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April is Maternal and Child Health Month
Apr. 01, 2024
May is Youth Service Month
May 01, 2024
June is Rotary Fellowships Month
Jun. 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 next coffee morning will be at Pepper Street on 14th March at  10.15 am.
    Could you please email Robert Stuart on or phone him on 0274888167 to let him know if you are coming along.
    It’s been a while since our last coffee morning so everyone will have lots to chat about.
  • Rotary Foundation.
    Rotary Foundation: Centurion/Paul Harris Society
    The Centurian Club is for members who donate a minimum of NZ$100 each year. This is something that individual members do through their own donations. At NZ$2 a week, this is a goal that is very achievable.
    Paul Harris Society recognises Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute US$1000 or more each year to the annual fund. Polio Plus, or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individual for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.
  • From President Jane
     Dear Members: Situations Vacant:
    Rotary Club of Matamata Incorporated  has a Club Bylaw obligation to appoint two new Trustees by June 30th 2024. To the Rotary Club of Matamata Charitable Trust.
    Good servants of the Trust: Kevin Kent and Robert Stuart wish to retire. Their integrity and attention to detail, especially as the Trust transitioned to comply with recent regulations and reporting requirements of Charitable Services. Their consistent wise counsel when a grant application is received for consideration is commendable.
      The current Deed of Trust, is well written. There has been a lot of movement by Charities Services in recent times, that indicates more oversight of Trusts. 
    The Deed of Trust, attached indicates those who will be ineligible for Trustee Nomination. 
     Trustees do have their names entered as Officers  of the Trust.  registered with Charities Services for public access..
    Appointed Trustee Nominees , to take Office 1st July 2024, are expected to attend a Trustee meeting Tuesday 30th April 2024. But expect informal contact prior to that meeting . I am sure  retiring Kevin and Robert, will be open for discussion on being a Trustee.
    Please contact me, if you are willing to consider a 2year term of Office as a Trustee of Rotary Club of Matamata Charitable Trust.
    Regards  President Jane Belton
  • 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.
  • Just a reminder for the Hobbiton Hafling Marathon on 23rd March which we be helping with.
  • 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 Ballina on Richmond. Just trying to gauge interest at this time, so if you think you might be interested, please let Michelle know.        
  • 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 next week is Sue Whiting. 
Clues for the mystery Rotarian, are as follows –
  1.  I was born under the shadow of a mountain.
  2. The horticulture industry has been a big part of my life
  3.  I had 82 first cousins
Good Luck Sue!
Parting Thought       
Never let the things you want 
Make you forget the things you have. 
From me to you  πŸ˜Š
I was also sent the photo below from an anonymous member who is now trying to figure out what parking lines are actually for? 😊
Peter Thissen may not be able to park,     but he can grow a great spud!
Looks like Kevin Sing has a great crop here to sort. 
David Parker collected the prize on behalf of Kylie Munro for the Biggest and the Funniest Spud. 
And Mueller from the Christian School won the smallest potato. 
Jane congratulating Stew on organizing a great competition and getting ready to part with the trophy
Hi everyone.
Well what a great evening we had for our Spud In A Bucket Weigh In. We had a great number of people turn out to watch the weigh in and see just how well they had done in nurturing their potatoes to their full potential. Some did fantastic and some... not so much. We were even privileged to have a visit from our District Governor Bill Robinson and his lovely wife Deb. Bill was soon put to work, judging the smallest and funniest potatoes. Our MC for the evening was David Hulme aided by his trusty sidekick Maz McIvor, who both did a sterling job of running the show. 
As a result of the evening, 68.5kgs of potatoes, were donated to the Food Bank.
This is the 7th highest combined weight since Spud in a Bucket started started in 2007; as a community project.  Great work!
We had some great Rotarians getting down and dirty, emptying the buckets and sorting the potatoes from the soil
Lots of buckets waiting to be weighed
Weight recorder Kevin Kent and weighmaster Peter Thissen. A very serious job. 
That's one mighty good crop waiting to be weighed
DG Bill Robinson judging the smallest potato
And Deb with the Funniest potato mouse spud.
And the winners were... funny story first though. A couple of weeks ago when they went to collect the trophy from last years winner Tina Troughton, she said that they may as well leave it with her as she was going to win it again....           and she did. 
The winning weight for Tina's bucket was 6.47kg's
In 2nd place was Peter Thissen with 5.2kg's
And in 3rd place was Tina's husband Tom with 4.25kg's
Plenty of rivalry there I think.
1st place for the children section was Max Holmes with 2.14kg
and 2nd place to his older brother Tom Holmes with 2.07kg
Matamata Christian school were the school with the most buckets and with a combined total of 4.2kg's
And the youngest grower was Archie O'Reilly at just 6 years old, who grew 900grams of spuds in his bucket
So a great evening was had by all. Well done to all Stew and his team for organizing and to all involved. 
Meeting responsibilities  
Tuesday 12th
March 2024
New Member Profiles                      
Tuesday 19th 
March 2024
No Meeting
Thursday 21st March 
Roisin McQuillan and 
Gary Lewis
Full Meal
Combined Service Clubs Social Twilight Bowls and Bar B Que
Bar B Que
  Reception Gary Moore            NA  
  Reception John Fernyhough   NA  
  Club Host        
  Speaker        Intro Peter Vossen if required   NA  
  Speaker        Thanks Eric Muckle if required        NA  
  Parting          Thought  Merv King   NA  
     Top Table for 12th February- President Jane Belton, David Hulme,
                                             Roisin McQuillan, Gary Lewis 


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