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A unique strength of Rotary is enjoying ourselves whilst "Making a Difference in Our World"

This enjoyment comes from

  • Listening and learning from great speakers
  • Joint meetings with other Clubs and organizations
  • Taking a hands on approach to various projects: local community garden, completing an Aid Station in Vanuatu...
  • Putting the "Fun" into Fundraising
  • A few fellowship nights during the year where we quite simply enjoy each other's company and bring family and guests



At the 2006 Changeover our resident poet Derek showed how well we know each other:

Monique thought she couldn’t be
the president of Rotary
But now she has, and done it well
She says she’d like another spell

She likes to boss the men around
And if we’re silly Billies
she says she’ll get her needle out
and tattoo all our…. arms about

Roger Froe’s the nicest here
that’s cause he often buys me beer
He’s always smiling, never shitty
and says “I come from Lisbon City”

He takes our money, keeps the books
and than he reads the roll
He’s so much bigger than he looks
This man from Portugal

Pete Smith runs a law firm
We all know what they do
They make a lot of money
out of folks like me & you

I’m just a poor old pensioner
So if he wants to sue
I’ll end up in his paddocks
picking up his horses poo

Dave Butler loves his Beemer
He thinks it’s rather sleek
But see his windscreen sticker
and you’ll find that it’s antique

He’s given up the drawing board
Decided to retire
with feet up on his suppliser
sitting by the fire

Mike Angland has a Beemer
the top end of their line
This year he was our sergeant
the master of the fine

Don’t ever trust a sergeant
They’re slimier than snakes
They’ll try to find a fine for you
no matter what it takes

Don’t talk to sergeants at the bar
Don’t sit by them at table
But dob your fellow members in
whenever you are able

This year saw captain Greybeard
appear on our TV’s
Being chased by lots of coppers
but he dodged them all with ease

They chased him down to Devonport
in his Amphibi Jeep
Where he splashed into the water
and drove off into the deep



Shirley Wakeling is a gem
She always does our flowers
And when you see the work in them
it must take hours & hours

She sets them in oasis blocks
to keep them nice & wet
They really do her credit
and we’re deeply in her debt

Theo’s really down to earth
he never struts or poses
He earns an honest living
growing lots & lots of roses

He takes them off to market
to sell them at their peak
But the prize of Van Liers roses
is his lovely wife Monique

Graham’s been around some time
He’s not a new arrival
He’s chosen as his project
doing schools Trees for Survival

Wife Karyn does the Soapbox food
Some lovely things she makes
And they have us round to their place
for a breakfast of pancakes

Craiger is a builder
a laid back sort of guy
He gave a great talk to the club
on Rotary & I

His seconds name’s Hargesheimer
What sort of name is that
I’d make a joke about it
but he may knock me flat

There’s one that I must mention here
At all club functions he’ll be there
Enthusiasm hard to match
that one of course is Peter Hatch

Tom Pearce has a camper van
That’s really very flash
It cost a bloody fortune
but Tom isn’t short of cash

I spoke to him the other day
when he’d been for a spin
He said I need a bigger one
to get more woman in

John Ritchie is a businessman
He very seldom cusses
He must be good at what he does
He’s got 600 buses

With Kerry Mac & Angie Babe
they make the Soapbox flow
Its just as well they do it
cause that’s where we make most dough

Simon runs this whole complex
He’s quite an up and doer
He overseas some big events
like fights for David Tua

He works in close with Bonifants
to get us special deals
But this must be his weak point
cause they’ve just priced up our meals

In my last Poetry reading
I had a tale to tell
of Jack Riddell & Domenic
and how the two might gel

For Domenic from Italy
and Jack was there once too
Had Hankie Pankie in his Tankie
during World war II

To say that they’re related
we’ll never know I fear
But have you ever noticed
that they both have too much hair

Bob Benzie loves his Rotary
He’s always bright & sunny
But since they made him treasurer
the club's run out of money

I don’t know if that’s really true
or if the system sux
But for the last 2 months or so
he’s owed me 60 bucks

Jim Annison a man of class
His company makes things of glass
and mirrors for above your bed
that won’t fall down & hit your head

Tonight’s a special night for Jim
Our president will now be him
The chain of office around his neck
Tell bob to write me out my cheque

Tonight we have a plumber here
Goes by the name of Lance
Don’t turn up when he says he will
He’ll lead you quite a dance

He’ll always give you some excuse
the way that plumbers can
I really would have been there
but the wheel fell of my van

Now there’s a man with the perfect head

Rod Stevens off his crutches now
You may have heard him boast
He’s just obtained a contract
to deliver rural post

He’ll drive around the countryside
And when the day is done
we’ll all have had our letters
and our junk mail by the ton

Rosemary is a pharmacist
dispensing pills & balm
I always thought a pharmacist
was one who read your palm

She recently joined Rotary
And if it’s her intent
to stay the course, I think some day
she’ll be our president

Terry Hodges is a wag
A travel man he is
He organizes trips for folk
by land and air and sea

He’s going to be our sergeant
And when we’re fined, you’ll see
he’ll want to add insurance
Airport tax and GST

I hope I Haven’t bored you
by going on too long
Believe me that my poetry
is better than my song

For those of you not mentioned
I beg you, don’t dismay
I’ll get to know you better
And there’ll be another day
when I sit at my desk again
some poetry to write
But in the meantime boys & girls
I bid you all Goodnight


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