President's Message
Pam Broadhead
member photo
Hi everyone
Firstly I would like to thank Neroli for leading the club so well through unusual times. Zoom meetings and socially distanced chats were easily embraced by club members and so I feel that we have remained a strong and vibrant club through it all.
And we have had a great begining to the new Rotary year! Our first gathering at the Bowling Club for changeover was a buzz of  the delighted chatter of members and friends talking face to face again. It was topped off with superb food from Moorish Kitchen, and entertainment from the talented young duo of Julia Anderson and Cameron Miller, who I expect we will hear much more from in the future.
It was excellent to be able to honour dedicated rotary service with the awarding of  three well-desrved PHF awards, see more about that in the stories below. 
Then I was totally side-swiped to be this years recipient of the Mary and Lindsay McIntyre Award. Thank you for the honour however I feel incredibly grateful to be surrounded by so many good people who exhibit the spirit of Rotary in so many ways :)
We followed on from that with our first meeting of the year at the Town & Country Club. It was great to be welcomed back there by familiar faces and to host Rhys Smith the manager of the Cromwell Youth Trust as our speaker. The trust is to be the receipient of funding from the book sale held over the past weekend. Rhys spoke to us about his experience, plans for the youth centre and issues facing young people in our community. It was a great lead up  to meeting the young people in person when they came to help us with the set up of the book sale. What a great support their energy and enthusiasm was to that task.
The annual book sale, postponed because of COVID, was again a success both as a fundraiser and as a service which our community seems to thoroughly enjoy. So many comments were received from people who were thrilled we made it happen this year. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who contributed time, energy and equipment to the event, we expect to be able to contribute at least $12000 towards the purchase of a van for Youth Centre Trust. 
The directors for the 2020-2021 year held their first meeting on 12th July. Welcome to new incoming directors; Grant-Membership, Alan C-Foundation, Paula-Administration, Neroli-secretary and Richard B-Treasurer. 
First item on the agenda was a training session on Dropbox and Clubrunner for directors, then recommendations were made to the trust to contribute $3000 to the Lend a Hand Foundation, expenses of up to $1200 for the book sale.
This year 's theme is Rotary Opens Opportunities and so I am looking forward to many opportunities opening up for us to grow awareness of  Rotary values and service while supporting our community and the environment to be a better place for us all.
Warm wishes
Book Sale
Another Successful Booksale
The change of date didn't seem to affect the number of community members and holiday makers who braved the cold to come out and stock up their bookshelves.
It was wonderful to see so many children absorbed in the great selection of books we had for them this year. We also really appreciated the help of the young people from the youth centre trust who assisted with the big task of setting up the sale on the "give back to the community day".
Their enthusiasm for helping and serving their yummy goods from a pop up cafe during the weekend certainly made it a pleasure to donate funds to a van for them to use for their activity programme.
Thank you very much to all the members, friends and businesses who voluteered their time and equipment. We will have at least $12,000 to contribute towards the youth centre van. A great effort.
The setting up of the Rotary Book Sale is always a massive effort by a lot of people.  The books have to be taken to a unit in the Industrial area for sorting, pricing and displaying and then on to the Cromwell Bowling Club, who hire us their facility for the Rotary Book Sale event.  This means a lot of work for a few people.  Always on hand is R & R Hi-ab, whose staff are unfailingly cheerful and clever with manoeuvring their machinery when they bring the container full of books to the Bowling Club. 
So, on Thursday evening, members of the Cromwell Rotary Club invited Ray & Stacey Moran along with one of their staff, Scott, to enjoy a drink with them, and have a sneak preview of the books which were ready for the sale on Friday. 
We knew that Ray wouldn’t like a lot of fuss.  President Pam Broadhead and Nick Wood, the incoming Rotary District Governor for 2021-22 had great pleasure in presenting Ray with the highest award from Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellowship to thank him for his generosity and work in the Community.  Congratulations to Ray and his team.
The Rotary Book Exchange container at Freeway, which was kindly donated by Ray Casey of R & R Hi-ab, is again open.
Changeover 2020
President 2020-21 Pam Broadhead
Jackie Dann receiving her PHF from Neroli McRae, President 2019-20 & Pam Broadhead, President 2020-21
Jo Lunn receiving her PHF from Neroli McRae, President 2019-20 & Pam Broadhead, President 2020-21
Pam Broadhead receiving the Mary & Lindsay McIntyre Award from Jennie Nicol Cromwell Rotary Charitable Trust Chairperson
We are the Winners !  
We are extremely proud to announce that our Cromwell Club has been awarded two significant district awards in a recent Changeover ceremony.  The first is the Lionel and Lynette Wilson award for best club collaboration project.  We have won this award jointly with the Wanaka and Alexandra clubs for the Rarotonga Lilliput library project, which involved using recycled glass fronted fridges for Lilliput Library style self help book exchanges for the main island of Rarotonga, along with dictionaries and library books for Apii Nikoa School.  This school was built approx. 2 years ago by Chinese Government Funding for Y 1-8.  They have a library approximatley 8m x 9m but it has no shelving or books.  The school woodwork class will build shelving as a project. 
The second award we have recently won is the Charles H Taylor award for the best bulletin in the district as voted by the judges. This is a much appreciated acknowledgement of the work that outgoing president Neroli and current President Pam have put into our Bulletin over the last 12 months.  
Pictures is District 9980 District Governor Elect 2020-21 (& Cromwell Rotary member) Nick Wood presenting the award to Pam & Neroli
We also received 2nd place club website so a great day for the Cromwell club.

New Members
At her first meeting of the Rotary year Pam Broadhead had the pleasure and honour of inducting Jan and Lyall Hopcroft as new Members of our club.  Jan and Lyall have recently moved to Cromwell from their Southland farm in Balfour and have already been active in several of our club projects. Grant Lunn our new Director of Membership assisted with the inductions.
Firewood and Lakeside Burn
Winter Warm Up Club Activites: Over the past month or so, members have turned trees into lots of firewood and burned lakeside rubbish to tidy up the foreshore for summer. A great effort!
Sam Neill - Honorary member
Recently we gained the well-known local actor, Sam Neill as an honorary member.
Rotary Club of Rowville-Lysterfield in Melbourne, has conducted a series of twice yearly Business Breakfasts for the past ten years or so, attracting high profile speakers and supporting many worthy causes, both Rotary and non-Rotary. Naturally, with the current pandemic, face to face events are not possible, so they turned to the digital medium to stage their event.
Normally they present their Guest Speaker with a wrapped gift or bottle of fine wine, but in Sam's case that was impractical given that he is currently housed in Sydney and as a NZ vigneron a little like giving ice to Eskimos! So the suggestion was made to make him an Honorary Rotarian. We were lucky enough to be asked to be part of this as a club near to his home.
The event went very well indeed and they ended up with the following outcomes.
1. Nearly 150 attendees.
2. 18 Rotary Districts involved.
3. 4 countries registered bookings, including a Rotarian from the Caribbean and a participant from New York.
4. 4 Australian states were covered.
5. 2 Australian Territories registered.
6. Both the North and South Islands of NZ were involved
7. Just over $4000 was raised for the Actors Benevolent Fund in NZ and Australia.
8. Major radio coverage was achieved on 3AW (major Melbourne radio station) and the ABC across regional Victoria and NSW.
Sam was extremely generous with his time and although they had anticipated a 45 minute interview, he chatted for an hour and ten minutes! And he played his ukulele and sang.
He was very chuffed to be made an Honorary Rotarian at 'Crommy' as he exclaimed and was greatly looking forward to meeting us all and receiving a club Rotary T shirt in the very near future. He was also pleasantly taken by our 'tongue in cheek' suggestion at being the Patron of our club's next fundraiser if it was the 'Cromwell Ukulele and Pinot Noir Festival!' 
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Meeting Responsibilities
Monday 27th July
Set up / clear & 5 minute talk
Jackson, Paula
Meet & Greet
Jackson, Richard
Registration & parting thought
McRae, Neroli
Introduction & Thanks of Speaker
Seagrave, Hilary
Monday 10th August
Set up / clear and 5 minute talk
Heal, Stuart
Introduction and Thanks of Speaker
Streeter, Tony
Registration 2 and parting thought
McKone, Bernie
Meet and Greet
White, Anne
Monday 24th August
Set up / clear and 5 minute talk
Hughes, Charlie
Introduction and Thanks of Speaker
Wilson, Bill
Registration 2 and parting thought
White, Fin
Meet and Greet
Wood, Nick
Upcoming Events
Trees to Firewood
Burn Cottage Rd
Jul 25, 2020
9:00 AM – 12:01 PM
Meeting at the T & C - Sue Woodard & Nicola Nolet
Cromwell T & C
Jul 27, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Picnic lunch and tree care Rotary Point
Aug 02, 2020
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Meeting at T&C - speaker TBC
Aug 10, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Vocational visit to Shoes Unlimited & Monsoon TBC
Aug 17, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Meeting at T&C - speaker TBC
Aug 24, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Daffodil Day Collection
Aug 28, 2020
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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Club Information
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022 353 9643
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Club Executives and Directors
President: Pam Broadhead 022 353 9643
Secretary: Neroli McRae 0274 346 0142
Treasurer:Richard Broadhead 021 340 994
Past President: Neroli McRae 0274 346 0142
President Elect: Stuart Heal 0274321847
Membership: Grant Lunn 021 280 8447
Club Administration: Paula Jackson 0275 725 457
Projects: Jackie Dann 021 885 772
Public Relations: Sally Angus 0274 479 338
Youth Service: Tony Streeter 027 948 3737
Foundation: Alan Coull 021 861 007
Webmaster: Murray Kennedy 021 455 818
Care & Friendship (Almoner): Libby Smith 021 272 1597
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