Posted on Jul 01, 2019
 District 9930 Governor’s End of Year Report for 2018-2019
Rotary International President Barry Rassin’s theme of “Being the Inspiration” has indeed inspired 9930 Rotarians to be good people, doing good work by having great fun and fellowship. With the flexibility of Rotary today following the changes introduced in 2016 by the Council of Legislation, some clubs have changed their frequency and format of meeting to what suits the members of that club. 
Current membership of the 50 clubs in the district is 1570 following the recent close of Rotary Kihikihi.
This Rotary year has been full of many highlights as Rotary keeps on making a difference in the community. The best part of having the privilege of being the Governor of D9930, is visiting all our clubs. Elizabeth and I have experienced wonderful warmth, hospitality and friendship throughout the district. We have experienced first-hand; the great things Rotary Clubs and Rotarians are doing throughout our marvellous district. We have learnt that the size of the club is unimportant. What counts is what you do in the community, the difference you make and the people you help and support.  Always make sure you are having fun and fellowship. Many small clubs punch above their weight but please let everyone know what you are up to. Don’t keep all the good work you do a secret.
Significant milestones:
50th Anniversary
  • Ahuriri, Napier      14 October 2018
  • Otumoetai             26 December 2018
75th Anniversary
  • Wairoa                   20 July 2018
  • Waipukurau           3 August 2018
  • Paeroa                   11 October 2018
This has been another very full packed year of great projects and Rotary programmes both locally and overseas.
Rotary Programmes for Youth and Young Adults:
Thanks to all concerned for Inspiring our Youth.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange (RIYE) chaired by Kevin Forgeson (Te Kuiti) and his wife Diane and the dedicated committee.
  • Rotary Australia and New Zealand Student Exchange chaired by retiring Chair Max Patmoy (Ahuriri, Napier). New Chair will be Sue Janes (Wairoa)
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) co-chaired by Bill Robinson (Cambridge) and Tim Anderson (Waikato Sunrise)
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) co-chaired by Vivan Edgar (Papamoa) and Rowan Anderson (Frankton Te Rapa)
  • Interact chaired by Linda Bonne (Whakatane Sunrise)
  • Outward Bound
  • Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) successfully established in Tauranga by Jerry Cowper (Tauranga Te Papa). Has the potential to go all around our district.
  • Rotaract still has to be re-established in the district.
Internationally, our district has supported many projects both at club level and district level with District Designated Funds (DDF) managed by the D9930 Rotary Foundation Committee.
These include:
Nepal Water Project                  US $5000
Pakistan                                     US $2000
Interplast                                    US $20,000
Give Every Child a Chance       US $10,000
Fiji Eye Project                           US $2000
End Polio Now                            US $13,000
Fiji Oxygen Project                     US $5,000
ROMAC                                      US $5,000
That means US $62,000  is doing good in the world plus $38,000 has been allocated to 9930 Rotary clubs by District Grants to assist them with their community projects locally.
Thank you to the 10 Waikato Rotary Clubs (below) who supported a water project in Papua New Guinea during March Water and Sanitation month. This project with Dr Fraser Macdonald and Waikato University has tremendous potential for the future but is already making a huge difference for the villagers of Sambate in the Tenkin Valley of Papa New Guinea.
District Conference 15-17th March at the Claudeland’s Event Centre, Hamilton.
Thank you to the 260 Rotarians who registered to attend. It was a great conference and I especially thank Mike Cahill as Chair, Paula Armstrong (FP2), Bryce Weal, Chris Kay, Elizabeth Wright and Elizabeth Bayley-Jull for all their hard work.
Conference was special in that the “Cans for a Cause” promotion supported Kaivolution, St Vincent de Paul (Vinnes) and Bellyfull.  Our two service project sessions with Vinnies fed the homeless of Frankton at lunchtime and prepared food for the night food van for the needy. Follow-up from that has been that Elizabeth and I personally have collected warm blankets and rugs and clothes for the needy and delivered them to Vinnes. Rotary may be able to help them more in the future.
Our Conference opened just after the tragic events of Christchurch on Friday 15th March. It was very moving to lead 260 Rotarians at lunchtime to the Hamilton Mosque on the Saturday. We were met by the President of the Waikato Islamic Association Dr Asad Moshin, Mayor of Hamilton Andrew King and Member of Parliament for Hamilton East David Bennett. A very moving time of support, love and solidarity will always be remembered by those that were there. $3000 was raised at the conference and subsequently, nearly $18,000 has been sent to Christchurch to the D9970 Mosque Appeal to support the families and victims of the atrocity. Most of these funds will be part of a legacy fund to support the education of those injured and their children.
Other highlights during the year have been:
  • Trying out some of the cycleways and pathways that Rotary has provided in Napier, Waipukurau, Whakatane, Tauranga and Hamilton.
  • I still have a very sore right thumb to remember the Waipukurau Mountain Bike Park.
  • Planting a tree at the top of the Rotorua Gondola in a grove for all our District Governors with Rotary Rotorua North.
  • Planting a third Totara tree at Thames Hospital to commemorate 150 years of the hospital. A Totara for every 50 years.
  • Holding both the 1962 Melbourne and Caufield cups won by Sir James Wattie with Even Stevens.
  • Visiting the “Forest of Memories Arboretum developed by the Waipukurau Rotary Club.
  • Gisborne Rotary and their Eastwoodhill Arboretum development.
  • The combined Rotary Clubs of Rotorua raising $100,000 for support of Hospice Rotorua.
  • Friendship Exchanges with other International Districts.
  • Hastings Karamu Rotary and a donation of $100,000 for the Hastings Sports Complex.
My three champions for 2018-2019 were Elizabeth Wright (Interplast), Glenys Parton (ROMAC) and Mike Cahill (Shelterbox)
  • Elizabeth Wright (Te Awamutu) has raised an amazing $50,000 and with Te Awamutu Rotary is preparing a Global Grant for an Interplast team to go to Bhutan in October 2019. Elizabeth travelled to Myanmar in November 2018 with a team funded by D9930.
  • Glenys Parton (Tauranga Sunrise) has continued to raise funds to enable life-saving surgery for Pacific Island children, at Auckland Starship and Hamilton. US$ 5,000 has been donated from the district to support ROMAC’s 2021 project.
  • Shelterbox and Emergency Response Kits (ERKS) continue to receive great support from clubs.
  • Rotary Clubs and individuals have supported many projects overseas. Taveuni, Fiji gets significant support Whakatane, Waikato Sunrise, Morrinsville and others, while Stortford Lodge Rotary, Hastings visited St Judes School, Tanzania in October. It was wonderful to have Gemma Sisica and Godwin at our District Conference in Hamilton and very special to award her with a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF +1).
The following awards are being presented at District Changeover on June 30.
  • ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children) Award    Paeroa   
  • Bulletin Award     Cambridge    Don Wilson
  • Foundation Award   Gisborne
  • Rotary Foundation Major Donor Recognition – Ken Smith Huntly
  • Membership Development    Morrinsville- 11% increase
  • Membership Growth              Katikati
  • Significant Achievement Award   Combined Rotary Clubs of Rotorua.
  • Outstanding Rotarian of the Year   Mike Cahill (Fairfield)
You have all made a difference to our communities in our district. We continue the fight to eradicate Polio, a job that we must finish and to do so we must continue to support our charity, the Rotary Foundation.
This amazing year would not be possible without the support of many dedicated Rotarians.
Thank you to all 12 Assistant Governors and all District Chairs and Champions.
My special thanks to retiring:
  • Assistant Governors Bill Robinson (Area 3) and Ann Clarke (Area 9)
  • The Rotary Foundation Chair Colin Olesen (Maketu)
  • RANZSE Chair Max Patmoy (Ahuriri, Napier)
  • JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund Bill Gibson (Fairfield) and Russell Young (Fairfield)
  • JR McKenzie Trust 9930 Representative 2009-19 and Chair 2014-19 Patrick Cummings (Fairfield)
At board level, I have had a very supportive team of Past District Governors assisting me: Immediate Past District Governor Leonie Tisch, Secretary  (Matamata), Roger Miller (Tauranga Te Papa), Russell Turner (Tauranga), Paul Wright (Rotorua North), District Governor Elect Peter Maxwell (Morrinsville), District Governor Nominee  Spackman (Havelock North) and Treasurer Keith Ardern (Tauranga Te Papa).
We are very fortunate to have a brilliant team looking after our District Website. Thank you Ralph Slooten (Napier), Max Patmoy (Ahuriri, Napier) and Gavin Petrie (Fairfield).
To President Chris Kay and the Te Awamutu Rotary Club, thank you for fantastic support and encouragement. Changeover last year was great and well organised and to have 36 members attend District Conference 2019 fantastic. Thank you also for the PHF presented to Elizabeth and myself at our recent club Changeover.
Thank you to Elizabeth, who has been with me all the way over the past three years. Your support has been wonderful and it has magnificent to share our Rotary journey together. We both have had an exciting, enjoyable, educational and memorable year. Thank you all for this opportunity and privilege to serve, lead and I hope to inspire as your District Governor for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.
I wish 2019-2020 District Governor Peter Maxwell and Mary, a very successful year leading our District and I know the management of D9930 is in very good heart with DGE Grant Spackman and Wendy and DGN Ross Pinkham and Vivienne assisting you.
Graham Jull
District Governor 2018-2019