An article by Michelle Tanner, District Polio Chair.
 
There have been reports recently of a case of polio in Venezuela. Are they true? The short answer is No. So why did this get this story get into the media?
 
A major part of the strategy to eradicate polio is to look very hard for the virus and potential cases of the disease. This surveillance, conducted through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is two-phased. Firstly, scientists examine samples of water and sewerage looking for wild and vaccine-derived poliovirus.
Polio in Venezuela?? 2018-06-20 12:00:00Z 0
If you told me twelve years ago upon finishing my Rotary Ambassadorial Program year in Dublin, Ireland, that this was just the start of an adventure, I would have been hard-pressed to believe you.
 
The program itself was such a unique and enriching experience that improving on this worldview changing year seemed impossible. However, as I enter my thirteenth year as a member of the Rotary family, I now realize that being an alumnus is just the beginning.
Ambassadorial Scholarship Just the Beginning of my Rotary Journey 2018-06-15 12:00:00Z 0
Mika, Tyler, and Sidney all spoke on their experience attending the 2018 RYPEN weekend at Guthrie Smith Outdoor Education Centre.
 
They were all apprehensive about attending the course at first but all were pleased they went and made comments such as “best trip I have ever been on”, “lucky to have been chosen”, “all the students were very friendly”, “made many new friends”, “very grateful for the opportunity”, “shared life story with roommates”, “encouraged not to give up”, “wouldn’t have been possible without the clubs sponsorship”.  
 
Brian Hall in his vote of thanks commented that the course would have helped given the students confidence to make their presentation.  Mark congratulated the students on their presentation acknowledging that it was not easy to stand in front of 70 mostly strangers and speak as well as they had. Their talk along with the power point presentation playing during the meeting provided great feedback to the club on the benefits of this programme and reinforced the amazing work Larry and Chris do in running the course. 
Greenmeadows Rotary Listen to Three RYPEN Students 2018-06-01 12:00:00Z 0
JUNE is Rotary Fellowship month – As the days get shorter and cooler, what better time than to have some fun Club fellowship – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Club organised outings to the movies or a show, After 5 drinks, or just an evening around a roaring open fire (does anyone still have these?).  Rotary is part of our leisure time so it is important to remember that if we are not having FUN, then why do we belong to Rotary?  It is through fellowship that we get to know one another better and to enjoy doing things together.
 
Due to a family bereavement, I asked District Governor Elect Graham Jull to write last month’s District Governor report, thank you, Graham. This was a great opportunity for Graham to inform you about the 2018-2019 Rotary theme "Be the Inspiration".
JUNE 2018 – DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S NEWSLETTER 2018-06-01 12:00:00Z 0
Over one hundred members and helpers from all of the five Napier Rotary Clubs turned up at West Shore last Sunday on a very variable day in a combined Rotary Club effort to help plant over 347 trees and shrubs to beautify the pathway and show Rotary’s positive action to help minimise global warming.  
 
Mayor Dalton (pictured shoveling!) was there to help along with District Governor Leonie Tisch and the work got well underway after past Mayor Barbara Arnott gave some history of the pathway (it was under Barbara’s term as Mayor that the pathway project was initiated). 
Green Fingered District Governor Still Planting Trees 2018-06-01 12:00:00Z 0
Alex Peter, 14th Annual Bragato Exchange Student.
 
Alex is the 14th EIT student to benefit from the Bragato exchange programme. The scheme’s founder Kevyn Moore, a former president of the New Zealand Grape Growers Association, says she made a very favourable impression in Italy, where she visited wineries, vineyards and the School of Viticulture and Oenology in Conegliano.  For her part, Alex says she had a great time, with each of her hosts offering a different snapshot of the Italian wine industry and culture.  
   
The exchange scheme is named after Romeo Bragato, the legendary viticulturist who, after training at the Conegliano school more than a century ago, went on to recognise New Zealand’s potential for winegrowing. After meeting some visiting Italian winemakers in 1999, Kevyn, with wife Corinne, was asked to talk to Conegliano students about Bragato at the premier viticultural school’s 125th jubilee.  
Taradale Rotary Have a Bragato Exchange Student 2018-06-01 12:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Wairoa 2018-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
Jacqueline van der Velden
Jacqueline, pictured above with RYLA District Committee member Carmen Goodwin, was our guest speaker this week.  She shared her story with us as to who she was before entering RYLA, her highlights at RYLA, and after RYLA coming back to work with valuable leadership and life skills.
 
Otumoetai Rotary Listens to Jacqueline van der Velden 2018-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
After a disappointing start to the year, as of 22nd May, the world has gone over 11 weeks without a case of polio.
 
The total number of cases this year is 8.
 
It is possible that the case seen in Pakistan on 8 March (their only case this year) will be the last the world will ever see. I doubt it but it is possible. That’s how close we are to eradicating polio.
It will be several years after the last case before the world can be sure that the virus has really gone. It may be lurking in waterways, or be being carried by people who are not sick. For every case of polio, there will be several hundred infected people not showing any symptoms.
 
So, we need to continue to hunt for the virus and vaccinate children until the World Health Organization declares polio eradicated. The final push is expensive, very expensive.
Rotary's Polio Eradication "The Last Push" 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
It’s that time of year again.
 
Georgia Rotary Student Programme applications for the 2019-20 (US) academic year open in June and close 1 October.
 
This is an amazing programme, students get a full scholarship for one year at a college or university in that state, funded by the Rotary clubs of Georgia USA. It includes tuition, books, meals, and accommodation in a university hostel. Students will have a host family for the holiday periods.
Georgia Rotary Student Programme 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
Over 100 members and helpers from the five Rotary Clubs in Napier turned up at West Shore last Sunday on a very variable day in a combined Rotary Club effort to help plant over 347 trees and shrubs to beautify the pathway and show Rotary’s positive action to help minimise global warming.  
 
Mayor Bill Dalton was there to help along with Rotary District Governor Leonie Tisch and the work got well underway after past Mayor Barbara Arnott gave some history of the pathway (it was under Barbara’s term as Mayor that the pathway project was initiated). 
Napier's Great Tree Planting 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
11 members turned out on a beautiful evening to clear weeds and plant 40 seedlings in a bare area of the "Sawmiller's grove".
 
This grove is a genetically significant piece of bush, and a beautiful area close to town - suitable for walks and picnics. These seedlings were all taken from seeds/seedlings gathered from the grove - transplanted and grown on and replanted where they were needed.
 
Previous consultation with DOC and council had taken place to ensure all parties were on the same page and that the right plants were grown for the area. This project to be repeated regularly to enhance this amazing piece of bush in the town. The work was followed by a social fish and chip dinner on the reserve.
Taumarunui Rotary Tree Planting in Sawmillers' Grove 2018-05-29 12:00:00Z 0
11 members turned out on a beautiful evening to clear weeds and plant 40 seedlings in a bare area of the "Sawmiller's grove". This grove is a genetically significant piece of bush, and a beautiful area close to town - suitable for walks and picnics. These seedlings were all taken from seeds/seedlings gathered from the grove - transplanted and grown on and replanted where they were needed.
 
Previous consultation with DOC and council had taken place to ensure all parties were on the same page and that the right plants were grown for the area. This project to be repeated regularly to enhance this amazing piece of bush in the town. The work was followed by a social fish and chip dinner in the reserve
Taumarunui Rotary Tree Planting in Sawmillers' Grove 2018-05-29 12:00:00Z 0
Cambridge Rotary Hosts Charity Dinner and Auction 2018-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
Worldwide there are 1.2 million Rotary members. This number is static but NZ has fallen by 15%, consistent with the western world.        
 
Some reasons for this decrease in NZ are :
1. More established clubs are more set in their ways.
2. Not seen as relevant to younger generations.
3. Only 21% of members are female
4. 72% are over the age of 60
5. 40% leakage within 5years of induction
6. Few “new clubs”  are being charted
7. 80% of clubs have evening meetings  
 
So what can we do about these negative statistics?
Tips -
 Make it fun
 Make it meaningful
 Recognise achievements.
District Governor Nominee Shares Some Thoughts 2018-05-26 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 9930 Changeover 2018-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
Latest Rotary Shelterbox News 2018-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
After fleeing conflict in their own countries, a group of young Rotaractors is healing wounds and bringing cultures together in a Ugandan refugee settlement. Established in late 2016, and officially inaugurated last July, the Rotaract Club of Nakivale may be the first Rotaract club based inside a refugee settlement or camp.
Rotaract Club Serves Ugandan Refugee Settlement 2018-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
Greenmeadows Rotary Pack Books for Papua New Guinea 2018-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
Last week, District Governor Leonie Tisch’s mother passed away and I know many Rotarians have extended their sympathy and best wishes to Leonie, Lindsay and their family.
 
With the arrival of May 1, the family has had the opportunity to celebrate Lindsay Tisch’s investiture with the Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services as a member of Parliament. Congratulations to Lindsay and all the family.
 
The Rotary year is rapidly coming to an end and heaven forbid, District Changeover is on Sunday 1 July at Airport Lodge, Hamilton Airport 11.30am. Notices and flyer will be out soon so please pencil that date in your diary so that we can all celebrate the wonderful year of Rotary we have had in D9930 under District Governor Leonie’s stewardship.
Our District Governor Elect Steps in a Sec. 2018-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
2018 Out-bounds Hi guys, It was great to be able to read your first reports although I believe that some were more on time than others!!
 
It certainly feels like Karen and I were with the Northern Hemispheres just yesterday in Heathrow. But, it seems you are all settling in well and are making the most of your year although I am sure that you have had a few issues along the way.
 
This is only natural, the way how you deal with them is the most important part. All of us I am sure, are a little envious of what you have been able to do so far but can’t help feeling proud of the fact that Rotary has enabled this to happen.
Rotary Youth Exchange News From Around the World 2018-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
While Interplast doesn’t provide emergency relief, there are often situations where our teams visit partner countries following a natural disaster. Nine days before our surgical and training team were due to arrive in Tonga, Tropical Cyclone Gita swept across the Pacific, causing significant damage in the capital, Nuku’alofa.

While it was initially unclear if the program would go ahead, we worked with our local partner hospital and the volunteer team to assess the situation.
Interplast Visits Tonga 2018-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary’s members are our greatest assets. When our membership is strong, our clubs are more vibrant, Rotary has greater visibility, and our members have more resources to help communities flourish. 

In our new presentation, the State of Rotary’s Membership, you’ll learn who is joining — and who is leaving — and the opportunities we all have to make membership a top priority. We’ve designed this presentation to be shared: You can easily regionalize the speaker notes in this 15-slide PowerPoint to create a custom presentation for Rotarians. 

Watch a recording of the presentation with narration on our Vimeo channel
The State of Rotary’s Membership -- presentation now available 2018-05-01 12:00:00Z 0

Sharing some wonderful experiences we have had and no doubt many other Host Families have had over the years, with IYE.

Two weeks ago 10 Members of Greenmeadows were assisting as Volunteers with DOC assisting to feed, measure, weigh and band mottled petrels being relocated to Mangaturoto, Boundary Stream Mainland Island north of Napier.

The following week, I flew Kristine to Auckland and we experienced yachting and over-nighting at Rangitoto Island in my Brothers 44 foot yacht Flojo, then visiting central Auckland including the Sky Tower, shopping with my brother's wife Janice (We Boys weren't interested in clothing shops!), then motoring in a "Tinnie" from Onehunga Bridge out towards the Heads and back.  

 

The Joys of Rotary International Youth Exchange 2018-04-29 12:00:00Z 0
 
Margaret Tattersalls of Greenmedwos Rotary hosted a gathering of local RYE students. 
From front left we have Davi from Brazil, Kristine from Denmark, Koen from the Netherlands,
Seba from Chile, Edu from Brazil, Celia from France and Flore from Belgium. 
Rotary Exchange Students From District 9 have a Get-Together. 2018-04-29 12:00:00Z 0
This year funds will be used to support the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust in delivering their programme to local youth communities, especially those focused on schools.
 
This will build around education and change behavior around nutrition and physical activity.  The Trust will introduce the internationally-acclaimed programmes of AUT and the AUT Millennium Facility in Auckland.  The work is being supported by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, EIT and Sport Hawke’s Bay.
The Annual Hastings Karamu Rotary Cocktail Party 2018-04-29 12:00:00Z 0
gssf 2018-04-29 12:00:00Z 0

World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, is a great opportunity to help spread the word that #VaccinesWork and are critical to preventing and ending diseases, like polio.

Immunizations can save as many as 3 million lives a year and is one the most cost-effective healthcare tools, according to the World Health Organization. Vaccines help people all over the world live healthy lives.

Here are four ways your club can support global immunization during World Immunization Week:

Four Ways Your Rotary Club Can CelebrateWorld Immunization Week 2018-04-19 12:00:00Z 0
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc. are looking for the Ultimate Steak Connoisseur to help determine New Zealand’s tastiest steak. Forming part of the judging panel for the 2018 PGG Wrightson Steak of Origin Grand Final competition at Mystery Creek on Wednesday 13 June, the successful candidate will need to display an unrivalled passion for steak to claim this coveted role. 
 
Prospective applicants are asked to submit 50 words on why they are New Zealand’s Ultimate Steak Connoisseur and describe how they like their steak cooked.
Great Job for the Right Rotarian 2018-04-18 12:00:00Z 0
Greetings,
 
It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Grant Spackman as District 9930 Governor for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.
 
Grant and his wife Wendy live in the Hawkes Bay.
 
Grant is a very experienced Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Havelock North and also sits on the District Foundation Grants Committee.

Yours in Rotary
Leonie Tisch
Governor 2017/18
Proud to be a Rotarian
Rotary District 9930 Governor for the 2020-2021 2018-04-14 12:00:00Z 0
The Te Awamutu Book Fair is back! 

Beta Electrical Building, Sloane Street, Te Awamutu.
Tuesday to Friday 9AM - 5PM 5th to 9th June
Saturday $10 a Box Day - 10AM - 2PM
Te Awamutu Rotary's Book Fair 2018-04-13 12:00:00Z 0
This month is Maternal and Child Health Month so I decided to look in the Rotary Showcase   (hint you will need to be logged in to the RI website)  under the Heading of our Focus area "Maternal and Child Health.  There were 45774 projects to look at.
I chose this one.
 
Narail, a rural area on the west side of Bangladesh. peoples are there very poor and underprivileged. Medical treatment and facilities are very rare in that area.
 
Rotary club of metropolitan Chittagong donated an oxygen cylinder and 2 nebulizers there to a newly established hospital by very popular national cricket player Mashrafi bin Mortuza
Donating an Oxygen Cylinder to a Hospital 2018-04-11 12:00:00Z 0
 Which is more valuable to your Rotary club?
 
A. One new member?
B. One retained member?
 
The answer is definitely B … a member retained is a satisfied member- engaged and fully involved in the work of making our world a better place!
 
We often focus so heavily on recruiting new members that we forget how vital it is to the health and vibrancy of our Rotary clubs to retain engaged members. 
Engaging Un-engaged Members 2018-04-11 12:00:00Z 0
Whenever Anne-Marie Bach, chair of the Rotary Peace Fellowships subcommittee for District 1470 in Denmark, talks to clubs and districts about the Rotary Peace Fellowship program, she describes it as “the diamond of Rotary.”
 
The program is multifaceted, helping peace-builders from all over the world shine more brightly in their work and have a bigger impact together than they might have had alone.
Tips for recruiting and endorsing Rotary Peace Fellows 2018-04-11 12:00:00Z 0
 
District Training Assembly is now being held at Tauhara College, Taupo on Saturday, May 5.
This is an information day to increase understanding of Rotary programmes and an awareness of what is happening in the District.  To be attended by incoming Presidents and their leadership team, along with current club leaders and Rotarians.  Please ensure at least one club member attends the annual District Grant Qualification seminar to qualify your club to apply for Foundation Grants.
 
District Training Assembly now at Tauhara College, Taupo May 2018-04-11 12:00:00Z 0
  • Support Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s theme – Rotary: Making a Difference,
  • Achieve the Presidential Citation;
  • Plant a Tree for each member of your Club;
  • The net increase in Membership of +3, keeping in mind gender, age & ethnicity balance to reflects the community in which we live;
  • Support The Rotary Foundation – Our Charity
  • Support End Polio Now campaign;
  • Support Days for Girls project;
  • Get rid of ACRONYMS! – do you remember what CRAP stands for?
  • And attend District Conference 2018 at Wairakei (Taupo)
During my visits to Clubs I put challenges to every Rotarian 2018-04-03 12:00:00Z 0
We would like to acknowledge the passing of Keith Walter a proud Rotarian and a wonderful supporter and crucial part of Interplast’s history.  
 
In 1983, following meetings with interested doctors and plastic surgeons, he facilitated a partnership between Rotary and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, to bring the American Interplast concept of reconstructive plastic surgery to Australia.
 
After many months of negotiations, meetings and travel his hard work paid off and Interplast Australia was born.
 
Keith’s legacy continues as Interplast Australia & New Zealand continues to successfully extend its reach across the Asia Pacific and Rotary clubs play an important role in helping fund this vital work.
A Rotarian had an amazing idea - which became Interplast 2018-03-31 11:00:00Z 0
This month, World Immunization Week offered a chance to reflect on the monumental impact of polio vaccines and the many people who work to deliver them. From campaign monitors who track vaccination coverage, to delivery experts who manage each step of the supply chain.
 
It takes many hands to deliver a lifesaving vaccine to a single child. Working together in some of the world’s most challenging settings, the polio programme vaccinates an incredible 400 million children every year. This is a testament to the programme’s dedication to ensuring that no future generation ever suffers from polio.
Rotary's World Immunisation Week 2018-03-30 11:00:00Z 0
Our new "Join Us" button on the District Website (Left Hand Side under District Governor Leonie) seems to be working.
 
Devised by ClubRunner, the District Website Committee and the District Membership Committee the first applicant applied the day after it went live.
 
Clicking the button activates a form asking the potential member their contact details, past Rotary involvement, occupation, and biography. This way when a Club member responds they have information about the person.
 
The club is contacted within two days to make sure they have made contact with the applicant promptly.
New Button On Rotary District Website Attracts First Potential Member 2018-03-30 11:00:00Z 0
Larry reported another very successful weekend with 27 students (including Kristine) representing 10 of the 12 clubs in the catchment area from Gisborne to Waipukurau.
 
He thanked Kevin and Mort for donations of fruit and other members for the baking which is really enjoyed by the students.
 
He also thanked the members and partners who helped himself and Christine over the weekend namely Peter and Donna, Ken and Carol, Les and Lynne, Brian, Penny, and Gill. Vivian Edgar, the District 9930 RYPEN Chairperson was also in attendance for most of the weekend.  
Greenmeadows Rotary Loves RYPEN 2018-03-30 11:00:00Z 0
Is your club interested in attracting young professionals as members?
 
Michael Walstrom, a 30-something business leader had only been in Rotary two years when his district tapped him to put together a program for young professional development.
 
What he discovered has helped his district recruit younger members seeking to grow their leadership skills.
Pitching Rotary to young professionals 2018-03-30 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary's ShelterBox photographic series 2018-03-25 11:00:00Z 0
Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.

When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children, stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
 
Through water and hygiene programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources,  partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.
Rotary and World Water Day 2018-03-24 11:00:00Z 0
Norah Riddick
"Working With Disability in Papua New Guinea"
 
Volunteer Service Abroad.
 

Norah is a physiotherapist in Whakatane, and went to Papua New Guinea with Volunteer Service Abroad, which she describes as an amazing experience.    

She said that people with disabilities are the largest minority group in the world.  

Her experience had been an eye-opener and a privilege.

VSA ~ Working With Disability in Papua New Guinea 2018-03-18 11:00:00Z 0

The concert is organized by Oruawharo & Waipukurau Rotary with the funds raised being donated to the Rotary River Pathway Trust to further extend the trail plus add some enhancements to the existing pathway. 
 
Make up a party to have a great day out and help The Tukituki Trail. Buy your tickets on eventfinda.co.nz or Phone 06 8558274 
 
I’m sure it will be an enjoyable event and we would love to see you there. If you need more detail, please feel free to get in touch 
 
Roy Fraser Chairman- Rotary Pathway Trust frasertrust@outlook.com Phone 0275 904551 

Waipukurau Rotary's ~ Love's Hell! 2018-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Cadet Unit Commander Kawerau ATC Sandy Stonell Sandy was welcomed and then she proceeded to give us a test that she gives all new recruits, some of us passed with flying colours while others laboured on!!!
 
Sandy grew up in Kawerau and attended Kawerau College; she has also spent time in the Air Force, now she has returned from Rotorua to Kawerau to live. She used to come over from Rotorua weekly to run Kawerau’s ATC rather than see it close.
 
Sandy has been involved with Air Training Corps for over 32 years. She runs the ATC in Kawerau at the purpose-built building on Onslow Street. When she joined it was an all-male domain!
Kawerau Rotary Hear About NZ Air Cadet Force 2018-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
The five Rotary Clubs of Napier have combined to plant three different areas of the Rotary Pathway between Bayview and Westshore.
 
This was the first 1.3 kilometer section of the Napier Rotary Pathway which now extends to some 126 kilometers.
 
Opened by the then Mayor of Napier and Ahiriri Club Patron Barbara Arnott, this beautification of the pathway will greet people visiting Napier from the North.
 
The first of three sections will have 367 trees and shrubs, mostly natives planted by Rotarians under the guidance of Napier Parks Asset Planner Jason Tickner. Fully landscaped and irrigated thanks to Napier Council the first sod will be turned by District Governor Leonie Tisch on Sunday 27th May 2018.
 
Section two will be done in 2019 and the last in 2020.
 
The combined investment by the five clubs over three years is estimated to be $15,000.00.
Huge Tree Planting Planned by Combined Rotary Clubs of Napier 2018-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
2018-19 Theme Address - Barry Rassin, RI President-Elect. 2018-03-17 11:00:00Z 0
Keep the party going.
 
Rotaract’s 50th birthday was 13 March 2018 but we’re celebrating throughout World Rotaract Week, 12-18 March, and beyond.
 
Check out photos from celebrations around the world with #Rotaract50.  
 
Then, follow Rotaract on Facebook and Twitter to view our digital birthday card, event map, infographic, and more!    
Rotary's Young Leaders in Action 2018-03-17 11:00:00Z 0
Earth Day, April 22, 2018, is fast approaching, which is also the “soft” closing date for President Ian Riseley’s Environmental Sustainability 1.2 Million Tree Challenge: “Plant a tree for every Rotarian”. 
 
Many Districts and their clubs have already engaged.
 
Congratulations if your club has already completed the Challenge. If not, there’s still time!
 
To date, over 3,370 Tree Planting projects have been uploaded to the Rotary Project Showcase.
Rotary's International President Ian Riseley's 1.2 Million Tree Challenge: There's Still Time!! 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
Books to the Solomon Islands.
 
Thanks to Bob McCaw for his negotiations with the Customs Dept in the Solomons who were proving difficult about releasing the school books which are desperately needed in the schools of the islands.
 
At one stage he was asked to alter the invoice detailing the goods changing the description of the books from “second-hand primary school books” to “second-hand USED primary school books”!  
Taradale Rotary Sends Books to the Solomons 2018-03-14 11:00:00Z 0
Looking for a true kiwi adventure to take Exchange Student Kristine Skafte Eschen from Denmark, I approached Member Ken Hunt, who had spent 12+ years as a DOC Ranger on the Whanganui river, for some advice.
 
Without hesitation, Ken volunteered to assist.
 
As a result, the Group including Rotarian's Ken Hunt, Carol Charman, Gail Kelly, Geoff Bennett and his wife Alison, Brian Hall & his Brother Keith, plus Kristine gathered in Taumaranui ready to kayak to Pipiriki.
 
On the Bridge to Nowhere
Greenmedows Rotary is Going Nowhere! 2018-03-09 11:00:00Z 0

Three Rotary women were recognized on 7 March at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA, for their commitment to improving lives through innovative humanitarian projects. 

The celebration, hosted by the World Bank Group Staff Association, and sponsored by Rotary International and investment firm Oppenheimer & Co., was one of many events held this week to mark International Women's Day, which is on 8 March each year. It highlighted the positive changes women make around the world. Annette Dixon, vice president of the World Bank for South Asia, moderated the event. 

Rotary, World Bank Celebrate International Women's Day 2018-03-09 11:00:00Z 0

Located in Mount Maunganui, this is one of New Zealand’s largest second-hand book sales which has over 100,000 items.

All books of fiction are sorted alphabetically under their authors.

All other factual books are sorted into their categories.

We don’t allow Dealers to go through our stock which is donated by the public consequently many first editions and gems are usually found by the buying public.

We also have thousands of records, CDS, DVDs, magazines, jigsaw puzzles and sheet music etc.

Tauranga Rotary Club's 31st Annual Easter Book Sale 2018-03-09 11:00:00Z 0
 
This is the time of ‘summer month’ projects and I congratulate clubs on the many well-run projects taking place locally and internationally.  This is also the time of preparations for the next Rotary year which is only four months away.
 
SOUTH PACIFIC PRESIDENTS ELECT TRAINING (SPPETS) was held over the weekend of 3rd and 4th March in Auckland. This is the opportunity for our incoming Club leaders from throughout New Zealand to come together, to share ideas and learn more about Rotary and how they and their Club can continue to Make a Difference.
 
At the conclusion of South Pacific PETS on 4th March, a very constructive meeting was held of the Governor Leadership group, comprising DGs, DGsE, and DGsN from across all six Districts.
Our District Governor Working Hard for us and Really Making a Difference! 2018-03-06 11:00:00Z 0
Information re the J R Mc Kenzie Youth Education Fund.
 
I get asked lots of questions re the J R Mc Kenzie Trust and The J R McKenzie Youth Education Fund (YEF).
 
They are two separate entities. Perhaps this explanation may help..
Rotary's J R McKenzie Youth Education Fund 2018-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Convention ~ Inspiration Around Every Corner 2018-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
The ups and downs of eradicating polio
 
Polio eradication continues to face challenges.In 2017 there were two outbreaks of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV). The Democratic Republic of Congo had 21 cases (the last on 3 December) and Syria 74 cases (the last on 21 September). These were not wild disease cases but polio caused by mutation of the weakened virus in the oral polio vaccine (OPV). Click here for an excellent two-minute animation explaining cVDPV.
 
We know cVDPV is a risk of the vaccination programme but, for the 800 cases of cVDPV we have had since we started fighting polio in the 1980’s, we have given 10 billion doses of OPV to 3 billion children and have prevented 13 million cases of polio. Ironically, the way to prevent the vaccine virus mutating is to ensure more children in a community are vaccinated! That is what happens when a cVDPV outbreak occurs. A rapid response mop-up immunisation programme is initiated within 14 days by the Global Polio Eradication partners.
Rotary's Polio eradication continues to face challenges. 2018-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Down Under and Milford Membership Growth 2018-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
  • 11 am Friday 23 February 2018 -  Visit to Tahaenui Station to be hosted by John and Humphry Bayly. The trip to include a ride in horse-drawn carriage.   
  • Last Meeting— Adrienne—20 tunnel rail cart tour. Fascinating to see the NZ countryside in a totally different perspective. Thanks, Adrienne.  
  • Annette reported that there will be a tractor trek passing through Wairoa on Race Day.
  • We had been approached to hold a BBQ but as most members already had commitments we agreed to donate $100 to NZ Hospices instead.   •
  • Thanks to Terry for firewood, we appreciate your organisation of the event and meal.
  • Mark has been in touch with Wairoa College and RYPEN search for participants is underway.
  • Foundation Dinner  on Saturday $20 each for Rotary Foundation . 
Diary of a Busy Rural Rotary Club ~ Thanks Wairoa 2018-02-23 11:00:00Z 0
'EARTHQUAKES, CYCLONES, FLOODING AND STORMS'
 
These headlines may sound like the title of a latest Hollywood film...
 
But they are not! - Already February has seen a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, a 4.4 earthquake in the United Kingdom, devastating Storms and Flooding in Bolivia and Argentina followed by a Cat 5 Cyclone in the Pacific, causing much damage to islands of Tonga
 
Cyclone Gita made landfall over the Pacific a few days ago – Tonga was the island that sustained the most damage.
Shelterbox News 2018-02-23 11:00:00Z 0
Rotaract’s 50th birthday is 13 March 2018!
 
Want to be a part of the celebration but not sure where to start?
 
From social media celebrations to service project ideas, check out suggested ways you can take action on the Rotaract 50 social hub.
 
Join the conversation with #Rotaract50 to see your post on the social hub and connect with Rotaractors around the world.
Celebrating 50 years of Rotaract 2018-02-23 11:00:00Z 0
On 23 February, 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.
 
This week, clubs worldwide are celebrating the organization's 113 years.
 
View our photo gallery of club events, and let us know how you are marking the occasion.
 
How is Your Club Celebrating Rotary's Anniversary? 2018-02-23 11:00:00Z 0
Younger professionals can bring new perspectives, expertise, and energy to a club.
 
But do you understand who these emerging leaders are and what they need? Will your club attract them?
 
Do you know how to engage with them and show them the benefit of their continued membership? Engaging Younger Professionals, a new online toolkit, will help your club answer these questions.
How Can My Rotary Club Attract Younger Members? 2018-02-22 11:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Henderson welcomed Rotary International President Ian Riseley and Juliet to their club on March 8th, 2018.
 
Rotarians heard Ian speak on “The Future of Rotary”

Date: Thursday, March 8th, 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm

Venue: Lincoln Green Conference Centre,
159 Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland
Cost: $60.00, includes dinner and wine on the table
Rotary Henderson Presented World President Ian Riseley 2018-02-22 11:00:00Z 0
Stuart Batty Executive Director of Rotary New Zealand World Community Service Ltd (RNZWCS) (a charitable company that was established to recognise the need to take a New Zealand-wide view of World Community Service).  
 
Each of the six NZ Rotary Districts is represented on the Board of RNZWCS.  RNZWCS is recognised by the New Zealand Government as an Aid Agency Non Government Organisation (NGO) and has Directors and an Administrator to deal with funding from NZAID (New Zealand's International Aid & Development agency, located within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade).  
 
All Clubs seeking NZAID funding must work through RNZWCS.   
What Does Rotarian Stuart Batty do? 2018-02-22 11:00:00Z 0
Greetings from Evanston!
 
The Rotary Peace Centers are excited to announce the launch of the 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship application.
 
We look forward to working with you as you complete the endorsement process for your district’s candidates.
 
As the 2019 fellowship application cycle begins, we would like to share important preliminary information about the 2019 application cycle.
 
 
Rotary Peace Centers 2018-02-22 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Matamata Concert by the Lake 2018 Sunday, March 4 at 162 Jondor Road, RD2 Matamata 
 
Dear Club President, We would like to invite you and your members to be part of an awesome afternoon of top class entertainment, supporting the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and other youth-related projects in our town. 
 
Tickets cost $60 each but as a special deal only for visiting Rotarians we are offering them to you at $45 on the understanding that your club will donate the remaining $15 from each ticket you sell to either the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in your club’s name or to a youth-related project within your own town. 
 
We have the incredibly talented Bic Runga as our headline act this year and she is ably supported by funky jazz band Two Many Chiefs and Kiwi songstress Jamie McDell. 
 
For further information visit the website www.concertbythelake.co.nz or phone 0800 555 757 or alternatively phone (021) 328 746. 
 
Thanking your in advance for your support of this Rotary Matamata fundraiser. 
Matamata Rotary's Concert by the Lake 2018-02-22 11:00:00Z 0
Looking to Create a Rotary Club Membership Plan? 2018-02-22 11:00:00Z 0

A record number of clubs and districts regi stered events in 2017 around World Polio Day, 24 October, when Rotary shines the spotlight on our top goal of eradicating polio through events, fundraising, and a live-stream update with global health experts and celebrities.

More than 3,670 clubs registered World Polio Day events in 102 countries, with more than 2,900 of those events outside the U.S. and Canada.

Rotary Clubs break records during World Polio Day 2018-02-22 11:00:00Z 0

14 February 2018.

We have been in phone contact with our in-country partners,  Rotary Tonga and two local NGO’s with which Rotary has had a historical track record.

Everyone has been affected by Cyclone Gita on Tongatapu including Rotary members with some major damage to their homes.

The club is small in number and the President is overseas. It has fallen to the incoming President, a relatively new Rotarian to manage and we are giving her every encouragement.

Rotary - Cyclone Gita Tonga 2018-02-14 11:00:00Z 0
‘Then’ is 2014, the year of my first visit to Pakistan. Following a presentation to the New Zealand National Immunisation Conference and a subsequent article in the nursing press on Rotary’s role in polio eradication, I was invited to present at a Rotary polio conference in Lahore for World Polio Day (October 24th).
 
It was in Lahore that I experienced my ‘Rotary moment’. I am of the first generation who grew up without the fear of polio, the vaccine having been discovered a few years before my birth. Meeting polio victims in their teens and 20’s affected me profoundly and angered me. This should not be happening in the 21st century!
Polio in Pakistan; then and now 2018-02-13 11:00:00Z 0
Announcing the District 9930 Rotary Foundation District Grants for 2017-18 2018-02-12 11:00:00Z 0
A reminder to all District Rotarians that with the school year running out, it is time to promote and prospect for eligible 16 / 17 1/2 year old who would like to experience a year overseas as a Rotary Exchange Student with their exchange year commencing in January 2019.
 
Limited spaces are available for the exchange year January 2019 to January 2020.
 
District Selection Day for Rotary Youth Exchange is 28th April 2018.
Applications closing day is the 31st March 2018.
 
Annual Rotary Youth Exchange Opportunity 2018-02-12 11:00:00Z 0

So many Rotary membership events focus on engagement and retention. It makes sense. For every member that joins Rotary, it seems there’s another member walking out the door.

Long-term engagement and retention are an important part of successfully growing a club for the simple fact that new membership gains can be quickly wiped out by non-engaged members choosing to leave.

The advice being given by membership chairs and leaders is sound: get new members involved right away. Our club has taken this one step further by explaining something important to our new members:

This is your Rotary club!

Why are Members Leaving Your Rotary Club? 2018-02-10 11:00:00Z 0

A Rotary Youth Exchange camp was held at the Berwick campsite during the last weekend of January.

Organised by the hardworking members of our Rotary Youth Exchange Committee, the camp was attended by the students who are currently being hosted in the District ("Inbounds") and students who have just returned from a year away in countries such as Belgium, Chile, France, Austria, and Switzerland ("Rebounds"). 

A variety of activities were held during the weekend, including participation in the Rotary Club of Mosgiel's "Run the Runway" event in the early hours of Sunday morning - one of the RYE students, Simon Bechmann (Denmark) who is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Fiordland, was the overall winner of the race, beating all of the local favourites! 

Rotary ~ A Miniature United Nations 2018-02-10 11:00:00Z 0

South Otago High School has a vibrant Peer Support programme which runs annually.

The Peer Support Programme allows students a chance to take on a leadership role within the school. 

Year 13 students are strongly encouraged to participate.

All students who attend the training work in groups with 2-3 Year 13 leaders meeting once a week with 10-15 Year 9 students during Term One, to support them as they transition to high school. 

Rotary Peer Support by South Otago High School 2018-02-10 11:00:00Z 0
 
 
A reminder to all District Rotarians that with the school year running out, it is time to promote and prospect for eligible 16 / 17 1/2 year old who would like to experience a year overseas as a Rotary Exchange Student with their exchange year commencing in January 2019. Limited spaces are available for the exchange year January 2019 to January 2020.
 
Annual Rotary Youth Exchange 2018-02-09 11:00:00Z 0
Vacancy on District Committee for Membership Development
 
The promotion and support to Rotary clubs during the Rotary year is vital for the ongoing targeted increase in, and retention of, membership.
 
The District Membership Committee that operates to support clubs currently has vacancies.
 
Ideal applicants are members of clubs that have a track record of sustained membership development. They will have an interest in sharing and promoting successful membership initiatives and have good communication skills.
 
The successful applicants will join a small committee working mainly via electronic media.
Rotary Vacancy on District Committee for Membership Development 2018-02-09 11:00:00Z 0
Do you want to earn a $1000 for your Club to enable new members to invest in a new community project for your Club?
 
Simply achieve a net growth of 4 new members between 1st July 2017 and 30th May 2018 and the grant will be presented for your new members to use as seed funding on a new Community Project of their choice!
 
There will be a maximum of 10 Grants available to the Clubs that induct 4 New Members from 1st July 2017 to 31st May 2018. Payment is funded from District Funding reserves.
Do You Want to Earn a $1000 For Your Club? 2018-02-09 11:00:00Z 0

For young Iowane from Fiji, the social effect of being born with a cleft lip was huge. The four-year-old always stayed close to his mother’s skirt when they were away from home as she tried to protect him from the teasing and taunts of others.

Without treatment, the condition would have continued to impact on his relationships in his community, along with complications for eating and growing healthily.

Iowane is a tall boy for his age and painfully shy. His mother Saumia said she felt ashamed of his deformity, a common response from parents in the countries in which we work.

Rotary's Rapid Transformation for Lowane 2018-02-04 11:00:00Z 0
What would it be like to walk in the shoes of a female polio worker?
 
Through a series of photos, follow Zainab, a vaccinator working in Afghanistan, who is on the frontlines of the country’s efforts to stop polio.  
 
Striving to reach every last child, Zainab and her team embody the dedication shown by polio workers worldwide. 
 
16 January – I meet Zainab* in front of a busy park full of playing children.  
A Day in the Life of a Female Vaccinator 2018-01-31 11:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2017-18 2018-01-31 11:00:00Z 0
I trust you have been able to spend time with family and friends over the Festive Season and been able to recharge your batteries’. 
 
Lindsay and I spend time at the beach and had all our family join us in early January. 
 
Our three little grandchildren were able to meet each other for the first time (the 3-year-old lives in London, while the 2-year-old and 9-month-old are in Christchurch), which was very special.
 
Now it is time to take stock of what has been achieved so far and what still has to be done.
District Governor Passes the Halfway Point of Her Rotary Year! 2018-01-31 11:00:00Z 0
In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America.
 
This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Scores 100/100 2018-01-31 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary ~ Healing the Scars of War 2018-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
World Rotary Convention ~ Inspiration Around Every Corner 2018-01-25 11:00:00Z 0
In the line at the store, the cashier told an old Rotary woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. 
 
The woman apologised to him and explained, ‘We didn’t have the green thing back in my day’ 
 
The clerk responded, ‘That’s our problem today.  Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.’ 
Whakatane Rotary laments not going "Green" 2018-01-25 11:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: International Exchange Student, Elise Cacace, returned from Austria last week and gave a presentation,
 
New Zealand to Österreich. Without the slides, I cannot do justice to her account of a wonderful year in which she took advantage of every opportunity that came her way.
 
The year began with a fabulous trip to Los Angeles with 30 New Zealand exchange students, visiting all the well-known tourist attractions from Disneyland to Universal Studios and a tour of Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Sunset Blvd.
 
Arriving in Austria was a great culture shock: Elise was confident her German would get her through but she could not understand much.
 
So much snow! Elise was lucky to live in a beautiful tourist area on a lake, central to Vienna, Innsbruck, and Salzburg. Much of The Sound of Music was filmed in the area.
Rotary Exchange Student returns from Austria to the Rotary Club of Whakatane West 2018-01-25 11:00:00Z 0
 During the last few weeks, hundreds of people in the Philippines have lost their lives, their loved ones and their homes in a Tropical Storm which has wrecked havoc on many Filipino families.

 ShelterBox continues with its work ensuring that no family is left without shelter. The work of ShelterBox is only made possible because of the charitable support from donors.

As we enter 2018, we wish to thank everyone who has supported our lifesaving work throughout this past year. The New Year will bring us a new set of challenges to face, but together, we can and will make a real difference to families in need across the World!
Shelterbox Didn't Stop for Christmas or New Year 2018-01-25 11:00:00Z 0
Geoff Martin passed away on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, in Hamilton, aged 80 years. Loved husband of the late Shirley. Loving father and father-in-law of Nicola, and Brett and Margriet. Treasured Pop of Djon, Kasey, and Troy. 

A service for Geof was held at Seddon Park Funeral Home Chapel, 49 Seddon Road, Frankton, Hamilton, on Saturday, 27 January 2018, at 1.00pm. All communications to the G Martin family C/- PO Box 5523, Frankton, Hamilton 3242.

Geoff, a land valuer, joined Rotary in Te Kuiti in 1967 and when he moved to Hamilton in 1976 he joined Fairfield Rotary where he continued as a member until his death. Geoff was also the Chairperson of the District Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee for about 10 years. Geoff was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow Award on 30 June 2005. 
Ex District Chair of Rotary Friendship Exchange, Geoff Martin, passes away. 2018-01-24 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

2018-19 Rotary Presidential Theme 2018-01-23 11:00:00Z 0
ROGERS, Neil John:
On January 19th 2018, Peacefully at home in Morrinsville aged 75 years. Past President of Morrinsville Rotary, Formerly senior Constable NZ Police. Serving Brother of the Order of Saint John. Dearly loved Husband of Gladys for 25 years. Loved father and father in law of Michelle, Mike and Ruth, Brenda and Shaun, and the late Adrian. Loved Grandfather of 10 grandchildren. A service for Neil was held at St Matthews Anglican Church, Thames Str Morrinsville on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 at 11am followed by private cremation. Donations preferred to Hospice Waikato, PO Box 325, Hamilton 3240. All communications to the Rogers family C/- 358 Thames Street, Morrinsville 3300
 
Rotarian Neil Rodgers Passes 2018-01-21 11:00:00Z 0
Welcome to 2018.
 
Whilst we are all winding up slowly to this wonderful new year of 2018 why not take a moment or two to give your club an online checkup?
 
This is an easily filled out questionnaire which can be completed quickly and then emailed to someone, you think, will take your thoughts on board and will "Make a Real Difference" to your club.

 
Give Your Rotary Club a Health Check for 2018 2018-01-17 11:00:00Z 0
Through vocational service, our members use their unique skills to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests.
 
During January, Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, reflect on your club’s and district’s work in this area.
 
Here are five ways you can incorporate vocational service into your activities:
Rotary Empowers Others Through Vocational Service 2018-01-17 11:00:00Z 0
What it's like to ...

For the third consecutive January, The Rotarian magazine celebrates what happens when ordinary Rotarians find themselves in extraordinary circumstances.
 
Rotarians in their own words tell what it's like to survive an atomic bomb, chase your baseball dream, walk 27,000 miles for peace, live on $1.50 a day, and more.
Rotarians tell what it's like to ... 2018-01-05 11:00:00Z 0
Shelterbox's Rotary Year in Review 2017-12-29 11:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student Kristine spoke and presented photos and entertaining video of her South Island trip with 16 Exchange Students and Noel & Sally Mann as Leaders.
 
Stopovers Wellington, Abel Tasman (3 day kayaking & tenting) Rafting in Murchison, Punakaiki, Franz Jospeh, Wanaka,
 
Three days Queenstown with other bungy jumping, Te Anau & Doubtful sound, 38km on the Keplar track, Mt Cook then back via Christchurch. 
Greenmeadows Rotary hear about Rotary Youth Exchange South Island Tour. 2017-12-21 11:00:00Z 0
Gail, Brian, and Shirley took 29 Usborne Atlases purchased by the Youth Trust and presented them to all the Year 3 children at Putauaki School.  
 
Gail had lots of fun explaining who Rotary is and what Atlases are to the children.  
 
The children were very thrilled to receive the Atlases and immediately started exploring them
Atlases to Putauaki School, Kawerau 2017-12-21 11:00:00Z 0
This evening was a special occasion, as Rhonda Rose visited from USA. She had been a Rotary Exchange Student back in 1978, Gil Cooper’s year as President. Some trouble had been taken by Bill Hawkins to contact a number who had been Club members at the time.  
 
The photo shows left to right: Ron Ebbett, Kevyn Moore, Mark Read (President 1984), Sheena Beaton (widow of Bill Beaton. They were student hosts around this time), Dennis Robinson, 1974-2002, hosted Rhonda, Rhonda Rose, Andrew Poppelwell, son of John Poppelwell (Club 1970-92) His parents hosted Rhonda, Ann Lanigan (widow of Des Lanigan, and host of Rhonda; together they counseled students for a period of nearly 10 years.) 
Exchange Student Returns to Taradale Rotary after 40 Years 2017-12-21 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Global Polio Eradication Initiative 2017-12-19 11:00:00Z 0
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

After almost 100 years of successful operation in Australia and New Zealand, Rotary finds itself at a very significant crossroad.
 
With a declining membership over the last ten years, Australia has lost 4,314 members (13%) and New Zealand has lost 1,967 (19%) plus an ageing membership demographic, the continued existence of Rotary as we know it is under considerable threat.
 
Do we remain doing what we are currently doing and find we no longer exist in 20 years OR do we acknowledge we have a problem and accept the challenge to work together to address the issues and make the changes necessary to take Rotary forward?
 
Larger Rotary Districts - An Exciting Platform for Change? 2017-12-15 11:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA, gave a membership drive a competitive twist. Teams vied for glory in recruiting members, and the result was 24 new Rotarians.

Looking for ways to recruit new members and engage current members, the Rotary Club of Jonesboro decided to harness the competitive spirit. In March 2016, it mounted a membership drive with teams competing to bring in the most new members. 

The membership drive was set up like a sports league, with captains “drafting” their teams from the active club membership. The team captains in this friendly competition were immediate Past President (and District Governor-nominee) John Deacon; President-elect Brock Cline; President-nominee Lisa Golden; and President Beverly Parker. Everyone in the club participated.

Club innovation: competition builds club spirit and membership 2017-12-13 11:00:00Z 0
In the first week of October, alumni from around the globe found their way home to Rotary.
 
Rotary Reconnect Week offered alumni an opportunity to reflect on their experiences while also learning how to lead and serve their communities through Rotary.
 
Here are some ways alumni reconnected during Reconnect Week:

 
Highlights from Rotary Reconnect Week 2017-12-13 11:00:00Z 0
During the last few months, extreme weather has left thousands of families without a single scrap of shelter.
 
From devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, families have been forced into a life and death struggle against the elements.
 

Earlier this year a 49-year-old mother from Peru, after heavy rainfall had devastated her village said: ‘We are at the end of the world. No one comes here. No one visits or brings help… We were so happy to receive our ShelterBox. It was like Christmas in a box!’

Rotary's Christmas in a Box 2017-12-10 11:00:00Z 0
 
As I compiled my annual family newsletter to put in our Christmas cards, I pondered over “Where has this year gone?” 
 
I can certainly say the same for the past five months since I took over the role of District Governor.  As I said in my comments last month it has been a real pleasure to visit every club in the district at their own “home”.  Thank you for your hospitality and friendship.
 
What I have really found so impressive is the projects being undertaken to Make a Difference often through the coming together of several clubs in an area:
 
 
 
Auction in aid of Polio Plus raised $1015.00.  
 
Clark Kent took his glasses off and was revealed to be our very own heights-phobic Superman; Paul Wollaston, who was offered to the room by his very generous partner Robyn Skelton, and earned the fundraiser $100 for his 4 hrs Manual Labour in the Garden.
 
Auctioneer Ann Crossley did a fab job! Her urging of bids on the Silver Fern Venison Packs.
 
“No animals were hurt in the making of this,” definitely sold the Bambi-lovers in the room.
 
 
 
 
 
Don gave an update on the Ohope Trail.  He advised that the Whakatane District Council have been very supportive and paid for the Design Phase and coordinated and put out the tenders.  There was a lot of original interest and four tenders were put in with a range of prices.  This was followed by the application process to try and raise over $300,000 from a number of different providers.
 
 
The village of Paengaroa began as a coach stop on the old Whakatane - Tauranga Road where travelers could rest and refresh for the onward journey.  Thanks to the Rotary Club of Maketu, that historic role has been revived in the form of a cycleway rest area where 21st century travelers can tie up their bicycles to a unique “hitching post” and relax at a picnic table under the shade of a large silk tree.
 
The hitching post is actually a cycle rack which captures the spirit of Paengaroa’s past.   Two large 19th century Penny Farthing bicycles stand guard over their modern hi-tech versions.  Each Penny Farthing is designed around an antique wagon wheel which captures the coach-stop history of the village. 
 
 
World Children’s Day on 20 November offered a chance to reflect on the people at the heart of the polio eradication programme: the children around the world whom we strive to reach and protect.
 
From Afghanistan to Nigeria, health workers are employing new and strategic ways to fill vaccination gaps, improve communities’ resilience and use the polio infrastructure to deliver additional health services to every last child.
 
This work is ensuring that one day soon, all children will live in a polio-free world.
 
 
 

Rotary’s Traditional Plum Puddings are made from only the best fruit, spices and wholesome ingredients to a time-proven recipe that everyone loves year after year.

Rotary Traditional Plum Puddings are the most delicious way to complete the year. Hot or cold, you just can’t beat them with custard and brandy butter or cream.

These Plum Puddings are great to share with family and friends or to say thank you to your clients or staff. Gift them, share them or hide them until you’re alone – they’re just so good!

Whatever you do, make sure you order your supply today. Each one you buy includes a substantial donation to Rotary projects and local charities. Proceeds from sales, shared with participating Rotary clubs throughout New Zealand, exceed $1.7 million since the project’s commencement.

Rotary Traditional Plum Puddings are vacuum packed in a can for superb freshness.

 
 
Recently President Paul, and friend Graham, went on an adventure cycling trip in Bhutan. 
 
On previous trips to other countries, they have wanted to add value to their trips and give back to the communities that they visit, and have taken things like books, spectacles, and artificial limbs.   This time, they decided to support Days for Girls, and took fifty kits with them.
 
Lisette Hulme put them in contact with Sonam, a lady in Bhutan, and they were met on arrival at the airport. 
 
 
 
New Zealand is no stranger to seismic activity, with regular hakes along the fault line.
 
In recent years, however, a number of earthquakes with sizeable damage have taken place in Christchurch, Seddon and Kaikoura. Read this in Rotary Down Under here
 
Rotary has been there, helping organise donations, restore facilities and mend communities recovering from trauma, along with learning some valuable lessons in Rotary’s role in disaster response.
 
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on February 22, 2011, left 185 people dead, several thousand injured and forever changed the city’s landscape – both psychologically and physically.
 
Entire neighbourhoods disappeared, with 1100 buildings entirely demolished and tens of thousands more left in disrepair. Some suburbs were closed entirely, agreed to be too uneconomical to restore. Yet from destruction came rejuvenation.
 
 
Taradale Rotary Club assisted Napier community Connections Disabled Section Christmas Party by organising
and putting on a BBQ luncheon for just over one hundred guests.
The party was held at the Napier Soundshell on Marine Parade, a great success for a community project.
Rotary ~ Making A Difference"
 
Dear D9930 Rotarians,
 
One month from today sees the end of the early bird discount for registration for the 2018 RI Convention in Toronto.

You can save USD $75 by registering before 15 December. Register here 👉 www.riconvention.org

So far there are 349 registrations from Australia and 74 from NZ including 9 from District 9930.
 
I know President Ian will be personally contacting Presidents this week with an invitation to Toronto letter as well as a new promotional video that has been specially made just for our zone to be made available for promotion.
 
 
Interplast’s Nepalese partner Dr. Shankar Man Rai, now runs the Nepal Cleft and Burn Centre in Kathmandu and Interplast has worked closely with him for a number of years.
 
“Before the surgery began that September afternoon, the third and fourth fingers on Malla’s right hand were fused and tightly bent—made nearly useless.
 
As a toddler, he knocked over a kerosene lamp, burning his hand badly. For 18 years, thick scars called contractures bound the two fingers together.
 
 
Kamal Malla, one of Dr. Rai's patients, after surgery on his hand. 
 
 
 
Recently the Board of our club considered recognition of those Polio volunteers who had been injured or killed while carrying out polio immunization duties.  
 
The question was referred upwards to Rotary International, and the following response has been received from Carol Pandak
 
"Thank you for sharing your thoughtful idea about recognizing those who have been injured or killed while carrying out polio immunization activities in Pakistan.
 
 
 
Since our last Newsletter, the situation for the Rohingya people has deteriorated.  

As we approach the season of 'Goodwill" many families are living in dreadful conditions - crowded, muddy camps, without access to food, clean water or even adequate shelter - and they need your help.

ShelterBox have an experienced team on the ground working hard with local Rotary contacts and partners to help as many families as possible. Many left their homes with nothing and we know that they desperately need shelter, lighting, and water.
Rotary District 9930 Newsletter Christmas 2017 2017-12-07 11:00:00Z 0
Read About Rotary's Ride for Water and Food Sustainability in the South Pacific 2017-12-07 11:00:00Z 0
Auction in aid of Polio Plus raised $1015.00.  
 
Clark Kent took his glasses off and was revealed to be our very own heights-phobic Superman; Paul Wollaston, who was offered to the room by his very generous partner Robyn Skelton, and earned the fundraiser $100 for his 4 hrs Manual Labour in the Garden.
 
Auctioneer Ann Crossley did a fab job! Her urging of bids on the Silver Fern Venison Packs.
 
“No animals were hurt in the making of this,” definitely sold the Bambi-lovers in the room.
Rotorua North's Snap Auction for Rotary's Polio Plus. 2017-12-06 11:00:00Z 0
Recently the Board of our club considered recognition of those Polio volunteers who had been injured or killed while carrying out polio immunization duties.  
 
The question was referred upwards to Rotary International, and the following response has been received from Carol Pandak
 
"Thank you for sharing your thoughtful idea about recognizing those who have been injured or killed while carrying out polio immunization activities in Pakistan.
Otumoetai Rotary Recognises Polio Volunteers 2017-12-04 11:00:00Z 0

Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean, the smallest of the Greater Antilles, which is distinguished by its natural beauties, the talent of Puerto Ricans in music, arts, and sports, and above all for the warmth of its people.

But the so-called island of Enchantment was transformed by what already has been classified as the most catastrophic event in the history not only of Puerto Rico, but of the United States.

How Rotary is assisting in Puerto Rico 2017-12-01 11:00:00Z 0
 
In recent years, however, a number of earthquakes with sizeable damage have taken place in Christchurch, Seddon and Kaikoura. Read this in Rotary Down Under here
 
Rotary has been there, helping organise donations, restore facilities and mend communities recovering from trauma, along with learning some valuable lessons in Rotary’s role in disaster response.
 
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on February 22, 2011, left 185 people dead, several thousand injured and forever changed the city’s landscape – both psychologically and physically.
 
Entire neighbourhoods disappeared, with 1100 buildings entirely demolished and tens of thousands more left in disrepair. Some suburbs were closed entirely, agreed to be too uneconomical to restore. Yet from destruction came rejuvenation.
Read the latest Rotary Down Under. 2017-11-30 11:00:00Z 0
Who mandated that every club meeting needs to include a speaker and a meal?
 
And that community service can only be done outside club meetings?
 
That “rule” probably never existed anyway, and with the flexibility permitted in the last Council on Legislation, many clubs are experimenting with different models.
 
A great example is Port Hope RC in District 7070. Faced with declining membership, the club took the message of flexibility to heart and changed its meeting schedule drastically beginning with the new Rotary year in 2016.
Rotary Clubs are building in Flexibility 2017-11-30 11:00:00Z 0
 Recently President Paul, and friend Graham, went on an adventure cycling trip in Bhutan. 
 
On previous trips to other countries, they have wanted to add value to their trips and give back to the communities that they visit, and have taken things like books, spectacles, and artificial limbs.   This time, they decided to support Days for Girls, and took fifty kits with them.
 
Lisette Hulme put them in contact with Sonam, a lady in Bhutan, and they were met on arrival at the airport. 
Otumoetai Rotary Supports Days for GIrls in Bhutan 2017-11-30 11:00:00Z 0
 
Taradale Rotary Club assisted Napier community Connections Disabled Section Christmas Party by organising and putting on a BBQ luncheon for just over one hundred guests.The party was held at the Napier Soundshell on Marine Parade, a great success for a community project. Rotary ~ Making A Difference"
Taradale Rotary Club assisted at Disabled Christmas Party 2017-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Get More Young People and Influencers into Rotary 2017-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
As the holiday season approaches, many clubs are planning fabulous parties and celebrations to offer special occasions to engage in fellowship.
 
This time of year can often bring out the best in people, they’re warmer, more hopeful, and more appreciative.
 
And while this season is filled with kindness and giving, it’s also an opportunity for inclusivity.
Engage Your Rotary Community 2017-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
World Children’s Day on 20 November offered a chance to reflect on the people at the heart of the polio eradication programme: the children around the world whom we strive to reach and protect.
 
From Afghanistan to Nigeria, health workers are employing new and strategic ways to fill vaccination gaps, improve communities’ resilience and use the polio infrastructure to deliver additional health services to every last child.
 
This work is ensuring that one day soon, all children will live in a polio-free world.
Rotary Polio News 2017-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Interplast’s Nepalese partner Dr. Shankar Man Rai, now runs the Nepal Cleft and Burn Centre in Kathmandu and Interplast has worked closely with him for a number of years.
 
“Before the surgery began that September afternoon, the third and fourth fingers on Malla’s right hand were fused and tightly bent—made nearly useless.
 
As a toddler he knocked over a kerosene lamp, burning his hand badly
 
 
 
A surgeon’s mission to help Nepal’s burn patients 2017-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
Since our last Newsletter, the situation for the Rohingya people has deteriorated.  

As we approach the season of 'Goodwill" many families are living in dreadful conditions - crowded, muddy camps, without access to food, clean water or even adequate shelter - and they need your help.

ShelterBox have an experienced team on the ground working hard with local Rotary contacts and partners to help as many families as possible. Many left their homes with nothing and we know that they desperately need shelter, lighting, and water.

 
Rohingya Crisis for Shelterbox 2017-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
What Does our Rotaract Future Hold? 2017-11-19 11:00:00Z 0

EVANSTON, Ill. (Oct. 17, 2017) — With just 12 confirmed polio cases so far in 2017, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

To recognize this historic progress, Rotary clubs worldwide will host events in conjunction with Rotary International’s fifth annual World Polio Day celebration on Oct. 24.

This year, the event will be co-hosted by Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and held at the foundation’s headquarters in Seattle. The program will feature an update on the global fight to end polio and an array of guest speakers, celebrities, and public health experts. People around the world can view the livestream of the event at endpolio.org/worldpoliodayon Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time. 

Rotary Gives $49.5 Million to Help Eradicate Polio 2017-11-15 11:00:00Z 0

It has taken the Rotary River Pathways Trust three years of planning, designing and fundraising, but a 100m-long swing bridge over the Tukituki River to link the Rotary cycle trials in Waipukurau and Waipawa in Central Hawke's Bay is "as good as built" after just a few weeks.

Wellington-based company Abseil Access only started work on the $225,000 bridge - which will link the limesand trails between Mt Herbert Rd in Waipukurau and Tapairu Rd in Waipawa - the week heading into Labour Weekend.

And though the Rotary River Pathways Trust still needs to oversee the building of new approaches and extend the cycle trails leading to the bridge, Abseil Access supervisor Matt Thom said his workers should be finished by the end of this week, with just a few loose ends remaining.

"There's still the load test to do, and the bridge still has to have its official opening, but we will be damn-near finished by then," he said.

The 100m-long bridge would be 1.2m wide and have a 500mm-upwards camber when complete, he said.

Article and photographs supplied by Hawkes Bay Today and Senior Reporter Clinton Llewellyn.

Rotary Swing bridge years in planning, weeks in building 2017-11-15 11:00:00Z 0
Dear D9930 Rotarians,
 
March 31st sees the end of the early bird discount for registration for the 2018 RI Convention in Toronto.

Register here 👉 www.riconvention.org

So far there are 349 registrations from Australia and from NZ including from District 9930.
 
I know President Ian will be personally contacting Presidents this week with an invitation to Toronto letter as well as a new promotional video that has been specially made just for our zone to be made available for promotion.
2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto. 2017-11-14 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s Traditional Plum Puddings are made from only the best fruit, spices and wholesome ingredients to a time-proven recipe that everyone loves year after year.

Rotary Traditional Plum Puddings are the most delicious way to complete the year. Hot or cold, you just can’t beat them with custard and brandy butter or cream.

These Plum Puddings are great to share with family and friends or to say thank you to your clients or staff. Gift them, share them or hide them until you’re alone – they’re just so good!

Whatever you do, make sure you order your supply today. Each one you buy includes a substantial donation to Rotary projects and local charities. Proceeds from sales, shared with participating Rotary clubs throughout New Zealand, exceed $1.7 million since the project’s commencement.

Rotary Traditional Plum Puddings are vacuum packed in a can for superb freshness.

Yummy Rotary Christmas Puddings 2017-11-13 11:00:00Z 0

Following the increasing trend of orphaned Bornean elephants into the care centre, the biggest challenge faced by the Sabah Wildlife Department is to provide best husbandry care for the babies.

These baby elephants were rescued throughout the elephant habitat across the state by the SWD’s Wildlife Rescue Unit. Currently, these orphans are being cared for at Elephant Care Unit, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

The SWD through its Rescue Unit has been working hard to reach out to corporate bodies for collaboration in assisting the department fund for daily care and feeding of the babies.

Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species 2017-11-11 11:00:00Z 0
Guest speakers Gemma Slack and Ken Yu informed Rotary Hamilton East  about “Seed Waikato”.
 
An organisation they started about a year ago, with the aim to help young people aged 18 to 30, to live in the Waikato.
 
Who can join the group, their strategy, and vision for the future.
 
They organised events and their promotion through an active website. Gemma and Ken spoke about who can join the group, their strategy, and vision for the future.  Their presentation was complemented by two videos). 
Rotary Hamilton East Hears About Seed Waikato 2017-11-10 11:00:00Z 0
In southern Mexico, migrant workers fleeing poverty, civil war, and gang violence are increasingly falling victim to beatings, kidnapping, and even murder.
 
Measures designed to safeguard human rights and secure Mexico's southern border have made matters worse for these individuals and families trying to carve out a better life.
 
Rotary scholar Levi Vonk spent time in migrant shelters learning their stories and explains how Rotary's funding of scholars is helping shed light on the complex issues involved and equipping people of action to pursue solutions.
Rotary Scholar Helping the Poor and Shelterless 2017-11-10 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Rotorua Charities Fun'Raiser 2017-11-10 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary World Polio Day Livestream 2017-11-10 11:00:00Z 0

I have been on my journey for a quarter of this Rotary year – and as we all say “Where has the year gone?”

This journey has not been about places but people – extraordinary people - Rotarians!  I have been privileged to meet amazing people, heard amazing Rotary stories, seen amazing Rotary projects and have been made to feel so welcome in every Club.

Every Club is involved in projects large and small, and I am amazed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the people who call themselves Rotarians. It is not just the range and scope of projects that impresses me – it is also the diversity of individuals and groups that are being helped as a result of these projects.

I am in awe of the ability of Rotary and Rotarians who continue to Make a Difference every day.

District Governor said what a pleasure it is to visit every club in the district 2017-11-09 11:00:00Z 0
Breathe ~ A must see!!! 2017-11-09 11:00:00Z 0
New interactive online membership courses.

Are you looking for ways to connect with new members? Do you want to learn more about membership leads? Is your club diverse?  Find strategies for tackling membership challenges in the Learning Center.
 
New courses include interactive modules that allow you to choose your own adventure. After reading a scenario, you’ll get to decide what to do. You can even see what happens when you choose different actions. Whether you use these courses at learning events or on your own, they offer a fun experience for everyone. 
 
Rotary On line Membership Courses 2017-11-09 11:00:00Z 0
District Governor Leonie Tisch and husband Lindsay made for a very special evening on Tuesday with an official recognition to David Campbell for his article in Rotary Down Under (April 2017)
 
David was awarded The Ken Scheller Award for his literary contribution of outstanding merit which best exemplifies the principles of Rotary.

The Olesen’s hosted this fabulous evening of great food, fun and friendship finished off with a Chinese tea ceremony. 
 
Congratulations David. 
Award for David Campbell of Rotary Maketu 2017-11-09 11:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Taradale was greatly saddened to hear that Past President Ian Kepka had passed away after a long illness.
 
Ian’s life was an amazing success story, as he triumphed over early adversity. 

Ian was born in 1934 in the province of Bialystokin, Eastern Poland and bordering Belarus.
 
He lived a normal childhood until war broke out in 1939. Nazi Germany had signed a non-aggression pact with Poland, so it was a shock when they invaded Poland, and early one morning soldiers called at the Kepka home. 
Vale: Past President Ian Kepka, Taradale Rotary 2017-11-09 11:00:00Z 0
Entries currently 4,300 (tracking similar to last year).
 
Breakeven is 6,000.
 
The clients will be paying about $800,000 so please remember that
 
Rule 1 is “customer is always right”.
 
Rule 2 is “Refer to rule 1”. Minor alterations don’t matter; just make sure that the clients are happy. 
Taupo Rotary Cycle Challenge 2017-11-09 11:00:00Z 0
 
Shayal, a young girl from Fiji, has maintained the use of her arm thanks to a visiting Interplast surgical team.
 
Eleven-year-old Shayal and her older sister live with their father in a little cottage in Lautoka on the west of Fiji’s main island. Shayal’s father grows vegetables for a local school.
 
Last November Shayal’s father noticed a lump the size of a peanut on the right-hand side of her neck. The lump was soft inside and grew internally to the size of a tennis ball.
 
 
 
Rotary Interplast's Surgery saves Shayal's arm 2017-10-24 11:00:00Z 0
THE ROTORUA CHARITIES FUN'RAISER 2017 2017-10-21 11:00:00Z 0
Today, as your Representative on the Council on Resolutions (COR), I received the 2017 resolutions of this year’s online Council.
 
It is important to stress this Council on Resolutions only considers resolutions, not enactments. Enactments are considered every 3 years at the Council on Legislation (COL); the next COL will be conducted in April 2019 in Chicago.
 
Enactments, if passed amend the constitution or by-laws of Rotary International or a Club, while a passed resolution expresses an opinion, or makes a recommendation, to the Rotary International Board for consideration.
Proposed Changes to Rotary 2017-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Daniel Lee accompanied by his father  Richard and mother Margo gave a fascinating address with numerous photos of his challenge to walk the Te Aroroa trail, a continuous 3000km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff to raise funds for the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter. 
 
His goal was $10,000, but the walk actually raised $22,000.  
 
At the end of the walk, he raised a further $8,500 for the children’s ward at the Hastings hospital by having his dreadlocks cut-off by children in the ward. 
Rotary Greenmedows Speaker Walks Length of New Zealand 2017-09-30 11:00:00Z 0

It’s just on 6 months since the Rangitaiki River burst its banks and flooded Edgecumbe with devastating consequences. 

 

With the passing of time news of this flood has long since disappeared from the press so this is an update. 

 

While Edgecumbe received considerable assistance during the evacuation time and immediately thereafter, there still remains a lot of work to do to re-establish people back into their homes. 

 

Just on 260 homes were evacuated and many of these are deemed unfit to be inhabitable ever again. 

Many houses are also waiting for insurance company decisions and the release of funds so repair work can commence.  As a separate exercise, some houses have been getting repaired and are now coming on stream for re-occupation – so far around 15 families are back in their repaired homes.

Rotary deal to "The Leaning Shed of Edgecumbe". 2017-09-29 11:00:00Z 0
From red ponchos to pub crawls, Rotary clubs are coming up with a variety of ways to promote polio eradication in October.
 

In eastern Ontario and western Quebec, Canada, thousands of Rotary members will put on red ponchos and march through the streets of their towns to raise awareness for polio eradication on World Polio Day, 24 October.

Michael Kinsey, governor of Rotary District 7010, which spans the two provinces, ordered 2,000 of the special ponchos, which include the End Polio Now logo, for members to purchase for $10 each. Half of that goes to Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign, with the other half covering the cost of the poncho. Clubs are inviting local politicians and media to join the event, or holding small rallies to explain Rotary’s role in bringing an end to the crippling disease.

“I thought it was a good idea, but it’s really taking off,” says Kinsey. “Each club will be taking pictures and sending it to our public image coordinator, and we will promote it. Each walk will get a lot of media exposure in the community, and the impact of all 41 clubs in our district doing something is going to be huge.”

How Rotary clubs are celebrating World Polio Day 2017-09-29 11:00:00Z 0

The road to eradicating polio has been a long and difficult one, with Rotary leading the fight since 1985.

Going from nearly 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 11 so far this year has required time, money, dedication, and innovation from thousands of people who are working to end the disease. 

Here are five things you may not know about the fight to end polio:

1. Ice cream factories in Syria are helping by freezing the ice packs that health workers use to keep the polio vaccine cold during immunization campaigns.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Ending Polio 2017-09-28 11:00:00Z 0
Back in 2014 when Seng was just 18 months old, he pulled a rice-cooker of boiling water down on his head.
 
His injuries included deep burns to his face and right hand, and the risk of going blind.
 
A local surgeon who had trained alongside Interplast teams treated Seng’s burns.
 
Not long after, a visiting Interplast surgical team was able to work with the local surgeon to further treat the burns.
A smile from Seng for all of Rotary 2017-09-28 11:00:00Z 0
After researching Cambodia Denise Arnold knew she had to go there herself.
 
She wanted to walk amongst the locals and try to get a sense of what it was like to live there.
 
In November 2007, Denise left her family behind and hopped on a plane to spend three weeks in Cambodia.
 
She had never had an OE after university and this was her first trip to Asia.
 
She travelled to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Takeo, Kampot and Kep. Denise found there was much to love, and much to hate.
 
The poverty was everywhere.
 
Her senses were accosted by beggars, children on the streets, people hawking goods no one wanted, old people sitting on the dirty streets cluttered with dogs, cats, cows, donkeys, pigs and chickens.
Mount Maunganui Rotary Hear About the Cambodian Charitable Trust 2017-09-28 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service is currently packing 500 Emergency Response Kits in readiness for the 2017 Pacific Cyclone Season which officially starts 1 November 2017.
 
Please support them to ensure we are able to continue with this Humanitarian Support which has been in existence since 1985. 
 

You can assist in a practical way by helping New Zealand Rotarians supply distressed and displaced families with Emergency Response Kits (ERKs).

In an emergency, the most pressing need is for basic supplies to help a family survive the first few days.

Rotary New Zealand World Community Service Packing Emergency Response Kits. 2017-09-27 11:00:00Z 0
A fundraising opportunity for clubs and also a medium to get the Rotary Brand out
into the general public domain.

The BluntTM Umbrella is a New Zealand designed umbrella now successfully selling in over 30 countries worldwide.
 
The Company has offered Rotary clubs a mechanism to generate passive income and at the same time get the Rotary Brand out into the wider marketplace.
 
Most importantly the individual Rotarian has an umbrella that is "state of the art" and guaranteed to last.
The Rotary Blunt Umbrella 2017-09-25 11:00:00Z 0
The International Rotary Project – the Godden Memorial Hospital Project in Vanuatu was taken up by Rotary Havelock North and once again Kevin Longman took up the challenge to lead a team from our club in 2015 and then last month he returned with another group including Dale Prebble and club members Rob and Charlie.
 
They went to help finish the work started in 2015. 
Rotary Havelock North's Vanuatu team 2017-09-25 11:00:00Z 0
For All Those Who Support The Rotary Foundation 2017-09-25 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service Needs Your Support 2017-09-25 11:00:00Z 0
Guest speaker Jason Lee spoke on his recent experience at the Model UN Youth New Zealand convention – a very articulate young man who left members feeling that our country is in good hands with young people like him.
 
NZ Model United Nations is the premier Model UN event on UN Youth’s calendar, offering four days of thrilling debate, engaging guest speakers and a whole host of other events guaranteed to prove educational, exciting and, most importantly, fun.
 
Hosted at Victoria University in the heart of Wellington, NZ Model United Nations offers secondary school students the chance to interact with 260 other like-minded individuals on an equal playing field and to experience a little bit of life as a diplomat
Rotary Rotorua North listen to Model UN Attendee 2017-09-16 12:00:00Z 0
One of the biggest conversations around Rotary these days is membership growth.
 
There are quite a few stories flying around and all of them provide good advice.
 
But there is a second topic that is as important, if not more so, than membership acquisition, and that is retention.
 
What can we do to keep these members we have worked so hard to bring in? 
Why It’s Not Good Enough Just to Bring in New Rotary Members 2017-09-15 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute: Learning and Information
Rotarians are leaders and learning about Rotary helps you, your club and your community. RLI gives you Information to help you participate and enjoy Rotary more and make a difference.
 
WEEKEND session 14-15 Oct 2017
Taradale High School, Napier.
 
RLI is a multi-district leadership programme, well established worldwide, with the mission to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education. It provides the opportunity for all Rotarians to develop and refresh their skills as leaders while also broadening their understanding about Rotary.
Rotary Learning and Information ~ Napier 14th-15th October 2017-09-14 12:00:00Z 0

On August 8th, our Club Kihikihi Rotary had the pleasure of hosting our DG Leonie Tisch.

 

She gave a very good update on Rotary events and the projects initiated by Ian Riseley, including the Environment  Category.

 

That night we had a special dinner with many guests to present a Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Peter & Carol Fraser from Growing Spectrum Kihikihi, who over 40 years have done wonderful voluntary work in Kihikihi Township gardens, parks & school as have the Frasers three sons.

Kihikihi Rotary plant 18 Trees 2017-09-14 12:00:00Z 0
Category 5 Hurricane Irma has been barrelling through the Caribbean with sustained wind speeds of 300 km/h.

 A highly-trained ShelterBox Response Team has arrived in the region to understand how we can help the families who have lost everything. We already have 2,000 ShelterKits stored nearby in Panama.

 Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, flattening homes on St Martin, Barbuda, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Florida is now in the potential path of this ferocious storm. 
 
ShelterBox Tackles Hurricane Irma 2017-09-14 12:00:00Z 0
District 9930 Rotarians have been strong supporters of PolioPlus for many years and we are confident that this support will continue until the job is finally done.
 
The final push was always going to be the hardest, and possibly the most expensive.
 
To finally put the nail in the coffin of polio we have to find, reach and vaccinate, the most remote children on the planet, over and over again.
 
While 3 doses of polio will protect our children those who are malnourished may require ten or more doses to achieve protection.
Rotary's World Polio Day October 24th 2017 2017-09-12 12:00:00Z 0
Interact is growing in strength in District 9930.
 
In the same year that Rotary Matamata celebrated 70 years, they sponsored their first ever Interact at the town’s only high school.
 
Interact (International Action) is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people aged 12 to 18 years that provides young people the opportunity to organise and participate in fun and meaningful service projects both internationally and in their own communities.
 
It is a great way to ‘grow’ future Rotarians.
Rotary Matamata Sponsors Their First Interact Club 2017-09-12 12:00:00Z 0
The New Zealand Government has confirmed it will contribute to Rotary New Zealand new funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help the global fight to end polio. 

They will provide a further NZ $5 million to contribute to ending polio transmission in the last remaining countries of Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. New Zealand funding to GPEI will purchase and distribute polio vaccines; support polio surveillance and monitoring; fund immunisation campaigns and strengthen routine immunisation systems. 
 
Through the work of GPEI and donors, including New Zealand, an estimated 16 million people are active who would have otherwise been paralysed by polio, and the world has saved more than US$27 billion in health costs. 
New Zealand Commits to $5 million to End Polio. We are This Close! 2017-09-10 12:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Stone Mountain in Georgia, USA, was facing a common problem: membership was aging, and the club struggled to attract younger members.
 
When Past President Margie Kersey learned that Rotary had changed membership rules to remove the barriers between e-clubs and regular clubs, they became a hybrid club, preserving in-person meetings while also making them available online.
 
Already, the club is seeing clear results. Read about their success and email us with your own club's innovations.
What is Your Rotary Club Doing to Reinvent Itself? 2017-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Devastating Hurricane Irma ~ Rotary's Shelterbox 2017-09-07 12:00:00Z 0
The Harkness Fellowship is for emerging New Zealand leaders in any field of study or vocation (excluding health care policy and practice) to study or research in the US for between eight and twelve weeks.
 
One New Zealand Harkness Fellowship worth NZ$30,000 will be offered in 2017 (for travel in 2018), to a person who is currently employed in a public sector organisation* in New Zealand.  * This includes the State Services, tertiary education institutions, State-Owned Enterprises and Crown companies, agencies that operate as part of the Legislative Branch of Government, and local Government. For further information visit www.fulbright.org.nz Applications due 14 October for travel in 2018.
Rotary's Harkness Fellowship 2017-09-07 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2018 Toronto! 2017-09-01 12:00:00Z 0
2-8 October is Rotary Reconnect week!
 
This annual event is an opportunity to invite former youth exchange participants, and other program alumni to renew their connection to Rotary.
 
Host an alumni networking night, plan a service project to take action together, or invite alumni of all ages to your next club meeting.
 
When you stay connected with alumni, you not only cultivate new membership opportunities and network with proven leaders, you also help alumni discover new ways to give back through Rotary.
Where Are Your Rotary Youth Exchange Alumni? 2017-09-01 12:00:00Z 0
When Fely R De Leon began her year as president of the Rotary Club of Hundred Islands in Pangasinan, Philippines, she dreamed of reaching a hundred members to match her club's name.
 
Starting at 31 members, that presented a considerable challenge.
 
But by making club meetings more lively, restructuring the format, and widely promoting their good work, the club got most of the way there, growing to 80 members. 
How We More Than Doubled Our Rotary Membership in a Year 2017-09-01 12:00:00Z 0
What a wonderful way to spend a late afternoon in Wellington  -  especially as it will be raining!
Can I ask that you and members of your club take the opportunity to get along and support my cuzzie Rodger Fox with the final fund raising push to get the Rodger Fox Big Band to the Monterey Jazz Festival.
This is a great opportunity to support an iconic kiwi musician in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival with his world renown Big Band. 
Go Wild with the Rodger Fox Big Band 2017-08-31 12:00:00Z 0
Immediate Past District Governor Keith Owens was thrilled to acknowledge David Garland of Rotary Tauranga as District 9930’s Rotarian of the Year for the 2016/17 year. 
 
David was not present at the District Changeover so the award was kept under wraps until the first suitable occasion.
 
Due to health issues and a treatment programme, Dave’s attendance at Rotary has been less frequent over recent months. 
 
However, all was set up to finally present the award to him on Wednesday 26 July and it read:
District 9930 Rotarian of the Year Award. 2017-07-28 12:00:00Z 0
There are as many reasons to come to Rotary as there are Rotarians — maybe even a few more.
 
But each of us has stayed in Rotary because it adds something to our own lives. Through Rotary, we are making a difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us.
 
What kind of difference Rotary clubs and individuals make through their service will always be their own decision.
How to Make a Difference in your Rotary Club 2017-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

By Marie-Paule Attema, a Rotary Peace Fellow 

After months of anticipation I finally arrived in Brisbane, Australia, where I will be for the next 18 months while I pursue the Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland Rotary Peace Center.

I quickly felt at home after being picked up by our Australian parents who have been extremely helpful in our transition.  I have enjoyed the pros and cons of Australian living as I have quickly adapted to hot weather in March and traveling on ferry that feels more like the vacation than public transit

Deeply wounded world needs Rotary Peace Centers 2017-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

The help request is for Otorohanga Rotary Club members. And other outsiders who want to volunteer.

Non-Otorohanga Folk. It's for your information too and an encouragement to view the website.  This message will make far better sense if you do

See www.steamfestnz.com

Steamfest starts at 9 pm Friday 18th of August - when a steam train arrives from Auckland with as many as 300 passengers to stay the weekend in and around Otorohanga
The only limitation being accommodation and the Jaffa organisers do not seem to have appreciated that there is no 10 story hotel on Maniapoto St.

Is it too late to arrange B&B in the style that we did for the Lincoln Uni Students ?..  It's 3 weeks away tonight..  We need to provide Two nights accommodation Fri Sat 18/19

No 10 Story Hotel in Otorohanga says Rotary 2017-07-28 12:00:00Z 0
Members honoured at Rotary Club of Thames 2017-07-28 12:00:00Z 0
ROMAC patient Vinna, who is currently being treated by Dr. Richard Willoughby in Hamilton, has completed her first round of surgery with flying colors.
 
She had surgery on her leg on Tuesday, July 11th and had a Taylor Spatial Frame fitted to stabilise the leg. She returns home to her host family on Friday, July 14th and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Treatment for managing infection is underway for the next six weeks and this is managed at home by super nurse Margaret - who is Vinna's host mother. Vinna will undergo a second round of surgery at the end of August. Margaret and Bruno's children Milannia and Alonzo have been a great support for Vinna.
 
Vinna forever has a smile on her face and is a very strong young girl. Dr. Richard Willoughby is confident that she will walk again following further surgery.
 
Don Shirley and Hamilton East Rotary Club are hosts and ROMAC is grateful for their ongoing support as well as the support from Colin Sanderson.
 
For more information on how you can help, contact Glenys Parton email:   newzealand@romac.org.au 
Rotary ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) patient doing well 2017-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

Otumoetai Rotary will host its 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday 12th November 2017 at the Omokoroa Golf Club, Tauranga.

We welcome and proudly support the Child Cancer Foundation as our principal beneficiary for this event.

We welcome all golf players of all ages and supporters to join in this fun day.

Enter as a team of four or we will pair you with a friend for the day.

Contact us at 07 578 7157 or email candrstewart@xtra.co.nz and register your entry today.

Otumoetai Rotary Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2017-07-16 12:00:00Z 0
Across the Asia Pacific, local surgeons are growing in expertise with long-term Interplast support.
 
In Papua New Guinea, we have been working with Dr. John Maihua for almost 15 years, supporting his ongoing training and professional development.
 
When our teams first met Dr. Maihua, he was a trainee in PNG’s plastics program. Now he is the only fully qualified plastic surgeon in PNG, serving a population of 7.6 million people.
Interplast’s long-term investment in training produces results for plastic surgeons 2017-07-15 12:00:00Z 0
Dear fellow Rotarians,
 
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share the sad news that the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori, died last night as a result of postoperative complications from a planned surgery. 
 
In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.
 
 
Email from Ian Riseley regarding Sam F. Owori 2017-07-15 12:00:00Z 0
Rotarians undertaking volunteer service overseas should undertake an assessment of the activity and the country prior to departure to mitigate the risk to person and property. 
 
Volunteers should register travel plans with www.safetravel.govt.nz in advance of leaving New Zealand. 
 
Volunteer Insurance is available from RNZWCS. Rotarians are still traveling overseas having taken leisure cover from a travel agent or other source which most often excludes all cover arising out of paid or volunteer work. Further detail to be found at http://www.rnzwcs.org/resources/  Inquiries to info@rnzwcs.org 
Important notice for Rotary Volunteers 2017-07-12 12:00:00Z 0
Clubs are reminded that applications for a Rotary Foundation District Grant close 31 August 2017.
 
No late applications will be considered because we have a very tight timetable to process the applications.
 
Full details of the requirements and process are clearly displayed on our District 9930 Website Rotary Foundation section where all the relevant forms for reading and completion are also available.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Rotary Foundation District Grant close 31 August 2017-07-11 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Queenstown's new transgender president has thanked the man she used to be as she takes office.
 
Monica Mulholland made national news last May when she was nominated as the club's president-elect, two months after coming out as a woman.
 
At Tuesday's change overnight, she thanked her former self "for the trials and tribulations that he's been put through". She likened him to a booster rocket - "his job was done and he fell away". Mulholland also singled out her wife, Joan Kiernan, who became the club's first woman president in 2006.
 
 
 
Last December, Scene named Mulholland our 'Queenstowner of the Year'".
Rotary Club of Queenstown's New Transgender President 2017-07-11 12:00:00Z 0
2017 Out-bounds
 
Well, where has the time gone I hear you all say!!. We are now pushing well into July and from reading your reports and seeing some of your Facebook postings many of you are all making the most of your opportunities and I suspect enjoying a far warmer climate than all us back here. July is a good time to take stock and revisit that bucket list so as to make time to try and do everything that you would like to do. You are now “oldies” so make the best of this new status and help out the newbies arriving. Remember to keep those smiley faces on and those ever important thanks you’s.  Keep safe and enjoy the experiences that come your way. 
 
Best wishes, Jerry and Karen and all the committee. 
Rotary Youth Exchange ~ News From Around the World. 2017-07-10 12:00:00Z 0
"Just as the Hobbits were on an Unexpected Journey, so too are a number of us, no more so than me!
 
On leaving my North Waikato home nest over 50 years ago on my journey out into the ‘real world’, I could have gone to Auckland to train as a teacher but instead chose to journey to Hamilton and work for the South Auckland Education Board, administering teacher salary payments.  This journey led to meeting the love of my life in 1972 and in 1974 Lindsay and I moved to Matamata, where I have since been involved with a number of community and district organisations including three school’s Board of Trustees, the Waikato District Health Board, Trust Waikato, The Heart Trust, Matamata Piako District Council and the local Pohlen Hospital Trust Board– to name a few."
Our Dynamic District Governor Leonie Tisch Takes Over 2017-07-02 12:00:00Z 0
Please find attached details of a Rotary Friendship Exchange to South East Louisiana and Southern Mississippi, in February 2018.
 
The exchange will take place during the time of the New Orleans Mardi Gras, so get your 'expression of interest' in early. This could be an experience of a lifetime.
 
All 'expressions of interest' to Laurel Smith - email: laurelsemail@gmail.com
Experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans with Rotary 2017-07-02 12:00:00Z 0
At District Changeover, our guest speaker Lisette Hulme introduced one of District Governor Leonie’s major programmes for the year, Days for Girls.
Lisette has been championing this in Matamata ever since coming across the project on a visit to Washington State some years ago and it is Leonie’s and Lisette’s wish that this project is expanded out to the rest of the district. 
Rotary Supports Days For Girls through our District Governor 2017-07-02 12:00:00Z 0
Every year on the last day of June, Rotary International changes their President and this is where that president’s ideas are morphed into that of the new Rotary International President.
 
At the same time, we leave behind the principles and ideals of our own District Governor Keith Owens from the 2016/17 year and replace these with those of our District Governor for 2017/18 Leonie Tisch.
Notes from District Changeover 2017-07-02 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Muslims and Christians partners tackle dengue fever in Indonesia 2017-06-29 12:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Zone 7B Symposium September 8th – 10th  in Auckland is for all Rotarians.  This year the Symposium incorporates both the traditional Governor's Institute and as well as a forum offering a unique opportunity for future leaders to meet and interact with significant civil, commercial, community and Rotary leaders for an inspirational and informative forum.

 
Rotary Future Leaders Forum 2017-06-28 12:00:00Z 0

Kindhearted Kiwis rally to the cause of a sick girl from cyclone-hit Vanuatu.
 
The determination of a loving mother and the generosity of Kiwis is giving a young Vanuatu girl the power to walk again, more than two years after a life-threatening infection robbed her of her mobility.
 
On July 11, 8-year-old Vinna Sapa will undergo surgery at Waikato Hospital on her right leg to repair two fractures in her femur and clear an infection in the bone.
 
It's a complex operation but the result will be life-changing for Vinna and her mother Korina Tavo, who have travelled 2100km from their home on the remote island of Tanna to Hamilton for the procedure.
 
The surgery and her rehabilitation have been organised and funded by a partnership between Kiwi charities Fruit of the Pacific, Marine Reach and Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).
 

The treatment is expected to restore Vinna's ability to walk - something she hasn't been able to do since one Sunday morning in November 2014 when she woke up seriously ill with osteomyelitis - an infection in her bone.

ROMAC to the Rescue 2017-06-27 12:00:00Z 0
Hamilton student who walks two hours to school gifted bike by Rotary Frankton Te Rapa 2017-06-22 12:00:00Z 0
The scope of Rotary Fellowships has changed over the years, but their purpose has remained the same: to unite Rotary members, Rotaractors, their spouses, program participants, and alumni in friendship, and to provide ways for them to enjoy their favorite recreational or professional activities.
 
Over 70 fellowships cover interests from tennis and marathon running to wine and cooking, from scuba diving and jazz to recreational vehicles and computers.
Combining passion, friendship, and service through Rotary Fellowships 2017-06-22 12:00:00Z 0

At the Rotary International Convention, global leaders and key donors affirmed their commitment to ending polio.

With polio on the brink of eradication, nations from around the world and key donors pledged more than US$1 billion on Monday to energize the global fight to end the paralyzing disease.

The historic pledges of new funds at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, will go toward drastically shrinking the US $1.5 billion gap in the funding that the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative say is needed to reduce polio cases to zero worldwide.

$1.2 Billion Pledged to End Polio 2017-06-18 12:00:00Z 0
Hello New Zealand,
 
The last month and especially the last week has been great.
 
The New Zealand students safari was amazing, I loved every bit of it. I can't thank the leaders we had enough. While on the safari we did many things including surfing, jet boating, walking around the aquarium, zoo, and museums, going on tours, hiking, sightseeing, and going to vivid.
 
One of my favorite parts about the safari was meeting new people from New Zealand and exploring the aquarium. We did not get much sleep at the safari as we were always up socialising or being a bit crazy. All in all the safari was definitely one of my favorite parts of the exchange.
NZ- Aust Exchange Student has a Blast 2017-06-05 12:00:00Z 0
When our Interplast volunteer surgical team met baby Andrew in Tonga earlier this year, his life was in the balance.
 
A severe cleft lip and palate meant that the seven-month-old could not feed properly. 
 
“The milk goes in and comes straight back out,” said Anaesthetist Dr. Lian Pfitzner.  
 
Andrew was malnourished, and his immune system was terribly weak.
 
He was dehydrated and had suffered repeated bouts of gastroenteritis, with multiple trips to intensive care fighting life-threatening infections.
 
Baby Andrew and Mum pre-operation
Interplast Changing The Balance Of Life 2017-06-04 12:00:00Z 0
By the time you receive this message, we will be into the final month of this Rotary year. 
 
As they say, time flys when you’re having fun. 
 
For us, the last eleven months have passed by just so fast with the journey being a real pleasure and honour as governor of this great Rotary District.
 
As in past months, many things happen and you can only comment on a cross section of them. 
 
Highlights in the last month include:
District Governor's Newsletter June 2017 2017-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
 
By the time you receive this message, we will be into the final month of this Rotary year. 
 
As they say, time flys when you’re having fun. 
 
For us, the last eleven months have passed by just so fast with the journey being a real pleasure and honour as governor of this great Rotary District.
 
As in past months, many things happen and you can only comment on a cross section of them. 
 
Highlights in the last month include:
 
 
 
 
 
 
When our Interplast volunteer surgical team met baby Andrew in Tonga earlier this year, his life was in the balance.
 
A severe cleft lip and palate meant that the seven-month-old could not feed properly.
 
“The milk goes in and comes straight back out,” said Anaesthetist Dr Lian Pfitzner.
 
Andrew was malnourished, and his immune system was terribly weak. He was dehydrated and had suffered repeated bouts of gastroenteritis, with multiple trips to intensive care fighting life-threatening infections.
 
 
 
Baby Andrew and Mum pre-operation
 
 
 
 
District 9930 Training Assembly happened on Saturday 6 May, a beautifully fine day in Taupo,
when most would prefer to be out in the sun and not in classrooms.
 
 
 
9930 PDG Geoff Mathis (2008-2009) adopted the project as a special emphasis on Literacy and it was enthusiastically taken up by all the clubs of the district.
 
The original project was aimed at providing year 4 students in low decile schools in our district with their own dictionary. 
 
The dictionary is seen as a gift  to each child.                                                                                                                                                                                     
The success of the project is proven with over 25,000 dictionaries presented to students in D9930 schools to date.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cambridge Rotary illustrates good publicity for their 24 Hr Cycle Challenge.
 
Cambridge Rotary in support of Alzheimer's New Zealand presents the 24 Hour Cycle Challenge.
 
It is hosted at the Avantidrome in Cambridge, NZ.   Web:  www.24hourchallenge.co.nz 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We were privileged to have Joe come to Paeroa to speak, due to the persistence of President Vivien, according to Joe.

Vivien had tried numerous times to get him to speak in Paeroa, and always he was busy, but the last time she rang, he agreed to come.

Joe was an “All Black” in the early 1970’s playing 10 tests as a fullback.

 He switched to Rugby League in Auckland in 1976/77.

 He spent 20 plus years of his life supporting  David Bain, to have his murder conviction overturned.

 
 
Thank you to Rotary Whakatane for the following item which appeared in the bulletin covering this week’s Rotary meeting:
 
Not the usual Three Minute Talk – however, DG Keith Owens spoke about the appeal fund that had been set up by the District at the time of the Kaikoura earthquake but which, not being needed at that time, had been redirected to assist with the Edgecumbe flood recovery.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read on about Rotary Cambridge's $100,000 successes this year and how you may be able to earn more for your club!
 
 
 
Graeme Kitto continues his good work with the Enviro Awards in our local schools.
 
The photo is from a presentation at Rototuna Junior High School last week.    
 
The Club’s contribution this year is supporting the Planteer Module, a science technology project which includes planting thousands of trees to create a positive ecological environment within the school grounds.  
 
“A good example, I suggested, of thinking globally, acting locally. 
 
 
 
 

Want to make your service projects more sustainable and align with Rotary’s areas of focus?

Learn how some exemplary Rotary clubs around the world approach their global grant projects and make the most of Rotary Foundation funds.  Learn more

The Rotary Foundation is recognizing 20 global grants that exemplify what a project should be: a sustainable endeavor that aligns with one of Rotary’s areas of focus and that is designed in cooperation with the community to address a real need.

 


 

 

 
The guest speakers this week, at Otumoetai Rotary, were three students from Otumoetai College - Gemma Tims, Bella Cartman, and Hannah O‘Neill.
 
They had attended the Summer Science Forum – and the first all-girl team selected by the club.
 
Gemma lead off their presentation in which they each talked about the academic modules they had attended.   Gemma spoke about microbiology, chemistry and sports science. 
 
 
 
 
 

ANNUAL CHARITY BOOK FAIR

All proceeds to local and international projects
 
Centennial Lounge, Ken Browne Drive, 
Te Rapa Racecourse,
Te Rapa,
Hamilton
 
 
 
 
Rotary, June District Newsletter 2017 2017-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
District Training Assembly in Taupo a Huge Success 2017-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
D9930 PDG Geoff Mathis (2008-2009) adopted the project as a special emphasis on Literacy and it was enthusiastically taken up by all the clubs of the district.
 
The original project was aimed at providing year 4 students in low decile schools in our district with their own dictionary. 
 
The dictionary is seen as a gift to each child.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The success of the project is proven with over 25,000 dictionaries presented to students in D9930 schools to date.
Usborne Dictionary Stalwart Steps Down 2017-05-26 12:00:00Z 0
Cambridge Rotary illustrates good publicity for their 24 Hr Cycle Challenge 2017-05-25 12:00:00Z 0

We were privileged to have Joe come to Paeroa to speak, due to the persistence of President Vivien, according to Joe.

Vivien had tried numerous times to get him to speak in Paeroa, and always he was busy, but the last time she rang, he agreed to come.

Joe was an “All Black” in the early 1970’s playing 10 tests as a fullback.

 He switched to Rugby League in Auckland in 1976/77.

 He spent 20 plus years of his life supporting  David Bain, to have his murder conviction overturned.

Joe Karam speaks at Paeroa Rotary 2017-05-25 12:00:00Z 0

We were privileged to have Joe come to Paeroa to speak, due to the persistence of President Vivien, according to Joe. Vivien had tried numerous times to get him to speak in Paeroa, and always he was busy, but the last time she rang , he agreed to come.

Joe was an “All Black” in the early 1970’s playing 10 tests  as fullback.

 He switched to Rugby League in Auckland in 1976/77.

 He spent 20 plus years of his life  supporting  David Bain, to have his murder conviction overturned.

Joe Karam speaks at Paeroa Rotary 2017-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
 
Thank you to Rotary Whakatane for the following item which appeared in the bulletin covering this week’s Rotary meeting:
 
Not the usual Three Minute Talk – however, DG Keith Owens spoke about the appeal fund that had been set up by the District at the time of the Kaikoura earthquake but which, not being needed at that time, had been redirected to assist with the Edgecumbe flood recovery.
 
 
Rotary Whakatane gets Edgecombe Flood Update from DG 2017-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cambridge Ontrack to Make $100K this year!!! 2017-05-20 12:00:00Z 0
Mike Peachey Talks to Taradale Rotary about Shelterbox 2017-05-18 12:00:00Z 0
Graeme Kitto continues his good work with the Enviro Awards in our local schools.
 
The photo is from a presentation at Rototuna Junior High School last week.    
 
The Club’s contribution this year is supporting the Planteer Module, a science technology project which includes planting thousands of trees to create a positive ecological environment within the school grounds.  
 
“A good example, I suggested, of thinking globally, acting locally. 
Fairfield Rotary in the Awards 2017-05-18 12:00:00Z 0

 

Want to make your service projects more sustainable and align with Rotary’s areas of focus?

Learn how some exemplary Rotary clubs around the world approach their global grant projects and make the most of Rotary Foundation funds.  Learn more

The Rotary Foundation is recognizing 20 global grants that exemplify what a project should be: a sustainable endeavor that aligns with one of Rotary’s areas of focus and that is designed in cooperation with the community to address a real need.

 

Be Inspired by 20 Noteworthy Rotary Global Grants 2017-05-17 12:00:00Z 0
The guest speakers this week, at Otumoetai Rotary, were three students from Otumoetai College - Gemma Tims, Bella Cartman, and Hannah O‘Neill.
 
They had attended the Summer Science Forum – and the first all-girl team selected by the club.
 
Gemma lead off their presentation in which they each talked about the academic modules they had attended.   Gemma spoke about microbiology, chemistry and sports science. 
Fun At Summer Science School 2017-05-17 12:00:00Z 0
 
Rotary Australia - New Zealand urgently need a host family for a 16 yr old Australian girl.
 
This would be from June 24th, 2017 to 16th September 2017.
 
Whilst our exchanges normally stay with their “matched twin” Kiwi student this is not possible this time.
 
This is a great girl deserving of the other half of a Rotary exchange.
 
 
Exchange Student Urgently Requires Kiwi Home 2017-05-16 12:00:00Z 0
District Changeover Notification 2017-05-10 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Fairfield ~ Book Fair 2017-05-09 12:00:00Z 0
Help making a Rotary Elevator Speach 2017-05-09 12:00:00Z 0
Wenatchee North Rotary in District 5060 is being transformed by a wave of talented young leaders who are bringing fresh ideas and energy into the club.
 
The secret of the club’s success? Club members have intentionally sought out young professionals, invited them to visit, and then found ways to let them give back to the community.
 
As a result, the club is on a growth curve to double its membership by the end of the year from the 30-some member size of just a few years ago.
How Does a Club Attract Youthful Members? 2017-05-06 12:00:00Z 0
Attendees at a very recent meeting of Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise club were updated on developments of the Rotary Pathway project in Napier. 
 
The meeting concluded with Rotarian Marc Nel being recognised with a PHF.  Marc has been the auditor for the Pathway Trust for many years and is just completing his three year term as our District Treasurer. 
 
The accompanying photo shows Marc with Pathway Trustees plus immediate past D.G Mike Smith and current D.G Keith Owens
Recognition for District Treasurer Marc Nel 2017-05-04 12:00:00Z 0
The last month has been a high mileage time for us. 
 
In addition to travels to nearby cities and towns, it has included 3 trips to Hamilton, 2 to the Hawke’s Bay, once to Auckland and also once to Whangarei. 
 
While the trip to Auckland was for a daughter’s wedding, much of this travel has been Rotary related and indicates the level of activity in our District.
 
It’s just a month since we had our annual District Conference at Whakatane.  The very positive feedback received about the programme and the organising of it has been extremely gratifying to the many people who did a fantastic job in making the conference happen.
District Governor's Newsletter May 2017 2017-05-03 12:00:00Z 0
 
The last month has been a high mileage time for us. 
 
In addition to travels to nearby cities and towns, it has included 3 trips to Hamilton, 2 to the Hawke’s Bay, once to Auckland and also once to Whangarei. 
 
While the trip to Auckland was for a daughter’s wedding, much of this travel has been Rotary related and indicates the level of activity in our District.
 
It’s just a month since we had our annual District Conference at Whakatane.  The very positive feedback received about the programme and the organising of it has been extremely gratifying to the many people who did a fantastic job in making the conference happen.
 
 
 
May is Rotary’s Youth Service Month!
We are celebrating the accomplishments of Rotary’s programs for young leaders by showcasing real-life stories of Youth Leadership All-Stars!
 
Every Tuesday during the month of May, discover a new Youth Leadership All-Star story about Interact, RYLA, Rotaract, or Youth Exchange on the Rotary Voices blog.
 
Our first Youth Leadership All-Star is Rebecca Weragoda from the Rotaract Club of Sydney, Australia. 
 
 
 
The May edition of Rotary Down Under magazine is now out, and includes an advertisement for an Editorial and Administration Assistant for RDU (see link).
 
Applications open on Monday, 1 May and close on Wednesday, 31 May 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Polio eradication efforts closer than ever to likely triumph – making it more important than ever to finish
the job, says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General.
 

Vaccines have been one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine.

Thanks to the power of polio vaccines, over 16 million people are walking today who would otherwise have been paralysed by the virus.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The daughter of a Macedonian foreign service officer, Anja Nikolova grew up in London, New York, and Venice.
 
Her globe-trotting childhood gave her not only a gift for languages (she’s fluent in five), but also a passion for international environmental issues.
 
With the aid of global grants funded by Rotary districts from Texas, Oklahoma, and Connecticut, Nikolova is working toward her master’s degree in environmental management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Become part of the crowd that will enjoy the Rotary Cambridge Charity Dinner for our current and future Paralympian team. This will be a great night for Cambridge, and I encourage you to join us for the occasion.
 
 

May is Youth Service Month

The following summary is from a regular Rotary newsletter called Young Leaders in Action written by Sallyann Price. New Zealand does not have many Rotaract clubs.

Cambridge had one in the 1980s but it folded, partly due to the young members moving out of the area, and partly due to lack of support from the club.

In many countries Rotaract is huge and Rotaract clubs around the world are creating lasting, positive change. Their service projects are changing lives and communities for good. 

 
 
 
 
 
Student Exchange to NZ  from Denmark in 2003 . 
 
Therese is an independent, confident woman , a different person with wider horizons. 
 
At the recent 9930 District Conference she spoke of the difficulties of settling back in Denmark 
 
Graduated as a  Physiotherapist specialising in Spinal Chord injuries and associated pelvic floor  disorders.  1.1 million people in NZ suffer from incontinence – costs $8 billion per year.
 
Therese is waiting for re-registration to be able to practise in NZ.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Through a Google search, I learned Rotary was an international service organization.
 
Intrigued, I applied for the scholarship and made it to the district interview, where I was asked what I wanted to do, really do.
 
The question took me by surprise. Unsure how to answer, I stuttered that I hoped to change the world someday. I remember looking at the floor thinking, how far-fetched.
 
Bethany Lerch, right, takes notes while speaking to a female
attendee during a national mine awareness conference in Kabul.
 
 
 
Starjam
 
Eighteen young men and women with intellectual disabilities grasped every ounce of courage they had to enter the Rotary Best Speaker Awards.
 
The second place-getter was Jeremy McKenzie from Whakatane. He talked about his passion for geography.
 
 
 
 
The annual 29th Çanakkale Strait Swimming Race was held with 530 participants. 
 
Turkish swimmer Asilay Selçuk won the race clocking 45 minutes 31 seconds. 
 
Situated in Turkey's northwest, the Dardanelles is one of the most significant open water swims in the world.
 
The participants raced 3.5 miles between two continents as they swam between Eceabat beach and Çimenlik Castle situated in Asia
 
 
 
Gisborne Rotary Guest Speaker- Ric Foxley and Amlaku Teshome from Bangladesh Ethiopian Agricultural Education Trust spoke.
 
Ric originally came from Gisborne and now lives in Ashurst. He has been involved with World Vision and Leprosy Mission work since he joined the Christian Faith at age 18.
 
He is the originator and a sponsor of a private 8 year aid project happening in the village of Baregota in Ethiopia, a village that is at an altitude of 4,200 metres.
 
 
 
District 9930 Training Assembly is for all Rotarians.
 
District Training is about increasing the understanding of the wide range of Rotary programmes and activities for all Rotarians, and providing an awareness of what’s happening across Rotary.  
 
But I’m new to Rotary… We’ve got some great introductory level sessions for those who are still learning about Rotary and what it does in the world.  
 
This year we’ll be running “Introduction to Rotary”, and “Introduction to Foundation” taken from our popular Rotary Learning and Information (RLI) programme.  
 
There’s always so much more to learn about Rotary than what you see and hear in your club! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How do you communicate with your community about your club?
 
Are prospective members hearing about who you are and what you do?
 
If your club is looking to promote its unique culture, events, and service projects, you can customize a club brochure.
 
Edit the content or upload your own photos to make a distinctive promotional pamphlet. 
 
 
 

 
 
 
If you’re joining us at the 2017 Rotary International Convention, 10-14 June, expect to hear inspirational keynote speakers, participate in a variety of service-related breakout sessions, and make new friends in the House of Friendship. 
 
Visit the House of Friendship to network with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors and learn about Rotary Fellowships, Rotarian Action Groups, Rotary’s partners, service projects, and much more. Download the Convention Events and Booth Exhibit Guide for Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups, then prepare to connect with groups that share your interests and expertise
 
 
Rotary, May District Newsletter 2017 2017-05-03 12:00:00Z 0
May is Rotary’s Youth Service Month!
 
We are celebrating the accomplishments of Rotary’s programs for young leaders by showcasing real-life stories of Youth Leadership All-Stars! Every Tuesday during the month of May, discover a new Youth Leadership All-Star story about Interact, RYLA, Rotaract, or Youth Exchange on the Rotary Voices blog.
 
Our first Youth Leadership All-Star is Rebecca Weragoda from the Rotaract Club of Sydney, Australia. 
Youth Leadership All-Stars shine for Youth Service Month 2017-05-03 12:00:00Z 0
Job available at RDU 2017-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
 

Polio eradication efforts closer than ever to likely triumph – making it more important than ever to finish the job, says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General.

Vaccines have been one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine.

Thanks to the power of polio vaccines, over 16 million people are walking today who would otherwise have been paralysed by the virus.

World Immunization Week, Highlights and Progress 2017-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
The daughter of a Macedonian foreign service officer, Anja Nikolova grew up in London, New York, and Venice.
 
Her globe-trotting childhood gave her not only a gift for languages (she’s fluent in five), but also a passion for international environmental issues.
 
With the aid of global grants funded by Rotary districts from Texas, Oklahoma, and Connecticut, Nikolova is working toward her master’s degree in environmental management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
 
 
Rotary Scholar combines business and environment 2017-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
Iliam Malone the NZ Bladerunner at Cambridge Rotary Charity Dinner 2017-04-25 12:00:00Z 0

May is Youth Service Month

The following summary is from a regular Rotary newsletter called Young Leaders in Action written by Sallyann Price. New Zealand does not have many Rotaract clubs.

Cambridge had one in the 1980s but it folded, partly due to the young members moving out of the area, and partly due to lack of support from the club.

In many countries Rotaract is huge and Rotaract clubs around the world are creating lasting, positive change. Their service projects are changing lives and communities for good. 

Rotaract Leads The Way in Sustainable Projects 2017-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Student Exchange to NZ  from Denmark in 2003 . 
 
Therese is an independent, confident woman , a different person with wider horizons. 
 
At the recent 9930 District Conference she spoke of the difficulties of settling back in Denmark 
 
Graduated as a  Physiotherapist specialising in Spinal Chord injuries and associated pelvic floor  disorders.  1.1 million people in NZ suffer from incontinence – costs $8 billion per year.
 
Therese is waiting for re-registration to be able to practise in NZ.  
Therese Simonsen – 14 years as an IYE 2017-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Through a Google search, I learned Rotary was an international service organization.
 
Intrigued, I applied for the scholarship and made it to the district interview, where I was asked what I wanted to do, really do.
 
The question took me by surprise. Unsure how to answer, I stuttered that I hoped to change the world someday. I remember looking at the floor thinking, how far-fetched.
 
Bethany Lerch, right, takes notes while speaking to a female
attendee during a national mine awareness conference in Kabul.
Changing the World is Possible, through Rotary 2017-04-21 12:00:00Z 0
Starjam
 
Eighteen young men and women with intellectual disabilities grasped every ounce of courage they had to enter the Rotary Best Speaker Awards.
 
The second place-getter was Jeremy McKenzie from Whakatane. He talked about his passion for geography.
Be very, very touched, Rotary 2017-04-21 12:00:00Z 0
Gisborne Rotary Guest Speaker- Ric Foxley and Amlaku Teshome from Bangladesh Ethiopian Agricultural Education Trust spoke.
 
Ric originally came from Gisborne and now lives in Ashurst. He has been involved with World Vision and Leprosy Mission work since he joined the Christian Faith at age 18.
 
He is the originator and a sponsor of a private 8 year aid project happening in the village of Baregota in Ethiopia, a village that is at an altitude of 4,200 metres.
Ashhurst man and runaway provide hand up to Ethiopian village 2017-04-20 12:00:00Z 0
The annual 29th Çanakkale Strait Swimming Race was held with 530 participants. 
 
Turkish swimmer Asilay Selçuk won the race clocking 45 minutes 31 seconds. 
 
Situated in Turkey's northwest, the Dardanelles is one of the most significant open water swims in the world.
 
The participants raced 3.5 miles between two continents as they swam between Eceabat beach and Çimenlik Castle situated in Asia
A Rotary Project - 530 swimmers cross the Dardanelles Strait on Turkey's Victory Day 2017-04-20 12:00:00Z 0
Gisborne Rotary Guest Speaker- Ric Foxley and Amlaku Teshome from Bangladesh Ethiopian Agricultural Education Trust spoke.
 
Ric originally came from Gisborne and now lives in Ashurst. He has been involved with World Vision and Leprosy Mission work since he joined the Christian Faith at age 18.
 
He is the originator and a sponsor of a private 8 year aid project happening in the village of Baregota in Ethiopia, a village that is at an altitude of 4,200 metres.
Ashhurst man and runaway provide hand up to Ethiopian village 2017-04-20 12:00:00Z 0
How do you communicate with your community about your club?
 
Are prospective members hearing about who you are and what you do?
 
If your club is looking to promote its unique culture, events, and service projects, you can customize a club brochure.
 
Edit the content or upload your own photos to make a distinctive promotional pamphlet. 
Promote your club with new Rotary resources 2017-04-20 12:00:00Z 0
If you’re joining us at the 2017 Rotary International Convention, 10-14 June, expect to hear inspirational keynote speakers, participate in a variety of service-related breakout sessions, and make new friends in the House of Friendship. 
 
Visit the House of Friendship to network with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors and learn about Rotary Fellowships, Rotarian Action Groups, Rotary’s partners, service projects, and much more. Download the Convention Events and Booth Exhibit Guide for Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups, then prepare to connect with groups that share your interests and expertise
 
 
Preparing for the Rotary Convention in Atlanta 2017-04-20 12:00:00Z 0
We are "This Close" ~ Thanks Rotary 2017-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

When was polio last in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you’re wrong. 

The last time polio affected a child in Europe was 2015.

Two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio, and that likely means that many more were infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” — but the reality is that no place on Earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere. 

Why Rotary is investing in zero and beyond 2017-04-14 12:00:00Z 0
Author Evan BurrellI’ve written about using Facebook advertising before, but I recently learned first-hand how successfully a club used Facebook advertising and made it work for them.
 
The Rotary Club or Jerrabomberra, NSW, holds an Australia Day breakfast for the community. In past years, using only traditional advertising (e.g. printed flyers, expensive one-off advertisements ion the local newspaper), they only ever managed an attendance of around 350 people to this event.
 
But this year was different; using the same tried and true methods of promoting their event, they also took the plunge and spent $30 on advertising the upcoming breakfast on Facebook.
 
 
Author Evan Burrell
Bring Home the Bacon with a Facebook Ad 2017-04-14 12:00:00Z 0
The cover of this month’s Rotary Down Under invites readers to discover what they can accomplish for the cost of a flat white.  Inside (pages 8-9) you’ll find a feature story on Maketu Rotary’s “Flat White a Week” approach to supporting The Rotary Foundation.
 
There are currently 17 clubs in our district participating in this effective and easy way to engage Rotarians in personally supporting the impressive work of our Foundation. 
 
Click on this image to read the full  RDU article.    And, if your club is not currently involved in the “Flat White a Week” approach, why not make it part of your club’s 2017-18 plan for supporting The Rotary Foundation?    Contact: rotary@maketu.nz
 
Our 2017-18 theme is “Rotary: Making a Difference”.   Here’s a way to truly make a difference for just the cost of a flat white.
 
A coffee break for The Rotary Foundation 2017-04-10 12:00:00Z 0
Six members from Kawerau Club attended along with Valentine our exchange student.
 
And we had a magical time, thank you ---- Ses Webster and her team did an amazing job organising the event along with DG Keith and it was grand to see them recognised in the Rotary way with PHFs at the closing. 
 
Ian Finch was a superb MC with a great balance between humour and worthwhile thoughtful comments; he kept everything hanging together. 
 
As always it was fun catching up with Rotary friends from across the district. Some notes from the Bulletin author about some of the speakers and happenings over the three days ----
 
This month's Newsletter is coming to you a little later than normal and for good reason. 
 
A highlight on the District calendar occurred last weekend when we held our annual District Conference.  And wow, what a conference thanks to great support from so many people.  It was held in the magical town of Whakatane to a theme of ‘Rotary – it’s a kind of magic,’ and entertainment included many tricks from a magician over the two days.  Magic was everywhere! 
 
The weather was perfect, guest speakers were top calibre, there was fine dining and good fellowship giving us a conference to remember.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Sam spent his year in Vienna, Österreich with the stopover in Los Angeles on the way to Europe being a highlight of the year.
 
Hosted by the Winchester Club of California, students were treated to visits to Disneyland and Universal Studios. Sam began by addressing us in fluent German but admitted that picking up the language was fairly frustrating and took about six months before he felt comfortable. Exchange students from a variety of countries attended the German language course in Altmünster on the shores of Traunsee; the views from their accommodation were beautiful but since it was winter swimming was not a good idea.
Here we are going to publish great parting thoughts from members of Rotary.
 
"Don't worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet". - Rotary Club of Otorohanga
 
“If at first you don’t succeed don’t become a skydiver “ - Corolyn from Te Aroha
 
“Gisborne, where the sun spends the winter and the flies spend the summer”  - Alan at Gisborne Rotary
March was a particularly busy month as we push ahead with our plans to increase the number of surgical services we deliver each year and reach more people.
 
Across the month, six programs were delivered in:
 
  • PNG (both Mt Hagen and Madang)
  • Yangon, Myanmar
  • Fiji (both Labasa and Suva)
  • Apia, Samoa.

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize over 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent measures to permanently stop polio on the continent.  All children under five years of age in the 13 countries – Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone – will be simultaneously immunized in a coordinated effort to raise childhood immunity to polio across the continent.

Our Rotary Australian - New Zealand Student Exchange participants fly off to Australia from Auckland on April 1st.

This is the 50th year of the Rotary Australia & New Zealand Student Exchange
 
Rotary is perhaps the most respected and safest student exchange throughout the world.
 
Rotary Australia & New Zealand Student Exchange is sometimes called the "matched twin exchange"
 
Pictured are Charles Annals (Hamilton East Club); Joshua Goodall (Morrinsville Club); and Hamish Hawthorne (Rotorua Sunrise Club). 
 
District 9930 Training Assembly is for all Rotarians.
 
District Training is about increasing the understanding of the wide range of Rotary programmes and activities for all Rotarians, and providing an awareness of what’s happening across Rotary.  
 
But I’m new to Rotary… We’ve got some great introductory level sessions for those who are still learning about Rotary and what it does in the world.  
 
This year we’ll be running “Introduction to Rotary”, and “Introduction to Foundation” taken from our popular Rotary Learning and Information (RLI) programme.  
 
There’s always so much more to learn about Rotary than what you see and hear in your club! 
 
 
Rotary’s 108th annual international convention June 10–14 is expected to attract 40,000 Rotary club members from over 160 countries, and will inject an estimated $52.3 million into Atlanta’s economy.

Bill Gates will speak at this year's Rotary International Convention.

Often described as a “mini-United Nations”, Rotary’s third convention in Atlanta will transform the Georgia World Congress Center into a cultural kaleidoscope as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world.
April 2 Newsletter 2017-04-08 12:00:00Z 0
Six members from Kawerau Club attended along with Valentine our exchange student.
 
And we had a magical time, thank you ---- Ses Webster and her team did an amazing job organising the event along with DG Keith and it was grand to see them recognised in the Rotary way with PHFs at the closing. 
 
Ian Finch was a superb MC with a great balance between humour and worthwhile thoughtful comments; he kept everything hanging together. 
 
As always it was fun catching up with Rotary friends from across the district. Some notes from the Bulletin author about some of the speakers and happenings over the three days ----
Rotary D9930 Conference 2017 “It really was magic” 2017-04-07 12:00:00Z 0
This month’s Newsletter is coming to you a little later than normal and for good reason. 
 
A highlight on the District calendar occurred last weekend when we held our annual District Conference. 
 
And wow, what a conference thanks to great support from so many people.  It was held in the magical town of Whakatane to a theme of ‘Rotary – it’s a kind of magic,’ and entertainment included many tricks from a magician over the two days. 
 
Magic was everywhere!  The weather was perfect, guest speakers were top calibre, there was fine dining and good fellowship giving us a conference to remember. 
D. G.'s April Newsletter, April 2017 2017-04-05 12:00:00Z 0
This month's Newsletter is coming to you a little later than normal and for good reason. 
 
A highlight on the District calendar occurred last weekend when we held our annual District Conference.  And wow, what a conference thanks to great support from so many people.  It was held in the magical town of Whakatane to a theme of ‘Rotary – it’s a kind of magic,’ and entertainment included many tricks from a magician over the two days.  Magic was everywhere! 
 
The weather was perfect, guest speakers were top calibre, there was fine dining and good fellowship giving us a conference to remember. 

 

RANZSE
Rotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchange.

Rotary gave me the best eye opening experience in life to travel as a young teenager.

Living in Australia for over 3 months of my life was one of the best things that could have happened to me.

Rotary has given me the best tastes of the world in 3 short months.

Sam spent his year in Vienna, Österreich with the stopover in Los Angeles on the way to Europe being a highlight of the year.
 
Hosted by the Winchester Club of California, students were treated to visits to Disneyland and Universal Studios. Sam began by addressing us in fluent German but admitted that picking up the language was fairly frustrating and took about six months before he felt comfortable. Exchange students from a variety of countries attended the German language course in Altmünster on the shores of Traunsee; the views from their accommodation were beautiful but since it was winter swimming was not a good idea.
Here we are going to publish great parting thoughts from members of Rotary.
 
"Don't worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet". - Rotary Club of Otorohanga
 
“If at first you don’t succeed don’t become a skydiver “ - Corolyn from Te Aroha
 
“Gisborne, where the sun spends the winter and the flies spend the summer”  - Alan at Gisborne Rotary
March was a particularly busy month as we push ahead with our plans to increase the number of surgical services we deliver each year and reach more people.
 
Across the month, six programs were delivered in:
 
  • PNG (both Mt Hagen and Madang)
  • Yangon, Myanmar
  • Fiji (both Labasa and Suva)
  • Apia, Samoa.

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize over 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent measures to permanently stop polio on the continent.  All children under five years of age in the 13 countries – Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone – will be simultaneously immunized in a coordinated effort to raise childhood immunity to polio across the continent.

Our Rotary Australian - New Zealand Student Exchange participants fly off to Australia from Auckland on April 1st.

This is the 50th year of the Rotary Australia & New Zealand Student Exchange
 
Rotary is perhaps the most respected and safest student exchange throughout the world.
 
Rotary Australia & New Zealand Student Exchange is sometimes called the "matched twin exchange"
 
Pictured are Charles Annals (Hamilton East Club); Joshua Goodall (Morrinsville Club); and Hamish Hawthorne (Rotorua Sunrise Club). 
Graeme Kitto of Fairfield Rotary reports: 
 
This morning I made the annual enviro presentation at Insoll Avenue School in the company of the Enviro Schools Facilitator, Adrienne Grant (left of Graeme in left photo) 
 
The school enviro team, guided by teacher Nicky Meyer, ran a competition – Design an Environmental Sign. 
 
Out of scores of entries, three were selected as the finalists.  Adrienne made the final selection. The winner, Samuel MacKenzie in Year 6, transferred his drawing of “Butterfly Palace” on to a large sign to be hung beside the school’s sizeable collection of swan plants. 
 
It was quite a task for him and took some time. Samuel’s mother was present at the presentation 
 
District 9930 Training Assembly is for all Rotarians.
 
District Training is about increasing the understanding of the wide range of Rotary programmes and activities for all Rotarians, and providing an awareness of what’s happening across Rotary.  
 
But I’m new to Rotary… We’ve got some great introductory level sessions for those who are still learning about Rotary and what it does in the world.  
 
This year we’ll be running “Introduction to Rotary”, and “Introduction to Foundation” taken from our popular Rotary Learning and Information (RLI) programme.  
 
There’s always so much more to learn about Rotary than what you see and hear in your club! 
 
Reviewing your retirement options? Download the full story here
 
I saw an article about nursing and retirement homes and the expenses. Then it hit me!! No nursing home for me!! Here is my plan: I’m checking into the Holiday Inn.
 
With the average cost for a nursing home approaching $188 per day, there is a better way when we get old and feeble.
 
I have already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long-term stay discount and senior non-active Rotarian discount, it’s $49.23 per night.
The L&P Café was the place to be after work on Tuesday 21 March. 
 
And what was on?  Well, it’s the new meeting home for Rotary Paeroa and a Rotary meeting was underway. 
 
With a few extra guests thrown in, the L&P Café was clearly to place to be with 54 people in attendance.
 
A few highlights were covered during the night. 
 
The club members are really on a roll in gaining new members.  They’ve recently inducted 7 new members and there are further prospects lining up to join.  
Rotary’s 108th annual international convention June 10–14 is expected to attract 40,000 Rotary club members from over 160 countries, and will inject an estimated $52.3 million into Atlanta’s economy.

Bill Gates will speak at this year's Rotary International Convention.

Often described as a “mini-United Nations”, Rotary’s third convention in Atlanta will transform the Georgia World Congress Center into a cultural kaleidoscope as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world.
District Newsletter April 2017 2017-04-05 12:00:00Z 0
 
This month's Newsletter is coming to you a little later than normal and for good reason. 
 
A highlight on the District calendar occurred last weekend when we held our annual District Conference.  And wow, what a conference thanks to great support from so many people.  It was held in the magical town of Whakatane to a theme of ‘Rotary – it’s a kind of magic,’ and entertainment included many tricks from a magician over the two days.  Magic was everywhere! 
 
The weather was perfect, guest speakers were top calibre, there was fine dining and good fellowship giving us a conference to remember. 
 
 

 

RANZSE
Rotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchange.

Rotary gave me the best eye opening experience in life to travel as a young teenager.

Living in Australia for over 3 months of my life was one of the best things that could have happened to me.

Rotary has given me the best tastes of the world in 3 short months.

Sam spent his year in Vienna, Österreich with the stopover in Los Angeles on the way to Europe being a highlight of the year.
 
Hosted by the Winchester Club of California, students were treated to visits to Disneyland and Universal Studios. Sam began by addressing us in fluent German but admitted that picking up the language was fairly frustrating and took about six months before he felt comfortable. Exchange students from a variety of countries attended the German language course in Altmünster on the shores of Traunsee; the views from their accommodation were beautiful but since it was winter swimming was not a good idea.
Here we are going to publish great parting thoughts from members of Rotary.
 
"Don't worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet". - Rotary Club of Otorohanga
 
“If at first you don’t succeed don’t become a skydiver “ - Corolyn from Te Aroha
 
“Gisborne, where the sun spends the winter and the flies spend the summer”  - Alan at Gisborne Rotary
March was a particularly busy month as we push ahead with our plans to increase the number of surgical services we deliver each year and reach more people.
 
Across the month, six programs were delivered in:
 
  • PNG (both Mt Hagen and Madang)
  • Yangon, Myanmar
  • Fiji (both Labasa and Suva)
  • Apia, Samoa.

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize over 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent measures to permanently stop polio on the continent.  All children under five years of age in the 13 countries – Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone – will be simultaneously immunized in a coordinated effort to raise childhood immunity to polio across the continent.

Our Rotary Australian - New Zealand Student Exchange participants fly off to Australia from Auckland on April 1st.

This is the 50th year of the Rotary Australia & New Zealand Student Exchange
 
Rotary is perhaps the most respected and safest student exchange throughout the world.
 
Rotary Australia & New Zealand Student Exchange is sometimes called the "matched twin exchange"
 
Pictured are Charles Annals (Hamilton East Club); Joshua Goodall (Morrinsville Club); and Hamish Hawthorne (Rotorua Sunrise Club). 
Graeme Kitto of Fairfield Rotary reports: 
 
This morning I made the annual enviro presentation at Insoll Avenue School in the company of the Enviro Schools Facilitator, Adrienne Grant (left of Graeme in left photo) 
 
The school enviro team, guided by teacher Nicky Meyer, ran a competition – Design an Environmental Sign. 
 
Out of scores of entries, three were selected as the finalists.  Adrienne made the final selection. The winner, Samuel MacKenzie in Year 6, transferred his drawing of “Butterfly Palace” on to a large sign to be hung beside the school’s sizeable collection of swan plants. 
 
It was quite a task for him and took some time. Samuel’s mother was present at the presentation 
 
District 9930 Training Assembly is for all Rotarians.
 
District Training is about increasing the understanding of the wide range of Rotary programmes and activities for all Rotarians, and providing an awareness of what’s happening across Rotary.  
 
But I’m new to Rotary… We’ve got some great introductory level sessions for those who are still learning about Rotary and what it does in the world.  
 
This year we’ll be running “Introduction to Rotary”, and “Introduction to Foundation” taken from our popular Rotary Learning and Information (RLI) programme.  
 
There’s always so much more to learn about Rotary than what you see and hear in your club! 
 
Reviewing your retirement options? Download the full story here
 
I saw an article about nursing and retirement homes and the expenses. Then it hit me!! No nursing home for me!! Here is my plan: I’m checking into the Holiday Inn.
 
With the average cost for a nursing home approaching $188 per day, there is a better way when we get old and feeble.
 
I have already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long-term stay discount and senior non-active Rotarian discount, it’s $49.23 per night.
The L&P Café was the place to be after work on Tuesday 21 March. 
 
And what was on?  Well, it’s the new meeting home for Rotary Paeroa and a Rotary meeting was underway. 
 
With a few extra guests thrown in, the L&P Café was clearly to place to be with 54 people in attendance.
 
A few highlights were covered during the night. 
 
The club members are really on a roll in gaining new members.  They’ve recently inducted 7 new members and there are further prospects lining up to join.  
Rotary’s 108th annual international convention June 10–14 is expected to attract 40,000 Rotary club members from over 160 countries, and will inject an estimated $52.3 million into Atlanta’s economy.

Bill Gates will speak at this year's Rotary International Convention.

Often described as a “mini-United Nations”, Rotary’s third convention in Atlanta will transform the Georgia World Congress Center into a cultural kaleidoscope as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world.
Rotary, April District Newsletter 2017 2017-04-05 12:00:00Z 0
The cover of this month’s Rotary Down Under invites readers to discover what they can accomplish for the cost of a flat white.  Inside (pages 8-9) you’ll find a feature story on Maketu Rotary’s “Flat White a Week” approach to supporting The Rotary Foundation.
 
There are currently 17 clubs in our district participating in this effective and easy way to engage Rotarians in personally supporting the impressive work of our Foundation.  Click on this image to read the full  RDU article.    And, if your club is not currently involved in the “Flat White a Week” approach, why not make it part of your club’s 2017-18 plan for supporting The Rotary Foundation?  Contact: rotary@maketu.nz
 
Our 2017-18 theme is “Rotary:Making a Difference”.   Here’s a way to truly make a difference for just the cost of a flat white. 
A coffee break for The Rotary Foundation 2017-04-02 12:00:00Z 0
Having Trouble Getting an Interesting Guest Speaker? 2017-04-02 12:00:00Z 0

 

RANZSE
Rotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchange.

Rotary gave me the best eye opening experience in life to travel as a young teenager.

Living in Australia for over 3 months of my life was one of the best things that could have happened to me.

Rotary has given me the best tastes of the world in 3 short months.

RANZSERotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchange. 2017-04-01 11:00:00Z 0

Ellen Goodman ~ Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.    ~ From Te Awamutu Rotary   

David Hill ~ There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
Julius Caesar Act 4, Scene 3, 218-224…   Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise.
Great Rotary parting thoughts 2017-03-31 11:00:00Z 0
Sam spent his year in Vienna, Österreich with the stopover in Los Angeles on the way to Europe being a highlight of the year.
 
Hosted by the Winchester Club of California, students were treated to visits to Disneyland and Universal Studios. Sam began by addressing us in fluent German but admitted that picking up the language was fairly frustrating and took about six months before he felt comfortable. Exchange students from a variety of countries attended the German language course in Altmünster on the shores of Traunsee; the views from their accommodation were beautiful but since it was winter swimming was not a good idea.
Whakatane Rotary's International Rotary Exchange Student Sam McPherson 2017-03-31 11:00:00Z 0
March was a particularly busy month as we push ahead with our plans to increase the number of surgical services we deliver each year and reach more people.
 
Across the month, six programs were delivered in:
 
  • PNG (both Mt Hagen and Madang)
  • Yangon, Myanmar
  • Fiji (both Labasa and Suva)
  • Apia, Samoa.
Interplast - Hundreds of lives changed in March. 2017-03-31 11:00:00Z 0

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize over 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent measures to permanently stop polio on the continent.  All children under five years of age in the 13 countries – Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone – will be simultaneously immunized in a coordinated effort to raise childhood immunity to polio across the continent.

116 million children to be immunized from coast to coast across Africa. 2017-03-31 11:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Australian - New Zealand Student Exchange participants fly off to Australia from Auckland on April 1st.

This is the 50th year of the Rotary Australia & New Zealand Student Exchange
 
Rotary is perhaps the most respected and safest student exchange throughout the world.
 
Rotary Australia & New Zealand Student Exchange is sometimes called the "matched twin exchange"
 
Pictured are Charles Annals (Hamilton East Club); Joshua Goodall (Morrinsville Club); and Hamish Hawthorne (Rotorua Sunrise Club). 
RANZSE Exchange Students fly off to Australia 2017-03-27 11:00:00Z 0
Graeme Kitto of Fairfield Rotary reports: 
 
This morning I made the annual enviro presentation at Insoll Avenue School in the company of the Enviro Schools Facilitator, Adrienne Grant (left of Graeme in left photo) 
 
The school enviro team, guided by teacher Nicky Meyer, ran a competition – Design an Environmental Sign. 
 
Out of scores of entries, three were selected as the finalists.  Adrienne made the final selection. The winner, Samuel MacKenzie in Year 6, transferred his drawing of “Butterfly Palace” on to a large sign to be hung beside the school’s sizeable collection of swan plants. 
 
It was quite a task for him and took some time. Samuel’s mother was present at the presentation 
 
Fairfield's annual enviro award. 2017-03-27 11:00:00Z 0
District 9930 Training Assembly is for all Rotarians.
 
District Training is about increasing the understanding of the wide range of Rotary programmes and activities for all Rotarians, and providing an awareness of what’s happening across Rotary.  
 
But I’m new to Rotary… We’ve got some great introductory level sessions for those who are still learning about Rotary and what it does in the world.  
 
This year we’ll be running “Introduction to Rotary”, and “Introduction to Foundation” taken from our popular Rotary Learning and Information (RLI) programme.  
 
There’s always so much more to learn about Rotary than what you see and hear in your club! 
 
Don't Forget District Training Assembly 2017-03-24 11:00:00Z 0
Reviewing your retirement options? Download the full story here
 
I saw an article about nursing and retirement homes and the expenses. Then it hit me!! No nursing home for me!! Here is my plan: I’m checking into the Holiday Inn.
 
With the average cost for a nursing home approaching $188 per day, there is a better way when we get old and feeble.
 
I have already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long-term stay discount and senior non-active Rotarian discount, it’s $49.23 per night.
In light of the current superannuation debates Mt. Maunganui Rotary suggests you consider this... 2017-03-22 11:00:00Z 0
When one is selected to be District Governor many but mostly Past District Governors told me it would be one of the most rewarding years as a Rotarian. How correct they all were! The support and encouragement give along the way was amazing. 

To the District Board, thank you very much for all your guidance.  

My thanks particularly to my wife Helen whose patience, guidance and complete support over the year was wonderful. 

 
District Governor's report for 2015 - 16 2017-03-22 11:00:00Z 0
This evening we welcomed back our Youth Exchange Student, Oceana who spent last year in Belgium. 

After leaving Auckland in January 2016 Oceana was excited her first stop was LA where she got to experience activities she had dreamed of. There her highlights were Disneyland and Universal Studios. 

She was very nervous when arriving in Belgium.
 
She was greeted by her third host family and their host student. It was very, very cold.
Otumoetai's Exchange student back from Belgium 2017-03-22 11:00:00Z 0
School Leaders’ Lunch
 
Monday 20 March 2017
 
Six of our high schools attended our annual school leaders’ lunch, with only the Rotorua School for Young Parents unable to attend this year.
 
Our speakers were accompanied by their principals or deans and some of their peers.
 
Each school was given the opportunity to address the club in 4 minutes about their aspirations
School Leaders’ Lunch at Rotorua Rotary 2017-03-22 11:00:00Z 0
Booksale Update  from Ann Pritchard  
 
It is going well with a good crowd of helpers keeping up with the flow of books. I shall be away from 22nd March till April 4th and I have passed control over to Sheena Spittles and Arthur Atkins for that period. 

 Depot facilitators should be aware that the last day for accepting books will be April 1st. However, you need to check these depots for a day or so after that date. 

 Those delivering books to the Cool store must be aware that forklifts are moving around inside the canopy are and they should stop at the entrance and check.
 
Also remember to drive on through after delivering books if the end door is open. The Kiwifruit harvest will possibly start next week, which will mean more truck movements so more vigilance, is needed. 
 
 
Ann Pritchard - Book Sale Co-ordinator
Tauranga Rotary is all set for 30th Book Sale. 2017-03-22 11:00:00Z 0
Ian Finch introduced William and Tiffany Head.
 
Tiffany is a great asset to Ian’s business, a former RYLA scholar and now taking a big role in community projects.
 
They believe their ‘ManUp’ and Legacy projects will lead to a better community.
 
ManUp is about men taking responsibility for their children, hence the by-line of ‘Raising Men to Save our Children’. 
 
In the news today we heard how an adult male inflicted 59 damaging blows on a toddler. Is a headache an excuse for taking a life?
Rotary Whakatane West hears about the way through drugs 2017-03-22 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Katikati & Ballance Nutrients are sending 60 notebooks via marine reach to the upper islands in Vanuatu.

They are also installing over a 100 notebooks in Rural schools in BOP and are setting up a computer lab & overhead projector for a woman's & children's refuge on Port Vila.
 
Farm nutrient co-operative Ballance has donated 70 laptops as part of the Katikati Rotary Club’s project,
 
‘Computers for the Pacific Islands’.
 
The project started in 2007 and delivers computers to primary and high schools throughout the Pacific Islands.
 
Rotary Katikati & Ballance Nutrients are sending 60 notebook computers to Vanuatu 2017-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
The month of February seems to have passed by a little quicker than other months. 
 
Maybe this has something to do with the month only having 28 days.  Or closer to the mark, all Rotary clubs are very busy. 
 
We are into the period where the ‘summer month’ projects are taking place while in the background preparation is now underway for the next Rotary year which is only 4 months away.
 
I congratulate clubs on the many well-run projects that are taking place. 
District Governor's Update, March 2017 2017-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
Interplast making an impact 2017-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker-Parearau Kutia was the recipient of the 2016 Rotary Future leader scholarship and gave a huge thank you to Rotary for supporting her.
 
She attended Manutuke school then GGHS, plays most sports but concentrated on Squash.
 
She has just started her nursing training and when she has finished aims to join the army as a medic.
Gisborne Rotary listens to winner of a Rotary Future Leader Scholarship. 2017-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
It’s no secret that Rotarians are good at Doing Good in the World … well, no secret among Rotarians at least.
 
What Rotarians are historically not so good at, is promoting that good to the world. Click here for latest issue.
 
We can be so focused on the doing, that we forget about the telling … not to boast, but to raise awareness of the wonderful work we do and attract potential new members so we can continue that wonderful work well into the future.
 
In the March Rotary Down Under magazine there are many inspiring stories from clubs that are not only Doing Good in the World, but also doing good at telling the world about it.
 
And if you would like to send your story about doing good in the world please email editorial@rotarydownunder.com.au
It’s no secret that Rotarians are good at Doing Good in the World  2017-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary’s 108th annual international convention June 10–14 is expected to attract 40,000 Rotary club members from over 160 countries, and will inject an estimated $52.3 million into Atlanta’s economy.

Bill Gates will speak at this year's Rotary International Convention.

Often described as a “mini-United Nations”, Rotary’s third convention in Atlanta will transform the Georgia World Congress Center into a cultural kaleidoscope as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to exchange ideas on how to improve lives and bring positive, lasting change to communities around the world.
Bill Gates to Keynote Rotary Convention 2017-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ahuriri Sunrise invites you and your friends to a fun filled evening at the theatre.
 
The club has booked Theatre HB, corner of Hastings and Alexandra Streets, Hastings for our latest community fundraiser. 
 
We have an evening show, Tuesday 28 March and we have 150 tickets to sell.  Please help us sell all of the tickets by bring your friends and family. 
 
Tickets $35.00 a seat booked from Lynne Trafford; lynne@traffordconsulting.co.nz  8356336  021302261
Contact Lynne for booking and payment details.  Thank you.
The Rotary Club of Ahuriri Sunrise's ladies Day 2017-02-26 11:00:00Z 0

Good Afternoon, 

One of our teardrop banners  ‘0800 4 Rotary NZ Rotarians Working 4 U’ has been mislaid. 

 

I have contacted the Plimmerton Club where we purchased them 3 years ago, but they no longer have stocks.

 

I was wondering if you would be able to put a request in the District Newsletter asking if any club had surplus & would be willing to sell us one?  Would that be possible?

 

Our contact details are -                               Laurel Penny

                                                                           1 Rangaroa Rd

                                                                           Taumarunui 3920

                                                                           027 438 9985

                                                                           laurel.penny@xtra.co.nz

Rotary Teardrop Banner ~ Missing In Action. 2017-02-26 11:00:00Z 0

In the first month of my exchange in Denmark I have experienced extremely cold weather.

 

It has snowed twice in the time that I’ve been here already and I’ve concluded that I don’t like it very much.

 

I don’t believe it has gotten much warmer than 10°C. Despite this I am still very much enjoying my new life here.

 

In the very first week, my host family took me to Copenhagen.

 

It was a wonderful city, unlike anything I had preconceived. We visited the iconic Little Mermaid statue, who truly is little.

Cambridge Rotary's "Abbie in Denmark" 2017-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
Recently Tauranga Rotary along with their sister Rotary Clubs, Broadbeach (Queensland) and Kasaoka (Japan) presented over $100,000.00 worth of specialist equipment that will enable volunteer eye surgeons from around the world to complete delicate Ophthalmology procedures that will bring improved sight to the people of the Pacific. 
 
Restoring ones sight is an amazing gift. It helps family relationships flourish and enables the person to contribute to the economic health of their community.
Tauranga Rotary Brings Sight to the People of the South Pacific. 2017-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
RANZSE the "twin matched" student exchange is now looking for 2018 students.
 
RANZSE – what makes us different than the Rotary Youth Exchange?

Briefly: the students are younger – aged 13.5 to 16 on January 1st of the year of participation. The exchange is shorter – the students spend 6 months together - 3 months with each family.
 
I’ve heard club members say that they’d love to have a Rotary Exchange student in their club, but the club members are too old or too busy to host a student – here is the exchange for you!
Keep your club YOUNG, get excitement into your meetings, sponsor a RANZSE student 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
Thousands of people living on remote Pacific islands will have their lives turned around thanks to an international fundraising campaign led by the Tauranga Rotary Club.
 
Marine Reach's Tauranga-based medical relief ship Pacific Hope now has all the equipment it needed to carry out eye surgery to remove cataracts.  "It is a huge deal for us," Marine Reach founder and chief executive David Cowie said after yesterday's ceremony on board Pacific Hope.
International fundraising campaign led by Tauranga Rotary will bring better sight to thousands in Pacific 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Morrinsville.
 
Our Meeting on Monday Evening was great, our Speaker was Jeremy Scott and he spoke of the 2 ½ years he spent cycling from England to New Zealand.
 
His presentation was spoken and also a visual slideshow that was great. He mentioned it was a life changing period and he had some very profound moments with people and places. Proceeds from his trip to the British, Australian and New Zealand Foundations.
 
The Long Road from a Broken Heart 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z 0

 WHY JOIN ROTARY?   20 answers to the question
1. Friendship -  In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friends and fellowship. It is one of the two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
Fairfield asks "Why join Rotary?" 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
 
Robert Pattullo welcomed Rotarians and partners to the
Rescue Helicopter Base and introduced General Manager Ian Wilmot, a member of Hastings Karamu Rotary, Marketing and Fundraising Manager Laura Hyde and Chief Crewman and Paramedic, Geoff Taylor.
 
Taradale President Richard welcomed Rotarians and especially visiting guests from England of Merv Kite and Gordon Buckley. Bob Wallis also bought along his next door neighbor as a guest.
Rotary Supports the Helicopter Rescue Trust 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
Santa Camp & Fairy Scary visit Lake Taupo Rotary Club 2017-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
It was an honour and pleasure for District Governor Keith Owens to recently recognise Past District Governor Trish O’Reilly with a Rotary Foundation Major Donor Level 2 acknowledgment. 
 
The Appreciation Presentation of an engraved crystal together with a diamond pin took place at an annual meeting of past District Governors and the current team.
 
Trish was our first female District Governor, occupying the role in the 2003-04 Rotary year.  She went on to become very involved in the administration of the ROMAC programme.
 
Trish said receiving the recognition caught her ‘completely by surprise.’  Both Trish and her late husband Terry have always given generously to the Foundation.  Trish said she remains very impressed with the good things the Foundation does and it continues as her charity of choice.   
Trish O'Reilly recognised with award. 2017-02-19 11:00:00Z 0
The Papamoa Rotary Club, in conjunction with Powerco, has selected the Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club to be the beneficiary of their Charity Golf Tournament this year.
 
The hope is to raise the necessary funds to purchase a new, much-needed ATV to enable Lifeguards to effectively patrol our extensive stretch of beach. Check out the event flyer through the following link: 
https://drive.google.com/…/0Byxq7bIco-FwOTRVWTJpaVVNV…/view…
Papamoa Rotary Club Host Powerco Charity Golf Tournament 2017-02-09 11:00:00Z 0
This big, fund-raising event scheduled for Sunday, 19 March at Lake Karapiro.
 
A great deal of planning work has been done by the committee, including the organisation of more than 10 races on the day, and obtaining sponsorship commitment from many businesses.
Cambridge Rotary's Family Cycle Fun Day 2017-02-06 11:00:00Z 0
The start of the New Year is a very busy period at Interplast. We kicked things off with a surgical mentoring visit to Vanuatu and a craniofacial surgery mentoring program in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which was also attended by a Nepali surgeon who travelled from Kathmandu.
 
Later in February, a head and neck surgical mentoring program will also be delivered in Colombo. Three full general plastic and reconstructive surgical programs will be delivered in Laos, Tonga and the Philippines.
A Busy Year for Interplast 2017-02-06 11:00:00Z 0

District 9930 Rotarians are being offered the opportunity to participate in a National Immunisation Day (NID) in India in March –April this year.

The company is owned by a Rotarian from the Delhi South Metropolitan Rotary Club which is also home to the South Asia Head for End Polio Now. Mark Anderson (Senior Coordinator, Fund Development at The Rotary Foundation) recently participated in a similar tour and recommends the experience.

More information can be found here

Polio Immunisation Tour – India 2017-02-06 11:00:00Z 0
Three days after Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines in November 2013, Derek Locke was tramping among the sinews of uprooted palm trees, downed power lines, and fragments of homes shattered by one of the region’s deadliest disasters.
 
As he delivered tents and other essentials in Santa Fe, a small community on Bantayan Island, he came face to face with the crushing need and finite resources of the eight-person response team dispatched by ShelterBox.
In Case of Emergency... 2017-02-06 11:00:00Z 0
Canadian Joel Dzuba credits his Rotary Youth Exchange year in Lower Saxony, Germany, with inspiring him to pursue a career in International Affairs and Policy.
 
Says Dzuba, “my exchange year played a fundamental role in forming and shaping the person I am today.”
 
t would be impossible to pick a favourite memory from my exchange in Germany due to the sheer number of opportunities I had and dreams I lived. From sailing in the Baltic Sea, to walking in the North Sea, to swimming in the Mediterranean, there are simply too many experiences to pick a favourite.
Rotary Youth Exchange empowers tomorrow’s leaders 2017-02-03 11:00:00Z 0
Carol brought a stuffed male brown North Island kiwi into show us, There was also an egg with the kiwi which is a genuine Otanewainuku egg.
 
When Kiwi were evolving there were no predators apart from the giant eagle hence they became nocturnal. They have the shortest beak in the world. This is because the nostrils are right at the tip. They don’t need to see very well. They have tiny ears and tiny wings. The feathers are rough on the outside to keep the rain out and soft underneath. They have very strong legs. They can run very fast and can kickbox.
 
Otumoetai Rotary show that the Brown North Island Kiwi is stuffed. 2017-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
Jude Wilson presented Angus Coulter (Mike Shepherd’s grandson) with a cheque for $1,500 from the club Youth Achievement Fund to attend the World Golf Croquet Championships U21 in Melbourne (February 2017).
 
Angus has an impressive list of croquet achievements to his credit, including the 2016 NZ Most Improved Golf Croquet Player of the Year.
Stay Calm and play Croquet says Whakatane West 2017-01-27 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary has released another $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio.

Nearly half of the new funds, $16.15 million, will support emergency response campaigns in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, where four cases were detected last year after Nigeria had previously gone two years without a case since July 2014.

With these cases, funding is needed to support rapid response plans in Nigeria and surrounding countries to stop the outbreak.

Rotary releases $35 million to combat polio 2017-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
February 2017 Newsletter 2017-01-23 11:00:00Z 0
Tauranga Sunrise Rotary Club struck by the Great NZ Clobbering Machine.
 
A charity project to help save the lives of heart attack victims has instead left the organisers heart broken.
 
Rotary Clubs were selling fundraising key rings containing a single aspirin, which can be given as emergency lifeline to anyone who's suspected of suffering a heart attack, but it's hit a legal hurdle.
Tauranga Sunrise Rotary Club have a Headache 2017-01-22 11:00:00Z 0
Traffic Control at the National Elite Cycling Races Club members on traffic control.
 
On the 7th and 8th Jan a group of Club members helped out with traffic control of the National Elite Cycling races.
 
Club volunteers answered Rob Pattullo’s call the help Ivan Aplin and local cycling clubs with this work.
Taradale Rotary Close Down the Roads 2017-01-22 11:00:00Z 0

Our very own Dorothy-Anne Wilson – QSM

Mrs Wilson was until 2016 chairwoman of the Opotiki Arts Council, having joined it in 1986 to raise funds for the Opotiki Community Theatre Trust and Opotiki De Luxe Theatre.

She established the biannual Fibre and Fleece Festival in 1986 and served as coordinator until 1989 overseeing the extension of the festival to include a craft fair, trades hall, workshops and an art exhibition to be hosted at Opotiki College.

Opotiki Rotary's own QSM, PHF 2017-01-22 11:00:00Z 0
Disasters don't stop for Christmas or the holidays, neither will we.
 
From the recent distributions of emergency winterized kits in Syria to the deployments of thousands of Shelter Kits in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, we are relentless in our pursuit of providing lifesaving shelter.

The work of ShelterBox is only made possible because of private charitable support from our donors. 


 
A Happy New Year from Shelterbox 2017-01-20 11:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Lake Taupo are running a charity golf Tournament at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary,

17th of February 2017.

Win a Suzuki Baleno with a hole-in-one!! Sponsored by Taupo Motor Company

Fabulous prizes for first three stableford teams and individual stableford prizes plus much more.

After match function includes delicious platter selection, prize giving and Auction. BBQ on course.

The Rotary Club of Lake Taupo are Running a Charity Golf Tournament 2017-01-19 11:00:00Z 0
Read it online and beat the postman to your copy of the latest Rotary Down Under.
 
It is really, really good this month (ed)cheeky
 
As a magazine, Rotary Down Under continues to receive strong support and a great many positive comments for the new format of the last few months.  
 
Most feedback mentions the practical nature of many of the articles in helping Rotarians and clubs in their Rotary activity.  Therefore the use and sharing of these need to be encouraged at all levels of Rotary activity.
 
There is a bit of a “however”.
 
Hot off the Press - Beat the Postie 2017-01-19 11:00:00Z 0
In August, polio cases were reported in Nigeria – the first found in two years – amidst a wider humanitarian crisis.
 
A large-scale regional emergency response was immediately launched, reaching millions of children with polio vaccines to ensure that immunity was rapidly built up.
 
Continued focus on Nigeria is critical in the upcoming year, as we work to find every virus, protect the health of children and achieve widespread vaccine coverage.

 
Polio in 2016. The Year in Review 2017-01-16 11:00:00Z 0
Dr Johan Morreau to headline 2017 District Conference 2017-01-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2017
 
Rotary.org, our public-facing website, has a fresh, contemporary look that clearly answers the often-asked question: “What is Rotary?”
 
It’s the first step in a two-part update to our entire website: first Rotary.org, and then My Rotary. See what's changed.
Check out Rotary.org’s modern, new look 2017-01-13 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary, Nuts, Bolts & More !
 
An exciting opportunity to develop effective membership strategies.
18 March 2017  10.00am-6.00pm St Johns In The City (cnr. Willis and Dixon streets)  Wellington
 
Speakers Sina Wendt-Moore  CEO of Leadership NZ
Amy Steiner-Simpson   Bubblebee Social Media 
Noel Trevaskis   Rotary International  
Leon Hartnett  Invercargill Next Generation Rotary
Rotary National Membership Seminar 2017 2017-01-13 11:00:00Z 0

It’s a new year, and here’s something you can resolve to do for your club and for Rotary in 2017.

Think about the last time someone gave you a “word-of-mouth referral” that influenced your decision to do something.

Maybe a friend shared a new favourite restaurant over Facebook, or your neighbour recommended a plumber.

Or maybe it was that friendly suggestion to come along to a Rotary club meeting that got you involved in Rotary in the first place.

Regardless, you probably acted on the referral, in part, because it came from someone you trust!

New Year’s Resolution: Stand Up and be an Ambassador For Rotary 2017-01-07 11:00:00Z 0
Current and Past Rotarians Honoured in the New Year Honours List 2017-01-01 11:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year from the District Conference Team.

In celebration of the new year, the Early Bird Conference registration price has
been extended to 31 January.

Register and pay by 31 January for the full registration early bird special price of $180.  Registrations and payments after 31 January will cost $230 for a full registration

 

Early Bird Registration rate extended to 31st of January. 2016-12-30 11:00:00Z 0
Five Reasons to Make a Year-End Gift to The Rotary Foundation 2016-12-30 11:00:00Z 0
Raewyn Lucas has championed the Pepi Pod programme in the Bay of Plenty.
 
Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is the current terminology for cot death. Between 2009 and 2011 there was an increasing incident of SUDI. SUDI is more prevalent among Māori babies. Over this time 77% of the babies were Māori compared to 15% European babies.
 
Raewyn has looked carefully at the risk factors for those babies; smoking in preganancies, premature babies and low birth weights are reasons the Ministry of Health give.
Otumoetai Rotary help Pepi Pod Programme 2016-12-15 11:00:00Z 0
Janise Hughes District Governor of 9980 has produced her Christmas edition of "In Gear" her fabulous Rotary magazine.
 
With the help of Vicki Moseley and Hyper Design & Marketing, they have produced a real winner.
 
An eighty, yes eighty-page publication full of interesting events, history and stories about Rotary.
 
Rather than describe it, which would be impossible, click on the link and take a look.
 
It even has a Christmas carol attached!!!
 
Well done 9980! 
Fabulous New Zealand Rotary Magazine 2016-12-14 11:00:00Z 0
I have been on a Russian Rotary Trip before. One week in Moscow and one week in St. Petersberg. I had a truly fabulous time and was treated like a King, or should I say, Tzar. ~ Max Patmoy, Editor. If you are interested please contact me.
 
Dear Rotarian friends!
 
Rotary Club Moscow-East would like to invite you to come and be a part of Maslenitsa celebration.
A Fabulous Invitation from Russia 2016-12-14 11:00:00Z 0

 

The Districts outbound Rotary International Youth Exchange students recently gathered in Rotorua for their final orientation before embarking on their year of adventure in mid January. 

They are headed for Europe, North America and South America.  The photo shows 11 of the 12 students in their travelling wardrobe, along with District Governor Keith – don’t they (the students) look real smart!  We wish them a great time away.   

Rotary Youth Exchange Bye Byes, Fairewells 2016-12-13 11:00:00Z 0
“Spud Night” is an initiative of the Whakatane Rotary Club.
 
Each Spring they visit the five Rotary Clubs in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and sell them plastic buckets that come complete with potting mix and one seed potato --- all for $10 each.
 
Then it is all on as they are grown at homes around the Bay with a varying amount of secret recipes of fertiliser and an equally varying amount of success. One year they even went the extra distance and sold growers little packets of “Mint infused Fertiliser” for $3 as well.
 
Then on the first Tuesday in December, everyone gathers for a barbecue and the big weigh-in, and an  auction and raffles.
Rotary's Eastern Bay of Plenty Spud Night. 2016-12-09 11:00:00Z 0
As you prepare for this festive holiday season and reflect on the past year, you may also be thinking about your New Year’s resolution.
 
Many people resolve to improve their health and well-being. Could your Rotary club benefit from a similar exercise?
 
Take the Rotary Club Health Check, an easy online quiz to help your club recognise problem areas and prescribe remedies.

 
A New Year's Resolution for your Rotary Club 2016-12-08 11:00:00Z 0
Big THANKS to the very generous clubs in our District who swiftly responded with cash contributions to the Kaikoura Earthquake Relief fund. 
 
After the devastating earthquake on Monday 14 November, it was clear many people’s lives would be displaced for at least a period of time and the best immediate aid was cash which could be applied to specific needs.
 
Rotarians in District 9930 didn’t hesitate to offer assistance to those less fortunate living in the damaged part of the country. 
 
 
Fantastic Response to Call for Help 2016-12-06 11:00:00Z 0
What started out as a development programme for promising young New Zealand sailors – delivering a number of Olympic champions – has turned into a joint venture with Yachting NZ to expose yachting to a wider range of youngsters, many from low-income areas.
 
Three members of the recent New Zealand Olympic Yachting team at Rio are past winners of the prized Rotary Club of St Johns ‘Youth Yachting Scholarship’, first established 20-years ago, six years after the club was established.
 
The 2002 winner, Jo Aleh was/ is the current Olympic Champion, sailing in the 470 class with Polly Powrie. Tauranga’s Jason Saunders, the 2008 winner, will be competing in the new mixed-gender class with Gemma Jones, the daughter of the legendary wind-spotting, mast-man, on the America’s cup winning Black Magic, Murray Jones.
A Rotary programme for developing sailing talent has broadened. 2016-12-02 11:00:00Z 0
Welcome to 2017 and the second half of this Rotary year. 
 
For obvious reasons the monthly District Newsletter had a rest at the end of December, but after an enjoyable recess over much of the last month the wheels are turning again as Rotary clubs return to ‘Doing good in the world.’ 
 
Many clubs have had at least that first ‘social’ meeting around a BBQ to catch up with one another. 
 
Social activities and fun aside now is a good time for club leadership teams to review what has been achieved thus far this Rotary year and to ensure strategies are in place to meet goals for the period to 30 June.
District Governor's Update, January 2017 2016-12-01 11:00:00Z 0
Scottie told us about last weekend’s Taupo Cycle Challenge and very proudly showed the cup that was presented to our team for having the most Rotarians .
 
 A great effort and thanks to all the members that competed.
 
I hear a couple of you were ‘bow legged’ for a day or two.
 
A great time was had by all.
Whakatane Rotary Wins Around Taupo Cycle Challenge Cup 2016-12-01 11:00:00Z 0

The has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs.

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.

The Rotary Foundation named the most outstanding Foundation for 2016 2016-12-01 11:00:00Z 0

In mid-August the Rotary Foundation advised it had approved a Global Grant application from Rotary Tauranga for US$72,000 with the money to go towards the cost of providing specialist equipment to furnish an ophthalmology clinic aboard the mercy ship Pacific Hope which provides medical care to people in the Pacific Islands. 

 

Since this approval, a lot of hard work has gone into the project and equipment has now commenced arriving to complete setting up of the clinic.  The photo shows the delivery of some OIC (Ophthalmic Instrument Company) equipment with (from left to right) Rotarian Dr. Barry Partridge, Pacific Hope Purser Sue Hunt, Dental Technician Marion Boesch and Project Coordinator Rotarian David Garland.

Global Grant Takes Place 2016-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
Maketu Rotary has launched an amazing raffle just in time for Christmas.  
 
For just $2, punters go into a draw to win a beautiful trailer filled with groceries and lots of other goodies donated by local a businesses. 
 
The Maketu club's raffle is similar to trailer raffles that are conducted by other clubs in our district and inspired by the example of Ahuriri Rotary several years ago.  It's a great example of the way Rotarians inspire each other.
Maketu's Chistmas trailer raffle is a gift to the community 2016-11-27 11:00:00Z 0
6 ingredients for membership growth
After more than five years of almost continuous decline in membership, my club was excited to report a 60 percent growth in membership from July to October.
 
We had 18 members on 1 July. Now we have 29, with 11 new members inducted in the first trimester of the new Rotary year.
 
How did we do it? Let me share our recipe:
 
By Quentin Wodon, a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., USA
 
From 18 members to 29 with 11 new members within 3 months! 2016-11-26 11:00:00Z 0
District Governor Nominee looks like criminal for a good cause 2016-11-25 11:00:00Z 0
At the Friday 18 November dinner for Cure Kids ‘Celebrating 45 years of breakthroughs in child health research’, Cure Kids member representing Rotary,
 
Past District Governor Beryl Robinson accepted on behalf of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific a Cure Kids Founder Award as recognition by Cure Kids for Rotary’s role as the founder in 1971 (to celebrate 50 years of Rotary in NZ) and as an on-going partner of Cure Kids.
 
Beryl received this special plaque for Rotary, and replied that Rotary continues to have a close relationship with Cure Kids, as Rotarians are on the board, researchers and staff, plus of course all of the fundraising and event participation support that comes year after year from Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians.
 
Rotary is extremely proud of Cure Kids’ achievements, so we will continue supporting Cure Kids.
Cure Kids acknowledges Rotary 2016-11-21 11:00:00Z 0

For the 3rd successive year, Rotary Gisborne has been top club in our District 9930 for annual fund giving to The Rotary Foundation, calculated on a per capita basis. 

For the latest Rotary year to 30 June 2016, the club gave contributions which equated to US$554.03 per member.  This was more than double the per capita figure achieved by the runner up club.  What a magnificent stand out result!

District Governor Keith Owens had much pleasure in personally delivering the banner to Gisborne and thanking the club for its strong support of The Rotary Foundation.  The accompanying photo shows club president (for this and last year) Carol Shepherd holding the banner.

Hat Trick for Gisborne Rotary 2016-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
Do you want to earn a $1000 cash grant for your Club to enable new members to invest in a new community project for your Club?

 Simply achieve a net growth of 4 new members between  1st December 2016 and 30th May 2017 and the grant will be presented for your new members to use as seed funding on a new Community Project of their choice!
Do you want to earn a $1000 cash grant for your Club 2016-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary’s Traditional Plum Puddings are made from only the best fruit, spices and wholesome ingredients to a time-proven recipe that everyone loves year after year.

Rotary Traditional Plum Puddings are the most delicious way to complete the year. Hot or cold, you just can’t beat them with custard and brandy butter or cream.

These Plum Puddings are great to share with family and friends or to say thank you to your clients or staff. Gift them, share them or hide them until you’re alone – they’re just so good!
 

Whatever you do, make sure you order your supply today. Each one you buy includes a five dollar donation to your Rotary Club empowering its projects and charities.

Proceeds from sales, shared with participating Rotary clubs throughout New Zealand, exceed $1.7 million since the project’s commencement.

 

Does your Club sell Rotary Plum Puddings yet? 2016-11-16 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fellowships began informally in 1928 when Rotarians with a shared interest in the language Esperanto joined together.
 
In 1947, a group of Rotarian boating enthusiasts began flying the Rotary flag from their crafts, calling themselves the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians; this fellowship now boasts the longest continuous existence.
 
The scope of Rotary Fellowships has changed much over the years, but today their purpose is still to unite Rotarians in friendship and provide venues for enjoying their favorite recreational or professional activities.
 
Rotary Fellowships at a Glance 2016-11-16 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary New Zealand - Earthquake Appeal
 
This is following up a message sent to you yesterday.
 
You will be aware various appeals have been launched to provide much needed financial assistance in the establishment of aid agency assistance programmes in South Island areas suffering from the devastating effects of the recent earthquake.
Further to the Earthquake Appeal 2016-11-15 11:00:00Z 0
  • Who started The Crippled Children’s Society in New Zealand?
  • Who built the first Karitane Hospital?
  • Who organised the first mobile TB clinic?
  • Who started Milk in Schools?
  • Who began the first Health Camps?
  • Who brought Defensive Driving Courses to New Zealand?
  • Who extended Heritage throughout New Zealand?
  • Who began the National Kidney Foundation
  • Who began the Riding for Disabled
  • Who began the Asthma Society
  • Who began the National Children’s Health Research Foundation?
The History of Rotary in New Zealand 2016-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
New Zealand was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake at 12.02 am on 14 November 2016. Fortunately, major damage to communities was limited in the main to the South Island town of Kaikoura and surrounding districts.
 
Kaikoura, a coastal tourist town is situated 180 kms north of Christchurch and has a population of approx. 2000.
 
Following inquiries from within New Zealand and overseas an Appeal has been set up
Rotary New Zealand - Earthquake Appeal 2016-11-14 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary clubs of Rotorua have united to help bring a new programme into local primary and intermediate schools that teach children values such as integrity and respect.

The Kiwi Can involve long-term mentoring to bring these values and life skills to pupils. It is delivered in 11 other regions throughout the country.

 

Rotary clubs of Rotorua bring values programme into schools 2016-11-12 11:00:00Z 0
Celebrate World Interact Week 2016-11-12 11:00:00Z 0
Fairfield Rotary’s Pop-Up Book Shop will be open at Forlong’s, at 154 Commerce Street, Frankton from the 24th – 26th November.
The shop will open from 9-5 on Thursday and Friday and from 9-2 on Saturday.
 
Why not pop along to the Pop-Up shop for a coffee and some great new and used Christmas bargains!      
 
ALL BOOKS $2.00 EACH.
Fairfield Rotary are popping-up in Frankton 2016-11-09 11:00:00Z 0

At Cure Kids, every single day our researchers are driven to find the cures for serious health conditions that affect many of our children.

We focus on raising funds to enable high-impact medical research to find the cures our kids need. With the amazing support of New Zealand, Cure Kids have been funding ground-breaking research for the past 45 years. We need your support to understand more about the health conditions and disease that affect our kids so we can find better ways to treat and even cure them.

Red Nose Day is our annual, national appeal. Over $1million was raised last year, and this year is set to become our biggest fundraising effort yet. Join us this Red Nose Day and raise funds to fund vital medical research.

Support Red Nose Day 2016-11-08 11:00:00Z 0
By Stephanie Witkowski, Rotary Club of Honolulu Pau Hana
 
At 28 years old, I decided to become a Rotarian, because Rotary changed my life.
I grew up in a small town in Oregon, USA, and was a young leader in my school. When I was 15 years old, I applied to attend a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event in Rotary’s District 5110 to learn more about myself and what leadership meant to me.
When I give to Rotary, I get so much more back 2016-11-05 11:00:00Z 0

Dear fellow Rotarian's......

I am writing on behalf of Kihikihi Rotary to invite you & your fellow Rotarian's to a Charity Concert put on by our club on 25/11 at the T/A Bible Chapel.

The main beneficiary is Haley Cole (her Dad was a member) Haley is one of NZ's top young Country singers, & will represent NZ on Norfolk Island soon in a Trans Tasman Comp. We also have a number of other top singers & musicians.

Recently our club has started up a Health Hub at Kihikihi School, and some of the takings will also go to them. We have tickets to send you if you would like some. They are $20 adults, $15 Gold Card, $10 children, as you can see by the Poster I have included.

For more info please contact Susanne Taylor on 021410531or Carol Turner 0215717736 or Ross on 07 871 7736.

Looking forward to hearing from you ASAP.

Regards.........Ross & Carol Turner.  rckaraka@hotmail.com

Kihikihi Rotary present Haley and Friends 2016-11-05 11:00:00Z 0
Rotorua's Rotary Community Profile 2016-11-05 11:00:00Z 0
Greetings,
 
Another month has zoomed past since my last report and with a third of this Rotary year already behind us, it’s great to see the progress of many clubs in their drive to achieve goals set for the year.  During the last month, we’ve traveled to many parts of the District and have given presentations to a further 20 clubs.  We enter November with only 8 clubs left to present to.  These clubs will be visited at a leisurely pace over the first 3 weeks of the month.
 
We continue to be very impressed and congratulate Rotarians for the many good initiatives of your clubs and the various ways you are doing good in both your communities and further afield.  A collection of a few memorable occasions from the last month are:
District Governor's Update, November 2016 2016-11-04 11:00:00Z 0
 
Greetings,
 
Another month has zoomed past since my last report and with a third of this Rotary year already behind us, it’s great to see the progress of many clubs in their drive to achieve goals set for the year.  During the last month, we’ve traveled to many parts of the District and have given presentations to a further 20 clubs.  We enter November with only 8 clubs left to present to.  These clubs will be visited at a leisurely pace over the first 3 weeks of the month.
 
We continue to be very impressed and congratulate Rotarians for the many good initiatives of your clubs and the various ways you are doing good in both your communities and further afield.  A collection of a few memorable occasions from the last month are:
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed of The Rotary Foundation in 1917.

 

Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations

Learn about the people and events that have made our Foundation a powerful force for good.

 
 
 
 
 
 
In April 1965 Rotary Down Under was launched as the first regional Rotary magazine.
 
New Zealand and Australian Rotary Clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts.
 
Through Rotary International, the reward of "paying it forward" unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
 
 
Please note the price is two bob cheaper than it was in 1965 - Ed...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Interplast” is an Australian and New Zealand combined program that for the past 30 years has been sending volunteer teams of fully qualified, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region to facilitate surgical treatment and training to local medical personnel.
 
 
 
 
The major project for our club is running the Saturday morning market in Kuirau Park. All proceeds raised from this market are put back into the community. Over $500,000 raised to date!

The market is the major fundraiser for our Club and operates every Saturday morning, wet or fine. The only exception is that it is not held on Christmas Day or Anzac Day. Open from 6:00am to 1:00pm, all weather.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join with Napier Rotary Club for a unique experience aboard the MS Maasdam on 5 December 2016.  
 
 
 
 
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay, Jamaica, identified a need in their community and wanted to do something about it, but they lacked the funds to tackle the problem on their own. Read about their use of Rotary Ideas to raise funds for the project, which ultimately led to a global grant to provide 11 schools and a children's home with proper indoor bathroom facilities and drinking water.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Whakatane Sunrise  presents the 2016 Town and Country Garden RambleSaturday, November 12th.
 
 
 
 

A forlorn, tired but happy group of Rotarians and spouses bit au revoir to Canada, and Saint Pierre,

We all had a fabulous trip to Nova Scotia with a group of twelve from our district spending fifteen days visiting six supporting clubs with their hosts for three to four days each. Whilst in Canada we visited South Shore of Nova Scotia, Mahone Bay/Lunenburg/Coastal Villages, Annapolis Valley, Kentville area, Cape Breton Island, Halifax, St-Pierre, and Miquelon. See us on Facebook here

So to all our new friends in District 7820 in sunny (yes sunny) Canada.

Au devoir mess amis 😅😅

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Te Awamutu is the latest club to fill in their District Profile Page.
When people are searching this District Website for a Rotary club to join they will no longer get a blank page when they click on Te Awamutu Rotary Club. Click here to see their fabulous new page
 
November Story 2016-11-04 11:00:00Z 0
100 Years of Doing Good in the World 2016-11-04 11:00:00Z 0
How Rotary Ideas brings projects to life 2016-11-03 11:00:00Z 0
The major project for our club is running the Saturday morning market in Kuirau Park. All proceeds raised from this market are put back into the community. Over $500,000 raised to date!

The market is the major fundraiser for our Club and operates every Saturday morning, wet or fine. Only exception is that it is not held on Christmas Day or Anzac Day. Open from 6:00am to 1:00pm, all weather.
Rotorua North's famous Saturday Market 2016-11-03 11:00:00Z 0
In April 1965 Rotary Down Under was launched as the first regional Rotary magazine.
 
New Zealand and Australian Rotary Clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts.
 
Through Rotary International, the reward of "paying it forward" unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
 
 
Please note the price is two bob cheaper than it was in 1965 - Ed...
The first Rotary Down Under 2/- 2016-11-03 11:00:00Z 0
 
“Interplast” is an Australian and New Zealand combined program that for the past 30 years has been sending volunteer teams of fully qualified, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to developing countries in the Asia Pacific region to facilitate surgical treatment and training to local medical personnel.
Interplast now in 25 countries 2016-11-03 11:00:00Z 0
Join the Napier Rotary Club aboard the MS Maasdam 2016-11-02 11:00:00Z 0
2016 Whakatane Town & Country Garden Ramble 2016-11-02 11:00:00Z 0
 
Join us on 24 October for World Polio Day and share your voice that we are closer than ever to creating a polio-free world.
 
Rotary will host its fourth annual World Polio Day: Making History live stream event at 18:00 EDT (UTC-4) from the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
 
The event brings together the biggest names in the global fight to eradicate polio. Watch live on Endpolio.org.
Take part in World Polio Day 2016-10-21 11:00:00Z 0
A reminder to all club members of this Cambridge Rotary Project. If you have not done so - it is time to organise and reserve a table and dinner buffet, for you and your guests.
 
Entertainment will include a full programme of Harness Racing. We will also have the usual auctions, including the auction of passenger places in the Tandem Sulky Race and a silent auction all aimed at raising funds for our charities on the night, Thursday 17 November – Cambridge Harness Raceway.
 
We will circulate a reservation / attendance form next week. Please also give some thought to items for our auction you would be able to offer or sponsor. We will have another list on Thursday to help capture your support.
 
Any questions please call me
–many thanks –
John  0274 971 666 
John Bishop on behalf of the committee.
Cambridge Rotary race to raise funds 2016-10-21 11:00:00Z 0

A forlorn, tired but happy group of Rotarians and spouses bit au revoir to Canada, and Saint Pierre,

We all had a fabulous trip to Nova Scotia with a group of twelve from our district spending fifteen days visiting six supporting clubs with their hosts for three to four days each. Whilst in Canada we visited South Shore of Nova Scotia, Mahone Bay/Lunenburg/Coastal Villages, Annapolis Valley, Kentville area, Cape Breton Island, Halifax, St-Pierre, and Miquelon. See us on Facebook here

So to all our new friends in District 7820 in sunny (yes sunny) Canada.

Au devoir mess amis 😅😅

 

A tired but happy twelve trudge home from Canada 2016-10-20 11:00:00Z 0
Te Awamutu latest club to fill in their profile 2016-10-20 11:00:00Z 0
 
Interactors, we want you to show us your club in action for the 8th annual Interact Video Awards! The “Best Video” will be awarded US$500 toward their next service project.
 
Create a video that shows how Interactors have fun while making a difference and be recognized. Choose from two themes:
Submit a video now for the Interact Video Awards 2016-10-20 11:00:00Z 0
During October, designated by Rotary as Economic and Community Development Month, members spotlight one of Rotary’s vital causes: growing local economies. According to the United Nations, 836 million people still live in extreme poverty.
 
Unemployment and underemployment, along with a lack of economic opportunity, appropriate training, and social services, lie at the core of poverty.

 
Take action during Rotary Economic and Community Development Month 2016-10-19 11:00:00Z 0
THE PRESIDENT’S MINUTE
 
Our Vision To grow as a vibrant and professional group of diverse, supportive members who make a positive difference by supporting the community.

Mahoenui Giant Weta (Deinacrida mahoenui)  In 1962 a population of giant weta were discovered in remnant populations of tawa forest at Mahoenui in the southern King Country. It was assumed that the weta only occurred in these remnant (1 to 5 hectare) forest patches until further study in 1987 revealed greater numbers of weta on farmland reverting to gorse.
Otumoetai Rotary has some bugs in it. 2016-10-19 11:00:00Z 0

The Lady Killers are the headline act for the Rotary 2017 Concert by the Lake. on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

The concert, which is preparing for the third year, boasts three well-known and entertaining music acts.

New Zealand female band Lady Killers, including Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke will join funky jazz band Too Many Chiefs and Concert by the Lake regular, talented Waikato musician Jamie McDell.

 

Tina Cross, Jackie Clarke and Suzanne Lynch make up The Lady Killers who are performing at the Concert by the Lake.

Rotary Concert by the Lake returning in 2017 2016-10-18 11:00:00Z 0
With only three months to go, I’m beginning to wonder which places I’ve already seen for the last time.
 
Despite how dreary this thought it, it also comes with the eye-opening realization that I’ll never live the same moment twice and so without a doubt, I’ll make these last month’s count.

Early August I changed into my second host family which was almost like starting all over again, minus the language barrier. I’m really thankful to only have two families this year because I now understand how difficult it can be to adjust. My new family is completely different from everything I’d experienced but that’s definitely not a bad thing.
October Youth Exchange Newsletter