Inglewood Rotary Club
Taranaki, New Zealand 9940
30 March 2021
Weekly Bulletin

President 2020-2021

Warren Poehler 
I've been married to Diane for 53 years and we have two children and two grandaughters. Diane and I moved to NZ from the USA in 2016. Before that we spent 11 years here in New Plymouth in the 1980's. I am a retired military officer and engineer, a teacher, a head of school and have owned a B&B in Rhode Island USA.  I have been a Rotarian since 2006.
Guests this week were
John & Carol Winter
March & April Birthdays
Noel King ~ 18 March
Mel Cook ~ 19 March
Gloria O'Dowd ~3 April
Donald McIntyre ~ 10 April
March & April
Wedding Anniversaries
Tracey & John ~ 09.03.02
Brian & Adrienne ~ 30.03.74
Noel & Rose ~ 17.04.71
Joined Rotary in March & April
Mel Cook ~ 02.04.96
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Donald spoke regarding a conference he went to in Wellington with the Department of Forestry. He travelled through the region and National Parks viewing trees and considering regeneration programs. He feels the Department should consider a variety of tree species other than native hardwoods and pines in its programs to better diversify the market and improve the returns in New Zealand.
 “The plans of mice and men often go awry.”
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Some weeks we have little to no photos to include in the bulletin and when this happens I was thinking it would be nice if you would like to have a section for personal photos. Photos of perhaps personal projects, family celebrations, holidays and trips etc. This way we can all learn more about each other.  If you have photos you would like to include please email to me at
MEETING NOTES 30 March 2021:
The meeting was brought to order at 6:00 pm by Warren Poehler.
PRESENT: Thirteen members and guests John Winter and his wife Carol were present
APOLOGIES: Stuart, Grant, Tracey, and Leanne
TOAST: May we raise our glasses to toast to our guests John Winter and his wife Carol and to the White Ferns who beat Australia.
GRACE: May our Lord bless this meeting and the food we are about to eat. - Amen
MENU: Fish pie, coleslaw, peas, garlic bread and apple pie and ice cream for dessert
Warren was sad that he and Diane had to be leaving in five weeks, but happy the owner of the house he and Diane would be housesitting and renting for a time were fully vaccinated and were not “anti-vaxers”.
Graham Drake took a hike to the Wairau hut on the mountain and had a great time.
Brian was happy he is celebrating his 47th anniversary today and they had taken a trip up to the Stratford Mountain House over the weekend.
Jim Callahan was unhappy that a project he had worked on with Wanganui Club to label trees at a local park had been defaced in some places.
Mel was happy for the success of RYPEN this last weekend and thanked those helping. Mel was also happy to be a published author with his book: 25 Years of Cricket, a 320 page book of the Stratford Cricket Club and also a book for 75 years of cricket.
Noel was happy to announce his 2nd great grandson named Johnny.
Gloria related her experience of the drama reuniting a RYPEN student with his family. Gloria has sent the boy some video of the weekend.
Jim Shepherd nearly lost his cell phone at band practice, but was pleased to have been able to recover it.
Put your creative hat on for next week. Janet Francesco will be here leading us in Rock Painting.
Fifty youth attended RYPEN over the weekend--it was a record for our five years of organizing the program in Taranaki gathering high school students from across the North Island. All had a wonderful time. Next year we will be looking at limiting the number to 40 and divided into 5 teams to give every RYPENer a better chance to grow from the experience. The tentative date for next year is 25-27 March 2022. We need younger staff/associates at RYPEN to keep up with the kids.
The Club voted to donate $200 to Heartkids.
Brian reported that The Lions/Rotary Small Bore Trophy Competition was nearly a tie, but with the Lions winning by one point.
Jim Callihan had checked out the lawn mower who may want to mow the lawn. His price was $25 plus $5 to remove the cuttings. It was decided Noel will mow the lawn for the time being and Mel will fill in when necessary.
Mel reported that Stuart was recovering and his spirits were up. We plan to visit soon for a luncheon.
GUEST SPEAKER: John Winter spoke about ROMAC and Interplast.
Interplast is a program that helps patients of all ages needing medical reconstruction plastic surgery, starting in New Zealand in 2007, worldwide since 1973. The organization is based in Melbourne and the medical service volunteers travel to the patients’ home countries to provide their medical assistance. A typical year would help 50 children, while 2020 was reduced to zero due to COVID. Rotary is a large contributor to the program. ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) provides medical services carried out in Australia and New Zealand. Rotary Clubs are the major source of funding. This program provides a variety of medical procedures. The talk featured a boy from the Solomon Islands who was premature and born with a heart defect and was near death when young.
He received heart surgery under this program and now lives a happy and active life.
President Warren thanked John and his wife Carol for coming and the interesting presentation. He hoped the Club would consider a goal towards the support of these projects for 2021-2022.
ROTTO DRAW: Number 40 won by Gloria.
6 April Regular Meeting Janet Francesco Rock Painting
13 April Presentation of donations to Andrew Brooker(Taranaki Land Search and Rescue) and (Helicopter Trust)
20 April Regular Meeting Steve Ruru TRC (Donald ‘s guest)
27 April President Warren’s Last Meeting
4 May TBD
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm.
Members News:
Message from Leanne - Larger tupperware or storage containers wanted.
I've been busy filling requests for family size meals for a number of organisations and could really do with some large containers with lids (bigger than an icecream container) that I can freeze large family meals into then give them away. Anyone have anything suitable cluttering up their cupboard they'd like to give away?
Club Photo Album:
Meeting Responsibilities:
If for any reason you are unable to do your meeting duty please inform that evenings host & look to find a replacement please.
Tuesday 3 August - Members Only Night
O'Dowd, Gloria
Shepherd, Jim
What I've been up to:
Callaghan, Jim
Parting thought:
Meads, Graham
Tuesday 10 August 2021 - Joan Gaines – Citizens Advice Bureau
O'Dowd, Gloria
King, Noel
What I've been up to:
Walsh, Kevin
Parting Thought:
Shepherd, Jim
Tuesday 17 August: Jean & David Powell – Meals on Wheels in Inglewood
O'Dowd, Gloria
McGregor, Brian
What I've been up to:
Twaddle, Stuart
Parting Thought:
Drake, Graham
Tuesday 24 August 2021 - TBC
O'Dowd, Gloria
McIntyre, Donald
What I've been up to:
Cook, Mel
Parting Thought:
King, Noel
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Contact Details:
Warren Poehler - 027 9449264
Stuart Twaddle  - 06 7537910
Noel King (from April to June) - 06 756 8582
Mel Cook - 06 7568733
Jim Shepherd - 06 7567761
Mel Cook - 06 7568733
Warren Poehler - 06 756 6456
Gloria O'Dowd - 022 4570258
Kevin Walsh - 027 6037586
Stuart Twaddle - 06 753 7910
Gloria O'Dowd - Tracey Rees 
Tracey Rees - 027 3482285
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