Cromwell Youth Trust Van

The funds raised from the 2020 winter book sale and the 2020 Secret Shed Tour were allocated towards the purchase of this van for the Cromwell Youth Trust.
The significant contribution from our club of $18,000 allowed the trust to purchase an ideal van to safely transport the youth to and from programmed activities.
Very smart signwriting enhances the mana of the group,acknowledges the Rotary contribution and the great teamwork and collaboration with other groups and businesses in town are also shown across the back of the van.
Great to see this dream turn into a reality and opportunity for Cromwell youth.
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St John Station Visit

Rotarians and Health Shuttle Drivers took up the invitation to visit the new St John Station building site last Friday. This impressive new facility is on track to be completed by the end of June at this stage. 
The building is being built to the highest earthquake safety rating and so can be used as an emergency headquarters. The facility has accommodation for staff and space for public training as well as ambulance operational facilites.
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Lot 47

The framing arriving at Lot 47 - the team now has that in place and the house is already taking shape. Call past and say hi and give encouragement to the amazing team of locals who are putting this project together.
Its a credit to everyone involved - thank you!
We are working with the Lions Club to provide morning smoko on site for our wonderful subbies who are donating their time and expertise.
We plan to have a container with home baking as well as supplies for a cuppa available on site.
On days that there is a bigger team there we  will take fresh morning teas along.
Can you help with baking? Money towards supplies?
Contact Neroli 0274346014
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Salvation Army collection

Thank you to Cromwell Rotary Club Friend, Vanessa Stupples, for doing a shift for the Salvation Army Collection on a chilly day last week at New World.
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Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust

Rescue helicopters to benefit from annual book sale

Cromwell Rotary members enjoyed an evening with Otago Helicopter Trust representative Viv Seaton and intensive care flight paramedic Ross Kirkpatrick last Monday evening.
Having travelled from Dunedin to Cromwell, the pair spoke to Rotary about the valuable support Rotary Cromwell is providing through their annual Queens Birthday Weekend Book Sale.
“Each year we are consistently looking for $1 million to help our communities in times of need, the government does fund the bulk of our service, but there is still a large amount required,” Viv explained.
Five helicopters service the Southern region from the Waitaki south and demand is increasing.
In 2017 there were 890 callouts, while in 2020 that number increased to 1540. “Our 2020 figures include two bases combined, both Lakes District and Otago, however, there is increasing demand for our services and community support is crucial,” Ross said.
Helicopters are equipped with the very best medical and night vision equipment allowing paramedics to get where they are needed.
The Otago Helicopter Trust relies on support from the community and as many know, when you need help, the sound of a helicopter approaching is incredible.
Cromwell Rotary’s Queens Birthday Books Sale will be held from Friday, June 4 - 6 in the Cromwell Bowling Club on Alpha Street.
Proceeds from the annual event will go toward supporting the Otago Helicopter Trust.
“A very special thank you from me, and on behalf of those I attend too, they also thank you,” Ross added.
Cromwell Rotary president Pam Broadhead was pleased the Rotary group is able to help and looks forward to another highly anticipated and successful book sale.
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April 12 was a busy meeting at the T&C. After dinner Jayde Wison and Joshua Hancock who the 2021 Head Girl and Boy at Cromwell College, shared their experiences at Outward Bound with us. 
Both attended the course at different times but were equally empowered by the experience and the life skills gained.
They are both smart young leaders who have a clear understanding of the leadership responsibilites of being head boy and girl at Cromwell College. They are proud to be part odf an awesome leadership team this year and are striving to lead the students to be The Best They Can Be.
Joshua on the left and Jayde, 2nd from right with their prefect team 2021. 
Following on from this Hilary introduced Paul Allison
He is a self-confessed sports fanatic whose life has centred around sport. As an athlete, Paul competed in 27 marathons and represented New Zealand for eight years during the 1980’s and 1990’s. A little known fact Hilary shared about Paul is that he wrote the Speight’s bottle top questions in 1998. He was resident radio rugby commentator at Carisbrook from 1993 to 2011 and is currently the voice of Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium where he has called many famous Highlanders and All Black victories. He was the Chief Executive of  Sport  Otago and Chief Executive of the Central Lakes Trust.  
As well as testing our sports knowledge...he shared many memories of his times in these roles especially some very amusing anecdotes of times with a thirsty Colin Mead. These days Paul is based in Central Otago, and we were well entertained by his passionate recounting of life amongst great sporting moments.
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Stoaker Room Social Night Out

Social Gathering
March 29 saw Rotarians and friends gather to dine and listen to Athol Soper, International Police and Security Expert, talk about his long and distinguished career. 
Athol is currently an independent consultant for the United Nations Development Programme and now lives in Cromwell.  During his after-dinner address he entertained and educated us with a broad overview of his varied career in numerous locations across the world.
Questions flowed afterwards and President Pam had quite a challenge to bring his presentation to an end for the best possible reasons!!
These two charming women were snapped preparing for the fun at the Stoaker Room
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Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

Rose receiving her Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition at Dunedin South Club
Congratulations to Rose Grindley, who became the Dunedin South Club's latest Paul Harris Fellow.
Rose, joined Cromwell Rotary Club on April 12, as a long time member of the Dunedin South Club she was honoured there recently by President Wendy who praised Rose’s accomplishment and achievements, including being club president in the 2016-17 year.
We are thrilled to have Rose as a member of Cromwell club and welcome her into our community with open arms.
Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition
It is that time of the year when we look to our Rotary members and the wider community to acknowledge those who have demonstrated Rotary values when contributing to our community.
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with those objectives of The Rotary Foundation.
Below are the guidelines we use to determine this.
Recipients can be Rotarians and Non-Rotarians from the wider community.
For Rotarians a PHF is to recognise something over and above being an office holder or contributing to one project. Previously this has included a relatively lengthy and distinguished period of service to Rotary.
For Non-Rotarians potential recipients should have made a significant contribution to the community, that contribution might be partly work related but should contain a significant element of going above and beyond
A previous PHF award should not count against candidates – several Cromwell Rotarians have been awarded additional PHF awards. These are designated by precious stones i.e Sapphire or Ruby PHFs.
We would appreciate your thoughts on who you see as deserving of this honour. Please contact me if you have any suggestions.
Neroli McRae
PHF Committee Chair
0274 346 014
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Polytech Visit

Eleven members  plus one partner visited the Polytech on Bannock Burn Road on Monday 19th April at 5:30pm.

Kelly Gay, the Central Campus Operations Leader, Head of College and Campus Manager enlightened us with an update on the developments on their still relatively new site. He also explained the many research type project they are; and want to, get involved in to support the local industries.

We visited the Brewery with a promise we were welcome back some time to enjoy a beer tasting. The visit into the mechanical workshop and then out onto the golf “chip n’ putt” course ensured there was enough to interest us all. The visit ended about 6:15pm when everyone headed off home

Images from the visit to Cromwell Polytech Campus 
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Social Night out at The Stoaker Room!

Don't miss this...
An Extraordinary & Entertaining Social Night Out for Rotarians, Partners, Friends & Guests
Date: Monday 29th March
Location: The Stoaker Room, at Freeway Orchard, 180 State Highway 8B Cromwell
Time: 5.45pm – 9pm+
5.45 – 6.15pm: Arrival time
From 5.45pm bar open for beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks. PYO
6.15pm: Short pre dinner musical item
6.30 – 7.30pm: Stoaker Carvery open - Self-service - A choice of two barrel cooked meats served with barrel roasted potatoes, grilled seasonal vegetables and garden salad
7.45-8.30pm: Guest Speaker: Athol Soper, International Police and Security Expert
Athol has a long history of working in international affairs and is currently an independent consultant for the United Nations Development Programme. Originating from Southland and now based in Cromwell, Athol has had a varied and remarkable career specialising in Crisis Management, Intelligence Analysis, Peacekeeping, Government, and Law Enforcement in numerous locations across the world. We are extremely privileged that Athol has agreed to speak to us about his different roles for NZ Police and often risky missions for the United Nations. It is a perspective on local and world affairs that only a few experience and will give the audience a rare chance to catch a glimpse of life behind the news bulletins.
Tickets: $30 per person. Must be booked and prepaid online by Thursday 26th March to secure a booking. To purchase Tickets either:
  1. Please click here to purchase your tickets online and pay using your Credit Card via PayPal
NOTE: The bar will remain open after dinner, tea, coffee, and dessert will also be available at your own cost.
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Four Young Professionals from Cromwell were selected to attend the Rotary Young Leaders Awards in Queenstown in January.  Ethan Lunn from Feldwick Insurance, Kelsi Fastier from Cromwell Pharmacy, Sarah Manlangit from Vinpro and Eden Wilson from Cromwell Youth Trust spoke to the February Club meeting about their experiences at the 5 day live in course.
They all agreed that they had learned valuable leadership and communication skills that would be very useful in their careers. The club was heartened to hear of their positive experiences and to be able to offer support to such talented young leaders.
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Summer sports evening for our harvest workers

Great to be part of this event helping with food and manpower on the BBQ. 
Well done Cromwell Community House, Connect Cromwell, Sports Central, Operation Summer Harvest, Summerfruit NZ & everyone for a great initiative. Over 70 kiwi & international workers attended who are getting the jobs done in our community.  They were very grateful for an evening of sharing games & food
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Annual 4WD Trip

4WD Rally showcases Cromwell’s backcountry By Leigh-Anne Fox Wet weather may have postponed the Rotary Club of Cromwell’s 27th annual 4WD Rally 2021 by three days, but that didn’t stop keen adventurersholding off a few days to finally take on the Central Otago terrain. A full lineup of 4WD vehicles spent Monday passing across the rugged Waitiri, Wairau and Mount Pisa Stations enjoying regional backcountry alongside remarkable views while enjoying perfect weather conditions. Originally scheduled to take place on Friday, 8th January, the rally was postponed to Monday, 11th. “The weather simply wasn’t on our side last week and postponing the event was our only option,” says rally co-organiser Gordon Stewart. Thankfully the postponement didn’t affect participant numbers with 35 of the 40 places filled by 9am on Monday morning. “This year’s rally went exceedingly well, this is a popular annual event held by the local Rotary club and always attracts a maximum number of entrants. “The rally gives locals and visitors the opportunity to see parts of the country not easily accessible and this drives the popularity of the event,” he adds. Organised each year by Bill Wilson and Gordon Stewart, the event relies on fellow rotarians to volunteer and it is this support from across the club that helps to ensure a successful fundraising experience for all involved. Proceeds from the event will go to a charity called Shelterbox which provides temporary accommodation and tools for those affected by natural disasters throughout the world. “Without the support from our local farmers we couldn’t host such a great day out and we wish to sincerely thank those farmers who helped to make the day successful,” Gordon adds. A BBQ prepared by volunteers finished off a great day exploring the boondocks of Central Otago for a good cause.
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Another Successful Rotary Book Sale

Popularity for Cromwell Rotary’s winter book sale has grown year by year from its beginnings in 2008.  It was the strong community support that prompted the introduction of a smaller summer event in January from 2017, meeting the needs of both our local community and the many visitors to the area during the holiday period.  Like many charity organisations, Rotary’s book sale events are major projects in the club’s calendar with funds raised helping support many community projects both locally and internationally.  This event raised more than $6,500.  It also gives Rotarians the opportunity to reconnect with members of our community, meet some of the visitors to the area and answer question on how our Rotary Club contributes to the community.  Although there are a number of book sale events around the area at this time of year, it was rewarding to get positive feedback on the organisation of the display, selection of books and easy parking.  Much of these benefits come from the opportunity to use the Bowling Club Stadium and the club is grateful to the bowling club for making us so welcome.  It also relies on a huge amount of work behind the scenes throughout the year by many members and friend of the Cromwell Rotary Club. The next major book sale event will be 4 to 6 June but until then, thanks to the support of Freeway Orchard and R&R Hiab Services, we will continue our book exchange facility at Freeway on SH 8B.
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Combined Central Clubs Christmas Picnic

District Governor Dylan Murray addressed one of his more informal gatherings at the Combined Central Clubs Xmas picnic at the Lowburn inlet on Sunday Dec 13. The sun shone, the kids got wet, people chatted and ate and drank and a good time was had by all. Pictured receiving certificates for Foundation Giving in excess of US$100,000 since their respective clubs were chartered are from left are Mike Elliot (Wanaka), Pam Broadhead (Cromwell), DG Dylan, Lee-Anne Lines (Queenstown), and Gordon Treasurer Nominee from Alexandra.
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Visit to Domaine Thomson

December meeting
This month Cromwell Rotary's vocational visit was to Domaine Thomson's beautiful new tasting room on the hills overlooking the vineyard and upper Clutha Valley.  The fact that it's almost the festive season when good wine is high on one's priority lists was a very fortuitous coincidence. 
Staff member Ashlyn Monk gave us a very lively and informative presentation as she introduced the wines on offer to us, told us about the formation of the vineyard with initial plantings in 2000, and then the subsequent purchases from 2012 of 5 allotments of vines throughout Burgundy France, making them one of the only tasting rooms offering Burgundian wines alongside Central Otago Pinot Noir. (45th parallel in NZ versus 47th parallel in France).
The Domaine Thomson company is now a certified organic vineyard that practises biodynamics, so the vines share the somewhat idyllic space with cattle, hens, and bees as well as a small and select group of passionate staff. 
The wines were complimented by an amazing grazing table of assorted condiments, rounding off a most enjoyable two hours.  
Thanks Ashlyn and colleagues - you made for a very pleasant Monday evening.
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Annual 4WD Rally - 2021

Our 4WD Heartland Safari Rally has been postponed until Monday 11th January 2021
Recent rains have increased river flows - so we need to wait until they have subsided.
Note that because the event is delayed - we now have spaces for more vehicles.
If you are interested please contact the organiser directly:
Gordon Stewart at

A chance to go off-road in Central Otago with an experienced guide and fellow off-road enthusiasts
This year we will be driving the
$120 per vehicle - limited to first 40 vehicles to register.
For those registered - please be at The Gate (Golden gate) car park by 9:00 am on the day of the event.
Annual 4WD Rally - 2021 Richard Broadhead 2020-12-02 11:00:00Z 0

Take a Kid Fishing

Rods and reels from across the region and beyond turned out for the 27th Annual Cromwell Rotary’s Fishing Classic competition held on Sunday. Favourable weather conditions encouraged a record number of anglers into the event with anglers spanning generations enjoying a big day out. The Lowburn Inlet was a hive of activity for the big weigh-in which took place in the afternoon. Organiser and Rotarian Doug Winter was pleased to see participants enjoy a family friendly day out while supporting the community event. “The annual fishing competition is often a popular event on people’s calendars, but this year has been outstanding. We are 25% up on entries from last year, and whether the weather played a part in on-the- day registrations is yet to be debated, but the weather certainly played its part,” Doug explains. A crew of volunteers from Cromwell Rotary took to task weighing, measuring and formulating the condition of fish ensuring each entry had their prize catch analysed to perfection. Tahlia-Rose Rawcliffe (10) spent the day reeling two rainbow trout in from Lake Dunstan out by Smiths Way enjoying every part of the fishing competition. “One of my fish weighed 1.77 kg, it’s been a good day out,” she says. Volunteers processed 126 rainbow trout, brown trout and perch were fished from the lake with no salmon making the weigh in since 2016. A total of 126 entries made it to registration with 78 of those registering on the day. A 2.12kg brown trout caught by Colin Bailey won heaviest Fish of the Day, Rocco Shaw (8) from the child grade (12 and under) took home a 1.778kg rainbow trout, impressing his grandparents, Joshua Reihana-Flett took out the junior division with a 1.7 kg rainbow trout, Walt Smith caught the heaviest rainbow trout with a weight of 2.05kg, and Tom Scott caught the smallest fish of the day, a perch weighing in at 0.188kg. Doug wishes to thank all those who supported the event on behalf of Cromwell Rotary and welcomes you all back next year
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Dinner-Party parties 

We enjoyed our second Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner on Nov 30 with 5 Rotarians generously opening their homes and more particularly their dining tables to randomly chosen Rotary colleagues who wanted to dine out ;)) Guests paid $25 pp towards our fundraising for ShelterBox.
Five dinner parties took place simultaneously.  Pictured here is Doreen Evans with her dinner guests.  No prizes for noticing there was a Christmas theme to the evening.   From left Keith and Jean Morgan, Lorraine Osborne, Lesley and Bruce McMillan and Denis McEntyre beside Doreen.
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Lake Dunstan Fishing Classic 2020

The 27th Annual Lake Dunstan Fishing Classic
Sunday November 22nd 2020
In association with Shimano NZ Ltd, Central Otago Hunting & Fishing and the Rotary Club of Cromwell.
This is a serious fishing competition with a family flavour.
Date / Venue: Sunday 22nd November 2020 - Lake Dunstan
Weigh-in: Starts at 2pm at the Lowburn Hall, Lowburn Inlet, Lake Dunstan.
All fish must be presented for weigh-in by no later than 4:00pm
Net proceeds from this event will be used for local Community Projects.
Click on the Read more button for Registration information
Lake Dunstan Fishing Classic 2020 Richard Broadhead 2020-11-21 11:00:00Z 0

Take a kid fishing

Early Sunday morning November 22 will see the keenest fisher-people in the area out in boats or on the bank around Lake Dunstan trying to catch fish that will feature well in the weigh-in later in the day.  This is the 27th annual Rotary family fishing competition that sends people off from the Lowburn Hall around dawn and welcomes them back with their catch from 4pm the same day.
Last year 96 participants caught 39 fish, in conditions that could be described as strongly windy. This year organisers are hoping for better conditions.  Doug Winter, local policeman and Rotarian, who heads up the project team for this event said that although he himself is the world's worst fisherman he had huge admiration last year for the results achieved and is expecting similarly high numbers this year - both in participants and fish !  One particular challenge is for someone to land a salmon.  None have been caught over the last 4 years.  
Entries can be made online - see details in the attached poster - or late entries can be made on the day at the Lowburn Hall 6am-8am.  Prizes are generous thanks to a bevy of local sponsors, so get your fishing licence (from Central Otago Hunting and Fishing), and fishing gear, register your entry, and head for the Lowburn Hall this Sunday.  A good time is assured :)
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Rotarians love to bowl

Twilight bowls at the Cromwell Bowling Club got off to a roaring start on November 10 with all 4 Rotary Bowling Teams looking resplendent in their new T-shirts emblazoned with the words - Rotarians - People of Action.  And of course much action was shown on the night !  The Rotary Mowers skipped by Alan Lloyd won the ‘lucky team’ prize and Pam scored a raffle.  Captured here by Keith Morgan, who was both bowler and photographer on the night, is our esteemed President showing her fine form on the Green.  Go Pam !! 
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Book Container gets a  Makeover

For the first time since it became part of the highway landscape in Cromwell our book container at Freeway Orchard has had a makeover.    Jo Lunn and her sister Deb got stuck in on a recent weekend and instead of the rather tired dusty rows of books, they have now set up a number of themed boxes eg kids books, young adult books, fiction, non fiction, magazines etc etc.  So much more attractive and tidy it is now.  And as an extra bonus - everything is just $2.  Such a bargain - tell all your mates !!  And naturally we’re still accepting book donations at the container so those of you spring cleaning book shelves know what to do !! 
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District Governor Elect 2021/22

Nick Wood rubs his hands with  excitement as he addresses local Cromwell Rotarians at their meeting on Nov 9, and anticipates the high level of energy he’s going to create across the whole of District 9980 once he gets to be District Governor for the 2021/2022 year.  Having a two year lead in has allowed him to strategise aplenty, and he can hardly contain his excitement as his big year approaches. 
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RYLA 2021

RYLA  - Rotary Young Leaders Awards - we need to start now!
The next RYLA Camp is to be held in Queenstown on January 29th to February 3rd, 2021. 
Cost is $900pp. 
Age is 20-29years.
Applications close 20 December 2020.
COVID-19:  RYLA will continue to run during Alert Levels 1-2 only.
COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:  Clubs who have paid before 20th December will be fully refunded if the event is cancelled. Payments after this date may be subject to a partial refund only if course deposits have been paid to suppliers and are lost or not refunded due to COVID19 disruptions. 
The success of this Rotary programme depends on you.  Last year was a huge success with positive feedback and outcomes for the 28 RYLAians who participated.  But not every Club participated , in fact less than half did. The aim is make the 2021 camp bigger and better, and the RYLA committee needs your to help to achieve this and it also means EVERY Club needs to participate.  A lot of planning, time and resources goes in to organising RYLA, so please get in behind this programme and start your search for nominees now. 
Corporate Sponsorship - It's a no-brainer!
I am really encouraging Clubs to seek Corporate sponsorship. This will help take some of the financial pressure away from your Club and can allow you to put through more than 1 nominee.  This means that you can give this amazing opportunity to more young leaders and how awesome is that!  Its easy to do and I have included information for you to hand out or email to your local business owners, corporate's and industry related employers.  RYLA is perfect for apprentices and rising stars within the workplace and comparatively to other leadership courses, it is very competitively placed for price and content.  If you get any queries from this sector and need me to explain further, you can give them my contact information.
What happens on RYLA?  -  put it this way, if you knew, you would want to go on RYLA!
RYLA an intensive 5 day, live-in camp where no 2 days are the same.  Participants don't know often till the last minute what they will be doing and sometimes the Programme is not what they think it is with surprises around every corner.  This is to keep them on their toes and sometimes  (often) takes them out of their comfort zone. Activities, group discussions and challenges will test and often push them to the limit. Well known, professional public speakers, and coaches will inform, inspire and motivate them.  Oh and also, the food is amazing!
Online applications - Making everything easy
The following is the direct link candidates can use to make an on-line application. You can copy and paste this into emails if you are emailing potential nominees and they can then go straight in and apply.  These applications are sent directly to me and I can let you know if anyone does this.  
They can also find everything they need to know and all the forms to download on the District website.  You can also copy and paste this to them in an email)
So, what happens next?
Once a suitable and qualifying candidate has been identified, you need to ensure they have completed either an online application or have downloaded one from the website.  
Next the club will need to interview them to ensure they are suitable.  Once we have received all the necessary paperwork and payment, your job is done, for now.....
After RYLA - and this is important
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THEM.  After RYLA it is so important to get in touch with your RYLAian and invite them back to your club to present on their experience.  There are many other things you can do like inviting them to join Rotaract (if your Club or town has one), or better still, to join your Club.  They are also a great untapped resource of energy for any projects you have going on or have  coming up, especially anything environmental.  They love that. Continue their growth by inviting them along to hear interesting speakers.  There are many options but the most important thing to do is keep them engaged in Rotary.
Lastly...     Lets all be amazing!
It would be amazing if every Club put through 2 candidates each... or more!! Last year one of the Invercargill Clubs had 6, other had 5.  Some Clubs generously paid for another Clubs candidate as they couldn't find anyone or had extra funding for more than they could find. And this is what I love about Rotary and it would be fantastic to have this happen again.
So, thanks everyone. Contact me anytime if you need help or have questions.
Together we can make 2021 the best camp ever and give more amazing young people this life-changing opportunity.
Yours in Rotary
Lee-Ann Lines
D9980 RYLA Chair
Ph 02134350
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A special Rotarian remembered

Some of Sharon Booth’s Rotary friends attended a ceremony at the Goldfields school hall on Oct 16 to rename the hall in her honour. 
During her part in the ceremony President Pam spoke about Sharon’s love of young people and her strong contribution to Rotary over 12 years, as well as her being awarded a PHF on Oct 19 2015, almost 5 years to the day since the re-naming event.  Then as Sharon would have wanted, and no doubt expected, Pam and Sally had a drink in Sharon’s honour from the specially produced Sharon Booth wine. 
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Highlands Street Smart

Cromwell Rotary were once again part of the contingent of adults who
descended on Highlands on Oct 7 to help provide the Street-Smart young
driver programme to 25+ young people from all around Otago. Pictured at the
start of the day near Pit Lane, preparing to be coaches, are Keith Morgan,
Paula Jackson and Craig Lunn
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DG Visit

DG Dylan Murray visited and presented Jean Morgan with her 3 Sapphire Paul Harris fellow pin for her services and support to Club and District. Congratulations Jean.  
On the same night Bob Knox was inducted as a new member to our Club and Bill Dunbar was made an Honorary Member to acknowledge his many years of service to Rotary.
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Lakeside cleanup

Lindsay directs operations while Fin keeps a low profile in the bushes!
Nikau [8] & Matai [4]  make an early start
Reputed to be Charlie, but who knows?
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Well the 3 big trees have now all been turned into firewood - at last ! Over a few cold Saturday mornings all trees are finally cut up and carted off site to create 2 large stacks of firewood.
It is now drying out for future delivery to needy recipients. A BIG thank you to all the members and others that gave their time to this project.
We agree with Grant that it will be nice to sit at home on a cold winter night, thinking of others that are being kept warm by Rotary Club members efforts - well done!
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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.

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.
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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.

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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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Changeover 2020

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
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Trees to Firewood

A great way to warm up on a cold morning for a hardy group of Rotarians who braved the cold start to the day to cut firewood for those in need in our community.
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Sam Neill

The 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 have turned to the digital medium to stage their event. 
They have secured the services of the Hollywood actor, Sam Neill who has agreed to donate his services for a 45 minute Q & A session at 7.30am AEST on Friday 19th June at our first ever 'Zoom SHOW-Business Breakfast.'  They are charging $25  (AUST) to 'attend' by zoom webinar and will cover a range of topics about his life and interests. Proceeds will be going to support charities of Sam's choice, specifically devoted to supporting out of work entertainers and actors in Aus and NZ, as he has expressed a great concern for this section of our respective communities especially in regards to their current social and mental welfare.
The Rotary Club of Rowville-Lysterfield usually give a bottle of wine or similar to their speakers but as this has its issues (with the distance and Sam producing his own wine) they have asked us if they could present Sam with an Honorary membership to our club. This is of no ongoing cost to our club and may have some benefits in the future. Sign up to support them and watch - details below
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The books are on their way to Rarotonga

The Rotary Clubs of Alexandra, Cromwell  and Wanaka, have been working with the Rotary Club of Rarotonga to provide books to improve literacy in the Cook Islands.  New books have been purchased for the Apii Nikoa school library and pictured here 2 pallets of quality 2nd hand books left Cromwell this week to be used in lilliput libraries in the villages.  Funds were also received from a Rotary District 9980 grant giving a total project value of$11,000. 

Pictured : left to right  Grant Lunn (Cromwell); Nicola Brown (Wanaka); Mark Willyams (Alexandra)

Can't wait to see photos of the books being used in Rarotonga!

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Rotary & Ronald McDonald House 

On June 8, in place of their usual Monday meeting, local Rotarians held a Guess-Who’s-Coming-to-dinner event in support of Ronald McDonald House (RMH).   The initiative was in support of the RMH annual winter-time fund-raising event called HOST-A-ROAST (   Four Rotarians offered to host a dinner party for other Rotary colleagues, and so on the night 20 Rotarians shared themselves around 4 homes and four dinner parties proceeded.  Much conversation and frivolity followed as well as an amazing repertoire of fine food and wine.  Rotarians do fun stuff well – and on this occasion raised $500 for Ronald McDonald House as well.  Pictured from left are current President Neroli McRae showing her expertise in taking selfies at one of the dinners, and her companions Jo & Craig Lunn and Doreen Evans, and host Alan Lloyd.  Standing is Barbara Lloyd co-host. 
And if you’re reading this and think that joining Rotary might interest you then please call Neroli on 027 434 6014.  We are always keen to have good people join us ;) 

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Tuesday night bowls

Sally has organised for two teams from Rotary to be involved in the Tuesday night social bowls over the summer. Although the teams have had mixed results they  have learnt a lot about bowls, had fun & Rotary has had a 'profile' in the community!! See below the 2 teams in the St Patricks Day final night... minus our leader Sally Angus!!
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Local Rotarians visit new local Metalwork Design workshop 

Local engineer Nigel Longman hosted local Rotarians at his Cromwell Luggate highway workshop recently.  Nigel did his training in multiple trades in Australia but has been living in Cromwell since 2009 and running his main workshop in Rogers St since 2014.  His more recent move to Lowburn has allowed him to maintain his primary engineering base in town, while at the same time pursue his long held hobby involving the more creative side of his trade.  His large premises named 'The Metal Effect' now boast the necessary additional pieces of machinery and tools with which to do the sometimes quite delicate work, and a significant display of large and small art pieces for gardens walls and decks surrounds his new building.  Included in these are a very impressive working BBQ and water wheel.  Nigel commented that with the upcoming Wanaka Show where he will be exhibiting, he does not expect to get less busy anytime soon.  After the last one he had orders for 20 outdoor fire pizza ovens ! 

Pictured here is Nigel showing his visitors the design features of his heavy duty BBQ
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Movie & pizza at Arthurs Cinema

A great night watching local scenery and people (some club members with twinkle toes!) in the Central to the Soul movie. 
We definitely need to support the Arts on Tour in the future,
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Rotary Conference 17-19 April 2020

Rotarians from the lower half of the South Island will be visiting the Clutha District from 17th to 19th April 2020 for our annual conference. 

Next year’s conference format is going to differ from previous conferences. In keeping with the ‘people of action’ catch cry and the year’s theme ‘Rotary connects the World’ It is timely to introduce a project day. By making use of the people resource of attendees, coupled with an agreed funding amount we will be able to benefit our community agencies and organisations and raise the profile of Rotary.

The organising committee is keen to make this a grass roots style conference that is family friendly and very affordable. Rotarians are encouraged to bring children, including grown up ones, and grandchildren along to show how they are making a difference.
The anticipated programme will be:
To be held at the Balclutha Memorial Hall - 4 Clyde Street, Balclutha

4.00pm – Registrations open
5.30pm onwards - drinks, nibbles and fellowship

8.00am - Registration and accommodation logistics
9.00am - Attendees gather for participation in projects, around our communities of Balclutha,   Milton and Kaka Point.
9.30am - Roll up sleeves and get stuck in. A children’s programme will operate at Cross Recreation Centre, possibly organised by NRG or Rotoract and Clutha Youth Council.
4.00pm - Return to base and get cleaned up
5.30pm - Keynote speaker
6.30pm onwards - food, fellowship, fun and frolicks ( Balclutha War Memorial Hall)

SUNDAY: 9.00am onwards –
Community breakfast - (at the Cross Recreation Centre - 18 Glasgow St, Balclutha)
Rotary speech competition
Celebration of Rotarians passed
Zoomed speaker
Home time

​Note: This is only in concept form and is bound to change and improve as ideas come and go.

Please contact Alan Lloyd ( ) if you are interested in going - we always have a bit of fun!!
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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.
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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 ! 

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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.
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Rotary Clock a Real Community Effort 

Posted on Dec 15, 2019

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


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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
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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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World Polio Day October 24th

Posted on Oct 24, 2019

With World Polio Day on 24 October 2019, our Club is providing support for PolioPlus with a contribution of $1,000 which our DG Tania will take with her to the Sydney Ride the Trains fundraiser where Rotarians and friends ride together on the train for a time of their own determination as a fellowship activity and mix with Rotarians from other Clubs in the Greater Sydney train network – 195 stations - help raise $1 million.

PolioPlus is the most ambitious programme in Rotary's history, as the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio. For more than 30 years Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease.

I spoke at the Cromwell College assembly this week about Polio, Rotary's role in helping rid the world of its devastation & the importance of vaccinations - which is quite relevant with the outbreak of measles in New Zealand.


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District 9980 Car Rally and Fun (Track) Day

Posted on Oct 21, 2019
District 9980 Car Rally and Fun (Track) Day
9th November 2019 starting at 12.30pm in the Pit Area of Highlands
Calling All 9980 Clubs.
Fill up as many cars as you can with your club members, family and friends. Car rally to Cromwell in the morning, plenty of routes to get you there so plan some fun stops on the way.
BBQ lunch starts at 12.30pm (courtesy of Cromwell Rotary), take your car on and around the Highlands circuit starting from 1pm, and enjoy some great Fellowship and meet some Great Rotarian's and their guests. Prize giving and socialising after the event at the Highlands cafe and bar, beside their Museum.

Highlands have come to the party again to support us!
• Use of Pitlane area (secretary office, balcony, toilets, outside asphalt area) – complimentary
• 2 x SuperCar Fast Dash vouchers to auction off (valued at $179 per voucher) – complimentary
• 2 x controlled track laps including Museum entry $60 per car (includes 1 x Museum entry for the driver)
• Additional Museum entry $10 per person (normally $25 per person).

So, $10 per person for lunch and $60 entry fee per car, for those wishing to take their car on the race track.
Auction of the Two SuperCar Hot Laps with all proceeds after expenses to go to Rotary Projects.

Then maybe try a wine tasting or two once done at the many vineyards in the area or just enjoy Sunny Central to your hearts content.
Highlands have lots to do and see, so maybe a friendly grudge match on the go-karts or a blast around the track in a Ferrari.
The Hamilton Cup is up for grabs for the best turned out AG's area so get your thinking caps on and race gear organise
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Bannockburn Fun

Posted on Sep 29, 2019

After lunch at the Black Rabbit we enjoyed an exhilarating afternoon abseiling at Bannockburn on Sunday.  Anne, the lucky ticket winner at Changeover, managed brilliantly after a nervous start!    Eugenio and Lilly were very keen starters and came back for more as did  Murray, Chris, Fin, Keith and Gordon.    Craig was the competent catcher at the bottom of the rope and the rest of us provided enthusiastic support!

It was a fantastic afternoon and a huge thank you to Bill for taking his time to make it such a great day.

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Cromwell Cub Scouts pinewood derby cars

Posted on Sep 25, 2019
Great to be asked to support & then help judge the Cromwell Cubs Scouts Pinewood derby cars with Guthrie Boron & Mojo. Well done to everyone - some awesome cars & VERY close races 🙌
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Joint projects with Cromwell Lions

A busy night for Rotarians tonight.

A great turn out at the first meeting regarding the Cromwell Rotary and Cromwell Lions Clubs house-building fundraising project for St John. Don’t miss out if you have skills or products to offer.

Next on to another joint project with the Cromwell Lions Club at the meet the candidate meeting 👌

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Rotary and Lions Clubs announce Major Joint Fund Raiser for St John

Posted on Sep 10, 2019

Plans are afoot for Cromwell Rotary and the Cromwell Lions Clubs to jointly undertake a house-building fundraising project where a house will be built with the support of the Cromwell community and sold at auction. All profits made will be donated to the St John Central Otago Station Rebuild in Cromwell.

This fundraising project will provide a wide range of opportunities for local businesses, contractors and tradies to donate their time, skills, experience and products to help secure the future of St John Cromwell.    

Land has been identified at Prospectors Park.  Local architect, Jessie Sutherland of S A Studio, has designed a beautiful open plan 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home.  The team at SBS Bank have agreed to support the project by providing bridging finance when required, as well as their time.   Already Trends Kitchen have kindly donated a kitchen for the home and Beggs Security have agreed to provide all locks and a security system.

Cromwell lawyer and Rotarian, Doreen Evans, who is leading the project says she has been overwhelmed by the positive responses she has received to date.  Ms Evans believes this project will enable the community to support St John, who in turn provide support to members of the community when they are at their most vulnerable due to illness or accident. "The Cromwell community is full of so many positive and supportive people and businesses that I'm sure this project will be a huge success.  It will certainly help secure the future of St John Cromwell.  I'm already being approached by many local tradies and businesses who've heard about the project and are keen to be part of it."

To launch the project, a meeting is being held at AWS Legal offices on the corner of Barry Ave and McNulty Road on Tuesday Sept 17 at 5pm.   Speakers will present the project to members of the community who would like to get involved, in particular contractors and tradies as well as suppliers.  Please do come along to learn more, have your questions answered, and register your interest.  Drinks and BBQ will be provided.   If you are unable to attend on the night but would like to be involved, please call Doreen on 445 4111 or 027 277 0972 or email  All support is very welcome.  This is going to be a very exciting venture. 

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House & Garden Tour 2019

Posted on Sep 09, 2019
STOP PRESS!! Tickets on sale this WEDNESDAY 11th September from all Central Otago iSites
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Lakeside clean up

Posted on Sep 07, 2019

Rotary links up with local Rod & Gun club . . .

When Nigel Longman from the local Rod & Gun club, and Fin White from Rotary got talking about the undergrowth that was hampering access to the lake shore between Lowburn & McNulty Inlet they realised that with a combined effort and getting lots of permissions lined up, they could probably make the area much tidier before the summer.

So one weekend in August saw a few people and two large items of machinery do what it took to start to effect the clearance.  It's taken over a year to get the plan into action but once CONTACT Energy and LINZ and the CODC were all on board, the working bee took place and this one-off project is now well on the way to creating a much tidier area for locals and visitors alike to throw down their picnic rugs and enjoy themselves close to the lake shore.  

When talking about it earlier this Fin White expressed his huge thanks to Matt Wilson from CromDig, Nigel Longman and his son Nikolos from the Rod and Gun club, and Hartley Johnston from HeavyTrax for their time and machinery to complete the clearance so efficiently. 

Rotarians gathered to shift some of the larger stones and tidy up the larger sticks before Jack Davis came with his tractor and leveller to do a final tidy up.

The goal of more recreational picnic areas along the shoreline for locals and visitors is almost complete with only the piles of undergrowth still to be dealt with.

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Rotary Continues its Support for Daffodil Day

Posted on Aug 30, 2019

Following Rotarians’ efforts during the week bunching and distributing daffodils to local businesses, efforts continued on Friday at New World.  The Cromwell Rotary club has a long history of helping support the Cancer Society with their spring appeal, with funds raised going towards vital research into better ways to detect, treat and reduce all forms of cancer.  They also help fund a range of support services, information booklets and health promotion activities.  Club members were, as always, impressed by the generosity of the community in supporting this well recognised organisation.  The streaming sun brought an extra dimension to these welcome harbingers of Spring.

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Trying out the local brew

Out latest vocational visit was to the Cromwell Brew School at the Otago Polytech as part of our monthly programme of visits to businesses in and around Cromwell. 

During the evening we heard from brewer Geoff Collier about the development of the brewery school and its significance within the Polytechnic teaching environment.  The Otago Brew School is the only full-time brew school in the country.  This is its first year of operation and its small initial class of students from across the country all aim to eventually work in the brewery industry.  The students spend two days a week on practical skills and two on theory as they build their knowledge of all things to do with brewing beer.  They also have the chance to do two 2-week placements during the year.  Already this year one student has completed a placement at the Heineken Brewery in the Solomon Islands.  

Surrounded by gear imported from China and Slovakia, Rotarians heard that the aim is eventually that the Brew School will become a recognised brewery - with a tasting room for visitors definitely on the agenda.

We then headed to The Stoaker Room who have their 'Ne Plus Ultra' brew on tap for refreshments and a bite to eat.

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Peer Support Programme

Posted on Aug 12, 2019

Helping high schools build student leaders who support junior students.

The Peer Support Programme offers secondary schools the opportunity to provide new entrants to secondary school a structured introduction to school under the guidance of senior students who are trained as leaders.
•Helps students beginning high school build self confidence & resilience
•Develops leadership qualities In year 13 students
•Equips teachers with skills to relate better with their students
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A night at Arthurs Cinema

Posted on Aug 05, 2019
Members needed to get in quick to book their seats for a night at the movies  at our very own Arthurs Cinema. A full house (of 23) enjoyed catching up over a drink & pizza before watching Peter Jackson's moving documentary made from WW1 footage. A sobering & unforgettable watch. 
Thank you to Anne & Laurie McAuley (past Rotary PHF recipients) for telling us about how Arthurs came to be & looking after us so well.
We also raised $90 for the Cancer Society Daffodil Day
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Eugenio enjoying the south 2019-08-03 12:00:00Z 0

Give Every child a Future Project

Posted on Jul 29, 2019

Rotary Give Every Child A Future is a Rotary Australasia centenary project to save lives by vaccinating 100,000 children across nine Pacific Island countries against three diseases and to establish sustainable vaccination programs in each country.
PROJECT VISION - ‘To prevent cervical cancer and save the lives of children in the Pacific’
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Visit to the Cromwell Youth Trust

Posted on Jul 15, 2019
It was inspirational to visit The Hangout - the newly branded Cromwell Youth Trust building and to hear Rhys Smith talk about his work with and vision for our young people. We are looking forward to supporting their plans.
Have a look at the new Cromwell Youth Trust web site and see what they are up to:
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Happy 21st Georgia

Posted on Jul 12, 2019
A big happy birthday to our Georgia who turned 21 recently. May all your dreams turn in to realities and may all your realities be good ones!
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Changeover awards

Posted on Jun 30, 2019
At changeover we were delighted to present PHF awards to Barbara O'Kane, Kaye Moore and to our very own Ross Hansen for their services to the community. Craig Lunn was also presented with a Sapphire Pin.
Jimmy Woods was presented with a his PHF earlier in the week
Paula Jackson received the Mary & Lindsay McIntyre Award which is presented to the Cromwell Rotarian that best exhibits the spirit of the Rotary Organisation
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As you can see in the photo, there was a great turnout of Rotarians with partners, friends and family at Amigos on Monday evening.
James Emanuel shared his his story of developing the Amigos chain of restaurants and his plans for a new enterprise in The Mall selling and supporting local producers.
It was an excellent evening with great food and fellowship. Thank you for organising this Doreen.
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2019 Book Sale

Over Queens Birthday Weekend another very successful booksale was held at the Bowling Club. Donations of a spectacular number of quality books from our community and generous volunteer hours from our members resulted in sales of $15900. An amazing achievement by all concerned. The nett funds from this sale will be donated to St John Ambulance to assist with the rebuild of the new Station hub here in Cromwell.
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A night of 'youth" at our meeting

Posted on May 27, 2019
Thank you to the Jake & Myah, the head students at Cromwell College, for speaking at our meeting. You represented your school very well & we wish you all the best for the coming year. Our RYE student, Eugenio (who is also a student at Cromwell College) did an excellent job of chairing the meeting! 👍. A real focus on youth tonight 👌
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Breakfast Club at Cromwell College

Last term a new community initiative, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, was set up at Cromwell College. This is a supervised, volunteer run (mostly Rotary members) scheme whereby all students at Cromwell College have the opportunity to have a free breakfast every morning. although we would like to think this type of service is not needed in Cromwell the aim of this project is to ensure those students who need this kind of assistance are getting it. Sponsorship has been gained from Sanitarium and Fonterra, and toast and spreads are also available(honey is donated). Breakfast club is open from 8.15-8.45 daily in the Home Economics  Room. We need extra help for this term. If you are able to help sign up on ClubRunner or give Hilary a call.

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Rotary supporting Otago Community Hospice

In light of Rotary's support of the Otago Community Hospital at their upcoming fund-raising appeal at New World, Christine Pacey (above) spoke to Cromwell Rotarians at their meeting this week.  Christine is one of the Community Hospice team and gave a very full explanation of their role in improving the quality of life for patients as they prepare for death.  Patients and their families get support in their own home with their physical, emotional, social, family and spiritual needs in a way that has them feel valued and comforted.  The Community Hospice philosophy of care is carried out with the help of counsellors, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and a group of volunteers. 

Rotary will be helping with the Community Hospice fund-raising collection at New World this Friday May 17.  The Community Hospice team, Rotary and the 200+ current patients will welcome any donation you can make. 

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Vocational Visit to Lake Dunstan Pharmacy

Recently we visited Lake Dunstan Pharmacy and Jackie Hamilton informed us of her life to date - she’s one busy lady. Thanks Jackie we appreciate you going out of your way to give us an insight into your business and personal life.
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Rotary District 9980 conference in Oamaru

For those who attended Conference, we had a great time mixing with fellow 9980 Rotarians and our own members, some great speakers and Oamaru was beautiful. If you haven’t been to one before we recommend you go next year, Tania has something special lined up.
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Holden Street Smart at Highlands 2019-04-25 12:00:00Z 0

Professional Development Exchange from Tasmania

The Professional Development Exchange was very successful for Cromwell/Alexandra’s clubs, they were a great bunch of young talented adults and some of the places they visited whilst in our care were fantastic, Thank you Murray Kennedy for organising, a great job and others members for your part too helping make their stay enjoyable. 
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Let’s help Sakhr become a Kiwi

Sakhr Munassar came to NZ as a Rotary Scholar in 2016.  A Yemeni passport holder, he came via the United States to study a Masters in peace and conflict studies at the University of Otago.  While he was in New Zealand, the American immigration rules changed, which banned Yemeni passport holders from access to the US.  Yemen is in the grips of war so going home has become an equal challenge.
Now graduated, Sakhr works as a youth coordinator for the Red Cross in Otago. He runs multiple youth programs throughout the district,  has assisted with the many Syrian refugees now settled in Dunedin and is actively involved in the community through Rotary, Rotaract and music.  The strength of Rotaract in Dunedin is very much due to the effort and energy he put into it as a student – creating a sustainable organisation.  He is an all round excellent citizen, but his first application for residency has been turned down by Immigration NZ.  Sakhr has decided to appeal that decision, but that comes at a price.  Rotary D9980 is inviting support from members to assist Sakhr in the legal costs of challenging that decision. His lawyer is an experienced immigration appeal lawyer and is confident there is a good chance of a successful appeal.
Sakhr really appreciates the support Rotary members have given him
 Donations can be made direct to the District 9980 bank account number: 01 0678 0015978 046
As a reference please put your Name or Club Name and Sakhr
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30 Years of women in Rotary

Rotary and Women go together !


At its meeting last week Cromwell Rotary celebrated 30 years of having women in its club.  Rotary International was started in Chicago in 1905 as a men only business club but now welcomes women to its membership.  In this part of the country Cromwell Rotary very much led the way by inducting its first three women to the club in 1989.  They were Gill Adams, Shirley MacAllister and Shirley Howard.  However not only were they the first three women in the Cromwell Club, they were the first three women in any club in our District (the lower half of the South Island).  Shirley Howard is still an honorary member of the Cromwell Club and lives in Clyde.  Unlike Cromwell, many Clubs were slow to accept the change and in a number of cases lost male Rotary members who were not willing to accept the changes that Rotary International introduced. 


Guest speaker at the celebratory meeting last week was Jenny Scott.  Jenny joined Rotary in Gore in 1994, the first woman to be invited to do so.  She transferred to the Cromwell club in 1995 where not only was she warmly welcomed but became the club's second woman president in 1998.  During her address she talked about the challenges of still frequently being alone in a sea of men at Rotary gatherings back then.  She also read a lovely message from the club’s first woman president, Gill Adams, (1992) now living in Australia, who echoed Jenny's sentiments about how hard it was to break into the previously male only domain.  Again Cromwell scored a first as Gill was not only the first woman to be President in the Cromwell Club, she was also the first woman President in New Zealand.


In this colourful line up are Rotary Presidents  Bonnie Miller Perry (2016), Jennie Nicol (2003) Jean Morgan (2014), Jenny Scott (1998), Helen Wreford Dunbar (2009), and incoming presidents Pam Broadhead (July 2020) and Neroli McRae (July 2019).


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Entrance to Cromwell looking great

The entrance to Cromwell from Tarras & Alexandra is looking so much better now. Some community members have been spraying over the summer and Rotary (with some help) had a few working bees to tidy the weeds away - love working with the community👌
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Bannockburn Ramble

Posted on Mar 30, 2019
A great day out with Gordon Stewart taking us on a ramble around some of Bannockburn and filling us in on some of the history.  A big thank you to Gordon for all the information (& a wee dram!) & for the piper Roddy Maxwell. We finished the avo off with a lovely meal at the Black Rabbit
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Report from Jasmine Dunnet  - our RYE student to Germany

Posted on Mar 28, 2019

The past 2 and a half months have flown by sooooo quickly. I can’t believe I am nearly a quarter way through this exchange. I am so happy with my decision and I would never change it for the world. Yes it is extremely hard to pack up and leave your friends and family for a year (especially at 17). But if it was easy then everyone would be doing it. 

This past weekend was my host sisters wedding and that was amazing in itself. I may have cried a little bit, but that was because I am a very emotional person.  This coming weekend (30.03/31.03) I am going away for two and a half weeks to travel around “southern” Europe. I am so excited for this opportunity as I am going to meet so many amazing people and I am going to travel to parts of the world where, surprisingly, my parents haven’t been. 

We are finally getting into spring with the weather finally warming up. I even have been wearing shorts around the house for the first time since I got here. 

The rotary meetings here are kind of boring at the moment because I have no idea what they are talking about. I can pick up a few words here and there but I can’t fully grasp the meaning of what they are saying. But the food is absolutely amazing. German food is the best food you could eat. The bread is amazing, the bratwurst is amazing and I will probably become sick of potatoes by the end of my exchange because we eat potatoes with every dinner

Report from Jasmine Dunnet  - our RYE student to Germany 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0

A visit from Rotary International Immediate Past President Ian Riseley

Posted on Mar 28, 2019

Rotary International Immediate Past President Ian Riseley visited our Rotary Point tree planting at Richard's Beach. 

Pictured are IPP Andrew, RYE student Eugenio, Project Leader Finn, RIIPP Ian, ADG Nick 

One of Ian’s goals during his year was for Rotarians to plant at least one tree for every Rotarian in the world 

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Taking RYE students to conquer the Milford Track 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0

Checking out The Workshop Fitness Centre

Posted on Mar 04, 2019
Jolene and Matt from The Workshop Fitness Centre, welcomed our members along for an up close look at Cromwell's latest 24 hour gym. Jolene told us a little about themselves and their philosophy behind their new business. If you could not make it tonight, check them out at or
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Eastern Access to Cromwell gets a Makeover 

Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Monday night saw a team from Cromwell Rotary and some enthusiastic community members turn out to clear dead plants and unwanted growth from both sides of the access road to Cromwell at the eastern end of the Deadman's Point bridge.  Tussocks now have more than a fighting chance of survival.  Do stop off and have a look at the clearance next time you are passing.  Rotary says a huge THANK YOU to the members of the community who came along to help - and also acknowledges the lovely toots received from many of the motorists and truckies as they drove past during the clean-up. 

(Pic below) 

Rotarians and locals get to work at the bridge entrance to Cromwell. including Rotary exchange student Eugenio Monasterio, (white t-shirt) newly arrived from Chile, and studying at Cromwell College this year. 

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Trustpower Lend a Hand

Posted on Feb 12, 2019
The Trustpower Lend a Hand Foundation, in association with the Rotary Clubs of Alexandra and Cromwell and local businesses, aims to assist small charitable organisations and individuals in the Central Otago area.  Although supported by local Rotary Clubs, the Lend a Hand Foundation is administered independently by appointed trustees.  Keith Morgan is currently Cromwell Rotary Club’s appointed trustee together with trustees appointed by Alexandra club to represent the Alexandra and Roxburgh communities. Application information, business supporters and contact information for the current trustees is available from the Trustpower Lend a Hand Foundation Web page [
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Check out this great video from Allan Derrick of our 4WD trip in January. A great day had by all.
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Rotary helps ensure our littlest people can now be better seen 

Posted on Jan 26, 2019

Thanks to Cromwell Rotary and the Otago Motor Trust Club the children attending Cromwell's primary schools, preschools and kindergartens are now more clearly visible when they are out and about around the town.  Pictured here is Rotary President Craig Lunn in the playground at Kids First Kindergarten surrounded by some of the children sporting their new fluoro jackets. 


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Annual 4WD trip

Posted on Jan 13, 2019
25th Annual 4WD Heartland Safari
     Forty one vehicles enjoyed this years Heartland Safari which traversed from the starting point at Forest Range station and concluding at the Old Stockman’s hut in the Lindis Pass. Russell and Jeanette Emerson lead the tour and provided some local knowledge along the way. The participants gained over 1100m in elevation starting at 466m above sea level.
   This was the first time in the events history that it had to be postponed due to the wet weather the previous Sunday. As we set off from Forest Range station the weather looked a little unsettled as we traversed the Grand View Ridge. Lunch was enjoyed at West peak, however by the time the last ten drivers had negotiated a small mud hole the cloud had descended limiting the view.
After lunch we continued on and with the weather clearing we had fantastic views from Breast peak and into the Lindis Creek which we crossed before completing the day back at the Forest Range Woolshed where Nick and his crew had a cool beverage and sausage on offer.
Another fantastic Safari thanks to the efforts of Bill, Ross and their team. These events wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from the landowners and Russell and Jeanette did a fantastic job leading us through the their and neighbouring properties.
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Summer book sale

Posted on Jan 12, 2019

Hundreds of donated books have now been re-housed to eager new readers following the Rotary summer book-sale over the weekend.  Held over 2 days at the spacious Cromwell Bowling Club stadium in Alpha street, the sale netted a little over $5000 with an average price of $2 per book.  Pam Broadhead, one of the organising group reports that about 100 banana boxes full of books were sold.  "We are very grateful to the locals and visitors alike who came to browse and buy - and of course to the many who gave us the books to sell in the first place.  We're now going to have a little rest and then get stuck in to the mammoth task of sorting the hundreds of new donations that have been received recently for the June book-sale.  That's the super-size sale.  The Bowling Club stadium will be groaning to cope with all the books (and CDs and LPs and magazines, and puzzles) we've got ready for the winter book-sale the first weekend in June."

Anyone with books, CDs, LPs, magazines to donate can drop them in at the Rotary book exchange container in the forecourt of Freeway Orchard.  It's open 363 days a year during business hours. 

Rotary also acknowledges the generous support of sponsors and supporters : Continental Party Hire, R & R Hiabs, Nichol's Garden Centre, and the Cromwell Bowling Club. 

Before the crowds arrived

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45th Parallel Track

Some of our Rotary members have been working hard to upgrade the Lowburn end of the 45th Parallel track. Many locals & visitors that take the opportunity for a bit of a blow out... the view at the top makes it all worth while!
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ITM visit

Thanks Paul Piebenga for a very informative evening visiting your impressive new premises. Thanks also for your support of our 45th Parallel Track upgrade 👍
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Rotary and St John say THANK YOU  

Rotary President Craig Lunn took huge pleasure this week in presenting Dave Anderson, St John Manager, with a cheque for $15000 towards the St John rebuilding project in Cromwell.  $13,500 came from the recent Rotary organised House and Garden tour, and Rotarians decided to top it up to $15000 with funds they've raised from other recent projects. 

Both Craig and Dave once again thanked all participants in, and sponsors of, the tour, as well as the most important people of all, the 12 home-owners who made it all possible.

The second tour is expected to be held in the latter part of 2019.  Home-owners who'd like to offer their homes as part of the itinerary are most welcome to contact  Rotarian and House and Garden Tour Committee chair Paula Jackson on 0275 725 457

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Joining in for a night of fun

Cromwell Rotarians  joined in the social activities at the town's new Lifestyle Village.  With over 70 people now living at Golden View, we rocked up with food and BBQ skills to join them in a few ends of bowls, lots of chat and the occasional wine and beer of course.  It was a gloriously sunny evening so lots of laughter and general enjoyment ensued.  And who won the bowls ??  Well let's just say there was a range of skills on display !! 

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House & Garden Tour

The sun shone on the 250+ visitors who participated in the weekend's house and garden tour of Cromwell and surrounding areas.  In a well orchestrated tour, participants were given maps which directed them around the 12 homes in a steady stream meaning that crowds did not build up in one place and people had plenty of time to wander round each home and garden.

Leader of the organising team Rotarian Paula Jackson was delighted with the success of the day.  'We could not have done it without the huge generosity of the 12 home-owners and the willingness they showed to open their homes to the passing parade of interested ticket-holders.  It means that all the ticket money will be going to St John for their new building."

She estimates that the proceeds will be in the vicinity of $13,000 and sincerely acknowledges the home owners as well as all the local businesses who sponsored all other elements of the tour.

Please email Paula with any feedback

Sponsors of the event were Harcourts, Feldwick Insurance, NZ House Surveys, Begg Security, Aitken Joinery, Golden View Lifestyle Village, Guthrie Bowron, Trends Kitchen, John Wekking Electrical, Shoes Unlimited, Metro Graphix, Nichols Garden Centre.  Many many thanks to you all. 

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Deadman's Bridge weeding 2018-10-14 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Point at Richards Beech 

Our work with the Mokihi Trust down along the Lake edge now has its own marker !  On Oct 2 Finn and Denis cemented our wonderful purpose made sign in place so that runners and walkers using the track can see what we've been up to in the general beautification initiative in the area.  Good work guys ;)) 

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Gardening in support of the Cancer Society

In September we had Monique Harvey, Supportive Care Services for the Central Lakes Cancer Society, speak at one of our meetings. Following on from this she asked us to help in two private gardens in Cromwell. A lovely way to spend our usual meeting night - gardening for some very grateful members of our community in their time of need. 🌱👍
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Meeting Apologies

Apologies on the website are only necessary for the nights when we are dining at the T&C club.
On the other Monday nights, when we plan activites or visits, you will be sent an email about each event. You need to SIGN UP for these events by following the instructions in the email.
If you have any problems with this please call Neroli 0274346014
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House and Garden Tour

Saturday October 27 will see a host of Cromwell homes and gardens open to the public in an event organised by Cromwell Rotary in support of Cromwell St John. 
The  selection of homes generously opened up to visitors by their owners include new homes, older homes, apartments, and beautifully restored villas and of course the visits include an opportunity to see their respective gardens as well.  The tour starts at 10am on the day and continues until 4pm . Your own transport will be required.

St John in Cromwell needs a new home and because the organisation relies on fundraising to build all its new buildings, Rotary has been approached to help.  A small group of Rotarians have developed the House and Garden tour as a way to profile a selection of interesting and unique homes in our area.  Visitors on the day to the selection of addresses will, through their ticket purchase, be making a significant contribution to this exciting St John project.

St John has identified the need for a new and innovative ambulance hub to help future proof its operations in this area given the rapid growth in both permanent and temporary population.  As we are all well aware, Cromwell and surrounding Central Otago areas are becoming a very popular destination - and of course both domestic and international tourism is increasing rapidly as well. 
In this increased growth, St John reports that demand for emergency services is up almost 5% per annum and planning is well underway for managing that likely continuing trend. They are looking to the 'hub and spoke' model developed in Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake as the likely solution.  
The planned new ambulance station will be built to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake, and could be easily converted to a post event response location, acting as a community meeting space. The proposed design reflects the unique character of the Cromwell region, using materials and vegetation that will evoke both the natural and cultural landscape of the area.
Because the value of having a strong St John in our community is so universally supported, lots of wonderful sponsors are supporting Rotary in this venture.  They include Harcourts, Metro Graphix and Design, NZ House Surveys, Guthrie Bowron, Nichol's Garden Centre, Shoes Unlimited, John Wekking Electrical, Begg Security, Trends Kitchen, Golden View Lifestyle Village and Aitken Joinery.  They are helping ensure that funds received through ticket sales can go straight to St John.
PLEASE NOTE : Because of the nature of the terrain at some houses, there is no wheelchair access, nor are the visits in general, toddler or young child friendly.
There are 2 ways to get tickets for the House and Garden Tour tour. You can  phone 03 262 7999, or you can call in to any Central Otago I-SITE Centre (Cromwell, Alexandra, Ranfurly and Roxburgh)to collect a ticket. Ticket price is $45 per person.  Any queries about the tour to Paula Jackson on 0275 725 457. 
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Lakeside Clean Up

It was great to be part of an awesome community event with the Lakeside clean up. Deadman's bridge was our area of focus this year. Thanks to Cromwell Rotary members & friends who helped, along with Mokihi Trust members.
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Rotary Debating Finals

The senior debating finals teams are pictured here with Shirley Howard who presented the Bob Howard Memorial Trophy for the 36th year to this year’s winning team Mount Aspiring College. The topic for this year’s debate was - That the glass is half full.
Pictured L to R: Jake Nicholson, Joe Strawson, Isobel Smith (Mt Aspiring College Team), Shirley Howard, Bethany Johnstone (rear), Tamara Hansen (front), Myah Scott (Cromwell College Team).
Lucy Laws proudly holds the John Webb Memorial debating trophy which she and her co-debaters Joshua Hancock and Jemima McCombe-Rae won in the final of the Central Lakes Schools Junior Debating Championship for 2018 at our meeting on August 20. The topic for the debate was "That we need more heroes".

Ainslie Webb was on hand to award her trophy. She commented in her presentation speech that her husband and our good mate John W would debate both formally and informally. It was her comment about the informal debating that got the biggest cheer from the gathered throng.
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Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day is here again. 

Rotarians and other local women volunteered their time this week to help bunch daffodils in preparation for the Daffodil Day appeal for the Cancer Society.  Pictured getting the flowers ready are from left : Helen Wreford Dunbar, Sandra Guyton, Shirley Calvert, Rie Trimmer, Shirley Howard, Maureen Butcher, Neroli McRae, Karen Ross and Yvonne Knox 
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Ban The Bag Pam Broadhead 2018-08-13 12:00:00Z 0

Salmon Sales

The Rotary Club of Cromwell is once again selling fresh salmon in time for your Christmas celebrations.
Orders will be ready for collection on Wednesday 13th  December
between 3 & 5pm at 87 Inniscort Street, Cromwell.
All orders must be in by Friday 8th December. 
Please click on the ORDER HERE link below to enter your order.
Prices are:
Whole salmon @ $25 per kg (2.5 – 3 kg fish); 
Salmon fillets @ $35 per kg (approx 1 kg pieces);
Smoked Salmon @ $30 per 500 grams.
Payment is required on pickup and is by cash (preferably) or cheque only. 
Sorry no EFTPOS or Credit Cards will be available.
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Ride the Lake - Sunday 8th October 2017

Sunday 8th October 2017 –10am –Rotary Glen, McNulty Inlet, Partridge Rd, Cromwell
Forty-five riders enjoyed perfect conditions for a memorable ride around Lake Dunstan. 
All proceeds from the ride will be donated to local metal health initiatives.
Click Here to see a tentative list of the riders' times.
Ride the Lake - Sunday 8th October 2017 Richard Broadhead 2017-10-07 11:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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