Dear Rotarian,
Here is the October Newsletter from our Busy Busy District Governor Ross Pinkham.
Greetings From Our Busy Busy District Governor

Wow, where does the time go – a quarter of the Rotary year has disappeared already.

2022 Rotary Run The Runway

The countdown is on for the ‘2022 Rotary Run The Runway’

Rotary Tauranga Te Papa at Classic Flyers Museum
The members regrouped at Classic Flyers museum at Mt Maunganui for our meeting this week.
The Rotary Club of Gisborne is Outward Bound
Guest Speaker: Isaiah Moran talked about his experiences at Outward Bound.
He thanked the club for making it possible for him to attend.
He was firstly motivated by his brother who had attended who was sponsored by the school. He also has a leadership role at school and felt outward Bound would give him some leadership skills.
in the middle of winter meant they were often cold and wet but never miserable. They ended up in a state of emergency with flooding and need to be evacuated back to the school and had to dig and sandbag to prevent try and reduce damage around the school.
Taradale Rotarians are Keeping in Step
On Saturday 18 Sept a good number of Taradale Rotarians kick-started their participation in the Rotary District 9930 Health Challenge for 2021/2022.
Some met at the Pettigrew Arena Carpark, Taradale, and biked 9 kilometers on the Hawke's Bay Rotary Pathways to the Puketapu Hotel (and return). Some had driven to the hotel and took the opportunity of walking for 20 minutes or so along the pathways.
Others drove and whilst they didn't necessarily participate in physical exercise, it was beneficial to all by enjoying coffees, scones, and catching up outside of a Club meeting.
Mental well-being was achieved. We look forward to welcoming all Rotarians, friends, and family at our next Health & Well-being catch-up on Saturday 9 October.
Ken Haines  from the the JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund
Malcolm introduced our Guest Speaker, fellow Rotarian Ken Haines from the JR McKenzie Youth Education Fund
J.R. McKenzie established the Trust in 1938 as the owner of the McKenzie retail chain and as a Rotarian. The Trust was/is funded by property and farming and administered by Rotarians. 
The Objects of the Trust are in favour of the betterment of children’s education and welfare.
The money granted by the Trust is for school uniforms, clothing, footwear, spectacles, hearing aids, Epi-pens, camps, subject fees, transport costs, textbooks, stationery, phycological testing. 
Same Old Same Old Rotary Stories.
Have you noticed that articles from the same old clubs appear here month after month?
Well, that is because your own club does not send a copy of its weekly bulletin to us. It is just a matter of sending an extra copy to  That isn't very complicated, is it? And if your bulletin editor does that then your club is eligible for annual prizes. But more than that several people, including me can read them and share your club stories and achievements with the whole district.
District Governors have, for years, been asking club bulletin editors to do this. Easy eh?  we would love to hear about what you and your club get up to, really!!!
So give your club bulletin editor a good hard kick in the "Rotary" and tell them to add to their mailing list. It's up to you now!
Taradale Rotary is Benched
Recently a small group of Taradale Rotarians revisited park benches around the Taradale area and environs that had been installed by Rotary for the benefit of the community a number of years ago. Thanks to those who have been cleaning, sanding and repainting the benches - giving them a new lease of life.
There are still more to be done, so a work in progress as paint supplies permit. This bench was donated to Rotary by the Cruse Club, an organisation for widows. It was set up by members of the Club, particularly Dr Ted Morris in Dec1961 and was wound up 30 years later. There was a residual fund of $250 which was donated back to the club from which this seat was erected.
Membership Mixture ~ Greenmeadows Rotary
In a somewhat unique moment, the Greenmeadows Rotary Club in Napier recently had four people join on one night when a few weeks of lockdown dropped to a lower level allowing such activity.
However, an interesting feature was the family connections and the international aspects of the inductions.
Rotary District 9930 Requires a Fellowship Chair
Rotary District 9930 is looking for a Champion to promote and manage its Fellowships.
Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotary members who share a common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies, or professions.
They further their vocational development with others in the same profession or field and enhance their Rotary experience by exploring new opportunities and making connections around the world.
Robyn Malcolm from Otumoetai Rotary
Reshuffle at Rotary Te Awamutu
The History of Rotary's Emergency Response Kits
Rotary New Zealand’s sole humanitarian first response for those left homeless following cyclones and floods is the Emergency Response Kit (ERK). Established in 1983 the original “fill your own” wooden Emergency Box (EMBOX) with second-hand goods replicated a scheme that had been operating in the United Kingdom by Rotary since 1971.
Early in 2009 devastating floods in Fiji saw 150 Boxes distributed from stock held in Lautoka with a further 300 flown in from Auckland. In September of that same year, in Samoa, some 3,200 people were made homeless following a devastating Tsunami. Rotary New Zealand responded within hours with 400 Boxes.
Building A Vibrant Successful Rotary Club
I have copied a report on a Zoom Meeting held by Cambridge Rotary recently. 
The speaker was Dave Harmon from Australia - he also spoke at our PI Zoom Meeting last night (for Australasian DGEs, DGNs and PI Chairs) - I think what he says has a lot of merits:
Bill Robinson introduced Dave Harmon of Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary Club and handed the meeting over to him.
Building A Vibrant Successful Rotary Club was the topic of Bill’s presentation. He showed that membership tends to go in cycles that can easily be negative and spiral down unless action is taken.
Havelock North Rotary and Driving Miss Daisy
GUEST SPEAKER – Melanie Harper was introduced by Ian Halford, advising that Melanie and her husband had established the business of Driving Miss Daisy in Havelock North.
Melanie advised that she and her husband Jack are the owners/directors of Driving Miss Daisy NZ Ltd which began in 2008 with one car. Now there are 255 vehicles throughout the country and it is her plan to have a “Daisy” in every town in New Zealand.
It is now an international franchise, beginning in the UK in 2014 and was to be in Australia this year but given the Covid pandemic, the legal papers were never signed. It is also hoped to get the business going in Europe.
Rotary's World Gratitude Day
While COVID has presented challenges to Interplast’s work, and to the lives of so many, we are reflecting today on all that we have to be grateful for.
We are grateful and immensely proud of our volunteers who, throughout this worldwide health crisis, have continued to deliver essential training, one-on-one mentoring sessions, live stream webinars and remote case planning to our international colleagues across the Asia Pacific region.
Rotary ShelterBox New Zealand September Update
September Update
We hope that you and your whānau are managing to stay safe and well.

Over recent weeks, many of us have had to re-adapt to working and studying online.  

That's why, this month, we thought we'd share the above photo - which shows our remote training in action. Last year, when Covid-19 made it impossible to travel abroad, we had to rethink our entire approach to how we conduct training overseas.
Here, you can see Lucy and Flora, from ShelterBox HQ, as they run through different techniques of how to use the items within our ShelterKit, with one of our in-field partners - Help (Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe). The Help team will then use their new skills to support displaced families in Burkina Faso. 
Whakatane Fire Brigade Vintage Fire Engine and Rotary
Whakatane Volunteer Fire Brigade Vintage Fire Engine: The gearbox has clapped out and the brigade has asked for our help.
Brent magnanimously offered the help of his son in law who is a diesel mechanic.
The vintage engine is used in the Whakatane Rotary Christmas Parade every year and carries the jolly old fella himself.
Curry and Old Time Music @ Rotary CANCELLED
Take action for Rotary World Polio Day: 24 October
Every year, the Rotary community mobilizes for World Polio Day to raise awareness about global efforts to end polio for good. If we stay committed, we can make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

Plan your participation
Join the effort to ensure that every child receives the polio vaccine and help end polio by organizing a World Polio Day event or fundraiser or other promotional activities. One advantage of online events: They allow us to expand our reach even more and inspire others to join with Rotary.
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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