Upcoming Speaker List

This month’s speakers have been carefully curated for your listening/viewing pleasure:


26th June

Changeover 6:00pm

Black and white theme at SkyCity Function Room, $49.00 per person – Please deposit to 03-1355-0528247-00 – THERE IS NO LUNCH TIME MEETING


3rd July

Patrick Cummings – Bequests Manager Hospice Waikato

Hospice’s role is to support patients, their families, children and their carers through illness, death and bereavement.  By supporting Hospice Waikato through a bequest, helps to ensure their services remain free of charge for Waikato people, many years into the future.  Hospice Waikato provides a variety of specialised care services for people with life-limiting illnesses and are a tremendous support for families through their difficult journeys.  Patrick, a longstanding member of our club, will talk about his role as bequests manager.


10th July

John Simmons, General Manager of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Trust

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island situated south of Cambridge.  Surrounded by the world’s longest pest-proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain’s ancient forest offers a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects.

John Simmons has been the General Manager since November 2014, having come from a career in local government with a background of catchment management and biosecurity.  He will share with us fascinating information about this unique environment we have on our doorstep.


17th July

Simon Peterson – Chief Executive Rowing NZ

Simon will tell us about the activities and goals Rowing NZ has set for the 2020 Tokoyo Olympic games following the successes of the past two Olympics.


24th July

Angie Millar & Jodi Bennett – Authors of “Divine Eats”, a fundraising cookbook

Angie Millar is the project director of a locally inspired cookbook fundraiser “Divine Eats”, raising funds for a swimming pool for Tamahere School.  Together with talented photographer, Jodi Bennett they with huge community support, over a year long period developed this recipe book which has gone on to be an amazing success.  The first print of 4000 books sold out in a month, with the second run of 2000 gone in two months.  So far the sales have raised $220,000.00 towards the $400,000.00 goal to finance construction of the swimming pool.  One final run of 2500 books was printed and marketed at the Great NZ Food Show in May.


31st July

John Cook – Chairman of the Community & Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF)

John is part of the Community & Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) which has created a leadership development programme in collaboration between Waikato University’s Management School, local business and community organisations to bring high-value leadership advancement to the Waikato.  Every year, 10 business leaders and 10 community leaders (sponsored by participanting businesses) undertake a 9-month programme aimed at sharpening their leadership skills, and creating stronger links between community organisations and business.