100 Years of Rotary
The Weekend Herald on Saturday 20th devoted a full page to an abridged extract from Mana Tangata. People of Action. While our club sold 24 copies, all members will find the Herald piece enlightening. It traverses many of the contributions that New Zealand Rotary has made nationally and internationally and presents that work in a positive light. 
 
Much of the extract is devoted to the future of Rotary and the challenges facing the organisation. One statement stood out as a stark reminder of the challenges ahead. “The survival of Rotary in New Zealand should not be taken for granted.”  
It outlines what members see as the issues facing clubs, some of the barriers to change and growth, and the form that clubs and the wider organisation might take in future years. 
 
Past World President Bill Boyd and former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand are quoted,
 

“In just the same way as Rotary gave purpose to those lost in the social upheavals of  the Great Depression or those who needed a new start after WWII, Rotary needs to move forward in the future with the same confidence, competence and commitment to make positive social change. This is our wero, our challenge to our fellow Rotarians.” 

 
I have scanned the full article. If you would like a copy of that email me and I will attach one.   
Calendar
World Friendship Day
Jul 30, 2021
 
Rotary Membership and Development Month
Aug 01, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021
 
International Youth Day
Aug 12, 2021
 
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The observations of a headhunter. 
At our Monday evening meeting club members were entertained by Brian Dyke.
Leaving school relatively early, Brian began work at NZ Post whereas luck would have it he was mentored and supported and soon found himself at university. By 1972, after a brief stint as Private Secretary to Roger Douglas it was into the new and growing area of merchant banking where he worked with the Chase Manhattan Bank, Broadbank and Marac Finance.  
 
“Masters of the universe” in a finance industry and stock market, subsequently described as the wild west, leading of course to the stock market crash which as Brian explained, New Zealand suffered more than other countries. 
 
From finance to “head hunting”, more politely described as executive personnel recruitment, was the next career move. Brian focused on three main aspects of that industry. The first was the very high fees that consulting companies could charge and how that was often reflected in premises and the trappings that go with that.  
 
Secondly those fees aligned to the notion that “no one ever got fired for buying IBM” meant that candidate searches were expensive and often led to the appointment of overseas candidates, an approach experience has subsequently shown not always to be a wise strategy.  
 
Thirdly Brian explained that while giving the client companies a strong shortlist, often with one candidate who was outside the brief that the company had originally proposed, it was so very important to treat all candidates with respect.
 
Finally, when talking about the selection of board members, Brian outlined the trend in New Zealand for people to be on many more boards than is the international benchmark. That was explained by relatively low directors’ fees and something of an old boys’ club. He gave the example of a recent board of a very large and high-profile company which had a board comprising 5 lawyers and 3 accountants and not one member with any background in the industry or associated industries the company was serving.  
Membership.
It is always sad to have to farewell members. The club would like to recognise the service of two departing members:
Guy who joined May 1996 (25 years of service) and Nick who joined June 2011 (10 years of service).
Both have been actively engaged in the life of the club and will be greatly missed. 
 
We wish them all the best.
 
 
 
 
 
On the bright side we have welcomed back Peter Jollands, a past member who is re-joining the fold.
 
Welcome back Peter.  
Changeover
It is that time of the year again! Club changeover.
An invitation with details on registration and payment will be with you shortly.
We hope you can make it. 
A book worth reading.
In the last Bulletin readers were invited to send in what they thought was a film worth watching, music worth listening to or a book worth reading.
Kim has sent in her choice.
 
The incredible, bestselling memoir of survival, hope and empowerment
THE AWARD-WINNING SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Edith Eger “The Choice”.
Even in hell, hope can flower
'I'll be forever changed by her story' - Oprah Winfrey
‘Extraordinary … will stick with you long after you read it’ - Bill Gates
'One of those rare and eternal stories you don't want to end' - Desmond Tutu
'A masterpiece of holocaust literature. Her memoir, like her life, is extraordinary, harrowing and inspiring in equal measure'The Times Literary Supplement
‘I can’t imagine a more important message for modern times. Eger’s book is a triumph' - The New York Times
 
In 1944, sixteen-year-old ballerina Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.
 
The horrors of the Holocaust didn't break Edith. In fact, they helped her learn to live again with a life-affirming strength and a truly remarkable resilience.
The Choice is her unforgettable story. It shows that hope can flower in the most unlikely places.
Did you miss getting an invoice? 
 
On  the 31st of May a copy of the book celebrating 100 years of Rotary,  Mana Tangata. People of Action,  was purchased  but the keen reader to be forgot to leave their name and therefore has missed being invoiced. 
 
All the invoices have been completed now, so if you have a book but don't yet have an invoice please get in touch with Kim Collins, Treasurer. 
 
50 Years Membership.