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CHANGEOVER - BEST WISHES BEVAN
PRESIDENT PETER'S WELCOME
"Welcome Rotarians, partners, and prospective members.     A special welcome also to Ken and Devon Harland who are our guest speakers tonight and who will be talking about the Cambodia Charitable Trust.   Tonight’s presentation is especially topical as the board of our club is considering potential projects with the Cambodia Trust.   
 
I promised Rotarians that I would put out a questionnaire on meeting frequency tonight.  After consultation, it has been decided to do the survey at the next club meeting.   But for my last joke........
 
Young Paddy bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.   The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. 
The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news.   The donkey's died.'    Paddy replied, 'Well then just give me my money back.' 
 
The farmer said, 'Can't do that.   I've already spent it.'    Paddy said, 'OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.' 
The farmer asked, 'What are you going to do with him?'    Paddy said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.' 
The farmer said, 'You can't raffle a dead donkey!'     Paddy said, 'Sure I can.   Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.' 
 
A month later, the farmer met up with Paddy and asked, 'What happened with that dead donkey?'    Paddy said, 'I raffled him off.   I sold 500 tickets at $2 each and made a profit of $898.'     The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?' 
 
Paddy said, 'Just the guy who won.   So I gave him his $2 back."
 
 
 
MERIVALE PALLET-MOBILE
Recently, Bonnie, who teaches new entrants at Merivale, asked Peter Smith if we could build a car from pallets, which the kids could play on outside.  Peter got hold of the pallets and wood for free, Campbell supplied the paint, and Brian Hodge helped paint it.   It will be installed on site by Brian and Peter this week.
 
 
PRESIDENT PETER'S FINAL THOUGHTS.......
"I have been thinking how to structure this speech and I came up with two approaches, both of which I subsequently rejected.   My first idea was to follow convention and to talk about the achievements of the Presidential Year 2018/19.   If I had done this I would probably have talked about the Beat Girls Event, the Taveuni Project, our recent Golden Jubilee Celebration, and some of the very good presenters that we have had this last year.   My second idea was to talk about what Rotary has given to me personally since I joined eight and a half years ago.  I quite favoured this approach, and I sat with it for a while.   If I had picked up on it I would have talked about inspiring speakers, club fellowship, and doing novel things like the cycle, golf, and yacht tournaments.
 
However, instead of following either of these paths, I have decided to talk about the particular contributions of members of this club.  I have also decided to award Appreciation Certificates to ten Rotarians.   Before I go any further I need to acknowledge all members of the club and to say that I could have given out many more certificates.  For instance, the Nominating Committee provides important and valuable services, as do the members of the programme committee.  The thing is that, unfortunately, I only have ten certificates! 
 
I think that you will agree that we are all indebted to tonight’s recipients of Appreciation Certificates.  It also should be noted that three of those receiving certificates are either retiring from a role within the club or leaving Rotary tonight.   The first two to receive awards are distinguished by their capabilities, conscientiousness, cooperation, and singular contribution.
 
As president, I was so grateful to have Nola Ardern as the club’s secretary.   Whenever I could in my working career I surrounded myself with highly able and responsible people, but Nola came with the job, and it was a great relief.
 
Of course, Nola was trained for the role of club secretary by Peter Smith.  This is Peter’s last night with the club and the end for him of 22 years with Rotary.  His Rotary service began with Rotorua Lakes before he came to us.  Peter is going to be severely missed, and we cannot see him go without saying one more time, “Thank you Peter, for quite simply setting the standard for Rotary Bulletins.”
 
The next two awardees were very special Board Directors in the last Rotary year.
 
Rae James contributed to discussions, held meetings, wrote minutes, and arranged social activities.  But in addition, and with the support of his committee, he organised our stunning 50th Jubilee celebration and he recently retired as a trustee and administrator of the Charitable Trust after nine years or so.
 
Again, Brian Hodge, did the usual things on the unwritten job description for a director, and he has also managed the Taveuni Project and other projects, and he is shaping up to coordinate club efforts for Cambodia.
 
The fifth Appreciation Award goes to Carmen Goodwin.  It is actually impossible to acknowledge Carmen too much because without a project like the Beat Girls the Rotary Club of Otumoetai would be seriously challenged.
 
The sixth certificate goes to another of our fraternity who leaves us tonight.  Donald Hegan has been with Otumoetai Rotary since 2007, and he was previously with Winton and Putaruru.    Donald has done great work over time, and notably with the Cambodia Charitable Trust.  Just something, and it is not necessarily a small thing, and it is that Donald has always attended our club meetings on Mondays which are his day off work.
 
Certificates seven and eight go to our two treasurers, Keith McLeod and John Knowles.  Without these two worthy gentlemen we wouldn’t have a clue how much money we have, and then where would we be?
 
And the last two Appreciation Certificates go to two other Rotarians whose involvement in our club meetings may be overlooked, but whose contribution is pivotal nonetheless.   Ian Cochran has been our attendance person and our most regular link with the Yacht Club.   Personally, I have been most grateful to Ian for his ability to deal with ever changing dinner numbers while refusing to be put out.
 
Lastly, we need to acknowledge Don Hoult our Club Steward, or Sergeant, or whatever, who runs our meetings with presence and personality while having a 24 hour-a-day job uplifting the deceased and officiating with the living.
 
(Earlier in the meeting Peter also acknowledged John Butt, who has also retired from Rotary after 35 years service).
 
Let’s give these stalwarts of the Rotary Club of Otumoetai a round of applause."
 
And now the time has come......
 
Bevan, it is now my pleasure and responsibility to pass over the badge and chains of the office of President of the Rotary Club of Otumoetai.   Bevan, my very best wishes to you in your year of office.
 
Past President Peter Stanley - PHF
 
President Bevan's first duties were to award Peter his Past President's pin, and to confirm a Paul Harris.
 
"Dr Peter Stanley, you have been recognised by your fellows, friends and family because we all believe your life as a father, husband, grandfather, club president, community leader, and Rotarian exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation.  We ALL thank you for demonstrating in your life and vocation a commitment to helping your community here and around the world.  As the incoming club president I am honoured to present you on behalf of the Rotary Foundation the emblems of a Paul Harris Fellow. The certificate states that you have been named a Paul Harris Fellow, in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.  We urge you to wear the Paul Harris Fellow to all Rotary Events, as a symbol of your appreciation for and support of the programs of The Rotary Foundation.  Please accept my congratulations and sincere appreciation for your commitment to our common goals of world understanding and peace."
GUEST SPEAKER - Devon Harland
CAMBODIA CHARITABLE TRUST
 
Devon was introduced by President Bevan, as during the coming year, the club will look at partnering with the Trust as a project.
 
Devon said that currently the Trust is sponsoring young people,and has 40 at university.   In addition they are providing bikes, rice, uniforms for school, stationery, library goods, and pre-school classroom., plus on-going support to sixteen project schools.    The enthusiasm for learning has taken them by surprise.
 
In the project schools they support 12 primary and 4 secondary schools.   Sometimes there are two shifts at the schools.   The first starts at 7 a.m., and finishes at 11 a.m, and the second session runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.   Devon had been part of evaluation visits to the schools, with two teams visiting the sixteen schools within a week.   They interviewed the school director, inspected the grounds and buildings, and observed the teaching and learning in the classrooms - and could see what needs to be done.   On occasions they visited a child a home, and this could find no running water or toilets.
 
The schools get an operations grant from the government, which is $2.50 per child per year, but this is too small and leads to no resources, and no ability for repairs and maintenance.   For the sponsored schools, the Trust gives them a budget of about $6000, which is administered by a Trust team and covers stationery, library and remedial courses.   Most of their funding comes from within New Zealand, and presently there are four schools without donors.   If funding allows they also assist with paying for extra teachers, tiling floors of libraries or classrooms ($US2000 each), or purchasing library books ($US500).
 
To be able to assist more schools, they have developed a cluster model.   The Ang Baksey cluster has 3 schools, 43 teachers, and 1480 students, and they give them a budget of $US12000.   This allows monthly in-service training for teachers - teacher kits for all teachers - training for the directors and their deputies twice a year - librarian training - health screening training for teachers so they can recognise and deal with things such as eye tests and hearing tests - first aid kits and training - and an english trainer for grade 4-6 teachers - awards for high performing students - library books and stationery.   This model focuses on upskilling the teachers.
 
Ways that the Trust can be assisted are by supporting a project school - donations - student sponsorship - tertiary fees and general donations.   The teacher training programme is the biggest and costliest to fund, but will have the greatest impact..   The Cambodian Ministry saw how well the Trust training in colleges was working, and asked them to help train all colleges in Cambodia.   This involves upskilling all the trainers in the colleges, and establishing programmes for associate teachers - people to mentor and support trainees in schools.
 
Devon also indicated a range of schools like those shown below when the building and structures need support.
 
THE STEWARD - Don Hoult
 
Don led off with the “Ted” Nominations by Donny.
 
"Local Ted" jointly went to John Butt, Bryan Rosoman, and Peter Smith for 100% attendance in the last 12 months.
 
"Foundation Ted" went to Past President Peter for his service and his stories.
 
Don then tested all tables with a quiz on change, each with an accompanying piece of wisdom.   The tests were too long to put here, but below is his "wall of change" sayings.
CLUB BUSINESS
 
The Treasurer - John Knowles advises that meal refunds will be calculated in the next week.   Therefore if you want a personal refund, you should advise John of your bank account number asap.   Otherwise the money will be sent to the Charitable Trust for the Rotary Foundation.
 
The Editor - This being my last Bulletin, many thanks to all members who have contributed, sending me text of what they are saying, so that copy and paste made life a lot easier.   I will continue to read the Bulletin with interest.
 
CLOSING THOUGHT - President Bevan Rakoia
 

"Once upon a time, In 1994, I was a Yr 11 student at Otumoetai College, when I met Wilf Foster who was a member of this Rotary club.   I was introduced to the Rotary Australian New Zealand Exchange program, a Rotary youth program that continues today.  The program aims to match you with a Australian student of similar age and interest, you stay with their family and go to school for 3 months, and then that child would stay with you for 3 months.   We had a choice of going to the city or to the country - I chose the country.    I lived in Townsville, with an amazing family who I still keep in touch with today.

After I finished college I went straight into the work force not sure what I wanted to do. Through this Rotary Youth Program and keeping in touch with that family, they knew of my keen interest to work and travel in the hospitality industry.   That family had moved to Adelaide and knew of the International College of Hotel Management there. They contacted me to apply for one of the scholarships they were offering, and I got accepted into the school - this was a long embarkment to working at some amazing hotels and living in amazing locations - Port Douglas in North Queensland, Australia; Taupo, New Zealand; Jackson Hole, Wyoming in USA; and Siem Reap in  Cambodia.

Cambodia would be a third home - where I lived for 8 years and where I met my wife Sonita, and where both our daughters were born.    We all returned back to New Zealand in December 2012, and I reached out to Wilf when I returned to New Zealand, as I knew the great benefits my Rotary experience gave to me and I want other students from Otumoetai to embark on their own Rotary Pathway.

We are all here in this common place to be part of Rotary and to deliver a service that benefits the youth and support to other leaders in our community.   We must remind ourselves of the good work this club has achieved and be proud to tell our Rotary story. 

2019-2020 President of Rotary International Mark Maloney has gifted his theme for all the clubs this year, “Rotary Connects the World”.    Rotary Otumoetai recently celebrated 50 years of service to communities local and international, and the exciting projects that are ahead.   Rotary Otumoetai does its part in connecting the world.

Thank you for a wonderful evening - our first club meeting is on July 8th. 

 
CLUB OFFICERS 2018-19
 
President               Bevan Rakoia           578 9511        bev_a_lev@yahoo.com           Mobile 027 461 2127
Secretary               Nola Ardern             576 2410        rotaryotumoetai@gmail.com  Mobile 021 752 335
Treasurer              John Knowles          548 2324        jtknowles47@gmail.com          Mobile 027 499 9456
 
                                                      
 
Meetings each second and fourth Monday of the month – 5.45 p.m. for 6.30 p.m. at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Sulphur Point, Tauranga.  There will be no meeting on public holidays, and these dates will have been rescheduled in the same month.   Please contact a club officer to confirm such dates.