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26 Issue 564. August 2014
Speed dating picks up
Rotary clubs in Auckland, NZ, have started meet-ups to combine their resources
to attract new members to Rotary through “Explore Rotary – Speed Dating with
The events are a new opportunity for networking between a cross-section of
Rotarians from various clubs around Auckland and prospective members wishing to
learn more about Rotary opportunities.
These new-style Rotary events are based on a speed dating format, allowing
motivated non-Rotarian attendees to interact with the representatives from the
Rotary clubs present and evaluate for themselves which club would be the best
potential fit for them.
Six Rotary clubs participated in the first event: Auckland, Botany East Tamaki,
Downtown Auckland, Mt Eden, Parnell and Westhaven.
Seven Rotary clubs participated in the second event, including repeat participation
from Auckland, Downtown Auckland, Mt Eden and Parnell plus new comers Ellerslie
Sunrise, Newmarket and Remuera.
These two events attracted 18 Rotarians and two prospective members to the
first meet-up and six Rotarians and 14 prospective members to the second meet-up.
One of the hot prospects has since joined the Rotary Club of Parnell and another
is joining the Rotary Club of Auckland.
While Rotary is an international organisation with common goals and values,
there are many nuances between different clubs, including how they operate
and contribute to the community. Allowing prospective Rotarians a glimpse into
these differences, while highlighting the warm and welcoming nature of Rotary
as a whole, is one of the main aims of the “Explore Rotary – Speed Dating with
Rotary Club of Auckland meet-up team organisers Michael Kruesi and Lena Salim
are encouraging another participating club to step up and take the lead for the next
inter-club meet-up, at the end of August.
For more information visit www.meetup.com/Rotary-in-Auckland.
Guest speaker former governor Leanne
Jaggs and representatives of the Rotary
Club of Auckland, then president Craig
Dealey, Michael Kruesi and Lena Salim at
the second Explore Rotary – Speed Dating
with Rotarians event.
Rotary Club of Auckland then president
Craig Dealey with prospective member
William Remor at the second Explore Rotary
– Speed Dating with Rotarians event.
Anthony Scott, D9940
the Rotary Club of
in 2001, and has
served as public
president and John
Ilott Trust member. He has also
served on district public relations and
family focus groups. Anthony advised
corporates, Maori groups, NGOs and
government agencies through to 2001
when he became chief executive of
Science New Zealand, which provides
policy, advocacy, communications and
organisational support for the Crown
Research Institutes. Anthony’s wife
Nicky has been Secretary of Diabetes
Youth Wellington and on the Island
Bay United Football Club committee.
Liz Courtney, D9970
Liz joined the Rotary
Club of Papanui,
NZ, in 2001 and
served as president
in 2007-08 . She
was an assistant
has been on the District Training Team
from 2011 and since 2012 has been on
the District Finance Committee and the
new Grants Committee. Liz received
the District Governor’s Award in 2006
and was made a Paul Harris Fellow in
2011. She is a director of interior design
at Courtney Architects – Designers Ltd,
a company she and Rotarian husband
Nick began in 1992. They and their
eight staff specialise in residential,
educational and commercial work
around New Zealand.
Jonathan Usher, D9980
the Rotary Club of
Invercargill, NZ , in
1997 and after 18
to the Rotary Club of
Dunedin. His various
Rotary roles have included Group Study
Exchange team leader, chair of the
JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund
for District 9980, club president, chair
of the District Group Study Exchange
Committee, director of ShelterBox NZ
and assistant governor. Jonathan’s real
passion is performing his comedy magic
show at events and functions all over
New Zealand and around the world. He
performs nearly 200 shows each year.
Jonathan lives in Dunedin with his wife
Lisa and daughter Amy.
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