Ngāmotu News 
February 22nd  2021

District Governor: Gillian Jones     2020/21

President: Sally Morch

Secretary: Murray Gillespie
Club Website:
Stephen Bovett,  Owen McCluggage, Murray Gillespie, Sally Morch, Dennis Eales,  Des Friedrich,  Harry Duynhoven, Mike Makein, Geoff Harding, Michael Archer, Jan Dempsey, Gary Brown, Tony Bird, David Lusk
Apologies: David Gibson, Chas Wilcox
Abysinia, Lucy  and Abigail Sibanda
Bernie Smith, Paul Gunderson  
Grace: David Brownson
Fines:  David Lusk fined members  using NZ Lakes as the subject.
From Gary Brown 
His daughter Andy and Son in law Alan are biking the the Te Araroa Trail. They had just done the 90 mile beach section and are fundraising for The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter  Trust. They can be followed on  Facebook. Sally indicated that the club would consider making a donation. 
Rotary Anniversaries this month:
Dennis Eales
Gary Brown (42 years)
Jan Demnpsey
Sally Morch
Parting Thought:
Des Friedrich
Laughter is a smile with the volume turned up.

Social Night at David Lusk's

When:   Monday 1 st March

Where:  557 Franley Rd

Time:   5.00 pm onwards -(dinner about 6.30pm)

David will provide cold meat(chicken and meat loaf)

What to bring:  Salad and deserts

Let David know numbers and what you are bringing in plenty of time.

Tel: 753 2074


Forum Night 29th March:

To be discussed:

Meeting format




Police Vetting

Dennis Eales still short of some members information for forms.

Des helping to sort out.

If you haven't already done so please email your Passport photos and Drivers Licence to Des


Rotary Clubs of Taranaki  supporting New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled.
Recently the New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled completed the erection of their new Covered Arena in Alba St New Plymouth and with the combined support of the Rotary Clubs of Taranaki and Rotary District Grants scheme who raised $10,436, the RDA was able to install an internal irrigation system to keep the dust down when the arena is in use.
This is a good example of what can be achieved when Clubs work together for a common goal.
After 48 years operation New Plymouth RDA has now a covered arena and will no longer be required to cancel riding sessions when the weather is inclement. Historically anything up to 20% of sessions have been cancelled each year which causes disruption for riders, parents, caregivers, schools as well as our coaching and volunteer team. The support for the project from local people and organisations has been terrific and we are especially grateful to the Rotary Clubs for funding the sprinkler system.
Cheque Presentation at RDA


Left: Evan Cottam, President NP North

Centre: Kevin Nielsen, Chairman North Taranaki RDA

Right: Sally Morch, President

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Message from President Sally
Last Monday, 22nd February, I inducted two new members, Abysinia(Aby) and Lucy Sibanda into our club.  We also welcomed a transferring member, Michael Archer.  It was my pleasure to perform the ceremony of induction and welcome, however, it is now up to every member to make themselves known to Michael, Aby and Lucy and show them what Ngāmotu Rotary is all about.  
As you will have seen from my message to everyone last week we are having a working bee at the Rotary Flats in Lemon Street.  For those who have never been there this is an ideal opportunity to acquaint yourself with the flats.  Saturday 27th February, 8.30am. If you can bring along gardening tools that would be helpful.  This will mainly be a garden clean-up.  Des and Murray have offered to do the cleaning of the spouting this Thursday.  If you can help please message me by email or text ( or 0274738554). We need to know numbers coming as Barbara Garrett and I are making morning tea.
Also a big call out to members to help at the Relay4Life on 27th March in Inglewood at TET Stadium.  Please email or text me(as above) if you can help out.  So far we have 6 members covering from 10am to 10.30pm.  Now you know that is not possible even with breaks.  Please come and help.  In previous years we have helped on the Ice-Cream Truck but this year we are handing out beads as the participants come around the track.  If you can let me know as soon as possible how long you can help.  2 hour slots are what I am planning, with 2 people on at a time.  
The club needs to have a discussion about the future running of the Charitable Trust for the Flats.  We are having a speaker on the night of 22nd March but we will have very few other formalities and when the speaker has gone we will meet as a club to discuss some issues that have come up.  It may need to go to about 8pm that night.
Yours in Rotary
President Sally


Induction of New Members by President Sally
Abysinia and Lucy Sibanda
Michael Archer
A big welcome to our new members Lucy and Abysinia and Michael Archer a transferee from another club.
Guest Speaker: Paul Anderson
Introduced by Jan Dempsey
Paul is the Waitara Bin Inn owner
His very interesting talk however was about his experience working in Antartica in the 1990's at Scott Base which is New Zealand only base in Antartica.
He was a warrant officer in the NZ Defence Department at the time. He had to attend a 2 week selection course at The Hobsinville Airbase designed to select the right mix of people after training, sports, PT and social activity ensuring the selected people would gel with each other.
He was posted there first for 5 months and then had a second trip for 8 weeks. Even now if asked to go he wouldn't hesitate it was such a rewarding experience.
He described his role which was helping to unload supplies of equipment sent down on a varied range of aircraft C130 Hercules (NZ) Starlifters, C5 Galaxies(USA)). The runway is on a Frozen Ice Shelf on Ross Island. Ice is 6 feet thick.The runway is 5 miles from McMurdo Base. Essentially a 24 hour operation at the peak of the summer season 2 x 12 hour shifts. A ship comes down in January and a wharf is created from the ice shelf as a solid floating block.
There are 12-1300 people there during the summer and 250 winter over. At the south pole 50 scientists in winter and 200 in summer.
Temperatures at McMurdo range from -10 to 18 degrees C and at The south Pole -65 to -75 Degrees C.
Interestingly Paul mentioned that an Ice road has been constructed from McMurdo to the South Pole 1300Km.
Takes 40-45 days for a bulldozer to negotiate.
He described the scenery from Scott Base as quite breathtaking particularly Mt Erebus which is only 20 miles away and the worlds most southern active volcano.
Wildlife particularly Killer Whales, Seals and Penguins are amazing.
Clothing has to be adequate to cope with the high wind shield factor and extreme cold conditions. Mist can come in quickly, it doesn't rain but there are ice crystals and mirages that look like waterfalls.
Early days toilets were long drops in the ice often leading to funny situations where seals blew icicles up the toilets with incumbents getting a real fright.
All rubbish is now taken away from Antartica for disposal elsewhere to maintain pristine conditions. A nuclear reactor was an initial source of power but has been closed down and removed. Wind, solar and diesel generators provide electricity requirements now.
Stephen Bovett thanked Paul, commenting that he would go if he had the opportunity.
Bulletin Editor
Murray Gillespie
Roster for March 2021
March 1st
March 22nd
March 29th
Guest Speaker/
Summer Science Forum
David and Raewyn Lusk
Murray Gillespie
Sally Morch
557 Frankley Rd
Tony Bird
Tony Bird
Owen McCluggage
David Lusk
Dennis Eales
Mike Makein
Geoff Harding
Geoff Harding
3 Minute Talk
Lucy Sibanda
Parting Thought
Stephen Bovett
David brownson
If you are unable to do the duty set out in the list above please contact another member to fill in for you. Please let President Sally know who has taken your place as she will be setting out the agenda for the night.  Apologies to Wally Garrett (027 859 7580, or 7550988) email: