The Rotary Clubs of Kerikeri and Arcadia, California, have joined forces to sponsor a grant from Rotary International for a Carving Centre at Motuti Marae, resting place of Bishop Pompallier. The project is designed to develop a vocational training centre to reinvigorate the carving heritage of the Maori people. As oral history, arts such as weaving and ta moko, and the physical record of carving in three mediums -greenstone, bone and wood -form key elements of Maori culture and history, the Carving Centre is expected to be a major focal point for northern Hokianga communities and traditions.
As part of the International Rotary Foundation grant, the Rotary Club of Kerikeri is acting as the host country sponsoring club, and also providing direct support at the Marae with working parties and materials for refurbishing the Marae’s barn for use as the Carving Centre.
Ms. Jean Kapea, project co-ordinator at the Marae, welcomed DG 9910 Neil & Trish Reid, AGD Keith Day, visiting PDG 1040 Ken Robertshaw from the UK, Dr. Brad Miller of Arcadia Rotary Club and Mrs. Lian Brott, President of Rotary Club of Kerikeri, and other Rotarians from the clubs in the area, to the dedication ceremony at the Marae Saturday 8th November.
Visitors march in procession to the caller at the entrance to the meeting house
She commented that the recent progress made possible by Rotary’s assistance “was like a dream come true.” Ms. Kapea also noted that for several years the marae has been diligently pursuing development opportunities in Cultural tourism, with the proposed CarvingSchool becoming a focal point.
Kerikeri Rotary President Lian Brott said that the Motuti Marae project “represents the heart of Rotary in action: participating in community service and development in our own backyard, as well as fostering international cooperation.” Special thanks were extended to New Zealand-born Dr. Miller, who initiated Rotary involvement and who is the driving force behind securing continued international support.
Rotarian visitors pause at the Meeting House entrance for a photo-op.
Dong Chang underestimated his years in Rotary by a year (he guessed 21 years) and ended up paying a buck for every year he’s ACTUALLY been in Rotary -$22.
Tom Crosby was fined $15 for kissing a scarecrow. It turns out the scarecrow was actually his wife Virginia in costume for her performance in The Wizard of Oz. And all this time we thought Tom was the one without the brain…
Ernie Jensen was charged $50 for promoting his business in the invocation. Finemaster John Fee almost showed leniency because he had never seen a shameless plug thrown into a prayer. Nonetheless, Ernie wasn’t so lucky and will be throwing down fifty greenback for his “greenvocation”.
In many Rotary clubs, particularly in Judeo-Christian nations, it is customary to open weekly meetings with an appropriate invocation or blessing.Usually such invocations are offered without reference to specific religious denominations or faiths.
Rotary policy recognizes that throughout the world Rotarians represent many religious beliefs, ideas and creeds.The religious beliefs of each member are fully respected, and nothing in Rotary is intended to prevent each individual from being faithful to such convictions.
At international assemblies and conventions, it is traditional for a silent invocation to be given.In respect for all religious beliefs and in the spirit of tolerance for a wide variety of personal faiths, all persons are invited to seek divine guidance and peace “each in his own way.” It is an inspiring experience to join with thousands of Rotarians in an international “silent prayer” or act of personal devotion.Usually all Rotary International board and committee meetings begin with a few moments of silent meditation.In this period of silence, Rotary demonstrates respect for the beliefs of all members who represent the religions of the world.
Since each Rotary club is autonomous, the practice of presenting a prayer or invocation at club meetings is left entirely to the traditions and customs of the individual club, with the understanding that these meeting rituals always be conducted in a manner which will respect the religious convictions and faiths of all members and visitors.
Folks, next Friday evening our club will have a very important meeting. The purpose it to prepare a five-year plan for our club.
Obviously we need input from all members, those who have been in the club for a long time and those who just joined so PLEASE make every effort to attend.
The evening will begin at 5:30 with a buffet dinner and will conclude somewhere around 8:30 – 9:00.Next Monday we need to tell Capistrano’s how many of us will attend so please email Imy or me no laterthan Monday afternoon.
As one old-timer said to me after the meeting last Friday, “The meeting was so great I could feel the energy in the room.”Isn’t that wonderful?Tom Crosby filling in for Bob Young, started it by leading us in singing happy birthday to a special guest – his mom.The new method of making announcements utilizing Sho Tay’s skills with the projector gives us information in less time so we have more for the most intriguing part of our meetings,“recognitions.”And our speaker Nick Schekel sure lept our attention when he discussed “the big one” that is coming.
On November 14th, we will have a regular club meeting at noon then that evening, at 5:30 PM, we will participate in Vision, a new program designed by Rotary Int’l to help members draft a five-year plan for their club.The discussion will be led by Chris Montan, a Past District Governor and a very talented lady.This could well be one of the most important meetings our club will ever have so please come and help plan the future of our club.A free dinner will be provided.
Next Friday Geoff Tookey will give a special craft talk so be sure to come.