Inglewood Rotary Club
Taranaki, New Zealand 9940
8 March 2022
Weekly Bulletin


Gloria O'Dowd

I was born in Woodville and schooled in Taranaki at Tarata, Egmont Village and Inglewood High Schools.  I went to Australia in 1979 for my big OE and met Bill and we married in 1989. I spent 14 years working for an International Manufacturing company in Sydney, in the Customer Service and order department.  I was the Customer Service Manager for 7 years. After this Bill and I ran our own retail business on the Central Coast of NSW for 19 years.  I had by this time spent 36 years living in Australia and we decided it was time to retire and in 2015 returned to New Zealand leaving behind our grown up children. We have 5 children between us, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  All of them live in the Australian states of New South Wales and South Australia.  I have been a Rotarian since August 2006.
Guests this week were 
I hope you are enjoying reading the weekly bulletin. If you have any ideas on how we can improve on it please let me know and I would be very happy to implement if possible.
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
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
Lucky Number
Won by
~ 10 April~
Noel; Noel quizzed us on the neighbouring countries of Ukraine.
Donald: The wedding season at Lake Farm has been light this year- numbers of attendees has been reduced due to Covid controls – Have had some lovely themed weddings though.
The Russian forces in the convoy are in distress in regards to toileting habits. So they put tins in the tanks and called them POOTINS   
  hahahahahaha Good one Brian
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Guest Speaker:
Andrew is Secretary of Drag Racing Taranaki, Stratford Park Project governance and project management advisor and works for OMV as Project Service Lead for the Maui B drilling project.
Andrew was born in Alice Springs and has lived in many areas of Australia.  He married a Taranaki girl and moved to NZ several years ago.  He is
employed by OMV and has worked in construction projects including very big Coal seam gas projects in Australia. 
Andrew loves a challenge.
OMV – Maui B project – infill wells are being drilled to extend available gas. The drilling rig is a Valaris very large jack up rig that was towed from Dundee, Scotland to South Taranaki.
The drilling rig and Maui B are connected by gangway and interfaced safety systems.
There is about 100 people off-shore.  Due to Covid only necessary workers are allowed.
20% of New Zealand’s Gas comes through the Pohokura Pipeline.
Andrew then spoke about the project called Stratford Park.  He is the Secretary of Drag Racing Taranaki and an advisor to the committee for the Stratford Park Project.  He gave us an insight into what is happening with the project at the A & P showground and surrounding lands                         
The project includes Equestrian, A & P, Drag Racing, Driver Training, Skid Pad, Speedway. 
Club Photo Album:
If you have any photos please send them to Tracey for next weeks bulletin
Jim and Sharon's granddaughter named Viktorija, reflecting Sharron's Croatian ancestry
Tracey and John celebrating their 20th Wedding Anniversary
Public and Rotary Notices:
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 5 July 2022
Nights Agenda TBC:
Cook, Mel
O'Dowd, Bill
What I've been up to:
McGregor, Brian
Parting Thought:
Shepherd, Jim
Tuesday 12 July 2022
Agenda: TBC
Cook, Mel
Drake, Graham
What I've been up to:
King, Noel
Parting Thought:
O'Dowd, Gloria
Tuesday 19 July 2022
Presidents Change Over Night
Cook, Mel
O'Dowd, Gloria
What I've been up to:
Shepherd, Jim
Parting Thought:
Callaghan, Jim
Past President:
President Elect:
Club Director:
Youth Director:
Community Director:
Rotary Foundation Director:
International Director:
Public Relations:
Bulletin Editor :
Contact Details:
Gloria O'Dowd - 022 4570258
Warren Poehler
Mel Cook - 06 7568733
Mel Cook - 06 7568733
Jim Shepherd - 06 7567761
Mel Cook - 06 7568733
Gloria O'Dowd - 022 4570258
LeAnne Blakelock - 021 755897
Kevin Walsh - 027 6037586
Stuart Twaddle - 027 5670010
Gloria O'Dowd - Tracey Rees 
Tracey Rees - 027 3482285
All contacts regarding dinners, unless otherwise notified, are to be either 
texted 0224570258, 
phoned  0224570258
(leave a voice message if not answered)
no later than
Call Matt on
06 756 6620
To connect with Nova, call 0800 668 236
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