Newsletter – October 2019
Well “Spring has Sprung” with our clocks “springing forward” – the blossom is out alongside the daffodils and other spring flowers. Our countryside is full of new life – both animal and vegetable.
 
In the Rotary Calendar October is “Economic and Community Development Month” so is your club “springing” into action within your own communities?
 
There are so many small projects that can be done – that will make such a difference to your community going forward. My own Club (Morrinsville) is getting involved in creating flower displays that will be in the main street for quite a time to come. Other Clubs are doing litter picks – or installing new seating in public areas. Maketu Club has just installed serious fitness equipment along their seashore.  
 
If you are not already doing projects in your community – then can I encourage you to get out there and “Make a Difference” to your community.
 
Clubs are also encouraged to look at next week (7th to 13th October) as Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week. This is a good time to get back in touch with people that have been involved in Rotary in the past – as a member, or a program attendee or even as a helper. Tell then about what is happening in your club – and maybe even invite them along to an event or a meeting.
 
Talking about events – 24th October is World Polio Day – and I know that several clubs are marking this date through organizing New Zealand Premiere nights for the movie “Ride Like A Girl" to raise funds for Polio. How is your Club marking this important day?
 
Two weeks ago, the President of Rotary International, Mark Malone, was in Christchurch talking to the Governor Trains from across Australia and New Zealand. One of his key messages was that one of the best ways to grow membership is by starting new clubs alongside and in the same areas as existing clubs. These new clubs were not to be in opposition to existing clubs – but complementary – offering a different “style” of involvement. Satellite Clubs are an ideal way to do this. Their members are also members of the host club – and get involved with the host Club’s projects and activities – but they meet in a different way. Maybe they meet on a different day – at a different time and are less formal. It could be that they don’t have regular dinner meetings, or maybe they are more project-based. Food for thought. If you would like further details around Satellite Clubs and how they work – get in touch with our District Membership Team see https://rotary9930.org/Page/membership
 
Caring for the environment is a focus for Rotary and to help us in this area,  I am delighted to announce that the District has set up a District Environment Committee, led by Andrew von Dadelszen (andrew@vond.co.nz ) a member of Tauranga Te Papa Club. Andrew is supported by a team of 10 volunteer Rotarians from across the District. Thank you, Andrew and all those who had stuck their hands up to help.
 
Thank you to all the clubs who have got in behind Mary and me and supported the Rural Support Trust. The response that we have seen in this District has led to discussions with the Rural Support Trust around a National Project with Rotary which will provide an ongoing relationship with this organization and deepen our connections into the Primary Sector. So far 5 of the 6 NZ Districts have signed up for this – and a positive response is expected from the 6th shortly. Watch this space!!
 
Kind regards
 
 
 
 
Peter Maxwell
District Governor 2019/20
Rotary District 9930
Mobile 027 432 8872