Dear Rotarian,
Here is the January Newsletter from our Revigorated District Governor Ross Pinkham.
Greetings From Our Revigorated District Governor
Welcome to the new year – 2022.  This month’s theme is dedicated to Vocational Service.
Team work is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments towards organisational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. (Dale Carnegie).  This is Rotary, too.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from District 9930
Join Rotary and Do Good in the World
Rotary's New Member of the Month
Rotary Whakatane's new member, Trudy McKinnon grew up in Opotiki.
After an O.E. in London, she returned home in 1994. She experimented with several careers from fashion, sports massage and lifeguarding.
Moved to Cambridge and this is where her love of real estate began, with Harcourts Cambridge which she loved. In 2010 she decided it was time to come home as her mum is here.
She had a short stint at Rosita’s and then White Island tours. Whilst there she wrote a small book called Peter the Great (The White Island Cat), which has raised approx $2,000 for kids’ cancer over the past few years.
She then decided to give real estate another go and here she is, 10 years later. She lives with a standard poodle called LOLA and 2 ginger cats…. Kevin and Mickey
Environment is Rotary International’s 7th Area of Focus.
Rotary Greenmeadow's guest speaker – Lynne Anderson (Ahuriri Rotary Club and chair of the Hawkes Bay Environmental Committee) gave an informative presentation on all matters environmental both locally and internationally. Protecting the Environment is Rotary International’s 7th area of focus.
Rotary International's Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) was set up in Sao Paulo in 2015 to become the voice of Rotary on the environment. It currently has members in 75 countries and in 12 Regional Global Chapters. Oceania comprises Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and totals 1380 Rotary clubs and over 42,000 Rotarians
Why Rotary has to get its Public Image Right.

A quick hunt in your search engine will provide the following definitions of Public Image:

  • Ideas the public has about a person or an organisation;

  • The opinion that many people have of a person;                                                                                                                      
  • An image of something that is not a true representation of reality.

Is this what we want to portray – something that isn’t a true representation of what Rotary is?

Make Rotary Thrive in 2022

At this time of year, my thoughts are turning towards New Year’s resolutions.

The festive season is a perfect time to reflect on the year that’s been and make plans for the year ahead. As we approach 2022, I hope you will resolve to do even more to Grow Rotary in our region.

These are the resolutions I hope you will make to help Rotary thrive:

  1. Enhance the member experience – Every member comes to Rotary with needs and expectations. We need to focus on delivering an experience that meets those needs and delivers value to individual members. Commit to creating a more member-centric club.
Salvation Army Donation from The Rotary Club of Greenmeadows
Two members of the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows – Alan White and Denise Brown were responsible for the major collection and handover of Christmas hampers to five families referred to the club by the Napier Salvation Army.
The final combined handover for the five families (comprising 25 parents and children)  was 17 hampers. In addition to the hampers, there were six Christmas bags of personal gifts for each individual in the family.
In addition, one family received a family pass voucher to the Ocean Spa, and nine KMart vouchers were donated totalling $345. 
How to Double the Size of Your Rotary Club in 60 Minutes.
David Higgs faced a challenge when he took over as the president of the Rotary Club of Henderson, Texas, USA.
The club was down to less than 20 members and fewer than a dozen attended weekly meetings.
That’s when he came up with a plan, including encouraging club members to make a big deal of their installation dinner and work together to invite 100 people to the event.
Read about how their efforts helped double the number of members in a blog post for Rotary
Rotary says Leave No Girl Behind
In his address to the Rotary International Convention in June 2021, Shekhar Mehta urged Rotary members to put improving girls’ futures at the forefront of their work.
Mehta made empowering girls one of his presidential initiatives, and his focus is particularly timely. Women continue to face economic hurdles, declining levels of political participation, and challenges in the workplace, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the things that has extended the amount of time that experts estimate it will take to close the gender gap. Read what Rotary is doing to empower girls and women.
50 000 Rotarians Smashed The World Record
This photo was taken OnThisDay 7 years ago! 50 000 Rotarians smashed the world record for the largest human flag after certification,
literally flying the flag to keep India polio-free. 
The ShelterBox + Rotary Story
We'd also like to remind you that we are available to deliver presentations to Rotary Clubs in 2022.
If we can't come to your Club in person, we're happy to connect virtually.

Over recent months, ShelterBox New Zealand Board Member, Peggy Carlaw, has delivered many virtual presentations to her local clubs.
Check out what she had to say about her experience:

Rotary's Polio Success in Numbers
                                        POLIO NEWS                                        DECEMBER 2021

Wild Poliovirus in 2021 (2020)*

Global Total:      5 (138 last year)

Circulating Vaccine Derived Poliovirus in 2021 (2020)*

Global Total:   484 (809 last year)

*Data as of 14 December 2021. Numbers in brackets represent data at this time in 2020.

Breakdown by country
Polio this week

Rotary Outward Bound Scholarship Winner - Maui Hunt
Maui Hunt's story of his experience at Outward Bound: Anakiwa            
It started with an early rise at 6.30 am on the 5th July 2021. I travelled by myself to the Wellington airport to jump onto another plane to Picton. A van ride to Picton ferry, and a calm ferry ride across. I landed in Anakiwa at 10.30 that night.
It was a great experience. The trip was designed to gain life skills, meet people and work with different people from around NZ, and experience the outdoors. Most of what we had to do was quite easy, but to some, it might have been challenging. With my experience jumping off the McLarens falls bridge I didn’t fear the 22m of a cliff into the water. I recognised some needed some help and I encouraged them to jump. It was COLD!
Rotary Takes Part in Climate Summit

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta joined the Rotary delegation to the 26th United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on 10 November to explore ways Rotary can work on environmental challenges, including by restoring mangroves, a crucial ecosystem that can mitigate the effects of climate change in coastal areas.

The climate summit, also known as COP26 (short for Conference of the Parties), brought together nearly 100 heads of state and governments over a two-week period to set new targets for fossil fuel emissions. This was Rotary’s first time at the annual conference.

Rotary Advocating for Education

Rotary’s relationship with the Global Partnership for Education is already having an impact, as incoming district governors learned at the International Assembly in January.

“Together we are changing the lives of girls and other vulnerable children in the poorest corners of the world,” said Alice P. Albright, the organization’s chief executive officer, in her remarks about the relationship, formed in April 2020.

“Rotary has a unique voice and standing on the global stage and in virtually every country. You can use that voice to advocate for more resources and then work with government leaders to ensure that they are distributed equitably.”

Rotary Says Critical Polio Vaccination Resumes Across Afghanistan 
For the first time in more than three years, nationwide polio immunization campaigns resumed across Afghanistan reaching 8.5 million children, including 2.4 million children who were previously inaccessible.
Campaigns were conducted nationwide in November and December.
The December campaign was synchronized with the campaign in Pakistan to improve cross-border polio eradication efforts.
Te Aroha Rotary Well on Track
A Merry Rotary Covid-19  Christmas from Papamoa
Twas the night before Christmas, but Covid was here, so we all had to stay extra cautious this year.
Our masks were all hung by the chimney with care in case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.
With Covid, we couldn't leave cookies or cake So we left Santa hand sanitiser to take.
The children were sleeping, the brave little tots the ones over 12 had just had their first shots,
And mom in her kerchief and me in my cap Had just settled in for a long winter's nap.
Well, that’s about all there is for this issue from District Governor Ross. 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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