From The President's Pen
Next Tuesday we look forward to hearing from our newest member in the Karori Club, Mark Wood. Mark has previously been a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington for 10 years.He has spent a number of years working in Asia and recently returned to New Zealand. He will talk about his career and background in Rotary. Mark has been a regular attendee at Rotary meetings during his working time in Bangkok and will be returning to work there for part of the year when international travel permits. Mark has quickly got into the spirit and activities of our club and is a regular attendee at all our events.

On Tuesday 11 May we will host the principals of the schools in our catchment area to whom we have given grants in past years from our Sunshine fund. We want to acknowledge these schools and our further contributions for 2021 to school needs.  Tania Savage who is principal at Cardinal McKeefry School is not able to join us on that date, but will be our Club speaker at the following meeting on 25 May.

On Wednesday 12 May, Rotary District 9940 will celebrate the launch of Mana Tangata, People of Action. This documents 100 years of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific. The launch will take place at a special event to be held at the National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth St from 5.45pm to 8pm. This will be an occasion to recognise the tremendous amount of work that has been put into the centenary book. The launch will also feature an exhibition mounted by Rotary that will later tour New Zealand. For full details see the article later in this bulletin.
Duties Tuesday 27 April From 5:45pm
Please arrange a substitute if you can't attend
Apologies to
Set Up : Allan Frazer and David Watt
Bar Duties : Julian Barkham
Opening Thought : Henk Rood
Introduce Speaker : Jay Jaiganesh
Thank Speaker : Richard Oldham
Wine Raffle : Doug Langford
Clean Up Dishes In Kitchen : Andrea Skews and Luke Yiavasis
Wash glasses : John Barton
Anna Roberts, Enliven, Huntleigh
We welcomed a very bright and lively speaker, Anna Roberts, to our Club meeting on 13 April. Anna is Manager of Enliven Huntleigh in Karori. She has been in the Enliven Care Group for some 14 years training as a nurse and working her way up through managerial ranks. She really enjoys heading the team at Huntleigh and her personality shows her enthusiasm for her work with her fellow staff and volunteers. They have 32 independent and serviced one to 2 bedroom apartments at Huntleigh, with a multicultural workforce.  There are 14 Enliven homes administered through Presbyterian Church Support Services in the lower North Island, with a total of 1,000 employees, 63 staff being employed at Huntleigh Karori.

Anna gave us a lovely expression about life at a retirement and care facility. “Here is where love resides, memories are created , friends always belong and laughter never ends”. Anna certainly had all beams and laughter in her presentation which by all accounts has endeared her to her carers and staff. Apart from standard activities at Huntleigh, like other Retirement and Care Villages, they celebrate special events and endeavour to engage all those those in care for in their arranged activities.

Anna welcomed support from Rotary including interest in helping in volunteer capacities.
Quiz Night
Planning is underway for a quiz night, This will be held on Sunday 20 June at 7:00pm at One Fat Bird.
Tickets will be $25 per head with all proceeds going to the Wellington Childrens Hospital.
Full details will be advised shortly but it's not too early to start getting your team lined up.
Garage Sale For Wellington Childrens' Hospital
Responses to our request for donated goods for the St Ninians Garage Sale have been glacial. 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 (
Business Breakfast With Michael Baker
I encourage all members to attend our business breakfast with Professor Michael Baker as our special guest on 13 May. Michael is working closely with the technical advisory group on the vaccination programme for Covid-19 and for the past year on the management of Covid-19 in New Zealand.
 He has earned several awards for his services in public health and was recently made the Supreme Award winner as the Dom Post Wellingtonian of the Year for 2020.

This will be a sellout event. Please advise David Watt of your attendance at this event at the Karori Park Sports Cafe.

This will be our first business breakfast with our new business partner Forsyth Barr.
Mana Tangata, Official Launch
The official launch of the Rotary Centennial Book 'Mana Tangata' for district 9940 will take place on Wednesday 12 May.
Venue: National Library, 70 Molesworth St
Date: Wednesday 12 May, 5:45 for 6:00pm
This is a free event hosted by the Rotary Club Of Wellington. We are limited to 8 people, including partners and we must RSVP by Monday 3 May. To keep things under control please contact me ( in the first instance and I will coordinate our group response.
Forward Programme
Tuesday 11 May at Marsden
Pincipals of local schools will speak about their activities and receive grants from our Sunshine Fund.
Thursday 13 May, Rotary/Forsyth Barr Business Breakfast At Karori Park Cafe, 7:00am
Professor Michael Baker, Epidemiologist at the Otago School of Medicine. His topic 'How Aotearoa New Zealand is beating Covid 19 and key lessons for the future'.
Tuesday 25 May at Marsden
Tania Savage, principal Cardinal McKeefry School.
Tuesday 8 June, The Arborist, Willis St
We will visit the Mt Victoria Club, please note the change of venue
Sunday 20 June, Quiz Night at One Fat Bird
Social event, fund raiser for the Wellington Childrens Hospital.
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 at Marsden
Chris Cahill from the Police Association will speak about his work.