President's Message
Stuart Heal
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I am writing this on Monday 23 August which is the day we will learn about our ongoing alert level status. We were scheduled to meet tonight but alert level 3 or 4 won’t allow for that and the guess who is coming to dinner next week has been put off until a later date. The directors are meeting by zoom on Wednesday to discuss our options under various alert levels. A club meeting via zoom is one proposal being promoted. Personally I find the short lockdown periods difficult from a business perspective. It is not easy closing and opening large businesses with 48 hours notice….at home it is fine and to be locked down in Cromwell is not all bad.
At our last Monday meeting I advised the club that, subject to getting a District Grant, the Dunedin South Project in Sierra Leone that we supported  is now nearing $12,000 so a great example of how our $500.00 helps build a meaningful total. Well done.
I also talked about Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) This is a life changing experience for many of our young leaders and Jennie Nicol has agreed to promote this in our club but we all need to think about young leaders that we know and look to see if we can get them a slot on this programme. The details are elsewhere in this newsletter.
With the terrible situation in Afghanistan escalating I can’t help but think how this might set back our efforts to eliminate Polio from the world. Not long ago we had 4 countries with wild polio and Rotary and our partners eliminated it from India and Nigeria and we only have Pakistan and Afghanistan to go.
We did have some exciting speakers coming up with Jason Williams sharing his Barrett Homes story and that is very topical in this environment and then on September 13 (lockdowns permitting) we have secured Michael Singleton who is the Christchurch Airport project manager for the proposed Tarras airport. That will be very interesting to hear first hand how that might unfold….but until we get clarity on alert levels all things are on hold.
It seems we have a little bit of spring emerging  but stay warm, stay positive and test negative.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Applications for the 2022 RYLA (6th – 11th February 2022) have opened and so it is time for us as a Club to start identifying young people who may be suitable applicants for this valuable course.
For our new members, RYLA is a Rotary programme aimed at people 20-30 years of age who currently have leadership positions or have the potential to lead, either within the community or at work.
It is a week-long residential course held in Queenstown and provides the participants with the opportunity to extend leadership skills, assist personal growth, develop new networks and make new friends.
Last year we sent four young people through a mix of corporate sponsorship and our own funds (it is $900pp GST exempt) – some of you may recall that they came and spoke to us after their experience and three sentiments probably sum up their views:  CHALLENGING/AMAZING/LIFE CHANGING.
So if you are part of a business, or know of a business, that would like to sponsor a person to participate in this programme please encourage them to contact me for more information. I am happy to go and talk to them at any time. Alternatively if you or your family know someone personally then encourage them to apply.
There is more information available on the website   and applications can be made on-line.  I also have more information available so feel free to ring or email me (027 621 3216 and
Jennie Nicol
RYLA Club Champion
Copy and paste the link address above to access the 2022 brochure.  Club login may be required.
Dictionaries in Schools
All year 4 children in Cromwell Primary Schools have now received their Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries.
The children of Cromwell Primary proudly displaying the dictionaries they received with Youth Director Tony and IPP Pam. 
Vocational visit to AGM Stone
Rob and Jenny Cormie, owners of AGM Stone, welcomed club members to a tour of their business on Monday evening the 16th of August.  The rainstorm during the late afternoon may have deterred some from joining in as the number of attendees was quite light.  Those who were there were treated to a tour and explanation of what's involved in sourcing, preparing and installing a wide range of granite and marble products.  And thank you to Rob and Jenny for kindly providing refreshments which were appreciated.
Increased cost of meals  
The Town and Country Club advised that they need to make a small cost increase for club night meals.  the Directors agreed to the new cost of $22 to apply from September.  The offer of a two course meal, at a slightly higher cost, was considered but declined.
Lot 47
A further update will be available once we emerge from the current lockdown.
Pumpkins for Polio
A great challenge from incoming District Governor Nick. Come on Cromwellians lets get ready to win!!!
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Meeting Responsibilities
Monday 13th September - T and C meeting - Michael Singleton
Meet and Greet
Hand, Kerry
Registration and parting thought
Butcher, Maudie
Set up / clear and 5 minute talk
Grindley, Rose
Introduction and thanks to speaker
Morgan, Keith
Monday 27th September - Speaker TBC
Meet and Greet
Knox, Bob
Registration and parting thought
Streeter, Tony
Introduction and Thanks to Speaker
Coull, Alan
Set up /clear and 5 minute talk
Whelan, Barb
Upcoming Events
Meeting at T&C CANCELLED
Aug 23, 2021
5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Daffodil Day collection at New World - CANCELLED
Aug 27, 2021
Guess who's coming to dinner - CANCELLED
Aug 30, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Vocational visit or Community project TBC
Sep 06, 2021
Meeting T &C - Michael Singleton - Tarras Airport
Sep 13, 2021
Vocational visit or Community project TBC
Sep 20, 2021
Meeting T &C - Speaker TBC
Sep 27, 2021
Vocational visit or Community project TBC
Oct 04, 2021
Meeting at T & C - Speaker TBC
Oct 11, 2021
Vocational visit or Community project TBC
Oct 18, 2021
Labour Day - No Rotary
Oct 25, 2021
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Club Information
Mondays at 6:00 PM
Town & Country Club
Melmore Terrace
New Zealand
0274 321 847
2nd & 4th Monday at 5.45pm
District Site
Venue Map
These are available on our Website:
Club Executives and Directors
Stuart Heal 0274321847
Past President:
Pam Broadhead 022 353 9643
Neroli McRae 0274 346 0142
Richard Broadhead 021 340 994
President Elect:
Bernie McKone 0274530659
Grant Lunn 021 280 8447
Club Administration:
Bernie McKone and
Paula Jackson 0275 725 457
Jackie Dann 021 885 772
Public Relations:
Leigh-Anne Fox
Youth Service:
Tony Streeter 027 948 3737
and Rose Grindley
Alan Coull 021 861 007
Alan Lloyd
Conference Committee:
Pam Broadhead
Murray Kennedy 021 455 818
Social and Speaker Seeker:
Craig Lunn 021581665
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