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Rotary Conference 2017
It is not too late to Register for this year’s Rotary Conference in Wanaka. A sizable contingent from Te Anau has already registered but it is not too late to join them! See http://9980conference.co.nz for more details.
Rotary Conference 2017 2033944 2017-03-11 11:00:00Z
Lane McDuff
Now in his final year at Fiordland College Lane was last year’s recipient of the Club’s funding to attend the annual Science Fair in Auckland. The Fair runs over two weeks with delegates being exposed to three Auckland Universities and undertaking work on a total of sixteen science modules. Some time is also available for social and tourist activities. There were 160 attendees this time. Lane was very appreciative of the Club’s support and is considering returning to Auckland to study medicine next year.
Lane McDuff Alan Ballinger 2017-03-11 11:00:00Z
Board Report
At Board meetings held this year the following donations have been approved:
  • Mitchell Flynn – Selected as part of Grade 12 & 13 Southland Interprovincial Athletics team – Travelling to Masterton – $400.00 granted
  • Te Anau School – Life Education Bus – $956.25 granted
  • Lynley Wason – To attend Primitive Reflexes course in Christchurch – $660.00 granted
  • Te Anau Tennis Club – Resurface courts – $2500.00 granted
  • We also received a donation from Te Anau Spring Flower Show Committee of $250.00, for the clubs support in manning the door.
The Board wants all addressing the Club to use the microphone. A speaking place will be provided, with a microphone, please use it so all members can be aware of your input to club activities. Many members will appreciate your consideration.
Board Report Alan Ballinger 2017-03-11 11:00:00Z
Duties 2
Continuing the series on the content of various Club Duties.
Ensure you arrive by  6pm or earlier if possible. Setup the top table with the
lectern,  annual theme banner, Foundation Tankard, Sergeants‘  handles, bell and
hammer.  Put the wheeled  Information Board out in a visible position. Liaise with
the person on Door Duty and put out place names. After the meeting, collect the
place names, take all Rotary items from the top table and put away. Make sure
there is no Rotary  gear left on any of the tables.
Door Duty
Make sure you arrive by 5.45 pm or earlier if possible. Collect the black case
from the Manager. Have the Visitors‘  Book  open at the correct page. Register
members  as they arrive, recording attendance and the amount paid (if not pre-
paid)  and have name tags available. Note whether guests or visitors are paying
or non-paying. All guests to sign Visitors’ Book. Ensure member on ‘Visitor
Host’ takes over fellowship. Guest Speaker to be introduced to member on
‘Guest Introduction‘ duties. Make-Up Cards - All visiting Rotarians are to receive a
Make—Up card  (requested or not). Ask them to fill in their details,  add our Club
name,  date and sign it. At the close of the meeting add up meal money  and
check total balances with number attending. Write amount in space provided
and sign. Put other monies in allocated bags. The Treasurer will collect the
black case.
If at any time you are unsure of any duty aspect,  please do not hesitate to ask
one of the Directors!
An enjoyable meeting is one which runs smoothly with all duties  efficiently
Duties 2 Alan Ballinger 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z
Wild Rides Fiordland
“Wild Rides Fiordland” and a new bike shop are new businesses operated by Grant Milicich who previously toured the world as a professional water skier. The Wild Rides Fiordland side of the business is not bike related.    Garth has a purpose built 4 wheel drive vehicle and has a concession for 12 passengers.   The trip is to Lake Monowai, Borland Saddle, down the Grebe Valley finishing at the South Arm of Lake Manapouri.  A full day trip with lunch provided.  His concession is for Monday to Friday only. Garth loves bikes and his shop sells and hires out electric bikes. He also finds he gets quite a bit of repair work. Garth had two bikes with him that generated many questions, with prices ranging upwards from $2,500 to the $4,000 model demonstrated. A significant part of the cost is the battery that has a range of about 140km. We wish Garth well with his business.
Wild Rides Fiordland Glenda Chalmers 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z
Trade Grant
Jordan Harris was the 2016 recipient of the club’s ‘Trade Grant’ of $2,500, to assist with his training and equipment costs. He studied Automotive Engineering at SIT with excellent results and works with Mark here in Te Anau. He is a very busy lad with 3 days at SIT in Invercargill and 2 working here. He is also a keen and accomplished rugby player, representing Southland in age group teams and playing for the Te Anau senior team also. This required  even more travel for practices etc but he never let these demands take a toll on his work and learning. A truly dedicated young man with a bright future.
Trade Grant Alan Ballinger 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z
If you cannot attend a meeting it is your duty to advise The Club (office@teanauclub.org.nz,  03 249 7113) and the Treasurer Rudd  ( idabr@xtra.co.nz , 03 249 7452). If you have a scheduled duty you need to arrange a replacement and advise President Doug (dougandshirl@xtra.co.nz, 03 249 7591) before the meeting.
If you are aware you cannot attend a future meeting please also advise the Bulletin Editor Alan (abandsballinger@vodafone.co.nz, 03 249 8969) so that you are not allocated any duties during your absence.
This all contributes to the smooth running of your club.
Apologies 2017-02-13 11:00:00Z
The duties roster below has been updated to cover the period 9 Feb to 2 March. There has been one change to the list for 16 Feb: Keith Cullen has replaced Keith Thompson. Apologies to both from ‘The Trainee’. The numbers of available club members means that you can expect a duty about once a month so do not be surprised if you keep seeing your name in print!
With some new members it is timely to remind us all of the general nature of each of the duties. A couple each bulletin should not over tax you too much!
Mini Talk
Speak on any subject for three minutes.  Do not talk for longer as this is embarrassing to the President and the Guest Speaker who is the meeting’s main Speaker.  If your chosen topic requires more time, see the person nominated to organize the Guest Speakers for a main speaker slot.
Arrive with enough time before the meal to sell tickets to all members. The
price is $1 per ticket. Proceeds go to our administration account. Prepare ticket
butts  for the draw.  Select a suitable person to draw the winning ticket. Give
ticket to President.  Advise the Secretary if the number of raffle books is getting
Duties 2017-02-13 11:00:00Z
Bonus Addition
Two bulletins within a week is unusual! This one fills some holes and provides some background information.
Bonus Addition 2017-02-13 11:00:00Z
Bird Park
On a beautiful evening (rare this summer) club members visited the Bird Park for a tour by Ranger Catherine. The main attraction is always the Takahe and this time the chance to meet a young chick. The Takahe had been thought extinct until rediscovered in 1948 by Invercargill’s Dr Orbell in the Murchison Mountains. Close to one third or 130  of the NZ Takahe population are resident here. We also had the pleasure of meeting a Morepork Owl, Green Parakeet and Kaka. Catherine also highlighted a number of projects that Rotary might like to consider undertaking.
Bird Park 2017-02-13 11:00:00Z
Food Drop
A blue sky saw 6 hardy souls leave for the Divide on Monday 13 Feb for a trip to Lake Howden. The purpose is to resupply a tramping party escorted by the Rotary Club of Milton walking the Routeburn/Greenstone track. The Milton Club run these trips as a fund raiser for the South Otago Adventure Trust and in turn they also make a donation to Fiordland for our assistance. John Donaldson has been leading and coordinating these trips for about the last 15 years. The weather deteriorated during the trip and it was 6 very bedraggled members who returned! Better luck on the 6th March.
Food Drop 2017-02-13 11:00:00Z
Club Forum Night
The Club Forum session at last week's meeting proved to be very worthwhile
Club Forum Night Sarah Greaney 2016-07-16 00:00:00Z
Peace is Possible
We felt a certain sense of irony as we left for Turkey on a Rotary Peace is Possible initiative only one week after the New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade increased the risk level from “some risk” to “high risk”.  The heightened level of terrorism was the result of recent suicide bombs in Istanbul and Ankara, but we were going anyway.  And we were immensely glad we did.
Peace is Possible Sarah Greaney 2016-07-10 00:00:00Z
Clubrunner Training
An early start and battling through fog, ice, frozen roads and minus 7.5 degree temperatures mean that getting to the Clubrunner Training Day was no mean feat!
Clubrunner Training Sarah Greaney 2016-07-09 00:00:00Z
Latest Paul Harris Fellow
Latest Paul Harris Fellow 2016-07-09 00:00:00Z
Helping people with disabilities make their own music
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Finding Safe Haven
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
Saving lives in Ghana
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z
India celebrates three years without polio
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z