Our commitment as Rotarians to “Service Above Self” challenges us now as much as any other time in the history of the organisation.
As the world recovers from this pandemic the need for our support will be broad, not only overseas but in our local communities.
Individuals and families will be under pressure with financial and mental health issues that we will all need to take responsibility for as a society.
When we went into lockdown, I initially thought that the theme that I had chosen for my year as Governor “ Make It Happen – Create Opportunities to Collaborate – in the World, in our Communities and in Ourselves” wasn’t very smart if we couldn’t get together.
However, I am now convinced that this is what we need to do.  I urge you to use this time not to think that it’s time to leave Rotary. Instead, think about how you are part of a group of 1.2 million individuals who are “Doing Good in the World”.  It is challenging to know where to start when facing a catastrophe, but we are not alone.
Let’s combine with other Rotary Clubs and community organisations to develop projects around the Covid-19 response. Undertake a community needs assessment and be guided by The Rotary Foundation’s Six Areas of Focus. Consider our Youth programmes, most have been cancelled or postponed for the coming year. There may be ways in the to develop new exchanges for young people with Australia, the Pacific Islands or even within New Zealand.
We all have a part to play and that is why Rotary needs you and the world needs Rotary.
Grant  Spackman
Governor  2020 / 21
Rotary District 9930
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