On 27th June, the club held it’s annual changeover meeting. Outgoing Club President William Nobelen reviewed the achievements and activities of the past year and then handed over his role.

In 2022-2023 the President role will be split with incoming President Neil Haydon taking it on for the first half of the year before handing it on to Athula Wanasinghe for the second half.

Outgoing Club President William Nobelen congrtualtes incoming Presidents Neil Haydon and Athula Wanasinghe

The club also said an official farewell to outgoing club secretary Mike Wotherspoon who retired from Rotary after 30 years service. Club president William Nobelen thanked Mike for all of the work he has done for the club and Rotary.

Club President William Nobelen and outgoing Club Secretary Mike Wotherspoon

At our meeting on 13th June, Bridget Tunnicliffe; Sports Jounalist and News Planner at Radio New Zealand was our guest speaker.

Bridget gave a really interesting presentation on how she originally got into Journalism with a Postgraduate Diploma from Victoria University Wellington then gaining early experience with an Auckland Community Newspaper before working as a regional reported at Newstalk ZB. Later in her career she worked in London, at RNZ, and South Korea for several years before returning to work back at RNZ covering all areas of News in 2011. Today Bridget works as Sports Jounalist and News Planner for Radio NewZealand based in Wellington.

During her talk, Bridget outlined how journalism has evolved over recent years with the increasing use of the web in additional to more traditional news media. She also talked about her Sports Journalism career and in particular Netball that she follows closely. She also said she was looking forward to travelling to the UK to cover the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

On Saturday 4th June Johnsonville Rotary hosted the Winter Craft Market at Churton Park Community Centre.

A steady stream of people visited the market to visit stalls offering plants, cakes, , clothing, gift cards and a variety of artwork for sale. Rotary Club member John Apanowicz, Johnsonville Rotary Market organiser, said “Our club was very happy to host this community event as we were not able to host the Christmas market or the Children’s Picnic due to Covid. We thank the Churton Park Community Centre for being a wonderful host.”

The Rotary club held a successful sausage sizzle and proceeds will be donated back to the community.

The club would like to thank the residents of Churton Park for visiting the market and the Churton Park Community Centre for allowing us to hold the market. Hopefully we will be back with another market soon.

On May 23 Vanessa Lyall and Sue John from Johnsonville Library gave a really interesting presentation to the club on the Library. They explained the many facets to the new Library including exhibititons and performance art along side the usual lending of books that you would expect. Vanessa explained the history and background of how much of the art and murals that decorate the Library came to be located at the Library.

Club Youth Director Geraldine Needham Girven thanks Vanessa Lyall (centre) and Sue John (right) from Johnsonville Library for their presentation

Dulce Piacentini, the manager of Citizens Advice Bureau Johnsonville, happily sitting on one of the new chairs that have been kindly donated to CAB by the Rotary Club of Johnsonville, represented above by Geraldine Needham-Girven. “The office really needed new chairs as the ones we had were too old, seat and back not staying in position, which was causing some back pain for the wonderful volunteers who support our clients”, says Dulce. ​

Dulce Piacentini Manager of Citizens Advice Bureau trying out a seat with Geraldine Needham Girven from Johnsonville Rotary

CAB Johnsonville is extremely thankful to Rotary Club of Johnsonville, and are celebrating that two organisations came together to make sure the community keeps on receiving a very much needed service! 

On Monday 9th May, our guest speaker was Claire Bibby; President of Glenside Progressive Association.

Clair explained the history of Halfway House and how Glenside, a reserve of about 12 hectares was established when purchased by the Wellington City Council in 1951 with money paid in compensation by Victoria University for encroaching on the Wellington Town Belt. The historic Halfway House is also located here.

Claire explains outlines the important conservation work undertaken on the reserve

Claire and the Association with a team volunteers have turned the site into a beautiful tranquil rural place with Victorian gardens beside streams and hills between Johnsonville and Tawa along the old Porirua Road.

Claire answers questions from members of the club

At our meeting on 9th May we welcomed Ellie Haydon as a new member of the club.

Ellie has been a friend of the club for some time and has support many of the clubs programs such as Toot-For Tucker, Childrens Day, and charity collections and she decided it was now time to get fully involved in the club.

Club President William Nobelene welcomes Ellie Haydon as a new member of the club

On Saturday 4th June, Rotary Club of Johnsonville will be running a local Craft Market between 10:00am until 2pm at the Churton Park Community Centre.

Market Flyer is below

Winter Craft Market 2022 Flyer

Stalls include:

Alyx’s Sweet BakeryHomemade sweet treats
Manu Toiearrings out of polymer clay and imported charms
Lavish Printsself-designed garments (teeshirts/kids clothes etc), decals, greeting cards, and customised stationery
Made in Newlandssoaps & skin care products
Plants4saleplants (focus is herbs, veges and a few flowers) + some new cat beds.
Kaleidoscopic Designssell scented soy wax candles and acrylic pour jewellery
Artisan CandlesCandles and Glass jars, wants to be away from other candles

Admission is free


On Monday ,14th of February 2022 the club held its first meeting for the year. Our guest speaker was Dulce Piacentini Service Manager at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Johnsonville. Dulcie spoke about the important work that the Citizens Advice Bureau provides as well as proving an interesting overview of her early life in Brazil and her role representing the United Nations in New Zealand.