Bulletin 29 March 16

Notices

John Middleton read out a letter of thanks from Barbara Williams for our thoughts and support to her with the recent loss of her son, Alistair.

Mark Wilson is organising a new fence to be erected at Moturoa School on Saturday 29th March 8am

There will be a raffle of the remaining wine next week run by Mick O’Connor.

 

Fines

Norton Moller delivered some Flag facts and the differences between ours and Aussie after the recent Referendum.

 

Soapbox

This week’s soap by Ray Barlow was an interesting report on the pro’s and cons of the Freedom Camping Act 2011. Since its inception, there is a growing opinion that the Act was more business driven than with respect to the environment as there are now over 140,000 rentals of camper vans annually. Ray’s concern was also with New Plymouth District Council’s agreement to establish a public dump station that campers will be blamed for any misuse of the station. Ray also reported with his experience of camping last year in Europe and in particular, France, there does not seem to be any problem with anything and everyone just gets on with it.

Time for us stop moaning!?

 

Guest Speaker

Tonight’s guest was President Ian’s daughter, Hannah who came along to report on her two week experience in Fiji earlier this year on the annual Rural Village Project that was partly funded by Rotary and currently in it’s ninth year.

Hannah is currently studying on a 4 year degree in Medicine and hopes to follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming a GP.

Hannah brought some pictures to show the project in action with Health Screening, Health Education and Water Tank installations being the main themes. Hannah visited and worked in mainly rural locations where there may only be a dozen people to be in a village but with 50% of rural villages without drinking water, there is still a lot of work to do.

 

Parting Thought

Tonight’s parting thought by Mick O’Connor with a famous quote from Maya Angelou:-

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel!”