Boulder Bank Walk – 11 March 2018

This year’s Boulder Bank Walk is on 11 March 2018

Nelson's Boulder Bank and lighthouse

Nelson’s Boulder Bank and lighthouse

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.

Like “Nelson West Rotary” on Facebook for updates on tickets, special features and weather.

Rent-a-Rotarians strike again

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!

Alex and Dick – Rotarians for rent

 

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.

Thank you to BTD sponsors

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

‘Black Tie’ dinner for Hospice

Grant Kerr, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce

Grant Kerr

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.

If you’d like to support our local hospice, or help the Rotary Foundation eradicate polio, or just enjoy a fun evening for a good cause, please join us!

Tickets are $50. Contact Christine Tzanetis email: BTD@Rotary9970.org.nz. For further details, check here: Black Tie Invite 2017

Oh, and Black Tie is not required 🙂 Most men wear jacket and tie, women come in dinner dress. Hope to see you there!

Hospital buggy needs help

Hospital buggy service needs help

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!

Pres. Shellz takes over

Pres Shellz

Pres Shellz and her dress that matches the new Rotary Theme

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.)

Board members

New board members with Shellz

“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?

Graeme Thomas and his wife Heather

Graeme Thomas (with wife Heather) received a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin for Service Above Self

“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.

Shellz with other new presidents Karen Stade (Whakatu), Glenn Morris (Rutherford Nelson), and Bernie Goldsmith (Stoke-Tahuna)

The new presidents of Whakatu (Karen Stade), Stoke-Tahuna (Bernie Goldsmith) and Rutherford Nelson (Glenn Morris) also attended to witness Shellz’ takeover and installation.

with DG Arie

Candy, Richard and Nigel enjoy a moment with DG Arie

Bob Sturrock and Russell Egan

Paul Harris Fellows Bob Sturrock and Russell Egan

Nigel Sutton with DG Arie

New Assistant Governor Nigel Sutton with DG Arie

Murray Butler and Nigel Sutton won the Attendance Trophy

Murray Butler and Nigel Sutton were joint recipients of the Attendance Trophy (donated by former RCNW member Bill Mangos)

Phil and Anna Gully each received a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin for their service as Assistant Governors.

A lovely dinner and fellowship was enjoyed by all members and guests.

Russell entertaining the bar staff, Jacob and Malcolm

Kevin auctioned the flower arrangements on the tables

Table centerpieces

Table centerpieces went home with several members after a lively auction

Boulder Bank Walk 2017

Light and view from top of lighthouse

Light and view from top of lighthouse

Update 16 March:
Boulder Bank walk now on Sunday 19 March.
Forecast looking great for this Sunday. Still tickets available at Knapps Lawyers, Stoke Garden & Landscape and TSB Bank. Get them in advance to get the departure time you want and avoid disappointment.

Those who are unable to attend on 19 March can return the tickets to the original vendor for a full refund, or can consider the tickets a donation to Coastguard. We apologise for any inconvenience, but we want everyone to enjoy this event!

Our 8th annual Boulder Bank Walk is happening on Sunday 12 March 2017 (now 19 March). Don’t miss it!

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.

One of the baches on the Boulder Bank

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.

Kirsty - Job done!

Kirsty – Job done!

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 10:30 and 11:00. 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).

Again this year, we have a discounted $12 ticket for children 14 years & under to make it more attractive for the whole family. Standard tickets remain at $20. Our ticket sellers are

Knapps Lawyers, Richmond (Mon-Fri)
TSB Bank, Trafalgar St, Nelson (Mon-Sat noon)
Stoke Garden & Landscapes, Saxton Road (7 days)

Or order by email:  gilly@knapps.co.nz

If you don’t get to our ticket outlets, you can check our Facebook page to see if we have 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 19 March. Refunds will be available for ticketholders who cannot attend on that date.

Funds raised go to support Nelson Coastguard and other Rotary charities.

Like “Nelson West Rotary” on Facebook for updates on tickets, special features and weather.

Funds raised for Hospice

Nelson West raised $3200 for Nelson Hospice and other charities at our recent Black Tie Dinner and Auction. Thank you to those listed below for donating items, to those who bought them, to our guest speaker Paul Steere, and special thanks to Christine Tzanetis for organising the evening.

NZ King Salmon
Waimea Farm Kennels
Grand Mercure-Monaco
Knapps Lawyers
Survitec Group Ltd
Miles Spence-Kindly
Trailways Motor Inn
Westmeats
State Cinema
Prices Pharmacy
The Body Shop
Ash Wells
Ross Stevenson
Denis Mellsop
Mike Day
Murray Butler
Russell Egan

Nigel Sutton is newest PH Fellow

Nigel gets PHF pin

Pres Richard bestows a Paul Harris Fellowship on Nigel Sutton

Nelson West Rotary congratulates our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Nigel Sutton, for exemplary “Service Above Self”.

Nigel was President of Nelson West in 2014-15 and has served on the board for several years, including as Secretary. He is a regular at our projects, sells tickets for our Boulder Bank walk, has introduced his daughter to Rotary and, among many other things, is an all around great guy.

Well deserved, Nigel. Well done.

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Daring robbery of Bell Trophy!

 

The Bell Trophy

The Bell Trophy

There was a daring robbery last night at the Nelson Yacht Club, as a band of martial artists, dubbed Whakatu Kung Fu, lifted the prestigious Bell Trophy from the hands of Nelson West Rotary.

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The evening started well with the large crowd enjoying fellowship and friendship (and the bar). There were indications that this was no ordinary evening as mysterious guests mingled with the crowds. Lucifer, twirling an impressive cape and Father Rex from the church of RLI circulated through the crowd, with a giant tennis racquet swinging overhead.

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Nelson West’s Halloweeners put up a valiant defense.

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The crowd warms up, unaware of lurking danger

Shivers went through the clubhouse when rumours circulated that the favourite for the evening’s event – Nelson Club – had been inadvertently nobbled, and when it was announced that volunteers were still required to take samples for the post-event drug testing.

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More from Nahm

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Offerings from Nahm

While others (including your correspondent) were distracted by some wonderful offerings from Nahm, the Whakatu Kung Fu struck, and the Bell Trophy was gone in the blink of an eye.

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Whakatu Kung Fu

An email received later, allegedly from the leader, said  “When we saw the way the dice rolled we had to take our chance. We went straight for the bulls eye, picked up some sticks and fought our way through to take the trophy”.

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Murray, Chief Bell Ringer

The Chief Bellringer said “We tried to chase them down, but it felt like we were moving at a snail’s pace. ”

When asked about the heist, a distraught but resolute Nelson West President said “Fortunately our Chief Coin Counter guarded the the takings from the evening with his life so we didn’t lose everything, although it does feel like it.”

“We knew that vicious local criminal gangs where targeting our valuables, so we have two plans.

Firstly revenge will be ours, and as it is a dish best served cold, we also have Plan B.

We are going to replace the Bell Trophy with a new Award – something that the world will look upon with the awe that used to be bestowed upon the Bell Trophy before the dastardly events of this evening.  It will be awarded to those who are best in their field, on a night of celebration like this was meant to be.  Next time, in place of the Bell Trophy, I would like invite all attendees to gather at the same place for the soon-to-be-world-famous Nelson West No-Bell Prize“.

On a serous note, thanks to everyone for a really enjoyable evening, and for making the evening a success. 

Roger Sanson (wearing his Nelson President’s hat last year) gets a special mention for challenging Nelson West and giving us the reason to get all the clubs together. 

Pres. Richard

Pres. Richard

Thanks to Murray, Shelley and our fellowship team for making it happen, and we look forward to the next inter-club gathering soon. 

Richard Lee
President 2016-17
RC of Nelson West