5.30 pm:  Social 1/2 hour 
6.30 pm: Start
The Albie
20 Alison Avenue
Albert Town 9382
(Apologies by 12 noon Monday prior please)
Casual Catch up for ALL members

5pm - 6pm

EVERY TUESDAY just before

the Weekly Rotary Meeting


For apologies for one or multiple
meetings or if bringing a
guest follow this link:
(All apologies and guest notifications
to be completed by Noon Monday)
In an EMERGENCY Contact
President Marie Fitchett
 027 672 5069




Guest Speakers
Jan 30, 2024
Researcher of the How and why of Duck Itch (Schistosomiasis )
Feb 06, 2024
No Meeting
Feb 13, 2024
Rotary Business
Feb 20, 2024
Violinist (Soloist,ChamberMusician and guest concert master)
Feb 27, 2024
Vocational Visit
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Administration
Rotary Foundation Director/Chair
Club Membership Director/Chair
Youth Director/Chair
Club Communication Director/Chair
Service Projects Chair
Bulletin Editor
Member Birthdays
Douglas Lovell
January 1
Geoffrey Tomkins
January 1
Trevor Tattersfield
January 2
Maryanne McKenzie
January 9
Ray Newell
January 9
Don Irvine
January 11
Fran Tate
February 1
Derek Howarth
February 3
Noelene Pullar
February 4
Graeme Smart
February 9
Nicola Brown
February 18
Blair Burridge
February 24
Bulletin Editor:
Ron Horner
Mob: 022 393 2140
Copy deadline Sunday 12 noon
Please inform Catherine Little
if you know of any club member
requiring pastoral care due to
illness or family bereavement
-  or just a helping hand
from the club. 

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To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, we’ve teamed up with UNICEF to give life-saving vaccines to 100,000 children across the Pacific.


Rotarians out and about

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Presidents  Report  29th January 2024
Kindest regards
Club Duties
Duty roster notes.
1. All active members (not honorary members) are eligible for duties.
2. Rostered members are responsibile for doing the duty, or finding a substitute.
3. Please advise Chris Tempest of substitutions by txt on 027 27 17 862
4. Duties are for 1 week only.
5. Duties are notified in the bulletin 4 weeks ahead.


   30 January           6th February      
         13th February             
       20th February           


Don Irvine
      No meeting      
Committee Meetings M.J. Moffat  

Meet, Greet and Photography

Ken Johnston No meeting Committee Meetings Tony O'Regan

Introduce Speaker

Elaine Kelly No  meeting Committee Meetings Rod Pemberton

Thank Speaker

Anne Lindsay No meeting Committee Meetings Noelene Pullar
3 Minute Speaker
Catherine Little No meeting Committee Meetings Alan Richardson
Doug Lovell No meeting Committee Meetings Eion Rutherford

Parting Thought

John Mclean No meeting Committee Meetings George Scott
Meeting Host
Chris Tempest No meeting Committee Meetings Chris Tempest

Audio Visual Support

Ron Horner No meeting Committee Meetings Ron Horner
Fundraising Events coming up
2024 Wanaka A@P Show - March 8-9th: Reminder from Mike Elliot
I hope you have received the Volunteer list for the 2024 Wanaka A&P Show by now.
The Rotary Club of Wanaka have been asked to sell tickets and scan tickets at Gates 1 and 3 for the two days of the Show, for which we will be paid $25/person/hour, so a good fundraiser for the Club.
The Sign-up lists have Scanner/Seller 1 or 3 signifying the gates to which you will be volunteering. Instruction will be given as to the duties involved, but all relatively simple.
There are also two slightly different jobs on Gate 3 on both days - helping to get traffic on and off Brownston Street at the end of the day.
I would like to get as many volunteers in place as soon as possible so that the A&P Society can make up any shortfall, so please get your names down soonest!! 
Thank you in anticipation for your help in making some more funds for the Club - and hopefully having a bit of fun too!!
Any questions or queries, please get back to me.
Warbirds over Wanaka- Reminder from Richard Wallace 
WOW Easter 2024 Merchandise Sales. 28th March till 31st March 2024.
Please sign up
Type your content here...lick on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
Club Night Activities  Tuesday 23rd January
At our Tuesday meeting, Bella Sarginson  (Rotary Aspiring College Tertiary Education Scholarship Winner in 2022) gave a delightful review of her first year at the University of Otago. There is no doubt Bella enjoyed her 2023 year from meeting new friends, orientation week,  the odd party and passing all her papers. Bella's initial goals are a Batchelor of Arts in Psychology.  It will be of great interest to Wanaka Rotarians to follow her career and future ventures. 
It would also appear life in the various Halls of Residence is looking up with Slushie machines available. Bella is looking forward to flatting in 2024 with her flat one street removed from the famous (or infamous) Castle Street. 
                                          Bella with Mum Bex                                                        Bella pictured with Mum Bex and President Marie
 Also on Tuesday night Bella's mum Rebecca (Bex) Sarginson was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow award for Community Service  in the Wanaka area. 
Bex was a founder and is Executive Officer of Food for Love in Wanaka.  Below is directly off their website;
Founded in 2016 by Rebecca (Bex) Sarginson and Louise Carnie, Food For Love is a charitable organization which provides a free home cooked meal to people in need in the Upper Clutha region. Recipients are generally going through a challenging time, such as an illness, bereavement, relationship or financial difficulties and are nominated by someone in the community. Several of these challenges are often exacerbated by the Upper Clutha’s unique location, as many people have no family or other support around them here.
Congratulations to both Bex and Bella. It was truly a "Family affair".
Coming up: Club Night Activities
January 30th: Guest Speaker: Dr Norm Davis 
Researcher on the how and why of Duck Itch
Following a 21 year stint as an attack pilot  in the US Navy and flying in the Cold War and Vietnam War Dr Davis returned to New Zealand to spend more time with his wife and 5 children while teaching researching and farming in New Zealand 
In 1987, Dr and Mrs Davis moved to Waimate where they have farmed and where Dr Davis also taught at the local secondary school.
Keen to get back into research, Dr Davis applied to do a PhD in duck itch.
During visits to his Bremner Bay holiday home in Wanaka, he became interested in duck itch parasites after noticing how miserable children were getting from itching skin welts after swimming in the lake.
Over the years, he published papers and gave presentations on it but despite completing his PhD, was only involved in research on an ''ad hoc basis''.
''This duck itch problem could quite easily be quite a serious problem. There hasn't been enough medical research into the effect on humans,'' he said.
February 20th:  Dr Justine Cormack Freelance Violinist.

At this point in her career, Justine Cormack is deriving great artistic fulfilment performing as soloist, chamber musician and guest-concertmaster with a broad variety of her favourite musicians and ensembles.
In October 2021, she launched  At the World’s Edge Festival (AWE Festival) with London- based kiwi violinist Benjamin Baker, fulfilling a long-held dream to create a chamber music festival within the stunning landscapes of New Zealand’s Queenstown Lakes.
Performing with leading international chamber musicians from around the globe is now an annual performing highlight for her each October.
In February 2020 they performed their first cycle in her gorgeous Central Otago neighbourhood, performing all ten sonatas over just three days. Three years passed before they were able to repeat the cycle in the Northern Hemisphere as originally planned, delayed due to covid disruptions.
Their second performance of the cycle took place at Butler University, Indianapolis in January 2023.
From 2002 to mid-2017, Justine was a founding member and violinist of NZTrio, performing throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America, the USA, Europe and Scandinavia.
Justine is hugely proud of the legacy NZTrio built during her15 years with the ensemble.
They commissioned and performed close to 40 works from NZ composers and showcased these compositions within diverse programmes on the world stage.
At their final performance with NZTrio, they were awarded the Lilburn Trust Citation for Outstanding Services to New Zealand Music.
Justine performed recently at the Mt Aspiring U3A monthly meeting.
Social Events  Coming up
Sunday Bike Rides -  9.30am Dinosaur Park. Ride for approximately an hour then social coffee. All welcome. Peter Borrie will notify when the next rides begin in the New Year.
Notice from Alan Richardson re: MINT
Hi Alan and the Rotary team.
Thank you so much for funding our purchase of a marquee. Now that it is summer we have been using it flat out(see attached at our end of year gig and our volunteer party).
It provides shelter as well as looks great with our new branding, and your logo.
Thank you again for your support, and merry Christmas. 
Charlotte, MINT 





Volume 11

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou 

Season’s greetings for Christmas and the New Year


Thanks for a wonderful 2023!


As we approach the end of 2023, we would like to express our gratitude for your continued support throughout the year. It's heartening to witness schools eagerly booking for the RYDA workshop in the upcoming year. The support of Rotary clubs throughout the country has been so appreciated by our team.


⁠This year, 53,323 students from 639 schools across New Zealand and Australia graduated from the RYDA programme – our highest participation ever! They engaged in 454 programs which took them from classroom learning to our fun-filled, frontloading workshops and back to the classroom and community to further explore and put their learning into action.


Our workshops saw nearly 12,300 individual sessions facilitated by our dedicated team of over 270 experts. 


Students from ACG Strathallan and Balclutha at RYDA workshops this quarter

We have just released our Annual Report and there is some great data around the behaviour change we are creating with RYDA graduates.  



  • 89% of students told us they felt more equipped with strategies to reduce risk after the RYDA workshop.
  • 95% of students would likely or very likely to apply RYDA learnings when in a vehicle.
  • 99% of teachers rate rider is worthwhile or very worthwhile for their students.
  • 97% of teachers rate writer content is effective or very effective


Please click here to read full report.

We have already booked nearly  18,402 students in NZ workshops for 2024.


If you have not booked yours yet, contact your local programme coordinator in the new year;


Adele Hall

+64 21 545 725 


Ruth Nicholls

 +64 21 587 827


Narita Dixon

 +64 21 545 012


Liona Stanicich

+64 21 545 285


Staff Changes

We are growing and have some exciting staff changes to announce for 2024.


Naomh Cusin who has been our South Island Programme Coordinator for the past five years has been promoted to a newly created NZ Programme Manager role.  Naomh has successfully built a great programme in the South Island with most areas participating in RYDA and doubling student attendance to over 4000. Naomh will be supporting our four PCs nationally and helping them grow their regions. 


Replacing Naomh will be Liona Stanicich who you may have already met as she has been a facilitator and Day manager for Naomh for the past few years. 


In addition we have a new PC for the Lower North island, Narita Dixon who lives near Levin and will be taking over this crucial area. 


One Good Kiwi

One Good Kiwi  gives away $100,000 each month to selected charities, asking the public to vote (through digital tokens) for their charity to determine the share they'll receive. In December we have been selected and would really appreciate your votes as every token helps us keep prices down for your school and students.

You can download the One Good Kiwi App by clicking the links below.  Every month you will be given 10 tokens through the app which you can use to vote and also 5 tokens via their website.


IOS download here


Google Play download here 


Every token donated to us gives us real money to use to improve the RYDA programme and help us subsidise schools. 


We thank you in advance for your votes!

Check out and share our series of summer road trip tips we have just launched on our website.  There are some great ideas to help everyone plan a safe summer roadie.  Please share these on your club Facebook pages 

Thank you so much to all the Rotary Clubs and many volunteers who have taken their time this year to be involved in the RYDA programme. 

We hope we have conveyed how much we really appreciate what you do for us and for the youth in your area.  Having all this support makes such a difference to us, and we are so grateful.

Wishing you all the best of the season and wonderful holidays and we really can't wait to get back in January to see you all again.



From the NZ RSE team: Maria, Graeme, Naomh, Adele, Ruth, Narita, Liona, Nickie, Pearl and Nola 


Road Safety Education Limited, P O Box 12876, Penrose Auckland