JULY : Immediate Past District Governor : JULY

31 Aug

1 July- 21 July – refreshing by refocussing on Family and Architecture



Roma – a city where ruins are celebrated, renewed with bravado and style – why do we have so much angst with Christchurch Cathedral – the food tasted as good as it looked


Fireworks enjoyed from C-Beach Cannes, a day out sailing to the les Iles de Lerins, leaving Nice – the Rotary luggage straps make rapid IDs on the airport baggage carousels

Cotes d’Azur moments many and varied enriched by Family and the generous hospitality of dear friends



extra special returning with our daughters Ruby and Noon  to St Paul de Vence– a perched village  40 minutes north of Cannes – yes Rotary is here too- this club meets at La Colombe d’Or – see  Michelin guide. We also had to take our girls to La Fondation Maeght – Architecture and Art blending seamlessly with its surrounding gardens.


Cannes, Peymenaide,Vieux Nice- day and night – family, friends, fun.


en route stopover Carcassonne – a storybook medieval town – enjoyed at nighttime with cassoulet and a velvety red – and yes Rotary meets at the Hotel Mercure just outside the fortified city walls – the architectonic  presence of sheer mass


We are connected in so many ways– AG Juliette’s brother Lo was the ultimate tour guide – yes we are that close


Madrid – a city big on  Architecture, Art, Food and Style – Guernica in the flesh and artichoke heart tapas especially memorable


Toledo and its Catedral Primada Sancta Maria da Toledo – a magnum opus of the Gothic Style in Spain and collection of el Greco paintings


temperatures mid 30’s bus up and walking back down to Toledo train station

31 July – Rotary OTAHUHU Presidents Night, Kings College Otahuhu – unfinished business – honouring an extraodinary Rotarian Spouse


Sharon and I returned from our post Lisbon Convention travels with our daughters Ruby and Noon  just over a week ago – temperatures everywhere we visited were an average 30 degrees – warm… almost as warm as the welcome we have received tonight. We are delighted to be back with Otahuhu and also the opportunity to catch up with some of our convention mates.

The email deluge has stopped- and now I have an I and a P before my rotary title- and  as most PDGs know that means there is the usual unfinished business- ( I am pleased to say that we got our RI Expense reports in today-31 July- right on deadline- but I did not come to tell you this-

A specially delightful duty that remains for me  is to present  a Rotary International award  to a special person in the Otahuhu Rotary family- indeed in our D9920 family.

Last rotary year President Tanaka and the RI board- in its wisdom- or you could say came to its senses- decided to officially recognise the important role and support of non-Rotarian partners.To do this the RI Board established the inaugural Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award – presented to only 100 special people worldwide. So tonight I can make the official presentation as we did have a  soft run at the last supper  in Lisbon – present to  a special partner-

a partner of a DG( no less) and all that entails-a partner who keeps on giving- not stopping on the 1 July- her support of PDG Jack Davies has been and is continuing , particularly with the ERKs program which has grown in scope and effort required every year – ADRIENNE DAVIES please come forward and receive the real award.


a busy and refreshing wind-down  from the DG rollercoaster – there is Life after being DG. REJUVENATE.


2 Responses to “JULY : Immediate Past District Governor : JULY”

  1. Miles & Margaret Cain August 31, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Hi Ron & Sharon,

    Welcome back.

    It is sooo nostalgic seeing all your great photos of your travels, many places that we know well, including the cassoulet at Carcassonne.

    I too have a change in life , retiring from Nufarm after 27 yr . I now have a clean sheet of paper to create the next stage in our life which I will look forward to.


    Miles & Marg

  2. Richard Gee September 1, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    well done Ron a superb set of messages…. you deserve a few less emails….
    Richard Gee

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