Rotary Club of Balclutha

26 July 2018

Donna has made up clipboards to indicate availability for the upcoming District Membership Seminar, tree planting at Pac Pac and MS Street Appeal collecting, please confirm yes or no and car pooling could be organised.
Trustees meeting after next club meeting 2nd August.
T&C meal prices have increased to $21 a head which will take effect for club meetings from 6th September. A reminder to make sure to put in an apology for any meeting you are not going to be at. If you do not turn up and have not put in an apology then you will still have to pay for your meal.
This year celebrates 50 years of Rotaract and to give thanks to the community an event is to be organised and needs a facilitator. Please see Donna to volunteer.
The club also requires someone to take photos each week of the speaker and to update the club website. Volunteers to Donna.
Subs will be distributed next meeting. Any members who do not wish to pay the balance upfront may direct debit an amount each week, please see Barry to organise.
David reports that Daniel Maze has had Telford students make the picnic tables and we are now awaiting a day to concrete them into the ground.
Nicki reports that engineers have checked the structural integrity of the playground and considering the rust in the cables and brackets of the flying fox has recommended it to be closed until further notice.
The club has submitted a price increase of a couple of cents to deliver the phone books, awaiting to see if it is confirmed.
Pauline reports that feedback from teachers about the speech competition topics has been positive. Please let Pauline know if you can help on the evening with set up and clean up, at the door, timekeeping and judging.
David is organising Toastmasters to speak with us to help us with judging.
Our club sponsors the high school speech competition and this year the Year 9 & 10 winners are to speak to us also.
As guests at the meeting were Lea our Area Governor, Yvonne President of Taieri club, John of Milton and Austen of Mosgiel.
Austen Banks presented on behalf of Rotary Club of Mosgiel $500 to Peter B for the Fountain of Peace Uganda Project.
Donna's interview on page 2 of Clutha Leader!
My Little Local Clutha FacebookOur club has been approached to be included on the new My Little Local Clutha app that Clutha Development launched this week, already available for Android and will be on Apple App Store in a week.
26 present | 7 guests | 8 apologies
Speaker of the Evening
Rhodes Donald is a Wealth Management Advisor with Polson Higgs. He says money on its own is pretty dull and Polson Higgs instead believe in helping people with life, so he is more of a life advisor than a financial advisor!
Rhodes wrote the book "Life after Farming" after interviewing farming professionals that had retired. He spent two hours on each interview over a couple of years and published the study of which you can get a free copy by emailing and be subscribed to the mailing list to receive 3 articles that Rhodes publishes every fortnight.
Rhodes' family was the manufacturer of Donalds Woolpresses and he shared how he quit in his 3rd year of mechanical engineering as he didn't want to work with metal, he wanted to work with people. In the role he has ended up in, Rhodes says retirement is just life so studying it is studying life, the money is irrelevant.
Everyone has different needs and lifestyles and everyone adapts to what they've got. This he demonstrated in a thought experiment that even someone with a million dollars is busy looking up to people with 5 million dollars, there doesn't seem to be a certain amount to reach in saving for retirement.
This slide shows some figures as examples of the range of lifestyles and the spending of some lifestyle categories while retired in New Zealand.
As always, it is important to have a balanced life, and for farmers to have interests and hobbies outside farming and to have intellectual and spiritual pursuits. One of the top requirements for good mental health is giving, it is important for feeding the soul and having a positive outlook on life. Social inclusion and communication are also very important and Rhodes shares a very interesting point that a top cause of cognitive decline and progression of dementia is untreated hearing problems.
Rhodes advises to not retire but find something that will give you purpose. Rotary Club of Balclutha thanks Rhodes for a fantastic presentation and the great life advice!
Upcoming Events
Year 7 & 8 Speech Competition
Sep 03, 2018
MS Otago Street Appeal
Sep 08, 2018
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Rotary Foundation Director/Chair
Community Director
  Aug 2 Aug 9 Aug 16
Phil A Mary J Susan L
Andrew B Daniel F Stu H
Les B Steve G Fergus M
Christine C Cliff G Wayne E
Nicki D Kevin H Chris M
Community News
Project Clutha invites Rotary members, friends and family to a seminar by Waste Free Sarah on 29th August at T&C. Nibbles are provided from 5:30pm and Sarah will speak 6:00-7:30pm. Entry by gold coin donation. More information on Project Clutha's Facebook event and on Sarah's workshop website.
Fergus - 29 July
Pauline - 4 Aug
in July
Brian A - 32yrs
Stuart H - 6yrs
Gabrielle S - 4yrs
from Joan
"it is impossible to give common sense
to anyone that doesn't have any."
Balclutha Rotary Club email
Clutha District Rotary website
Southern New Zealand Rotary District 9980 website
Rotary International website