Dear Rotarian,
Hi here is the May Newsletter from our frazzled District Governor Peter Maxwell.
Our District Governor's May Message
Well that was April – where did it go?
Whilst we were all locked down life did not stand still. We have found that ......
Rotary's Interplast Update
An update on Interplast for our wonderful New Zealand Rotary partners.
Since the emergence of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, Interplast’s ability to deliver our traditional programs has been severely interrupted. ​
Rotary's Trees For Survival
D9930 Rotary Clubs To the attention of Club Presidents and Secretaries  
Re: Trees for Survival donation request 
Dear all 
The end of your Rotary year is drawing to a close and I trust you have had a great year, albeit acknowledging the challenges and disruptions caused by Covid-19 restrictions. 
Five Corona Virus One Liners from Rotary Waipukurau
Five Coronavirus one-liners-
This Coronavirus has done something no woman has been able to do. Cancel all sports, shutdown all bars and keep men at home. 

 Police these days are yelling out to crims “Come out with your hands Washed” 

 Just saw a burglar kicking his own door in. I asked him what he was doing. He replied, “I'm working from home.” 

 In the midst of a phone hookup with my Specialist, he mentioned that people working from home should be wearing face masks! That way they stop eating too much! 

 The truth is, it’s not so boring at home. But, it’s interesting that one bag of rice has 7,846 grains and another has 7,237. 
Let's strengthen Rotary Youth Exchange in 2020-21
Holger Knaack
President, 2020-21
Dear fellow Rotarians,
As you may know, I am a vocal advocate for Rotary Youth Exchange and the powerful and life-changing effects it has on everyone involved. As such, I want to thank you for everything you have done during this incredibly challenging time to prioritize the safety and well-being of our Rotary Youth Exchange students, families, and hardworking volunteers like yourselves.
The World Needs Rotary and Rotary Needs You ~ By Grant Spackman
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.
District Job Vacancy ~ Probus Chairman
Probus Chairman
Rotarian required to represent District 9930 as the liaison between Rotary and Probus South Pacific Ltd.
Facilitating meetings between PSPL and Probus Clubs in the district and assisting with the establishment of new Clubs for active retirees.
World Immunization Week and Rotary
World Immunization Week is Coming 

As scientists work to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus, we can do our part to keep our communities healthy by helping Rotary spread the word about the importance of vaccinations during World Immunization Week, 24-30 April.
Immunizations save millions of lives every year and are widely recognized as one of our most successful and cost-effective health interventions.
Yet outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to put children’s health at risk around the world. 
Cyclone Harold and Rotary's Response
Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget - Anzac Day 2020
By Jan Beaumont ©
As Anzac Day draws nearer 
and there's not so many left
Of those bright-eyed boys who left their native shores
They were SO young, so hopeful of a life that promised much
But they went to fight for freedom, mine and yours.
An Appology
It seems that this website published a poem without attributing it to the correct author, Jan Beaumont.
The article came from a local Rotary newsletter that was emailed to me (amongst others) for consideration in our Best Newsletter Competition.
As the editor, I try my best to credit all original journalism and photography correctly, but nobody is perfect.
The Rotarian that read the poem to his meeting did not say it was original but that could have been misunderstood, as in my case.
So I apologise to Jan Beaumont and her daughter Belinda Kieran nee Beaumont 
The origional poem appears below thanks to Facebook.
Rotarians Experiencing Distress
Rotary Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu Updates
Fiji & Tonga
We anticipate further updates most likely now on Monday as despite the lockdown, Easter Sunday will be a solemn and respectful day in those countries.
The Rotary supplies held in Vanuatu previously sent by RAWCS and RNZWCS have been located fit for purpose.
These photos received today from Port Vila.
Science Box and Rotary
Science Box Lockdown Challenge can now be found on the Science Box website and Facebook page:
Science Box is a project supported by Fairfield Rotary aimed at sparking an interest in science in kids at a young age.
Founded by Shalini Guleria in 2018, it is ever-expanding and looking for volunteers. 
Science Box currently focuses it's work in the Waikato region of New Zealand, and hopes to grow this reach to a global level one day.

Check out their website here: <>

Please pass on this link to Teachers and Schools and anybody with primary school children! Thank you.
Rotary Polio and Covid-19 Update
Polio infrastructure support for COVID-19 response:
  • Over the next several months the polio infrastructure Rotary helped build – including its tools, workforce, and extensive surveillance networks – will be used to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by supporting preparedness and response activities in many countries, including Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This truly represents the ‘Plus” in PolioPlus.
  • Building on decades of experience stopping polio outbreaks, Rotary and our partners have a critical role to play in protecting communities from this unprecedented pandemic, just as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) did in the past to respond to outbreaks of Ebola, yellow fever, and Avian flu.
Important Message From the Prime Minister
Thoughts on Engaging Rotarians During Lockdown
Some ideas:
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate
  • Encourage “user-generated content”, i.e. make it a two-way communication
  • Online club meetings – these are an obvious option, but there are some things that will make these meetings more engaging. 
  • District-wide online meetings
Rotary's just different...
Thanks To Everyone Rotary Was Ready
Cyclone Harold  Emergency Response Kits (Rotary New Zealand ERKs) 
Tropical cyclone Harold hits Vanuatu amid Coronavirus state of emergency. 
Vanuatu has been hit by one of the strongest recorded storms to ever make landfall on the tiny Pacific nation, forcing the government to suspend coronavirus social distancing measures for evacuees.
20 Members Online for Te Awamutu Rotary Meeting    Meeting
Thoughts From Rotarian Gerry Townsend
Two-minute Talk – Gerry Townsend (Rotary Havelock North) expressed his self-isolation experience in poetry.    Isolation Lockdown 

I’m normally a crazy social guy
I love to meet my mates
But lately with the virus here
We can’t go out the gates.

You see, we are the ‘oldies’ now
We do need to stay inside
If they haven’t seen us for a while
They’ll think we’ve upped and died.

Read the rest click here

Using Zoom for Rotary Meetings
Rotarian Stranded 2,200 kms From Home WITH A BABY!
"I was flying high on the inspiring buzz of 2020 South Pacific President Elect's Training Seminar long after leaving New Zealand." - Ruth Cross, President-Elect RC Tawaera, Kiribati. 
Then the world changed and Ruth is now stranded 2200kms from home with her baby.
This is her story so far.
I was flying high on the inspiring buzz of 2020 SPPETS long after leaving New Zealand. Four days of Rotary leadership boot camp with hundreds of undercover superheroes was so much fun!
Rotarians should become club presidents at least once so they can experience the magic of SPPETS. I felt like I had been able to fully appreciate how being a part of Rotary had woven me into a special tapestry made from the kindest humans of humankind.
Watch Havelock North's Zoom Meeting
Support and the Latest Drought Update
Please find herewith the latest Drought Update.  Please feel free to share with your networks. 
The link to register for the Drought Recovery Webinar on Wednesday 15 April is:
Join a Rotary Meeting ANYWHERE!!!
Rotary Suspends Polio Campaign
We start by extending our thoughts to Polio News readers around the world. We hope that you are safe.
To those working on the frontlines of COVID-19 response: our thoughts are with you. This edition contains an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on polio eradication but also features some of the incredible work that women are doing for polio eradication around the world. Our aim is to recognise the exceptional contributions of health workers and remind us of all of our ongoing determination to end polio.
All Physical Rotary Meetings Are Suspended
Well, that’s about all there is for this issue from District Governor Peter. 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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