Ngāmotu News 
July 26th,  2021

District Governor: Mark Wheeler     2021/22

President: Sally Morch

Secretary: Michael Archer
Club Website:
Next Guest Speaker :26th July
Stephen Bone
Subject: RNZAF
Apologies for Meetings by 12.00 Noon Day of meeting
To Wally Garrett: 
Mobile: 027 859 7580
Home: 7550988
For Meeting: 26th July

Sally Morch, Jan Dempsey, David Brownson, David Lusk, Stephen Bovett, Wally Garrett, Michael Archer, Dennis Eales,  Owen McCluggage, Gary Brown, Tony Bird,  Murray Gillespie, Mike Makein, Geoff Harding, Des Friedrich
Apologies: David Gibson, Lucy and Aby Sibanda, Harry Duynhoven
Guests:Lance Girling Butcher (Speaker)
Judy Hanline (Past President)
Don Smith (ex Hawera Rotary member)
Fines:  Owen McCluggage fined everyone on their memory of previous Bulletin information. Good idea Owen!!
3 Minute Talk: Jan Dempsey
Jan Spoke about friends  (Robson's) she has in Arkansaw (USA). She mentioned celebrating Christmas there in 2019 and was presented with a Trump Cup that showed him with a cat on his lap (Jan loves cats but apparently Trump doesn't).
She said in the Robson family Guy has had COVID 19 and also been vaccinated but his wife a  will not have it. Apparently her daughter a Radiologist is appalled.
Jan commented that we are fortunate in NZ that we generally have a compliant population that follows medical advice.
Taranaki Chamber of Commerce BA5- 3rd August
Mr Ralph Lighting Showroom 52 Devon St 5-7.00pm Sally will be going contact her of you can make it.
Cancer Society-Pop up Shop
2 weekends 9th and 16th August also street appeal; 27/28th September
MS Society require helpers 13-19th September for their street appeal.
From Network Meeting
NP West will have their trailer raffle again this year.
Clubs will be offered tickets to sell profit $2.00 for every ticket sold.
Unanimously supported by the Club after Sally put it to the vote.
Inglewood Rotary will be hosting a special night at the Cue Theatre- 13-23rd October - Unoriginal Sins
Russel Moore Memorial Golf Tournament-12th November
Committee recommended that the main beneficiary of the fund raiser should be Taranaki Alzheimers.
Sally put it to the meeting 
Carried Unanimously
New Plymouth Golf Club Hectare of land for Rotary's Centennial tree planting Project- Peace and Remembrance.
Progress report from Des:
At last there is an agreement with the NP Golf Club to have a covenant on the hectare of land the trees are to be planted on.
MPI will be funding $6.80/stem
for  the last 4000 trees available . In total $7.10/tree to be funded to include windbreaks.
Chris connelly from NP North will be in charge of the trees and David Lusk will look after the 8 wind breaks to go inn for protection.
Osflo and a local timber company will be supplying a truck load of fertiliser and chips respectively
29th September is the date set to start. High Schools will be involved in providing labour. The undertaking is that the reserve will be maintained for 5 years.
Supervision will be required from rotarians. The Network has agreed to provide cash contributions.
Forest and Bird  have offered assistance 
NP North will be supplying a container (from their Camp Runamuk- no longer being run) for permanent placement on the site for tools etc.
A BBQ will be supplied each week for something to eat.
Well done Des
Message from President Sally

Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
It has been a busy week this past week.
Monday’s meeting was an informative talk by Lance Girling Butcher who kept the members amused with his anecdotes.  I attended the Cancer Society AGM on Tuesday and on Thursday we had our first working bee at the Ian Eliason Reserve with the Interact boys and several members helping as well.  Thank you to those who attended.  You can see where we have been.  Hope to see a few out there this coming Thursday when we again attack the gorse.  We will be able to start about 12.30 as the boys are looking at getting there earlier.  Anyone who can lend us loppers would be appreciated as these seem to be the most effective and easiest to use on the gorse. Please contact Des re these.
Monday night will be our social night at Wally and Barbara’s house.  Please let Wally know if you are coming.  
We will soon have some alcohol based antibacterial wipes to sell. More on this when they arrive. This will help with fundraising for the Children’s Health Trust.
Yours in Rotary

Guest Speaker: Lance Girling Butcher- QSM-Taranaki Newspapers
Introduced by Wally Garrett.
He was editor of both the Taranaki Herald and Daily News, but 15 years ago had to resign because of sight impairment. He is currently Chairman of Aged Concern, Taranaki.
He is the grandson of well known New Plymouth Architect Thomas Bates.
Lance was first employed as a cadet journalist at the Taranaki Daily News by Dennis Garcia  (ex Fitzroy Rotary) the then editor. He had stints in Masterton and Nelson before coming back to New Plymouth and taken on by Jim Tucker.
He talked about the legendary June Litman the first female NZ News Editor who defied every bit of employment relations standards, as a real tartar who trained a generation of journalists. His uncle Peter Bates was the worst speller she'd ever struck in journalism.
He remembered the article our own Tony Bird wrote about the disgraceful blackballing of potential members of The Stratford Racing Club by a group in the club led by Dr Murray Blue.  Blue got his own back when Tony's car broke down. Tony got the two finger salute from Dr Blue as he drove past without stopping.
The Taranaki Herald was New Zealand's oldest daily Newspaper started in 1852, 10 years after the first ships arrived. It was initially an 8 page Broadsheet paper that had advertising on the front page covering Shipping Supply arrival news.
He recounted the heady days in New Plymouth when the Oil Men came to town and changed the social structure of the town.The days of the La Scala- Cold Duck and the height of fine dining. The first restaurant in New Zealand to have eating and entertainment because of the oilmen.  Great parties and fun. 
He loved the job, was fortunate to meet all the NZ Prime Ministers around during his time as a journalist even met the Dalai Llama.
He became the Editor of The Taranaki Herald but unfortunately the Australian owners decided to shut the paper down after falling copies from 50,000 at its peak down to less than 10,000. New Plymouth was the last provincial centre to lose its second paper.
He recalled covering the Bola Storm, roofs being blown off and problems with deliveries of the paper at the time becoming a staff responsibility(the usual paperboys/girls could not be used safely under the conditions). Another memorable story was about the first time a New Zealand Air Force Sky Hawk fired a shot in anger across the bows of a Korean Fishing boat that was illegally fishing in New Zealand waters off Taranaki. The subsequent impounding of the boat and arrest of the Captain made a great story. The crew were adopted by the Waitara community and had an amazing farewell after the eventual release of the boat.
David Lusk in thanking Lance commented what a pleasure it was to have such an interesting and entertaining speaker to address us.
Bulletin Editor
Murray Gillespie
Roster for August 2021
August 2nd August 9th
Guest Speaker/
Social Night at Wally and Barbara Garrett's
Stephen Bone
Ex RNZAF Squadron Leader
Greeter/Tidy Up
  Dennis Eales
Venue: 66 Dillon Rd, Bell Block Owen McCluggage
Contact Wally
Ph 7550988 or 0278597580
Des Friedrich
Please advise Wally if you are coming with numbers and what you will be bringing Main or Desert Stephen Bovett
  Geoff Harding
3 Minute Talk
  Jan Dempsey
Parting Thought
  Mike Makein
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.