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Last Meeting:  Anne Abbott & Christine Meredith
Anne and Christine gave a convincing reminder of the old adage that many or our best talks come from our own members. They gave us a most persuasive argument for joining a Friendship Group Exchange as they recounted their experiences with the Rotary Clubs of Orange North and Orange Daybreak.
Christine told me she had over 200 pictures, but very wisely they avoided paralysis by PowerPoint and spoke describing their activities with just a few well-chosen visuals.  After an inauspicious start thanks to a recalcitrant jet engine, a re-directed flight and a horrifically early morning start they reached Orange for an official town hall welcome.
Highlights of the next 14 days included  visiting Bathurst, Holy Temple of petrol heads, a dried-up lake a very brown Botanic Gardens, (no rain for 3 years), a park playground which included a swing for wheel chairs (a local Rotary project - hint?), a Rescue Park with a singed koala bear, camels and baby wombats, a Japanese P.O.W. cemetery and a replica of the Peace Bell.
They saw the radio telescope used to transmit the pictures of Neil Armstrong's landing on the moon, too many "Beware of Snake" signs, and a surf club on a beach (sic) many miles from the sea. They saw useful ideas like the project to collect and re-cycle old linen, a go-anywhere-do-anything emergency response vehicle and a building set up for distance learning for aboriginal children.
Their hosts, and all the people they met were hospitable and friendly. They will be visiting NZ soon and I hope we can help make their visit here as welcoming.

Parting Thought:

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer" ~ Maricel Proust


Pongaroa Library Latest Acquisitions:
"April Fool" - Sue Prise
"Come on in!" - Doris Open
"Amazing Adventures" - G Wizz

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.
Upcoming Events
Club Forum
Dec 02, 2019
Christmas Function
Dec 09, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Casual Meeting
Avalon Pavilion
Dec 16, 2019
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
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General Notices:

* Christmas Raffle: If anyone has raffle items to donate for the trailer, John Matthews would like you to deliver them to his home (15 Renoir Ave, Belmont), or bring them along to our next meeting at Avalon Pavilion.
* Raffle Tickets: If you have not received your tickets for the Christmas Raffle, or need more tickets please contact John Mathews. He will also have then available at the next meeting.  Once you have sold the tickets the preferred method of payment is by Internet payment to the EHRC Charitable Trusts bank account number 03-0531-0909707-00, with the lowest & highest ticket numbers as your reference, e.g. 10592-10621.  The completed butts are to be returned to John.
* Christmas Function: This is Monday 9th December.  If you already know, or think, you will be away on that date, please advise President Rob and Ron Hunter now.
* Christmas Puddings: The cost is $20 per tin and Anne will take orders and payments. Brian Lummis has already ordered 12!
* Funds Raised: Sergeants Funds - $125.70
* Christmas Concert: Come along and enjoy the Hutt Valley Community Choir -
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