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Presidents Notes - Rapport  19 March 2019
Our next meeting will be at Ellerslie on 26 March 2019
Dates to put in your diary.
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 26-Mar-2019 2-Apr-2019 9-Apr-2019
Topic Lunch Evening Lunch
Speaker Ellerslie Remuera GC Night Ellerslie
Introduction Auckland's Volcanoes Resilience
Thanks Boyne Drummond Roger Gower Roger Gower
AV Duty David Weikart Paul Monk John Hawke
Cash Desk John Hawke Colin Lucas Greg Carr
Registration of Visitors John Burton Simon Dalton Ron Halls
Presidents Table      
Host to Visitors James Carmichael Boyne Drummond Roger Harvey
  Alan Cole Nigel Folwer Alan Hayward
Attendance Register   Roger Gower Terry Hibbitt
Sunshine Boxes     Richard Holden
  Nigel Fowler   Patrick Learmonth

Kenzie's Gift

Our guest speaker was Nic Russell from the charity Kenzie’s gift.

Nic is from Northern Ireland having arrived some 27 years ago on her OE. In that time she has been married and divorced, had two children and, sadly lost one of those children, her daughter Kenzie at age 2 (and a bit) to cancer. She also managed to contract and survive cancer as well.

During that period she discovered that there is little support for children who are going through the grief that follows the death of a sibling or a parent.

Subsequently she established Kenzie’s gift, a charity focused upon attempting to improve the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people who are affected by serious illness and/or bereavement.

Kenzie’s gift attempts to provide those whose families experience serious illness of bereavement support intended to restore sustain and maintain emotional well-being and good mental health.

Kenzie’s gift has as its ambassador Nigel Latta a well-known clinical psychologist and author.

Kenzie’s gift provides free services to those who need support. The services provided include one-to-one therapy programs resource packs, including a “My Journey Kit” which provides information for children and adults including useful tools resources tips to help families through challenging times.

There is also a “memories are forever” pack which helps children and families through times of bereavement.

Nic told us that since inception Kenzie’s gift has provided over 2000 one-on-one sessions to children and families and provided over 600 nought kits. Told us that about 25% of our population is a 18 and about 6800 people will be affected by the death of someone in their family by that age.

Nick Lotus two videos which show the work that Kenzie’s gift undertakes. Both of which were very moving.

Kenzie’s gift is not supported anyway by the government. Its funding comes from private sources and charitable trusts such as the Lion Foundation, Lotteries NZ and similar.

For more information go to

Fellowship Events.
The Fellowship Committee lists the following upcoming events
  1. Mangawhai Golf /Scenic Walks – Fellowship weekend
    Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March, 2019.
    This is a fabulous weekend where Rotarians and partners are invited to Mangawhai for the weekend and are hosted by generous Rotarian families who have homes at Mangawhai.
    This year this includes Rick and Adele Buchanan, Bill and Linda Mabey and John and Anne Burton.
    If bookings exceed the available accommodation then motel rooms will be booked and the costs averaged out over the total number of visitors attending.
    For the golfers:
    Bill Mabey has booked the Mangawhai golf course for 11am Tee off on Saturday.
    For those not playing golf there are some lovely walks or just relax in lovely Mangawhai.
    On Saturday evening we will get together and have a barbeque at one of the host’s homes. Cost for the barbecue, $20 per person.
    On Sunday morning you may choose to have brunch at the Dune Café or one of the other café’s in the area.                                                                                                  
    Those attending also have a nice option of travelling up Friday afternoon and there are a number of very nice restaurants where you could have dinner that evening.
    There will be a limit to the numbers attending, so if you are keen to go then book early with Rick.
    Bookings for the weekend and the golf to Ric Buchanan.
    Mobile:     021 483 877
  1. Petanque
5.30pm on Wednesday 20th March, 2019 has been booked with Epsom Bowling Club for our annual Petanque and Barbeque evening for Rotarians and Partners.
Cost for the barbeque is $20 per person.
Peter Corner and Greg Carr are organising this fun event.  
This year we are changing the format to quick fire games scoring up to 6. This will mean more games and we select the winning team early in the evening and present them with the Trophy.
Bookings to Peter Corner
Phone:       (09) 575 3303
  1. Lunch at the end of the line
    Date is set for Thursday 30th May, 2019
    Already there is a lot of interest in this new Fellowship event being organised by Ian Bond.
    The plan is to meet at Newmarket station late morning. Travel by train for about 1 hour to the “End of the Line”, where we will have an enjoyable lunch at the mystery destination.
    We then return home on the train to Newmarket station, arriving back mid-afternoon.
    Bookings to Ian Bond.
    Mobile:     021 754 715
    Any questions about any of these events, then please do call me.
    Bill Strand
    Mobile:           0274 577 613