Sunday, August 26, 2012

ROTARY CLUB OF RUTHERFORD, NELSON

ROTARY CLUB OF RUTHERFORD, NELSON
BULLETIN NO. 8 FOR MON 27TH AUG. & MON. 3RD SEPT. 2012 5:30PM FOR 6 PM START MONDAY : FERN LODGE AT PRINCE ALBERT HOTEL 27 Aug. 3rd Sept.( some absences Allowed for)
DUTIES: Room Setup: . Ian C. Bill D. Reception: Denis D. Mike N.
Grace: . Bill D. Jeff D.
Sergeant: Jeff D. Keith R.
Members 2 Minutes: Mike N. Graham S.
Speaker’s Host: Keith R. Russell S.
Vote of Thanks: Russell S. Jim B.
Parting Thought: Graham S. Mike B.
NOTE: deck chairs have been shuffled for 3rd SEPTEMBER, People known to be away that day Include Garry W, Denis D, Mike W. -- Mr Secretary note your schedule sent ran out 27/8. ( If not able to be there please arrange a swap or replacement )
SPEAKER 27th Aug JOSEPH THOMAS of Tasman District Council – " The Lee Valley" ALSO for the following week, 3
rd Sept, speaker to yet confirm: (Ian has a local person in mind, a young volunteer speaks about her work with disadvantaged children and families in Thailand.)
EVENTS …… coming up soon ( Please note your diaries on these -) * In September - Social Event with wives & partners….to be announced.
* Applicants from Nelson Girls College - for Science Society Forum in Auckland
Our Trustees will have to consider these. We also need assistance with volunteers
as interviewers. Please tell Barry B or Mike Watson if you can help.
* Mon 24 September: Club Meeting with District Governor: Gordon Hooper
* Wakatu Club Project: Club to assist with boardwalks - Richmond to Mapua.
SUBS. $110 THIS 6 MONTHS ARE NOW DUE -- TREAT THIS AS YOUR BILL
Treasurer will accept any time from now -- say needed in by 30
th September last date. GUEST SPEAKER--CAPTAIN DAVE DUNCAN, PORT NELSON HARBOURMASTER
Last week the Club was joined by a team from Stoke-Tahunanui, plus we had visitors Graham and Maureen Elwood with us, for an enjoyable meeting with Capt. Dave Duncan, our Port Nelson Harbourmaster. Dave hails from Wanganui, gave us a rundown on the changes in his career over a number of years. He made a change of course at age 36 when he decided to go to sea. Prior to that he had been in insurance as a risk assessor, and then had moved to Perth where he was in real estate, and thus able to indulge his real interest which was in sailing. So with 4 family by then Dave took up a new career and went back to school to do his sea-going tickets. From there he became the brand new 3
rd mate (relieving) after a" container ship" had had a disaster with the previous crew. He did 5 years with the Trans-Tasman Container Line, achieved his Master=Mariner Ticket in 2002. Another change then and 2010 saw him as the Marine Operations Manager, Pilot, then Harbour Master with PNL at Nelson. Knowledge of many Acts, Codes, Local Govt. Acts, of the Port & Harbour Safety Codes, Fire Safety Code, Code for Safe Stowage, as well as of the detail of Nelson Harbour and its environs is only part of the Job! Most of these Codes have been amended in the last 12 months. There’s The Admiralty Act, The Maritime Transport Act, Civil Defence Act to name but a few. Dealing with pilotage problems, 225m long container ships arriving & leaving, Kayaks coming alongside with no realisation of the dangers of large moving vessels etc, are but a few of the day to day issues. Then there are the Oil and other unhealthy discharge occurrences, to be monitored and audited – responsibility of the Harbour Master. Then Local Body reps want to make changes to facilities on the port reclamation, sometimes with not any practical realisation of the consequential problems for public safety etc. An entertaining speaker, and our session ended 8pm.
Keith presented a Rotary Pen and thanks from those present for such an insightful talk.
LAST WEEK’S HAPPENINGS: # Sergeant Russell Fines 20th Aug.- included Ian C, skiing free? But copping a speeding fine in Queenstown on holiday, Denis doing a Barry B, and breaking his spade at the Living Legends Tree planting project on 18th, Graham S. so far getting "away" with his speeding ticket. Plus others who couldn’t name the new RI President ( Banner behind them on the wall! ). # Jeff gave a great Members Talk with a helmet-mounted bike camera video screening of a recent mountain bike trail run and climb , new recently cleared track in the Sharlands Creek area. The new R&R track is about 10kms up from Sharlands. It was noted there were plenty of stops on the ride, someone unkindly suggested these were much-needed excuses for a rest!
Well done Jeff. (meeting attendance was encouraging with 11 of our members, 10 from Stoke-Tahuna,plus there were 2 guests and our guest speaker - 24 in all.)
KEITH’S PARTING THOUGHT FOR 13TH AUG.: To sustain maximum attention, its hard to beat a good big mistake LIVING LEGENDS TREE PLANTING AT WAKAPUAKA – MEMBERS HELPING OTHER VOLUNTEERS:
RUSSELL’S PARTING THOUGHTS ON 20TH AUGUST --
--- ALL ABOUT SIGNS WE SEE AROUND US: * In a Laundromat: ‘ please remove all your clothes when the light goes out’
* Outside a Department Store: ‘ bargain basement: upstairs’
* At a worksite: ‘ would the person who removed the stepladder please bring it back or
further steps will be taken ‘
POEM: for the motorists I have a little Satnav It sits there in my car A Satnav is a driver’s friend It tells you where you are
I have a little Satnav
I’ve had it all my life
Its better than the normal ones
My Satnav is my wife.
It gives me full instructions
Especially how to drive
"It’s fifty k’s an hour", it says
"You’re doing sixty-five"
It tells me when to stop and start And when to use the brake And tells me that it's never ever Safe to overtake It tells me when a light is red And when it goes to green It seems to know instinctively Just when to intervene It lists the vehicles just in front And all those to the rear And taking this into account It specifies my gear. I'm sure no other driver Has so helpful a device For when we leave and lock the car It still gives its advice It fills me up with counselling Each journey's pretty fraught So why don't I exchange it And get a quieter sort? Ah well, you see, it cleans the house, Makes sure I'm properly fed, It washes all my shirts and things And - keeps me warm in bed!
Despite all these advantages
And my tendency to scoff,
I do wish that once in a while
I could turn the damned thing off.
THE END OF BULLETIN 8

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