Dear Rotarian,
Hi here is the April Newsletter from our exhausted District Governor Peter Maxwell.
Our District Governor's April Message
This year’s theme as you know is “Rotary Connects the World”.
I feel that this theme is prophetic – in that, we do have an opportunity to
“Connect the World” as we are all going through the current pandemic.
How? – through Service into our communities.
Rotary Zoom Meetings
Have you been hearing a lot about Zoom Meetings recently?
Well, Rotary Zone and District have been using ZoomVideo Conferencing for quite a while.
Our District Website co-ordinator Max Patmoy will conduct a "Welcome to Zoom" ge-ttogether next Thursday. April 2nd at 7 pm.
If you want to have a look, just click this link  at 7 pm Thursday. The meeting may be limited to 30 people.
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Rotary Sun Glare Protection Shield
Rotarian. Robert Benjamin of Rotary Club of Ahuriri Napier has designed a shield to be attached to the car Sun Visor to protect the driver’s eyes from being blinded by Sun low down on the horizon.
He states that on hearing of four people being blinded by the sun, three of whom crashed into parked vehicles, he designed this glare protection shield. He adds that since he started promoting to his Rotary club, to two Christian organisations and to two Friendship ( previously Probus) clubs, he has come to know of five others crashing into other vehicles and of one killing a pedestrian and another killing a cyclist as a result of being blinded by the sun.
Connecting Rotary Through The CONVID-19 Response
For more than a century, Rotary has connected the world through fellowship and service. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily routines and forced the cancellation of many in-person Rotary and Rotaract club meetings and events. But even when we can’t hold our usual events, members have lots of ways to stay engaged, connect with one another, and serve their communities. 

Clubs can meet online using services such as ZoomSkype or GoToMeeting. All three platforms offer robust support, from their directions for setting up an account to helping with technical issues. Rotary and Rotaract members get a discount on Zoom through Rotary Global Rewards. Members can also connect with each other on social media and with services such as FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or WhatsApp groups. 

Learn how Rotarians and Rotaractors are staying in contact and keeping members engaged during these difficult times:
  • Find ideas and resources for holding virtual meetings, engaging through social media, and serving from afar in District 6690’s guide to Maintaining Member Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Read how the Zone 34 Rotary coordinators are maintaining membership engagement (hint: ingenuity and adaptability) and download their COVID-19 response guide
  • See how Big West Rotaract, a multidistrict information organization in the western region of North America, is connecting Rotarians and Rotaractors who are experiencing difficulties with others who can help. Look at its Rotary and Rotaract COVID-19 Mutual Aid form
  • Read advice from Charlotte Ahlberg, past chair of the Rotary International E-Club Committee, on taking your club online. 
  • Visit Rotary’s website to get more tips and guidance for holding online club meetings.
How is your club or district keeping your members engaged during the COVID-19 response? Share your ideas and resources or participate in a discussion in the Meeting Online group in Learning Topics. 
Project Hospice Nepal ~ A Rotary Club Fundraising Project
Twenty years ago, four Nepalese doctors who were school friends got together and started the first Hospice for terminally ill patients in Nepal.
Today, from those very humble beginnings, Hospice Nepal has become a centre of excellence for palliative care under the guidance of its medical director, Professor Rajesh Gongol.  
Rotary Havelock North's 1st Zoom Meeting

The next meeting is a Zoom Meeting on Monday 30 March.
Guest presenter is Gabby Anderson our Rotary Youth Exchange Student to America. Gabby will tell you about her year in America as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.


For the next few weeks, Havelock North Rotary Club will be meeting online, using the Zoom app.  The details are:

Havelock North Rotary Club Meeting.

             Mar 30, 2020, 5:30 PM
             Apr 6, 2020, 5:30 PM

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Message From Our District Governor
We are indeed in extraordinary times. The Prime Minister has just announced that on Wednesday we are moving to level 4 on the NZ Covid-19 response chart – the top level – so the country is basically going to be locked down for several weeks.
This means that there will be
  • No Rotary physical meetings.
  • No Rotary group project work
  • No social gatherings
Therefore physically the “Army of Rotary” cannot function as we know it – so why not become a "Rotary Community Guerrilla"? Working individually members can continue the work of Rotary within the guidelines and regulations that we now live under.
Rotary Needs a Truck and Driver...
I am the District 9930 Dictionary Project contact for Usborne dictionary orders and until 2019 Mainfreight have been picking the dictionary orders up from the Auckland storage facility, delivering to Tauranga where my husband Frank and I pick up the order and deliver back to our residence in Paengaroa.
Mainfreight have very generously supplied this service free of charge for many years but as this is no longer an option we are hoping a rotary member in District 9930 may have a contact in the long haul carrier business who may be able to help.
A New Rotary Member?
Rotary Ahuriri (Napier) Cancels Meetings Until Further Notice
Dear fellow members,
In response to advice from RI, District 9930 and our National Health Authorities your Board has made the decision to cancel all club meetings until the situation improves.
Where Are We Going?
Rotary Convention in Hawaii Cancelled.
Mark Daniel Maloney
President, 2019-2020
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Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,

Let me get right to the unfortunate news — the RI Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 
How Your Rotary Club Can Help
We are the Rotary Club of  ………………………. 
If you are self-isolating due to Covid 19 (coranovirus)
and need help in any of the following ways –  
Pick up Shopping 
A friendly phone call 
Posting Mail 
Urgent Supplies.  
Please call us on…………………………… 
Just call or text us and we will do our best to help you (for free!)  
Coronavirus is contagious. Please take every precaution to ensure you are spreading only kindness.
Avoid physical contact (2m distance). Wash your hands regularly. Items should be left on your doorstep.  
Rotary Convention in Rotorua Cancelled
A Great Thought For Rotarians
Rotary Taradale Flies High
Programme Speaker: John Hamilton. The Walsh Memorial Flying school. 

He was introduced by Mary Redington, who spoke of John’s illustrious flying career, which included 35 years in the NZ Airforce, where he attained the role of Air Vice Marshall. He had received a Queen’s honour as Companion of NZ Order of Merit as Chief of Airforce. One of his roles in retirement was Christchurch Earthquake National Coordinator and he is now Operation Manager at Hawkes’ Bay Airport. 
Unfortunately No Rotary Australia N.Z. Student Exchange for 2021
Due to a number of the districts in Australia which usually participate in RANZSE merging with other districts, it doesn't seem that Australia will be ready to participate in RANZSE for 2021 so there will be no RANZSE exchange for 2021. 
March is Rotary's water and Sanitation Month
Te Awamutu Rotary Hear From Two Students Attending The 2020 Rotary National Science and Technological Forum 
Stephen Cox introduced the students. 

The Forum took place over several days and Liam and Nathaniel stayed at O’Rorke Hall and attended lectures and activities at AUT (Auckland University of Technology) and Massey University in Albany.  
There was a wide variety of activities which covered a range of topics from Biology, Ethics, Electronics, Robotics to Food Technology.  As well as learning workshops, there were opportunities to socialise with other students from around New Zealand with similar interests and passions. 
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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