President's Message
Stuart Heal
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We are back!!!
 Neil at the Town and Country has assured us we can meet again face to face while achieving social distancing and probably there might be a couple of other challenges but we are back this Monday September 27. The Lions Club is meeting there today (22nd) so that should help sort out processes and procedures. I know some people may choose to stay away and that is perfectly acceptable and understood. Our guest speaker has confirmed his availability. He is Michael Singleton who is the project lead on the research team for the Tarras Airport proposal. He will share their learnings to date and I expect he will be looking for community feedback which I am hoping will be honest but respectful. Given the importance of the topic I am encouraging you to bring partners if you wish…really I am suggesting that to help lift our spirits and just get together again. Please use club runner to register any apologies and guests so we ensure we treat the T&C fairly with meal numbers.
Rose Grindley has led a small team to interview two scholars for the Rotary sponsored Summer Science school and I was part of that panel. I just want to confirm we interviewed two outstanding students from Cromwell College who we have promoted to District level selection. If they are representative of what is coming out of our College this community should be really proud and we should be totally comforted the next generation has our backs. Well done Tony and your team at the College.
We were updated on progress at Lot47 during a zoom meeting over lockdown. Doreen and her team are doing a fantastic job and we are nearing the end of the project which of course culminates with a successful auction. Very exciting.
Finally we recently made 2 applications for District Grants. The first was a repeat for our dictionaries in schools project for $500 which was declined because it is a repeat. So we have to raise that $500 in some other way. We were successful with our other grant for $1000 for trees to plant at Rotary Point in conjunction with the conference next April.
Alert levels and masks appear they will be part of our lives for some time yet. We watch our kids in Auckland balancing working, parenting, school teaching and living….all very tough. If I have to be locked down then Cromwell looks pretty good to me!!
Lot 47
See President's Report above.
Lakeside Clean Up
A big thank you to those that helped with the Lakeside Cleanup on Saturday. We had a productive morning along the Alpha St lakeside. Scruffy willows were pruned down, dead branches removed and tall grasses below the bowling club lowered. Thank you to Jan for the morning tea break while we waited for the dump to open at 10. Lyall was prepared with his portable generator to boil the billy! Four huge loads were taken away and dumped.  Jackie Dann
Homes and Gardens Tour 30 October
Homes and Gardens on show for upcoming tour 
By Leigh-Anne Fox 
New homes, old homes, interior styles or landscape inspiration, this year's House and Garden Tour organised by Cromwell Rotary Club is set to be a head turner with organiser Paula Jackson excited to showcase the line-up of beautiful and inspiring homes and gardens from across the community. 
Last year we switched things up and hosted a shed tour which was very popular, but this year we are back to our original house and garden tour, with over 12 homes preparing to make up the popular day out. 
“People love visiting other homes and picking up different ideas, we have a limited amount of tickets available and encourage those interested in attending to get their tickets early,” Paula explains. 
Proceeds from this year's ticket sales will go to K9 Medical Detection NZ, a charity organisation whose aim it is to improve the health of all New Zealanders by using specifically trained dogs working in a controlled clinical environment to assist in the detection of cancer and other diseases. 
“This is a wonderful day out, guests come from across the region and always enjoy the tour. “This year due to Covid and restricting numbers, we will give everyone different start houses prior to the event allowing those touring to spread out throughout the day. “We have had exceptional support from our sponsors again this year and would like to truly thank them for their support, as well as home and garden owners and the wider Cromwell community, we have a wonderful tour lined up for everyone and look forward to seeing you all there.” 
The House and Garden tour 2021 will be held on Saturday 30 October with tickets costing $60 each. 
Visit for further information and to purchase your tickets.
Thank you Feldwick Insurance, Trends Kitchens, Guthrie Bowron, Versatile Buildings, Shoes Unlimited, Nichols Garden Centre, Sign It Central, Webbs Fruit and Wakefield Wines.
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.
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.
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 27th September - T & C mtg - Michael Singleton
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
Monday 11th October - T & C meeting - Speaker TBC
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
Upcoming Events
Meeting at T & C
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
Cromwell House & Garden Tour 2021
Oct 30, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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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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