Quiz for a cause

Top team – Rotary Hoes

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.

Team 2 – How the West was Won

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 Martin got in on the act


Even Ted got in on the action.

Thanks to all who participated.

EggShellz for sale

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.

Two more happy customers!

Two more happy customers!

Just one more benefit of membership of the Rotary Club of Nelson West ūüėČ

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
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.


Nelson West’s Halloweeners put up a valiant defense.


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.


More from Nahm


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.


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”.


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

Pres. Sheila takes the reins

Pres Sheila introduces the Rotary theme for 2015-16: Be a gift to the World

Pres Sheila introduces the Rotary theme for 2015-16: Be a gift to the World

On Changeover night, Pres-elect Sheila became Pres. Sheila and we said thank you to out-going Pres. Nigel as he handed over the reins. As Jim noted, recently each President has been taller than the next! (how long can this go on?)

The theme for 2015-16 is “Be a gift to the world!”

We’re looking forward to another great year at Nelson West.

Sheila and her leading man, Barry

Sheila and her leading man, Barry

Nigel gives Sheila her President's pin

Nigel gives Sheila her President’s pin

Sheila gives Nigel his Past President's pin

Sheila gives Nigel his Past President’s pin

Which one is the real Sheila?

Which one is the real Sheila?

Richard Topliss, Heather Thomas new PHFs

Pres Nigel awards a Paul Harris Fellowship to Richard Topliss

Pres Nigel awards a Paul Harris Fellowship to Richard Topliss

On his final night, Pres. Nigel’s also awarded two Paul Harris Fellowships, Rotary’s highest honour.

One went to Richard Topliss, a longtime member of Nelson West, for his consistent service above self – Richard is always ready to help with every project. Richard’s father, George Topliss, was a founding member of Nelson West in 1966.

Pres Nigel awards a Paul Harris Fellowship to Heather Thomas

Pres Nigel awards a Paul Harris Fellowship to Heather Thomas

A friend of Nelson West, Heather Thomas, was also awarded a PHF for her commitment to serving others in the community through numerous organisations, including the Citizens Advice Bureau.

We are proud to have Richard and Heather in our midst – they are a gift to the world.

Nigel takes the chain

resident Dick gives incoming President Nigel his President's pin.

Outgoing President Dick gives incoming President Nigel his President’s pin.

Dick Carter transferred the chain of office to Nigel Sutton, the new president of the Rotary Club of Nelson West for 2014-15, at the club’s changeover function on 25 June 2014. Nigel becomes the club’s 49th president.

Luciana from Brazil says goodbye to fellow RYE Student Jakob from Austria.

Luciana from Brazil says goodbye to fellow RYE Student Jakob from Austria.

The guest speaker for the evening was our Rotary Youth Exchange student Jakob Staudinger from Austria, who dressed in his traditional¬†lederhosen for the occasion. It was Jakob’s last meeting with Nelson West, as he returned to Austria the following week after a year with the club.

Shelley joins Nelson West, welcomed by Murray, Dick and Roger.

Shelley joins Nelson West, welcomed by Murray, Dick and Roger.

Nelson West also welcomed a new member, Shelley, who works in employment services.