Proposed South Island Amalgamation
Nick Courtney gave us an overview of the proposed amalgamation of Districts 9970 & 9980 and the opportunities this might bring for the South Island should it go forward.
“We need to vote on this proposal in March with the overall goal being how to best strengthen Rotary in the South Island” explained Nick and DGs have had Zoom meetings to discuss this proposed change by considering how we can look at new ways of making it work.
With respect to why we need to consider amalgamation at this stage, Nick shared the following reasons:
  1. We have declining membership that is nearing the 1,100 threshold which, if met, will require us to merge.
  2. By acting earlier we can better shape our future.
  3. The NZ population and Rotary membership itself is aging which means we need to consider new ways operate regionally.
With respect to the advantages of opting for amalgamation, Nick identified the following:
  1. It increases our attractiveness to new members.
  2. We have access to greater resources.
  3. It gives us a simpler operating model with significantly less duplication.
  4. It increases our attractiveness to larger sponsors.
  5. It enables us to take advantage of better communication options due to improving technologies.
Nick also noted that the new size of a combined South Island district would make us similar in size to successful overseas districts.
With respect to the challenges, these include that DGs will no longer be able to easily visit all Clubs and we will instead have to look at Cluster events to help with District wide communications.
With respect to the voting process, each Club gets one vote.  If it is a “go” a team will be established to focus on how to take it forward with the target date for the change being July 1st 2022.
“So how will it affect us?” asked Nick?  He suggested that initially it will not be that noticeable but - as noted by Paul Harris - change will come as the pace of change continues to accelerate.
In concluding his presentation  Nick suggested that going forward we will need to be looking at how we continue to set up and develop clubs in our new district in order to best meet changing times with new and innovative approaches.
Rotary Papanui Mentoring Programme
Nick shared that we are looking at formalising the new member experience in order to help them feel part of their club via a variety of activities.
This approach has worked very successfully in other NZ districts.
The idea is to engage new members from the time they join as there is a lot to learn about how Rotary works and how to get the best out of joining.
On joining, a new member will be assigned a knowledgeable Mentor and registered on the  Club Runner site.
A list of activities, which includes familiarity with all technology applications, will then be worked through and signed off.
Ladies Breakfast
Ladies Breakfast a Hit!
About 25 ladies joined together on Saturday 7 December for fun and food. It was a great time and wonderful to hear so much chatter. 
Great to welcome several of our widows and older wives as well as our new lady members. Angela won the prize for the best Christmas dressed lady and Faye Sedgley for the person travelling the furthest for Christmas dinner!
Our three quality chefs Nick, Tony Tizzard and Arie not only looked majestic in their white shirts, red bow ties, Christmas aprons and red chefs hats but they cooked delicious waffles and pancakes as well as doing all the dishes. Thanks so much - you were amazing! 
Have you got your number yet for our latest fundraiser?
The sheet of remaining numbers & names can be viewed here or ring or text Deryn 021 161 5861 and she will put your name and phone number beside your chosen number.
We will begin as soon as all 40 numbers have been taken.  When it starts and winning numbers will be announced in Club Chat and future meetings.
See last week’s Club Chat for more details.
Papanui Bush Project
The following events are planned for the Papanui Bush project going forward:
  • Saturday January 18th: a community planting session. 
  • Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month: gentle weeding session.
Contact Denis for more info.
Hanmer Springs Forest Camp
Another “Colour Run” event is planned at the Camp for late January and we are looking for a carload of Rotarians to support it.  Contact Arie if interested.
Also a heads-up that we are supporting another Community Day at the Camp in late March.  Date to follow.
Christmas Dinner 12 December 
Just a reminder that entrees will be served between 6:30 to 7:00 pm then there is some surprise entertainment before our main course. Father Christmas will also be arriving later in the evening. 
Don’t forget to bring a $10 gift for Secret Santa and some $ for the special raffle.  Looking forward to seeing you soon for a great finish to the Rotary year. 
Some Shots of Swansea from Rob
2020 Dates
Our next Papanui Rotary meeting is a 16th January for a BBQ at Keith & Heather Mitchell’s on Jan 16th and then back to the Papanui Club on 23rd January.  More details to follow.  Gordon.
Thought for the week …
“The 3 stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.”
Upcoming Events you are welcome to attend
Planting & Weeding Day at Papanui Bush
Bridgestone Reserve
Dec 10, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Weeding and Planting at Papanui Bush
Papanui Bush
Dec 10, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Christmas Function
Presbyterian Village Community Centre
Dec 12, 2019
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Coffee Morning at Reality Bites Cafe (10am)
Reality Bites Cafe
Jan 03, 2020 10:00 AM
Planting & Weeding Day at Papanui Bush
Bridgestone Reserve
Jan 14, 2020
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster 12th December 2019
Smart, Kate
Hilson, Euan
Thomson, Rob
Duty Roster 16th January 2020
Allen, John
Vote of Thanks
Barltrop, Charles
Duty Roster 23rd January 2020
Barltrop, Charles
Speakers Host
Wright, Max
Vote of Thanks
Archbold, Doug
Visitors Host
Courtney, Nick
Bates, Mandi
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidtup
Sedgley, Ron
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