President's Message
Neroli McRae
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Hi all
It seems Autumn is trying to arrive before we have had a proper summer but compared to other parts of the country & the world we don't have a lot to complain about!
Coming up at our meetings at the T & C we have speakers who we have supported with funds so make sure you come along to hear about their adventures. 
On March 2nd we are visiting Nigel Longman to view his metal sculptures. Nigel has supported both the Rotary Point planting & the 40th clock project with his time and skill. It is important that our vocational visits have a good turn out of members as people give up their free time to show us around.
We had our first directors meeting for the year last week and recommended that the trustees approve the following:
  • RYDA from the Road Safety Education  for Cromwell College students - we are supporting this with funding and asking Rotarians to help on the day
  • Donation to Australian Bush Fires - Approx $400 from the Summer Book Sale
  • Rotary Foundation   - $5,000 from the Summer Book Sale
  • Relay for Life March - we are not entering a Rotary team this year as many are committed through other teams. If you would like to join in a team  ask around to see who you can support.
  • Books for Babies: It seems Cromwell been producing at a rapid rate estimated around 80 little ones last year. Plunket deliver each new baby a book on our behalf. Funds from the Freeway book container help towards this worthwhile project
  • We are looking in to supporting the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust as this years joint project with Wanaka and ? Alexandra clubs
  • Debating will this year be in term 2
The Care & Friendship Group are looking for help. This runs a programme every 2nd Tuesday from 11am- 3pm for senior people in our community. If you can help or know anyone who may be able to please contact Noelene Watson 027 697 3543.
Thank you
Cromwell Rotary President
Farewell to Eugenio
At our final meeting of 2019 Eugenio gave an excellent presentation of his year with us. It has been great to watch him come in to his own and take on the challenges of a new country. 
Eugenio left for home in Chile with lots of memories. 
Thank you to all members who have welcomed him and in particular his host families - the Wood's, Lunn's & Nicol's.
4WD another great success
The 26th 4WD tour was successful in that a full compliment of 44 vehicles negotiated the course. There was a moment of panic when the 2nd vehicle in the line stalled itself in a seriously flowing Fraser River!! Rather fortunately it was able to extract itself. The weather could have been better, but some thought a flurry of snow flakes at the Leaning Rock was a highlight.
The Club is most appreciative of the generosity of the land owners of Northburn & Earnscleugh stations who gave us access. Tony Jack of Pioneer Generation was exceptionally helpful with his information and generous with his time. Denis McEntyre opened the gates at the Clyde Dam and allowed us to cross.
Several club members made major contributions. In particular Richard Broadhead for organising the advertising and processing the registrations. Bill Wilson for his past experience and advice as well as acting "Tail End Charlie". His co-pilot Bill Eade had the task of shutting some 24 gates. Richard and Paula Jackson were the medical crew. Fortunately their services weren't required. John Wekking was the photographer. 
And a big THANKS must go to the BBQ crew of Nick Wood, Fin White and Grant Lunn who presented a fine selection of sausages, patties and drinks.
There was no objection to the $120 fee per vehicle. Some $5,00 was raised.
Gordon Stewart.
Rotary Summer Book-sale attracts locals and visitors alike 

The Rotary weekend summer book-sale was again a great success with around $6000 being raised.  Buyers from all around the South Island enjoyed a wide selection of fiction and non fiction bargains and seemed to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.  This is the third year of the summer booksale, which supplements the major annual sale at Queen's Birthday weekend.  

Rotary extends a huge thank you to all those who contributed books for us to sell or came to browse and buy.  And already we're sorting again for next time, so please take your donated books to the Rotary Book Exchange in the carpark at Freeway Orchard.  We'll be super grateful ! 

Rotary Clock a Real Community Effort 

When Cromwell Rotary decided to donate a clock to the town to mark 40 years of Rotary in Cromwell, little did they know what a magnificent community effort the project would become.  

The clock was decided as the celebratory gift to Cromwell because of its likely enduring usefulness to locals and visitors alike, and it also complements the Big Fruit sculpture that sits across the park and has become a well recognised symbol of the town.  That too was a Cromwell Rotary project back in 1987. 

The clock itself has been imported from Austria and now sits proudly on a steel pole above a stone plinth in Murray Terrace, adjacent to the pedestrian crossing and car park.  It's currently looking particularly magnificent, rising as it does from a large bed of red roses. 

Project team leader Fin White is very quick to heap praise on the many people and businesses who have got in behind the project and either donated their time and skills free, or at a significantly reduced rate.  "Without the many supporters who've helped us, this clock may never have got to be a striking new part of the Cromwell townscape.  From the initial concept design and engineering work to procuring the clock, the site, the pole and the plinth, through to the onsite transport, installation and stonework, and then the engraving, and on site electrical work, I've been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and generosity of all involved.  Rotary and Cromwell owe all these people a huge vote of thanks."

Cromwell Rotary wishes to thank the following businesses for their invaluable contribution to the project :

Allan Derrick

Ballcrom Reinforcing Steel

Begg Security 

Breen Construction

Climax Scaffolding

Dunstan Time jeweller

Firth Concrete

Gemtime Jeweller

Hawk Services Electrical

Highlands Engineering


Meyer Cruden Engineering Design

Otago Powder Coating


R&R Hiab Services 

Schist Shapers stonemason

Telfer Electrical

The Gate 

Wanaka Stone


Annual Fishing Competition
40th anniversary celebrations
In November Cromwell Rotarians celebrated the 40th birthday of their club's beginning back in November 1979 with a meal at the Forage Cafe.  Many donned the attire of the day as pictured here. It was great to see some faces from the past.
The book commemorating the last 40 years was launched.
Our MC for the night, past member Will Hope with Sally Angus
Club members Craig & Doreen
President Neroli McRae congratulating Doreen Evans after receiving her PHF from District Governor Tania Lowery
PHF recipients
Former Cromwell Rotary Presidents
Charlie Hughes with the new Cromwell Rotary Club book
District Conference in Cromwell 2022
Nick and a group of other members have asked me (Pam B) to lead the organising committee for the District 9980 Conference in Cromwell in 2022.
I plan to schedule a meeting of the organising committee before Christmas, to begin planning for this event.
If there are any other members who would like to be involved in the organisation of the conference could you please email me?
We will be developing teams for registrations, logistics, activities, speakers, catering, accommodation etc. If you have skills in any of these areas and would like to be involved in this great opportunity to showcase Cromwell and our Rotary Club please get in touch.
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Upcoming Events
Meeting at the T & C - Stefan Petersohn
Cromwell T & C
Feb 24, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Vocational Visit - Highlands Engineering
Mar 02, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Meeting at T&C - Youth Speakers
Cromwell T & C
Mar 09, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Directors Meeting
Mar 09, 2020
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Red Puppy Appeal
New World
Mar 13, 2020
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Social Evening at Highlands Cafe speaker RYDA
Highlands Cafe
Mar 16, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
No meeting - Otago Anniversary
Mar 23, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Meeting at T&C Club - speaker Mayor Tim TBC
Cromwell T&C
Mar 30, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
No meeting - Easter
Apr 13, 2020
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Meeting Responsibilities
Monday 24th February 2020
Set up / clear & 5 minute talk
Broadhead, Pam
Meet & Greet
Jackson, Paula
Registration & parting thought
Wekking, John
Introduction & Thanks of Speaker
Nicol, Euan
Monday 2 March 2020
Set up / clear and 5 minute talk
Perry, Bonnie
Meet and Greet
Young, Donald
Registration 2 and parting thought
Butcher, Maudie
Introduction and Thanks of Speaker
Winter, Douglas
Monday 30 March 2020
Set up / clear & 5 minute talk
Angus, Sally
Meet & Greet
Stewart, Gordon
Registration & parting thought
McEntyre, Denis
Introduction & Thanks of Speaker
Smith, Alan


Please arrange a swap with someone else and let Pam know as early as possible. If you put your apologies in as soon as you know your holiday dates, then you are less likely to put you on a roster when you’re away.



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News from the November Directors meeting:
Foundation:  Cook Islands Books project progressing -  some holds up are from Cook Islands end.
Joint project with Wanaka Club being researched at present to help Westpac Rescue Helicopter where each club raises $3000 and then get a district grant. 
Community Services & Projects: Look into ERK fundraiser/collection
Youth: College Breakfast Club: The need for this has been picked up by Cromwell Youth Trust. Need to determine how much of the District Grant has been unspent as yet as we will need to repay unspent grant.
Membership: There are 15 possible new members, who will be attending meetings.   We will buddy them up with a mentor who will see them through to becoming a member and onwards
Two inactive members have agreed that they would prefer to be friends of the Club rather than members.
  • Life Education Trust Heartland Otago Southland (Grant for 2019)-  $500
  • The Rotary International Summer Science School Trust (Rotary Science Forum ‐ Ryan Jones & Kleff Tan)-  $2,000
  • Cromwell College (Cash for Cromwell College Prize Giving Awards 2019) - $200
  • Tia Cullen to attend Hands on programme at Otago University being a week long residential camp for senior students from all over NZ  - $200.00
  • Rotary International District 9980 (Donation towards Tania Lowery's "Ride the Trains" Polio appeal) - $1,000
  • Central Lakes Scout Jamboree Troop 2020 - $1000. 
Please let Libby Smith (021 272 1597) know of any members requiring pastoral care due to illness or family bereavement -  or just some club support.Image result for pastoral care

Formation of new South Island Rotary District

You may be aware that work has been quietly progressing on the formation of a new South Island Rotary District, amalgamating Districts 9970 and District 9980.
The formation of the new district has resulted from the two districts discussing together the challenges of dropping membership and the future of Rotary in the South Island.
Discussions to date have been positive and open with a strong understanding of, and commitment to, the new district being an essential factor in supporting Rotary in the South Island for many years to come.
The work is being led by Immediate Past District Governors Andrew Hamilton (9980) and John Driscoll (9970) with facilitation being provided by past RI zone co-ordinator John Prendergast. The balance of the working group comprises the District Governors, District Governors-elect and District Governors-nominee of each district. Input has also been received from Andrew Best, RI supervisor of club and district support based in Sydney. Currently district chairs and co-ordinators from both districts are sharing their processes and discussing how programmes can be managed on a South Island-wide basis.
Over the next few months every opportunity will be taken to discuss the formation of the new district with Presidents, Presidents-elect, Past District Governors and clubs.
Early next year clubs will have the opportunity to support or object to the formation of the new district through a voting process.
If the formation is supported a formal transition team will be appointed and a District Governor-nominee sought for the new district for the Rotary year starting 1 July 2022.
Any comments or queries about the new district can be made to members of the working group.
Club Information
2nd & 4th Monday at 5.45pm
Town & Country Club
Melmore Terrace
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0274 346 014
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Club Executives and Directors
President: Neroli McRae 0274 346 014
Secretary: Doreen Evans  027 277 0972
Treasurer: Craig Lunn 021 581 665
Past President: Craig Lunn 021 581 665
President Elect: Pam Broadhead 022 353 9643
Membership: Shirley Calvert 021 252 6916
Club Administration: Pam Broadhead 022 353 9643
Projects: Jackie Dann 021 885 772
Public Relations: Sally Angus 0274 479 338
Youth Service: Tony Streeter 027 948 3737
Foundation: Stuart Heal 0274 321 847
Webmaster: Murray Kennedy 021 455 818
Social: Helen Wreford-Dunbar 0272 310 123
Rosters: Sally Angus 0274 479 338
Care & Friendship (Almoner): Libby Smith 021 272 1597
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