Division 2 News – Sept 2015

Maihihi School Project

Te Awamutu Club recently made a presentation to Maihihi School of $3500 from the Foundation towards converting an area between classrooms into a semi outdoor area for wet weather use and to use as their hall. This includes a clear roof system and floor covering system which incorporates hop scotch, 4-square, and other ball game activities.

The 64 Students entertained with songs – the Principal showed us the site and materials chosen for the job.



From left: President-elect Donald McCorquindale, President Kevin Choat and Membership director & Foundation Trustee Duncan Gray.

By Kevin Choat, President


div2-intermediateIntermediate assists Kiwanis

During a recent school project called “Making it Right”, three Matamata Intermediate School students chose to support Matamata Kiwanis in their efforts to collect educational materials for international distribution.

Pictured with Jim Kyle, Past President of the Matamata Kiwanis Club, Room 1 students Paris, Katherine and Megan from Matamata Intermediate School were proud to collect resources which, through Matamata Kiwanis, will be shipped to Vanuatu. (Photo courtesy Scene Newspaper)



div2-pyjamasKiwanis in Pyjamas Project

Photo below was taken at Pukemiro School by Lt Governor Yvonne Joynes. The entire school of 50 children (decile 1) received a pair of pyjamas from the proceeds of the Kiwanis in Pyjamas project which was part of the Division 2 Charity Golf tournament.


Kiwanis distribute pyjamas

div2-pyjamas2From the proceeds of the 2015 Kiwanis Charity Golf Tournament held at the Walton Golf Course, the Waikato/King Country Life Education Trust and the Morrinsville Scout Group (to repair and secure their hall which had been subject to numerous break-ins) received funds, along with the “Kiwanis in Pyjamas” project which was dedicated to the provision of winter pyjamas to families in the Waikato area. The profit from the Tournament was sufficient to purchase 850 sets of pyjamas for distribution through all the Kiwanis clubs in the Waikato region. Matamata club approached various organisations and orders for pyjamas were received from the Starfish Social Services, Matamata Police Social Services, and the Firth Primary School. Around 70 pairs of pyjamas were distributed to these organisations.

Pictured receiving their order of Kiwanis Pyjamas are Jo McNaughton, Starfish Social Services, James Eldridge, Principal of Firth School and Ben Muriwai, Police Social Services. Also pictured is Kiwanian Ron Moles, Director of Youth Services.


Legion of Honour award

Dianne Sinclair, pictured with her husband Russell, was recently presented with a Legion of Honour award acknowledging 25 years of dedicated service to the Kiwanis club of Matamata.


div2-hinnykidsHinny kids are terrific kids

Pictured with Kiwanis Jim Kyle, Ron Moles and Tom Troughton, Jessica Walton, Samantha George, Joel Harris, Jack Edgecombe and Charlie Nicholls were thrilled to be named the latest Hinuera School Kiwanis Terrific Kids!

To date, around 100 Hinuera School students have received the Terrific Kids award, each child choosing a new book for their school library.



Morrinsville Kiwanis Car Rally

Another successful car rally was held on 20th June, with nine cars participating. Weather wasn’t good, but all enjoyed the cruise around the Waikato countryside, finishing up the day at the Morrinsville RSA for lunch and prizes.

The next car rally will be held on 20th February 2016.


JOKE TIME: An old man lived alone in Idaho. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, Barry, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.

« Dear Barry: I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me. Love, Dad. »

A few days later, he received a letter from his son.

« Dear Dad: For heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up that garden. That’s where I buried the BODIES. Love, Barry. »

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local Police showed up and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologised to the old man and left. That same day, the old man received another letter from his son.

« Dear Dad: Go ahead and plant the potatoes now. It’s the best I could do under the circumstances. Love Barry. »