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Last MeetingRichard Perry - New Orleans
The old adage holds true: many of the best addresses come from our own members.  Past President Richard Perry described his recent visit, on a Rotary Friendship Exchange, to New Orleans.
We learned some of its history: how after French explorers found it in 1680, then taken over by Spain, France, Britain and finally USA.  This explains why much of its architecture is Spanish, many inhabitants relish their French culture, and it is strongly Roman Catholic.  Its religion also explains how it became famous for its carnivals, slaves were entitled to free Sundays and so they were able to hold public celebrations.
Since the Hurricane Katrina and the severe flooding many whites fled and downtown has become 66% Afro-American.  Although 60 km from the coast the land is low lying which has led to its cuisine of rice and sea foods and also to quirks such as cemeteries containing sarcophagi above ground in three tier mausoleums.
The best known festival is the Mardi Gras which extends from twelfth night to the Tuesday before Easter, and we saw numerous photographs of the amazing floats, bands, clothes and street parties.
We learned how their host clubs started their meetings with a prayer, the oath of allegiance and a recital of the Four Way Test.  Each club, with membership ranging from 20 to 50, would have one major project each year and aim to raise from $US100,000 to $250,000.
Richard concluded his most interesting talk with the prepared presentation of, "New Zealand - Our Place" they showed to their host clubs.
Parting Thought~ Louis Armstrong
Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine, I look right into the heart of good old New Orleans.  It has given me something to live for.”

Community & Member Activity

Des Darby - Honorary Membership Status
President Robert Sinclair and the Board had much pleasure in awarding Des Darby Honorary Membership at tonight's meeting.
Welcome Barry Littlefair
Tonight we welcomed Barry Littlefair as a new member.  Barry and Diane emigrated to New Zealand in November 2019 and they now live in Eastbourne.  They have 2 sons, one married to a Kiwi, with two children, also living in Eastbourne.  The other one is married and lives in Hong Kong.

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 Meetings & Events
Brunch at the Boulcott Golf Club
Boulcott Farm Golf Club
Jul 02, 2020
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Club Changeover
Avalon Pavilion
Jul 06, 2020
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
No speaker - Committees Meet
Jul 13, 2020
Board Meeting
Avalon Pavilion
Jul 20, 2020
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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General Notices:

* Changeover - Monday 6th July: Please write this in your diary, arriving at 6:00pm for 6:30pm start
* Absie: We are pleased to advise that Absie is now convalescing at home.
* Upcoming Collection - Women's Refuge: Gregory is putting names together as collectors for Friday 31st July and Saturday 1st August.  Hopefully you'll be able to spare an hour or two at Countdown, High Street, Lower Hutt.
* Funds Raised: Sergeant’s Fund - $40.90; Meat Raffle - $99.00
Learning Session 6
Have you tried to get the Membership Directory direct from our website?  It's easy so here's how, but remember the underlined blue words are "Links", so click on these and you will be taken to the next step....
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
New Satellite Group?
7 Reasons Young (and Young-ish) People Should Join Rotary
Rotary in General
District 9940 Website
Activity & Training Programmes
Important Rotary Documents
How to Log-in
General Info
Civil Defence site
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