What a fun night we had, nine Karori club members, joining the Mt Victoria Club at their meeting at The Arborist in Willis St on 8 June. It was great fellowship, a night of surprises and prizes. More on that in our bulletin below.

We are all set for our long awaited Quiz Night at One Fat Bird on Sunday 20 June. It will be a great occasion with a maximum number of teams and support from other Rotary Clubs. And of course the event will raise further funds for the new Wellington Children’s Hospital. My thanks to everyone who has pitched in to support this event.

We convey our deep sorrow to Michele Sutherland, David Watt’s partner, with the loss of her brother, Dr John Carter. Dr Carter was a professor of medicine and former head of haematology at Wellington Hospital and at the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre. He died from a massive heart attack, aged 70 earlier this month. John was an incredibly fit person and news of his death came as a great shock to all, his medical colleagues, family and friends throughout the world. John came to speak at our club last year when Dr Matt Wheeler, a work colleague returned to New Zealand from Canada because of the covid pandemic, having earlier received a Rotary International grant to extend his thrombotic disease research.

Our Karori Club, worked with John Carter to prepare the grant application for Matt to RI. We were delighted that the application for US$40,000 was successful. John Carter achieved many successes in medicine including the establishment of the New Zealand Blood Service and implementation of new techniques for bone marrow transplants for leukaemia patients. At the time of his passing he was also deputy chair of the Malaghan Research  Institute and had been a former member of the Rotary Club of Wellington South.

On Tuesday next we look forward to welcoming our new business breakfast partners Forsyth Barr to come and join us at Marsden to talk about their work in the financial advisory and stock broking world. This is also an opportunity to discuss future community ventures we can join forces on.

If you haven’t responded to me yet regarding our changeover dinner at Marsden on Saturday 3 July, please email me as soon as possible.

Best wishes to you all, Phil.