Dear Rotarian,
Here is the November Newsletter from our so efficient District Governor Grant Spackman.
Our Rotary District Governor's November Message

Our District Governor's November Message

In November each year, Rotarians throughout the world take time to reflect on the work of The Rotary Foundation, the charity that sets us apart from other service organisations.
Rotary Papamoa  Introduce James Van der Maas
Our newest club member Deborah introduced her son James Van der Maas to the meeting. As a 14 yr old he had a passion for music and upon leaving school formed a small band in Wellington before his departure to the States. James has spent the last 5 yrs as a duo with a mate Sam and more recently as a solo musician with the Carnival Cruise line out of Florida in the States.
When he was offered the job back in 2015 it was a telephone interview and job offer “ It this for real or what” But anyhow he and Sam packed their bags and off they went.
Each day they would do a 4-hour stint broken into around 4  x 45min sets per day.
He talked about his experiences on board with the passengers ;
Guy Fawkes at Whakatane Rotary
This is the 15th year that Ses & Colin have been graciously hosting this highlight of the social calendar for Whakatane Rotary.
The emphasis is largely on our children and grandchildren. All members & family were welcomed along with any guests we want to bring. Ses & Colin welcome all guests at their front door with the obligatory, MacKinnon Magic, a ‘down the hatch’ tipple of Whisky and Green ginger wine.
HIC! For the first time, we were unable to let off any fireworks due to the heavy rain and strong wind. But that would never stop us from having fun.
Rotary Charity Golf Tournament
Rotary's First Impressions
Did you know that 80% of prospective members decide on their first visit whether they will join your club?
First impressions are critical.
Think about your club – is there a friendly and welcoming atmosphere? Do you make special efforts to ensure a guest is introduced and looked after during the whole of the meeting? Is your meeting fun? Does your meeting convey a sense of purpose, about what do you do and why do you do it? People join, and remain, members of a club, because they get something in return.
Rotary Cambridge's Bookarama 2020
Cambridge Town Hall 11-15 November 2020.
Last chance to donate books, CDs, DVDs, etc.
Rotary Movie Premier in Napier was a Huge Success
2020 Polio Movie Event On
A special preview screening of the movie “I Am Woman”, about the life story of Australian singer Helen Reddy was screened at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 20th October at the Reading Cinema in Napier.
Over 200 attended this Premier and from what everyone said it was a wonderful film indeed.
Helen Reddy sadly died that week at the age of 78 at her home in Los Angeles after a long battle with dementia. This film is a fitting tribute to the star who did so much for women’s rights. All proceeds went to Polio Now through the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Ahuriri was coordinating the event on behalf of all Rotary Clubs in Hawkes Bay. 
Over $3,000 was forward to District for the elimination of Polio. With the $2 for $1 offer by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, it meant that over $9,000 was raised for this worthy cause.
Rotary and the Latest on Polio October 2020
Rotary's End Polio Now T Shrts Available
I know it's very late, but I've just caught up with some changes in 9930 foundation arrangements that mean this may not have got out to your clubs, so I thought I would email you.
Please can you publicise the attached to clubs in 9930 that may still have polio events scheduled and need some shirts for Friday/Saturday.
Richard Stephen
Operations Manager
Rotary Tauranga Sunrises Cycle Adventure
Rotary Cambridge and Days For Girls
President Bev welcomed the Days for Girls ladies
Led by Anne, with Deb and Sue in support, the ladies gave a detailed background of the group and its objectives in providing re-usable sanitary hygiene packages to girls and women in third world countries to enable them to participate fully in their communities without losing time in their menstrual cycles – to quote Anne “giving them back their days”.
The group has grown from humble beginnings to now number 30 and has now completed 4,536 shields and more than 500 liners.
Members were given a rundown on the various contents of the packages.
A Rotary Waipukurau Sheep Story
Our Guest Speaker was local senior vet Richard Hilson who recounted how he got involved in what became a rather infamous event in our recent history
...the live export by air of 900 breeding ewes to Saudi Arabia just a few years ago.
He told us about how the export shipment was organised and carried out and some of the ‘interesting’ consequences of it.
A fascinating insight into doing business with very strict Islamic country culture indeed.
What is World Polio Day?
Rotary Havelock's Guest Speaker Gets a Paul Harris Fellowship
Dale Prebble introduced Stuart Foote a retired local GP who now oversees the Cape Sanctuary project.
Stuart gave us a summary of his failures to retiring early and his change in passions. From Deer Farming to Angora Goats, then sailing including having a vintage racing schooner which he travelled widely in. A bike accident which resulted in a long term head injury made him revisit his own mortality and reassess his priorities.
Past Rotary District Governor Keith Rogers (Governor 2007-2008)
In Memorium
Past District Governor Keith Rogers (Governor 2007-2008)
Rotary Birkenhead (1990 – 2016)
Rotary Cambridge (2016 - 2020)
Rotary Napier's Science Forum Student
Our Science Forum Student this year was Bernadette Dykes, a student at Napier Girls who gave a 5-minute talk about her trip to the University of Auckland during her school holidays earlier this year.
Her friends thought she was crazy for spending her holidays by attending two 3-hour lectures each day, but she loved it.
She saw Nanogirl and learned a great deal about her favourite subject, Chemistry, such as the purification of jellyfish fluorescent proteins.
Her plans are to return to the University of Auckland and graduate in Biomedical Sciences with the intention of attending medical school afterwards.
Shaping Rotary’s Future
Brief article for Zone 8 DG Newsletters
The Rotary International Board meets in November 2020 and will consider a proposal by the Shaping Rotary’s Future committee to move toward Regionalisation. Governance would move from the current 527 Districts to 20-40 Regions. This would allow more Regional autonomy and provide more support for Clubs, Rotarians and Rotaractors.
In Jan 2019, the RI Board approved a petition from the District Governors of Zone 8 (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands) to propose a Regional structure and approach to halt membership decline, provide a stronger Rotary voice and better partnerships with government, business and communities. Our work since receiving that approval means we are well placed to modernise Rotary in our Region if the RI Boartoward Regionalisation.
Rotary's World Polio Day
Take action for World Polio Day: 24 October.

Every year, Rotarians and Rotaractors across the globe mobilize for World Polio Day to raise awareness about eradicating polio for good. If we stay committed, polio will be the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
Plan an event for your community

Join the effort to ensure every child receives the polio vaccine and end polio by organizing a World Polio Day event.
Well, that’s about all there is for this issue from District Governor Grant. Don’t forget that the District website is fully operational and you will find a plethora of information about Rotary, D9930 clubs, and all activities. Please take a good stroll through the site by clicking HERE.
Editor Max Patmoy (
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