This is an invitation to retired – or about to be retired, active men and women of good character, living on the Hibiscus Coast, to become members of this popular local Senior's Club. Here you will be meeting up with others at future monthly gatherings - to enjoy conviviality and listen to excellent guest speakers.
Successful applicants will be invited to participate in low-cost outings to interesting places and events. For those who have an enthusiasm for keeping fit, our Rebus Ramblers of Gulf Harbour, meet weekly on a Monday morning for a 1-2 hour stroll to places near and far, followed by a refreshing coffee at a nearby Cafe.
Other "Interest Groups" already established include dining out, Mah Jong, Classic Cars, 500 Cards, visits to the Auckland CBD and an annual BBQ. We have two quality luncheons during the year, one mid-year and the other pre-Christmas for members and partners.
Meetings are held at the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club, 1299 Laurie Southwick Parade, Gulf Harbour at 9.30am until noon on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (excluding January) After a short business session, one of our own members is a Club speaker (10-15 mins) followed by morning tea and then an external Guest Speaker. Meetings conclude by midday. The annual Subscription is $25 plus a “one off” $25 joining fee.
Our Club is the 50th Rebus Club in New Zealand and the 7th to be established in the Rodney District. Rebus is an organization which has its origins in the world-wide Probus movement which was a Rotary sponsored community service program.
However, unlike Rotary, we have no service obligations such as fund-raising or amenity establishment. Many of us have “been there, done that".
Now is the time of life to simply indulge ourselves with new friendships and leisure activities.
To learn more about Rebus Clubs in other parts of NZ, visit the NZ website by
clicking on this link Rebus.nz or call 09 424 7115 - Mob 0274 739 787.
Our Committee 2023-24 Neil Wild, (IPP), Gill Wild, David Kilsby (Treasurer) Verneice Kilsby (Membership) Verna Harford (President) Jean McIntosh, (Newsletter Editor)
Nancy Hewertson, Lynette Philips (Secretary)
At our September meeting, President Verna awards Past President Peter Odendaal a Life Membership acknowledging his pivotal role in the establishment of the Club in 2019. On the right, Peter cuts the Birthday Cake at a morning tea celebrating the Club's 4th Anniversary.
Our main speaker for September was member Ken Daniels, a retired Barrister. Rather than giving an address, Ken got us talking about various legal terms and deciding just what they meant. Examples were the definition of consent, infanticide, was the recent kissing event in Spanish sport, a sexual asault or not? And the dilemma a Barrister encounters defending someone where guilt is acknowledged. Here we see Ken receiving liquid appreciation from member Peter Brignall
Club Speaker, Richard Ames gave us a Powerpoint presentation on key events in his life including 12 years with the RAF at Farnborough as an electronics engineer, taking part in the Fastnet Yacht race in 1989 and his Mother's fame for having designed the first child's car seat.
Lisa Trist from ASB and colleague (also Lisa) addressed our August meeting on the subject of
"Staying safe online" from the many scams now so commonplace on the internet. Two heart-breaking stories were related about customers who had fallen victims to carefully planned scams. Grooming over several weeks and months had dampened any caution about sending large sums off-shore - never to be recovered. Numerous tips to watch out for were outlined. Here we see Richard Ames presenting our speakers with a "thank you" gift of appreciation.
Graeme and Jean McIntosh were the August Club speakers and presented a Power Point account of their time in the Bay of Islands 1991-2004 during which they owned and operated a Motel in Russell, a waterfront Fishing Lodge on the Te Wahapu Peninsula and finally built their dream lodge at Pt Veronica between Opua and Paihia. Graeme established a very successful fishing charter business and during those years, built 3 vessels to cope with the increased patronage. Jean managed the accommodation side of the business in addition to learning how to drive a tractor for the launching and retrieval of their charter boat/s. They retired to Whangaparaoa in Dec 2004 with each becoming foundation members of this Club. Both are also members of the Rebus NZ Board.
Bill Anderson, assisted by Frank Townley keep us in stitches with many
hilarious jokes to fill a program gap.
Paul Moon was an excellent July Guest Speaker who gave several examples of how we remember the good times even from bad experiences. Nostalgia is a return to something from the past, an antidote to Change. Prosthetic Memory is a misleading memory, such as people celebrating events in times before they were born, but interpret what it was like. We remember the good times which make us feel certain in uncertain times. Utopian ideas are an antidote to the present, a drawing of old ideas to be reused.
Our 2023 Mid-year luncheon was held at Mainsail Restaurant, Gulf Harbour on 12 July
Veronique Guilloteau from BrainFit was our June speaker. This engaging French lady explained the process our brain uses to record memories. She gave us some tips on how to exercise our brains on a daily basis involving everyone present
Annual BBQ held at Shakespear Regional Park 18 January, 2023
An historic occasion - President Peter Odendaal inducts 21 Foundation members on the 9th October 2019