President David announced that Anant Bhatnagar and Barry Taylor had joined the board, Anant as Club Services director and Barry as Secretary.

We have been advised that Clubs can provide their own volunteer nurses, paramedics etc this year to assist with the Blood Pressure/Stroke Foundation Awareness Day in October, run in conjunction with New World Supermarkets. Karori has made such an arrangement for 2018.  More details to be announced over the next few weeks.

The meeting on 24 July at Marsden will be a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Johnsonville. Partners are also invited. The guest speaker will be Mary O'Keeffe, consultant archaeologist. Her topic will be 'What Lies Beneath Wellington'.

Allan Frazer reminded members that applications for the Karori Youth Awards close on 5 August. Applications are open to youths in the age range 11-25 and can be made at the community centre web site.

Members then considered the Revitalisation Plan for the club. As membership has declined and more engagement for members was being sought, the need for the plan has become increasingly urgent. President David spoke of the survey returns from members and a focus group meeting chaired by District Club development chair, Tony Heyward. This workshop reinforced messages that came through the survey results. The plan going forward was prepared in response to member responses and opened up discussion at the Club Forum.  Recommendations from the Board sought support for the principle objectives of the club going forward and to seek support for a move to a breakfast format which could provide more interest and support for the club from people who have busy lives, may have difficulties getting back to Karori for evening meetings and generally have other commitments  including family needs which may prevent attendance at the Club’s evening engagements.

The current costs for meetings at Marsden with a reduced membership, were outlined by treasurer, Doug Langford. It was likely that the dinner cost for members could increase and the cost for use of the Function Room at Marsden had not changed for some considerable time. Doug indicated there were implications for the Club of costs on a reduced membership. The club currently has a membership of 22 but with 4-5 other members not attending at present, the numbers at Marsden meetings had reduced to around 16-17 which put quite a lot of pressure on the club, including attracting top speakers. President David said the Board was aware of 3-4 possible new members so hopefully that may help to arrest the decline in recent membership numbers and give the club a base to build for the future.

Discussion looked at options of moving to a breakfast format with a potential for club growth – a breakfast meeting was possible at Marsden on Wednesdays. Alternatively, following the business breakfasts being held at the Karori Park Café, which are attracting good numbers, that venue could provide more regular breakfasts for the club. The business breakfast appealed to people with more pressing commitments at other times to meet. Quite a number of members expressed a reluctance to move away from the present formats being offered by the club.

Members generally wished to continue to meet at Marsden as at present, to maintain the partnership business breakfast with ANZ and community groups, and to review the situation again in 6 months, meantime committing to the Plan objectives to have more member involvement with community projects, seeking to grow membership and support of the Club to offer fun and friendship opportunities for members and partners through social activities and to working together with other Rotary clubs.