Desk Colin Lucas Greg Carr John Hawke
Registration of Visitors Kevin Peacock Mark Wells John Burton
Host to Visitors Richard Solomon Mike Alison James Carmichael
  Bill Strand Bill Bennett Alan Cole
Attendance Register Russell Toplis Dave Birch  
Sunshine Boxes David Weikart Ian Bond  
  Kuei-Sen Yang Scott Burridge Nigel Fowler

Rod Davis - Director Sailing Academy Royal Akarana Yacht Club
Our guest speaker at Tuesday nights meeting at Remuera Golf Club was Rod Davis introduced by Mike Alison and thanked by John Meadowcroft.
Rod Davis is amongst other things Director of the Royal Akarana Sailing Academy which is based at Okahu Bay, Orakei. He has attended at least four Olympics winning medals whilst representing the United States – the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles (the Olympics in which Russell Coutts won his gold medal in the Finn class). And then representing New Zealand sale within the next three Olympic games, 1988, 1992 and 1996.
Rod has been involved in the America’s Cup is at least 1977, he was at the helm the 1992 America’s Cup sailed in San Diego and was back up helm for the one Australia campaign in 1995 and indeed was on board and helming the vessel the day the One Australia sank. He has worked with both team New Zealand and Artemis Racing since.
In addition to giving us a general update what is happening at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Rod was presented with a $10,000 cheque from Newmarket charitable foundation applied to funding within the RAYC sailing Academy.  No doubt members will be able to visit Royal Akarana once its new facilties open to see what work our donation is doing.
Rod gave us a rundown on the Academy saying it is designed to create a pathway to get kids to enjoy the water, get them kayaking, get them paddling surf canoes and stand-up paddle boards as well as sailing. There will be focus on low decile schools to encourage children from those schools to get involved.
Rod gave us a little insight into the new America’s Cup class. It is a 75 foot foiling monohull the first votes of which class are expected water towards the middle of the year. Rod commented that the small trial boats that syndicates have been using have capsised a lot although larger trial boats seem to have better stability. The theme underlying these comments was that we can expect than one capsise in the preliminary series and the America’s Cup match. That will be fun to watch. Picking up the bits and pieces after any capsize less so.
Ron gave us an update on the new space at Orakei the RAYC will be occupying. The outside is done. The kitchen and fit out done and it is anticipated the building will be operational for the RAYC and other clubs involved with the trust that owns the building again in the middle of the year.
The building will be put through its paces at the end of the year as the RAYC will be hosting a number of centreboard class world Championships.
After Rod’s address concluded, there was a lively question and answer session showing the interest Rod’s address had generated.
District Conference at Napier May 10 -12
Hot off the press from District 9920 HQ.
From John Fothergill regarding the District 9920 conference.
We are now only 2 months out from the District 9920 conference in Napier.
Already more than 200 of you have registered for the conference, but there is still plenty of time for those who have not.  To register click here:
The conference boasts a fantastic location and venue, some excellent pre- and during-conference activities, as well as a lineup of speakers that you won't want to miss including:
  • Dr Tom Mulholland - Dr Tom is an Emergency Department Doctor and GP with over 25 years’ experience in New Zealand. He has worked in Kaitaia Hospital in the North to Southland Hospital and the Sub Antarctic Islands as a doctor. He has worked in Tologa Bay, Chatham Islands, Papamoa in the east to Raglan, Taranaki and Greymouth in the west. He has hosted his own TV and Radio shows, written two internationally best-selling books and been a professional speaker to the likes of Google, Microsoft and Hilton for the last 10 years.
  • Dr Harold Hilman -After working in his early years as a clinical psychologist, Dr Hilman developed a passion for leadership development while teaching at the United States Air Force Academy.  His professional journey since then has led him down the path where he is actively exploring the domain of authentic leadership.  His two books have focused on what it means to lead others through authentic connections.  
  • Mike Williams - Mike is a former president of the Labour party and regularly appears on current affairs television in New Zealand.  Mike is chief executive of the Howard League whose programmes and objectives are aimed at reducing the prison population, reducing recidivism rates and helping reintegration of former prisoners into communities. 
  • Nigel Latta - Nigel trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked for over two decades in the areas of forensic psychology and family therapy. In 2010, as a result of his passion for science and science education, Nigel was invited to become an associate of the world leading Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study at the University of Otago. In 2012 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to psychology.  He’s written eight books which have now been published in 19 countries and 10 languages.  His television career has spanned almost a decade and he’s presented a number of series including Beyond the Darklands, The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, On Thin Ice: Nigel Latta in Antarctica, and The Hard Stuff. In 2016, along with Arwen O’Connor and Mitchell Hawkes he co-founded a production company, Ruckus, and the team have since made numerous primetime television series including Mind Over Money, What Next, and The Curious Mind. In 2018 Ruckus was named New Zealand’s Hottest Production Company in the StopPress awards.
For more info about the conference click here:
Looks like a great event. Book, you know you want to.
Rotary Leadership Institute 30-31 March at Selwyn College
This is the Registration form for the Rotary Leadership Institute taking place at Selwyn Collge on the dates detailed above . Your editor would attend but he has other pre-existing commitments. Other members are encouraged to attend.

All new and existing Rotarians are encouraged to attend, and especially those who will be taking up leadership roles.

Individuals can register by completing the attached form and emailing this to You may also choose to register several club members through one email with the completed registration forms attached.


If you have any questions about the programme please feel free to contact Pam Clarke, Assistant Governor, on 027 600 1363, or at


The Rotary Leadership Institute
 – your Rotarian development forum
District 9920 Registration Form
RLI builds a better Rotary through leadership education and development
RLI prepares Rotarians for club and district leadership roles and succession planning
Current Rotary role (if any):
Future Rotary role proposed (if any):
Program to be enrolled in:
Part 1                                    
Part 2                                    
Part 3                                    
Graduate seminar                         
Name of Club President:
Your Contact Details:
Email –
Phone -
Attendance for the 2 day programme is $200 per person, which covers materials and refreshments, and is invoiced to your club.  Clubs usually pay for club members to attend so please check with your Club President if that is the case for your club.
Please advise of any special dietary requirements.