Posted on Feb 12, 2019
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Become a Rotary Heath Hero Today 2019-02-11 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2019
I am pleased to announce that we have a successful candidate for the Georgia Rotary Student Program for 2019;
 
Isla Evans, sponsored by the RC of Otumoetai.
 
Isla will join 90 students from around the world, spending one academic year at a Georgia university in the USA while being hosted during the holidays by a local family.
 
The scholarship is inclusive of all academic and accommodation costs. A truly amazing opportunity open to any 18-25-year-old undergraduate or pre-uni student from your community.
 
I’ll let Isla introduce herself:
 
I’m Isla Evans, a 19-year-old university student about to start my second year studying a bachelor of communications at Auckland University of Technology. Before University, 
Rotary Spreading Peace Through Scholarships  2019-02-09 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Membership Statistics 2019-02-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2019
 

We’re excited you’re joining us at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June. This issue of Convention News contains important program updates to help you plan your convention experience. We have our first group of speakers!

Convention News - Latest Update 2019 2019-02-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2019
Doctor Ujala Nayyar dreams, both figuratively and literally, about a world that is free from polio.
 
Nayyar, the World Health Organization's surveillance officer in Pakistan’s Punjab province, says she often imagines the outcome of her work in her sleep.
 
In her waking life, she leads a team of health workers who crisscross Punjab to hunt down every potential incidence of poliovirus, testing sewage and investigating any reports of paralysis that might be polio.
Meet Rotary Pakistan’s Virus Hunter 2019-02-08 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2019

It was reported in the BOP Times today that June Ross (wife of PDG Jim Ross) passed away on 6 February from her home in Christchurch. While a member of Tokoroa Club Jim Ross was District Governor of 993 in 1989 - 90 and he retired to Tauranga two years later and joined Tauranga Te Papa. He was a member of that club until he died.

In spite of her age, June was one of the more active wives the club had and certainly liked by everyone - a lovely person. June moved to Christchurch on the death of PDG Jim to be with her children.

Passing of June Ross 2019-02-08 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2019

Margaret’s Rotary Minute (Kawerau Rotary) - Women in Rotary - From Rotary Oceania Facebook Page

“Women have always had an influence in Rotary right from the contribution of Jean Thompson, Rotary's Founder Paul Harris's wife, who is often stated as being "the power behind the Rotary 'throne' ".  

2019 marks 30 years since Rotary International formerly enabled women to join Rotary as Rotarians. Since then the direct contribution of women in Rotary has soared and is today pronounced.

Through the Rotary Oceania Facebook page and website over the next few months, we would like to recognize the work that Rotary women throughout NZ and the Pacific do publicly and behind the scenes. This is a great opportunity to highlight women in your Clubs and Districts who have gone above and beyond the call of Service above Self. We are wanting to know those really special women and to thank them for being part of our Rotary family.

Women in Rotary 2019-02-08 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2019
Jane was the first RYE Student to go to Argentina in 1975. She was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Havelock North and was mentored by Rotarian George Pacey.
 
What an experience she had, quite different from today.
 
She was hosted by a family in Rafaela with a family who lived behind their stationery store in a one bedroom flat.
 
Aged 17 she flew unaccompanied to Argentina and attended a private Catholic girls school.
 
Her host sister Liliana exchanged with her to Havelock North.
 
Times were very difficult for Jane, not knowing the language and living with a family who did not speak English.
 
She slept on a bed while her hosts sisters slept on the floor. 
First Rotary Youth Exchange Student to go to Argentinia 2019-02-08 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Polio News December _ January 2019-02-05 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 06, 2019
This beautiful girl is two months old. 

 
Her name is Fausia and she was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.
 
Her condition was one of most severe on the patient list.
 
Her mum is 20 years old and was quite worried about Fausia’s surgery.
 
I explained to mum that I was born with the same condition. Her face instantly lit up.
 
She asked the surgeon if her daughter will have a similar result as me after her surgery and he said yes. Her smile grew even more.
 
By Jess Hosking, Interplast Ambassador
 
My Rotary Samoa Story 2019-02-05 11:00:00Z 0
February Message from Our District Governor Graham Jull  2019-01-31 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2019
Carmen gave an update on preparations for the Beatgirls evening.  The theme will be 1940's, swing, Big Band dance, and V day celebrations.  
The photo (right) has been selected as the image to promote the event.  
 
It will take place at Classic Flyers, in the hangar, with spotlights on the aircraft. Carmen outlined the income and expenses of the event and the potential profit of plus/minus $20000 which is dependent upon sales.
 
The tickets will be sold through an intermediary company, with some held back for sponsors.   
Rotary Otumoetai getting with the Beat 2019-01-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2019

President John welcomed members and reviewed the last six months mentioning some of the highlights –

  • We welcomed new members.
  • Have a new website and have lifted the profile of Rotary on social media.
  • Helped the Business association with Paint the Town Red fundraiser
  • Assisted with the One Giant Chance funding raising for Te Mata Park
  • Held a successful Christmas Trailer Raffle
  • Helped with replanting the trees in Napier Road
  • Set up a child book exchange at Anderson Park
  • Gave gifts to the Hastings Christmas Appeal
  • Sponsored Gabby Anderson on Youth Exchange to the USA

We look forward to the next six months when we will again run the Country2Coast an event that John hopes to have everyone involved in and the opportunity to attend District Conference in March

News from Rotary Havelock North 2019-01-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2019
Sunday 27th January
 
--- Farming Like Grandad – SH30 ---
 
Helping with Parking and taking money at the gate. 9 am for the safety briefing.  High Viz tops required.  
 
Names to President Harry and/or Tracy, please. 
Rotary Kawerau help Farming Like Grandad 2019-01-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2019
Tonight was our educational awards night and it was a pleasure to welcome our students and their families.  
 
Hayley and her team have once again done a fantastic job interviewing the applicants, making the selection and organising the night. 
 
This will be the 15th year of these awards and it was our pleasure to assist Kira Whareaitu, Kymbali Dender, Kacy Sander and Marina McGarvey in their tertiary education journey.
 
Rotary Rotorua North has their Educational Awards Night 2019-01-26 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2019

2019-20 Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney is urging leaders to grow Rotary by creating new Rotary and Rotaract clubs that take advantage of innovative membership models.

In his speech to incoming leaders at the annual training event in San Diego, California, USA, Monday, Maloney said “The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more."

Rotary Clubs Reap Benefits From Fexibility Options 2019-01-19 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2019
At the Radio Kidnappers Awards Ceremony in Napier, end of 2018, Ahuriri Sunrise Rotarian Lynne Trafford was honoured to receive the award for Outstanding Contribution to Radio Kidnappers 2018.
 
During the year Lynne did interviews with Polio Chair Michelle Tanner, District Governor Graham Jull and District Governor Nominee Grant Spackman. Their interviews can be heard here:
 
Rotary Wheels is broadcast every Monday at 10:05am  104.7 FM, 1431 AM, and live at www.radiokidnappers.org.nz
 
 
 
 
Napier Rotarian Wins Radio award 2019-01-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 04, 2019
District Governor Graham supports our plea for each club to consider donating to the ERKs project this year if not already done so, and to see Emergency Response Kits as a worthy annual project to receive ongoing support by funding at least one ERK to be assembled and distributed – current cost NZ$600.00 per ERK.
 
Emergency Response Kits are the only Rotary New Zealand Humanitarian service project responding to disasters in the Pacific, mostly to countries that are a part of New Zealand Rotary.
 
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service Limited manages and coordinates the programme.
 
More than 90% of all donations are spent in New Zealand with a smaller amount in Pacific countries to cover expenses incurred by in-country Rotary Clubs. Rotary New Zealand does not pay any commissions or royalties.
Emergency Response Kits – Plea for Ongoing Support from D9930 Rotary Clubs  2019-01-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 02, 2019
Kondiki Project – Tanzania                                                                        31/12/1018
 
On numerous occasions, I am asked: “How are things going in Tanzania, Geoff?”
 
This project has been in our focus for 10 yrs now and with MFAT (Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade)  approval they have given us an extension for six months (June 2019) to tidy up a few loose ends.
 
For the  benefit of new members in Rotary let me step back to 2008 when I was District Governor in our District (D9930). I developed a simple biogas digester (cow manure in one end – gas out the other end) to be used within the village of Mwika on the foothills of Kilimanjaro – Tanzania.
How are things going in Tanzania? 2019-01-01 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 02, 2019

 

Dear Rotarians:

I am starting to bring together the various District Teams for the next Rotary Year (starting 1st July 2019) and am looking for volunteers to get involved in the following areas

  • District Membership Committee – PDG Mike Smith is the current chair – but he does not have a supportive team to help him. If you think you would enjoy getting involved in various membership initiatives and would like to be considered to become part of Mike’s team  – then please let me know. For a  job description for the committee download it here 
  • Rotary Australia and New Zealand Student Exchange (RANZSE) – for several years Max Patmoy has overseen this scheme locally. He has now decided to step down from this role and we are looking for someone to be his successor and drive this excellent scheme forward. If you feel that you have the passion to see this program continue – and would like to be considered for this role - then please let me know. Details of the program can be found at https://www.ranzse.com
Kind regards 
  
Peter Maxwell 
District Governor 2019/20
District Vacancies ~ just click 2019-01-01 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 30, 2018
Some tips on encouraging your Rotary Club to establish an Interact Club
 
What is Interact?
 
Interact is the junior arm of Rotary International. Young people, aged between 12 and 18  - our future Rotarians- learn about the way of Rotary in an Interact club that is generally attached to a secondary school.
 
District 9930 Interact Chair, Linda Bonne recently emailed all District 9930 Rotary Club Presidents and gave some ideas to help Rotary Clubs establish Interact Clubs within their Rotary Club.
 
Why establish an interact club in your Rotary Club?
Encouraging Your Rotary Club to Establish an Interact Club 2018-12-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 29, 2018
 
Whilst working in the Rotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchange booth in Hobart, 9930 District Chair Max Patmoy
was visited by some very high rollers. From left to right Elizabeth and Graham Jull ~ 9930 District Governor and wife, Max,
Raewyn Kirkman ~ 9930 Past District Governor, [next pic] Jenny Philips ~ Australian National Chair of RANZSE,
Ian Risley ~ Immediate Past World President of Rotary International, and Max
"Rotary Big Wigs" visit RANZSE booth in Hobart. 2018-12-28 11:00:00Z 0
Governor Elect Training / Australia New Zealand Conference  2018-12-28 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 29, 2018
Whakatane High School Interact Club is the ‘Youth arm’ of Rotary, a service Club for young people between ages of 12 and 18.
 
Our Interact club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Whakatane Sunrise, who provide support and guidance with our many activities.
 
Our Interact Club is chartered, meaning we are recognised as an official club by Rotary International.
 
Whakatane High School’s Interact Club welcomes any student of Whakatane High School that is interested in making a change in their school and their community. 
Rotary Interact in Whakatane 2018-12-28 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 28, 2018
The State of Rotary Membership — updated
The newly revised State of Rotary Membership presentation is now available. Viewing it, you’ll learn about growth, attrition, and the opportunity to enrich membership. The updated slides include 1 July 2018 membership data.
 
The 16-slide PowerPoint presentation can be given as is, or you can easily regionalize it to create a custom presentation for your members. 
 
Read how Sherri Muniz, Rotary coordinator for region 26 (USA), used this valuable resource, and discover other ways to use the presentation effectively. 
Watch a recording of the presentation with narration on our Vimeo channel. 
 
The State of Rotary Membership — Updated 2018-12-27 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Otumoetai Sends Their Best 2018-12-22 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 23, 2018
Old Rotary Man in Lycra from Rotary Kawerau. Angus and the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge:  
 
Angus told us about his adventures in the rain.  ADG Scotty co-opted him into this totally new venture for him and Barney Gray lent him a bicycle.  
 
Three weeks of preparation with some training by our Dennis, a new pair of Lycra balloon pants, and he was into it!!  He started at the Motuoapo Marina with Kevin and Rusty egging him on.  Whoops, a flat tyre so he had to start again!!  Then it was all on for 40km in the rain --- a few falls later (as he wasn’t used to his feet clipped into the pedals) and the cheerful sign for the last 10km, and he crossed the finish line in 129th place with Gail, Tracy and Kevin cheering him in  The Rotarian tent was very sociable as he gathered his breath.  
 
Angus said it was an awesome day and he intends to do 80km next year.  
 
He has bought the bike and training has begun.  Go Angus Go!!!! 
ORMIL Sighted at Rotary Kawerau 2018-12-22 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 17, 2018
In the last two weeks this club presented dictionaries at Merivale School and Brookfield Primary School.   A cheque for $2500 was also presented to Brookfield Primary School to purchase Duffy Books.   We've done some good work with these awards.   Student literacy is advanced in a personal way.   Brian Hodge and Keith McLeod, well done for your efforts, and to those who attended the presentations.
 
Books, Books and Books from Rotary Otumoetai 2018-12-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 17, 2018
Those of you who are placing Christmas lights/ decorations in your front yards, can you please avoid anything that has Red or Blue flashing lights together? 

Every time I come around the corner, I think it's the police and I have a panic attack. 

 I have to brake hard, toss my beer out the window, fasten my seat belt, stop texting and throw my phone on the floor, turn my boom box down, and put my gun into the glove box. 

It's just too much drama for me, even for Christmas. Thank you, in advance, for your co-operation and understanding. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Rotary Te Aroha's Christmas Humour 2018-12-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 17, 2018
Christmas Auction -  Assisting Children to School in Cambodia Last night at our Fairfield Rotary Club Christmas party we held our annual auction which was organised by the club’s International Committee. We received an overwhelming response from our club members and from our friends from the Rototuna club who also joined us.  
 
On behalf of the International Committee, Mike Grayson would like to thank you all for joining in and having fun at our auction. The number of people who came up after the auction and pledged $50 or $100 or some other sum absolutely surpassed my expectations. Thank you!  It is amazing how these sums add up. Thanks also to those people who offered or arranged prizes and to those who gave bids. Thanks to our wonderful auctioneer, Mark.  
 
We raised a couple of hundred dollars shy of $10,000 !!!   It is not an effort any of us take for granted. I think each of us can say this was truly a collective club effort and achievement. Essentially, this is why we belong to a Rotary club.  
Christmas Fundraiser for Fairfield Rotary 2018-12-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 17, 2018
 What a good meeting we had on Wednesday.  It was a pleasure to listen to Mikala tell us her background and aspirations, and great that we can nominate her for RYLA. She is a leader in the making.
 
Mikala spoke to the club about her life which we all enjoyed. She explained that she has a habit of putting her hand up for everything (school days: Junior forum, deputy for house captain yr 12, summer science application).
Rotary Te Aroha's Gem 2018-12-16 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2018
Last week the final pack-out of the school books being sent to Tonga was accomplished by what had now become a small, but accomplished team.
 
The photo shows Richard Hay, Bob McCaw, Robert Kyle, Mark Oldershaw, and Steve Winter. The same afternoon the team drove to pick up 5 cartons of books from Sacred Heart, which had been gathered up by Teresa Cowen, HOD Science.
 
The project team is indebted to Paul McGrail, ex-club member and Conroy’s dispatch officer, for coordinating the project with Conroys’. Paul is now working with Daniel Kull, who will arrange shipping to Nuku’alofa, the Port of Tonga, hopefully, to arrive before Christmas. 
Taradale Rotary Pack Books for Tonga 2018-12-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2018
Well, team, it is hard to believe that your year abroad is in its final three months before you all return home to your expectant families.
 
As time is marching on, I suggest that you tick off your final goals on your bucket lists and make the most of the coming weeks. I’d also like to remind you to maintain your positive attitudes and behaviours even though it may be tempting to let standards slip with home just around the corner.
 
Now is a good time to plan how you are going to thank your host families and you should also be prepared to give a final speech at your last host club meeting.                 
 
Remember to try and keep your Rotary smile on even when faced with challenging times including goodbyes.
 
One last thing, please mark in your diaries our Debrief Day, held in Rotorua on Sunday 10 February 2019 – more information to follow.
 
Best wishes
Kevin and Dianne and all the committee.
Rotary Youth Exchange ~ News From Around the World 2018-12-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2018
From the pen of District Governor Graham Jull:
 
Greetings fellow Rotarians.
 
Elizabeth and I have now completed our Governor visits to all 51 D9930 Rotary Clubs.
 
We have loved every moment of it and thank you for all the generous greetings, hospitality, warm friendship and an insight into all the good things your club is doing in your community and throughout the world.
 
It has been inspirational and a privilege to share the spirit and bond of Rotary that exists throughout our district.
Christmas Message from Our Santaorial District Governor Graham Jull 2018-12-02 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 01, 2018
Twelve students aged between 13 and a half and sixteen years of age will enjoy Ruruku (Welcoming) Weekend early next year.
 
Announcing the successful applicants on December 1st, District Chair Max Patmoy was thrilled at the success rate.
 
Max said, "This is the best district result in any district in Australia or New Zealand".
Rotary Australia-New Zealand Student Exchange Hosts 12 Students 2018-11-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2018
Rural Kids Bus Shelter Project Report Bob Gillon November 2018  
 
The 3 Total Span Bus Shelters are completed and in use by local children in Te Rahu Road, Downard Road and Sutherland Road.
 
In May 2018 the Beacon ran an article calling for rural families to suggest sites for the bus shelters with a good response.
 
In negotiation with local schools and farmers, UzaBus, Whakatane District Council, Transit NZ and Chorus the 3 sites were selected and the pallets containing all the components were delivered from the factory in Christchurch to my home. Each frame was put together in my front yard. I commenced the on-site work clearing the sites, digging drainage and erecting boxing.
 
Whakatane ITM provided the steel mesh. The concrete base was poured - provided by Allied Concrete, then the frames transported to the site by trailer, lifted on and off by 4 strong neighbours and local farmers. 
Rotary Whakatane's Rural Kids Bus Shelter Project 2018-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2018
“One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary "4-Way Test."
 
It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago based Club Aluminium Company, which was facing bankruptcy.
 
Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.
 
Herb Taylor became president of Rotary International during 1954-55.
 
The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways.
 
The message should be known and followed by all Rotarians.” 
Rotary's Four Way Test 2018-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2018

SPEAKER:  Rhose Shand (Hearing Therapist)
Our speaker was Rhose Shand who is a hearing therapist with Life Unlimited Hearing and is based at the Hearing Association rooms in Southampton Street, Hastings.

Many of the Rotarians in the room were wearing hearing aids but none of them had any trouble understanding Rhose’s talk, as Rhose spoke slowly, with careful pronunciation and at a normal speaking level. 

We learned a lot by observing Rhose’s presentation and appreciated that communication is far more than just the spoken word, but includes facial expression, body language and the topic.

Rhose gave us extensive advice on coping with hearing loss. She advised us all to have a hearing test, so that if our hearing suddenly deteriorated because of an accident, illness or other cause, the results of the initial test would be an important benchmark. 

Rhose also advised those of us who wear hearing aids to wear them all the time.  Using hearing aids just when ‘going out’ was very ineffective.

Rotary Havelock North, Eh? What Did You Say? 2018-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2018
Guest Speaker Chris Barnard.
 
Chris told us that everyone is included in this project and that it does not matter who you are. 
 
Some projects like this have, in the past, failed after 1-2 years because not enough people were involved and the few who were, got tired!  The success of this project is because many people signed a contract to commit to working in the garden.  Even the little children signed by putting a thumbprint on the contract.  
 
The rule is that everyone must take part. Honey has a meeting each week with the children included and no one is more important than the other. Chris said that the use of the garden is a smokescreen, really, it is about bringing people together in a useful way to benefit everyone in the community. 
 
Hughes Place, Rotary Whakatane's Food Production Project 2018-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Gisler Christmas Parade 2018-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2018
Our speaker on Wednesday night was Nicole Siarez Peromo.
 
Nicole and her mother Sandra attended our meeting as Nicole wanted to extend her thanks for the Dux prize and also to let us all know what her plans are for the next three years.  

Nicole is studying for a Bachelor or Science and Technology with emphasis on the Environment.
 
She has received from Te Paewai O Te Rangi a scholarship for the Waikato University which will help finance the next three years of study.
 
 
Rotary Te Aroha Hear Dux Report 2018-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2018
World Polio Day on 24 October was a special moment for united action across the programme – a time for vaccinators, advocates and donors in every far corner of the globe to reflect together on the world’s incredible progress toward eradication.
 
Much has changed since the establishment of the GPEI in 1988, and the polio programme has changed with it. But one thing has remained constant: the commitment of the tireless individuals working to end this disease.
 
We’re thankful for the advocates from all walks of life – from religious scholars to polio survivors – who are taking bold steps each day to ensure that every child will one day be forever safe from polio.
Rotary Global Polio Eradication Initiative 2018-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2018
Three years ago, Lesanthe underwent emergency surgery in Sri Lanka to remove a foreign object that penetrated his left arm.
 
While the object was successfully removed, Lesanthe was left unable to extend his wrist and hand.
 
Over the next few years, Lesanthe developed severe pain at the site of his initial injury which progressed along his forearm. When he met Interplast’s hand therapy team in his home country of Sri Lanka this year, he was unable to use his left arm and hand.
 
In Lesanthe’s first session with Interplast, he met volunteer occupational therapists and hand therapists, Beth McNeish and Kerry White, at the National Hospital in Colombo.
 
During this session, Beth and Kerry taught local occupational therapists how to make a splint for Lesanthe.
Rotary Interplast's Effort to Help Lesanthe Regain use of his Hand 2018-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 2018-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2018
7 November –
 
Rory Macdonald was our guest speaker.
 
Rory is a professional farrier and gave us an insight into his trade.
 
He talked about his historical connection with horses, his training and working overseas in Singapore.
 
After answering many questions, he gave a live demonstration of how to make and forge a shoe for a horse.
 
He also showed us various tools he is uses. 
Shoes on the Table Allowed at the Rotary Club of Hamilton East 2018-11-14 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2018
Ngaire introduced us to Barry Reynolds who spoke to us on train driving.  Barry circulated some documents including one commendation and one reprimand.  Barry enjoyed every minute working for the railways. 
 
He spoke to us about the Tangiwai disaster.  He wished later that he'd never gone.  His Dad hosted two young men that had been in the first carriage with Barry's brother. Their experiences is what attracted Barry to work for the Railways. 
 
In readiness for the 1958 flood Barry was amongst many helping people evacuate residents from Matapuna.  The next day he was called to do a work train to Ginn's Mill - waste of time, two washouts were far larger than thought.  
Taumarunui Rotary and - Barry Reynolds, Train Driver 2018-11-12 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2018
Guest Speaker – Monika Zwart has the Driving Miss Daisy franchise. 
 
Prior to that, she was a police officer.
 
She grew up in Ormond, her father was a Dutchman who worked from sunrise to sundown. He lived by work and prayer.
 
She has two brothers who live away from Gisborne.
 
She took over the farm and as her Dad grew roses she was often called the rose lady. 
Gisborne Rotary and Driving Miss Daisy 2018-11-12 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2018
Te Aroha Springs Community Trust
Presents
Movie Time
Come along and enjoy a movie morning at Thames Cinema.
We are taking a bus over to Thames; Movies x 2
Guaranteed to be great !!!!!!
Choice of yes Two Movies
Meet: St David’s Parish
         (32 Church Street, Te Aroha)
When: Wednesday 28th November 2018
Time: 9.15am Bus Leaves
 
Cost: $20.00
(Includes Morning Tea, Transport and Movie)
 
 
 
Te Aroha Rotary Hosts Movie Time! 2018-11-12 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2018
Ngaire Jackson spoke to us about her experiences as a sufferer of poliomyelitis.  
 
Ngaire contracted polio at age 5 in May 1954.  She had been at school for five months and was one of seven in the Bay of Plenty to get it.  
 
They were all in the area at the same time.  It was never proven where she got the disease.  
 
She was the only one in her family to get it.  She contracted it five months before the vaccine came out – being at a country school – they were the last to get immunised. 
 
Rotary Whakatane Listens to a Polio Survivor 2018-11-12 11:00:00Z 0
District Governor Interviewed on Radio Kidnappers 2018-11-12 11:00:00Z 0
Hamilton Central Has Organised a Tramp to Mt. Pirongia, South West of Hamilton 2018-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
You can make it easy for club members to find your favourite Learning Center course by creating a direct link to it and sharing it with them.
 
Here’s how: 1. Log in to the Learning Center.
2. Go the course you want to share and click on the link icon in the top right corner of the page
3. Copy the link that appears and paste it into your email, newsletter, or website.
 
The link takes users to the course only if they’re already signed in to My Rotary, so be sure to remind members to sign in before following the link.
 
Also, remind your members to use only Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers.
 
Discover all the features of the new Learning Center by taking the Getting Started With the Learning Center course today.
 
Direct Links to Rotary Learning Courses 2018-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
The last three months have been some of the most busiest months for ShelterBox. Earthquakes, a Tsunami  and a Volcanic eruption, have all played their part in one of our largest deployments to Indonesia.

Friday 28 September, saw the people of Sulawesi look on in horror as giant waves crashed onto their shores.  First the island was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.
 
Then a tsunami tore through the region, flattening everything in its path and turning thousands of homes to rubble.

Remembering too, that at the same time, ShelterBox was deployed to the Philippines, Kenya and Chad, whilst preparing for the Syria winter deployment with our partner organisation "ReliefAid".
Rotary Aid Arrives in Indonesia 2018-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
From the pen of District Governor Graham Jull:
 
Greetings fellow Rotarians. Only 55 sleeps to go until Christmas! We are now starting the fifth month of the 2018-19 Rotary year.
 
The month of November is Rotary Foundation Month.
 
 Many clubs are promoting the Rotary Foundation (our charity) with events and special functions. This follows on the heels of World Polio Day on October 24th. For the 2017-18 year, 9930 was third in the world for giving to the Rotary Foundation from contributions from 44 of our 51 clubs. Imagine what Rotary could achieve with humanitarian work throughout the world and in our local communities if all 9930 clubs supported the Foundation!
 
Elizabeth and I have now visited 44 clubs of the 51 in our great district. My car seems to know automatically our way around the district and there is more than 20,000km extra on the dial since    1 July 2018.
November Message from Our District Governor Graham Jull 2018-10-31 11:00:00Z 1
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Interplast volunteer speech pathologists and physiotherapists have worked with Fiji National University to incorporate training on cleft care in the physiotherapy curriculum for final year students.
 
Read on to see how Interplast is helping local health professionals like Fijian physiotherapist, Queresha Ali, to specialise in this important area of expertise.
 

Volunteer speech pathologist, Sarah Florisson, said there is currently no speech therapy department in Fiji, and Interplast allied health volunteers have been working together with local health professionals and educators to fill this gap.

“Our emphasis has been on training physiotherapy and nursing staff at Colonial War Memorial Hospital,” she said.

Each year, dozens of cleft lip and palate repair operations are undertaken by local surgeons in Fiji, with mentoring support from Interplast volunteer surgeons.

 

Children being operated on are very young – intervention at such a young age is integral to better health outcomes because without surgery, babies cannot feed properly and may become malnourished, and children may face speech and communication difficulties as they become older.

Local Physiotherapy Students Receive Training by Rotary Interplast Volunteers 2018-10-31 11:00:00Z 0
 
Guest Speaker and fellow member Peter Robertson who was introduced by John Earwaker.  Peter spoke about his recent Habitat for Humanity trip to Vietnam.  This was Peters 11th trip for Habit for Humanity and it is always a lot of fun. Peter went to Hanoi and it is a very busy place with millions of motorbikes which carry a variety of people and goods.  The weather was very wet and rained and rained and this held up the build of the house. The rain also caused flooding with the temperatures never below 30 and mostly was at 37 degrees. Vietnam produces a lot of rice.  Despite the rain, the build evolved.  Peter noticed there are a lot of shines & dragon sculptors most everywhere you visit.  A very interesting trip Peter did was visiting the Cu Chi tunnels. 
Rotarian's Habitat for Humanity trip to Vietnam. 2018-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2018
The Rotary Club of Whakatane is raising funds and awareness for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) through the action of Rotary member, Owen Vaughan, who is walking the Te Araroa Trail, a 3,000km pathway from Cape Reinga to Bluff. 
 
Every day many New Zealanders are diagnosed with some form of cancer.
 
Most of us know someone who has experienced this disease, often with heartbreaking consequences.
 
LBC is the national charity dedicated to supporting patients and their families who have been diagnosed with one of the many forms of Leukaemia. LBC receives no government funding, so please help support this great cause.
Te Araroa Trail ~ Same Rotary Vest, Same Shirt, Different Day 2018-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2018
My name is Randy Rascati and I’m the Public Image Chair for Rotary District 5190.
 
Our District covers a large portion of California and most of the State of Nevada in the U.S.A. (Not Las Vegas).
 
The reason for me writing to you is that I’ve been recently tasked with updating our district’s website and came across the 9930 District Website in my efforts to find out who had the best site.
 
I am very impressed with your team’s work!
Our Top Rotary District Website 2018-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2018

GUEST SPEAKER: David Jopson (Restorative Justice)

At the end of 2016, David retired after 47 years in education – his last school was Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School where he was Principal for 17 years.

Since retiring David has trained as a Restorative Justice Facilitator and he gave a PowerPoint presentation about Restorative Justice. David covered the following aspects of Restorative Justice:

What it is – a victim-centred programme and an opportunity for the offender and victim to come together in a safe neutral environment

Rotary Havelock North and Restorative Justice 2018-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2018
 
After 30 years of bold action, historic achievements, and sometimes discouraging setbacks, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) have nearly brought polio to an end. This groundbreaking public-private partnership and its innovative strategies were celebrated Wednesday during Rotary’s 6th annual World Polio Day event, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Watch the livestream.
Rotary's World Polio Day Lauds Partnership Success 2018-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2018
 President Ian asked for 3 or 4 volunteers who would be available during the day next Wednesday 24 October to assist with a Purple Pinkie Day promotion.  
 
This will involve sitting outside the Post Office asking for donations and telling people about polio.  If someone wants to donate we will paint their fingernail purple.  Please contact Ian know if you can assist.   
 
Why 'Purple Pinkie'? 
 
In countries where the threat of polio remains, children still receive their polio vaccine by mouth, unlike other countries where the vaccine is injected.
 
 When vaccinating millions of children in a short period of time it is impossible to document so, every child when vaccinated has the little finger (pinkie) nail of their left hand painted with an indelible purple marker.
 
This mark turns brown and lasts for about one month.  
 
This is important because the vaccine should not be readministered within one month.  Vaccinators check a child's finger before vaccinating to check if they need the vaccine.  Hence, Purple Pinkie. 
 
The Rotary immunization programme started in 1985 in the Philippines.  That was so successful that three years later in 1988 the Rotary International Board decided to take on the world.  
 
Rotary partnered with the World Health Organisation and UNICEF who negotiated access to countries which was not always easy.  The US Centre for Communicable Diseases produced the vaccine in large quantities and they were responsible for distributing it.  Rotarians were then responsible for the logistics and the immunization programmes themselves.  
 
There are still three countries that are not free of polio: Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  In Doug’s words Rotary has done “a hell of a good job” over the past 30 years.  17.4 million people would be polio victims today without the vaccination programme but the real message is that we can’t stop now.  
Rotary Club of Whakatane's Purple Pinkie Project 2018-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2018
Three Minute Speaker Bob McCaw.
 
Bob’s talk of a year ago described how Glenys and he were caught up in the May 1987 Coupled by Col Sitiveni Rabuka, and, as a result, had to leave Fiji in a hurry.
 
He returned in 1988 to implement the TITAN program.
 
He was then employed to develop computer systems to support the new Form 6 certificate which was to replace the NZUE qualification.
 
This was also implemented in Tonga and, returning from Tonga in 1991, Bob arrived back in Suva  after midnight on a Saturday to find the runway lights at Funafuti airport were out. 
 
 
Rotary Taradale Listen to Mr. Fiji. 2018-10-29 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 16, 2018
Rotarians are invited to the 3rd National Membership Seminar on Saturday 27 October at Kings College. 
 
Registration opens at 9.00am, with the Seminar commencing at 10am and finishing at 5.30pm.  There will be two overseas presenters - Mark Huddleston from the Rotary Club of Seaford, Melbourne - author of Creatures of Habit and Barbara Mifsud from the Rotary International Paramatta Office.   
 
Rotary Public Image Co-ordinator Liz Courtney will also be presenting along with many others. 
 
To reserve your seat, go to www.rotarydistrict9920.org, find the flyer and click on it to start the registration process.   There is a small charge of $50 to cover costs including refreshments and lunch. 
NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR – 27 OCTOBER 2018-10-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2018
There was some panic in the ranks when yours truly went down with the flu and had to back out of his reporting and photography duties.
 
However a call to the team got the necessary responses and Harry Renfree provided report material, while Yvonne Dobbie and Diane Howell sent in photos.
 
Guest Speaker Rob Pattullo welcomed Rotarians and Guests and introduced Tony Bish of the Urban Winery. Tony and his wife Karryn operate this busy wine based business. 
Urban Winery Visit by Taradale Rotary Club. 2018-10-13 11:00:00Z 0
D9930 District Governor Graham Jull visits Taradale Rotary.
 
Graham was introduced by President Keith as a member of Te Awamutu Rotary, a dentist and a colonel in the NZ Army for 30 years and a Past District Chair of the Youth Exchange Committee.
 
Graham made a presentation to Assistant District Governor Ann Clarke for all the good work she does in Napier.
What's in a Rotary District Governor's Visit? 2018-10-13 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2018
U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Independent State of Samoa. 
Prominent Political Leader, Attorney and National Guardsman. 
Former U.S. Senator and Republican Nominee. 
AMB Brown will be speaking on Interpreting U.S. Trade Policy and what we can expect going forward. 
12pm, 15th October 2018 The Orchard Function Centre 20 McLoughlin Drive, Te Puke 
U.S. Ambassador to Speak at Rotary Te Puke 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Shelterbox Update on Indonesia 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2018
From the pen of District Governor Graham Jull:
 
Greetings fellow Rotarians. How are you getting on with daylight saving?
 
We are now starting the fourth month of the 2018-19 Rotary year.
 
The month of October is Economic and Community Development Month.
 
Elizabeth and I have now visited 30 clubs of the 51 in our great district. During October, we will be spending some time in the Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Wairoa. 
 
All clubs seem to be fully into their inspirational year of doing good in the world and in most cases are having great fun and fellowship in the process.  Keep it up
October Message from Our District Governor Graham Jull 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day October 24th! 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2018

 

Trees for Survival is an environmental education programme which involves young people growing and planting native trees to restore natural habitats by helping landowners revegetate erosion-prone land, improve stream flow and water quality and increase biodiversity.

The Trees for Survival programme creates community partnerships by engaging schools, their community, local businesses and Councils all working together to restore our natural heritage.

Rotary Trees For Survival 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Rotarians are leaders and learning about Rotary helps you, your club and your community.  
 
This workshop gives you Information to help you participate and enjoy Rotary more and make a difference.
 
WEEKEND session 13 -14 October 2018 Taradale Town Hall corner Meanee Road and Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier 
Rotary Leadership Institute 13-14 October 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2018
Phishing and Scamming Nicky McCleland & Kathy Olsen .

Nicky and Kathy were introduced by Ross Edwards as senior banking representatives with the BNZ responsible for the security of their customers and the prevention of financial abuse. 
 
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has found that 15% of NZ adults have been scammed or tricked out of money.
 
Phishing scams can be very sophisticated, and criminals go to great lengths to make their emails and fake login pages look genuine. There are no hard and fast rules to identify a phish but you should be wary, and keep these indicators in mind when reading emails: 
Rotary Taradale Hear About Bank Scams 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2018
Barney spoke about the Rotary Micro Finance initiative that has assisted people in many areas by providing small low-interest loans to help start and support small businesses.  
 
One example was Levi Johnson who lived in Detroit and when the Global Financial Crisis hit he turned what was a hobby into a successful business with the help of a Rotary microloan. 
 
He used to cook up a Cajun sauce for his family and when he was laid off from his job he decided to get serious about his sauce which he called Mr Levi’s My-T-Fine Soul Sauce.  With the help of the Detroit Rotary District 6400 project that provides microloans and free business education to small-business owners and pairs them with Rotarian mentors, he was granted a $1000 loan which he used to launch his business. 
Rotary Micro Finance Initiative That Has Assisted People in Many Areas 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2018
Tamsin Ward-Smith is the eastern coordinator for brown kiwi with the trust Kiwis for Kiwi. It was at the Westshore centre where Tamsin is based that our club helped with the maintenance of the pens a couple of months ago.
 
Tamsin accompanied by her kiwi dog in training, Spur, spoke about the kiwi population in New Zealand and the work the trust is doing to increase the population.  
 
Kiwi, New Zealand’s national treasure, is a grumpy solitary bird that prefers its own company.
 
It is a sacred bird with all parts protected.
 
There are five different species; little spotted, brown, great spotted, Rowi and Tokoeka. The kiwi population is 63,500. They are mostly nocturnal and live in all habitats. Their sharp claws are used for digging and defence. 
 
(Tamsin Ward-Smith (pictured below with Charlie Fergus and her dog Spur) 
Rotary Havelock North Support the Brown Kiwi with the Trust Kiwis for Kiwi 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
The Old Custom House In Ahuriri 2018-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2018
Aged 1, Maria was first seen by an Interplast team in the Philippines to have her cleft lip and palate repair.
 
Maria was born with a cleft lip and palate. This congenital deformity affects babies’ ability to feed. As a result, they are more likely to become malnourished, leading to a weakened immune system.
Rotary Gives Baby Maria The Best Chance or a Healthy Life 2018-09-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2018
Rotary Cambridge invites you to join us for our first Cambridge Garden Festival on Sunday 18th November 2018.
 
There are 10 great Cambridge Gardens for you to visit from 9 am until 4.30 pm.  The tickets are $40 per person or $30 per person for seniors. 
 
The gardens include town and country, small and large. Our garden owners have different stories and backgrounds including specialists in hydrangeas, gardens in the new development of St Kilda which incorporates a wetland area, and garden renovation projects.
 
This is a new fundraising project for us, and our sponsors have ensured that all our ticket sales are going to be donated to charity.
 
You can pre purchase a picnic lunch (with $1 of the price going to the charities), and take a one hour Behind the Scenes tour of Lilies by Blewden for an additional $10pp.  These tours are quickly selling out and there are only 40 tickets remaining.
 
Tickets are available to be purchased from www.cgf.nz, or you can purchase in bulk by emailing gardens@cgf.nz.
 
For more information, check out our website at www.cgf.nz, or email the project lead, Carey Church at gardens@cgf.nz.
 
Rotary Cambridge's Upcoming Garden Festival 2018-09-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2018

Saying that Rotary is “transparent and honest,” Indian real estate investor Ravishankar Dakoju, and his wife, Paola, recently donated US$14.7 million to The Rotary Foundation. 

Ravishankar, a senior member of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India and president of the Rotary Club of Bangalore Orchards, Karnataka, India, announced the gift during the installation of District 3190 (Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka) leaders on 1 July. 

His donation is one of the largest gifts in the Foundation’s history. 

Indian Real Estate Investor Donates $14.7 Million to The Rotary Foundation 2018-09-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2018
District Governor Graham has asked me to write to clubs in 9930 regarding Emergency Response Kits and the need for each club to consider donating to the project (ERKs) this year if not already done so.
 
Emergency Response Kits were established in 1985 and were a project of 9910, 9920 and 9940 for 20 years before it became expanded throughout New Zealand.
The supply of Box and Contents is in itself a project and many clubs each year pack the kits – hands-on Rotary service.
 
Emergency Response Kits are the only Rotary New Zealand Humanitarian service project responding to disasters in the Pacific, mostly to countries that are part of Districts 9910 and 9920.
Rotary Emergency Response Kits 2018-09-29 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 9930 2019 Conference registrations. 2018-09-26 12:00:00Z 2
Posted on Sep 14, 2018
Rotary Maketu was recognised at the 2018 Trustpower Community Service awards event for its service to the Paengaroa community. 
 
In making the award, the presenter focused on the unique cycleway rest area project that was funded, in part, by a District 9930 Rotary Foundation grant.  She also cited several examples of how the club had expanded its vision of service to the neighbouring communities of Paengaroa and Pukehina.  
 
Rotary Maketu was one of eight community organisations out of 70 nominations from the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty region, who were acknowledged for their exemplary service to the community.     
 
(Rotarian David Campbell shown with Trustpower General Manager, Fiona Smith and WBOP Mayor, Garry Webber)
Rotary Maketu Receives Trustpower Community Service Award  2018-09-13 12:00:00Z 1
Posted on Sep 09, 2018
Every year, the polio programme delivers lifesaving health services to thousands of communities worldwide — each one with a distinct culture and set of customs.
 
From gender norms, to national holidays, this context-specific knowledge is essential to understanding how to most effectively find and protect every last child from the crippling effects of polio.
 
By collaborating with community leaders, hiring resident vaccinators and tailoring strategies to fit local customs, the polio programme is able to build critical trust within polio-vulnerable communities and reach more children with the lifesaving polio vaccine than ever before.
 
Rotary Fighting to Eradicate Polio 2018-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2018
You’re invited to join the Rotary Peace Academy.

Join Rotarians all over the globe as you learn how to build and sustain peace through a free, self-paced training course offered by Rotary and the Institute for Economics and Peace.
 
Discover how to measure peace, what Positive Peace is, and how you can become a peace-builder — at home, in your club, and in your community. When you join the Rotary Peace Academy, you’re helping address one of humanity’s greatest challenges: creating a peaceful world.  
 
Rotary Peace in Action 2018-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2018
Situated on the Elbe River, Hamburg, Germany, is the third-largest port in Europe, a thriving hub of global trade.
 
The city will host the 2019 Rotary International Convention 1-5 June.
 
Local Rotarians are hard at work planning activities that will help you capture the moment. In the September issue of The Rotarian, you will learn more about what you can expect during your visit to Germany's gateway to the world.
 
Register by 15 December to take advantage of the early registration discount.
Drop Anchor with Rotary in Hamburg 2018-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2018
"Getting More from Your Club's Web Presence

Is your club among the more-than-10% of clubs that provide little or no highly visible contact information on the internet? What is "best practise" for getting contacts from people who visit your club websites?
 
To answer the second question, see the zone internet page at https://rotaryoceania.zone/Page/Show?Slug=the-best-club-websites-in-the-zone&ClassCode=Page (login required). This page names the "best" club websites in the zone and explains how to increase your club's ranking.
 
Is your club a top performer? Judge that yourself by seeing what is Best Practise.
Rotary Ahuriri One of the Top Websites in Oceania ( Aust, NZ and Islands). 2018-09-01 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2018
From the pen of District Governor Graham Jull:
 
Greetings fellow Rotarians and welcome to Spring.
 
We are now starting the third month of the 2018-19 Rotary year.
 
The month of September is Basic Education and Literacy Month.
 
Already, Elizabeth and I have been able to visit 24 clubs of the 51 in our great district. We have been overwhelmed by the welcomes we have received and the special functions that have been organised for our visits. This is indeed the highlight of the Governor's year.
 
Regardless of the varying sizes of the clubs, we are impressed by the range of projects and support all clubs are providing for their communities and the strong support for the Rotary Foundation and our humanitarian projects overseas.
September Thoughts From District Governor Graham Jull 2018-08-31 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2018
A job vacancy exists in the youth area for a dedicated Rotarian.
 
Rotary Australia, New Zealand Student Exchange needs a Deputy Chair.
 
The Rotarian needed should live in our northern region around Hamilton/Rotorua.
 
This youth exchange is sometimes called the "matched twin exchange"  The committee administers the programme of matched exchanges with secondary school students from our District, between the ages of 13 1/2 and 16 years on 1 January of the participating year, and compatible Australian students. 
Rotary Vacancy on District Committee for Rotary Australia - New Zealand Student Exchange. 2018-08-31 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2018
Rotary  Whakatane's  guest speakers were club member and birthday boy Craig and his partner Bridget (“the Palmers”) who gave us an update and tag-team presentation on the Rotary Predator Trap Project. 
 
The project came about when the inspirational idea to try and get hold of stoat traps from a local supplier aligned with the Menz Shed group looking for something to do.  Stoats are the number one predator of Kiwi chicks.  It took about a year to put things together, but the project is going very well now.  
 
The traps are built by Menz Shed using local suppliers for the materials and are delivered to your door.  The funds raised go to support local youth environmental initiatives and environmental education.  
The Rotary Predator Trap Project 2018-08-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2018
Hello from Canada. 
 
We are coming to NZ in Feb and March of 2019 and would love to hook up with fellow Rotarians from NZ who would host us.  We have set up a couple home exchanges and a time share but would like to create contact with any Rotarian who would host us in order to help us experience their local communities.
 
Our intention is to start at the south end of the South Island and work our way northward through the North Island. We have previously participated in hosting International Rotarian visitors and know that this is an excellent way to truly learn about a community and mix with the locals.
 
If this ispossible at all, please drop us an email and we can be more specific on dates and locations.  fenlwebb@gmail.com 
 
Patrick WEBB & Colleen FENNELL
Rotary Club of Salmon Arm,
British Columbia, Canada
Hello From Canada 2018-08-29 12:00:00Z 0
All About Them Days (for Girls) 2018-08-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2018
Rototuna Rotary is planning an Annual Fun Cycle Ride from Ngaruawahia to the Hamilton Gardens.
 
The project has secured Sarah Ulmer as a mentor.
 
Rototuna Club is keen to have Fairfield involvement in this project as a joint fundraising project. It is important that we avail ourselves of this opportunity as it is critical that we develop new fundraising opportunities for our club. To this end several of our members have volunteered to attend the Rototuna Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday 21st August as this meeting is to be devoted to preliminary planning for this fundraising event. 
 
 
Naperville Rotary Ride
Rotary Fairfield Plan Annual Fun Cycle Ride 2018-08-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2018
Glenn Roberts– Membership Committee.
 
As a result of a recent Committee meeting, Glenn asked if anyone know where the ‘Apple of friendship’ was as they wanted to implement it again?
 
Peter Graham owned up to having had it for some zonks!
 
The idea of the  Apple is quite simply that …the person with it must take someone out for a coffee/wine/food.
 
The apple is them passed on to that person who repeats the process. Hence, the Apple of Friendship.
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise's Apple of Friendship 2018-08-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 27, 2018
 
 
 
 
This week Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Havelock North assisted other volunteers to help clear the undergrowth from the kiwi runs at the Wild Solutions Wildlife Habitat at Westshore.
 
This was in response to a request for help from Tamsin Ward-Smith of the Kiwis for Kiwi Project. 
Rotary Havelock North Help Kiwis for Kiwis 2018-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 27, 2018
World Class (60 students) of 2017
 
Does your club want to promote Rotary and offer a young person from your town the opportunity of a lifetime?
Georgia Rotary Student Programme 2018-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 27, 2018
Peter T stood and introduced Karen Ngatai who spoke to us on township revitalisation.  Peter expressed his appreciation for the current works conducted by RDC. 
 
Karen's first association with Rotary started when she served meals at Cobb & Co. 
 
There are two revitalisations going on - RDC and taskforce.  
 
The taskforce initiatives started with Karen's five years getting permission from agencies including NZ Rail in readiness for the rhododendrons. 
 
The Lines Company paid for three years of mowing around the rhodos.  NZTA has picked up part of this sponsorship.
 
 A volunteer mows the rest. 
 
Taumarunui Rotary Hear About their Township Revitalisation 2018-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
Invite Members to Experience the 2019 Rotary Convention! 2018-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 22, 2018
On Monday Evening Jon Summers spoke of his trip to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar earlier this year.
Jon and his mate Peter trained for this rip by running and walking up and down Mt Te Aroha, climbing Mt Taranaki and doing the Tongariro Crossing.
 
Climbing to Everest Base Camp as told to Rotary Morrinsville 2018-08-21 12:00:00Z 0
Middle Age Spread Anyone? 2018-08-19 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2018
Hello, I am a 19-year-old second year nursing student from Hamilton.
 
I am going to Nepal for three weeks in January 2019 to volunteer in both a hospital and a children's home in Pokhara. This will be an amazing opportunity for me to help those in need and make a difference in the lives of impoverished children.
 
I am caring, empathetic, hardworking and can't wait to do what I can to help the people in Nepal while also experiencing a new culture and a less privileged way of living.
 
Do you offer any scholarships, sponsoring, or funding for volunteer work like this?
Kind regards, Crystal Singleton crs1599@gmail.com 
Can You Help Crystal? 2018-08-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2018
YOUNGEST PRESIDENT - THE FIRST TO SEE THE SUN
 
At the recent “Changeover” of Presidents at the Ahuriri Sunrise Rotary Club in Napier, NZ, Katherine Dunstall was installed as president for the 2018 – 2019 Rotary year. 
 
Katherine is a third generation Rotarian – her father and grandfather preceded her into Rotary, and a fourth generation funeral director, being preceded there be her great-grandfather as well as the aforementioned.
 
With a little over two years in Rotary and having just turned 25 years of age, the club speculated that she was perhaps the youngest Rotary President in New Zealand.
Youngest Rotary President to See the Sun? 2018-08-18 12:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary? Is it a "you-know-what"? 2018-08-17 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 17, 2018
Hanlie introduced Natasha Brown, who is a specialist fire investigator who commenced her career as a volunteer fireman at BayView. 
 
Natasha listed many facts which affect all homes in NZ: 
 
1. Most fires occur when people are sleeping – therefore a final “fire-safe” check before going to bed is recommended.
2. People with “low-mobility” crutches or wheelchairs need an unobstructed exit path in the event of having to move outside to safety. 3. Many homes leave keys on the inside of the exit door so there is no fumbling in the dark for keys if a quick exit is called for.  
4. Modern homes and furnishings are made from products which are more flammable and give off more poisonous smoke than ever before – Two to Three minutes is all it takes to lose your home and family to fire.
Rotary Taradale is All-A-Fire 2018-08-16 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 17, 2018
Katri enlightened us on some interesting facts.
 
The average Rotarian in Australia is aged 71 while the global average is 58.        
 
Since 52% of the global population are 30 or younger, it makes sense to attract younger members.  
 
Some ideas are:  
1 To attract many young people at the same time,  
2 Have projects that attract young people,  
3 Follow up program to recruit past visitors,  
4 Waiving fees for first year and finally  
5 Make meetings efficient, productive and fun.    
 
                                                                                                    Fine words indeed from our youngest member! 
One Minute Thought from Rotary Whakatane 2018-08-16 12:00:00Z 0
District       Governor       Graham       Jull       was       introduced       by       Hugh       Baxter       and       gave       an       inspired        presentation       about       his       journey       to       District       Governor       of       9930       and       beyond.              Graham       talked        about       the       objects       of       Rotary,       the       four-­‐way       test,       6       avenues       of       focus       and       5       avenues       of       service.        Rotary       is       good       people       having       fun       &       great       fellowship       in       Rotary.              2016       was       a       big       year       for        Rotary       with       a       lot       of       changes       and       the       concept       of       Rotary       is       changing.       Some       clubs       meet       on       line,        some       meet       2       weekly       some       are       passport       clubs.              Rotary       is       113       years       old       and       in       2021       NZ       will        celebrate       Rotary       being       100       years       in       NZ.       Rotary       Foundation       is       about       “Doing       good       in       the        world”       and       District       9930       is       3rd       in       the       World       for       giving       to       Rotary       Foundation.
District Governor's Empasioned SpeechSpeach 2018-08-16 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2018
We’re celebrating our members and their clubs — and all the good they do around the world — during Membership and New Club Development Month in August.

One way you can celebrate your membership is by getting involved in the many activities and programs available to you as a member of the Rotary family. Everyone’s reason for joining Rotary is different, but members stay because of the value it adds to their lives.
 
Through the friends we make and the lives we change, Rotary offers us opportunities to engage with a global community and make a positive difference.

Here are some ways you can engage with Rotary to enhance your membership experience.
Engaging with Rotary to Enhance Your Membership Experience 2018-08-14 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2018
Ross Stewart has recently retired as a Sergeant after 42 years with the Hastings Police, he was awarded the Queen’s Honour ONZM in 2016 for his work as a youth aid leader.
 
He is married to Jill and has two sons and two daughters and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoys travel and climbing. 
 
Ross spoke about his recent experiences on a trip to India as part of the mission work he is involved within the Havelock North Baptist Church. He reflected on three aspects, death on a train, murder and death and prostitutes. 
Ross Stewart ONZM Travels to India 2018-08-14 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 14, 2018
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs. There are many ways to join the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started: 

    Show your social network that you’re a proud member of Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact with our Proud Member photo frames.
    President Barry Rassin has set an ambitious goal to double the number of Rotaractors this year. Support his goal by sharing why and how to join Rotaract with friends, family members, and colleagues.
    Read blog posts featuring innovative ways to attract and engage new members.  
 
Rotary Young Leaders in Action 2018-08-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2018
Sylvie Gibbins (Philanthropy Manager) and Ngaia Richardson (Volunteer Manager) respectively of Presbyterian Support East Coast (PSEC) spoke with great enthusiasm about their organisation.

PSEC started as an independent local charity in 1946 with the Hillsbrook Childrens’ Home in Havelock North.  They currently employ 250 staff throughout Hawkes Bay delivering crucial social services worth $12 million every year to people on the East Coast who most need them. They need to raise $1.3 million each year to keep their services free.
 
 
Guest speakers Sylvie Gibbins and Ngaia Richardson with Bruce Martin and Bryan Mathews
Rotary Greenmeadows Listen to Presbyterian Support East Coast 2018-08-12 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2018
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, and that’s the perfect time to celebrate you.
 
You continue to show the world that Rotary members are people of action — people who are doing good in communities all over the world. For that, we thank you.  
 
Show your passion for Rotary by adding a Proud Member frame on Facebook. Watch RI President Barry Rassin speak about strengthening our public image and diversifying our membership.
 
We hope you’ll show his short membership video at your next club meeting. 
Rotary Membership and New Club Development Month 2018-08-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2018
From the pen of our District Governor:
 
Greetings fellow Rotarians.
 
We are now starting the second month of the 2018-19 Rotary year.
 
Your Rotary Club leadership teams are “being the inspiration” for all the good work you are doing in your communities and the support you are providing for Rotary action and funding throughout the world.
 
The vital partnership to this success is the fun and fellowship you are all having in your clubs.
District Governor Graham Jull's Second Inspirational Bulletin 2018-07-31 12:00:00Z 1
Posted on Jul 30, 2018
 
Hamiltonian anesthetist Alan Goodey is an Interplast volunteer who has been visiting Samoa for many years. One of the lucky recipients of surgery has been six-year-old Daniel.
 
It was a great outcome for the young boy, opening up a brighter future that will include less chance of social exclusion, better speech development, ease of eating and drinking, and more.
 
But his story illustrates the challenges of treating conditions that in countries such as New Zealand are dealt with quite early in a child’s life.
 
 
Rotary Helps Daniel’s Patient Wait for Surgery  2018-07-29 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise is Smoking 2018-07-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 28, 2018
Our Guest Speaker was John Wilson (with assistance from Wally Sutherland) who spoke about his 64 years in Rotary and life in Whakatane as it was then and is now.   
 
John was introduced by Jude who said that it was a great privilege to introduce John especially as he had been in Rotary for 64 years, which is longer than she has been alive… 
 
John started his working life as an optometrist in Hamilton.  He did a lot of work visiting Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, and he would spend two days in Whakatane and Opotoki in premises that are no longer there. 
64 Years in Rotary and life in Whakatane 2018-07-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2018
Rotary Usborne Dictionaries were handed out at South School on Tuesday 26th  to 60 children.  
 
South School was very welcoming and the children greeted us with a musical presentation.
 
Principal Stuart Cook introduced the group to the children and then we told them a little about ourselves and about what Rotary does in the community.
Kawerau Rotary Deliver Usborne Dictionaries 2018-07-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2018
In March, Nola Ardern despatched a shipment to Niusawa High School, on Taveuni Island, on behalf of our club. 
 
The shipment was several hundred girls knickers, and 60 metres of fabric, sewing threads, clasps and ribbons for the Home Economic Department, as part of the Days For Girls programme.   
 
The picture on the right shows Joey, the wife of Taveuni Rotary member Geoffrey Amos, presenting the goods after they have arrived, to Vice-Principal Premila, and and the Home Economics teacher.   
 
They were amazed at the variety and contents, and extremely grateful .   They send sincere thanks to Nola and the club.
Goods From Rotary Otumoetai Arrive 2018-07-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2018
To all Rotarians who participated in the Guess who's coming to dinner on Monday, July 23 --- a very big thank you to you all. 
 
The response was great with 35 members involved. Certainly very encouraging for future such events---- maybe on a Saturday next time or even a Sunday lunch??? 
 
My warmest appreciation goes to the hosts who responded to my request -- your generosity made my job so easy.  THANK YOU most sincerely.  
 
The group I was with enjoyed fine fare, stimulating conversation and the friendliest of hospitality.   Mary Lockwoo
 
Guess Who's Coming to Diner at Lake Taupo? 2018-07-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2018
There were nine outbound students and a few inbound students who had recently arrived in the country attended the day.
 
Organised by the District Committee it was a very informative and inspirational day for the students. Gabby has been told she is going to Moscow a city in Idaho in District 5080 (Idaho, Washington and British Columbia). She will travel to the USA on 12 January 2019 on an open twelve-month ticket returning about 7 January 2020.
Orientation Day for Rotary Youth Exchange Students 2018-07-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 24, 2018
Keith Lines, Ken Holst, Bill Hawkins and Richard Hay uplifted 20 wine barrels from the Mission this morning and stored them at Bill’s place.  
 
Keith is putting them up for sale on Trade Me. Paul McGrail and Convoys also helped as they provided the truck at no charge to transport the barrels from the Mission to Bill's place. 
Rotary Taradale Like a Wine with Dinner 2018-07-23 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2018
Guest Speaker-Lidnsey Weaver is the Parks and Recreation manager. She has been involved with Parks and Recreation for 18 years and is passionate about it.
 
Her role includes liveable communities, community services, Parks operation manager, landscape design, toilet facilities, permanent plantings, sports grounds, libraries, parks, litter bins, and theatres. 
Recreational Services are the contracted service that looks after the amenities and Lindsey is
the liaison person between them and the council. 
Gisborne Rotary and Bug Hotels 2018-07-21 12:00:00Z 0
Tree planting ---
 
10 Kowhai trees ---
 
Saturday 28th July at 10 am in Rose Garden,

Stoneham Walk off Opunoke-Bell Street. Kawerau---              
Bring a Spade ---
 
 
Rotary Kawerau is Planting Kowhai Trees 2018-07-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2018
Club Innovation: Spread out across thousands of square miles in the eastern states of Australia, Rotarians fire up laptops, tablets, and smartphones and log on to weekly club meetings from their RVs using a teleconferencing app.
 
Members map routes for the jamborees, service projects, and fundraising they plan to do with their club and with the clubs they’ll visit on their journeys.
 
Campers roll with Rotary: Every day, about 135,000 recreational vehicles roll down Australia’s highways.
Rotary Club Innovation: E-club of Nomads Builds Connections 2018-07-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2018
I can’t publish a photo of our guest speaker tonight because he is also our Club photographer!
 
Our very own Graeme Kitto spoke about the Enviro School Awards, which Graeme has done an excellent job organising and participating in.
 
The Awards scheme was inspired by Nelson Cullen in 2011. Nelson suggested that our Club should infiltrate schools in our area to promote Rotary.
Rotary Fairfields "No Show" 2018-07-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2018
Speaker ~ Rod Smith Author “Guinness Down Under”

From Wellington, Rod has worked for the Probation Service and as a journalist in
Parliament and with Government Departments – Ministry of Defence and Forestry.
 
Now retired he has taken time to research the Guinness family of which his wife is a
descendant of Arthur Guinness.

With a background in brewing and with the help of his father’s resources Arthur set up
the first brewery in Dublin in 1759.
Havelock North Rotary get into the Guiness! 2018-07-21 12:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Taradale were saddened to learn that one of their longest serving members had died.
 
Robert (Bob) Bruce Twaddle QSM passed away peacefully in Summerset surrounded by family members on the morning of the 6th July 2018, a few days short of his 94th birthday.
 
Bob will long be remembered as the Foundation Principal of Taradale High School. In 1969 he appointed a team of 10 talented teachers, and despite unfinished grounds and buildings, the school opened on 3rd February 1970,
Rotary Taradale's Valedictory Tribute to the Life of Bob Twaddle 2018-07-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2018
In the calm blue waters of Lamon Bay in Quezon Province, Philippines, lies a source of pride for local fishermen and a submerged salute to Rotary: an artificial reef in the shape of a Rotary wheel. 
 
The wheel has helped restore the local fishing industry, which was devastated by large-scale commercial fishing vessels that used dynamite, cyanide, and fine mesh nets from the late 1990s through the early 2000s.
Rotary reef revisited 2018-07-20 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2018
Bethany was only one-year-old when she was badly burned on her right hip and leg. As her body grew over the next two years, her burns scarring had fused her hip to her chest.
 
Interplast first met Bethany when she was three years old, during a surgical training visit to Sandaun Provincial Hospital in Vanimo late last year.
 
Vanimo is on the remote north-west coast of Papua New Guinea and Interplast was the first plastic and reconstructive surgical team to visit the hospital.
Three-year-old Bethany Faces a Brighter Future Thanks to Interplast and Rotary 2018-07-04 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2018
Rotarians, Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
This Rotary year has been exhilarating, enjoyable, educational and fun for me as your District Governor.
 
Our 2017/18 theme of Rotary: Making a Difference represented what Rotary is and Rotary does, every day and in so many ways and this past year I have seen Rotary at work, making a difference to people’s lives and communities locally and internationally: 
 
Some examples are:
 
Notes from our Rotary Changeover 2018-07-02 12:00:00Z 3
Posted on Jul 02, 2018
A new Rotary year has begun.
 
Today Sunday 1st July at the Hamilton Airport Lodge, Rotary District 9930 celebrated the 2017-2018 year of Rotary fun, fellowship and community service under the leadership of District Governor Leonie Tisch. With her husband Lindsay, they have visited all clubs throughout the year and the District Conference held at Wairakei, Taupo in May was a huge success. Every club in this district has made a difference to the communities in which they reside.
 
As my first official task when I was installed with the chains of office this afternoon, I was able to present Leonie with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF)  (+4 Sapphire) and Lindsay with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF)for all the  Rotary work they have done for this district. The Tuesday before, Leonie had received a PHF (+3 Sapphire)  from her own club Matamata, which shows the high regard and support they have for Leonie as the only District Governor from Matamata and the third woman to lead the district.
 
From the Pen of our New District Governor Graham Jull 2018-07-01 12:00:00Z 0
A Rotary Trip of a Lifetime 2018-06-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2018
Are we losing the battle?  Polio cases up 166 per cent over last year.
 
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease.
 
There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines.
 
The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunising every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.
This Month's Rotary Polio News 2018-06-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2018
Al Borrie was born in Hawke's Bay but moved to Auckland in later years but returned about 10 years later and set up the Box coffee shop in Clive in June, 2011.
 
Since then the whole container concept has taken off around the region, with life-changing results for some.
 
His background is landscape gardening and he feels he just “fell” into the coffee industry. 
 
Al went on to say “we got a good location, situated on a main road with easy parking. It sort of ticked all the boxes." 
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise's Guest Speaker was Crazy Good 2018-06-29 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2018
Our guest speaker this week was our newest member Amin Patham.
 
He took us on a wonderful journey in pictures & maps, from his birthplace in India to his work in Rotorua.
 
His parents had hoped he would become a doctor.
 
Instead, he married his secret love and become an expert Crop Protection Incursion Investigator, working on projects like the dreaded Myrtle Rust.
 
And he loves making cutes babies and looking at ‘fractals in nature’
A Great New Rotarian for Rotorua North 2018-06-28 12:00:00Z 0
The Famous Havelock North Rotary Changeover Glee Club 2018-06-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2018
Paul Noonan introduced Sandy Taing, aged 17 years, and in year 12 at Otumoetai College.   She was the joint winner of their Remembrance Day speech competition - and she repeated her speech to our meeting.
 
"The end of the First World War came on the 11th November 1918.   A day when a seemingly endless barrage of artillery and gunfire, was silenced.   A time when the foreign feeling of relief, lifted the hearts of millions;  the beginning of peace.   We commemorate this day as Armistice Day.
 
'Peace' was signed in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles the following year.   A peace that was meant to last forever.   But in reality, a diktat was signed, merely a thin sheet of ice over shark-infested waters. 
Rotary Otumoetai Listens to Enthralling Speech 2018-06-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2018
A commemoration ceremony was held on 5 June at the Whakatane Museum to celebrate the publication of the Time Capsule book.
 
The children who are the Guardians of the Time Capsule and are tasked with opening the capsule on the 5 June 2066 joined those people who made the time capsule a reality.
 
Alistair Hamilton led the project that saw a giant capsule interred in Wharaurangi on The Strand in Whakatane in June 2016. The capsule holds hundreds of envelopes put
there by people in the Whakatane District, which contain treasures and letters to be opened by their relatives of the future.
Rotary Whakatane and the Time Capsule Book 2018-06-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2018
Meet polio eradicator Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua.
 
Rotarian Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua has been volunteering for polio eradication in Côte d’Ivoire since the earliest days of the global initiative to end the disease. In this Q&A, she discusses how she first got involved in the cause and why she remains a dedicated polio eradicator.
 
Four ways to create buzz for your World Polio Day event 
Start Planning for Rotary's World Polio Day, October 24th 2018-06-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2018
You Can Do It!
 
There has deservedly been great publicity in New Zealand and Pacific media about the Cooks Mobile Health Bus project. It is a wonderful example of Rotary in action.
 

But are we doing enough to tell people what we do in our communities? If articles with the word "Rotary" over one 24 hour period is anything to go by we could do better.

We Can Do It Rotary! 2018-06-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 22, 2018
Don’t miss your chance to capture the moment at the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany.  Hamburg, Europe’s “Gateway to the World” will be your gateway to the world of Rotary.  
 
A place where the Rotary spirit fills the air, place to connect with friends while making unforgettable memories and a place to discover the latest news, ideas and strategies that drive Rotary. 
 
So take advantage of the special limited-time registration rate of $350 when you register and pay between Saturday 23 June 2018 and Wednesday 27 June 2018. 
 
Capture a discount for the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg Before December 15th. 2018-06-21 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Inspiration at Shelterbox 2018-06-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 21, 2018
An article by Michelle Tanner, District Polio Chair.
 
There have been reports recently of a case of polio in Venezuela. Are they true? The short answer is No. So why did this get this story get into the media?
 
A major part of the strategy to eradicate polio is to look very hard for the virus and potential cases of the disease. This surveillance, conducted through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is two-phased. Firstly, scientists examine samples of water and sewerage looking for wild and vaccine-derived poliovirus.
Polio in Venezuela?? 2018-06-20 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 16, 2018
If you told me twelve years ago upon finishing my Rotary Ambassadorial Program year in Dublin, Ireland, that this was just the start of an adventure, I would have been hard-pressed to believe you.
 
The program itself was such a unique and enriching experience that improving on this worldview changing year seemed impossible. However, as I enter my thirteenth year as a member of the Rotary family, I now realize that being an alumnus is just the beginning.
Ambassadorial Scholarship Just the Beginning of my Rotary Journey 2018-06-15 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2018
Mika, Tyler, and Sidney all spoke on their experience attending the 2018 RYPEN weekend at Guthrie Smith Outdoor Education Centre.
 
They were all apprehensive about attending the course at first but all were pleased they went and made comments such as “best trip I have ever been on”, “lucky to have been chosen”, “all the students were very friendly”, “made many new friends”, “very grateful for the opportunity”, “shared life story with roommates”, “encouraged not to give up”, “wouldn’t have been possible without the clubs sponsorship”.  
 
Brian Hall in his vote of thanks commented that the course would have helped given the students confidence to make their presentation.  Mark congratulated the students on their presentation acknowledging that it was not easy to stand in front of 70 mostly strangers and speak as well as they had. Their talk along with the power point presentation playing during the meeting provided great feedback to the club on the benefits of this programme and reinforced the amazing work Larry and Chris do in running the course. 
Greenmeadows Rotary Listen to Three RYPEN Students 2018-06-01 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2018
JUNE is Rotary Fellowship month – As the days get shorter and cooler, what better time than to have some fun Club fellowship – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Club organised outings to the movies or a show, After 5 drinks, or just an evening around a roaring open fire (does anyone still have these?).  Rotary is part of our leisure time so it is important to remember that if we are not having FUN, then why do we belong to Rotary?  It is through fellowship that we get to know one another better and to enjoy doing things together.
 
Due to a family bereavement, I asked District Governor Elect Graham Jull to write last month’s District Governor report, thank you, Graham. This was a great opportunity for Graham to inform you about the 2018-2019 Rotary theme "Be the Inspiration".
JUNE 2018 – DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S NEWSLETTER 2018-06-01 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2018
Alex Peter, 14th Annual Bragato Exchange Student.
 
Alex is the 14th EIT student to benefit from the Bragato exchange programme. The scheme’s founder Kevyn Moore, a former president of the New Zealand Grape Growers Association, says she made a very favourable impression in Italy, where she visited wineries, vineyards and the School of Viticulture and Oenology in Conegliano.  For her part, Alex says she had a great time, with each of her hosts offering a different snapshot of the Italian wine industry and culture.  
   
The exchange scheme is named after Romeo Bragato, the legendary viticulturist who, after training at the Conegliano school more than a century ago, went on to recognise New Zealand’s potential for winegrowing. After meeting some visiting Italian winemakers in 1999, Kevyn, with wife Corinne, was asked to talk to Conegliano students about Bragato at the premier viticultural school’s 125th jubilee.  
Taradale Rotary Have a Bragato Exchange Student 2018-06-01 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2018
Over one hundred members and helpers from all of the five Napier Rotary Clubs turned up at West Shore last Sunday on a very variable day in a combined Rotary Club effort to help plant over 347 trees and shrubs to beautify the pathway and show Rotary’s positive action to help minimise global warming.  
 
Mayor Dalton (pictured shoveling!) was there to help along with District Governor Leonie Tisch and the work got well underway after past Mayor Barbara Arnott gave some history of the pathway (it was under Barbara’s term as Mayor that the pathway project was initiated). 
Green Fingered District Governor Still Planting Trees 2018-06-01 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2018
Jacqueline van der Velden
Jacqueline, pictured above with RYLA District Committee member Carmen Goodwin, was our guest speaker this week.  She shared her story with us as to who she was before entering RYLA, her highlights at RYLA, and after RYLA coming back to work with valuable leadership and life skills.
 
Otumoetai Rotary Listens to Jacqueline van der Velden 2018-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Wairoa 2018-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 31, 2018
Over 100 members and helpers from the five Rotary Clubs in Napier turned up at West Shore last Sunday on a very variable day in a combined Rotary Club effort to help plant over 347 trees and shrubs to beautify the pathway and show Rotary’s positive action to help minimise global warming.  
 
Mayor Bill Dalton was there to help along with Rotary District Governor Leonie Tisch and the work got well underway after past Mayor Barbara Arnott gave some history of the pathway (it was under Barbara’s term as Mayor that the pathway project was initiated). 
Napier's Great Tree Planting 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 31, 2018
It’s that time of year again.
 
Georgia Rotary Student Programme applications for the 2019-20 (US) academic year open in June and close 1 October.
 
This is an amazing programme, students get a full scholarship for one year at a college or university in that state, funded by the Rotary clubs of Georgia USA. It includes tuition, books, meals, and accommodation in a university hostel. Students will have a host family for the holiday periods.
Georgia Rotary Student Programme 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
After a disappointing start to the year, as of 22nd May, the world has gone over 11 weeks without a case of polio.
 
The total number of cases this year is 8.
 
It is possible that the case seen in Pakistan on 8 March (their only case this year) will be the last the world will ever see. I doubt it but it is possible. That’s how close we are to eradicating polio.
It will be several years after the last case before the world can be sure that the virus has really gone. It may be lurking in waterways, or be being carried by people who are not sick. For every case of polio, there will be several hundred infected people not showing any symptoms.
 
So, we need to continue to hunt for the virus and vaccinate children until the World Health Organization declares polio eradicated. The final push is expensive, very expensive.
Rotary's Polio Eradication "The Last Push" 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 30, 2018
11 members turned out on a beautiful evening to clear weeds and plant 40 seedlings in a bare area of the "Sawmiller's grove". This grove is a genetically significant piece of bush, and a beautiful area close to town - suitable for walks and picnics. These seedlings were all taken from seeds/seedlings gathered from the grove - transplanted and grown on and replanted where they were needed.
 
Previous consultation with DOC and council had taken place to ensure all parties were on the same page and that the right plants were grown for the area. This project to be repeated regularly to enhance this amazing piece of bush in the town. The work was followed by a social fish and chip dinner in the reserve
Taumarunui Rotary Tree Planting in Sawmillers' Grove 2018-05-29 12:00:00Z 0
11 members turned out on a beautiful evening to clear weeds and plant 40 seedlings in a bare area of the "Sawmiller's grove".
 
This grove is a genetically significant piece of bush, and a beautiful area close to town - suitable for walks and picnics. These seedlings were all taken from seeds/seedlings gathered from the grove - transplanted and grown on and replanted where they were needed.
 
Previous consultation with DOC and council had taken place to ensure all parties were on the same page and that the right plants were grown for the area. This project to be repeated regularly to enhance this amazing piece of bush in the town. The work was followed by a social fish and chip dinner on the reserve.
Taumarunui Rotary Tree Planting in Sawmillers' Grove 2018-05-29 12:00:00Z 0
Cambridge Rotary Hosts Charity Dinner and Auction 2018-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2018
Worldwide there are 1.2 million Rotary members. This number is static but NZ has fallen by 15%, consistent with the western world.        
 
Some reasons for this decrease in NZ are :
1. More established clubs are more set in their ways.
2. Not seen as relevant to younger generations.
3. Only 21% of members are female
4. 72% are over the age of 60
5. 40% leakage within 5years of induction
6. Few “new clubs”  are being charted
7. 80% of clubs have evening meetings  
 
So what can we do about these negative statistics?
Tips -
 Make it fun
 Make it meaningful
 Recognise achievements.
District Governor Nominee Shares Some Thoughts 2018-05-26 12:00:00Z 0
Greenmeadows Rotary Pack Books for Papua New Guinea 2018-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2018
After fleeing conflict in their own countries, a group of young Rotaractors is healing wounds and bringing cultures together in a Ugandan refugee settlement. Established in late 2016, and officially inaugurated last July, the Rotaract Club of Nakivale may be the first Rotaract club based inside a refugee settlement or camp.
Rotaract Club Serves Ugandan Refugee Settlement 2018-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 9930 Changeover 2018-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
Latest Rotary Shelterbox News 2018-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
Last week, District Governor Leonie Tisch’s mother passed away and I know many Rotarians have extended their sympathy and best wishes to Leonie, Lindsay and their family.
 
With the arrival of May 1, the family has had the opportunity to celebrate Lindsay Tisch’s investiture with the Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services as a member of Parliament. Congratulations to Lindsay and all the family.
 
The Rotary year is rapidly coming to an end and heaven forbid, District Changeover is on Sunday 1 July at Airport Lodge, Hamilton Airport 11.30am. Notices and flyer will be out soon so please pencil that date in your diary so that we can all celebrate the wonderful year of Rotary we have had in D9930 under District Governor Leonie’s stewardship.
Our District Governor Elect Steps in a Sec. 2018-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
2018 Out-bounds Hi guys, It was great to be able to read your first reports although I believe that some were more on time than others!!
 
It certainly feels like Karen and I were with the Northern Hemispheres just yesterday in Heathrow. But, it seems you are all settling in well and are making the most of your year although I am sure that you have had a few issues along the way.
 
This is only natural, the way how you deal with them is the most important part. All of us I am sure, are a little envious of what you have been able to do so far but can’t help feeling proud of the fact that Rotary has enabled this to happen.
Rotary Youth Exchange News From Around the World 2018-05-01 12:00:00Z 0
While Interplast doesn’t provide emergency relief, there are often situations where our teams visit partner countries following a natural disaster. Nine days before our surgical and training team were due to arrive in Tonga, Tropical Cyclone Gita swept across the Pacific, causing significant damage in the capital, Nuku’alofa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All books of fiction are sorted alphabetically under their authors.

All other factual books are sorted into their categories.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 February 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is your Rotary club!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year 13 students are strongly encouraged to participate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Rotary is assisting in Puerto Rico 2017-12-01 11:00:00Z 0
 
In recent years, however, a number of earthquakes with sizeable damage have taken place in Christchurch, Seddon and Kaikoura. Read this in Rotary Down Under here
 
Rotary has been there, helping organise donations, restore facilities and mend communities recovering from trauma, along with learning some valuable lessons in Rotary’s role in disaster response.
 
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on February 22, 2011, left 185 people dead, several thousand injured and forever changed the city’s landscape – both psychologically and physically.
 
Entire neighbourhoods disappeared, with 1100 buildings entirely demolished and tens of thousands more left in disrepair. Some suburbs were closed entirely, agreed to be too uneconomical to restore. Yet from destruction came rejuvenation.
Read the latest Rotary Down Under. 2017-11-30 11:00:00Z 0
Who mandated that every club meeting needs to include a speaker and a meal?
 
And that community service can only be done outside club meetings?
 
That “rule” probably never existed anyway, and with the flexibility permitted in the last Council on Legislation, many clubs are experimenting with different models.
 
A great example is Port Hope RC in District 7070. Faced with declining membership, the club took the message of flexibility to heart and changed its meeting schedule drastically beginning with the new Rotary year in 2016.
Rotary Clubs are building in Flexibility 2017-11-30 11:00:00Z 0
 Recently President Paul, and friend Graham, went on an adventure cycling trip in Bhutan. 
 
On previous trips to other countries, they have wanted to add value to their trips and give back to the communities that they visit, and have taken things like books, spectacles, and artificial limbs.   This time, they decided to support Days for Girls, and took fifty kits with them.
 
Lisette Hulme put them in contact with Sonam, a lady in Bhutan, and they were met on arrival at the airport. 
Otumoetai Rotary Supports Days for GIrls in Bhutan 2017-11-30 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2017
Rotary Convention spotlights polio on the world stage

Strong global partnerships are critical to maintaining momentum against the virus on the long road to eradication.
 
This month, Rotary’s International Convention brought Rotarians and other critical polio stakeholders together in Toronto,
 
Canada to celebrate unity in the fight against polio. The event drew high-level leaders including World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, both of whom emphasized their personal commitment to a polio-free world.
Polio Cases in Afghanistan Nearly Double Last Year 2017-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
 
Taradale Rotary Club assisted Napier community Connections Disabled Section Christmas Party by organising and putting on a BBQ luncheon for just over one hundred guests.The party was held at the Napier Soundshell on Marine Parade, a great success for a community project. Rotary ~ Making A Difference"
Taradale Rotary Club assisted at Disabled Christmas Party 2017-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Get More Young People and Influencers into Rotary 2017-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
As the holiday season approaches, many clubs are planning fabulous parties and celebrations to offer special occasions to engage in fellowship.
 
This time of year can often bring out the best in people, they’re warmer, more hopeful, and more appreciative.
 
And while this season is filled with kindness and giving, it’s also an opportunity for inclusivity.
Engage Your Rotary Community 2017-11-29 11:00:00Z 0
Interplast’s Nepalese partner Dr. Shankar Man Rai, now runs the Nepal Cleft and Burn Centre in Kathmandu and Interplast has worked closely with him for a number of years.
 
“Before the surgery began that September afternoon, the third and fourth fingers on Malla’s right hand were fused and tightly bent—made nearly useless.
 
As a toddler he knocked over a kerosene lamp, burning his hand badly
 
 
 
A surgeon’s mission to help Nepal’s burn patients 2017-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
Since our last Newsletter, the situation for the Rohingya people has deteriorated.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register here 👉 www.riconvention.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

By Marie-Paule Attema, a Rotary Peace Fellow 

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

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

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

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

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

See www.steamfestnz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANNUAL CHARITY BOOK FAIR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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