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Last Meeting
President John's Christmas Wishes
President John welcomed members and guests to our Christmas function and provided "food for thought" with his speech at the end of the evening -
"2023 will go down as the year of the 'Cost of Living Crisis'.
But we need to remember the grass is not greener on the other side. Many many countries around the world are experiencing the same situation.
The UK inflation rate is currently 4.6% (down from 11% in January)
Aussie is 5.4% (down from 8%)
The US is currently 3.2% (down from 7%)
And NZ is 5.6% at the moment. (Down from a 7.8% high) 
Mortgage repayments for many are the big struggle with some experiencing hundreds of dollars increase per week as interest rates have risen continuously. 
Entertainment at our Club Christmas Function
Ethan Rawhiti Hotter entertained us by playing several Chopin pieces -
1.Chopin Sonata no. 3 in B minor op. 58, 1st movement
2. Chopin Mazurka in G minor op. posthumous
3. J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 983 (Book II)
4. Mozart Variations in F major on the aria 'Salve tu domine'
5. Chopin Etude in Gb major op.10 no. 5 (Black Key)
Such a talent which was enjoyed by all.  Thank you Ethan.  Thank you June & Gary who arranged for Ethan to entertain us.
Ethan is a young Hutt Valley musician.  He has been selected as our club's 2024 RYLA Nominee.  A great choice! 
Good luck Ethan. 

The Power of Positivity

Merry Christmas to each and every one of our amazing club members and subscribers.  
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Monthly Brunch Meeting
Boulcott Golf Course
Jan 04, 2024
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Board Meeting
Jan 15, 2024 4:30 PM
Monthly Brunch Meeting
Boulcott Golf Course
Feb 01, 2024
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monthly Brunch Meeting
Boulcott Golf Course
Mar 07, 2024
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Community & Member Activity
Jan Palmer

General Notices

* The roster can change weekly with absences etc so please check the roster each week to see if you have a duty.
* 2024 Science Forum
The student we are supporting to the 2024 Science Forum (shared with Upper Hutt Rotary Club) is going to be visiting the Upper Hutt club on Monday 11th December.  Upper Hutt Rotary have asked if any of our members would like to join them that evening at the Cosmopolitan Club in Upper Hutt in the upstairs room.  Assemble at 6pm and the meeting will start at 6:30pm.  The cost is $36.00 per head as it is their Christmas buffet.  There are several members going, so if you would like to attend, please let Kathy know.
* Polio Eradication Update
We have just received this latest report - download this HERE
* Entertainment Books
If you dine out, or go out for coffee, think about getting an Entertainment book.  For the first 2 weeks in November, they are giving a 25% discount on a 12 or 24 month membership, and an extra $10 donation to our Rotary Club. They make great Christmas presents.  Please contact Anne if you want to take advantage of either of these offers.
Community & Member Activity
Stokes Valley Santa Parade 
A group of our members assisted River Valley Rotary Club with traffic management at the Stokes Valley Santa Parade last Saturday.
Santa's helpers - missing are June & Gary Stratton. 
Santa's float broke down and had to be pushed by two burly firemen! 
Parting Thought
Ron provided the parting thought at the end of the meeting -
"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas but if the white runs out I'll drink the red - Aunty Gladys" 

Birthdays Coming Up Between now and 15 January 2024:

*  Lynne Cole - 11 December 
*  Ian Dopson - 21 December 
*  Jenny Thompson - 23 December 
*  Paddy Wells - 28 December 
*  Dean Bryant - 29 December 
*  Sandy Fackney - 31 December
*  Paul Giles - 5 January
*  Christine Meredith - 5 January
*  David Gledhill  - 6 January 
*  Mary Clarke  - 9 January 
*  Brian Lummis - 13 January 

Anniversaries in January 2024:

*  Colin Fenton - 21 January 1991 (33 Years)

Rostered Duties & Responsibilities:

A reminder that it's your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to fulfil your duty. Please let Jan Palmer know of any changes to the roster.  
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     We meet at Avalon Pavilion, Taita Drive entrance, Mondays, at 5:55 pm 
Visitors and prospective members always welcome.  
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