From The President's Pen
Things just seem to get busier and busier as we edge close to the end of a Rotary year. We can all look forward to a fun evening wth the Mt Victoria Club at The Arborist. We'll be hosted by President Carol Green and her members on Tuesday 8 June. Details elsewhere in this bulletin, but don't forget to advise Doug Langford of your intentions. I hope you will join me for this experience. We were delighted to host Carol and Rotary friends last year for our Christmas function, so we are pleased to reciprocate this month for some further enjoyment. We note they are a very informal club and may have a few surprises in store for us.
It's been a great pleasure to receive acknowledgement from the school principals that received grants from our Sunshine fund. These grants cement our relationship with the community and are surely money well spent.
Lynda Murray, Krystle Crimmins, David Watt and myself took turns for the Club manning the Rotary centenary exhibition desk  on 21st and 22nd May. My thanks to you all for helping out. This followed the the launch of Mana Tangata People of Action, at the Library in front of a big crowd on 12 May. David had one bright moment shortly before his shift ended on Saturday when a group of Rotary Interacters came through with mentor, PP Gillian Robertson, from Port Nicholson Rotary, DGE Mark Wheeler and AG from Manawatu, Venkatesh Kannan. The photo above is of these future Rotarians.
Preparations for the Quiz Night on Sunday 20 June are continuing well but we still have room for a few more teams. If all goes well we may keep this as a regular fundraising event on our Club calendar.
We also look forward this month to welcoming several managers at Forsyth Barr as our new breakfast business partners to join us for our dinner meeting at Marsden on Tuesday 22 June, so we can learn more about their business and events that we can join forces on.
Our congratulations to our birthday boys in the club this month especially Henk Rood and charter member, Doug Langford, who have turned 85 and Clive Hesketh, also a charter member, who turns 88 later this month. It's great that they remain active members in our Club.
Don't forget to check out our forward events section, there's lots more coming up.
My best wishes to you all, Phil
Meet With Mt Vic. At The Arborist
Our next meeting on Tuesday 8 June will be held with the Mt Vic Rotary Club at The Arborist Bar and Restaurant, 166 Willis St. This is in the Trinity Hotel building on the corner of Willis St and Dixon St, on the right hand side walking up Willis St. (See image above).

Arrive 5.45pm for a 6pm start. Enjoy a pre dinner drink and canapes, orders taken for your meal. The cost including a pre dinner drink is $30, which will be charged to your club account. Be sure to bring money for  a cash bar, and raffle tickets, with proceeds going to the Wellington Children’s Hospital.
Please advise Doug Langford if you are attending no later than Sunday 6 June. The Arborist has to be informed on the Monday. The is no speaker for this evening, but some fun is planned.
Quiz Night
Team numbers are looking good but we can still accommodate more. We are now looking for ideas that will put icing on the cake, raffles, auctions etc. Can you contribute anything?
More Grants From The Sunshine Fund
It was a pleasure to host Tania Savage from Cardinal McKeefry School and Mary-Angela Tombs from St Teresas School at our meeting at Marsden on Tuesday 25 May. Both had been available to join their fellow principals who came to our meeting on 11 May.

Both have been our Club previously and are long serving principals. Tania reminded us she had been to our Club on five previous occasions to talk about school activities and to be a recipient of our schools grant. They are going great guns with their garden table project where years 5 and 6 students grow vegetables and sell at the school. They have developed a new strategy plan with a focus on place, people and practice and their playground project, Sandlab, is a current focus activity needing funding support. The school is quite small in comparison with the larger primaries around us, only 80 children, many come to the school from some distance away . The parents are close friends in the school, and there are a number of Asian and Indian migrants to New Zealand. The students are being encouraged to tell their stories about what they are learning.

Mary-Angela, hails from a Rotary family in Invercargill. At St Teresas they have a particular focus on Aotearoa New Zealand history, trialling new curriculum guides tracking our early history in New Zealand and history locally in Karori. Staff are increasingly learning Te Reo  Māori  and together with other catholic schools in the Wellington area Māori language is a big topic of learning.  The Covid shut down last year made it all the more important to bring communities and families together, to support each other and take part in events. Money from grants is going towards new history texts and replacing old stocks of books at the school.
Wine Offer
To celebrate Rotary New Zealand’s centenary, Rotary Blenheim South has joined forces with internationally acclaimed Saint Clair Family Estate winery to release special limited editions from their 2019 Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Merlot harvests.

What a wonderful way to both enjoy fine wines from this highly esteemed Marlborough winery and at the same time support the work of The Rotary Foundation and the End Polio Now programme.
All proceeds from this project will be donated to these two flagship Rotary initiatives, so we encourage you to share it with your friends and family.
Because of strict licensing regulations and the tight timeframe please act now and follow these steps: 
Click on this link to go to a secure online order form
Fill in the details of your order
Make the required bank payment to Saint Clair (the account and order details will be immediately emailed to you on submitting the form)
Sit back in anticipation of some lovely wine coming your way!
The offer is for 6-bottle cases. No mixed cases.
Price is per case and inclusive of signature-required delivery in the second half of June to addresses in the North Island or South Island.
Orders close at 11pm on Queen's Birthday Monday, 7 June, so don't delay.

2019 Saint Clair Marlborough Origin Chardonnay   $96 ($16 per bottle)
2019 Saint Clair Premium Merlot      $96 ($16 per bottle)
2019 Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Pinot Gris $90 ($15 per bottle)

2019 Saint Clair Premium Merlot: Full bodied fruit driven Merlot
2019 Saint Clair Marlborough Origin Chardonnay: Fresh style with layers of stone fruit, well-structured with lingering finish. Vegetarian friendly.
2019 Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Pinot Gris: Fresh and Fruit driven Pinot Gris with juicy melon and orange blossom aromas. A refreshing mouthfeel.
Any questions?  Contact
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Forward Programme
Sunday 20 June, Quiz Night at One Fat Bird, 7:00pm
Social event, fund raiser for the Wellington Childrens Hospital.
Tuesday 22 June at Marsden
Senior managers from Forsyth Barr, our new business breakfast partner, will talk about their work in the finance sector.
Saturday 3 July, Changeover Dinner at Marsden
Rotary changeover dinner with partners and former members. This occasion will mark the end of this Rotary year and the start of a new one.
Tuesday 13 July at Marsden
Murray Edridge will speak about his work at the Wellington City Mission.
Tuesday 27 July, Rotary/Forsyth Barr Business Breakfast at Karori Park Cafe, 7:00am
Chris Cahill from the Police Association will speak about his work. There will be no Rotary meeting at Marsden on this date.
Tuesday 10 August at Marsden
Club forum.
Wednesday 25 August at Karori Park Sports Cafe
Annual dinner with Karori Lions. The speaker will be Simon Woolf from the Wellington City Council.
Garage Sale For Wellington Childrens' Hospital
We are still looking for many more items to sell. The Wellington Childrens Hospital is a great cause and of course you benefit by reclaiming garage and cupboard space.
Do you have any unloved items that might fetch a few dollars? Please take a photo and forward it to Mark Wood (