We meet at 6 pm every Wednesday except for the first Wednesday of each month.
It's important to phone Graham 04 905 2626 or
027 454 1082 by 5 pm Monday, if you're attending on that Wednesday.

Club Notices

Christmas function
On Wednesday 15 December we have our Christmas dinner meeting from 6pm at Cedarwood, 17 Parata Street Waikanae.
The menu for the evening is as follows:
Ham on the bone
Roast beef
Vegetable medley
Asparagus Tossed green salad
Beetroot walnut and feta salad
Tomato basil and mozzarella salad
Rice salad
Bread basket

Pavlov /strawberries
Steam pudding with brandy custard
Tea coffee.

The cost is $40 a head and remember it is BYO drinks.
This year we are reinstating a tradition of past years where we bring a gift for a child that will go to the Salvation Army for distribution.  Details to follow in a separate email.
Please save the date and RSVP to Graham Oliver by Monday 12 December at 5 pm if you are attending.  It’s best to ring Graham on 04 905 2626.or 027 454 1082.


  • 01 Dec: No meeting
  • 08 Dec: Project Updates (no speaker)
  • 15 Dec: Christmas function


Members rostered on will perform all these duties:

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

  • 01 Dec: No meeting
  • 08 Dec: Steve Botica
  • 15 Dec: TBC
The meeting
Graham Oliver introduced Alison Jarden, our newest member, who has a varied and interesting career.  She's always been involved with volunteering since her late teens and has had an interesting variety of volunteer roles, including Ambulance work, Victim Support, Life line and being a Girl Guide Commissioner
More recently, she's been the Manager of Palmerston North Neighbourhood Support for nearly three years and the job fits well with her desire to make a positive difference in this world
Alison said that Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community-led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient and connected communities.

​It is a registered charity and since 1999 has been working alongside New Zealand Police and other partners to equip neighbourhoods to improve safety, be prepared for emergencies and support one another so that our communities are great places to live.

She is co-located in the Palmerston North Police Office and this gives her access to key information about what's going on.  It is also an opportunity for her to feed intel from her neighbourhood support members to the police.  People seem to feel comfortable talking to Alison rather than the Police directly. This intel has resulted in a number of arrests and significant changes in communities that initially felt unsafe.
Alison has great respect for the police, having seen first hand what they have to put up with and and deal with.
As Neighbourhood support is a charity, Alison has had to secure funding for her role, and she has gotten quite good at it, managing to update her work car recently.
I think I heard Alison say at least 5 times, that she loves her job.  And it is very apparent she does!
If you want to know more Neighbourhood Support, click on this link
There were many questions from members and Alison was thanked by Graham on behalf of the club.
Note: Alison will be formally inducted into the club at our Christmas meeting.
Parting thought (Graham)

"We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives."

 - John F Kennedy