Proud sponsor of hospital buggy

Nelson West Rotary is very proud to have sponsored a new courtesy shuttle buggy for Nelson Hospital, to help hospital visitors from the bus stop or car park to get up the hill to the door of the hospital.

Several of our members also volunteer as drivers of the buggy, filling many shifts on the weekly roster.

Russell Egan shows off the new buggy
Blessing the new buggy
Bob & Nigel in front, Ash & Alex in back seat, Murray, Kevin, Russell and Colin in background.

Thank you also to the other organisations that donated funds to make this new buggy possible.

Other sponsors
NW buggy crew: Pres Kevin, Russell, Ash, Alex, Bob, Nigel, Murray W, Colin, John, Murray B
Pres. Kevin, a job well done!

Knapps Boulder Bank Walk – 10 March 2019


The 10th Annual Boulder Bank Walk is on 10 March 2019

Nelson's Boulder Bank and lighthouse

Nelson’s Boulder Bank and lighthouse

This year we celebrated the 10th anniversary of this iconic Nelson outing. Weather was brilliant and everyone had a fantastic day.

[Please noteThe following describes the 2019 event – when we post details for 2020, there will be a link on our home page and also details on Facebook.]  

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.

The walk is sponsored once again by Knapps Lawyers and TSB Bank, Nelson, and we welcome Stoke Garden & Landscapes as a new silver sponsor.

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 likely 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 $26 for adults, $16 for children (under 14). Tickets for Boat-Both-Ways option are $31 and $19. Tickets are available online at: search for “Boulder Bank Walk”

Tickets can also be purchased at TSB Bank, Trafalgar St, Nelson.

We sometimes have a few tickets available on the day of the walk. Be sure to bring sunscreen, a parka, sturdy shoes, water bottle and a hat.

In the event of bad weather, the postponement date is 17 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.

Collecting for Foodbank

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!

Welcome President Kevin

Kevin gives Shellz her Past President's pin

Kevin gives Shellz her Past President’s pin

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 gets Charter Member pin

Russell gets Charter Member pin

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.

John recognised for bulletin

John recognised for bulletin




The Bill Mangos Attendance Trophy was awarded this year jointly to Richard Topliss and Nigel Sutton.

Pres. Kevin: Be the Inspiration

Pres. Kevin: Be the Inspiration

Kevin thanked Shellz for her leadership, which will always be remembered. For the coming year, Kevin urged us all to “Be the Inspiration”.

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: [email protected] 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

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