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Rotary Club of Wanganui North

Vol. 56 Issue 9 31 August 2016


PO Box 7026, Wanganui Email: [email protected] Web site: www.rotarywanganuinorth.nz President: Peter Kamstra tel: 06 347 1599 Secretary: Garth Barlow tel: 06 345 6514 Editor: Garth Barlow tel: 06 345 6514 [email protected] DG Blog: http://rotary9940.org.nz

We Meet:

Every Wednesday 5.30pm At the RSA St Hill Street Wanganui

Other Wanganui Rotary Clubs meet: Club: Venue: Time: Club: Venue: Time: Club: Venue: Time:

Wanganui The Avenue Motor Inn Victoria Avenue Monday 12 noon

Daybreak (fortnightly) The Kingsgate Hotel 379 Victoria Avenue Monday 6:50am Wanganui South Gallipoli Restaurant 170 St Hill Street Tuesday 5.45pm

Please note:

Apologies or additional guests are to be phoned or emailed to [email protected], Phone 344-3056 and After 2pm Wednesday calls are to be made to the RSA Kitchen on 345-5750

LEAVE OF ABSENCE Vicki Des Wink Leith Power Karen Edlin Bernie Thomas

UFN UFN Aug/Sept to 5/10 to 14/9

Meeting Sergeant Craig opened the meeting with the “good news” that while he had to leave early it would not before he had dished out the fines. Those on car parking duties braved 3 Saturdays of inclement weather out of 4. It was, therefore, not surprising that the total income for the month was only $378.90. We must accept the bad with the good and the Club is grateful to those who braved the weather. It has been confirmed that the club activity for Wednesday 21 September will be to attend the Wanganui Intermediate Schools production which is to be held at the ROYAL WANGANUI OPERA HOUSE commencing at 7.00 pm. It will be a partner’s night. There will be two options – The first is to participate in the usual meal at the RSA which will be at 6.00 pm sharp (we hope). The second is to eat independently and meet up with the others at the Opera House. The sheet for you to nominate which option you intend to pursue will be recirculated next week. Arrangements for the Clubs RAFFLE is well underway with the trailer ordered and Mitre 10 Mega requested to source suitable contents. This year the number of tickets has been increased to 6,000 and will be made up into books of 6. Tickets will cost $2 each or a book of 6 for $10. A roster is being drawn up by Tee-Jay for us. Remember that this is a CLUB PROJECT and the help of all is hoped for. A PROSPECTIVE NEW MEMBERS INTEREST NIGHT is to be held on Wednesday 12 October. Invitations will be available next week. Speakers on the night will all come from our own members. A team of 6 members have put together 10 seats, made from Macrocarpa, for Bushy Park. They are to be coated and put on concrete plinths within the bush. Bushy Park management are so pleased with the result that they are hoping that we can build another 10 for the park. VETTING FORMS are still required from some members. The last night will be next Wednesday. The club may become involved in the Blood pressure campaign which is to be held on 1 October. Information is still being sought.

Guest Speaker Calendar Murray Crawford addressed the Club tonight. Murray has just published a book “Granny Dalton and the Firebug” which followed one he had written about 22 years earlier “Mystery on the Whanganui”. It would appear that Granny Dalton, who arrived in Wanganui from Ireland in the late 1800’s, was a well - known identity in the early days of Wanganui who had a name for burning down her dwellings (which were no more than huts) on a regular basis. From all accounts the Council rebuilt many for her in a number of different locations but most ended with a similar fate. She originally lived on Rutland Hill, now known as Queens Park, in a Raupo hut. Although the early settlers were not allowed to build huts using Raupo as a material, the soldiers were, and when they left the area many of the less well off moved in. Granny Dalton left Wanganui in 1898 or 1899, moving to the Wairarapa where she died at the age of 80. During his research for the book Murray learnt a lot about the early fire fighters and equipment in Wanganui and was able to give us a brief insight into this and some of the early fires and incidents. The fire service in Wanganui had its beginnings at the Rutland Stockade with the equipment being mainly used by the army. While this equipment could be used to assist the settlers it could only be used with the consent of a senior officer. The officer of the day at the stockade was usually a junior officer and a message had to be sent to the officer’s quarters in Victoria Avenue to get the necessary permission. By early 1866 all the troops had been withdrawn along with their fire - fighting equipment and it became necessary for the settlers to form a voluntary brigade. It is interesting to note that the first captain of this brigade, a Joseph Robinson, was a Great - Great Grandfather to one of our members, Karen. Once again we experienced an amusing and well - presented address.

16th September Club Pub Night 21st September WIS Production – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 1st October Raffle ticket sales commence 12th October Prospective New Member’s Night 19th October District Governor Visit 10th December Carols by Candlelight

Club Pub Night 15 July 16 September Rutland Arms Inn 5pm 5pm

Duties Meeting:

7 September 2016

14 September 2016

21 September 2016

Partner’s Night Speaker Topic:

Marielle (Ella) Prechtl Committee Meetings

Rotary International Youth Exchange


Marie Langford


Bevan Chilcott


Wanganui Intermediate Pupil’s Production Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Allan Mailman

Graeme Meyers

Terry Coxon


Craig Cleveland/Mike Green

Craig Cleveland/Mike Green

Craig Cleveland

Bulletin Editor:

Malcolm Jansen

Malcolm Jansen

Malcolm Jansen

Any member unable to undertake their allocated duty is requested to find a replacement and advise the President accordingly.

Our People Farewell to Honorary Member Sid Smith – The Club was well represented at Sid’s funeral on Friday where Leith eloquently shared memories that members had of Sid. Many of his friends and colleagues have fond memories of sharing a whiskey with Sid at St Johns Healthcare, Rest Home, where he spent his final years. Club members formed a guard of honour to farewell Sid at the conclusion of the service. Sid joined the club in 1975 after returning from Fiji. He was our President in 1991/92. Both Sid and his well respected wife Sheila were Paul Harris Fellows. Good to see Leith moving fairly well, all-be-it still on one crutch. Vickie sends greetings from the deep - south. Her contract has been extended until the end of November which means that she will see her students through their international exams.

HELP SOUGHT The Friendship Force Club has been requested to host 13 members from Japan on an English Language exchange to Wanganui and Taupo. They will be in Wanganui for 7 nights from Monday 3 October and leaving on Monday 10 October. They are all women between the ages of 61 and 72 The Club is desperately short of people to host. All that is required is Bed and Breakfast for them, The Club will take them on activities during the day. If you are able to help please call Garth on 345 6514 for more details.

Murray Crawford Granny Dalton & the Firebug