Dear Rotarian,
Here is the July Newsletter from our new
District Governor Peter Maxwell
Our New District Governor's July Message
Another Way Rotary Can Help to Select Your Club President.
Article by Euan Miller, D9520 Membership Chair
I have just completed two years as District Membership Chair and the standout observation is clubs that have effective leaders are clubs that demonstrate Rotary in Action.
They are dynamic, they achieve Rotary Citations, they maximise membership retention and they grow their membership.
On the other hand, clubs that elect Presidents without much thought about what makes a good leader because it is somebody’s turn or because nobody else wants to do it; are at risk of ending up with a wasted year.
Rotary Club Health Check ~ Do We Have a Pulse?
By Lawrence Furbish, ARC, Zone 32, from Rotary Zones 24 & 32 Beyond Borders Newsletter, May 19
Do you know what your members think about your club? Perhaps it’s time for the Club Health Check.
Getting new members is important, but keeping them after they join is critical.
This month's animation is how to maximize your chances of doing just that - by engaging them.
You can now find all membership videos from previous months at
Did you miss this?
Rotary Basics Online Course – now available
Rotary Basics is now an online course that covers all things Rotary in an interactive, multimedia format.
In this new Learning Centre course, you can deepen your understanding of Rotary as well as meet members around the world and watch videos. You can also take a quiz to test your Rotary knowledge.
The Rotary Basics online course was designed for new members, but it is also a good refresher for long-time members who want to test their Rotary knowledge or even nonmembers who simply want to know what Rotary is all about.
We’d encourage club leaders to include this course in new member orientation programs or recommend it to members as they take on new leadership positions.
Students receive training in cleft care by Rotary Interplast volunteers in Fiji  
Local Physiotherapy students receive training in cleft care by Rotary Interplast volunteers in Fiji.
Interplast volunteer speech pathologists and physiotherapists have worked with Fiji National University to incorporate training on cleft care in the physiotherapy curriculum for final year students.
Read on to see how Interplast is helping local health professionals like Fijian physiotherapist, Queresha Ali, to specialise in this important area of expertise.

Volunteer speech pathologist, Sarah Florisson, said there is currently no speech therapy department in Fiji, and Interplast allied health volunteers have been working together with local health professionals and educators to fill this gap.

“Our emphasis has been on training physiotherapy and nursing staff at Colonial War Memorial Hospital,” she said.


Teaching parents how to feed babies born with cleft lips and palates helps to prevent malnutrition.
Young Exchange Students off to Australia
Some of the approximately 40 Rotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchanges (20 from 9930)
off to spend three fun-filled months in Australia.
Maketu Celebrates Changeover
Maketu Rotary, like all D9930 clubs, celebrated their annual changeover by reflecting on the past year's activities,  They did it though a short video with some uplifting music.  Have a look.
Rotary, Rotaract and RVs
The Rotary Club of Ahuriri Sunrise recently heard guest speaker Murray Church.
Murray spoke to us firstly of his years in Rotaract in Hawkes Bay and his enjoyment belonging to a club with great fellowship.
Unfortunately, Rotaract is no longer active in Hawkes Bay, but Murray gave us a brief description of the organisation.
The first Rotaract Club chartered in New Zealand was The Rotaract Club of Mount Albert in Auckland on 19 February 1969. Charter President Graham Allan encapsulated why many young people join Rotaract – Youth has always dreamed of bettering the society in which it lives. We view our present society with a harshly critical eye, dissatisfied with its tendency towards selfishness.
End of Year Report
 District 9930 Governor’s End of Year Report for 2018-2019
Rotary International President Barry Rassin’s theme of “Being the Inspiration” has indeed inspired 9930 Rotarians to be good people, doing good work by having great fun and fellowship. With the flexibility of Rotary today following the changes introduced in 2016 by the Council of Legislation, some clubs have changed their frequency and format of meeting to what suits the members of that club. 
Community organisations working together
Now that's what volunteering is all about.
Rotarians from Maketu recently took part in The Daily cottage pie making project. Helping to peel potato’s, prepare massive amounts of vegetables, cooking, cleaning, knitting, repairs - you name it they were there helping out.
Together the team helped make 100 cottage pies to be distributed to the needy in the community.  Thanks Maketu Rotary.
Check out the website for The Daily and see if this is something you could get involved with.
Friday Suggestions
Do you struggle to come up with new ideas for projects? 
There is a wealth of information on Rotary  Internationals website but sometimes the easiest option is to follow a few clubs on Facebook.  There are becoming more and more clubs who are posting information about their projects and this may just be the spark your club needs to get members involved.
As well as projects looks at these great images i recently found on a post from San Francisco West.
A Typical Week at Rotorua North Rotary
A very warm welcome tonight to Maitlands visitors Gaylene and Ellen (his sister), guest speaker Vishant Chettri and his support team Sonam and Aditya.
One Chance Youth Awards this weekend, thank you to Henry and Rachel for representing Rotorua North. 
Rotary Convention in Hamburg
Last week saw the end of this year's Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany. There are many photos and available via the Rotary International Facebook page, however here are some of the highlights:
100 Years Young

Trevor - 100 years old - he made it!!!

Yes, Trevor Page had a great birthday last weekend - 100 years old. Rotary Taradale celebrated with a special birthday night for him - complete with balloons, banners and poppers. Club member and Caterer Claire Connor made his special birthday cake.

Congratulations Trevor Page from Rotary Taradale on reaching your 100 year milestone.  
It looks like Taradale pulled out all the stops to help you celebrate your special occasion.  
Latest Rotary Shelterbox News
'Cyclone Idai Creates Devastating Floods in Malawi'
Nourish For Nil ~ Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise
Christina McBeth and Rachael Graham from Nourished for Nil.
Nourished for Nil was formed in 2017 by Christina McBeth and Louise Saurin with a mission to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to the Hawke's Bay community. The goal is to minimise the food waste in Hawke's Bay and keep our community nourished for nil. 
We are a local non-profit organisation with a simple system, rescuing food from donors to recipients in the space of mere hours. The team is comprised of committed volunteers with a shared passion for reducing waste and helping the community.
Nourished for Nil will not discriminate, judge or label any community members who find themselves needing their service. We are open to everyone! 
Heidi Parkes and life with Spina Bifida
Heidi is a 15-year-old young lady living in Kawerau. She suffers from Spina Bifida, hence the need for her wheelchair.
She is one of 20 members of Kawerau District Youth Council and she absolutely loves taking part in discussions. This opportunity has given her much confidence as well as meeting other young people. Heidi feels that everyone should have the same opportunities and be able to take part in everything. Able bodied people need to realise what disabled people need. The Youth Council organises some big events like Christmas in the Park etc.
Heidi loves horse riding and especially boxing which has strengthened her upper body and now she has a neck, instead of being hunched up!

She is a student at Tarawera High School and had a project which was to let people know what it was like to be in a wheelchair especially going up a steep ramp or crossing roads, things that able-bodied people take for granted.
Rotary Opotiki's Guest Speaker Kerrin Tilley accompanied by carer Mary Jane Hussey
Kerrin attended that great little school Opotiki College and when he left he took up a farm cadetship.
This was followed by time in the bush dealing to possums and goats with fishing and diving for variation. When he emerged all this changed in the late 1980s when the combined weight of 2 forward packs dislocated his C4,5 vertebrae.
Time in the hospital and the Otara spinal unit followed then a return home to adjust to his disability.
The rugby community got behind him with charity matches but it was a difficult time as only 35 hrs of care were provided.
A Rotary Conference Like No Other!
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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