Our guest speaker on 24 April 2017 was Ernie Rosenthal, a former member of Rotary Johnsonville, he spoke to a joint meeting of the Karori and Johnsonville clubs. Now in his 70’s, Ernie has transitioned from a career in education to develop a portfolio of work and personal interests.
Although Ernie described himself as a retiree, listening to his account, one would scarcely know that he had retired. After 50 years in education, including at Wellington College, he is now able to devote himself to his retirement interests. It was clear that the driving forces in his retirement are his desire to keep busy and his interest in other people.
After trips to Europe (including Oxford University: see photo) and Israel, Ernie is now in the process of re-establishing himself as a career counsellor. He likes living in New Zealand, as he knows lots of people here and he likes the sense of place that this gives him.
Other interests include his duties in the Jewish community, working as a JP, gardening and reading.
Ernie spoke about the challenges faced by young people. Social media has created new problems, including the impossibility of retracting spur of the moment comments. This was contrasted with a list of qualities that all people young and old should strive to develop including respect, friendship, punctuality and tidiness.