From The President's Pen
Frustration continues as we move up and down the Covid Alert levels, with widespread disappointment at failure for a positive case to properly isolate in the Auckland community. Of course we all need to look carefully at our own activities to ensure that we are playing our part. At the last board meeting, board members carefully considered what actions we should take for our next meeting on 9 March. The probability is that we will be back at level 1 and will be able to meet as usual. In the unlikely event that we remain at level 2 we have decided that we will still go ahead but with strict social distancing. In addition special arrangements will be put in place for our meal, these have been discussed with Elaine. This is in line with other clubs and I hope the decision will meet with your approval.
At our next meeting we will welcome back a leading Karori community conservator, Barbara Mulligan, Vice Chair of the Friends of the Karori Cemetery. Karori cemetery is the second largest cemetery in New Zealand for interments. Barbara will talk to us about their further work in the cemetery and the development of a Trust for future conservation and preservation.
Once again let me draw you attention your attention to the upcoming District Conference and the Carterton Rotary Golf competition. Both events are featured in this bulletin.
The release of our centenary book Mana Tangata is imminent and there will be an opening round of centenary events in May.
Our meeting on 23 March will be a special general meeting to consider the election of a president elect. This is advance warning only, an agenda and meeting details will be advised shortly.
Best wishes to you all, Phil
Duties Tuesday 9 March From 5:45pm
Please arrange a substitute if you can't attend
Apologies to
Set Up : Mark Wood and John Barton
Bar Duties : Julian Barkham
Opening Thought : Graeme Titcombe
Introduce Speaker : David Watt
Thank Speaker : Andrea Skews
Wine Raffle : Lynda Murray
Wash glasses : Luke Yiavasis
Clean Up Dishes In Kitchen : Krystle Crimmins and Barry Taylor
Michael Smith, Wellington Cancer Society CEO
It was a great pleasure to host Mike Smith, CEO of the Wellington Division of the Cancer Society at our meeting on 23 February. Our thanks to Jay Jaiganesh who is a Cancer Society board member for arranging for Mike to speak to us.
Introduced to the meeting by Allan Frazer, Mike gave us a very comprehensive picture of the work of the Society. This work is carried out in conjunction with the other Divisions of the Cancer Society operating around New Zealand.
Mike is a local Karori resident with his wife and family and has been active as a school trustee at St Teresa’s in Karori. He previously held the CEO position at New Zealand Red Cross amongst other top Not for Profit positions.
Centennial Year District Conference
The Rotary District 9940 Conference will be held in the beautiful Wairarapa from Friday 19 - Sunday 21 March at the Carterton Events Centre.
The full programme and list of speakers has now been published and can be found at
Go to the Rotary District 9940 website to register now. Be prepared to be entertained, informed and challenged. Enjoy a Taste of the Wairarapa – food, beverages and sights. There will be a range of activities around the Wairarapa throughout the weekend including  A Taste of the Wairarapa on the Saturday afternoon and a Swing Fling on Saturday evening.
Help celebrate our centenary - come along and enjoy what this weekend has in store.
Rotary Carterton Ambrose Gold Tournament
Rotary Carterton in conjunction with New World Carterton are holding an Ambrose Golf Tournament
Date:   Friday 26 March 2021
Time:   11am
Venue:  Carterton Golf Club

The tournament is limited to 36 three-person teams and features a shot gun start. This is for golfers and non-golfers wanting to have fun.

Entries to (tel 021 560 461) by close of business 19 March please, stating your team name, players’ names, club ID number and handicap index, and if no official index, whether you are a non-golfer. Individuals entering will be placed in teams trying to ensure they are teamed with at least one experienced golfer.

Entry fee is $25 per player (payment on acceptance of entry), with proceeds going to support community projects undertaken by the Rotary Club of Carterton.
Forward Programme
Thursday 18 March, Business Breakfast At Karori Park Cafe
The first Rotary/ANZ Business Breakfast for 2021, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Grant Robertson. Unmissable insights into the post Covid world.
Friday 19 - Sunday 21 March, District Conference At Carterton
For full details please see elsewhere in this bulletin.
Tuesday 23 March at Marsden
Marsden students who attended the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum in Auckland in January; Victoria Jackson, Isabel Possenniskie, and Shanshan Gu. The girls will be accompanied by Head of Science at Marsden, Gabrielle Gunn, and introduced by District Science programme coordinator and PP Jim Johnston.
Friday 26 March, Carterton
Carterton Rotary Ambrose Golf Tournament, details elsewhere in this bulletin.
Tuesday 13 April at Marsden
Anna Roberts, Manager, Enliven Huntleigh, Karori.
Tuesday 27 April at Marsden
Our guest speaker will be councillor Simon Woolf from the Wellington City Council.
April/May at Karori Park Cafe
Planned Business Breakfast, speaker to be confirmed.