Our members have been at Countdown Nelson at Paru Paru Road, collecting for Foodbank. We encourage shoppers to buy an extra item and drop it in our trolley as they exit. We deliver to Foodbank and they make sure the supplies get to families who are struggling at Christmas time. Thanks to so many people who have been very generous with their support again this year. And thanks to Colin and Dick for organising the roster. Merry Christmas!
On 27 June, President Shellz handed over the chain of office to our new president for 2018-19, Kevin McGirr.
Shellz presented Nelson Coastguard President Wayne Harrison with a cheque for $5000, being proceeds from the Boulder Bank Walk.
Russell Egan received his Charter Member lapel pin after 52 years, and John Cooper received a special mention and appreciation from Shellz for his great work editing the bulletin.
The Bill Mangos Attendance Trophy was awarded this year jointly to Richard Topliss and Nigel Sutton.
Kevin thanked Shellz for her leadership, which will always be remembered. For the coming year, Kevin urged us all to “Be the Inspiration”.
Members and friends of Nelson West joined battle to regain the Bell Trophy, taking on other Rotary clubs from the region at the Speights Ale House quiz night on Monday 29 May. We didn’t win the trophy, but we had lots of fun and helped Stoke Tahuna Rotary Club raise several thousand dollars for local charitable causes.
Whakatu Rotary won the trophy with an impressive performance, taking out the top two places (or was it the top three? — in any case, there wasn’t any arguing about which club won :-).
Even Ted got in on the action.
Thanks to all who participated.
President Shellz has teamed up with Murray B to come up with a novel way to raise funds for Shelterbox – free range eggs! Members put in orders or just rock up with a few coins at our Wednesday meetings and take home 6 or 12 eggs fresh from the henhouse – choice! Last week Murray even delivered a dozen to my letterbox – all for a good cause, eh.
Just one more benefit of membership of the Rotary Club of Nelson West 😉
This year’s Boulder Bank Walk is on 11 March 2018
This is a great event for the family – although very young ones would need to be carried. We take you from Wakefield Quay by bus to the end of Boulder Bank Drive, you walk the 9 km back to the Cut, and we bring you back by boat. Along the way you can go by the baches (owners have been known to offer you a cuppa and give you a peek inside), go up to the top of the lighthouse, listen to speakers on the history of ‘the Bank’ and see Nelson from a different perspective. We also have a barbecue going at the lighthouse so you don’t get too hungry–be sure to bring some cash to buy something to eat.
Buses depart from Guyton’s carpark on Wakefield Quay at 8:15, 9:00 and 9:45 am. The “boat-both-ways” option is available at 10:45 and 11:15. Some tickets will be available on the day, but best to get tickets in advance to get the departure time you want. In any case, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior, and allow extra time if parking your car (Guyton’s carpark is P120, so not suitable).
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children (14&under). Tickets for Boat both ways are $30 and $18. Our ticket sellers are
Knapps Lawyers, Richmond (not open Saturdays)
TSB Bank, Trafalgar St, Nelson
Stoke Garden & Landscapes, Saxton Road
If you don’t get to our ticket outlets, we usually have some tickets available on the day. Be sure to bring sunscreen, a parka, sturdy shoes, water bottle and a hat.
In the event of bad weather, the postponement date is 18 March. Refunds will be available for ticketholders who cannot attend on that date.
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At our Black Tie Dinner and Charity Auction for Nelson Hospice, Tina Stanton was the successful bidder for a visit from a team of Nelson West Rotarians. Ray and his team did a great job around Tina’s property, leaving her smiling and impressed. Well done, team!
Here is the note we received from Tina:
I would like to thank Ray and his team of Rotarians for the brilliant job they did cleaning up our gardens on Saturday 2nd December. That is the level of commitment and service by members that makes Rotary such a respected and successful organisation.
As a relatively new Nelson resident, I have been putting down roots here and I will continue to support your club projects and events. I look forward to meeting you all again in the future.
Thanks to all those who donated auction items (listed below) for our Black Tie Dinner, a charity fundraiser for Nelson Hospice and the Rotary Foundation. And a big thank you to Christine Tzanetis for organising another great evening, including arranging many of these prizes.
1) Man’s Casio Baby G Watch donated by Ash Wells
2) $100 Meal voucher donated by Trailways
3) Assorted wines (1/2 doz) donated by Ross Stevenson
4) 2x Double Movie pass donated by State Cinema
5) Salmon basket donated by NZ King Salmon
6) Basket of Sun Shield Care products donated by Prices Life Pharmacy
7) Basket of Hair Products from Untouchables donated by Sheila Granger
8) $100 Voucher from Stoke Garden & Landscape donated by Nigel Sutton
9) Meat voucher $40 donated by Westmeat
10) The Body Shop $45.00 voucher
11) Assortment of Health products from S Aglud- Colloidal Silver Co.
12) Ticket to dinner with John Key donated by Nick Smith
13) Bottle of wine donated by Ross Stevenson
14) The Styx ‘s Restaurant $50 voucher arranged by Christine
15) $200 Knapps Lawyers voucher donated by Gary Stocker
16) Craft work donated by Shelly
17) Olympic Watch donated by Ash
18) Laphroaig Whisky donated by Richard Lee
19) Cider Products ($50) donated by Ray
20) Envirowaste $200 Voucher-Kindly donated by Steve
Grant Kerr, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, will be the speaker at Nelson West’s 2017 ‘Black Tie Dinner’, our annual charity dinner and auction, to be held on Wednesday 8 November at Trailways. This year’s event will benefit the Nelson Tasman Hospice and the Rotary Foundation.
Grant will talk about “Corporates – What drives them & Why Nelson?” Grant took up his role at the chamber in February 2017. He has extensive business experience in a range of Industries including three years as Head of Jetstar NZ and was General Manager of Air Nelson and Eagle Airways with Air New Zealand.
Oh, and Black Tie is not required 🙂 Most men wear jacket and tie, women come in dinner dress. Hope to see you there!
Our club helps to fund and operate a shuttle service at Nelson Hospital, to help patients and visitors get up the steep hill from the street to hospital reception. We are looking for more volunteer drivers to work a few hours a fortnight, and would also some appreciate some help with maintenance costs.
The service was recently featured in a story in the Nelson Weekly – click on photo above or see p.8 of the paper published on 15 August 2017 – below.
Update (26 Aug): In response to the publicity, at least 6 people have volunteered to drive the buggy, and also some considerable cash donations have been received. Thank you to all supporters of this great service!
In with the new! In a remarkably bloodless and amicable coup d’etat, Shelly (Shellz) Fleming has taken over the reins of the Rotary Club of Nelson West. Sporting a striking new dress custom-made with the new Rotary Theme for 2017-18, Shellz graciously relieved the previous president, Richard Lee, of the trappings of office.
“Relieved is actually the right word,” said Richard. “The chain of office was getting a bit heavy!” (This was a bit of hyperbole, as several years ago the club replaced the old solid metal chain of office with a more modern, much lighter version – editor.)
“You can have the Gibbons plate, too!” chimed in Richard’s wife, Candy, who has been carefully guarding the weightily framed and heavily embossed china donated by club Foundation member Bill Gibbons.
Gracious to the last, Shellz took it all with aplomb, and called her new board members up to the podium. There, she handed each board member a bag with a new pin and a painted mushroom – the meaning of which remains something of a mystery. Could it be the president’s nuclear option if board members don’t toe the line?
“It is all about Making a Difference,” Shellz announced, quoting the Rotary theme for her year.
Before relinquishing his authority, President Richard awarded a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin to Nelson West Rotarian Graeme Thomas for his long Service Above Self. Over many years, Graeme has generously given his time and management advice to numerous community organisations, and continues to do so. He is an inspiration to us all.
Present to witness the changing of the guard was Rotary District Governor (9970) Arie Geerlofs, who also awarded Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pins to outgoing Assistant Governors Phil and Anna Gully.
The new presidents of Whakatu (Karen Stade), Stoke-Tahuna (Bernie Goldsmith) and Rutherford Nelson (Glenn Morris) also attended to witness Shellz’ takeover and installation.
A lovely dinner and fellowship was enjoyed by all members and guests.