Dear Rotarian,
Here is the new May Newsletter from our non stop District Governor Grant Spackman.
Our Non Stop District Governor's May Message.
District Governor’s Message  -  May
May is Youth Service Month allowing us to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people.
Rotary Te Awamutu Concert
The Rotary Tauranga Great Duck Race
We have several fun-orientated fundraising projects. our most recent being The Great Tauranga Duck Race held annually with 5000 ducks raced along a 400 metre course on the Harbour waterfront.
This major fundraiser is a fun event, with huge participation from both Rotarians and Non-Rotarians alike. The biggest winner, of course, is the community and international initiatives that we support.
This year we raised $40,000!
Rotary Polio News ~ April

April 2021

Rotary is Helping Cure Kids Fight Rheumatic Heart Disease.
Rotary Summer Science School Stories
Two students report on their experiences at Summer Science Schools Frank McGrath introduced our first guest speaker, Brayden Leicester, who is a year 13 pupil at Taradale High School, and who attended the Summer Rotary Science Forum (known as Nerd Camp) in Auckland for 13 days in January this year.
Brayden spoke about the forum, explaining how the modules were held over 3 venues, being Auckland University, AUT and Massey. He participated in 15 modules and tech units covering subjects such as chemistry, Molecular biology, nutrition, Physics, Biological science, robotics, applied maths, food science. Included in the forum were special lectures and speakers, as well as Technical visits to Landcare Research, ESR forensics, and Auckland Watercare Labs.
Rotary Shelterbox
There is change in the air, and with our days a bit chillier and shorter, we hope our April update finds you snug and warm. Last month, the civil war in Syria officially entered into its tenth year, and here at ShelterBox Aotearoa, we've been reflecting on this heartbreaking milestone.
District Rotary Health Challenge 2021/22
As outlined at President-Elect training and District Assembly, I am challenging clubs to take part in a health-related project during the 2021/22 Rotary year. Projects can either focus on improving the health of our own Rotary members or support the improvement of health in our communities. There is no shortage of media coverage on the health of the New Zealand population particularly in terms of obesity and obesity-related illnesses and the inactivity of both children and adults. The cost to the health agencies of dealing with the medical implications of obesity and inactivity is high and getting higher.
Rotary is giving Every Child a Future
Family of Six to spent Two years on Mercy Ship
As you may know, Mercy Ships and Rotary have had a warm association over many years.
We value this partnership and want to make you aware that Mercy Ships has a group of competent speakers available to provide an inspiring presentation at Rotary gatherings. We have a very interesting and informative story of Kiwi volunteers who give their time to serve on the Mercy Ships hospital vessels.
The Start of a Rotaract Club in Hawke's Bay
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, RIP
Being lovely to The Queen, Prince Philip had decided to prank her by dressing as a guard when she was returning to Buckingham Palace.
Look at that cheeky smile on the Queen's face.
Sad loss of a real character, not afraid to speak his mind.
Rotary Foundation 'Centenary Centurions'
Rotary's RYPEN in Hawke's Bay 2021
Recently the Rotary Club of Greenmeadows hosted 32 secondary students between the ages of 14 and 17
at the Guthrie Smith Education Centre located at Lake Tutira, 35 km north of Napier.
Rotary District 9930 Conference Registrations Are Still Open
What's That? Te Ahora Rotary?
Now last and least, a message from the editor :
HEAR YE: Hearing Aids I have had 4 sets of hearing aids over a period of about 20 years.
Recently I have been complaining that people that I talk to at functions that I now attend no longer speak clearly and mumble all the time. I have sat up ‘the front so as to be in the best position for hearing but this has failed to work.
Rotary District 9930 Changeover
World Immunization Week is 24-30 April
World Immunization Week is 24-30 April
Selwyn Cooke Speaks to Morrinsville Rotary
Selwyn Cooke spoke of his business life over the past 30 years and what he has gained from it as a person.
He was very involved in the Shell Service Station trade at one stage owning 18 Shell Service Stations in the Hamilton, Cambridge, and Morrinsville Areas, 200 staff, and annual transactions of 5 million.
One of his major issues was the 50% staff turnover annually.
Selwyn shared with us the story of Chris who came looking for a job.
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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