Ngāmotu News 
June 28th,  2021

District Governor: Gillian Jones     2020/21

President: Sally Morch

Secretary: Michael Archer
Club Website:
Next Guest Speaker :12th July
Peter Coles (Former member):
Subject: Mens Shelter
Apologies for Meetings by 12.00 Noon Day of meeting
To Wally Garrett: 
Mobile: 027 859 7580
Home: 7550988
For Meeting 28th June

Sally Morch, Jan Dempsey, David Brownson, David Lusk, Stephen Bovett, Wally Garrett, Michael Archer, Des Friedrich, Dennis Eales,  Owen McCluggage, Gary Brown, Tony Bird, David Gibson, Murray Gillespie, Mike Makein
Apologies:  Chas Wilcox,  Geoff Harding, Aby and Lucy Sibanda
Andy Ramage-Brown , Marie Brown, Naida Gibson, Ngaire Claridge, Dillon Claridge
Fines:  Dennis Eales find members on their knowledge of Olympic Games venues over the years
3 Minute Talk: Sally Morch
Sally spoke about coming across her mothers diary which she had started writing in 1962 at the time her family were in India for 2 years. 
The cost of a postage stamp in those days was 3d. At the time she was 12 and her brother 4. 
Comment in the diary that you can't clean up India and remembered stepping over dead bodies. Apparently violent murders happened regularly.
Temperatures of 102 F compared to 45F in Dunedin at the same time. Sally remembered being caned for some misdemeanour but had to be sent to a boys school to be punished.
Parting Thought: Tony Bird

Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have.

When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you.

Appreciation with return to you many times.


Message from President Sally
Another great meeting with an inspiring speaker.
Des Friedrich, on behalf of the Board, proposed that we send $5000 to Wellington Children's Hospital, $1000 to Polio Plus and $2000 be set aside in the Charitable Trust for the Forest of Peace and Remembrance.  These are all projects for Rotary's centenary.
On behalf of the club, I attended the changeover for New Plymouth North at the Auto Lodge and I will be attending the District changeover and strategy meeting in Palmerston North this coming Saturday and will report back to the club following that meeting.
Des and I met with the Interact Club members out at the Rewa Rewa bridge and inspected the work to be done clearing the Ian Elison Reserve of all the unwanted growth.  The boys are keen and want to get started as soon as possible.  This will happen after the school holidays on a Thursday afternoon 1-3pm.  Any members who are able to help supervise, we would appreciate your help. We will advise date and times later.
Yours in Rotary
President Sally
Guest Speaker: Andy Ramage-Brown


Gary Brown introduced Andy, his daughter, She has spent the last 20 years in Rome as an Insight Travel Manager. COVID 19 has interrupted this and forced her to come home.

Her address was about doing The Te Araroa Bike Trail Challenge from North Cape to Bluff (approx 3000K) with her husband Alan.The challenge had to be done within 10-30 days, going through 30 different checkpoints along the way and raising money for a charity. (They chose The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust). They carried an electronic tracker to ensure they could be monitored for the entire journey.

It involved several months planning to ensure that they carried as little as possible on the bikes. They got down to 18kg total weight using kitchen scales on a dining room table to carefully weigh everything.  Great NZ made equipment available. Went on several training runs 3-4 nights at a time to get used to the rigours of what was ahead of them.

They set off with a core group of 6 and finished within 30 days all about the same time. 

Accommodation (generally AirBnB, farmstays) and meals were preplanned at certain destinations along the way so that hosts new when they were coming to have meals ready etc. 

No time to keep a diary of the trip, eating to have enough energy  was very important.  Andy showed a power point presentation of wonderful photos, highlighting the magnificent scenery along the way, often over very hilly countryside.

The trail is generally off road on a route that was planned back in 2008 when the Key government was encouraging establishing cycle trails through NZ.

She said that there were many highs on the trip: scenery, wildlife/birdlife, eating, the challenge of both doing it as a couple.

They were fortunate to do it in a non COVID lockdown period.

Her husband maintained the mechanical road worthiness of their bikes. They had few problems (2 punctures) and an ability to contact Cycle Shops ahead to get back on the road again.

They raised money through a give a little page $2000.

The majority of people doing the challenge are retiree's.

Stephen Bovett thanked Andy for her inspiring talk, congratulating her on the completion of a great challenge..

Bulletin Editor
Murray Gillespie
Roster for July 2021
July 5th July 12th July 26th
Guest Speaker/
Social Night
David Gibson's
3 Baring Terrace
Peter Coles
Mens Shelter
Lance Girling Butcher
Greeter/Tidy Up
  Murray Gillespie Tony Bird
  Stephen Bovett David Brownson
  Mike Makein Wally Garrett
  Harry Duynhoven David Lusk
  Des Friedrich Owen McCluggage
3 Minute Talk
  David Gibson Harry Duynhoven
Parting Thought
  Wally Garrett Murray Gillespie
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: by Noon  on the day of the meeting.