Kiwanis Club of Takapuna
2002 District Convention Report
New Zealand South Pacific 2002 District Convention Highlights
Patsy Hill - Kiwanis Club of Takapuna
Tony Popplewell was given unanimous approval by the House of
Delegates as Governor Designate of the New Zealand South
Pacific Kiwanis District. Seen here receiving his official
banner patch from Herman Pittomvils from Belgium, (Kiwanis
International Trustee and KI Counsellor to NZSP District for
2002/3), Tony will formally take over as Governor on 1 October
2002. However Tony had a considerable input into the Taupo
convention and it was clear to see that the District will be
in very competent hands for the next 12 months.
Also re-elected to serve a further year as NZSP District
Treasurer was Mike Hill, seen here receiving his banner patch
from Herman. Mike has already shown for a couple of years that
he is keeping the District finances closely under his control.
Likewise Alan Paterson is to remain as Lt Governor Division One
for a further year, and Patsy Hill joins the District team as
District Chair for Public Relations.
For the second year in succession, Patsy Hill and Tony
Popplewell had the thrill of being presented with
Distinguished Club President and Secretary pins and a
Distinguished Club banner patch, this time in respect of
the year 2000/1 President-elect Gail Waring also received a
patch for the club - in respect of the club's participation
and completion of its 3 year target in the Kiwanis Targeting
Burns project - and Standley Jober received the banner patch
for our participation in the Science Fair project in 2001.
The social side of the Convention was also magical, with a
Magic Circus night on the Friday and a Black and White Formal
night on the Saturday. As can be seen, the Takapuna members
present joined into the spirit of the occasion with gusto -
and some tried hard to follow the magician's tricks - all to
And there were also the more serious moments when time was
set aside to remember Kiwanians like our own Warwick Moore,
who had passed away during the last twelve months.
Take care to never be seen yawning at a convention or other occasion
when Bertie from Napier is present. 'Art Deco' Bertie is the roving
ambassador for Napier, and one member of Takapuna was caught yawning
at his presentation. Before a blink of an eye, they found themselves
up on stage having to perform 'wake up' exercises to increase their
Five members of the Takapuna participants were lucky enough to
be able to take advantage of a wonderful offer from past
member Roger Smitheram to be able to stay at Roger and
Coralie's Taupo home, as they had left just days before on an
overseas holiday. Thanks to them both - it was a great haven
for 5 weary Kiwanians at the end of the day.
Also attending Convention were past Takapuna member Rob
Pentreath and Hazel, who were in great form and who brought us
all up to date on the joys or otherwise of running a Kiwi
fruit/nectarine orchard. Hear tell they portrayed the circus
lion tamer and his lion at the circus night - wow what a tail
Hazel had, to be sure? Rob is to become President of Napier
club on 1 October thereby sharing his vast Takapuna experience.
As to the business side of things, It was decided that the
district would not continue the telemarketing campaign
currently being undertaken in conjunction with Fundraising
Concepts Ltd. There was considerable dissention within the
District and a vote determined that the present trials should
be concluded and no further contract entered into at this
stage. Advance notice was given by KI International Trustee
Herman Pittomvils of a likely proposal to the International
convention in 2003, seeking an increase in international dues.
However this was not discussed in any detail at the Taupo
Convention. Henri Habib of Division 6 New Caledonia was
elected as Governor-Elect of NZSP District for the year 2002/3
Gay McNamara, District Chair Serving the Children of the World,
had great pleasure in presenting a cheque to representatives of
the Kidz First Burns Unit to enable an anesthesia delivery unit
to be purchased right now. KTB will continue as a project for
2 more years to allow clubs which have not completed their
targets to do so - and other clubs can of course still donate
to KTB which will work towards a second anesthesia delivery
A new item to be included in the District convention this year at Taupo
was a Silent Auction, aimed at raising funds and awareness of the
District Foundation Trust. Clubs were all asked to contribute items for
this auction. Our Board decided to donate a hotel voucher won through
our involvement in the entertainment books scheme, and we were also
very lucky that prospective new member Dyan Hague donated a lovely
painting by her, entitled "Earth's Perfection" to benefit children.
Thanks Dyan. The Silent Auction ended up with approximately 36 'lots'
which were put on display outside the convention room. Everyone was
able to record their bids on bidding sheets placed alongside the items.
Fierce competition ensued for quite a few items - with a certain member
of Takapuna paying well over the odds for a tie which had been given to
the late David Henderson of the Taupo club some years previous by actor
Roger Moore. Rumour has it the new owner may charge anyone who wishes
to touch this special tie! Maybe he will wear it to the next tea
meeting??!! The Auction proved a lot of fun and succeeded in raising
$2500 for the Foundation Trust. No doubt it will become a regular
feature of future Conventions and the Foundation will be happy to
receive items for inclusion at the Napier 2003 Convention at any time.
See Tony or Mike Hill if you have anything suitable, at any time during
the coming year.
Heard tell at Convention that Marcella was highly surprised
when, on the Wairakei Hotel golf course playing with Hazel
Pentreath, she completely lost her ball temporarily. She was
even more surprised when Hazel located it - in the hole,
giving Marcella a Hole In One!! Marcella wasn't too conversant
with the tradition of shouting a bottle of champagne for such
achievements, but Hazel soon rectified the matter by ordering
one in Marcella's name from the bar . Not long before there
were more shrieks of joy from Marcella when the bubbly arrived
and she soon had the lid off and 'bubbles' everywhere.
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