Club Meeting
30 November 2023
Kapiti Food Fair 2 December
President Vic Hewson
Shirley Stratton
Mike Redman
Hosted by President Vic
Guests: Bill & Chris Morrison, Alison Ayson, Ursula Dunn, Chris & Anne-Marie Garrett, Nina
Kirana, Carol Leeming, Carl Venter and Josh White
A happy Martin phoning the winner of the trailer raffle, Incy: they were both chuffed!
President Vic
We are going ahead with the El Rancho firewood project. President Vic canvassed members and 26 indicated support for the project which is sufficient to proceed. Doug did a lot of work with El Rancho on the proposed firewood project. An agreement has now been reached that requires no up front payment - great job!  We will have regular working bees to split and distribute firewood from the land. At the moment they have a number of piles of unsplit firewood in a paddock that they wish to clear for camping by April.   This firewood has to be moved to a storage site that they will make available just inside the entrance to El Rancho off Weggery Drive.   This is the first part of the project and then the ongoing  work is to split and distribute firewood from the storage site.   The distribution could be by way of sale, donation or providing supervised access to other charities to load and remove firewood as part of their fund raising activities.
This is a project that is only partly about making money - it is also about assisting needy people to keep warm in the winter and to provide a means of fundraising for other organisations.
A worthwhile project for our Rotary Club.
Steve Parrish
is investigating the possibility of a social bowls evening early next year.
A strong show of hands was a good response.
Richard Moulton
advised that the Foodbank is looking for Volunteers for Christmas wrapping at
Coastland during December.
If you can spare anytime please contact the Foodbank organisers as below:-
Leigh-Anne on 0212577125, or by email
Ellen on 0224088022, or by email
Chris T
thanked everyone who turned up to support the End Polio Now event at the
miniature railway in Raumati. $835.70 was raised on the day.
Ian Ayson
Lucky Lotto has two winners to pay out! But the lucky punters weren’t there, so you had better be at Rotary next week to see if you are one of the Winners...
Martin Hening
Under the supervision of a JP, Bill Morrison drew the Trailer raffle. The lucky ticket was
0394 with the name “Incy”. It was purchased outside Kāpiti New World.
When Martin made contact with the winner he discovered the whānau were dealing with a
parent who has a terminal illness. So good to bring a little sunshine to this family. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work (and money) to make this major fundraiser such a success.
Wine Tasting with Erin and Hilary
The experts gave us the opportunity to taste 8 different wines.
We had the opportunity to purchase 4 wines from Robert Mondavi and 8 from The Peoples.
The night was full of good humour and laughter.
Kāpiti Food Fair Saturday 2 December
Paul Adams put in a huge amount of time and did a brilliant job of organising the Club's participation in the Food Fair set up, gate duties, carparking, ATM operation and many other tasks. The Club stepped up, with Members, prospects and supporters working hard but having a great laugh on what turned into a hot day. Al along with Paul worked a very, very long day. The weather was perfect and the crowd loved it. As it has now rained heavily overnight on Saturday and all day Sunday, we were fortunate the sun beamed down on the day. See photos below.
Feedback from the Club's sponsorship of Alana Reardon
Alana is a Waikanae Year 9 Paraparaumu College student who has had national wins in street and park scootering. She qualified in the women’s street section in the world champs in Sydney, held in October. This is a sport that is male dominated and women and girls are just breaking into it.
Marilyn and Steph met Alana and her mum Paula. Alana is an engaging young woman and is doing jobs to raise money herself. Her work ethic and her parents’ commitment to supporting her in her sport is impressive. The Board supported a $300 donation and Steph sponsored her personally too. Our Club logo featured on Alana's shirt.
A message from Alana:
Thank you to all the people who bought a spot on my t-shirt. I couldn't be more grateful for the support, I came 9th and got both my clean runs, but just missed out on the finals by about 2 points. I had a great time meeting all the pro girl riders from across the world.
Thank you again, From Alana.
Alana and Mum Paula
Alana getting some serious air (as the kids say)
Great effort, Alana!
Erin and Hilary, wine experts
Alana's sponsored shirt
A cheerful crowd sampled the wines
The Club did an outstanding job selling tickets and sharing the Rotary word
Steph flying the flag in carpark 3 at the Food Fair, ably assisted by new member, Mark
One last look at the fully loaded prize - merry Xmas to Incy and whānau!
Commander Paul Adams gives the pre-event briefing, Kāpiti Food Fair
New member Cherie and supporter Helen 
Team Linda and Stu: You shall pass!
Action Man Al - must have put in an 18 hour day!
A perfect Kāpiti day
I think we know who's in charge here
It was a fun family day out
A warm welcome from Mrs Stratton
This is what we do it for: the kids had a ball
The Ocean Road Community Hall looking fantastic - great work, team.
Steve rehydrating - yes, that is water!!
The extension to the hall is looking very smart
On the subject of chucking a lot of wood
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
In 1988, state wildlife conservation officer Richard Thomas of New York attempted to figure out just how much a wood a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck was capable of doing so and had the inclination. Woodchucks don't actually chuck (throw) wood, of course, but, since they are a burrowing rodent, they do know well how to toss around some dirt. So Thomas took to calculating a typical size of a woodchuck burrow, which consists of three rooms and a tunnel leading to it that is roughly six inches wide and extends 25 to 30 feet. He determined that 35 square feet of soil needed to be excavated to create such a burrow. Knowing that a cubic foot of soil weighs 20 pounds, he calculated that a woodchuck can chuck 700 pounds of dirt a day. This calculation led Mr. Thomas to an answer to an 85-year-old question. Should a woodchuck be so inclined, Thomas concluded, s/he could chuck about 700 pounds of wood. 
Media Dispatches
Member (and Bulletin editor) Steph had a couple of items in the media on Thursday. She will be shouting drinks and paying a fine next meeting...
Coming Up
  • 7 December Annual General Meeting followed by local man, Mel Bird talking on spear fishing plus two Club Members will give their 5 minute presentations
  • 14 December: have yourself a sparkly little Christmas! 6pm Kāpiti Boating Club, Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach. $40 per person, register guests by 10 December. Dress theme: Sparkly. If possible, please bring a gift voucher suitable for an under 16 year old to be donated to the Kāpiti Women's Centre.