2017-04-05, Jay Jordan, A Visit to New Zealand

President Christopher called the meeting to order about ten minutes after noon.  Mary Ellen gave the invocation.  Pres. Christopher then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Fran and Patty led us in singing “Edelweiss.”  Andy Taylor was named the mystery greeter.  Guests of Rotarians and student guests were introduced.

Happy $$: Lya gave $39 in recognition of Jay’s birthday; John H. – “mighty glad to be here!”  John Pickett – Friday’s “pay it forward” evening was a great success.  John saw only one Rotarian (himself)!  Kristi - $1 since she hasn’t lost her mind – yet!  Her mom and several members of her family are moving closer – from Idaho Falls to Arizona – yea!!  Charles – glad Kristi is not “over the hill yet,” He was soundly corrected.  Bill – Retired as of Friday – still working his old job part time; Victor – glad to be back in New Mexico.

Terry McGinnity was inducted as a new member. 

The Program

Jay Jordan presented a slide show of his and Lya’s recent trip to New Zealand’s North and South Islands.  Lya and Jay flew into Auckland and were joined by her sister and brother-in-law from Seychelles, her sister and brother-in-law from Australia and her niece and niece’s fiancée from Australia.  They drove to the Bay of Islands in the northern part of the North Island.  From there they drove to the geothermally active Rotorua in the central part of the North Island.  The Rotorua Rotary Club in Rotary District 9930 established and maintains a nature walk overlooking Lake Rotorua.  From Rotorua to Wellington, the Capital of NZ.  They took a ferry from Wellington to Pickton on the South Island and stayed one night in Nelson.  From Nelson, they went to Christchurch and stayed several days there.  There were some pictures of the spectacular botanical garden in Christchurch.  From Christchurch to Queenstown and onward to Milford Sound where there were nearly 100 spectacular waterfalls.  There are 4.5 million people in NZ and 33 million sheep!  The trip took two weeks (not nearly enough time).  Many pictures were taken all along the way.

After the Program

Patty announced that we had raised another $162 for an additional RYLA student.  The pot is now capped at $500.  Brighton Turner, the Centennial High School student guest, had the winning ticket, but did not draw the joker.  The next pot will continue to grow!  Pres. Christopher then led us in reciting the 4-Way Test.

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Guests of Rotarians



June Briggs

Dinus Briggs

Terry McGinnity

Ted Shelton

Victor Roberts

Charles Townley

Greg Corey

Robert Seaton

Gonzalo Soto

John Hernàndez

Visiting Rotarians


Home Club



Student Guests



Haily Palacios


Antonia Zamora


Brighton Turner




Date Club

Glenn Duff



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