Posted on Apr 02, 2019
From the pen of District Governor Graham Jull:
Greetings fellow Rotarians.
It is now May with only 8 weeks until District Changeover in Morrinsville on Sunday 30th June 2019.
May is Youth Service Month
A very successful Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) programme was held 13-18 April at Epworth Camp.
The Rotary Youth Exchange (RIYE) and Rotary Australia and New Zealand Student Exchange (RANZSE) programmes are flourishing in the district.  Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN), Science Summer School in Auckland, JR Mckenzie Youth Education Fund, Outward Bound and Interact clubs in the district are very active programmes.
A warm welcome to Ross Pinkham (Taradale) and his wife Vivienne
on his selection as District Governor Nominee 2019-20.
Ross will be an asset to the District G train and management team.
 Rotary at district level works well with continuity, consistency and the great effort 


Over the weekend of 23-24 March, DGE Peter Maxwell and I attended the Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitators’ “Train the Trainers Course” hosted by D9910 on Auckland’s North Shore. Eighteen Rotarians from all around New Zealand and Norfolk Island graduated. It was a wonderful weekend of Rotary knowledge, education, fun and fellowship. It does not matter to what level of Rotary you aspire, there is always something new, something challenging but also something very rewarding to sink your teeth into.
Friday  15 March 2019
This day  will always  be remembered for the tragic events in Christchurch with the loss of 51 lives and many others injured. These victims, families and community and our nation in general have had our  lives changed for ever.
Thank you all who contributed to the Mosque Appeal.
Below is a letter received from Shane Murdock, President of the Riccarton Rotary Club acknowledging the contribution made by D9930.
P.O. BOX 8073
26th April 2019
Rotary District 9930 Via Email
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 On behalf of the Riccarton, Linwood/Woolston and Ferrymead Rotary clubs of District 9970 I would like to sincerely thank you for the very generous donation to the “Mosque Appeal” set up immediately after the Christchurch, New Zealand shootings on March 15th this year.
 $50,000 of the funds raised has already been put to immediate use by the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust for the families of the victims killed and wounded and who have experienced immediate hardship, providing vouchers for groceries, taxis and petrol. We are now developing an ongoing relationship with this trust and others in the Muslim community in the ensuing months. Remaining funds, and those yet to be received, will contribute to the needs of those effected by the shootings in the medium and long term through the development of a legacy fund through the Riccarton Rotary Charitable Trust. 
 The impacts of this awful tragedy and the stories of the victims will remain in our community for a long time to come. The response from Rotarians within New Zealand and around the world is truly humbling. It is something that exemplifies the best of Rotary.
Thank you for being part of this.
Yours in Rotary,
Shane Murdoch
President-Rotary Club of Riccarton _____________________________________________________________________Received from Rotary District 9930 The sum of $17,530.00 * *Net after transaction fees for international donations.
Over the Easter period, Elizabeth and I travelled to Queensland to catch up with friends and family. We visited friends in Hervey Bay, Gin Gin near Bundaberg and Elizabeth’s sister Jo in Labrador, Gold Coast. We also had 3 nights at the Mantra French Quarter in Noosa. During that time we visited the Noosa Heads Rotary Club on their monthly social night and I marched on ANZAC Day with the members of the Noosa Heads Tewantin Returned Services League veterans. On both occasions, we were greeted very warmly and on ANZAC Day, in particular, many speakers emphasised the great bond between NZ and Australia. Some mentioned that Australians had been taking the relationship for granted and that they should go out of their way to re-engage and have a much closer relationship with NZ.
                                                                                                                                           Related image                                                                                                                                                                        
A very special occasion for our family was the 100th Birthday of Elizabeth’s mother Joan Daniel on 1 April 2019.
We had a big family lunch on Sunday and then on her birthday the next day a celebration with the staff and residents of the retirement village where she lives. Both celebrations were marvellous occasions.
She received cards from the Queen, Governor General Patsy Reddy, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff and the Minister of Internal Affairs Tracey Martin.
Joan Daniel, as an Honorary Life Member of the RSA ,is the last remaining nurse who served in World War 2 in Egypt, Greece and Italy. Her story is online:
Many of you have just attended District Training Assembly in Taupo as your club prepares for the new Rotary year on 1 July 2019.
Peter Maxwell as the incoming Governor and all the Presidents-Elect will be getting excited about leading our District
for the 2019-20 year when:
In the meantime - Let’s keep the Inspiration going for the rest of this 2018-19 Rotary year.                                                                          
Best wishes'