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Rotorua Branch Newsletter-April 2014

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GREETINGS TO ALL:NZCFS-Logo

IMG_0231 OUR APRIL MEETING WILL BE

DATE: SUNDAY 27 APRIL 2014

TIME: 12:30 P.M.

VENUE: ROTORUA ARTS VILLAGE,

( 1240 Hinemaru Street)

This month is our AGM Our meeting will start with the usual shared lunch followed with our AGM and hopefully Jan Burbidge will tell us a little bit about May Kingsford. She hopes others might have something to contribute about May. Some yearsa ago May left a legacy to the Rotorua Branch to ensure that it continue.

 Also we will have a discussion regarding the survey which was sent out. Hopefully you filled it out either on line or returned it by snail mail. There will be a discussion about the results of this survey at the up and coming conference. So you will have an opportunity to make additional comments at our AGM which can be conveyed further at the conference discussion.

 COMING MEETINGS

Due to unforeseen circumstances Fred was unable to make our March meeting so he has been rescheduled for our May meeting. I would like to thank John Chang Wong for stepping in at short notice and telling us about the Chinese Philosopher, Confucius.

 We are hoping to have some of the Chinese Language assistants speak to us in June and possibly have a Chinese lunch at a restaurant in July.

 NATIONAL NEWS

This year there will be a youth conference in September so Youth will be the theme for this years Prominent IMG_0231Persons and Leaders Tour. We are still looking for a young person to nominate for this tour. Please let us know if you know of a young person who might be interested in going to China, someone in their early 30’s or younger. Those selected will pay for their own airfares, insurance and visa but all expenses in China will be covered by the hosts.

 The Annual Conference will be held in Hawkes Bay, 23-25 May. Early Registration is $120. per person. The conference banquet is an additional $45. If you are interested in attending please let me know and I can forward the registration form to you.(ph. 3325731)Anyone is welcome to register and attend. The venue is in Havelock North. Cliff and I will attend as the Rotorua Branch representatives.

 OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST

Waiariki Institute of Technology International Department has started an initiative – MANDARIN CORNER on Saturday mornings starting at 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  Zhang Min, Hanban teacher at Waiariki Institute of Technology, heads this initiative. It is open to all in the community interested in learning the Chinese Language, Culture, Art and Music. This will be a weekly class. There is no charge. Participants will be asked to contribute towards the cost of materials only. This class will be held in the International Department, Room AE12, at Waiariki. For more information please contact Min: ph. 021 040-5169 or (07)921 8578; Email [email protected]