District Governor - Peter Maxwell joint visit Rotary Katikati and Rotary Outmoetai, with Club President of Rotary Katikati John Dallimore hosting Rotary Outmoetai at the RSA Katikati, members from both clubs were delighted with the fellowship and meals including the avocado ice cream. Peter reminded us of our purpose in Rotary and challenged us to continue serving our communities and continue to improve with the times to attract newer members. Rotary Katikati talked about their service in Vanuatu and have applied for a Global Grant to build toilets in a community there. We heard from Assistant District Governor Ron Fyfe regarding up and coming projects and a club challenge trophy to encourage fellowship and networking between clubs. Great night indeed, many thanks to all Otumoetai Rotary Members for attending.
Volunteering at the Garmin Tauranga Marathon

Rotary Otumoetai volunteered at the recent Garmin Tauranga Marathon both in the Registration Tent and as Marshals along the course, thank you to everyone for participating, it is understood the club received $410. Special mention to Nola for all the arrangements.

Rotary Otumoetai volunteers at the Tauranga Marathon over the weekend helping out at the registration
Rotary Otumoetai member Rachel Ackerley showing her running colors as she not only helped with the volunteering work by competed in the event
Club President Bevan Rakoia with daughter Emma at the Registration tent volunteering at the event. 
Up coming Speakers
Oct 07, 2019
Mission Outreach in Nepal
Oct 21, 2019
Heart Foundation - Local Heart Health Advocate
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Apologies - Reminder Members please send apologies to Clyde Stewart

Tauranga Sunrise Crystal Palace Friday 1st November 2019 Contact Ron Dyde for further details

Tauranga Croquet Club Monday 18th November 2019 Brian Hodge to organize a social outing for members with dinner in town to follow. Pencil this date in the diary.

Tauranga Te Papa's Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 5th November 2019 Trustpower Stadium Lounge, 81 Turman Lane, Mount Maunganui, 2.30pm-8pm contact Jerry Cowper 027634 7239 or email or visit

Tauranga Christmas Parade Saturday 30th November 2019 - Bev Tagg President of Tauranga Rotary has reached out to us seeking volunteers to assist with crowd control and walking with the floats. Time is usually from 9am to 12.30pm Please contact

Cambodia - Undiscovered Lands Paul Noonan, informed the club of a bike trip in Cambodia, The Cycle trip confirmed by the operator Red Spokes to start in Phnom Penh on 31 May 2020, which would be in the area of school that the group can visit on Thurs 4th and Fri 5th of June, there are 5 people committed to the trip. If you are interested in the trip or know of a keen cyclist please visit 

Assistant Governors Challenge Trophy Wednesday 16th October 2019 Ten Pin Bowling Challenge against teams from Sunrise, Te Papa and Tauranga, maybe Otumoetai could sport a team in the challenge.

Rosters for October through to December 2019

My first month update (26.07.19 – 31.08.19) by German Exchange Student -  Jannick Michel
Before my flight to New Zealand, I had no idea what it would be like; I knew I would be surprised. I never imagined the experiences that I have had in the last month! This is my first time out of Europe, about a 27-hour flight from Frankfurt airport via Dubai and finally arriving in Auckland. I saw from the plane the view over the coast of Auckland and when I got the wonderful welcome poster from Paul, I knew that I was in the best place. Driving from Auckland to Tauranga, I learned a lot about the landscape and New Zealand from Paul and Rachel, then spent my first wonderful days with Morton and Lisa.
I didn’t suffer from jet lag much, so explored the Mount with Morton and Lisa on my first full day. When I saw the beautiful beach at Mount Maunganui, I realized a big dream had come true for me to be here in New Zealand!
My first day of school on the 1st August at Otumoetai College was a very special experience. There were a lot of new people, subjects and homework as well as many new rules. I can safely say that the school here is much more relaxed. After a month here, I have met very nice people and friends. I really appreciate the relaxed nature of the most kiwis. I am worried that I will keep the same loose style when I get back to school in Germany. I am still happy with my decision to take quite different subjects than I had in Germany, such as outdoor education, media studies and the very practical oriented music lessons make a lot of fun.
With Paul and Rachel, I've already seen a lot of New Zealand. We drove to Taupo on the 3rd of August, as Rachel was running a half marathon! Paul and I did a nice bike ride along the shore of the lake. After that, I visited the hot pools in Taupo for the first time. I decided I would really like to have something like that in Germany.
On 11th of August Paul took me to my first rugby match in Tauranga, it was Bay of Plenty against Otago with Bay of Plenty winning (50:7). It was a very special experience, firstly because of the result and secondly due to the surprising atmosphere of the crowd, which is very different to football crowds in Germany!
On 17th August we went on a trip to Rotorua, visited Rainbow springs where I saw my first Kiwi bird! We then went to the mud pools of Rotorua, which I found very smelly.
My last, but very memorable experience in New Zealand during my first month was the weekend trip to Auckland with Paul and Rachel. Rachel and I spent a day visiting the main attractions in Auckland. We climbed on "One Tree Hill", went up the "Sky Tower",  and visited Mission Bay. The next day we went by ferry to Devonport. On Mount Victoria, I could see Devonport and the beautiful harbour and skyline of Auckland!
Supporting our Treasured Rural Community
Mary Maxwell joined her partner Peter at our recent joint meeting with Rotary Katikati, District Governors during their Rotary year get to show their support to a charity organisation that they are passionate about. Mary spoke about Rural Support, the RSTs Rural support trust is set up to reach out to the rural community during tough times knowing the industry is tough and sometimes these leaders just need someone to chat to. Click on the link to go to their website or call 0800 787 254
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.   All guest are welcome to join, please contact a club officer to confirm such dates.