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Rotorua Branch Newsletter-May 2012




 DATE: Sunday 27 MAY 2012

TIME: 12:30 P.M.


1240 Hinemaru Street

Heinrich Boeckhorst



This month our Guest Speaker is Heinrich Boeckhorst. Heinrich spent 30 years in China working as a ‘BMW’ Architect. Last year in August he told us about his experiences regarding doing business in China. Because time ran out we invited him to come back and this time tell us more about his travels and the quality of life in China during that time and about the people of China, also possibly his thoughts about China’s image in todays world. I am sure like last time it will be another interesting afternoon. Everyone is welcome so feel free to bring a friend and don’t forget to bring something to contribute to our very enjoyable social luncheon before our speaker.



 Things are pretty quiet at the moment. You will have to wait and see what is in store for next month. Hopefully towards the end of the year Cliff and I will tell you about our China ‘Adventure.’ It was certainly more than we expected !


 Numbers were down for this meeting. It was decided that membership fees will remain the same. So just a reminder for those who did not attend please don’t forget to renew your membership $ 15. for singles and $ 25. for couples or organisations. If you could confirm your contact details when renewing your membership it would be appreciated. Post to Norma Millard, 24a Union Street Rotorua 3010.

 Also John Ray has stepped down from the Committee and has been replaced by Sheila Ray. So the committee is Norma Millard, Brenda Lee, John Bond, John Chang Wong, Karin Trewin, Sheila Ray and Cliff Lee. It is a team effort. If anyone is interested in joining the committee please let us know.

 We are pleased that John Chang Wong is out of hospital and is recovering well. We hope to see him again soon.


 This year the 60th anniversary conference is being held in Auckland 18 – 20th May. They have just announced that the N.Z. Chinese Ambassador will be attending. The Vice President of Youxie, will now lead the delegation to visit our 60th Anniversary Conference in place of the President who is not available during this period.

 Plans are well on the way for the 60th Anniversary Tour at the end of August. Dave Bromwich <[email protected]>will lead this tour. More information is on the website and included in the attached National Newsletter.

 Don’t forget raffle tickets for return flights to China will be available until 1 October. at $ 5. each. They will be available at our meeting or contact Norma ph. 348-2110 or [email protected]

This is a National fund raiser and the branch receives $1. from each ticket sold.

 60th Birthday Tour 29 August to 24 September 2012

 Celebrations in Shandan

One of the highlights for the 60th Birthday Tour will be celebrations in Shandan, Gansu, on September 12, combining the 70th anniversary of the Shandan Bailie School (SBS) and our 60th. Our Tour group will represent NZCFS and the SBS are organising VIPs from Shandan, Zhangye City and Gansu Provincial level dignitaries. Bailie Old Boys Secretary-General Yang Chunlin indicates there will be up to 100 old boys also coming.

Carl Worker, New Zealand Ambassador, Li Jianping, Deputy Director of Youxie and an honorary Principal of SBS, and Michael Crook, Chairman of Gung-ho, all plan to attend.

An afternoon seminar is planned with different aspects of our two organisations highlighted, and pointers as to where our relationship can take us in the future. In the evening, a banquet will be held, at which our NZCFS/Gung-ho International Award for the four best cooperatives from our projects in Shandan County, Zhangye City and Shaanxi Province will be presented. Both these occasions will showcase the Bailie School, our Friendship Society, and our joint project work and raise the profile of SBS and promote the value of cooperatives.

By honouring our past we find our future!