Upcoming Events
Spud in a Bucket
Railside Stage
Mar. 01, 2024 10:00 a.m. -
Aug. 22, 2024 5:00 p.m.
Spud in a Bucket weigh-in
Railside on the Green Stage area
Mar. 05, 2024
April is Maternal and Child Health Month
Apr. 01, 2024
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Apologies and      Bookings             
To book dinner guests in or make an apology please call 083299789 before 9am Tuesday


 Members              Announcements   
A few things coming up to keep in mind:
  • Please, please remember to put your apologies in before 9am on a Rotary day, this includes non diners please. We are still having trouble with a lot of members not apologising and just not showing up. 
  • Our thoughts are with Robert Stuart who is currently not well. If you are thinking of visiting, please contact Pauline first. 
  • We are looking for a possible candidate for the upcoming RYLA camp. Applications must be in before the end of February. If you know of a possible candidate, please contact Max McIvor asap. 
  • Rotary Foundation Trustee Dennis Shore presented Michelle Tanner with a Bequest Society pin and Certificate after her bequest to the Rotary Foundation.
  • A big shout out reminder that it is our District 9930 Conference 17th -19th May this year.... right on our doorstep in Cambridge, so let's see if we can all go along and reap the benefits of a fantastic conference. You will all have received an email from our District Governor Bill Robinson outlining the details of the conference, so get your early-bird registration in now. Please get in touch with David Hulme if you are interested in going - even if you haven't decided for sure as yet, as he is trying to gage numbers.
  • Spud In A Bucket weigh-in on 5th March. Stew will be needing some helpers on the night so please add your name to the shunt sheet if you can help. I hope you have all been nurturing your spuds over the holiday season. Looking forward to seeing a few bumper crops. Stew advised that we will have 8 buckets coming in from the Matamata Christian School and 8 buckets from Matamata Country Lodge. Great work. 
  • Just a reminder that Stew is looking for helpers for the Hobbiton Hafling Marathon on 23rd March which we help with, so don't forget to put your name on the shunt sheet if you can help.
  • Please see below a "heads up" for an event coming soon. More info to come. 
  •  Michelle Tanner is looking for interest to do a possible trip to Brisbane to our sister club Balliner on Richmond. Just trying to gauge interest at this time, so if you think you might be interested, please let Michelle know.        
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  • Just a note for everyone,  if you are listed on reception duty, please try and arrive early to help with setting up the table and signs etc. 
  • Please, please remember to put your apologies in before 9am on a Rotary day, this includes non diners please.
  • Please remember that you must ring the club answer phone and apologize or advise of extra guests before 9am on any meeting date. Please stipulate the date you are apologizing for to avoid any confusion.  
The lucky person to try and guess the Mystery Rotarian for last week was Krishna Naraynasami. 
Clues for the mystery Rotarian, were as follows –
1) I once visited the Walsh Flying School and with an instructor, flew a dual engine Cessna over Matamata.
2) For a while, I worked in a butter factory making export butter for the United Kingdom
3) I am a second generation Rotarian.
After much deliberation, Krishna guessed that with his Air Force background, it would have to be Richard Metcalf. Unfortunately he was wrong and it was in fact, Kevin Kent!
The lucky person to try and guess the Mystery Rotarian for next week is Kevin Kent. 
Clues for the mystery Rotarian, are as follows –
  1. I spent the first five years of my life living in a Railway Station at Whakapara.
  2. My first experience of farming was owning a 10-acre block at Dairy Flat, north of Auckland
  3. I have recently played on Eden Park.
Good Luck Kevin!
Just as I was about to leave Rotary last week, someone pointed out a little not so skilled parking by one of our Rotarians... who shall remain anonymous.
So kind of hankering over the line on this side.....
And, well, a fair bit of room on the other.  😊
Parting Thought       
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.
Thanks to Brian Hunter 😊
Hi everyone.
David Hulme ran our meeting this week in the absence of President Jane who is away in England visiting her brother. 
We started the meeting with District 9930 Foundation Chair Michelle Tanner presenting Leonie Tisch with her Polio Plus Society Pin, in recognition of her contribution to Polio Plus.
Great work Leonie. 
Our guest speaker for this evening was Max Tarrant. Earlier in the year, we sponsored Max to participate in The Walsh Memorial Flying School, held at Waharoa Airfield in January. Max is an outstanding young man, evident by the number of pins and awards he already wears on his lapels. 
Max has a love of flying and relished the opportunity to take part in the flying school. Pilot instructors at the school, donate their time and their personal aircraft, to help and encourage these aspiring young students. There were 18 planes lined up on the flight line, most being Piper Tomahawks or Cessna 180's.
They also had a fly over by the Air Force Black Falcons.     Max loved every part of his experience which included some aerobatics, learning the ins and outs of Air Traffic Control and most importantly, his first solo flight. 
Below, Max getting ready for his first solo flight...
and then the instructor disembarks and he is off.
and the welcome home from his first solo flight is the traditional bucket of water.
Max was such an outstanding student that he was awarded the Air New Zealand Top Student prize which consists of a $5000.00 scholarship, which equates to about 18 hours of flying time, a 787 Simulator Experience and a Day spent with an Air New Zealand crew. 
And the icing on the cake came when he was also awarded the prized Walsh Memorial Trophy 
Max thanked the club for sponsoring him on his journey and paid tribute to the amazing instructors he had and has said that he hope to go back next year as a 2nd year leader. 
David Hulme with Max Tarrant holding The Walsh Trophy. 
Rotary Conference in May
You will all have received an email from David Hulme, via Beth Taylor in regard to the upcoming Conference. Please read it and have a think about going this year as it definitely won't get any closer. David is looking for expressions of interest from members of the club so that he can coordinate things, especially for Friday and Saturday night. 
Please respond to David's email so he has a better idea of participating members. 
Meeting responsibilities  
Tuesday 20th
February 2024                      
Tuesday 27th 
February 2024
Community Night - 5.30
Working Bee at Stanley Walkway on Peria Road
and possibly Bike shelter
at Stanley Landing.
Bring garden gloves and tools 
Kevin Forgeson
Mental Wellbeing Hauora Hinengaro
Full Meal
  Reception NA            Gary Lewis  
  Reception NA   Mike Farrell  
  Club Host        
  Speaker        Intro NA   Miranda Thomson  
  Speaker        Thanks NA         Owen Westlake  
  Parting          Thought  NA   David Parker                 
     Top Table for 27th February- President Jane Belton, David Hulme,
                                             Kevin Forgeson, Miranda Thomson 


Rotary Matamata account numbers

Administration:   03-0363-0018584-000
Charitable Trust: 03-0363-0010566-000

Please ensure you include your NAME and WHAT the money is for as the reference.

Secretary: Beth Taylor 
Bulletin Editor: Sheryl Ertel