Rotary International Director Takes The Plunge.

Rotary International Director Jessie Harman and Rotary Zone 8 Foundation Director Peter Garnett recently visited Hawke's Bay.
At a dinner for Past District Governors and Major Donors, much fun and conviviality ensued. 
Past District Governor Ross Pinkham mentioned the Polar Bear Swim in the ocean off Ahuriri, Napier. Cheeky Max Patmoy pledged $200 if RI Director Jessie took the plunge and immersed herself in the icy waters. Jessie laughed and politely refused. Well, push came to shove and other participants at the dinner pledged more and more for a Jessie Harman plunge. 
Peter, Ross, Jessie, and Max
Rotary International Director Takes The Plunge. 2022-07-06 12:00:00Z 0
District Governor's Message 2022-07-06 12:00:00Z 0

Proposed Solomon Islands
Surgical Program 
for Rotary District 9930

Thank you for your dedication to changing futures The Rotarians and Clubs of District 9930, and the District itself, are highly valued long-term supporters of Interplast.
Interplast is grateful to have this further opportunity to work with District 9930, on a proposed volunteer surgical program for the Solomon Islands, to take place in 2023.
Your support will allow our volunteer medical team to provide life-changing surgery and post-operative care to patients in desperate need, at the same time providing an opportunity for local medical staff to receive invaluable hands-on training provided by the Interplast anaesthetist/s, surgeons, and nurses.
Proposed Solomon IslandsSurgical Program for Rotary District 9930 2022-07-05 12:00:00Z 0
A "Hello" Message From Our New District Governor 2022-07-05 12:00:00Z 0
Meet Rotary's First Female President 2022-07-05 12:00:00Z 0
Is Rotary Reporting Polio in London? 2022-07-03 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Changeover

Yesterday I handed over the District Governor's role to Kevin Forgeson from Te Kuiti.
The past year has been filled with enjoyment, pleasure, and entertainment - visiting many Rotary Clubs throughout the central North Island.
The changeover event was a celebration of the past Rotary year - a chance to recognise and honour those Rotarians who went to the extra effort in making their Club and communities a better place.
Thank you Rotarians in District 9930 for a fun-filled year.
Rotary District Changeover 2022-07-03 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Helping Afghani Evacuee Family Settle in Hamilton, NZ

Rotary helping an Afghani Evacuee family settle in Hamilton, NZ “It’s quieter than gunfire!”
Recently, as we helped an Afghani Evacuee family settle into their new home in Hamilton, I stood on the front deck with two Afghani community members, who had come to New Zealand some years ago.
I commented on the noisy road, and said, ‘You’ll soon get used to that noise’.
The response came back – ‘It’s quieter than gunfire!’
Rotary Helping Afghani Evacuee Family Settle in Hamilton, NZ 2022-06-22 12:00:00Z 0
Is Your Rotary Artwork Correct? 2022-06-16 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Commitment to Peace

Peacebuilders from around the world came together at the convention to reflect on Rotary’s extraordinary response to conflict this year and strongly reinforce our commitment to creating environments where peace can flourish.
Rotary General Secretary and CEO John Hewko, whose parents were born in Ukraine, spoke about Rotary’s Disaster Response Fund and how donors swiftly contributed more than $15 million to provide Ukrainians with water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing.
During the convention, participants gave thunderous applause to a cohort of Ukrainian members in attendance, including Dr. Olha Paliychuk, of the Rotary Club of Cherkasy, who thanked Rotary on behalf of the more than 1,000 Ukrainian Rotarians.
Rotary's Commitment to Peace 2022-06-10 12:00:00Z 0

2022 Rotary Convention a Blast

The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas, USA, offered plenty of inspiring moments as Rotary’s global network gathered in person for the first time since 2019, following two conventions that were held virtually because of COVID-19.
The convention offered participants new horizons to discover through in-person events and a robust schedule of virtual offerings (with recordings available through 31 August).
The Rotary world now looks ahead to next year’s gathering in Melbourne, the second city of Australia. Learn more
2022 Rotary Convention a Blast 2022-06-10 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Can "Spruce" You Up 2022-06-10 12:00:00Z 0

Matariki and Changeover for the Rotary Club of Rotorua Passport

Matariki & Changeover, June is a time for reflection and celebration for the Rotary Club of Rotorua Passport.
As one of the newest clubs in the district, the Rotary Club of Rotorua Passport reflects on the changes many have faced & proudly acknowledges the achievements to date.
Over these past 3 years, the club has kept flexibility and fun as a focus while working to deliver meaningful projects for the local and international community.
Matariki and Changeover for the Rotary Club of Rotorua Passport 2022-06-04 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Lifting the Lid on Youth Suicide in Hawke's Bay

Lifting the Lid of Youth Suicide — Kāpiti NowWith the support from five Rotary Clubs in Hawkes Bay, a pilot project is underway to provide funds to local secondary schools to deliver counseling to students at risk of self-harm and or suicide.
This support, while intended to complement services already available, will allow schools to source funds quickly to employ counselors for students who are deemed to be at risk of self-harm.
For Rotary Clubs, the process is simple. The school counsellor determines when a student needs immediate support and who will provide it.
Rotary Lifting the Lid on Youth Suicide in Hawke's Bay 2022-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ramble

Just a wee note to thank all Chairs and Champions who sent in articles after I sent out a call for help. It's a real bumper newsletter, thank you.
Also thank you District Governor Ross. It has been a pleasure to work with you constructively for a better Rotary District. It has been a delight to watch all the effort you have put into your year bear fruit.
Rotary Ramble 2022-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary New Member of the Month from Paeroa

The Paeroa club has inducted a new member in the last three weeks.
As membership chair for the district, it is always a pleasure to discover the diversity in career backgrounds when we induct members.
Lloyd Davies is a writer who has a graduate diploma in business studies, a diploma in law, and a bachelor’s in social sciences and social policy.
Lloyd has worked hard across many spectrums with literacy in New Zealand. A recent arrival in Paeroa, Lloyd wanted to give his time and talents through Rotary to the community of Paeroa.
Rotary New Member of the Month from Paeroa 2022-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

From the Rotary Membership Chair

As our clubs approach the end of the Rotary year 2021-2 as your membership chair, I encourage all Presidents and Membership Chairs to check their membership records on Club Runner.
Would club officers please make sure your club records are correct, so we get an accurate end-of-rotary-year membership total for District 9930.
Your club will be charged for its members on the 1st of July figures. 
From the Rotary Membership Chair 2022-06-02 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Convention in Melbourne 2023 2022-06-01 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Thames, What The Blazes Do We Do????

Bulletin for meeting held on Monday 30th May 2022 
Meeting opened @ 6.04
Present – Christine, Monika, Chris, Greg, Hywel, Owen, Warren.
Apologies – Tamara, Max
General Business –

Only one item to discuss: What the blazes do we do??? !! ?

Rotary Thames, What The Blazes Do We Do???? 2022-06-01 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Rotorua Passport Worthy Cause... 2022-05-31 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Zone 8 Better Together Conference in Canberra

Dear Rotary Member,

Early bird tickets are now available for all Rotaractors and Rotarians in Australia, New Zealand, and across the Pacific to attend the Zone 8 Better Together Conference in Canberra from October 28-30.

The conference will be held at the National Convention Centre Canberra and the Saturday night dinner at Old Parliament House.
Rotary Zone 8 Better Together Conference in Canberra 2022-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
Games Night @ Hamilton East Rotary 2022-05-30 12:00:00Z 0


Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children - ROMAC Update

Border closures and additional pressure on the New Zealand Health system have resulted in severe restrictions in bringing children to New Zealand for life-saving treatment in the last two years.

In the last year, we have had a single patient Penny from Tonga, for treatment at Starship Children’s Hospital. Penny arrived May 19, 2021, during a window when borders opened, spent two weeks in MIQ followed by pre-op admission, completed on June 4.
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children - ROMAC Update 2022-05-29 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange ~ Update

  • Exchanges are now postponed until June 2023
  • But the application process for outgoing students will begin in February 2023
  • Northern Hemisphere students could be arriving from June 2023
  • We will be looking to recruit NZ students for outbound exchanges beginning January 2024
  • Students from the Southern hemisphere could be arriving in January 2024
An email will be sent to all Rotarians with more information in the latter part of this year. But if it proceeds . . . we NEED YOUR HELP!
Rotary Youth Exchange ~ Update 2022-05-29 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Te Tai Tokerau Tamariki Mental Wellbeing Project.

Earlier this year the District 9930 Foundation committee agreed to commit US$5,000 of our District Designated Funds to the Rotary Te Tai Tokerau Tamariki Mental Wellbeing Project in Northland. Our contribution to this Global Grant will enable Rotary District 9910 to proceed with the delivery of school presentations, classroom resources and teacher education to 9,000 children in the Far North. If successful it is then hoped that this mental health programme will extend to schools in the Central North Island.
Please find attached their promotion flyer which if you think is suitable for the District Newsletter, could be preceded by my comments above.
Rotary Te Tai Tokerau Tamariki Mental Wellbeing Project. 2022-05-29 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Area 4, Matamata and Te Aroha Rail Trail Project

The Rail Trail Project has been discussed over the years and due to the enthusiasm for rail trails, our local one in the Coromandel and Piako areas has been started and is going ahead now with the help of the dollar for dollar subsidy from the District.
This is the crew who erected the first one up between Kopu and Miranda.
There has since been another one completed at an old cowshed between Matamata and Te Aroha. They are just waiting for the bases to be finished so this one can be lifted and shifted to the site.
Rotary Area 4, Matamata and Te Aroha Rail Trail Project 2022-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
A Good News Story from Rotary's Interplast Team 2022-05-28 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Interplast is Doing Great Work!

Interplast sends teams of volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anesthetists, nurses, and allied health
professionals to provide life-changing surgery and medical training in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.
Rotary's Interplast is Doing Great Work! 2022-05-28 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Rotorua Passport and Women's Refuge

Waiariki Women’s Refuge has a Santa sack full of simple gifts for women and children in need this summer, thanks to a project run by the Rotary Club of Rotorua Passport.
One hundred gift packs, containing basic hygiene items, were delivered to the Refuge Manager, Martina Wineera, this week, to bring a small amount of comfort to those in need.
Rotary Club of Rotorua Passport and Women's Refuge 2022-05-27 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Hamilton Hear Katie Trigg

During the evening we were entertained by Ms. Katie Trigg, a University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar,
who is completing her Honours year studying a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical voice. 
Rotary Hamilton Hear Katie Trigg 2022-05-25 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Eyes on Eradication

By Bill Gates | May 24, 2022 

Earlier this year, I made my first trip ever to Pakistan to learn more about the country’s incredible efforts to wipe out polio. Their energy and enthusiasm reminded me of what I saw in India and Nigeria when those countries were traveling the final mile to eliminate polio within their borders. 
But the last mile is often the toughest. 
Rotary's Eyes on Eradication 2022-05-25 12:00:00Z 0

European Rotaract Clubs Organise to Help Ukrainian Refugees

Across Europe, Rotaract members are using digital tools to share information and coordinate efforts to help people affected by the war in Ukraine.
By routing communications through the European Rotaract Information Centre (also known as Rotaract Europe), a multidistrict information organization that serves clubs in more than 40 countries, these young members are using the power of Rotary’s global network to direct aid where it’s needed most.
European Rotaract Clubs Organise to Help Ukrainian Refugees 2022-05-22 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment at Rangiriri

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) held another very successful weekend at Lakewood Lodge, Rangiriri last weekend.
RYPEN is a fun residential weekend where the participants participate in a range of outdoor activities designed to build their self-worth.
The programme is aimed at year 10 students, who have shown qualities of decency, courage, persistence, sincerity, leadership and application in everyday life, and who deserve further development and guidance.
This year Waikato had 34 students from 14 schools sponsored by 10 Rotary Clubs. Rotorua had 39 at theirs but Hawkes Bay and Bay Plenty schools cancelled theirs because of Covid.
Does your club sponsor a school for this very worthwhile programme?
Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment at Rangiriri 2022-05-21 12:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Lake Taupo Golf Tournament 2022-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise Quiz Night 2022-05-01 12:00:00Z 0

Hawke's Bay Rotary Clubs See Downton

Rotarians and guests from all over Napier and Hastings filled the Reading Theatrette for the opening night of Downton Abbey ~ A new Era.
Over $1,500 will be donated to The Rotary Foundation in the name of the Combined Rotary Clubs of Hawke's Bay. The money goes towards the elimination of Polio worldwide.
Critics Consensus: With its excellent cast and resplendent period trappings, Downton Abbey continues to weave a bewitching, ingratiating spell. Downton Abbey transcends its plot with witty dialogue, lavish costumes and sets, and an outstanding cast.
Hawke's Bay Rotary Clubs See Downton 2022-05-01 12:00:00Z 0

Taradale Rotary Celebrate 100 years of Rotary

The Rotary Club of Taradale has celebrated 100 Years of Rotary
 in New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific.
Rotary Club of Taradale celebrated and acknowledged 100 Years of Rotary in New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific.
As part of their Rotary Forests of Peace and Remembrance Project, Taradale Rotarians and community volunteers planted shrubs and trees to positively impact the environment at the Dolbel Reserve, in Taradale.
Taradale Rotary Celebrate 100 years of Rotary 2022-05-01 12:00:00Z 0

Another Great Rotary Hamilton Idea

On Thursday 19 May at 10.30 am, you are invited to meet at the new café at Waikato Innovation Park for coffee. See "Read More" for details. 
This is purely a social catch-up.
There will not be a speaker, just a chance to catch up and compare stories.
An invite will be going out to all former club members as an opportunity to socially catch up.
Again, feel free to bring a friend.
Another Great Rotary Hamilton Idea 2022-05-01 12:00:00Z 0

Two Rotary Greenmeadows Members Assist Membership Numbers

We all know that a baby has just been born to club members Jinice and Hamish.
Not many can claim a baby born to their club. Your scribe cannot recall one but suspects Sunrise could copy us soon.
We all know this because Pres. Jenny has broadcast the photos however it is proper to record them here in the bulletin for the “historical record.”
Our heartiest best wishes on the arrival (on 27 April - our meeting day of course) to Martine Lianna Bautista Lack, seen here with her parents
Two Rotary Greenmeadows Members Assist Membership Numbers 2022-05-01 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Stortford Lodge Hear About Transplants

This week’s guest speaker was Merryn Jones, a clinical nurse specialist as well a transplant coordinator at the DHB.
She explained that Organ donation is only possible in a small proportion of all deaths in New Zealand. However, when donation can occur, one donor has the potential to help up to ten people through the donation of organs and tissues.
If there were more donors, many more people could benefit from life-saving transplants.
The driver's license records an indication of your wishes only, it is not an organ donor register and does not automatically mean that organs or tissues will be donated in the event of death.
Rotary Stortford Lodge Hear About Transplants 2022-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
Environmental Wellbeing Workshop at Rotary Rotorua North 2022-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Matamata Step Back in Time 2022-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
Connect Prospective Members with Rotary and Rotaract Clubs 2022-04-25 12:00:00Z 0

The Environment Committee of the Five Napier Rotary Clubs

From the Combined Rotary Clubs of Napier Environment Committee
What is Happening with our Clubs?
‘The Gap’  Lynne Trafford from Sunrise has organised for the Sacred Heart College Interact Club to be allocated a section at ‘The Gap’ (The Esplanade, Westshore) where Biodiversity HB has initiated a project to get rid of the weeds and restore the area with the indigenous plants that were (and some still are) originally there.
The Environment Committee of the Five Napier Rotary Clubs 2022-04-24 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's ShelterBox Aid Reaches Ukraine

ShelterBox has begun distributions of aid in Ukraine. With help from our partner, People in Need, we are delivering mattresses to Lviv where people seeking shelter and safety are sleeping on the cold floors in collective centers like schools and sports arenas.
Working with our NZ partner, Relief Aid, we are providing shelter kits and other essential items to help people across Ukraine survive in damaged buildings. The kits contain tarpaulins, tools and rope, thermal blankets, solar lights, buckets, and water carriers as well as hygiene items like soap, washing powder, and toothpaste.
Rotary's ShelterBox Aid Reaches Ukraine 2022-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's ShelterBox Update ~ April

ShelterBox, Rotary's partner in disaster relief, has begun distributions of aid in Ukraine.
With help from our distribution partner, People in Need, we are delivering mattresses to Lviv where people seeking shelter and safety are sleeping on the cold floor in collective centers like schools and sports arenas.
Working with our NZ partner, Relief Aid, we are providing shelter kits and other essential items to help people across Ukraine survive in damaged buildings. The kits contain tarpaulins, tools, and rope to seal out the cold. We're also providing thermal blankets, solar lights, buckets, and water carriers as well as hygiene items like soap, washing powder, and toothpaste.
Rotary's ShelterBox Update ~ April 2022-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

New District 9930 Governor for 2024-25

It is with pleasure that I advise the appointment of Nick Dangerfield as District 9930 Governor for the Rotary year 2024-25
Nick is a Past President of the Tauranga Te Papa Rotary Club and is currently the District’s Training and Rotary Learning & Information (RLI) Chairman & Coordinator.
I pass on my congratulations to Nick (& Maria) on his appointment on behalf of the District’s Board.
His current role until 1 July 2022 will be District Governor Nominee Designate and then assume the title of District Governor Nominee from that date.
He joins the District Governor Team of Kevin Forgeson (Te Kuiti) DG 2022/23, and Bill Robinson (Cambridge) DG 2023/24)
Congratulations Nick.  The District looks forward to your year as District Governor 2024-25.
Ross Pinkham QPM JP
District Governor 2021/22
District 9930 New Zealand
Mob 027 2428089
New District 9930 Governor for 2024-25 2022-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

Rotarian A. John Willis, Service Above Self

Last Meeting
This was an Evening for honoring John Willis for what he has done for the Rotary Club of Morrinsville, the community of Morrinsville, and its surrounding districts.
John was honoured to have family members, District Governor Ross Pinkham, Assistant District Governor Tom Stephenson, and his wife Corolyn, Representatives from Waikato Referees Assn., Port Waikato Camp Trust Board, David Street Primary School, Senior Citizens Assn., The Morrinsville Rugby Sub-union and Rotarians from Te Aroha and Paeroa Rotary Clubs are in attendance.
Rotarian A. John Willis, Service Above Self 2022-04-19 12:00:00Z 0
April is Rotary's Maternal and Child Health Month 2022-04-19 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Stortford Lodge's New Member of the Month 

This week’s guest speaker was our new member, David Clapperton.
The meeting was conducted via Zoom. David comes from humble background being one of 16 children and having 60 cousins.
He has returned to Hawke’s Bay recently to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer at Eastern and Central Community Trust.
Rotary Stortford Lodge's New Member of the Month 2022-04-18 12:00:00Z 0
Become Legally Blonde with Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise!!! 2022-04-18 12:00:00Z 0

Ahuriri Sunrise Hear Mike Smith

Peter E welcomed our guest speaker Past District Governor, and Rotary Ahuriri member, Mike Smith.
Mike spoke about his recent holiday in the Chatham Islands.
Mike enjoyed the experience immensely and came away with some great impressions of the terrain, vegetation, the people, wildlife, and businesses on the Islands … he also visited Pitt Island.

Highlights included the statue of Tommy Solomon believed to be the last full-blood Moriori, the butterfly garden, and fabulous seafood meals.
As he was on a tour he traveled over many of the 187km of metal roads and saw petrel nesting sites, perhaps he didn’t have time to do any fishing.

Mike described in detail a young man who has established a very successful seafood industry.
Ahuriri Sunrise Hear Mike Smith 2022-04-18 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's World Polio Week

Join Rotary to promote the power of vaccines to protect children and save lives.
During World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, let’s advocate for polio eradication and the importance of vaccines to the health and well-being of our communities.

Vaccines are one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. They’re safe, effective, and save millions of lives each year. Our progress in the fight to end polio is proof that vaccines work.
Rotary's World Polio Week 2022-04-15 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Te Awamutu - Volunteering for the National Wetlands Trust

The National Wetland Trust is leading a major wetland restoration and education center project at Lake Serpentine/ Rotopiko near Te Awamutu.
The Wetland Trust is collaborating with Te Awamutu Rotary Club (District 9930), as we have provided voluntary support at Lake Rotopiko during the year to support the restoration plan.
This has included the provision of a range of environmental activities including pest surveillance; native planting and the construction of sampling tables and viewing benches for visitors to the site.
Rotary Te Awamutu - Volunteering for the National Wetlands Trust 2022-04-15 12:00:00Z 0
2022 Rotary District Assembly and How to Register.  2022-04-15 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary District District 9930 Rotary Extravaganza Weekend 2022-04-10 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ahuriri Induct New Member of the Month

The beautiful meal was followed by Chris Whittington being inducted into our club.
His acceptance speech was a detailed account of his occupation as an engineer (he is a charted Bio-medical engineer) and his experience in the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum.
He couldn’t speak highly enough of this forum which concentrates on empowering people to provide humanitarian answers to human problems in undeveloped countries, e.g. using thermal water heating for houses, slow cooking with a focussed sun reflector, vaccinating in poorer countries. In other words, helping poorer countries increase their standard of living without compromising the environment.
Local Rotary clubs annually fund several students for this extremely worthwhile cause.
Rotary Ahuriri Induct New Member of the Month 2022-04-06 12:00:00Z 0

Matamata Rotary Reaches Out to Ballina in New South Wales


Matamata Rotarians have reached out to the flood-ravaged city of Ballina in New South Wales with financial assistance after a large portion of the township was destroyed by devastating floodwaters.

A donation of $3000 was made by Rotary Matamata to its sister club Ballina-on-Richmond as the city struggles to recover from the March flood caused in part by a 1.8m king tide on the Richmond River.

Matamata Rotary Reaches Out to Ballina in New South Wales 2022-04-06 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary (Interplast) helps Tsajay With a New Nose

Two years ago, Tsagay was mauled by a bear. He lost his nose, was blinded in his left eye, and had a large hole in his face. After the trauma, he received a skin graft on the right-hand side of his face from local surgeons in India.
He knows that he is lucky to be alive, but he has lost his independence and his ability to provide for his family when he returned to his home country of Bhutan. The sight in his remaining right eye was hindered by scarring and he had great difficulty eating. Tsagay was fully dependent upon his family.
Rotary (Interplast) helps Tsajay With a New Nose 2022-04-05 12:00:00Z 0

Zoom Advice From Rotary Tauranga Te Papa

These eight zoom meeting etiquette tips will help ensure more cohesive and productive virtual meetings for all.
1. Always be on time,
2. Pay attention to mute One of the most disruptive (and embarrassing) Zoom faux pas is when you forget to mute yourself in a Zoom meeting. Needless to say, background noise is very distracting to other participants. Luckily, there’s a simple fix for this. Pay attention to your meeting settings and the mute function. When you’re not talking, make sure to mute yourself. On the other hand, when it is time for you to speak, take an extra second to check your mute button. We have all made the mistake of speaking before unmuting ourselves, but taking the time to unmute before speaking will save you the embarrassment and hassle of repeating yourself.
Zoom Advice From Rotary Tauranga Te Papa 2022-04-05 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Changeover

The Rotary Club of Te Kuiti invites you to attend the 9930 District Governor Changeover
Saturday 2nd July 2022 – Please save the date.
From:  Approx 11.30am
At: The Les Munro Centre 8 King Street East, Te Kuiti
Further information and details with regard the Changeover, costs and of registering will be advised in due course.
Kevin Forgeson
District Governor-Elect
Rotary District 9930
Mobile: 021 382 831 / Work: 07 878 8036
Rotary District Changeover 2022-04-04 12:00:00Z 0

Eyecare For Africa ~ A Rotary Stortford Lodge and Havelock North Appeal

This week’s guest speaker was Niall McCormack who spoke to the club by Zoom about his work with Eye Care for Africa, and how we can help.
Eye Care for Africa was founded in 2017 by Hasting’s optometrist Niall McCormack.
It was formed to provide real eye care to some of the most marginalised groups in the countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya.
Eyecare For Africa ~ A Rotary Stortford Lodge and Havelock North Appeal 2022-03-31 11:00:00Z 0

Havelock North Rotarians get a Tanning!


GUEST SPEAKERStephen Randal, a long-term member of our Club spoke about the leather industry, in which he’d spent his entire career. He advised members that the skin of any animal is its biggest organ. Early man was aware of the value of animal skins for protection from the elements, but no one knows how tanning evolved. It’s conjectured that it may have been accidental with someone observing that a skin discarded in a puddle containing tannin leached from a tree imparted some properties resulting in a basic level of durability. We know that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used leather sandals.

Historically tanning was a dirty, dangerous, difficult, and polluting industry that sometimes used carcinogenic chemicals and unpleasant natural products including human urine and dog poo. However that’s changed now and at least in the developed world, the industry has high standards with regards to staff health and safety and environmental issues – all of which form a significant part of Tanney management.

Stephen briefly explained some of the four main different types of tanning and their development and suitability for different uses. He explained that there have been huge advances in machinery and chemical and process technology over the past approx 150 years, and gave some examples. Although much of the developments have been labor-saving there have also been significant improvements in product quality, usefulness, and environmental aspects.

He explained how when he started his career there was a large tanning industry in NZ largely supported by government protection for the footwear industry, import controls, and export incentives. Now though, in the global economy much of the industry, particularly for finished leather has moved overseas, usually to countries where there are lower labour costs and/or lower environmental requirements and/or proximity to the market for finished leather goods. And these locations are constantly changing.


Havelock North Rotarians get a Tanning! 2022-03-31 11:00:00Z 0
New Downton Abbey Movie Opening Night with Hawkes Bay Rotary 2022-03-23 11:00:00Z 0

In-person Rotary Youth Exchanges to Resume 

It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since in-person exchanges were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, thousands of students have participated in engaging virtual exchanges, and club and district leaders have maintained their commitment to the program. Many districts are now preparing to resume in-person exchanges in 2022-23.
In-person Rotary Youth Exchanges to Resume 2022-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Give Every Child a Future 2022-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
Hawaiian Night at Rotary Hamilton East 2022-03-21 11:00:00Z 0

Cambridge Rotary get Parliamentary Award

Rotary Cambridge Urban Miners were recently awarded a national accolade at the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards held at Parliament.
Awarded the Community Group Award, this award recognises and honours a not-for-profit community group that contributes to enhancing the environmental and social aspects of their region and shows a strong sense of community spirit. 
There were three very strong finalists in this category and it is fantastic that the hard work and commitment from the whole Urban Miners family has been recognised on the National stage
Cambridge Rotary get Parliamentary Award 2022-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Conference Cancelled 2022-03-20 11:00:00Z 0
Maketu Rotary 2022-03-20 11:00:00Z 1
Rotary Taradale Celebrating 100 Years 2022-03-20 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Greenmeadows Examine the Stella Awards

3 Minute Speaker Peter Thompson introduced the Stella Awards – so named after American Stella Liebeck, at the time 79 years old, who was awarded $160,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages because she spilt a scalding cup of McDonald's coffee on her lap causing third-degree burns.
Just happens that she was in the passenger seat of a car holding the cup between her knees. McDonald's and Liebeck settled out of court but the Stella Awards have since been published annually to the most laughable legal claims such as:
Rotary Greenmeadows Examine the Stella Awards 2022-03-06 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Waipukurau Listen to The Profit Club

Guest speakers David Trim and Roger Smith were introduced by Jane Clouston.
David has 25 years of experience in management positions, both employed and self-employed, and a wealth of practical experience as a director and shareholder in six local businesses.
Roger comes from a 25-year career in marketing and advertising and in 2008 he established his own consultancy advising and mentoring owners of small to medium-sized businesses.
David and Roger teamed up to develop a mentoring business that creates groups of like-minded people who meet fortnightly to share their ideas and concerns with the aim of helping each other succeed in their businesses. This is a subsidised service supported by the HBDC and CHBDC and meets on Thursdays in Waipukurau.
Rotary Waipukurau Listen to The Profit Club 2022-03-06 11:00:00Z 0

Sacred Heart College Rotary Interact Meeting

The Sacred Heart College Interact meeting was held on Tuesday and a presentation was given by Debbie Monahan CEO, and Belinda Sleight Community Liaison, from Biodiversity HB.
The focus of the presentation was The Gap at Westshore and the desire to restore it back to how it might once have been.
The Gap is the 10-section wide area at Westshore (The Esplanade) where there are no houses; it is house-free due to it being the approach for the cross runway at Napier airport. The area is one of the only largely unmodified gravel beach areas in Napier and is rare throughout the HB coastline. 
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Attend Rotary International Convention IN PERSON!!! 2022-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
A Thought from Kawerau Rotary 2022-03-05 11:00:00Z 0

Wild Polio Case Detected in Malawi

Wild polio case detected in Malawi.

As an imported case from Pakistan, this detection of type 1 wild poliovirus in Malawi does not affect the WHO African region’s wild polio-free certification status.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has confirmed a case of type 1 wild poliovirus (WPV1) in a child suffering from paralysis in Malawi. Analysis has shown the virus is genetically linked to WPV1 that had circulated in Pakistan’s Sindh province.
Wild Polio Case Detected in Malawi 2022-03-05 11:00:00Z 0

Taradale and Greenmeadows Rotarians, People of Action

During the first week of January, some 23 Taradale and Greenmeadows Rotarians, together with Camp Kaitawa Trust members, friends and family gathered at Camp Kaitawa, Lake Waikaremoana for the annual repairs and maintenance working bee.
During the morning, jobs were carried out and ticked off, and then during the afternoons and evenings, there was time for swimming, kayaking, reading, resting, games, chatter, fun & laughter.
Taradale and Greenmeadows Rotarians, People of Action 2022-03-05 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Cambridge's Ruapehu Cycling Weekend

Join us for an overnight, two-day cycle tour in the Ruapehu District. The plan is to do the Ohakune Old Coach Road ride on Saturday 30th and the Fishers Track on Sunday 1st May.

We would base ourselves in Owhango and stay the Saturday night in the Owhango Hotel or overflow accommodation in the area. Bike shuttles will be arranged for both days.

  • Accommodation – Owhango Hotel Saturday 30th
  • Bike transfers to and from for both tracks with Kiwi Mountain Bikes who run out of the Owhango Hotel
  • Dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning provided at the Hotel

Package price $205 per person for all of the above.

Rotary Cambridge's Ruapehu Cycling Weekend 2022-03-05 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's New Member of the Month, Cambridge's David Partis

Roger Hill introduced our guest speaker David Partis.
David gave his New Member speech and covered various aspects of his life up to today.
He is turning 60 this year and gave us an update to his life, born in Auckland and grew up there.
David has lived in Owhango in the Ruapehu, Melbourne for 3 years and has finally settled in Cambridge.
David and Suzanne have 3 Grandchildren and enjoy campervanning and visiting their children and grandchildren in Auckland and Melbourne.
Rollo thanked David for his speech and wished him well.
Rotary's New Member of the Month, Cambridge's David Partis 2022-03-05 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Afghani Evacuee Project 

Salaam alaikum. After the overthrow of the government in August 2021, Afghani interpreters who had an affiliation with the NZ Defence Force were evacuated from Kabul and flown to Auckland where they stayed until homes were found in the cities of their choice; this being Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch.
Homes are sourced by the Government, which also provide hard furnishings. In Hamilton, Waikato Refugee Forum has the contract to settle the evacuees, with Red Cross providing high needs support.
Rotary is involved in providing crockery, cutlery, bed linen, etc.
Rotary Afghani Evacuee Project  2022-03-05 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Announces that Pakistan has been Polio Free for 12 Months

27 January 2022 marks the first time in Pakistan’s history that a year has passed with no new cases.

Article by PDG Bob Aitken, Rotary End Polio Now Coordinator

January 27 was a red-letter day for Pakistan – Polio free for 12 months!

The welcome good news continues in the wake of ongoing successful vaccination campaigns in that country and neighbouring Afghanistan.

Rotary Announces that Pakistan has been Polio Free for 12 Months 2022-02-24 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Polio Success in Numbers

                                        POLIO NEWS                                        JUNE 2022

Wild Poliovirus in 2022 (2021)*

Global Total:     12 (5 last year)

Circulating Vaccine Derived Poliovirus in 2021 year-to-date (2020 totals)*

Global Total:   51 (484 last year)

*Data as of 15th March 2022. The numbers in brackets represent data at totals for 2021.

Breakdown by country
Polio this week

Rotary's Polio Success in Numbers 2022-02-22 11:00:00Z 0

Prepare for the District Training Assembly April 30th

Your club officers will benefit from the leadership and team-building skills they’ll learn during their upcoming district training assembly.
They’ll also hear about new district initiatives and how districts can support club innovations.
Your District Training Assembly will be held via Zoom. Connection details to follow.
Prepare for the District Training Assembly April 30th 2022-02-22 11:00:00Z 0

Ian Wilmot of the Lowe Corporation Rescue 
Helicopter Service speaks to Rotary

Ian provided the history of the local helicopter rescue service starting in the late 1960s when the helicopters used were primarily crop sprayers and the patients needed to be strapped into a stretcher mounted on the helicopter skids.
The paramedic would sit in an adjacent seat in the cockpit but communication with the patient was almost impossible given the engine noise and the wind. By 1971 the local agricultural helicopters were attending between 20 and 30 rescues each year.
1984 saw the establishment of the Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust (HBHRT) comprising representatives from the Porangahau Diving Club, Waimarama Surf Club, Police, Civil Defence and others. While originally established primarily for water rescues, in 1989 the service expanded to include patient transfers, police searches, accident recovery and marine emergencies using a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter.
Ian Wilmot of the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service speaks to Rotary 2022-02-22 11:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Rotary 2022-02-22 11:00:00Z 0
Greenmeadows Rotary's Champion 2022-02-22 11:00:00Z 0

Get Rotary Global Grant Advice

Not all clubs have experience with global grants.
Members of the Rotary Club of East Lansing, Michigan, USA, in District 6360, felt overwhelmed by what they perceived as a complicated process.
With the help of Karen Parkhurst, a member of the District 7120 (New York, USA) resource network, the East Lansing club developed its first global grant.
Thinking creatively to find support helped the club launch an international service project.
Get Rotary Global Grant Advice 2022-02-22 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Creates Environments of Peace

Peace is fundamental to Rotary's mission. In a time of heightened tensions and uncertainties due to COVID-19 and other factors, it is critically important that we work together to create environments where peace can thrive.
Our members are addressing the underlying causes of conflict every day through service projects and peace fellowships and scholarships.
February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month. This month, take advantage of some of the many ways to get involved in peace through Rotary.
Rotary Creates Environments of Peace 2022-02-22 11:00:00Z 0

Jose Aparico Made Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Napier

In 2020 the Rotary Club of Napier Donated $6000 to Project Prima Volta Trust. 
The Trust was formed in Hawkes Bay to train teenagers in the art of Opera. The Director of PPV, Anna Pierard was recognised with a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2020.
In 2021 the club wished to acknowledge the work of Jose Aparicio (Anna’s husband) by recognising him as a Paul Harris Fellow.
The recognition of a Paul Harris Fellow is one of the highest honours that a Rotary Club can bestow upon a person, member or non-member.
It acknowledges and expresses appreciation to individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name of US$1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Jose’s award was funded by a Napier Rotary Club member.
Jose Aparico Made Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Napier 2022-02-02 11:00:00Z 0
From Nina de Lange and Rotary Tauranga Te Papa 2022-01-31 11:00:00Z 1

Big Brother, Big Sister @ Rotary Taradale

Guest Speaker/Programme Kath Boyd - “Big Brother, Big Sister”
Kath was introduced by Clive Adams as the programme manager for a key mentoring programme in our community – “Big Brother, Big Sister”
In 1904, a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter observed more and more boys come through his courtroom.
He recognised that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteer mentors.
At about the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court.
The first Aotearoa New Zealand Big Brothers Big Sisters programme was established in Dannevirke, where the first mentoring match was made in November 1996. 
Big Brother, Big Sister @ Rotary Taradale 2022-01-29 11:00:00Z 0
ROTARY DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2022 2022-01-28 11:00:00Z 0
Visit Rotary Headquarters Evanston USA, Free of Charge 2022-01-28 11:00:00Z 0

Irish Rotary Update from Taradale Rotary

"I went into the confessional box after many years of being away from the Catholic Church.
"Inside I found a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On one wall, there was a row of decanters with fine Irish whiskey and Waterford crystal glasses. "On the other wall was a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates.
Irish Rotary Update from Taradale Rotary 2022-01-28 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary International President Elect Outlines Her Year

Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world.

Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, revealed the 2022-23 presidential theme, Imagine Rotary, as she urged people to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality.

“Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told incoming district governors on 20 January, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

Rotary International President Elect Outlines Her Year 2022-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Wairoa Like Many in BBQ Mode 2022-01-27 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness in Tauranga

Now entering its 4th year in the Bay of Plenty RYDA planning for 2022 is well underway with now Six Rotary clubs forming our Rotary Collective.
All actively supporting and funding the delivery of RYDA courses to our Year 12’s, from Paeroa down to Papamoa.
Young people continue to be overrepresented in road deaths and serious injuries. RYDA is the leading and only national road safety education programme for youth in New Zealand, providing young people with the skills and strategies they need to stay safe on the roads.
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness in Tauranga 2022-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
Rotarians in the Making? 2022-01-27 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Matamata Hear Polio Update

Guest Speaker   Michelle Tanner updating on GECAF and Polio Eradication
Peter T introduced Michelle, but as he said, she has been a member of our club since 2008, President 2016/17, started Interact at Matamata College, been on District Foundation for years and is now Chair, and a firm advocate for GECAF (give every child a future) so we know Michelle!! 
Michelle started by giving us some history on Polio, there are images dating it back to 1400BC. What differs it from other viruses is that humans are the only host. Children are at most risk, and whilst it has a very high infection rate 95% of people will not show symptoms.
Rotary Matamata Hear Polio Update 2022-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Havelock North and Eyecare for Africa 2022-01-27 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's ShelterBox , an Update on Tonga

Kia ora,
As you may be aware, ShelterBox’s Emergency Response Team has been closely monitoring the situation in Tonga ever since news of the volcano and tsunami emerged. 

After much investigation and consultation with local partners to better understand the situation and scale of unmet need, it has been decided today that ShelterBox will not be responding in Tonga.

Rotary's ShelterBox , an Update on Tonga 2022-01-27 11:00:00Z 0

Tauranga Sunrise Rotary – A Pair of Socks for Tauranga

Tauranga Sunrise Rotary – A Pair of Socks for Tauranga
– Michele Beaton, Environment Committee – Jan 2022
When asked about the challenges to our oceans, Jacques Cousteau, ocean explorer and scuba-diving pioneer, once said that the biggest was that the air-sea interface was opaque. This hides both the complex marine ecology human beings depend on and the hugely damaging impact of their activities, which include using oceans as a rubbish tip, and retards understanding of the issues. Stormwater runoff is a major source of marine pollutants.
Tauranga Sunrise Rotary – A Pair of Socks for Tauranga 2022-01-26 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary's One Million Masks 2022-01-24 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Kondiki Tanzania Update

Rotary D9930 support for the Kondiki dairy plant in the community of Mwika has continued to gather strength, amidst the headwinds of COVID-19.
Thanks to improvements in plant and equipment, processing, marketing, and overall business management systems, the Dairy is now processing all its daily purchased raw milk, nearing 5,000 litres.
Rotary Kondiki Tanzania Update 2022-01-23 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Thoughts are with Tonga

Kia ora,

It's a very anxious and unsettling time right now for anyone with family and links to Tonga.

Here at ShelterBox New Zealand, we continue to send our thoughts and Aroha to the Tongan community, following Saturday's underwater volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami.

Rotary's Thoughts are with Tonga 2022-01-17 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Stortford Lodge Reviews its Membership Criteria 2022-01-13 11:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Rotary Araceli

The Rotary Club of Kawerau was pleased to welcome Araceli into membership at their Christmas night.
Araceli is originally from the Philippines and has been living in Kawerau for 35 years with her husband and son.
Araceli has a long work history as a Migrant Interpreter for a Finance Company. She is still working but her husband has now retired. Araceli has always been a hard-working community person and has been involved in areas such as the Kawerau Community Board.
She is also very active in tramping, bush walking and harriers.
She has wanted to join Rotary for some time and meeting up with President Lynette at the Covid Jabs Project provided a golden opportunity to discuss it with her and she is very excited to have this chance to continue working for our community.
Welcome to Rotary Araceli 2022-01-13 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group

Happy New Year to you and your District, 9930.
Because of the far-reaching impact of Covid-19, Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group’s work is needed now more than ever. 
World Vision released a report last year on the impact of Covid-19, providing the following statistics:
  • 13.6 million more children will suffer from wasting or acute malnutrition by 2022 due to COVID-19 impacts
  • Children suffering from wasting are 11 times more likely to die from preventable diseases than those that are well-nourished.
  • The impacts of childhood malnutrition can last a lifetime, harming their ability to learn, earn and reach their full potential as adults, which also has significant economic implications, nationally and globally.
Please could you share this email with all clubs in your District?  We’d welcome the opportunity to present to these clubs so that they can learn more about us and how they can have an immediate impact.
Rotary's Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group 2022-01-13 11:00:00Z 0
It's Reflection Time For Our District Governor 2022-01-01 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's New Member of the Month

Rotary Whakatane's new member, Trudy McKinnon grew up in Opotiki.
After an O.E. in London, she returned home in 1994. She experimented with several careers from fashion, sports massage and lifeguarding.
Moved to Cambridge and this is where her love of real estate began, with Harcourts Cambridge which she loved. In 2010 she decided it was time to come home as her mum is here.
She had a short stint at Rosita’s and then White Island tours. Whilst there she wrote a small book called Peter the Great (The White Island Cat), which has raised approx $2,000 for kids’ cancer over the past few years.
She then decided to give real estate another go and here she is, 10 years later. She lives with a standard poodle called LOLA and 2 ginger cats…. Kevin and Mickey
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Te Aroha Rotary Well on Track 2021-12-31 11:00:00Z 0

Environment is Rotary International’s 7th Area of Focus.

Rotary Greenmeadow's guest speaker – Lynne Anderson (Ahuriri Rotary Club and chair of the Hawkes Bay Environmental Committee) gave an informative presentation on all matters environmental both locally and internationally. Protecting the Environment is Rotary International’s 7th area of focus.
Rotary International's Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) was set up in Sao Paulo in 2015 to become the voice of Rotary on the environment. It currently has members in 75 countries and in 12 Regional Global Chapters. Oceania comprises Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and totals 1380 Rotary clubs and over 42,000 Rotarians
Environment is Rotary International’s 7th Area of Focus. 2021-12-31 11:00:00Z 0

A Merry Rotary Covid-19  Christmas from Papamoa

Twas the night before Christmas, but Covid was here, so we all had to stay extra cautious this year.
Our masks were all hung by the chimney with care in case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.
With Covid, we couldn't leave cookies or cake So we left Santa hand sanitiser to take.
The children were sleeping, the brave little tots the ones over 12 had just had their first shots,
And mom in her kerchief and me in my cap Had just settled in for a long winter's nap.
A Merry Rotary Covid-19 Christmas from Papamoa 2021-12-30 11:00:00Z 0

Why Rotary has to get its Public Image Right.

A quick hunt in your search engine will provide the following definitions of Public Image:

  • Ideas the public has about a person or an organisation;

  • The opinion that many people have of a person;                                                                                                                      
  • An image of something that is not a true representation of reality.

Is this what we want to portray – something that isn’t a true representation of what Rotary is?

Why Rotary has to get its Public Image Right. 2021-12-30 11:00:00Z 0

Make Rotary Thrive in 2022

At this time of year, my thoughts are turning towards New Year’s resolutions.

The festive season is a perfect time to reflect on the year that’s been and make plans for the year ahead. As we approach 2022, I hope you will resolve to do even more to Grow Rotary in our region.

These are the resolutions I hope you will make to help Rotary thrive:

  1. Enhance the member experience – Every member comes to Rotary with needs and expectations. We need to focus on delivering an experience that meets those needs and delivers value to individual members. Commit to creating a more member-centric club.
Make Rotary Thrive in 2022 2021-12-30 11:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Donation from The Rotary Club of Greenmeadows

Two members of the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows – Alan White and Denise Brown were responsible for the major collection and handover of Christmas hampers to five families referred to the club by the Napier Salvation Army.
The final combined handover for the five families (comprising 25 parents and children)  was 17 hampers. In addition to the hampers, there were six Christmas bags of personal gifts for each individual in the family.
In addition, one family received a family pass voucher to the Ocean Spa, and nine KMart vouchers were donated totalling $345. 
Salvation Army Donation from The Rotary Club of Greenmeadows 2021-12-30 11:00:00Z 0

The ShelterBox + Rotary Story

We'd also like to remind you that we are available to deliver presentations to Rotary Clubs in 2022.
If we can't come to your Club in person, we're happy to connect virtually.

Over recent months, ShelterBox New Zealand Board Member, Peggy Carlaw, has delivered many virtual presentations to her local clubs.
Check out what she had to say about her experience:

The ShelterBox + Rotary Story 2021-12-24 11:00:00Z 0
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from District 9930 2021-12-24 11:00:00Z 0

How to Double the Size of Your Rotary Club in 60 Minutes.

David Higgs faced a challenge when he took over as the president of the Rotary Club of Henderson, Texas, USA.
The club was down to less than 20 members and fewer than a dozen attended weekly meetings.
That’s when he came up with a plan, including encouraging club members to make a big deal of their installation dinner and work together to invite 100 people to the event.
Read about how their efforts helped double the number of members in a blog post for Rotary
How to Double the Size of Your Rotary Club in 60 Minutes. 2021-12-24 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary says Leave No Girl Behind

In his address to the Rotary International Convention in June 2021, Shekhar Mehta urged Rotary members to put improving girls’ futures at the forefront of their work.
Mehta made empowering girls one of his presidential initiatives, and his focus is particularly timely. Women continue to face economic hurdles, declining levels of political participation, and challenges in the workplace, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the things that has extended the amount of time that experts estimate it will take to close the gender gap. Read what Rotary is doing to empower girls and women.
Rotary says Leave No Girl Behind 2021-12-24 11:00:00Z 0

50 000 Rotarians Smashed The World Record

This photo was taken OnThisDay 7 years ago! 50 000 Rotarians smashed the world record for the largest human flag after certification,
literally flying the flag to keep India polio-free. 
50 000 Rotarians Smashed The World Record 2021-12-21 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Says Critical Polio Vaccination Resumes Across Afghanistan 

For the first time in more than three years, nationwide polio immunization campaigns resumed across Afghanistan reaching 8.5 million children, including 2.4 million children who were previously inaccessible.
Campaigns were conducted nationwide in November and December.
The December campaign was synchronized with the campaign in Pakistan to improve cross-border polio eradication efforts.
Rotary Says Critical Polio Vaccination Resumes Across Afghanistan 2021-12-21 11:00:00Z 0
Join Rotary and Do Good in the World 2021-12-16 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas Carols Song Sheet.

Just click on the picture above to download this song sheet.
Ideal for your Christmas Party
Courtesy of the Website team
Christmas Carols Song Sheet. 2021-12-09 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Outward Bound Scholarship Winner - Maui Hunt

Maui Hunt's story of his experience at Outward Bound: Anakiwa            
It started with an early rise at 6.30 am on the 5th July 2021. I travelled by myself to the Wellington airport to jump onto another plane to Picton. A van ride to Picton ferry, and a calm ferry ride across. I landed in Anakiwa at 10.30 that night.
It was a great experience. The trip was designed to gain life skills, meet people and work with different people from around NZ, and experience the outdoors. Most of what we had to do was quite easy, but to some, it might have been challenging. With my experience jumping off the McLarens falls bridge I didn’t fear the 22m of a cliff into the water. I recognised some needed some help and I encouraged them to jump. It was COLD!
Rotary Outward Bound Scholarship Winner - Maui Hunt 2021-12-06 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Takes Part in Climate Summit

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta joined the Rotary delegation to the 26th United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on 10 November to explore ways Rotary can work on environmental challenges, including by restoring mangroves, a crucial ecosystem that can mitigate the effects of climate change in coastal areas.

The climate summit, also known as COP26 (short for Conference of the Parties), brought together nearly 100 heads of state and governments over a two-week period to set new targets for fossil fuel emissions. This was Rotary’s first time at the annual conference.

Rotary Takes Part in Climate Summit 2021-12-06 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Advocating for Education

Rotary’s relationship with the Global Partnership for Education is already having an impact, as incoming district governors learned at the International Assembly in January.

“Together we are changing the lives of girls and other vulnerable children in the poorest corners of the world,” said Alice P. Albright, the organization’s chief executive officer, in her remarks about the relationship, formed in April 2020.

“Rotary has a unique voice and standing on the global stage and in virtually every country. You can use that voice to advocate for more resources and then work with government leaders to ensure that they are distributed equitably.”

Rotary Advocating for Education 2021-12-06 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise Install Defibrillator

On Wednesday 17 November, a defibrillator was installed at East Pier.
This gift was funded by the Rotary Club of Ahuriri Sunrise and partly paid for by a grant from the Rotary District 9930 Foundation Grants Committee.
With East Pier being the ‘home’ of Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise and not having a defibrillator, this gift was seen as a worthy contribution to both East Pier and Ahuriri.
Thank you John and Graeme for the installation and thank you to everyone who helped pay for it.
Photo: John Pickering and Sunrise President Graeme Dickey.
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise Install Defibrillator 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Taradale Flying in the Outback

Stephen went to Australia because of a shortage of jobs in the NZ small plane industry, caused by few routes needing small plane transport, an example being Great Barrier Island.
He was first based in Kununnura, Western Australia, home of the famous Bungle Bungles. He worked as an instructor at Newcastle Waters Station (30,000 square kilometres), teaching farmers and station personnel to fly.
He was next employed for 14 months as a charter plane pilot on the Gove Peninsula, home to many Aboriginal people.
The Rotary Club of Taradale Flying in the Outback 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

Greetings From Our Merry District Governor

December already – and nearly half of the Rotary year has passed.  I’ve been impressed with the resilience of many Clubs,
who, despite the Covid restrictions, still held community events, fundraising projects,
and many gatherings where the Rotary flag has been flying high.
Greetings From Our Merry District Governor 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Cake sent to Evanston For Investigation

At this point, Secret Santa’s Greenmeadows elves appeared out of the blue, and produced a handsome suspect “Rotary” birthday cake to the complete surprise of President Jenny who, as it happened, was celebrating a birthday!
Some speculated that it represented ¾ of a century (but your scribe does not believe that!) At this point, it was realised that we had no meal prepared for us at the venue, and so we quickly adjourned to the Thai Lotus Restaurant out in the main street and enjoyed a splendid meal and a glass of wine - or three. And we had the cake and ate it too!
Rotary Cake sent to Evanston For Investigation 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cambridge a Chip off the Old Block? 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise Visit Seafarers

Gail introduced her son Andrew Spence and together they outlined The late Reverend Dr Richard Spence’s involvement with both the Port of Napier as Chaplain and his dedication and service to the Seafarers Centre. 
The need for some shore services has always existed for seamen often away from home for 8 or more months at sea.
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise Visit Seafarers 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Season's Greetings from The Rotary Foundation 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Ahuriri Finds Alternative Method of Sales 2021-11-23 11:00:00Z 0

Hawke's Bay Rotarians go to the Movies

Over 145 Rotarians and friends joined to see the Hawke's Bay premier of The Duke.
The venue was the Reading Cinema, Napier and the movie was very well received.
Set in 1961, it follows the story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first and remains the only, theft in the Gallery's history.
The evening raised $2,243 for the elimination of polio worldwide. Proceeds will be forwarded to the District 9930 Rotary Foundation in the name of all the Rotary clubs in Hastings and Napier.
Hawke's Bay Rotarians go to the Movies 2021-11-23 11:00:00Z 0

Taradale Rotary Club Supports Rotary's 7th Area of Focus 

Taradale Rotary Club members, partners and friends, recently had a one-off opportunity of visiting the Cape Sanctuary. The Cape Sanctuary is privately owned and located at Cape Kidnappers. Relying on private funding and a large number of committed volunteers, the Cape is a model for sustainable conservation.
It combines commercial farming, tourism and forestry with community lead conservation.  The area covers approximately 2,500 hectares of private land, including a 10.6km predator-proof fence, is home to a number of endangered species that have been reintroduced to the Sanctuary, and many native species are thriving within this area.
Taradale Rotary Club Supports Rotary's 7th Area of Focus 2021-11-21 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary In Action

Two dedicated Whakatane Rotarians in action. Brent Willetts & Scottie McLeod
Rotary In Action 2021-11-20 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Tauranga Te Papa's "Race of the Chicks"

Believe it or not, this “race of the chicks” (no.. not our ladies… the wind-up ones) determined the order for having the sweets course.
Apparently, it is a rule – what happens at lunch stays at lunch!
There is the promise that “a journo” might be able to attend in future but the content would be approved before publication.
They are all winners in my book – Rotary in action!
Rotary Tauranga Te Papa's "Race of the Chicks" 2021-11-20 11:00:00Z 0

Michelle Tanner Blooms at Thames  Rotary

Guest Speaker – Michelle Tanner from Matamata kept us on the edge of our seats with her great presentation (even had Thames Rotary in the title slide!). 
Rotary started its campaign to eradicate Polio from the world in 1979. 
In 1985 we got the World Health Organisation, United Nations International Children Emergency Fund and Centre for Disease Control on board. 
Michelle Tanner Blooms at Thames Rotary 2021-11-19 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Lake Taupo Hear District Membership Chair

Guest Speaker - 
Johnny Dryden, Chair, Rotary District Membership
Johnny Dryden has set some goals on growing membership in line with our International President’s theme of ‘each one bring one’.
Johnny highlighted the fact that there will be prospective members waiting for us to invite them to join our club, and start serving their community in a different way.
He highlighted the fact that our club already has a number of outstanding projects/ community events.  
Rotary Lake Taupo Hear District Membership Chair 2021-11-19 11:00:00Z 0
Snippet from Rotary Papamoa 2021-11-19 11:00:00Z 0

Napier Rotary Zooms in to Interplast

Elizabeth spoke to us by Zoom.
She spoke about Interplast, the incredible Rotary programme that sends medical volunteers to third world countries and islands in the South Pacific to perform free plastic surgery on children and young people.
Most of the patients have either cleft palates or burn injuries.
These medical teams also train local doctors and nurses on surgical procedures so that this life-changing surgery can continue long after the volunteers have left.
Napier Rotary Zooms in to Interplast 2021-11-18 11:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Handbook

RYLA handbook is now available in languages!

Each year, approximately 50,000 young leaders gain the knowledge and skills they need to make real change locally and globally through participation in a RYLA event!
To better support RYLA organizers, we are excited to announce the launch of a brand new RYLA Handbook, available now in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. In this resource, you will find step-by-step guidance to support the development of safe, meaningful and fun RYLA programs for all participants.
New Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Handbook 2021-11-18 11:00:00Z 0
Professor Michael Baker to Address Napier Rotary 2021-11-18 11:00:00Z 0

Nominate Your Outstanding Rotaract Project
 for a Rotary Prize

Every year, Rotary International recognizes the top Rotaract projects around the world in the Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards.
One club and multi-club group receiving top honors will each be awarded US$1000 to support their projects.
Nominations are now open through 1 February 2022. 
Nominate Your Outstanding Rotaract Project  for a Rotary Prize 2021-11-18 11:00:00Z 0

Share Your  Rotary Service-Learning Journey in the 2021 Interact Awards!

Explore Rotary's new service-learning resources with your Interact club!
After applying service-learning to your club experience, submit a video, photos, and/or essay showcasing your club's service-learning journey to the Interact Awards
Submit your nominations by 1 December 2021 for a chance to be named "Best Video," "Best Photo," or "Best Essay" and receive funds to support your Interact club's next project. 
Share Your Rotary Service-Learning Journey in the 2021 Interact Awards! 2021-11-18 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Taradale and Shelterbox

Report of ShelterBox Quiz Night;
Thursday 28 October 2021
On Thursday 28 October, the Taradale Rotary Club and Claire Connor (ShelterBox NZ Ambassador/Volunteer & Rotary District 9930 ShelterBox Representative) organised a ‘’Shine for ShelterBox NZ’’ Dinner and Quiz Night at the Taradale RSA.
It was a night full of fun and laughter, and an opportunity to not only raise valuable funds for families in need but to also raise awareness and encourage people to ‘’get together to brighten lives’’.
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Papamoa Rotary Advice on Curtain Rods

On the first day, he sadly packed his belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases.
On the second day, he had the movers come and collect his things.
On the third day, he sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining-room table, by candlelight; he put on some soft background music and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of spring-water. When he'd finished, he went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimps dipped in caviar into the hollow centre of the curtain rods.
Papamoa Rotary Advice on Curtain Rods 2021-11-05 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Days of Service 2021-11-05 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Stortford Lodge Told to  Eat Less Salt

This week’s guest speaker was Heidi Geertson.
She has been a dietitian for 23 years; the majority of this time has been at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.
She has been a Renal Dietitian for the last 13 years. She talked about the role of sodium in contributing to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
The average Kiwi consumes 2tsp of salt per day while the daily recommended intake of salt is 1tsp.
Rotary Stortford Lodge Told to  Eat Less Salt 2021-11-05 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Greenmeadows Lifts the Lid.

Guest Speaker Adrian Gregory was introduced by past DG Grant Spackman.
Adrian immigrated with his wife Ann from the UK in 2012 to work as a consultant in the health sector.
They chose to reside in Otaki because of the lifestyle, climate and community.
Adrian is a past president of the Otaki Rotary Club and is currently Secretary to the 9940 District Board.
Rotary Greenmeadows Lifts the Lid. 2021-11-05 11:00:00Z 0

Greetings From Our Dedicated District Governor

November is Foundation Month.  The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s charity of choice.  Thank you to all those club members and clubs that have contributed to the Rotary Foundation.  I know many Clubs are making plans for their donations, please send them through as soon as possible so they can be processed.
Greetings From Our Dedicated District Governor 2021-11-04 11:00:00Z 0

Te Aroha Rotary Hear About an Epic Flight

Barry and Sandra Payne (BAZ flyers) have circumnavigated the world in a small single-engine aircraft.
Leaving their home airport of Taupo they flew over Australia to Japan where the weather problems delayed them three days.
Their next stop was Myachikoro Airport Moscow before heading into Alaska. From there they headed down to the United States and across to New York, and the OshKosh aerodrome and air display was their next port of call where there were 1500 aircraft.
Te Aroha Rotary Hear About an Epic Flight 2021-11-04 11:00:00Z 0

More  Events to Celebrate World Polio Day

Here are some other events Rotary members planned to celebrate World Polio Day this year:
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.
More Events to Celebrate World Polio Day 2021-11-04 11:00:00Z 0

Nurturing a New Rotary Club

Nurturing new clubs.
Take a course in the Learning Center for best practices on guiding new clubs during their formative years.

New club supporters can learn their roles for helping new clubs achieve success.

This course provides best practices for guiding new clubs during their formative years.

Nurturing a New Rotary Club 2021-10-29 11:00:00Z 0

Wild Polio Cases down to TWO, Thank You Rotary

World Polio Day program shares progress

So far in 2021, only two cases of wild polio have been reported — the lowest circulation of the disease ever — with one infection each in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two countries where polio remains endemic.
Global health experts expressed their optimism that Rotary’s goal of ridding the world of polio is within reach, during a 2021 Online Global Update.
The 30-minute program, “Delivering on our Promise of a Polio-Free World,” provided encouraging information about the progress we are making and discussed the remaining challenges in the fight to end polio. Learn more
Wild Polio Cases down to TWO, Thank You Rotary 2021-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
A Lovely Rotary Story from Interplast NZ 2021-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meets The Duke 2021-10-28 11:00:00Z 0

1 Million Masks from Rotary

Across the world members of our organisation have been working with communities and health authorities to communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19. This has been achieved through donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are stretched beyond capacity because of the pandemic. Members globally are also ramping up efforts to help communities navigate the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary’s goodwill, community connections, strategic partnerships and innovation can all support the effort to protect communities from COVID-19.
1 Million Masks from Rotary 2021-10-15 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's World Polio Day

“Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, almost 19 million people are walking today
who would have otherwise been paralysed.”
John Germ Past President, Rotary International
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Greetings From Our Busy Busy District Governor 2021-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
2022 Rotary Run The Runway 2021-10-05 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Tauranga Te Papa at Classic Flyers Museum 2021-10-04 11:00:00Z 0

Ken Haines  from the the JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund

Malcolm introduced our Guest Speaker, fellow Rotarian Ken Haines from the JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund
J.R. McKenzie established the Trust in 1938 as the owner of the McKenzie retail chain and as a Rotarian. The Trust was/is funded by property and farming and administered by Rotarians. 
The Objects of the Trust are in favour of the betterment of children’s education and welfare.
The money granted by the Trust is for school uniforms, clothing, footwear, spectacles, hearing aids, Epi-pens, camps, subject fees, transport costs, textbooks, stationery, phycological testing. 
Ken Haines from the the JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund 2021-10-03 11:00:00Z 0

Taradale Rotary is Benched

Recently a small group of Taradale Rotarians revisited park benches around the Taradale area and environs that had been installed by Rotary for the benefit of the community a number of years ago. Thanks to those who have been cleaning, sanding and repainting the benches - giving them a new lease of life.
There are still more to be done, so a work in progress as paint supplies permit. This bench was donated to Rotary by the Cruse Club, an organisation for widows. It was set up by members of the Club, particularly Dr Ted Morris in Dec1961 and was wound up 30 years later. There was a residual fund of $250 which was donated back to the club from which this seat was erected.
Taradale Rotary is Benched 2021-10-03 11:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Gisborne is Outward Bound

Guest Speaker: Isaiah Moran talked about his experiences at Outward Bound.
He thanked the club for making it possible for him to attend.
He was firstly motivated by his brother who had attended who was sponsored by the school. He also has a leadership role at school and felt outward Bound would give him some leadership skills.
in the middle of winter meant they were often cold and wet but never miserable. They ended up in a state of emergency with flooding and need to be evacuated back to the school and had to dig and sandbag to prevent try and reduce damage around the school.
The Rotary Club of Gisborne is Outward Bound 2021-10-03 11:00:00Z 0

Taradale Rotarians are Keeping in Step

On Saturday 18 Sept a good number of Taradale Rotarians kick-started their participation in the Rotary District 9930 Health Challenge for 2021/2022.
Some met at the Pettigrew Arena Carpark, Taradale, and biked 9 kilometers on the Hawke's Bay Rotary Pathways to the Puketapu Hotel (and return). Some had driven to the hotel and took the opportunity of walking for 20 minutes or so along the pathways.
Others drove and whilst they didn't necessarily participate in physical exercise, it was beneficial to all by enjoying coffees, scones, and catching up outside of a Club meeting.
Mental well-being was achieved. We look forward to welcoming all Rotarians, friends, and family at our next Health & Well-being catch-up on Saturday 9 October.
Taradale Rotarians are Keeping in Step 2021-10-03 11:00:00Z 0

Same Old Same Old Rotary Stories.

Have you noticed that articles from the same old clubs appear here month after month?
Well, that is because your own club does not send a copy of its weekly bulletin to us. It is just a matter of sending an extra copy to  That isn't very complicated, is it? And if your bulletin editor does that then your club is eligible for annual prizes. But more than that several people, including me can read them and share your club stories and achievements with the whole district.
District Governors have, for years, been asking club bulletin editors to do this. Easy eh?  we would love to hear about what you and your club get up to, really!!!
So give your club bulletin editor a good hard kick in the "Rotary" and tell them to add to their mailing list. It's up to you now!
Same Old Same Old Rotary Stories. 2021-10-03 11:00:00Z 0

Membership Mixture ~ Greenmeadows Rotary

In a somewhat unique moment, the Greenmeadows Rotary Club in Napier recently had four people join on one night when a few weeks of lockdown dropped to a lower level allowing such activity.
However, an interesting feature was the family connections and the international aspects of the inductions.
Membership Mixture ~ Greenmeadows Rotary 2021-10-03 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 9930 Requires a Fellowship Chair

Rotary District 9930 is looking for a Champion to promote and manage its Fellowships.
Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotary members who share a common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies, or professions.
They further their vocational development with others in the same profession or field and enhance their Rotary experience by exploring new opportunities and making connections around the world.
Rotary District 9930 Requires a Fellowship Chair 2021-09-28 11:00:00Z 0
Robyn Malcolm from Otumoetai Rotary Robyn Malcolm from Otumoetai Rotary 2021-09-23 12:00:00Z 0
Reshuffle at Rotary Te Awamutu 2021-09-23 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's World Gratitude Day

While COVID has presented challenges to Interplast’s work, and to the lives of so many, we are reflecting today on all that we have to be grateful for.
We are grateful and immensely proud of our volunteers who, throughout this worldwide health crisis, have continued to deliver essential training, one-on-one mentoring sessions, live stream webinars and remote case planning to our international colleagues across the Asia Pacific region.
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The History of Rotary's Emergency Response Kits

Rotary New Zealand’s sole humanitarian first response for those left homeless following cyclones and floods is the Emergency Response Kit (ERK). Established in 1983 the original “fill your own” wooden Emergency Box (EMBOX) with second-hand goods replicated a scheme that had been operating in the United Kingdom by Rotary since 1971.
Early in 2009 devastating floods in Fiji saw 150 Boxes distributed from stock held in Lautoka with a further 300 flown in from Auckland. In September of that same year, in Samoa, some 3,200 people were made homeless following a devastating Tsunami. Rotary New Zealand responded within hours with 400 Boxes.
The History of Rotary's Emergency Response Kits 2021-09-22 12:00:00Z 0

Building A Vibrant Successful Rotary Club

I have copied a report on a Zoom Meeting held by Cambridge Rotary recently. 
The speaker was Dave Harmon from Australia - he also spoke at our PI Zoom Meeting last night (for Australasian DGEs, DGNs and PI Chairs) - I think what he says has a lot of merits:
Bill Robinson introduced Dave Harmon of Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary Club and handed the meeting over to him.
Building A Vibrant Successful Rotary Club was the topic of Bill’s presentation. He showed that membership tends to go in cycles that can easily be negative and spiral down unless action is taken.
Building A Vibrant Successful Rotary Club 2021-09-22 12:00:00Z 0

Havelock North Rotary and Driving Miss Daisy

GUEST SPEAKER – Melanie Harper was introduced by Ian Halford, advising that Melanie and her husband had established the business of Driving Miss Daisy in Havelock North.
Melanie advised that she and her husband Jack are the owners/directors of Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd which began in 2008 with one car. Now there are 255 vehicles throughout the country and it is her plan to have a “Daisy” in every town in New Zealand.
It is now an international franchise, beginning in the UK in 2014 and was to be in Australia this year but given the Covid pandemic, the legal papers were never signed. It is also hoped to get the business going in Europe.
Havelock North Rotary and Driving Miss Daisy 2021-09-22 12:00:00Z 0
Curry and Old Time Music @ Rotary CANCELLED 2021-09-21 12:00:00Z 0

Take action for Rotary World Polio Day: 24 October

Every year, the Rotary community mobilizes for World Polio Day to raise awareness about global efforts to end polio for good. If we stay committed, we can make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

Plan your participation
Join the effort to ensure that every child receives the polio vaccine and help end polio by organizing a World Polio Day event or fundraiser or other promotional activities. One advantage of online events: They allow us to expand our reach even more and inspire others to join with Rotary.
Take action for Rotary World Polio Day: 24 October 2021-09-21 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary ShelterBox New Zealand September Update
September Update

We hope that you and your whānau are managing to stay safe and well.

Over recent weeks, many of us have had to re-adapt to working and studying online.  

That's why, this month, we thought we'd share the above photo - which shows our remote training in action. Last year, when Covid-19 made it impossible to travel abroad, we had to rethink our entire approach to how we conduct training overseas.
Here, you can see Lucy and Flora, from ShelterBox HQ, as they run through different techniques of how to use the items within our ShelterKit, with one of our in-field partners - Help (Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe). The Help team will then use their new skills to support displaced families in Burkina Faso. 
Rotary ShelterBox New Zealand September UpdateSeptember Update 2021-09-21 12:00:00Z 0

Whakatane Fire Brigade Vintage Fire Engine and Rotary

Whakatane Volunteer Fire Brigade Vintage Fire Engine: The gearbox has clapped out and the brigade has asked for our help.
Brent magnanimously offered the help of his son in law who is a diesel mechanic.
The vintage engine is used in the Whakatane Rotary Christmas Parade every year and carries the jolly old fella himself.
Whakatane Fire Brigade Vintage Fire Engine and Rotary 2021-09-21 12:00:00Z 0

Hear Abbas Nazari Speak on Monday September 6th. at Havelock North Rotary by Zoom

Brain Burrough mentioned at the Zoom meeting that we have been invited to join Havelock North Rotary’s Zoom meeting to hear Abbas Nazari speak on Monday, September 6th.
The meeting will commence at 5pm and conclude before 6pm.
One of the children on that fateful voyage, The Tampa, was Abbas Nazari who has now published a book about his childhood in Afghanistan and the circumstances which drove his parents to find a safer place for their family to live thousands of kilometres away.
Abbas and his family settled as refugees in New Zealand. Whist a specific RSVP is not requested, out of courtesy, please advise David Smith if you wish to join the meeting, particularly as there is a limit of 100 attendees. 
Hear Abbas Nazari Speak on Monday September 6th. at Havelock North Rotary by Zoom 2021-09-03 12:00:00Z 0

Te Awamutu Rotary From The Old Trunk Line to Zooming Away

Twenty-one members appeared on screen for the Zoom meeting.
Guest speakers were Carol-Lynn Hill (principal) and Ana Stites (senior teacher) to speak about Wharepapa South School. “Growing Happy and Successful Learners”
It was good to hear of the activities of the school from these two dedicated and enthusiastic teachers.
Wharepapa South is a rural school with 37 pupils and great community support. They spoke of teaching the children about caring for the environment, growing and cooking the vegetables from their school garden and caring for chickens.
Te Awamutu Rotary From The Old Trunk Line to Zooming Away 2021-09-03 12:00:00Z 0

Anjum Rahman Speaks to Morrinsville Rotary

Anjum Rahman was our Guest Speaker and she was inspiring.
She was born in India, lived in Canada for a brief period of time then at the age of 5 years arrived in Hamilton in 1972.
At Silverdale Primary School she was the only non-European child.
Their family was the first Muslim family to settle in Hamilton.
Anjum Rahman Speaks to Morrinsville Rotary 2021-09-02 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Whakatane Going For Gold (again)

Lisa Carrington, our brilliant Golden Girl from Ohope, New Zealand’s greatest ever Olympian.
3 Gold Medals at Tokyo to go with Gold in London and Gold & Bronze in Rio
Rotary Club of Whakatane Going For Gold (again) 2021-09-02 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gisborne Wins Outstanding Community Award

Pat Seymour on behalf of Life Education National Office presented President Ray with an Outstanding Community Award for the amount of support Rotary has provided since it was started in Gisborne.
Gisborne West was highly involved with getting it off the ground providing funding and expertise with ongoing support with management.
Rotary has continued to provide donations towards costs since this time with them being the major recipient of money raised in the Duck Race.
Rotary Gisborne Wins Outstanding Community Award 2021-09-02 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Kawerau Brewing Up a Storm!

A Night of Moonshining!!
Raewyn introduced Jean who entertained everyone telling us about the Eastern Bay Wine Makers and Brewers Club and introduced us to some of their treats.
Later in the year, they are going to host a nationwide meeting in Kawerau showing off and comparing their wines, beers and liqueurs.
President Lynette thought it would be fun if we learnt how to make liqueurs to be tasted and judged at our end-of-year meeting when they should be well matured
Rotary Kawerau Brewing Up a Storm! 2021-09-02 12:00:00Z 1

Rotary Stortford Lodge Rowing Teams

Hard at work, working up a sweat is the Rotary Stortford Lodge men's over 100kg Rowing Coxless Eights
Bitter determination and Tennent's Bitter Ale spurs the team to higher and higher attainments.
Finishing last again was put down to not having a boat.
Meanwhile, the women's sculling fours seemed all at sea around the scone table but managed to win First in Their Class (whatever class that was).
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Morrinsville Rotary Hear That like Mother Like Daughter

Last Meeting
We had 2 Speakers, a Mother and Daughter combination of Donna and Danika Bergersen.
Danika spoke of her experiences as BMX Rider. At the age of 12 years, she has done remarkably. She competed in her 1st race at the age of 7 years, came 1st at the Nationals at the age of 8 years.
Over recent years in 2020, she was 2nd at the North Island Championships and Waikato Regional Sportsperson of the Year in 2021 so far has taken out the South Island championships and 2nd at the Nationals.
Morrinsville Rotary Hear That like Mother Like Daughter 2021-09-01 12:00:00Z 0

Whakatane Rotary Car Rally ~ No 4 Way Test?

Shelley: Reminded us that the world-famous Whakatane Rotary Car Rally is scheduled for 16 & 17 October.
She needs the number confirmed by the end of next week and will be emailing the club for entries.
A fun event that is highly recommended.
Remember that what happens on the rally stays on the rally and the Four Way Test does not apply.
Whakatane Rotary Car Rally ~ No 4 Way Test? 2021-09-01 12:00:00Z 0
Greetings From Our Locked Down District Governor 2021-08-31 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Whakatane in Lockdown

A Day in the Life of an Essential Worker….
Chris Bullen Last year the government classified Radio 1XX as an Essential Service, which meant that announcers, journalists and a few key administration staff were required to maintain programming as much as possible. This resumed under Level 4 this August.
Over the past few weeks, I have presented the breakfast news, which has entailed driving through empty streets to arrive at 1XX by 5.15 am. Once inside the deserted building the first step is to use a sanitised wipe to clean all the door handles. Next, I wipe the computer keyboards and mice, then the telephone keyboards and handsets. Not so easy to wipe the microphone and headphones! The sanitizing may seem unnecessary but the government made it clear if we were to operate during the lockdown, we would have to take extra precautions.
Rotary Club of Whakatane in Lockdown 2021-08-30 12:00:00Z 0

Taradale Rotarians – Knitting for Interplast 

A number of months ago, Taradale Club President Claire Connor, shared a teddy knitting pattern at a Rotary Club meeting, and since then a number of Rotarians, and the odd non- Rotary supporter, have been busy knitting teddies for Elizabeth Wright at Interplast.
At last count, a total of 34 teddies have been knitted, stitched, stuffed and despatched and the ‘’Taradale Rotary Queen of Knitting’’ Kathy McQuade has completed around 25 teddies of those so far, and there are more in the making!  The teddies are given to children at the time of receiving life-changing surgery, from Interplast.
Taradale Rotarians – Knitting for Interplast    2021-08-29 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's ShelterBox Deploying to Haiti

Kia ora,

We hope that you and your family are managing to stay safe and well in your bubble amidst New Zealand's Level 4 lockdown.

At this time, as we are all reminded of the importance of having a safe place to call home, our thoughts turn to those in Haiti.

On Saturday, August 14th, Haiti was struck by a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake - damaging or destroying 137, 000 homes.
Rotary's ShelterBox Deploying to Haiti 2021-08-27 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Interplast ~ A Good Story
A good News Story

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Interplast and its volunteers across Australia & New Zealand continue to provide life-changing care to patients. Interplast is providing virtual training and remote mentoring to surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals in 24 developing nations.
With the support of Interplast and Rotary, doctors like Bhutanese Sonam Jamtsho continue to receive necessary training and mentorship, which enables him to continue changing the lives of Bhutanese patients in desperate need.
Rotary and Interplast ~ A Good StoryA good News Story 2021-08-26 12:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Learning Center

Rotary’s Learning Center has hit new milestones as members use it more.

Here’s what our research shows about how people used the Learning Center last year (from June to June):
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Attend a Zone Conference for Only $25! 2021-08-19 12:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Rotary District 9930! 2021-08-07 12:00:00Z 0
Robyn Malcolm and Rotary Otumoetai 2021-08-06 12:00:00Z 0

Te Awamutu Rotary's Quest for Life

Guest Speaker Kylie Brewer, introduced by Eoin Fitzpatrick.
Kylie spoke about her experience on the Trek for Life that she attended in March of this year. This trek is for 1 week and participants can walk, cycle or ride horses.
The trek is through beachlands and farmlands and relies on the generosity of farmers. It’s a week of fun and friendship with no time pressures, trekking about 25-40 kms a day. They create a little village that has all mod-cons like portable toilets and showers, a catering tent complete with caterers, a coffee cart and a bar
Te Awamutu Rotary's Quest for Life 2021-08-05 12:00:00Z 0

Police visit Rotary Ahuriri

Guest Speaker last week was Police Inspector Lincoln Sycamore, Hawke’s Bay Area Commander.
Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the law enforcement industry. Skilled in Private Investigations, Firearms Handling, Criminal Investigations, Emergency Management, and Criminal Justice. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Biology, General from The University of Lethbridge.
Lincoln is a highly respected member of Police with considerable experience in strategic, operational and tactical areas of Policing.
Police visit Rotary Ahuriri 2021-08-05 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary ShelterBox New Zealand

We certainly hope the first month of the new Rotary year has been treating you and your District well.

On that note, we are very excited to share our first monthly update for the new year - featuring information about where we're currently working, stories from the field that showcase the Rotary and ShelterBox partnership in action, as well as opportunities for Clubs in your District to get involved.
Rotary ShelterBox New Zealand 2021-08-04 12:00:00Z 0

Stortford Lodge Rotary Club’s Virtual Visiting

Stortford Lodge Rotary Club’s Virtual Visiting brings joy to rest home residents
A two-way partnership between Stortford Lodge Rotary Club, and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has brought Virtual Visitor Technology to Retirement Homes and Cranford Hospice in Hastings and Napier.
Stortford Lodge Rotarian and Hawke’s Bay DHB Board member Peter Dunkerley said Rotarians had cut and sold firewood plus received a grant from The June Gray Trust to raise money for the initial Virtual Visitor Technology pilot scheme after learning how successful the benefits had been for patients and their families at Hawke’s Bay Hospital during Covid19 Alert level 4 and 3 lockdowns.
Stortford Lodge Rotary Club’s Virtual Visiting 2021-08-04 12:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 in Papamoa Rotary?

This happened yesterday and it is important information for our age group.
A friend had his 2nd dose of the vaccine at the vaccination centre after which he began to have blurred vision on the way home. When he got home, he called the vaccination centre for advice and to ask if he should go see a doctor or be hospitalized.
He was told NOT to go to a doctor, NOT to go to a hospital and NOT to drive, but just return to the vaccination centre immediately and pick up his glasses.
By the way - Have you had your two vaccines yet? Phone 0800 829 000 – go direct. Do not wait for somebody to contact you. -
Covid-19 in Papamoa Rotary? 2021-08-04 12:00:00Z 0

Rotarians, Serve To Change in 2021-22

Dear change-makers,

Welcome to the new Rotary year — a year when you will be called upon to Serve to Change Lives and achieve big dreams. Because of your passion for achieving great things, we will grow more and do more.

Our Action Plan, Rotary’s strategic road map, sets our course and strengthens us for the future by focusing on four priorities: increasing our impact, expanding our reach, enhancing participant engagement, and increasing our ability to adapt.
This year, I am honored to move these priorities forward by leading with a vision and implementing several initiatives that I believe will result in positive growth during 2021-22 and beyond.

Rotarians, Serve To Change in 2021-22 2021-08-04 12:00:00Z 0

Stortford Lodge Rotary Receives Civic Award

55 years of service to the Hastings community was acknowledged on Tuesday 27 July with the presentation of a Hastings District Council Civic Award to the Club.
Mention was made not only of our most recent projects but some undertaken in the formative years. Attendees were told of how club members give freely of their time and expertise in contributing thousands of voluntary hours every year.
The evening highlighted the diversity of culture and ethnicity in the Hastings community.
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Rotary's Paul Harris

Harris was born in Racine, Wisconsin to George and Cornilia Harris.
He was the couple's second child. At age 3, when his family fell on hard times, Paul was moved with a sibling to Vermont to live with his paternal grandparents,
Howard and Pamela Harris. Harris would later write about his parents: "Of all charges which might have been made against George and Cornelia, parsimony would have stood the least chance. They were both royal spenders."
While living in Vermont, he attended Black River Academy in Ludlow, but was expelled after only a short time. At his secondary school in Rutland, he was known as a prankster. After secondary school, he attended the University of Vermont. In 1886, he was expelled in an incident involving a secret society. In the fall of 1887, he attended Princeton University.
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Greetings From Our Fast Peddling District Governor

Our International President Shekhar Mehta has a theme for Membership – Each One, Bring One.  August is Membership Month and provides a chance for all Rotarians throughout the District to think about all those friends, family, work colleagues and acquaintances who might be considered for Rotary membership. 
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Rotaracters Rock!

Two members of the recently formed The Rotaract Club of Hawke's Bay, Annaliese Paton & Jessie Hawkes-Pearce gave Greenmeadows Rotary Club a rundown on how their club was formed and said that they had already raised $1000 in a project the previous weekend.
Both members were students at EIT (where Pres. Jenny had “found” them) and many of the other Rotaractors are also EIT students.
They currently have 17 – 22 members and five of them attended our recent District Conference.
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Rotary International Photo Contest Winners

It was a challenging year for photographers. Once the pandemic hit, travel plans had to be changed or canceled. That was reflected in many of the submissions for Rotary magazine’s 2021 photo awards: Many more photos than usual were taken close to home, sometimes as close as the backyard. But many photos captured the way COVID-19 has transformed our world and our daily lives. And, perhaps reflecting the fundamental optimism of Rotary members, there were many images of hope, joy, and simple beauty.
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Rotary's Iron Will ~ A Reminder

Please take the time to click on the link.  It is exactly what we need at this time in a new Rotary year
– a glimpse back into the frightening past and impact of Poliomyelitis.
Rotary's Iron Will ~ A Reminder 2021-07-25 12:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Hawke's Bay has a Party!

Kia Ora Rotary Whanau,
We would like to invite you and your rotary club to our special celebration of becoming a real deal club!

Presidents could you please share this invite out at your next meeting, or via email to all members!
Presidents, we would love for you to bring a banner/flag to display at the lunch too.
The invite is on the right
Please RSVP to
Cannot wait to celebrate with you all!
Annaliese Paton
Rotaract Hawkes Bay President 21/22
Rotaract Hawke's Bay has a Party! 2021-07-23 12:00:00Z 0
Tauranga Rotary and their "Matariki Opening" 2021-07-22 12:00:00Z 0

Napier Rotary Hear About Purple Hands

The Reverend Barbara Walker was introduced by Bruce Martin who told us she was a nurse, eye surgeon, midwife, anaesthetist, international aid worker, health manager, missionary and Anglican priest!
She then calmly set out to tell us how she had performed those roles in some of the most dangerous places in the world. She talked of death threats (over wages) in Mozambique; rescuing “boat people” with a frigate in the South China Sea, said something about 80,000 refugees in a camp in Somalia and getting three million refugees across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan – or something like that.
Napier Rotary Hear About Purple Hands 2021-07-22 12:00:00Z 0
Westport Flood Relief ~ Rotary Assistance 2021-07-21 12:00:00Z 0
Need to Contact a Member of Your Rotary Club? 2021-07-20 12:00:00Z 0

Te Awamutu Rotary Hear About Summer Science School

Guest Speaker – Joshua Henderson Reporting on attendance at Rotary National Science and Technology Forum 10th - 21st January 2021. Stephen Cox introduced Josh and his family.
Josh thanked Rotary members for their sponsorship to attend the Forum and also for listening to his presentation.
He described his taste of ‘Uni life’ managing his own laundry and balancing this with time in the games room. He had a very full schedule:
Te Awamutu Rotary Hear About Summer Science School 2021-07-20 12:00:00Z 0

Does Your Rotary Club Have a Dream Team?

Greenmeadows President Jenny and some of her dream team for 2021-22
Jenny and her new directors have determined how our club would execute Rotary International’s strategic plan (which is to Increase our ability to adapt; Enhance participant engagement; Expand our reach; Increase our awareness and impact and Meet the expectations of new and existing members) in the 2021-22 year.
Does Your Rotary Club Have a Dream Team? 2021-07-20 12:00:00Z 1
Let Lake Taupo Rotary Take You for a Ride. 2021-07-18 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary D0030 Assistant Governors and Chairs Reports 2020-21

Area 1
Ken Smith
Report awaited
Area 2
Evan Cowan
Report awaited
Area 3
AG – David Hulme
Matamata – major project has been number plate surrounds which you know plenty about already! And a very successful Used Farm Machinery Sale which not only raised significant funds but increased the profile of the club in the rural community. Cambridge – have an E Waste recycling scheme going, have set up an Adventure Club with their members (hiking, biking etc), have had a club trip up North to Matakana, held their very successful Greg Murphy Charity Dinner for Pet Refuge among numerous other projects.
Putaruru – held their most successful book fair in recent years, are fundraising to provide a BBQ, table and shelter in a local childrens’ playground area, have inducted corporate member and are gearing up for a major fundraiser (Putaruru’s Got Talent on June 26).
Tokoroa – No report received
Area 4
Richard Hunt
Report awaited
Area 5
AG Pauline Evans
What a roller coaster of a year we have had.  I am tremendously grateful to all the Presidents who stepped up and lead their clubs through a bizarre and sometimes stressful time, whilst many of them were still balancing work commitments and family responsibilities. Covid had curtailed many activities and fundraising projects, requiring many clubs to rethink their strategies.  Zoom proved to be an excellent tool, ensuring more members, their families and friends were reached through zoom meetings and sessions with excellent guest speakers. All President Elects attended zoom training for SPPEDS, even with a few teething issues, a lot of value was gained from this training. Membership appears to be steady; most clubs have maintained their membership with only a few clubs increasing member numbers.  An excellent initiative was started at Rotorua Sunrise, a prospective new member agrees to an interim 3-month trial period, to ensure the club is a good fit for them and similarly the club can get to know them better. If at the end of this trial period everyone agrees then the member is inducted.  By getting to know the culture of the club, its current members and club projects. There are two corporate members, one is the Multicultural Society and they joined Rotorua North Club and Plunket who joined Rotorua Club.  This type of membership has many benefits, and ensures a wider spread of contacts for projects with many hands making light work, and more variety within the clubs with different members and the life experiences they offer.  As a direct result of the involvement with Plunket Rotorua Club held a sewing day, transforming many donated blankets into very attractive winter weight cot blankets that have been donated to Plunket to give to deserving families. This was a combined Rotorua club project and the appeal of this day was huge, with many Rotarians, their partners and friends, men and women, coming along to help. It is likely that this will become an annual event. Rotorua West held their annual golf tournament; it was so popular that it was oversubscribed such was the demand from golfers to be part of this event. The event has run for seven years and this year almost $20,000 was raised, not a bad day’s effort, proceeds go to St John Rotorua.  West also held another of their garage sales, raising just over $9,000, it really does emphasis that the public recognises Rotary, are happy to support our charity and there really is treasure in trash.  Proceeds from the sale will be tagged to youth programmes, eg RYPEN. North club reopened their popular Saturday market with a VIP namely DG Grant Spackman. This market has gone from strength to strength being the main fundraiser for North. RYPEN was run in a slightly different way this year, Rotorua Sunrise lead the clubs in organising a separate trust to run the programmes, provide the accommodation and take care of all aspects, with Rotary providing the food and the Rotarians to run the kitchen.  A friendly and enjoyable camp was had by all. RYPEN Rotorua is a joint club programme and is in the calendar for 2022. Rotorua Clubs are all in agreement that combined club events, projects and fundraisers are the way to go. Our greatest asset is our members and with clubs working together we increase our profile and our reach. Programmes and events run included Drivers Direction and the Expo for over 800 students, collecting for Hospice with the Trees for Remembrance appeal, gardening projects, sewing day, movie evening raising funds for Polio plus, a swimarathon, also raising funds for Polio plus, dictionaries in schools, Weetbix Triathlon, Rotorua marathon, RYPEN, to name a few. Passport club are continuing with their chosen projects having gifted one Go Bay Go cart, with another being funded soon, and their project to send school items and equipment in a container is nearing completion and almost ready to ship to Fiji. Rotorua clubs have been very active whether it was to fund Go Baby Go karts, tree planting, RYLA, movie evenings, Targa rally marshalling, TKT Oral language programme, National Science and Technology forum student support, fruit picking, for donating within our community, blue walk, Circus Quirkus, school speech competition, or any of the many other ways our Rotarians step up and make a difference. I thank all the Presidents, President Elects, Rotarians and families, you make me look good and I enjoy being involved with all the clubs to strengthen our focus and profile for Rotary. I would like to close by thanking DG Grant Spackman for his easy approachable manner, I have found him very communicative and a great advocate for Rotary. 
Area 6
AG - Ron Fyfe
Busy and successful year for all 5 clubs in Area 6. Each had their main fund raising events which ranged from Tauranga Te Papa’s Great Duck Race, Tauranga Sunrise Treasured Art Sale, Tauranga Rotary’s Book Sale, Katikati continue to raise significant funds from their battery collection, Otumoetai held an Island Luau Night. Of course each club has a number of ongoing commitments raising money for a number of favourite charities. We had a number of significant events during the year including Katikati celebrating 50 years and Te Papa celebrating 40 year, both events attended by Past RI President Bill Boyd as well as DG Grant Spackman. I am also pleased to report that all clubs have run a number of social events over the year as well as our Joint Presidents’ meetings being well attended with a lot of enthusiasm for the clubs to work together.
Area 7
Barb Joyce
Maketu has had a year of two halves.  Juliette resigned at Christmas and Colleen Olesen took over the role of President. To quote her “When I became the stand-in President my main goal was to bring the club back together. I think I have achieved this with the induction of 4 new members. We have lost 5 members over the year which is rather disappointing.”  I believe she has done a great job of bringing the heart back into the club. They have chosen to change their meetings to the First and Third Wednesdays only, with a social evening on the fifth Wednesday. My visits to the club have been welcoming and I have enjoyed those evenings. Project-wise Maketu have volunteered at the Daily Café on a pizza night when free meals are provided to anyone wanting one. The labour and food are all donated – in this case, Rotarians donated the labour. Maketu have also donated Osbourne dictionaries to four Primary schools and have sponsored a RYLA attendee and donated $500 sponsorship for members of their Fire Brigade to do the Sky Tower stair climb. A $4,000 donation was made to Kiwican to support the program in Maketu Primary.
Mount Maunganui
The Mount has a small group of dedicated Rotarians, many of whom are aging. Their main fund-raising event is their involvement with Circus Quirkus, which has been ongoing for several years. Hosted by Rotarians around the country, together with the Kids Foundation, Circus Quirkus distributes complimentary tickets to disadvantaged and disabled children and their families. The Circus Quirkus organisation taps into local businesses for donated funds and tickets are thus provided to the recipients. Rotary Clubs provide the administrative support of banking the local funds and provide car-parking and ushers at the actual performance. As a result the Mount is able to financially support the local college with 2 scholarships each of $1,000 for 2 years plus two candidates this year to the Auckland Summer Science School. The club also supports the local Hospice manning a stand at fund-raising days and the Christmas Wishing Tree; providing Christmas presents for all the children in the local hospital and sponsoring a horse at our local RDA for $2,500pa. 
Papamoa started the Rotary year by welcoming the Te Puke members into the merged club. Premises became a hot topic as we were no longer able to use the previous facilities at Robert Harris and so moved into the Mako Room at the local Library in September, and engaged a local caterer to provide weekly meals. Papamoa also had a President resign at Christmas and we allowed the club to decide how we moved forward, with Bonnie Rogers being elected to ably take up the role for six months. Our major fundraiser, the Annual Bluehaven Charity Golf Tournament, took place in April raising $24,000 which was distributed as $5,000 each to The Papamoa Surf Club for training, to the Graham Dingle Foundation for Kiwican in Papamoa Primary Schools, and to the local RYDA (Rotary Young Drivers Awareness) courses. The remaining funds will be used for Youth work in our community. Additionally, we applied for and received a District Grant towards funding Osborne Dictionaries in our 12 primary schools. Smaller fundraisers were two movie nights, one whose funds went to Polio and the other towards our Youth work, plus a fun “Pub Quiz” night. We have been 10-pin bowling, attended a couple of vocational visits and been involved with Papamoa Primary school “Trees for Survival” program, including assisting with maintaining the plants and planting out on the Papamoa Hills. Community work included marshalling the Papamoa Santa Parade, collecting food for the Papamoa foodbank and collecting at a stand for the Waipuna Hospice Awareness Week. We received one of only 5 presidential citations this year for the 2019-20 year under President Christa George. Over the last six months, The Mount and Papamoa Clubs explored the possibility of a merger, but this was abandoned with the following message going out to all members of both clubs:- After working together over several meetings, the Papamoa and Mount Maunganui Merger Group feel that although the two Clubs' ideals of Rotary are very similar, both Clubs are strong on retaining their own identity. It is, therefore, resolved that now is not the right time to merge.  The discussion process has very been beneficial:  the Merger Group believes each club understands the other better, and there has been much learnt from the due diligence that has been undertaken. One of the elements I have been pleased to facilitate this year has been the introduction of regular joint meetings of our 3 clubs. As each club usually has approximately 15 attendees, the ability to score a “good” speaker is slim. Bringing the 3 clubs together we are able to secure a much higher profile speaker with around 50+ members and guests attending. These meeting have been run 4 times in the last year with a plan to hold 6 joint  meetings in the upcoming year. I would like to thank Grant Spackman, for his support over the year. We have had some delicate issues to deal with and I appreciate the backing that he has given me. As a group we also immensely enjoyed the Conference and wish Grant and Wendy every success in the future.
Area 8
AG Scottie McLeod
Further afield Whakatane has been busy with a golf tournament, renovating and painting the Riding for Disabled Headquarters. A very active club of 42 members, their projects this year have included; raising funds to build a couple of class rooms at a school in Teveuni in Fiji, a work in progress. Fencing for a local playground. Construction of stoat traps in collaboration with Kiwi Trust. Dictionaries in Schools project with books to Matata School. A car rally. A Remembrance seat and plaque for Wally Sutherland QSM (Wally died March 2021 and was a well-known and respected community man.)   Held a golf tournament, raised over $14,000.00. Painted the Riding for Disabled building, Held a review of the Strategic Plan for all committees. Supported an Interact Club at Trident High School. Held an Orientation evening for new members. Provided financial support for the miniature railway. Held working bees on the Rotary Harbour walk/cycleway at Port Ohope, planting native shrubs. Hosted an International Exchange student from Brazil, set up rural gardens at Taneatua, organised the Christmas Parade and provide club members with new shirts.   Had Guess who is coming to dinner social nights.  All in all, the Club is in good heart and are inducting new members regularly.
Whakatane Sunrise Club is closing as the have about nine members and are finding it hard to get a place to host their breakfast meetings, get guest speakers and little interest in people to take leadership roles. It has always been difficult to get the Club to participate in District activities. We have looked a number of solutions. DG Grant has had discussions with the Club on how to progress.
Opotiki have 12 members, a bit of attrition over the last year, unfortunately. One of these is currently inactive.  Have a regular visitor from Stratford Rotary who attends many meetings, high hopes they will join. Activities Opotiki have completed during the year; Collected for Purple Pinky day at New World supermarket with proceeds to End Polio.
Attended as Marshall at the Motu Challenge, raising funds for club activities. October – April held monthly stall at Lions market to fund raise for club activities. I am Woman film screening at the DeLux Cinema Opotiki. Attended Opotiki High School Prize for Cultural Achievement. Held a Prostate Cancer Morning tea to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Made a donation to the Opotiki Museum to assist digitalising and screening treasures from the museum archive so that visitors have easier access to the treasures through an automatic system. Kits for Kindy, club members donated games, puzzles, pens, paper and stationery to donate to local families who are at risk, especially those with young children 65th Jubilee celebration, speaker Gordon Lukies, previous member from earlier days, he is currently a member of Matamata Rotary
Current project, each member to bring a can of food to each meeting to be donated to at risk families. This is an ongoing project that will hopefully assist those in need, particularly those with young families. 
Kawerau Club had its 65th birthday at its changeover last Wednesday night. A big crowd including DG Grant. They have about 18 members. Inducted 5 new members last year.  They taught 27 Tarawera High School students to get their drivers licences during the year. The same school they have an Interact club.  Had a garage sale and purchased car seat for toddlers.
There was an excellent turnout from Area 8 to the recent District Conference in Hastings.
Area 9
AG Gary Hemmings
Report awaited
Area 10
AG – Ken Haines
A very active club with good participation from members, meetings are generally good with plenty of humorous banter which is usually a good sign.  They are very active in the community and involved in a large number of events and projects.  There have been concerns over the increasing age of members and in an endeavour to find out what other clubs in the District are doing they sent out a questionnaire. 
Still struggling along with 10 members, hanging out for their hundredth birthday.  David has done a good job holding them together and they are happy to participate in helping to fund local people and projects. I visit regularly and am made to feel welcome. 
Hastings Karamu:
I get on well there and they have some pretty robust meetings.  We all know they raise a lot of money for hospice, Sports Park etc but they are finding it a bit tough this year and they are expecting their profit from the Cocktail event to be down.  52 members now and they have lost a few which haven’t been replaced.  I have discussed having a ‘new membership’ evening but they don’t see the need at the moment. 
Havelock North:
Membership has dropped to 32 which is a concern and President Trish and I organised for the new membership meeting to be held.  This was held a couple of months ago. The club is very active in the local community with 5 or 6 members being to the fore as is often found.  An excellent response from members for assisting with the District Conference which was a great success and John Pollock did a great job.
Stortford Lodge:
A vibrant club with quite a number of new members in a younger age bracket having joined in the last 3 years bringing the average age down. 25% ladies but trying to get them into management roles is quite difficult at the moment.  They are capable but all are busy at work!! The firewood project has started early this year and will continue through the winter with the big fundraising event being held on 12 th June. The Quiz Night will be bigger than before so should see the almost empty coffers swelled.  The club is very active in the community like Havelock North and Waipukurau but still struggles to get media space to tell the public.  The Virtual Visitor Pilot scheme with Hawkes Bay District Health Board is going very well and expanding rapidly throughout rest homes in Napier and Hastings.  Brian McLay and I have been very busy setting up the new Rotaract club along with Taradale RC and Gary Hemmings which we hope to charter this month.
Area 11
AG Ray Kitchen
Report awaited
Area 12
AG Ian Dykes
Some good success in running combined meetings with clubs in the area. Turangi launched their cookbook. Lake Taupo celebrated 100 years and they ran their ever popular Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.
Rotary D0030 Assistant Governors and Chairs Reports 2020-21 2021-07-15 12:00:00Z 0

Help Nepal Breathe Rotary ...

I would like to offer this opportunity to all local and international Rotary Clubs.
ESP Medical has an affinity with Nepal and has partnered with Rototuna Rotary to promote the supply of Ventilators to Kathmandu hospital and others.
Is it possible to circulate this opportunity for donations to other clubs? If you need me to supply more details or discuss with the new District Governor in person, I am based in Hamilton, so can easily visit to explain or demonstrate this.
Help Nepal Breathe Rotary ... 2021-07-08 12:00:00Z 0

Greetings From Our New District Governor

The newly elected Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta is now installed.  He along with many thousands of others around the world have taken on leadership roles within Rotary.  Welcome to the new Rotary year 2021/22.  Shekhar’s theme is Serve to Change Lives.  We all know that our voluntary community service is acknowledged by many, that service affects lives, improves lives, and it changes lives.  Whether it be the giver or the receiver – we are all somehow changed by our service.
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Rotary Club of Whakatane, Insight

Rotary Insight: Brent spoke of a traumatic time in his life some years ago when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
He obviously recovered and his wife jokingly says that they left the tumour in and took the brain out. He had to learn to walk again using a walking frame.
From a Rotary aspect, as he could not work and wasn’t allowed to drive, Scottie and others picked him up and took him to Rotary.
He is grateful for the love and compassion that Rotary showed him, and within two years he became President.
Rotary Club of Whakatane, Insight 2021-07-06 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 9930 Service Above Self Award 2021

By David Hulme, Media Support and Resources Officer D9930
Years of dedicated service, much of it behind the scenes and across multiple districts, has seen Rotorua Rotarian Fergus Cummings recognised as this year’s District 9930 Service Above Self recipient.
Fergus, who served as District Governor in 1999-2000, was humbled and shocked when presented with the honour at the D9930 changeover lunch in Napier on Sunday.
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Rotary District 9930 Outstanding Rotarian of the Year Award


By David Hulme, Media Support and Resources Officer D9930

A chance meeting in 2019 with a specialist dentist in Brazil created a lasting impression on Havelock North Rotarian David Smith and his wife Raeanne – so much so that it spurred him into action on his return to New Zealand.

In the old saying, to cut a long story short, it is that action that saw David recognised as the Outstanding Rotarian of the Year for District 9930 in 2020-21 at the recent changeover event in Napier.

Rotary District 9930 Outstanding Rotarian of the Year Award 2021-07-05 12:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Annual Review 2020-21

tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa.
Welcome to Rotarians, families and friends to the District 9930 Changeover. Thank you all for being here. Indeed we are fortunate to be gathering today face to face.
For Rotary this has been a year like no other. The pandemic has affected how our organisation operates globally including in our part of the world.
The Australia New Zealand conference and Governor-Elect training planned for Alice Springs was held as a virtual event.
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A Great Rotary District Changeover

By David Hulme, Media Support and Resources Officer D9930
Outgoing District Governor Grant Spackman says the past 12 months have been “a year like no other” for Rotary globally but despite the challenges, District 9930 has had some major successes.
Near the top of the list, he says, was the Faces Project, co-ordinated by Havelock North Rotary Club which received a Global Grant from Rotary International in near-record time, while real progress is also been made on an international project in Nepal and the District is supporting Interplast’s work in Bhutan.
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Our New District Governor for 9930. 2021-07-04 12:00:00Z 0

Help Nepal Breathe Rotary

I would like to offer this opportunity to all local and international Rotary Clubs.
ESP Medical has an affinity with Nepal and has partnered with Rototuna Rotary to promote the supply of Ventilators to Kathmandu hospital and others.
Is it possible to circulate this opportunity for donations to other clubs? If you need me to supply more details or discuss with the new District Governor in person, I am based in Hamilton, so can easily visit to explain or demonstrate this.
Help Nepal Breathe Rotary 2021-06-29 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Give Every Child A Future ~ Update

Rotary Give Every Child A Future (RGECAF) continues to wait for news that our first child has been immunised!
Never in the planning phase could we have imagined that this project to vaccinate 100,000 children against life-threatening rotavirus, pneumococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV) would be delayed by an epidemic of measles (Samoa late 2019) or rolled out in the midst of a global pandemic.
Neither could we have anticipated that this project would assist the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in the project’s nine Pacific Islands.
Rotary Give Every Child A Future ~ Update 2021-06-27 12:00:00Z 0

Another Award For Our Favourite Bloomin Doctor.

On the 10th July the six New Zealand  District Governors presented Dr Ashley Bloomfield with six Paul Harris Fellowships (PHF+5).
Their citation thanked him for his steadiness under fire, his integrity and his authenticity.
Each Governor spoke, providing some background or connection about this PHF and Rotary, particularly in relation to key centennial projects in two of Rotary’s areas of focus – Disease Prevention and Treatment, and Maternal and Child Health.
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Taradale Rotary's Trevor Page, 102

Last Tuesday, on the 1st of June, Club member Trevor Page celebrated his 102 birthday with his now historic climb to the top of Sugar Loaf Hill. (Pukekura).
Trevor has been doing this daily climb for 53 years and only misses the walk because of bad weather.
Taradale Rotary's Trevor Page, 102 2021-06-25 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Award @ Rotary Havelock North

The speakers were Gabby and Muruwai (pictured right) who attended RYLA in February of this year at Lake Karapiro.
They spoke about the personal gains they made by attending the course and the activities they were involved in. They described it as an eye-opening journey that will set them up for the rest of their lives.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award @ Rotary Havelock North 2021-06-25 12:00:00Z 0

How Rotary Works to Alleviate Refugee Crisis

Eid fled war-torn Afghanistan at age 14, leaving his family and his small motorcycle repair shop behind. He sold the shop and gave most of the money to his parents and siblings before leaving on an eight-and-a-half-month journey to Switzerland.

Like many refugees, Eid — identified here by his first name only, for his safety — took a path that was complicated and at times harrowing. He stayed in Iran for two months, working as a bricklayer, but discovered that his situation there was no safer or better than in Afghanistan. In Turkey, he found passage to Greece on a rubber transport ship with about 60 other refugees. But when they were halfway across the sea, the engine failed — and the boat’s pilot didn’t know how to fix it.

How Rotary Works to Alleviate Refugee Crisis 2021-06-25 12:00:00Z 0

Gisborne Rotary hear about Russia

Guest Speakers were Sue and Phil Newdick. Sue grew up on an orchard in Riverpoint road, she met Phil at a singles club 40 yrs ago. Phil had owned London Fish Shop and Avis rentals and had done well so retired in 2005.
In 2006 he had a heart attack while mowing the lawns. That prompted them to take up traveling sooner rather than later. The ‘freestyle travel’ which is it is about the journey rather than the destination. About 3 months before winter they decide where they want to go and make up the possibilities. They have transversed America a number of times using various forms of travel.
They then decided to travel to Europe and booked a bus trip which they don’t usually choose.
Gisborne Rotary hear about Russia 2021-06-17 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Maketu host Papamoa and the Mount Clubs

A great evening was had out at the Te Puke Golf course on Thursday evening, with the Maketu hosting Papamoa and the Mount Clubs.
In excess of 50 members present from the combined clubs to hear Ronnie McQuilter – owner and driver of NZ’s largest PI firm.
Plenty of interesting stories from dressing up as a tree and the “watering of that tree” -😉 to hunting down some of NZ’s most wanted fugitives.
There was a good flow of questions from the floor keeping all entertained. We never know who is looking where! You never know There was a good flow of questions from the floor keeping all entertained. 
Rotary Maketu host Papamoa and the Mount Clubs 2021-06-17 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary  Taupo hears from a Yeoman Warder

Patrick Nolan is a New Zealander born and bred in Marton, schooled in Palmerston North, and lived in various NZ locations.
He joined the Army at 15 and proceeded through the ranks over the next 29 years. Following service in Vietnam, Singapore,  Waiouru, Burnham then Sinai, he moved to England and was appointed to the position of Yeoman Warder at HM Tower of London, the first and last Colonial to be so appointed.
Rotary Taupo hears from a Yeoman Warder 2021-06-17 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise visit Rotary Wairoa

On Wednesday 9th June, President Phil, Past President Lynne, Incoming President Graeme, and Incoming Director Andy, traveled up to Wairoa to attend that Club's evening meeting.
Phil had promised Wairoa President Nigel Pollock, that a visit would take place sometime during the 2020/2021 Rotary Year.  We only just made it!
Ironically, we made it to a meeting that Immediate Past President Deidre Jones was chairing as Nigel was unable to attend.  Such is the Rotary way.
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise visit Rotary Wairoa 2021-06-15 12:00:00Z 0

The Plate Debate

Recently the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows hosted the annual Plate Debate between Napier Girls High and Napier Boys High at the Taradale Club.
Over 80 Rotarians, Parents, supporters, and teachers attended.
The moot was “All social media platforms should be banned” with Boys High taking the affirmative and Girls High the negative.
The Plate Debate 2021-06-14 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Polio News ~ June 2021-06-03 12:00:00Z 0

The Rotary  International Travel & Hosting Fellowship

The International Travel & Hosting Fellowship is one of the largest fellowships in Rotary

The mission of ITHF is to stimulate and facilitate connections and cultural sharing throughout the Rotary world by contact, hosting, visiting, and travel.

ITHF exists to promote and facilitate regional, national, and international "connections" between its members. ITHF members visit other members of the Fellowship and have the opportunity to host Rotarian members from other countries. Our lives are enriched by these connections and cross-cultural exchanges, but don't take our word for it, see what our members have to say:

The Rotary International Travel & Hosting Fellowship 2021-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
Lake Taupo Rotary's New Gazebo 2021-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's World Refugee Day Challenge from ShelterBox


Join ShelterBox New Zealand's World Refugee Day Challenge

Every minute, around the world, 20 people are forcibly displaced and become refugees.
This World Refugee Day, we're challenging 20 people in New Zealand to take on our World Refugee Day Challenge.
By doing so, you'll join us on our mission to provide displaced people around the world with a sense of hope through the darkness.
Rotary's World Refugee Day Challenge from ShelterBox 2021-06-02 12:00:00Z 0
Fabulous Rotary Polio Report 2021-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Alan Hitchcock Receives Another Paul Harris Fellowship

At the recent District Foundation Committee meeting, District Governor Grant Spackman awarded Rotarian Alan Hitchcock with a Paul Harris Fellow +1 for his exemplary service on behalf of District 9930.
Alan, a member of the Tauranga Te Papa Rotary Club, is well known to Rotarians throughout the District as our District Grants Chair, a position that he has held since 2016. Alan has now decided to step down after ten years on the committee.
In presenting the award DG Grant commented on Alan’s long service to Rotary, originally joining the Rotary Club of Upper Hutt in 1993. He was then a member of  Te Rapa Rotary in Hamilton for three years, including two years as Club Secretary.
Rotarian Alan Hitchcock Receives Another Paul Harris Fellowship 2021-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

Tauranga Te Papa Snippers

We have a small group of ladies in our Rotary Club making bags for Days for Girls.
During the last year, we have converted 30 metres of material into around 500 bags.
(These are to replace the plastic bags that can no longer be used.
Tauranga Te Papa Snippers 2021-06-02 12:00:00Z 1

Fabulous Rotary Conference!!!

Many of the Rotary Havelock North members were busy from Friday morning until mid-afternoon Sunday with the district conference which was held at the Toitoi events centre in Hastings.
What a great event this was and how proud were we of Hawkes Bay and the region that we could showcase to all the visitors.
We ended up with 330 for dinner on Saturday night and the Mid-Life Crisis theme was taken on board by the majority of attendees. The team from Cambridge Rotary with their Mid-Wife crisis and pregnant seniors took the prize for the best dressed and themed club.
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Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) 2021-05-23 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Kawerau Making Lunches 2021-05-22 12:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation Australia

The Rotary Foundation Australia, which is chaired by PDG Maurie Stack from Taree, NSW, has responded to the crisis by partnering with the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to launch a public appeal. 
Funds raised will be directed to global grant projects in India, for such items as oxygen concentrators and ventilators.
The Rotary Foundation Australia 2021-05-22 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Membership

Incoming club presidents and club membership chairs should have by now received an email from Membership Development inviting them to use the online Club Planning Assistant tool.
The tool is designed to help clubs with the unique challenges that they face. Based on how they answer a set of questions, clubs will receive an instant response with links to recommended materials, webinars, and online courses that they can begin to use immediately.
This will help set them up for success in the coming year. District leaders can support clubs by encouraging them to use the tool, encouraging incoming club leaders to register for My Rotary, and encourage current club leaders to report their incoming leaders via the District Clubrunner Website.  MORE ON MEMBERSHIP
Rotary Membership 2021-05-22 12:00:00Z 0
District Rotary Health Challenge 2021/22 2021-05-12 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Science & Technology Forum Stories

Two students report on their experiences at Summer Science Schools Frank McGrath introduced our first guest speaker, Brayden Leicester, who is a year 13 pupil at Taradale High School, and who attended the Summer Rotary Science Forum (known as Nerd Camp) in Auckland for 13 days in January this year.
Brayden spoke about the forum, explaining how the modules were held over 3 venues, being Auckland University, AUT and Massey. He participated in 15 modules and tech units covering subjects such as chemistry, Molecular biology, nutrition, Physics, Biological science, robotics, applied maths, food science. Included in the forum were special lectures and speakers, as well as Technical visits to Landcare Research, ESR forensics, and Auckland Watercare Labs.
Rotary Science & Technology Forum Stories 2021-05-12 12:00:00Z 0
Our Departing District Governor's June Message. 2021-05-12 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Te Awamutu Concert 2021-05-12 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary is Helping Cure Kids Fight Rheumatic Heart Disease. 2021-05-12 12:00:00Z 0

What's That? Te Aroha Rotary?

Now last and least, a message from the editor :
HEAR YE: Hearing Aids I have had 4 sets of hearing aids over a period of about 20 years.
Recently I have been complaining that people that I talk to at functions that I now attend no longer speak clearly and mumble all the time. I have sat up ‘the front so as to be in the best position for hearing but this has failed to work.
What's That? Te Aroha Rotary? 2021-05-11 12:00:00Z 0

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, RIP

Being lovely to The Queen, Prince Philip had decided to prank her by dressing as a guard when she was returning to Buckingham Palace.
Look at that cheeky smile on the Queen's face.
Sad loss of a real character, not afraid to speak his mind.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, RIP 2021-05-11 12:00:00Z 0

Selwyn Cooke Speaks to Morrinsville Rotary

Selwyn Cooke spoke of his business life over the past 30 years and what he has gained from it as a person.
He was very involved in the Shell Service Station trade at one stage owning 18 Shell Service Stations in the Hamilton, Cambridge, and Morrinsville Areas, 200 staff, and annual transactions of 5 million.
One of his major issues was the 50% staff turnover annually.
Selwyn shared with us the story of Chris who came looking for a job.
Selwyn Cooke Speaks to Morrinsville Rotary 2021-05-11 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary ShelterBox

There is change in the air, and with our days a bit chillier and shorter, we hope our April update finds you snug and warm. Last month, the civil war in Syria officially entered into its tenth year, and here at ShelterBox Aotearoa, we've been reflecting on this heartbreaking milestone.
Rotary ShelterBox 2021-05-09 12:00:00Z 0
The Start of a Rotaract Club in Hawke's Bay 2021-05-09 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary is giving Every Child a Future 2021-05-09 12:00:00Z 0

Family of Six to spent Two years on Mercy Ship

As you may know, Mercy Ships and Rotary have had a warm association over many years.
We value this partnership and want to make you aware that Mercy Ships has a group of competent speakers available to provide an inspiring presentation at Rotary gatherings. We have a very interesting and informative story of Kiwi volunteers who give their time to serve on the Mercy Ships hospital vessels.
Family of Six to spent Two years on Mercy Ship 2021-05-09 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Centenary Centurians

This month, Rotary marks 100 years of service in Australia and New Zealand.  What better way to celebrate than by becoming a Centenary Centurion’!
Rotary Centenary Centurians 2021-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's RYPEN in Hawke's Bay 2021

Recently the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows hosted 32 secondary students between the ages of 14 and 17
at the Guthrie Smith Education Centre located at Lake Tutira, 35 km north of Napier.
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Rotary District 9930 Conference Registrations Are Still Open 2021-04-14 12:00:00Z 0
World Immunization Week is 24-30 April 2021-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
Postponed Rotary Golf 2021-04-04 12:00:00Z 0
Easter Greetings from Rotary 2021-04-04 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Interplast Raffle 2021-04-03 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Romac Newsletter 2021-04-03 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Fairfield Project

The Fairfield Project is a community project, run by a committee of Fairfield community members who commit their time to the project voluntarily, recognising the benefits a project of this nature would have for the wider community.
In November 2013 with approximately 12 hectares of land surplus to requirements, the Board of Trustees at Fairfield College investigated the possibility of selling the land for a cash injection that would enable them to make significant improvements to the school. The idea was presented at a community meeting at which a counter-proposal was pitched to the Board. This proposal was a crude outline of what would ultimately become ‘The Fairfield Project’.
Rotary's Fairfield Project 2021-04-03 11:00:00Z 0

It's All Downhill Now For Whakatane Rotary Club.

Blue Light, Whakatane MENZ Shed and Whakatane Rotary enjoyed a very successful and fun day on Saturday.
Our young folk and not-so-young had a great time. Lots of spills and thrills, some outstandingly designed and built trolleys and great fun had by all.
President-Elect Mark had to settle for second in his class this year even with his competitive nature.
Being the true sportsman, he is he was as happy as a sandboy anyway. In the end, it is still all about our young ones having fun in the outdoors.
It's All Downhill Now For Whakatane Rotary Club. 2021-04-03 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cambridge Dinner 2021-04-03 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Morrinsville Hears About Exceptional Policing

Aimee and Richard are members of the N.Z. Police Force and were our Guest Speakers.
Aimee has been in the Police Force for 15 years. Married to a Farmer and has a young family. Her responsibility in the Matamata Piako Region is Rural Prevention.
Their mission motto is “To prevent crime and harm through exceptional policing.”
Rotary Morrinsville Hears About Exceptional Policing 2021-04-03 11:00:00Z 0
Get on the Bus Rotary 2021-04-03 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Rhyming the Alphabet Project 

Rhyming Around the Alphabet is the latest programme from the Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust, complementing Dictionaries in Schools. The books assist preschoolers and new entrants to read.
Last week members of the Ahuriri Sunrise Rotary Club visited the Year 1 students at Te  Awa School in Napier to present them with a Rotary “Rhyming around the” Alphabet book, inscribed with their own name and that of the Rotary Club of Ahuriri Sunrise.  
Rotary's Rhyming the Alphabet Project 2021-04-02 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Run The Runway

(This isn't my normal type of review but I cleared it for takeoff anyway).
My 14-year-old niece is a sporting champion. At eight, she went to Japan and brought home gold for karate. Since then, she has represented the Northern Territory in karate, swimming and soccer. She was supposed to represent Australia at the world karate champs in 2020 but COVID. Accordingly, my niece has more medals,  ribbons and trophies than she can poke her golf club at.
Rotary Run The Runway 2021-03-21 11:00:00Z 0

The Earth Moved for Whakatane Rotary

Whakatane – Time Line 5 March 2021 2:27 am –
The earth moved for all of us when a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the East Cape, 100 km east of Te Araroa. It was very strongly felt in Whakatane and lasted for about 1 minute.
Some evacuated straight away and others used what-ever media we could to find out more and to await the assessment and instruction from National Emergency Management Agency, who in good time made the call that there was no Tsunami threat, so no need to evacuate.
The Earth Moved for Whakatane Rotary 2021-03-12 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gisborne Hear Dr. Alison McFarlane

Guest Speaker – Dr Alison McFarlane stepped in at the last minute when the scheduled speaker was unable to attend.
Alison and her husband Ken have been long term GP’S in Gisborne. They have a daughter who is now a nurse at Three Rivers. Ken and Alison wanted to give back so went to Myanmar to teach locals about health care.
Myanmar has recently been in the news and is ruled by the military who are in complete control with powerful and corrupt mem. They worked with internally displaced people(IDP) who are refugees in their own country.
There is almost no medical care or education services as money goes to the generals. They have had civil war for the past 70 yrs with ethnic people fighting the military who are funded by China. Many children witness their parents being killed. They worked in an area of Shan Province that borders Thailand and is relatively safe area – the Shan ethnic army have won back this small part of the province with sacrifice. They are now developing a civilian government.
Rotary Gisborne Hear Dr. Alison McFarlane 2021-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 9930 Changeover 2021-03-11 11:00:00Z 0

World Rotaract Week

Rotary members around the world are celebrating World Rotaract Week from 8 to 14 March 2021
and it's not too late to join the party!
 Check out these fun ways to celebrate this week and the rest of the Rotary year.

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Waikato Sunrise Rotary KidsCan Fundraiser 2021-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
Every One in Rotary - Bring One 2021-03-06 11:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Tauranga Great Duck Race

We have several fun-orientated fundraising projects. our most recent being The Great Tauranga Duck Race held annually with 5000 ducks raced along a 400 metre course on the Harbour waterfront.
This major fundraiser is a fun event, with huge participation from both Rotarians and Non-Rotarians alike. The biggest winner, of course, is the community and international initiatives that we support.
This year we raised $40,000!
The Rotary Tauranga Great Duck Race 2021-03-04 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Dictionaries to Year 6 students

On Friday 26 February the annual presentation of Rotary Dictionaries to Year 6 students at Te Awa School took place at Assembly.
Club President Phil Crombie, Immediate Past President Lynne Trafford, President-Elect Graeme Dickey and Honorary Member Gail Spence, made the presentations.
When Phil was addressing the Assembly, he let slip that he was a past pupil of Te Awa School and that his father had been a teacher there.   
Rotary Dictionaries to Year 6 students 2021-03-04 11:00:00Z 0

What it’s like to survive polio and COVID-19

By Illustrations by 

Sixty-five years ago, in 1955, I was diagnosed with polio. I was two years old, so I was unaware of what it meant to have been infected with the poliovirus, but I became more aware of it in subtle ways as I got older. And at some point, I understood what my mother meant when she said I was “one of the lucky ones.”

My mother came from Jersey City, New Jersey, and she sounded like it all her life, aided and abetted by a daily regimen of unfiltered Kool cigarettes. She drove a supply truck as a civilian during World War II and delighted in telling a tale about a GI who tried to “get fresh” with her when she gave him a lift back to the base. When she told him she was married and her husband was deployed overseas, he said, “Baby, what’re you saving it for — the worms?”

She stopped the truck and told him, “Ride in back buster!” I have no doubt that she used an expletive, although she never employed one in the retelling, Jersey accent notwithstanding. But she still thought “saving it for the worms” was the funniest line she had ever heard. She was a woman who could take things in stride, the quintessential “tough cookie.”

What it’s like to survive polio and COVID-19 2021-03-01 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Tauranga Book Sale

Latest News
Harvard Way Cool Store opposite Classic Flyers
If we move to Level 1 on Sunday 7th March 
we will open 
SEEKA has kindly extended our use of their Cool Store. 
We will open (if still in Level 1) 
9am to 5pm 
Includes Art for sale
Art to be donated, contact Margaret Cooper 027 497 9308
Rotary Tauranga Book Sale 2021-03-01 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary District9930  Advisory Council met at Rotorua

On Saturday 27th February the District Advisory Council met at the Parksyde Community Centre in Rotorua. Thirteen Past District Governors joined DG Grant Spackman, DGE Ross Pinkham and DGE Kevin Forgeson to discuss current matters relating to the District. District Governor Grant said that the meeting was a wonderful opportunity to share information and receive feedback from our Past District Governors.
Rotary District9930  Advisory Council met at Rotorua 2021-03-01 11:00:00Z 0

Everyone Bring One

"There is always a lot of talk about increasing membership".

There is an underlying pressure to many it seems, to always talk about and promote membership drives. The reality is that most club presidents would be absolutely happy if their clubs experienced growth of a mere 5 to 10% over the course of their year. And in my years within the Rotary organisation, I have found that in many cases it is the same leaders who bring in the new members on a regular basis. I suggest a simple, powerful and dynamic change that could literally shake our District as well as make a powerful statement to the organization at large. I learned to follow that simple phrase “keep it simple stupid” many years ago, and while I have never considered myself stupid by any sense of the word, THIS is a most simple approach

Let’s not shoot for a five to ten per cent increase in membership over the next year. Let’s do something amazing! Let’s DOUBLE our membership in one year!


Everyone Bring One 2021-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
GR8 #PLATZ FRM ROTARY 2021-02-27 11:00:00Z 0

A Rotary Snippet about Pres Trev

The Short Talk was with Waipukurau President Trevor (at his request) and he did a ‘1-2-3 About Me’ talk…..three things, that turned into four, about himself.
He told us that his father was the most influential person in his life, shaping it right back from early childhood...firstly with his love of numbers gained when he worked in his parents dairy in the days before calculators and electronic cash registers and money and change all done in the head….secondly his love of running and encouragement with this from dad….thirdly with his career in local government when dad got him a job at the bottom of the ladder at the local Ashburton Borough Council and fourthly he helped him find his future wife by suggesting there was a lovely young lady working down the road who he could take to a (think it was) a school dance.
A Rotary Snippet about Pres Trev 2021-02-27 11:00:00Z 0

Vege Option @ Opotiki Rotary?

Dear all,
Helpful to let me know if attending, so I can determine how many chickens I need to catch and cook. Ideally, today, as my personal email checking ability limited at work tomorrow :)
Vege Option @ Opotiki Rotary? 2021-02-27 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Te Aroha Rotary Make a Stand

Photo of restored grandstand in Herries Park.
The concrete was thoroughly cleaned by a water blaster,
The seating boards have been replaced and painted, with the work done by a small group of Te Aroha Rotarians, and the materials provided by the Te Aroha Athletics Club.
Thanks are extended to adjoining businesses for the use of power/water facilities and to those who provided equipment.
Well done.- a real quality job.
Rotary Te Aroha Rotary Make a Stand 2021-02-26 11:00:00Z 0

Whakatane Rotary and the Croquet Challenge

Whakatane Rotary members and guests were welcomed to this eagerly anticipated annual club fun night by Whakatane President Rose, pictured here with President JP. John responds by confirming something we all knew, that we have been coming to the croquet night, playing for many years and our game has not improved. 
Rotary Club Business: (Minimal tonight, not necessarily in order of importance)
Raffle: Provided by Whakatane Croquet and won by Richard.
New Member Induction: New Rotarian Monique.
Whakatane Rotary and the Croquet Challenge 2021-02-26 11:00:00Z 0

Te Aroha Make a Stand

Photo of restored grandstand in Herries Park.
The concrete was thoroughly cleaned by a water blaster,
The seating boards have been replaced and painted, with the work done by a small group of Te Aroha Rotarians, and the materials provided by the Te Aroha Athletics Club.
Thanks are extended to adjoining businesses for the use of power/water facilities and to those who provided equipment.
Well done.- a real quality job.
Te Aroha Make a Stand 2021-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
February is Rotary Peace & Conflict Month 2021-02-26 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Katikati's 50th.

On Sunday 21 February 63 past and present members, dignitaries and guests gathered at the R.S.A to celebrate 50 years of Rotary in Katikati.
As they entered they were invited to view the club's history, displayed in decades, collated by the Steering Committee. Peter MacKay (who was also present at the Charter Dinner of the club!)  stated during the opening of the formalities “I trust the short history as published, compiled by John Dallimore, has left an adequate record of our first 50 years”.
Guest speaker, Past RI President Bill Boyd spoke about some Rotary concepts, including reflection, core values, diversity, fellowship, integrity, and service.
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Rotary Easy Piezy Membership Expander

OK Clubs, listen up. This is the dead set easiest way to increase club membership. 100% guarantee. Just click on the picture on the right.
In May, Rotary sent all 2021-22 club presidents and membership chairs an email with a link to the Club Planning Assistant,
which asks them what their most pressing challenges are.
Based on their responses, they’ll be given a customized report with Rotary resources that can help them address those challenges. 
Rotary Easy Piezy Membership Expander 2021-02-23 11:00:00Z 0

Telling Our Story of Rotary

Order this wonderful book through your own club. Contact your President or Secretary.

'Mana Tangata: People of Action' is the working title of a coffee table publication being crafted by professional historian Dr Stephen Clarke.

The Project
Begun in Chicago in 1905, Rotary was established in New Zealand in 1921 when clubs were set up in both Wellington and Auckland.
The idea was that people from a range of vocations would meet together on a non-political and non-religious basis to enjoy fellowship and work for the betterment of their community. The abiding principle was ‘Service Above Self’.
Over the subsequent century, Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands has expanded to over 265 clubs and 8000 members.
It has made a huge contribution to the improvement of New Zealand and Pacific Islands society through grants and direct assistance in many fields of social enterprise – the welfare of children, education, public health, the environment, encouraging the local economy. Many voluntary institutions, furthermore, were kick-started by Rotary.
History will tell this important story.
It will describe the development of Rotary as an institution – its changing composition, its geographical spread, its ways of working – against the wider context of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands’ society and culture. Its flax roots story of clubs and members will feature large.
This book will not only tell the Rotary story, of its service in the community and place in New Zealand and Pacific Island society for 100 years, but it will also inform future actions for the next 100 years.
Telling Our Story of Rotary 2021-02-23 11:00:00Z 0
We Are Rotary, People of Action 2021-02-23 11:00:00Z 0

You Can Be an Everyday Rotary Peacebuilder

Rotary members encourage conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures.
These important conversations support one of our areas of focus, peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

During Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month in February, you can get involved in these efforts:
You Can Be an Everyday Rotary Peacebuilder 2021-02-23 11:00:00Z 0

D9930’s Rotary Youth Exchange Programme

D9930’s Rotary Youth Exchange Programme (RYE) held our annual Debrief Day on 14 February 2021 at Rotorua.
It was a great opportunity for our 2020 Outbound students, their parents and our committee to all meet in person. Our students presented to the group about their experiences while on exchange in light of the very challenging pandemic. Although there was a theme of COVID-19 implications, it is a credit to our students as to how positive they were while facing one of the world’s biggest challenges of this century.
D9930’s Rotary Youth Exchange Programme 2021-02-16 11:00:00Z 0
World Rotary Day ~ February 23rd. 2021-02-10 11:00:00Z 0

The Rural Support Trust and Rotary

You will recall during their Club visits Past District Governor Peter Maxwell and Mary, initiated a project for Clubs in District 9930 to collaborate with their local Rural Support Trusts with “pop up BBQs”  as part of their support for the farming community.
The Trusts provide free and confidential assistance to farmers and growers facing challenges; climate, financial or personal.  They are well-placed to point people in the right direction for further advice and help. Mental wellbeing is an area where the Trust gives invaluable support to Farmers and Growers.
The Rural Support Trust and Rotary 2021-02-08 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Polio News for February 2021 2021-02-05 11:00:00Z 0

How Engaged are Your Rotary Members?


As the number of volunteer organisations rises and competition for volunteer resources increases steadily, organisations which rely on volunteers are turning their attention to the matter of engagement, asking themselves the question ‘how do we keep our current and future volunteers active, involved and satisfied?

Our situation in Rotary is identical. 

Faced with increasing competition and rising expectations, we must ensure our members are engaged and receiving value from their Rotary membership. Fortunately, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel; the literature on volunteer management provides a host of tips and hints on ways to increase volunteer engagement. I’ve identified seven of the most common ones and applied them to Rotary:

How Engaged are Your Rotary Members? 2021-02-05 11:00:00Z 0

Top 10 Ways to be a Rotary Peacebuilder in the New Year

Many people use the end of one year to reflect on things they would like to accomplish in the coming year. What better resolution than to sow the seeds of peace in 2021?

Peace underscores much of the work that Rotary members do in improving their communities around the world. Rotary’s peacebuilding initiatives seek to create environments where lasting peace is possible. 

We do this by continually investing in sustainable and measurable peace programs throughout our communities and across the globe; by creating an extensive network of peacebuilders and community leaders dedicated to peace and conflict prevention; and by providing Rotarians with several avenues in which they can actively participate in peacebuilding processes within their communities.

Top 10 Ways to be a Rotary Peacebuilder in the New Year 2021-02-05 11:00:00Z 0

Join us in promoting the 2022 Rotary Peace Fellowship!

The 2022 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available. This fully-funded fellowship provides peace and development leaders with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to advance their peacebuilding careers. Help us publicize this incredible opportunity!

Here are some ways you can promote the program and recruit candidates:
Circulate the fellowship announcement to your contacts.
Do you know someone who could benefit from our program? Send us their name and email address using the referral form, and we’ll contact them with more information.
Make a presentation about the Rotary Peace Centers program to organizations in your community using the Rotary Peace Centers overview, which is available in several languages.
See the application page to find an overview of the process and understand the steps to becoming a peace fellow.
Join us in promoting the 2022 Rotary Peace Fellowship! 2021-02-05 11:00:00Z 0

"Just The Ticket" by Roy Clement

The large glass doors of the supermarket, with the yellow band and black writing-ENTRY, opened and shut.
It was our Rotary Club’s annual Xmas raffle-first prize was a trailer full of grocery items, and I was on duty from 11-1.
As I entered there was M, who I was to follow. We talked, as older folk do about the weather, who had died, and how ticket sales had been (“Steady,” said M), before I was given the money bag and began my shift.
Being at the entrance to a supermarket, one sees a good cross-section of society. There are the rich and famous, even if in their more casual gear, the poor, the chic-and not so chic; from anorexic to obese, young and old, short, tall, wide and fat. They all have to go to the supermarket at some stage of the week.
"Just The Ticket" by Roy Clement 2021-02-02 11:00:00Z 2

Rotary ~ Supporting the Environment

As most of you know by now, The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
Supporting the environment joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Over the past several years, more than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has gone towards environment-based projects. Now with this approved and added area of focus, grant applications for projects will be accepted from 1 July 2021.

Rotary ~ Supporting the Environment 2021-01-31 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Projects Around the Globe.

New Zealand

This item appeared in February issue of The Rotary Magazine which is distributed to Rotarians worldwide.

For more than 25 years, the Rotary Club of Ahuriri (Napier), in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand’s North Island, has reaped a bounty of excess oranges, lemons, and grapefruit for distribution to people in need. The fruit is shipped to Rotary clubs on the South Island, where citrus fruit is not so easily grown, and those clubs handle the distribution.

In August the Ahuriri club collected 13 half-ton boxes of fruit. “Over the years, our club has arranged the collection of fruit to save it from being dumped,” says Mike Smith, a club member and a past governor of District 9930. “Years ago, the Rotary Club of Tawa asked our club if we could send them some citrus fruit for them to distribute to seniors to help ward off colds and the flu.” The effort has developed into “a master class in cooperation with volunteers, the public, and businesses,” including shippers who offer their services at no charge.

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Rotary Promoting Peace by Lowering the Temperature.

Jean Best was about to resign from Rotary.
It was a sad day for her: She loved being a Rotarian. But she had become enmeshed in a conflict with another member of her club. Although she tried to engage with that member to defuse the situation, the problem persisted. Best could have pressed the issue, could have tried to run it all the way up the flagpole.
But instead, she decided to back away. She left that club and joined the Rotary Club of Newton Stewart, Scotland, where she’s very happy.
But she hasn’t given up on addressing the larger issue: "Now I’m looking at conflict resolution in Rotary clubs," she says.
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How Rotary Did It.

In a time of extraordinary challenges, we can celebrate a milestone: The WHO African region has been certified free of the wild poliovirus. Here’s how we got there.
By Diana Schoberg.

It was May 1997, and Sam Okudzeto, then a member of the African Regional PolioPlus Committee from Ghana, was flying to Sierra Leone for what he anticipated would be a routine annual meeting about polio eradication in Africa. But when his plane touched down and he looked out the window, he saw that soldiers, guns drawn, had flooded the tarmac.

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Rotary Greenmeadows Hears About Workbridge

Lynne Gibson - Workbridge
Lynne is well known to the club (mum of Hayley, wife of Past-President Peter) as was obvious with the many interactions she had with members during fellowship and following the meeting.
Lynne is a recruiter by profession and is currently employed as a Workbridge Consultant.
Workbridge is a NGO, established in 1931 as the Rehab League to look after amputees and burn victims (among other injuries) resulting from the Boer War and World War I. 
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Rotary's Shelterbox is Looking Back and Looking Forward

Kia ora,
2021 is well and truly underway - I hope you had a wonderful summer break and an inspired start to the new year!
A new year always represents a wonderful opportunity to look back on the year that was - and we are very pleased to report that, in the unprecedented year that was 2020, despite the global challenges, ShelterBox provided aid to nearly 40, 000 families (which is almost 200, 000 people) in 11 countries.
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Rotary Whakatane Golf Tournament 2021-01-28 11:00:00Z 0
30th Annual Opotiki Rotary Surf Lifesaving Fundraiser 2021-01-28 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Vocational Service Month



Vocational Service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.

Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others acquire or refine skills and advance their professional opportunities.

Below are some examples of vocational service in action:

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Help Rotary Get More Members. 2021-01-18 11:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Rotary

Ahuriri Rotary noticed Rotary was mentioned in a beautiful cartoon by Emma Cook, on the cover of the Sunday Star-Times just after Christmas. 
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Rotary's Did You Know?

A Few Famous Rotarians include:
HRH Prince Charles
HRH Prince Philip
Past US President George Bush
Pope Francis (an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Buenos Aires)
Donald Trump, is a Past President of the Rotary Club of New York
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Rotary Peacebuilders

Resolve to be a peacebuilder in 2021. Peace underscores much of the work that Rotary members do in improving communities around the world. Rotary’s peacebuilding initiatives seek to create environments where lasting peace is possible.
We do that by investing in sustainable and measurable peace programs across the globe, creating an extensive network of peacebuilders dedicated to peace and conflict prevention; and giving members opportunities to participate in peacebuilding.
How will you build peace in 2021? Here are 10 ideas. 
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Our Rotary District Governor's Fresh January Message

District Governor’s Message – January
Wendy and I extend our best wishes to all Rotarians and their families for a happy and healthy New Year.
It is great to have a break at this time of year to relax and reinvigorate before returning to Rotary later this month.
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Rotary Taipei Convention Foodie Tips

Beef noodle soup
Taiwan’s food, like its people, mostly has roots in China, but over the generations, the Taiwanese have developed their own versions of dishes.
When you are in Taipei for the Rotary International Convention from 12 to 16 June, don’t miss the chance to sample some of Taiwan’s signature fare.
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Power in our Rotary Connections 2021-01-01 11:00:00Z 0

‘How Engaged are Your Rotary Members?

Article by RI Director-Elect Jessie Harman
As the number of volunteer organisations rises and competition for volunteer resources increases steadily, organisations which rely on volunteers are turning their attention to the matter of engagement, asking themselves the question ‘how do we keep our current and future volunteers active, involved and satisfied?
Our situation in Rotary is identical. Faced with increasing competition and rising expectations, we must ensure our members are engaged and receiving value from their Rotary membership. Fortunately, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel; the literature on volunteer management provides a host of tips and hints on ways to increase volunteer engagement. I’ve identified seven of the most common ones and applied them to Rotary:
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Rotary Online Events are Here to Stay. Make Yours a Success in Six Easy Steps 2021-01-01 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Environmentalism


By Jonathan Foley
To some people, the term "environmentalist" seems to be a dirty word. In their minds, it denotes starry-eyed zealots who chain themselves to trees.

Or perhaps they envision out-of-touch elites who care more about spotted owls and humpback whales than people, self-centred activists who want to tell others how to live their lives, run their towns, and operate their businesses.

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Merry Christmas from Rotary Fairfield 2020-12-31 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary, Staying in Vogue

Havelock North's Guest Speaker: Michal McKay

Michal’s 2 big influences in her life were her mother, who lived to 98 and Bernie Leser, who helped her get her first job at Vogue NZ at 21 years old.

Michal was on the fashion scene when Rachael Hunter was discovered. She realised her job involved looking after lots of egos, hers not included. Michal has worked in London, New York, Istanbul and Singapore, over a 40-year career.

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New Year's Resolutions 2020-12-31 11:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year from the Public Image Team at 9930 2020-12-31 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary's cash for Cans at Tauranga Te Papa

We've done really well again for the Tauranga Foodbank with the Cash or Cans Collection.
This is an update – and thanks to everyone who helped. At Countdown Fraser Cove we collected $2076 cash plus 38 boxes of food, that are conservatively worth $1,425, giving a total collection value this weekend of around $3500. Added to the earlier weekend, we now have a combined total of $7,695.
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Connecting Rotary with Prospective Members in Your Community 2020-12-30 11:00:00Z 0

The Five Most-read Rotary Posts from 2020

As we approach the end of 2020, let’s revisit the Rotary Service in Action posts that were read the most this year:
  1. Supporting frontline workers in the Philippines
  2. The important role of water in the fight against COVID-19
  3. Why join a Rotary Fellowship?
  4. Grant options to respond to COVID-1
  5. Virtually connecting young leaders through RYLA
Tell us how serving through Rotary has affected your life. Your story can help others plan effective and worthwhile projects. Find out how to contribute.
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Three Ways to Create a Harassment-free Zone at Rotary

We have no place for harassment in Rotary. People won’t join or stay if they are exposed to harassment.

Rotary’s policy on maintaining a harassment-free environment at meetings, events, and activities makes it clear that harassment will not be tolerated. It even stipulates that all Rotary leaders, including club presidents, shall be provided with annual training on Rotary International’s policies on the topic.

But is it just up to leaders to ensure that Rotary is a harassment-free zone? Of course not. It takes each one of us to create and maintain a culture that does not condone, ignore, or excuse harassment. 

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Rotary Appeal for Cyclone Yasa - Fiji 2020-12-20 11:00:00Z