On 14th July the club held it’s annual changeover meeting. Outgoing Club President; Neil Haydon reviewed the club’s achievements and activities during the last 12 months and thanked all members for their support.

He awarded Alex Georgiades with the Presidents Award to recognize Alex’s special effort and work during the year.

President Neil Haydon (right) presents Alex Georgiades (left) with the Presidents Award

Assistant District Governor Kathryn Beattie was a a guest of the club and she introduced new Club President; William Nobelen

New Club President William Nobelen (left), ADG Kathryn Beattie (centre) and Outgoing President Neil Haydon (right)

On Wednesday 16th June members of the club and friends made a visit to the Gryphon Theatre in Wellington to see Wellington Repretory Theatres production of Ben Elton’s play ‘Popcorn’. Menbers of the club enjoyed the dark comedy that examines the question of whether violence on the screen is a reflection of violence in real life, or vice versa. The play was written by Ben Elton in 1988 and adpted from a book he wrote of the same name.

Cast of Popcorn

Club Secretary Mike Wotherspoon recently visited Life Flight to see how their new Wireless Intercom System is working out. In 2020, Johnsonville Rotary donated funds in and arranged a Rotary District Grant to fund the purchase of the system. The new communication system enables the flight crew operating the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to improve communications with ground crews during operations.

Club Secretary; Mike Wotherspoon meets with the Life Fight crew

“ANZACs of the air” was the talk and presentation by guest speaker Stephen Harris at the club meeting on 14th April


New Zealand’s ANZAC imagery is shaped by the land battles of Gallipoli and the Western Front in the First World War, and by North Africa and Italy in the Second. But some of this country’s greatest warriors were airmen, and their casualty rate was much higher than among those who fought on land and sea. Stephen Harris grew up with stories of his grandmother’s brother, who bombed all the main targets in Germany before his Lancaster and crew were destroyed on a raid to Berlin in 1944.

Seventy years later Stephen, while serving as a New Zealand diplomat there, retraced his great uncle’s wartime experiences – and interviewed several of the surviving Luftwaffe night fighter pilots – to reconstruct their war, and to shine a new light on this chapter of ANZAC courage and sacrifice. He talked about bringing those together in his book “Under a Bomber’s Moon” – and what their legacy means to both New Zealand and Germany today.

On Wednesday March 10th, the club welcomed Cathrine Khafula who gave a very interesting and personal presentation covering her life entitled “My Life in Zimbabwe and New Zealand”.

Cathrine explains how she established her baking business; Flembeau Cakes

Kathrine described her life journey starting with being raised by her grandmother in rural areas Zimbabwe, later moving to South Africa with her young family, and then coming to New Zealand.

She explained how she got a passion for baking from when she started cooking starting at an early age and how this has led her to start a successful business Flembeau Cakes based in Wellington.

For further information on Cathrine’s company use this link


Johnsonville Rotary’s Fun Day for families with young children – Teddy Bears Picnic was on 14th March at Rewa Rewa School.

The Bouncy Castle proved to be a very popular attraction

Teddies brought their families for a fun day out. The event was opened by Greg O’Connor our local Member of Parliament who also was part of the judging panel to choose the winners of Biggest, Best Dressed, and most loved Teddy

Greg O’Connor and the other judges ponder the winner of Best Dressed Teddy

There were stalls selling jewelry, toys, coffee, Macarons and a sausage sizzle plus entertainment including Shabby Salon, Facepainting, a Bouncy Castle, Colouring Competitions, and several fun sports events to keep everyone happy.

Wonderful Hairstyles
Amazing Facepainting
The wheel barrow race was just one of the fun competitions
Even the parents got involved

Johnsonville Rotary would like to thank everyone who attended the Teddy Bears Picnic. We hope you all had a fantastic time.

Our thanks to Rewa Rewa School for their support hosting this event and for the use their facilities and to Newlands Childcare for the electrical power connection for our PA equipment and for the coffee cart.

Special thanks to all of our stall holders and sponsors especially Mitre 10 Crofton Downs who provided the prizes for the Teddy Bear and colouring competitions and the loan of the BBQ for the sausage sizzle.

If anyone would like further information on Johnsonville Rotary and/or get involved with some of our other community activities then please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

    On Saturday 12th December 2020 the club celebrated Christmas and the end of Rotary Club program for the year with a Christmas Party for members, gusts and friends.

    Maria Reyes is welcomed as a new member by Club President Neil Haydon

    It was a special meeting as it also saw the induction of new member Maria Reyes. The club also welcomed Maria’s family as guests to the dinner.

    Johnsonville Rotary Club would like to thank all stallholders and all visitors for coming to the Johnsonville Christmas market on Saturday 6th December.

    Despite the cold blustery windy weather the market was busy especially after the finish of the Johnsonville Christmas Parade.

    Nearly 30 stalls were represented at the market selling a wide range of goods. These included arts and crafts, jewellery, food, toys, Christmas decorations, bath products, books and many other potential Christmas gifts. Also “Clowning Around” were at the market offering some fun kids activities

    Rotary Johnsonville offered a Sausage sizzle and some shelter to visitors from the elements. It was also an opportunities for people to learn a little about Rotary and what it does.