My Journey in Rotary
My Journey in Rotary
We were treated to newly inducted member Mark Bond’s presentation to us last week including his Rotary journey so far.
“This is the 3rd Rotary Club I have been with” started Mark “which are Melbourne Garden City, Belfast and Papanui.”
Mark’s father joined the Timaru Club and he was dragged along as well.  In 1979 he transferred to Christchurch which he found a bit of a challenge to fit into.  In 1982 Mark was sponsored by the Papanui Club into RYLA and then joined Roterac. “I made many good friends in those days” smiled Mark. 
In 1989 Mark moved to Auckland but was still dragged along to Papanui Rotary when in Christchurch.  In 1996 he then moved to Melbourne and met a bloke who took him along to a local Rotary club which had an interesting “no alcohol” approach. 
Mark then returned to Christchurch in 2001 to join a law firm and became a partner in 2005. He also joined the Garden City Rotary Club at that time.
In 2009 he took some leave and decided to take a break from Rotary around the time of the earthquakes.  “I eventually decided to re-join and here I am” he laughed.
Mark has been very grateful for the fellowship that both his parents also valued and feels he has some big shoes to fill but is willing to do his best.
“My law firm manages everything to do with property” he explained.  Mark runs a busy team and is also a Board Member of Aged Concern which focuses on celebrating what they contribute.
This includes managing a very active property market which included dealing with the incredible growth in EQC plus, more recently, managing the effects of Covid-19 on property activity.
“Late last year there was a rise in values but since then we have experienced major changes in regulations that require much greater attention to compliance and diligence” noted Mark. He also noted that there has recently been a greater number of listings but still a shortage of stock which makes it a sellers’ market.    
Like Hill St Blues, Mark’s advice at the present time is: “Be careful out there” as the quality of repairs and workmanship in the past was extremely variable and often did not require consent.  He also strongly recommended that you obtain a report from a structural engineer before pursuing any purchase.   
In addition to enjoying time with his two boys aged 16 & 18, Mark is also kept busy as the Code of Conduct Commissioner at many levels of cricket and has become involved in Canterbury Golf to boot.  His interests include playing golf, and dabbling in the kitchen.  Watching his boys play hockey is also high up on his liked activities list.
Ken thanked Mark for his interesting talk and we look forward to the wide range skills and experiences including those with Rotary that he brings to our Club.
Lily and Freesia bulbs for 2020
NOTE: an order form will be sent out to all members shortly.
As promised attached is the line-up of Lily and Freesia bulbs for 2020.  As you will see the old favourites especially Casa Blanca are still there and there are also three new ones we have never had before.

The freesia flyer has already been circulated and there have been good orders but there are still plenty left. I hadn't seen the bulbs when the flyer went out and I have to say that they are nice big bulbs and should do well.

This year I have left the price of the Lily flyer so that you can insert your own, as you may want to add a dollar or two to cover freight. The retail should be at least $10. 

Bruce Kelly
Treasurer Rakaia Lions Charitable Trust
A Great Suggestion from Liz
Jan has been nominated for a Westfield Local Hero Award.
Many of us know Jan through cooking at RM house and I thought it would be awesome to get as many of our members to vote for her. The prize is $10,000 and it goes back to Ronald McDonald house. 
The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) is a fund available to community groups for initiatives that support the rebuild and recovery from COVID-19. The $36 million fund is available from 1 August 2020 to support communities over the next two years.
Gary suggested that we might be able to apply for this if we are aware of the needs of the priority groups which include Māori, Pacific, ethnic migrant communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups.
The President’s Blurb
I enjoyed Mark Bond's job talk last week. He joined us only the week before but his association with Rotary has been long and eventful. Welcome to the club Mark. 
One thing I did notice last week was the number of folk who were on duty but who were absent without having arranged a swap or replacement. Please if you are not going to be at a meeting, organise a swap or replacement and drop me a line or text so I am not rushing around on the night looking for volunteers to help out. 
Because we are not in buffet mode at the club at present we are getting plated meals. The Papanui Club need to try and get the numbers as accurate as possible. In the current state of things it is helpful if you let Deryn know whether you are coming ‘yes or no’ and absolutely if you are bringing a guest. 
The extension of alert levels is playing havoc with our club calendar. I am working with the directors to confirm various dates and reschedule if necessary. This information will be helpful when you sit down later in the week with your committees. 
Enjoy your committee night. 
Thought for the Week
“Dear optimist, pessimist and realist.  While you three were arguing about the glass of water, I drank it.  Sincerely the opportunist.”
Upcoming Events you are welcome to attend
Papanui Bush Tidy Up
Langdons Road
Sep 08, 2020
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Committee meeting night
to be advised
Sep 10, 2020
Junior Speech Competition - preliminaries
Heaton Intermediate School
Sep 17, 2020
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Darren & Ken talk re Earthquake Claims Resolution
The Papanui
Sep 17, 2020
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Coffee Club morning
Reality Bites Cafe
Sep 18, 2020
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster September 17th 2020
Thomson, Evan
Speakers Host
Van Beek, Verdi
Vote of Thanks
Smart, Kate
Visitors Host
Courtney, Nick
Thomson, Rob
Meeting Set Up
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 24 September 2020
Taylor, Tony
Speakers Host
Vote of Thanks
Visitors Host
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 1st October 2020
Stringer, John
Speakers Host
Wright, Max
Vote of Thanks
Skiba, Larry
Visitors Host
Colley, Cheryl
Geerlofs, Arie
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
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