Change Over Night
22nd June 2017
Over 80 gathered in the Town
Hall to farewell Outgoing President Richard Howell and his wife Diane,
and welcome to the Chains of Office, the Incoming President Steve Winter and
his wife Janice.
This marked the end of a
period of service to the Club in
Richard served 18 continuous months as President, taking over from
Paul Bee when Paul was
unable to continue because of work commitments. Considering he was the 50th
Jubilee President in 2009, Richard has now completed 30 months in the role.
Two Paul Harris Medals
were awarded that night.
first to Club member, Robbie Symons.
is your quintessential ‘go to’ man. If you want an item built, or repaired, or
the electrics installed, checked, or replaced, then he is your man
second to Diane Howell, wife of Richard, in recognition of the wonderful
active support she had given Richard during that period.
Rotary Taradale has
benefitted from her skills in organizing and fastidious preparation of
documents, letters and papers. She has prepared the Agendas, completed the
minutes for Admin Committees, Directors Meetings and many Rotary projects over
Click here to read
Robbie Symons's citation
Click here to read
Diane Howell's citation
EIT Awards Night
15th June 2017
Taradale Rotarians, partners
and guests enjoyed an excellent 3 course meal on arrival, prepared and served by
the EIT culinary arts students. President Richard welcomed all Rotarians
and partners and celebrated the fact that these awards have been recognising
excellence and achievement at EIT for 28 years. Two Awards of $1000 each were
Bachelor of Nursing,
is completing a nursing degree and thanked everyone at EIT and her family for
all their support.
Bachelor of Business
Studies Jason Lambert who is comp-leting a Bachelor of Business Studies with
a focus on the hospitality industry.
Puketapu Auction and Fair
nd2 April 2017
The popular and very successful Puketapu Auction
and Fair is on again on the Alexander Farm, Puketapu on the 2nd April starting
at 10:00am. This is the first day of Standard Time.
For full information go to the full website at
Two Club stalwarts pass on.
members of the Video History Production team who gave about 8 years of their
time to this project, died in close proximity at the end of 2016. Frank
Crotty died on the 18th December 2016, while Warren Cooper died on
the 11th January 2017.
Together with Bob McCaw they worked to put
together 10 DVD's covering over 50 years of the history of the Club. Richard
Howell visited both to present them with Certificates of Appreciation for their
work for VHP. Both had been awarded Paul Harris Medals.
Read more about Frank at ...
Read more about Warren at ...
: Bob Knappstein: 1926- July 2016. Club President 1991-92
we have learned of the passing of Bob Knappstein, Taradale Rotarian and
Past President. The following is the citation read on the evening Bob was
awarded a Paul Harris Medal.
Bob was born in 1926 in Clare South Australia
where he grew up and was educated. He attended Roseworthy Agricultural College
where he graduated with first class honours in Oenology (the art of winemaking.)
In 1952 he married Coral, and they later had two sons, David and Jim.
For 17 years he gained experience as a winemaker,
first at McLaren’s Vale and later at Woodley Wines where he became a wine judge,
judging shows throughout Australia. In 1964 he came to New Zealand as general
manager of Penfolds and commenced the first of his 23 vintage years. In 1974, he
took over from Tom McDonald as Winemaker, Director, and Product manager of
McWilliams’s Wines in Faraday St Napier.
Read more at ...
2016 NZ Bragato Exchange
Ben Richards 21
years of age.
Ben lives in Napier and is studying at EIT.
He is in his 3rd year of 4 studying combined
Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science degrees.
His interests include cricket and football.
Ben was chosen to represent EIT at the
Matariki festival held at Government House, hosted by the Governor General
Ben has an outstanding CV, and will be an
excellent ambassador for Rotary, EIT, and New Zealand.
His time in Italy, early in 2017 will be
centred around the College, and the University of Padua in Conegliano
Gil Cooper Resigns after 57
Years in Rotary
7th July 2016
A club stalwart who has had an outstanding career
in Rotary, was warmly farewelled last week. Gil had been a member of Rotary for
57 years, a record equaled by few, and he achieved 100% attendance for 53
years, which may be a world record.
Gil was President in 1977-78, awarded Paul Harris
Fellow in 1996, PHF Sapphire 2009, and commenced the award-winning Taradale
Bulletin team in 2007 with Bob McCaw.
President Richard presented Gil with a
congratulatory certificate from District Governor Keith Owens to recognise a
life of outstanding service.
Gil spoke to members:
I was inducted into Taradale Rotary on 26
August 1959, just 8 weeks after the club received its charter. Bill Beaton
nominated me and we were “interviewed” by founding president Tom McDonald. Tom
laid it on the line what I could expect of Rotary and what Rotary expected of
$3000 donated to Pediatrics
7th July 2016
cheque for $3000 was presented to Phillip Moore (Head Paediatrician of the HBDHB)
for the purchase of a Continuous Glucose Monitor to be used in the management of
diabetes in children.
donation was brokered by the Oliver Smales Memorial Trust, a trust
chaired by Kevyn Moore
Left: Kevyn Moore, Richard
Howell, Phillip Moore
Change Over 2016-2017
in the making as outgoing President Paul Bee handed over the Chains of
Office to incoming President Richard Howell. This only the second time in
club history that a past president has accepted the role for a second time. The
last time was in 1971 when Jock Morris agreed to return to office following the
resignation of Brian McKinlay early in the new Rotary year.
Induction: Bill Hawkins
Change Over night, Bill Hawkins was rewarded for his
remarkable years of service to the Club, having served
on nearly all committees, and served as President in
1997-98. He was Chairman of the Charity Auction in 2000. He also has
a great record of serving the
community in a number of ways, more recently working on the Dolbel
Read more at ...
Paul Harris Medal Award to PP
Warren Cooper 21st April 2016
At a Club meeting Warren attended with
his wife Raewyn and was greatly surprised to find he was to be
inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow.Acting President RIchard Howell made
Retires. 12th May 2016
President Richard Howell presented
Peter with a Certificate in recognition of the immense contribution
he has made to Rotary over the 52 years he has been a member since
joining the Club in 1964. He was President in 1981-82 and made a
Paul Harris Fellow in 1988.
Leave for the Solomon Islands
early November, a small group of Club members completed the
packing of 111 cartons of books bound for the Ministry of Education
and Human Development Resources (MEHDR) in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
This year the Club was fortunate to have a new
McGrail, working for Conroy Removals. Paul assumed
responsibility for the final packout and palletising. This was the
second consignment of primary reading books sent by the club to the
Ministry of Education in the Solomon Islands.