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We meet at 6 pm every Wednesday except for the first Wednesday of each month.
Please phone Graham 04 905 2626 or 027 454 1082 by 5 pm Monday for catering purposes, if you're attending on that Wednesday
 
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Club Notices

Remember to advise Graham Oliver of your attendance by 5pm Monday prior to the meeting, especially as we are self catering during Level 2.

He will make you aware of the meal planned for the evening and take your order.

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We formally welcomed Alison Jarden as a member of our club.  Alison was a member of Terrace End club.

Its great to have a new member and a female at that.  Welcome Alison.  Now we jus need to get some other women to join Alison.

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Dave Murton showed us a video of a recent trip to Kapiti Island and how a crafty Kaka flew to them landed on his back pack and tried to open the zip.  Amazing intellect in these birds.

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Programme

  • 27 Oct: Janet Holborow - KCDC Councillor: Culture and Arts portfolio
    A partner's evening
  • 03 Nov: No meeting
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Duties

Members rostered on will perform all these duties:

Open meeting with Grace or a Message; Sergeant; Introduce & Thank Speaker (if there's a speaker); Parting Thought.

  • 27 Oct: Rodger McCormack
  • 03 Nov: No meeting
The meeting

John Baillie was introduced by Rodger McCormack and talked to us about smart homes.

If a smart home is set up correctly, people can manage their whole house from their phone.

For example, he has installed smart smoke alarms that can detect  CO2 and knows where the fire is.  They can inform other alarms in the house and work together to direct people out of the house safely by creating a lighted path.  The smoke alarms auto test themselves every month and have a motion detector that activates a light.

John has no traditional light switches in his house Instead he has a small "smart" button that manages the level of light with a sensor depending on the time of day.

The buttons are programmable to do other things...play music  press and hold will dim the light.

His Google devices and three WIFI stations maximizes the signal wherever you are in the house.  He can manage when family wifi is on or off, handy of you've got teenagers.

John gave a prize to Richard Campbell - a smart retrofit for a deadbolt unit that can be unlocked with i-phone.

All of this can be set up easily and quickly.

Each morning John gets a briefing from his smart system - weather, news, and traffic.  All spoken to him.

The cost to set up a smart home is easiest if building from new.  Its about $3 - 5 thousand on top of the electrical cost for a normal house.

They have a screen in kitchen for adding items to a shopping list or to show a recipe.

All their security cameras recognize family faces and John can scroll back thorugh the history of each camera.  His cameras will see a courier driver arrive, knows they had a package when they arrived  and didn't when they left, so can figure out that a package was delivered.  And notify John of the package being delivered.

Door bells can be programmed by the season and play different sounds.

John installed a smart thermostat that knows if you're home or not and it learns the family's behaviour.  It knows you're close to home so adjust temperature based on the weather forecast which is built in.  the system knows how long the house takes to heat up, so schedules the heating to come on appropriately.   It manages adjustment of the blinds to suit weather.

Their solar power system is managed remotely and is set to draw from grid at cheapest rates.  John's power cost in summer for 6 months of year is $0, Otherwise about $100 per month

You can control what information gets passed up to Apple, Google or Amazon.  So can retain your privacy.  However your smart phone is much more intrusive than a home smart system.

The members had many, many questions and were astounded at the level of technology that can be used in your own home.

The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed.

Rodger McCormack thanked John for a most interesting talk on behalf of the club.

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Once again, the meal for the evening, a lovely roast and veges from the Waikanae Roasts shop.

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Parting thought
(Rodger McCormack)
 
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice.
Whatever choice you make, makes you.
Choose wisely.”

― Roy T. Bennett