Meeting by Zoom

Our second meeting by Zoom attracted 20 members. Let's aim for a 50% increase for Monday 11th.

District Governor, Gary, joined us and presented the club [virtually] a certificate of 50 Years of membership.

Of the 31 charter members two are still active and one, Bob Ritchie was able to present some the history and his recollections. A highlight for Bob was the start of the Rotary Walkway during his presidency and his Paul Harris Fellowship, presented in 1992. Bill Duncan, the other charter member, was thwarted from offering his recollections by the technology but we are hopeful of that Bill will be able to do that at an upcoming meeting.


May 11, 2020 6:00 PM
Epidemic Response Committee
Epidemic Response Committee

Local MP, Simeon will be able to talk about the Epidemic Response Committee that has been chaired by the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Bridges.

The Epidemic Response Committee has been hearing from a wide range of individuals and groups  and has been able to ask the sorts of questions that might have been asked had Parliament been sitting normally.

Simeon is happy to answer any quesitons Rotarians may have.

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Rotary by Zoom
May 11, 2020
6:00 PM – 6:40 PM
World Bee Day
May 20, 2020
May Board Meeting
May 25, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
May 29, 2020
Queens Birthday
Jun 01, 2020
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Rotary Meeting By Zoom
Make a Difference
Mia Kidston, a 16 years old who went on Rotary Youth Exchange last year wants to make a difference and spread some kindness during these times.

Originally she was going to donate my hair for wigs but found that she can’t donate dyed hair in New Zealand.

She's already achieved her initial goal was $200 so that her father Terry would shave his head too - help her make a difference

Best song, book and film
A group of people posing for the cameraDescription automatically generatedYesterday.  The Beatles. Dennis Kavanagh.  It reminds me of my youth but still stands as a great in today’s world. While the song is credited to Lennon /McCartney it was written entirely by Paul and he was the only Beatle to play on the recording of it. The melody was written a long time before the lyrics and its title was Scrambled Eggs until Paul worked out the lyrics.
Pride and Prejudice.  Jane Austen. Alison Gilbert. I have read this book at least once every year since I was 16. Every time I read it I am staggered by the sheer beauty of the language and how Austen’s commentary on human nature is still relevant today . I find something new to think upon every time I read this book.
We Are the Champions. Queen. Gary Langford. Written by Freddie Mercury, who was thinking about football [soccer] when he wrote it. A great participation song the fans could sing. He did wonder if it could be construed as his version of I Did It My Way. "No bed of roses but we have made it." 
I Knew I was Right 2

As we all contemplate a move to Level 2 and then the even more exciting Level 1 we will all look back on the weeks since the Covid 19 crisis began. How did it go? Should we have acted sooner, more aggressively, less aggressively, given more support or less support, allowed more exceptions by business or region or population cohort? Did we trust the experts too much or not enough? Can pandemic modelling be trusted? All these questions and many more.

Did anyone write down their analysis down, their views on what should or should not have been done, their predictions on the impact on health or the economy? Probably not and as it turns out that will be really helpful in helping us all conclude that what we thought was really accurate and that we are remarkably prescient.

To help us in that quest for affirmation, there are well over 100 documented biases and tendencies at our disposal. Here are a few to watch out for when thinking about our own recollection of events and the statements of the many commentators who have spoken or written so confidently [with special reference to Mike Hosking and Duncan Garner.]

  • Confirmation bias - searching for and focusing on information that confirms our own views.
  • Egocentric bias - recalling the past in a self-serving manner.
  • False consensus effect - a tendency to overestimate the degree to which others agree with us.
  • Expectation bias - where research agrees with our own expectations it is more likely to be published.
  • Hindsight bias - “I knew it all along.” 
  • Subjective validation - the perception that something must be true if an important belief which we hold requires it to be true.
  • Self-serving bias - a tendency to claim more responsibility for successes than failures.
A woman reports her husband’s disappearance to the police. 
They ask her for a description, and she says, “He’s six feet three inches tall, well built with thick curly hair.”
Her friend says, “What are you talking about! Your husband is five feet four, bald and has a huge belly.”
And she says, “Who wants that one back?”
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