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Most Recent Meeting: Bill Sheat - Wellington's 1st Theatre in 1843
Fellow Rotarian of 40+ years gave a fascinating insight of when theatre was introduced to Wellington in the 1800's.  Evidenced with a series of images and photos (here), Bill told us that the first musical play, directed by Mr Marriott, was in May 1843 at the Royal Victoria theatre.  It was reported humorously that there was a disturbance before it started, so patrons had to sit on broken chairs, in a smokey whale oil lit atmosphere.

The existing Opera house opened in 1914 and was funded by McCarthy Trust.  In 1933, Dame Sybil Thorndick performed here and in 1948 there was a visit from the Old Vic with 3 sold-out productions.  They were very popular and Bill was excited to see one of them.

He reminded us that Hannah Playhouse was established by Jane Campion's mother Edith - it was a colourful trip down memory lane.  

Parting Thought:

"I love acting. It is so much more real than life.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Community & Member Activity

2019 Quiz Evening
The recent Quiz Night was a great success, with lots of fun identifying strange objects and substances in the quirky-question sections.  Over $
1,000 was raised for the Duffy Books in Homes programme, thanks to everyone who participated.

Bulletin Contribution

I'm A Storyteller
Unlike others,  I don’t have an amazing adventure overseas to tell you about (Well I do, but that’s another story), or a foray into something that will hold you spellbound as you read.  Rather I would like to share with you a piece of self-discovery that took one person, one sentence, to help me make complete sense of my life.

Rostered Duties & Responsibilities:

Please study and plan ahead, especially if you are on duty to write a Bulletin Contribution.  A reminder that it's also your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to fulfill your duty.
May 06, 2019
May 13, 2019
Hutt City Council Healthy Families project
May 27, 2019
Membership retention and growth strategies
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Upcoming Events
Brunch at Norma Blue
Norma Blue Cafe
May 02, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Avalon Pavilion
May 13, 2019
7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Pink Ribbon Breakfast
Avalon Pavilion
May 14, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
District 9940 Conference
May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Annual Club Assembly
May 19, 2019
Club Forum
Avalon Pavilion
May 20, 2019
Rotary International Convention
Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 03, 2019
No Meeting - Queens Birthday
Jun 03, 2019
Brunch at Norma Blue
Norma Blue Cafe
Jun 06, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

General Notices:

* Pink Ribbon Breakfast - Tuesday 14th May: Support Shelley with her Committee's great cause - details HERE.
* Entertainment Books: Now available for $65 from Anne Abbott.
* Unpaid Christmas Puddings: There's allegedly 6 members who ordered and forgot to pay $20 for their Christmas Puddings.  If you are one, please arrange payment with our Treasurer, Tony.
* Funds Raised: Sergeants/Sunshine Fund: $121.00; Meat Raffle: $122.00

Learning Session 5:

* Member Directory:  As a member, you can get our Club Membership Directory off our website.  To access, go to our Website first, then look at "About Us" and you will see "Member Directory".  HOWEVER, because it is confidential information, you must Log-in first and this is done at the top right hand side of the website where it says, "Member Login".  If you don't have your personal Log-in, follow these instructions HERE.
Various Rotary Links
District 9940 Website
Activity & Training Programmes
Important Rotary Documents
How to Log-in
General Info
Civil Defence site
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