BULLETIN 29th April 2022
President Jim's Comments
Covid 19
Having worked hard to ensure I was doing everything possible by the “Covid Book” to guard against succumbing to this virus, I headed to Riverton – Riviera of the South – for a family reunion for Easter.
We ate a lot of good food, drank more than we should have of Speights, Glenfiddich and Laphroaig and mingled with a lot of young children.
Both Lizzie and I totally let our guard down with the result that on Easter Monday, we tested positive for Covid 19. It was a bit of a shock, but I was more annoyed with myself for letting it happen. Trying to figure out how and where it happened is a pointless exercise, and it then becomes a matter of working through it. I must admit it knocked me on my backside a little harder than I expected – mild flu symptoms which developed into quite a bit more than that, and a total lack of energy. Walking from one end of the house to the other was an effort. Others will have experienced what we have just worked through – some probably worse, some possibly not so harsh, but I would rather have gone without it. At least I am relatively safe now for 90 days.
Sapphire Pin for Paul Checketts
Paul Checketts has been awarded a Paul Harris fellow Sapphire pin for his services to Rotary District 9980 as District Treasurer. (see picture of Paul and the saphire pin below right)
A Paul Harris Fellowship recognises a significant contribution to Rotary or to the Community by a member and is a significant occasion for the member and the Club. When a member is recognised in this way on more than one occasion he/she is presented with a Paul Harris lapel pin with a sapphire mounted in it. 
The Recognition is named for Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International.
Congratulations Paul, and so well deserved.
Rhys Jenkins – New Member
Rhys was inducted into the club as its newest member on Tuesday night. He was introduced by Paul Checketts and Past President Kevin carried out the official part.
Rhys was born and raised in Auckland and his family moved to Sydney towards the end of his High School days. He attended Wollongong University and graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours).
He started into a career in environmental management and that included 14 years with Rio Tinto. In that capacity he has travelled the world and worked and lived in over 20 countries. During that time he also served with the Australian Army, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant.
Rhys and his wife Tania moved from Montreal back to NZ and Alexandra and a position with DOC as a Senior Climate Control Advisor. He is on the board of the Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group, and has recently joined the Cromwell & District Community Trust.
Rhys has previously been a Rotarian in Kununurra, Western Australia. The club welcomes Rhys and Tania, and we look forward to Rhys making use of the skills and experience that he has gained in his previous roles and applying that to furthering Alexandra Rotary service in the community.
Growing Pumpkins for Polio
Over the past 6 or so months various Rotarians across District 9980 have responded to District Governor Nick’s challenge (see Nick's comments below) to grow giant pumpkins to raise funds for polio Plus.
Pictured with Gordon Wilson are 3 of Alex Rotary’s pumpkins (Judy Clark’s still to be collected) on the way to the weigh in. It would be bragging to say who grew the 135.5 Kg beast on the left, suffice to say I had warned you it was doing OK. (pumpkin picture below right)
 DG Nick’s goal was to raise $33.3K, which with the 2:1 matching by the Bill Gates Foundation would raise $100K for Polio Plus.
PolioPlus is the most ambitious program in Rotary's history and is the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio. PolioPlus began in 1985 and Rotary's network of 1.2 million members has contributed money, volunteer time, and networking expertise to the eradication effort
Rotary's financial contributions to the global polio eradication effort will reach nearly US$650 million by the time the world is certified polio-free.
When we talk about PolioPlus, we know we are eradicating polio, but do we realize how many added benefits the program brings? The “plus” is something else that is provided as a part of the polio eradication campaign. It includes funding operational costs, such as transportation, vaccine delivery, social mobilization, and training of health workers, and support surveillance activities. It might be additional medical treatments carried out at the time of vaccinations; it could be providing access to water supplies or training of nurses.
A 2010 study estimates that vitamin A drops given to children at the same time as the polio vaccine, have prevented 1.25 million deaths by decreasing susceptibility to infectious diseases.
We get blaze when we hear so often “how close we are”, but we forget what has been achieved over that time.
Postponed Board Meeting
Normally there would have been a Board meeting following Tuesday’s club meeting. That has been postponed to next week, and consequently there is nothing to report in this Bulletin. Minutes will be circulated at a later date.
Alexandra Community House Roster
A brief reminder to members that the club is earning good revenue from our contract to maintain the lawns and gardens of ACH. This helps in keeping subs at a low level and ensure the Club Bank Account stays nicely in the red. John Whitaker continues to put out a roster for members to follow and ensure that everyone continues to do their part in keeping the grounds looking good. Occasionally we are prompted by ACH to tidy up something that has been missed. If you are rostered on and see something that requires a little bit of extra attention, please let John or Neville or Jim know so that it can be actioned.
Hugh McIntyre
Admin Director
Honorary Members
Constitution Article 8 Membership:-
Honorary Membership
This club may elect honorary members for terms set by the board, who shall:
(a) be exempt from paying dues.
(b) not vote.
(c) not hold any club office.
(d) not hold classifications.
(e) will be entitled to attend all meetings and enjoy all other privileges in the club but have no rights or privileges in any other club, except to visit without being a Rotarian’s guest.
Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals, and those considered friends of Rotary for their support of Rotary’s causes may be elected to Honorary Membership.
Article 13 Duration of Membership:-
Termination of Honorary Membership
(Section 2(c))
Termination of Honorary Membership. Honorary membership shall automatically terminate at the end of the term of membership set by the board, unless extended. The board may revoke an honorary membership at any time.
Policy going forward
  • When appointing an honorary member, the term will be for a period of 3 years.
  • Each Year Honorary members to be confirmed in the AGM minutes including the remaining years of their membership.
  • When membership term expires, the directors will recommend to the AGM the period for the membership to be  renewed.
  • Any new Honorary members to be proposed by the Board and voted on by members at the Annual General meeting
Actions required to tidy up the situation
The Directors to arrange for:-
  • Write to existing Hon members and confirm their appointment and advise that they are going to have a new 3-year term commencing 1 July 2020. This allows us to start with a fresh slate and we can monitor the position at each AGM and confirm those holding hon membership and any that may need renewing. There is a need to bring our list up to date. Mike Rooney has a list.
  • At the same time advise existing Hon members what the entitlements of an Honorary member are. Explain the renewal process at the end of each 3 years, and that they can resign at any time.
  • Review our current list and check if there are others who maybe should be appointed due to their service to Rotary, remembering there is also the ability to award based on non -members support of Rotary causes. (Richard Stephens as an example)
  • Ensure that our procedures for sending the bulletin, invitations to club functions through club runner include Honorary members in the mail list.
  • Ensure the Secretary retains a register that is included in the Agenda for Annual Meetings for approval, so we have a continuing record.
Vince Ashworth Trust 
Update on the Trust position as at 31 March 2022
The Trusts Investments total $204,803 represented by:
ANZ Term Deposits                     $148,901
Heartland Bank                           $10,000   (Matures June 2022)
IAG Bond                                    $15,000
Infratil Bond                                $5,000
Genesis Energy Bond                   $10,000
Vector Bonds                               $5,000  
Cash at Bank                               $11,712
TOTAL   FUNDS                         $204,803
Income earned during the period was $2,961 and Grants paid out, for a total of $3,457.
Richard McKenzie [a note regarding the Bridge Club]
From Lyn Taylor to Alexandra Rotary members regarding Bridge Club facilities.
If the parking area is full, do not park in such a way as to block access to neighbouring businesses, as vehicles sometimes return to those bases well after 6 pm.
(Lyn doesn’t know who past culprits have been or on what nights, so this is not specifically addressed to our club, but we should make sure that we comply in future. That presumably means you can park with care, as long as you allow others access)
Paul Checketts
District 9980 Awards afternoon Cromwell
Last Saturday (23rd of April) morning saw a number of enthusiastic people out planting native trees and shrubs at Richards Beach on the Kawarau inlet to Lake Dunstan.
A BBQ Lunch was provided at the Bannockburn Hall and the pumpkins for Polio weigh-in followed – Tony Brown Wanaka 1st; Jim Carroll 2nd; Cromwell Lifestyle Village 3rd. (picture above right)
D9980 Awards
District Governor Nick Wood presented awards to the Cromwell Rotary club for collaboration with the local Lions Club and trades people for building the Lot 47 house and selling it for a large profit for the benefit of St Johns Cromwell.
The best bulletin award went to Dunedin South Rotary for their Albatross weekly newsletter.
PHF’s were awarded to several people involved in District activities. Overall, it was a successful and relaxed event attended by approximately 100 people including Alexander Rotarians; Gordon Wilson and Paul Checketts.
[editor’s note: congratulations Paul from your  Alexandra Rotary Club on being awarded a Saphire Pin]
Nick Wood (DG)
Pumpkins for polio – this article (here edited) has already been circulated by Nick Wood (DG) to Rotarians.
Thank you to everyone that has been involved in the project in one way or another. Pumpkins for Polio was a fun way to raise awareness of Polio and the fight we still face and to put the FUN in Fundraising. 
Over the past week it has been announced that a case of polio has been detected in Pakistan, this brings us to 2 cases in the world this year. We need to keep pushing to win this battle. 
Pumpkin Growing in our area is over and the winners are: -
First place went to Tony Brown and Nicola Brown of Wanaka - (not related) with a whopping 162kg Monster.
Second place went to Jim Carroll, President of Alexandra Rotary with 135.5kg.
Third place went to the team from Goldenview Village in Cromwell 109.5kg
Honorable mentions go to AG- Ah-Lek Tay of Dunedin with 78kg, Gordon Stewart of Cromwell with 80kg, David Boustead of D9999 with 54.5 kg.
The best single plant went to Michael Horne - President of Waimate with 208kg spread across 4 pumpkins.
What we have learned, is Central Otago is the best place to grow giant pumpkins in our district. 
But now it is time for the real work, as the weights are now known, it’s time to dig deep and rattle the tin and call in the pledges. Our Goal is $33,334
This will be raised from Polio donations within our district and this will be matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation and will bring us to a total of $100,000 
This equates to roughly $33.00 per member. My challenge is for each and every Rotarian to consider contributing $35.00. Clubs that reach 100% personal giving of at least $10.00 per member will be recognized as a Bill Boyd - End Polio Now Club.
Nick DG
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Club Information
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Alexandra Bridge Club
52 Boundary Road
Alexandra,  9320
New Zealand
Currently meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month
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Meeting Responsibilities
Pre Meeting Tasks 10th May 2022
Martin, Carolyn
Philip, Owen
During Meeting Tasks 10th May 2022
Set up/bar/kitchen duties/tidy up after
Quinn, Graham
Set up/bar/kitchen duties/tidy up after
Robertson, Steve
Set up/bar/kitchen duties/tidy up after
Rooney, Michael
Introduce and Thank Speaker
Wham, Murray
3 Minute Talk
Whitaker, John
Grubb, Nev
Meet & Greet and Last Word
Young, Les
Pre Meeting Tasks 24th May 2022
Philip, Owen
Quinn, Graham
During Meeting Tasks 24th May 2022
Set up/bar/kitchen duties/tidy up ...
Robertson, Steve
Set up/bar/kitchen duties/tidy up ...
Rooney, Michael
Set up/bar/kitchen duties/tidy up ...
Wham, Murray
Introduce and Thank Speaker
Whitaker, John
3 Minute Talk
Young, Les
Checketts, Paul
Meet & Greet and Last Word
Baird, Justine
Rotary theme for 2021/2022
Lots of pumpkins, but are they edible?
Gordon Wilson with three of Alexandra Rotary's pumpkins
The Winning Entries - (Left to Right) 3rd - Cromwell Goldenview Village - 1st - Wanaka - Tony and Nicola - 2nd Alexandra - Jim Carroll
More pumpkins!
Gordon again with a forklift necessary to lift President Jim's rather large pumpkin

The Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust

A video presentation by Graeme Gail at last Tuesday's Rotary meeting.

The Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter services Otago and Southland areas with its specialised patient retrieval service with fully equipped dedicated helicopters.

The operational area for the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter covers the Southern Region, which includes areas south of the Waitaki River down to Stewart Island, and west through to the Haast Pass). This region incorporates approximately 28% of New Zealand’s land mass and approximately 8% of the population.

The service has a fully crewed dedicated rescue helicopter base at Taieri Aerodrome near Dunedin with four fully equipped, BK-117 twin engined, winch capable medical helicopters.

The service comprises:-

24hr/7day service with an activation time of 5-6 mins (day) 15-20mins (night).

Intensive Care Paramedics for immediate response.

Full intensive care retrieval team on request.

Two stretcher capability.

The Otago Regional Rescue Helicopters, are involved with around 400 missions and 600 flying hours each year. There are three helicopters based at Taieri aerodrome near mosgiel, with one in Queenstown and the use of one in Te Anau.

Graeme Gale is the Managing Director of Helicopters Otago (HeliOtago) and Vivienne Seaton is the Secretary Manager of the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Kawasaki Helicopter. Two of these in Dunedin (plus another type) and one in Queenstown. Picture of cockpit below.
Cockpit of a new HeliOtago Helicopter
Paul Checketts Treasurer D9980
Paul Checketts having been awarded his PHF Saphire pin
PHF Saphire pin presented to Paul Checketts for outstanding work for Rotary and in particular for district 9980 in his role in finance
Steve Robertson
Firewood splitting
Keep Thursday the 12th of May 2022 free for our usual fire wood splitting morning. Provided we are not still affected by lockdowns 
Fingers and thumbs where we can see them please!
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