Dear Rotarian,
Hi here is the January Newsletter from our reinvigorated District Governor Peter Maxwell.
Our District Governor's January Message
Congratulations to those who have been honored in the New Year’s Honors list – I am aware of PDG Leonie Tisch and PDG Paul Wright.  but I am sure there will be others.
Mary and I would like to wish all Rotarians and their families in District 9930 a very Happy New Year and hope that 2020 will bring you all a fruitful year.
Congratulations Rotarian Leonie Tisch QSM

District 9930 congratulate Leonie Tisch for her New Year's Honor of a Queen's Service Medal for services to health and the community

Mrs Leonie Tisch has contributed to a range of community organisations, across the health, education, community and governance sectors.

Mrs Tisch has been an active board member of the Waikato Heart Trust since 1996, alongside serving on the Waikato District Health Board from 1997 to 2001.

As Publicity Chair of Waikato Heart Trust she organised a telephone appeal which raised $750,000. She has been a member of the charitable Pohlen Hospital Trust Board since 2005 and as Deputy Chair since 2011 has played a key role in developing Pohlen Hospital towards a "one stop shop" community health facility.

Congradulations Rotarian Paul Wright Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
New Zealand Order of Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) recognises outstanding service and was awarded to Paul Wright for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the forestry industry. 

Paul started working in forestry in 1966 and in the last 11 years of his career moved to the fire risk management world.  
He was the principal rural fire officer of Pumicelands from 2007 to 2017 and chief executive from 2015 to 2017, leading the amalgamation of the Central North Island rural fire districts under the new agency, Fire and Emergency N.Z.
Rotarian Robert Martin Named Knight Companion

Robert Martin was a keynote speaker at our District 9930 Conference back in May 2010.

Robert has now spent more than 30 years advocating for the rights of disabled New Zealanders.

He has a learning disability and spent much of his childhood inside institutions and living with foster parents.

In 2018, he became the first person with learning disabilities to chair a United Nations meeting during a session.

He served on the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the 2017-2020 term, and is seeking re-election.

Havelock North Rotary assist with securing a $US 32,000 Global Grant
Just once in a while, you can meet someone who is absolutely passionate about a community need. 
During a recent Rotary Friendship Exchange to Brazil, the small team from District 9930 met a very special person with a very defined goal.  This was Rotarian Dr. Cassiano Alves Ferreira Neto, who is a dentist employed at a cancer hospital in the small city of Jaù.  Cassiano was concerned that the cancer patients who had lost an ear, a nose, an eye or a palate during cancer surgery were, due to their disfigurement, tending to withdraw themselves from society and this often led to severe depression. 
Cassiano started moulding prosthetic ears, noses, eyes, and palates from resins, with the hospital funding him to fit facial prosthetics for 40 patients each year.
The Value of Rotary Volunteering
A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies estimated the value of Rotary member volunteer hours at $850 million a year. 

A report by Johns Hopkins University prepared for Rotary International estimated that Rotary members provide about 47 million hours of volunteer effort a year at an estimated value of $850 million.
That Rotary members log a lot of volunteer hours should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the organization. 
Rotary Poliovirus Containment News ~ Dec 2019
Welcome to the fourth edition of The Containment Corner - Poliovirus Containment News.
Protect the Rotary Logo
I recently saw a story on television about a West Papuan woman who received life-changing facial surgery to fix a deformity which had caused her a lifetime of struggling to eat, drink and speak.
Members of the Rotary Club of Liverpool West and Bendigo Strathdale flew the woman to Australia for the surgery. I was instinctively moved to share the story immediately with my network, congratulating the team involved and expressing how truly proud I was at that moment to be a Rotarian.
Merry Rotary Christmas from Shelterbox


Rotary's Echoes of Polio 
Thousands of people who overcame polio as kids are feeling the disease's effects as they age.
It took Anne Fitzpatrick a while to make the connection between her worsening fatigue and the fact she'd had polio as a baby during one of New Zealand's last epidemics of the disease in 1953.
Polio had a big effect on Fitzpatrick's childhood, temporarily paralysing her right leg below the knee. She wore a caliper until she was 10, and although she regained her mobility - and was very active as a teenager, taking part in competitive swimming, diving, netball, and tennis - she walks with a limp.
That eventually caused arthritis in her right ankle, which has been operated on three times. 
She'd always experienced some tiredness but it wasn't until she joined Polio New Zealand (an organisation that supports polio survivors) that she realised the deep fatigue she was feeling was a symptom of what's known as the late effects of polio (LEoP) or post-polio syndrome.
Rotary Partners with Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that helps its members become more effective public speakers, communicators, and leaders. Like Rotary, it has a worldwide network of clubs.

By working with Toastmasters, Rotary and Rotaract members will have more opportunities to improve their leadership and communication skills, broaden their networks, and increase their impact.

Clubs and districts can get involved in this alliance by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, visiting a local Toastmasters club, or watching a video to learn what happens at a Toastmasters meeting.

Rotary Cagliari - International Archeotour
Dear Fellow Rotarian,
I am the President of the Rotary Club Cagliari, the capital city of Sardinia, the large Italian island located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. I kindly ask you for a minute of your time to describe an initiative that I think may interest you and the members of your Rotary Club, asking if you could kindly inform them by circulating this email.
RC Cagliari has already organized 13 editions of Archeotour, a tourist itinerary that has helped Rotarians from all over Italy to understand that Sardinia has much more to offer than just beach holidays. It is a tour that combines our beautiful natural environment and local culture to create and strengthen relationships of friendship in Rotary.
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise Donate to Interplast
Christmas Greetings President Lynne,
Sorry to be so late with this message - things have become a bit hectic.
Please pass on my thanks to members for your generous donation, having me speak at your club and making me feel so welcome. 
I enjoy catching up with Rotarian's and meeting new members as I travel around the District speaking about the good work we do through Interplast - especially when there is such a happy club as yours.
2020 District Conference in Rotorua ~ Registrations now open
Bookings and information at 
Long Night at Rotary for Trish Gidedens

So, I didn’t get home till 10.45 from our Christmas function. WHY: I couldn’t find my car keys!. Checked the Hall twice. Colin, Steve and Barbara with Colin’s torch and car lights shining across the grounds were helping me look for them. NO LUCK. Checked with the Tupperware party going on in the room next door – no they hadn’t seen them but could sell me some Tupperware. Damn – with Barbara’s phone – ring my daughter and son in law in Hastings – wake them both up thinking I would have to borrow one of their cars to get home to Waipukurau. THEN I thought – Gosh I wonder if I dropped them in one of the parcel bags I gave to the Christmas Appeal. With Steve’s phone this time – call to Peter Mayne who phones Jo Reyngould who dutifully searches, finds them and so returns with them from Flaxmere. In the interim offers to run me home, put me up for the night and them happily sit with me until my son-in-law comes to assist is all the very good reason I love the gentle genuine caring of my fellow Rotarians and their wives. Merry Christmas everyone😊. Trish

2020 District Conference in Rotorua
Bookings and information at 
Napier Rotary Hear About NASA Girls
Georgina Snelgrove and NASA Camp
I had the great pleasure of introducing my granddaughter Georgia Snelgrove as our visiting speaker.
Georgia is a Year 11 student at St Paul's Collegiate, in Hamilton. (The home of the RYLA course) In 2018, Georgia was offered the opportunity to attend the ACURA CASE Junior Space School sponsored by NASA.
The program itself is intended to encourage high school females into science and technology careers (STEM, / STEAM studies).  
Rotary Membership Development
If we want to continue to make a positive difference in our communities, in our world, and in ourselves, we have to know what motivates people to become Rotary members. So we conducted several large-scale surveys this year that gave us a clearer understanding of why people join Rotary, why they stay, and why they leave. Here’s what we found:
Change can take time, but your year as a club leader goes quickly. Use the resources in the Club Planning Assistant to create a club environment that’s more attractive to both potential and current members. And take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of your district leadership team, especially your district membership chair. As always, tell us if you need additional resources or if we can offer other support. 

Dengue Fever Outbreak in Thailand
Urgent Appeal – Dengue Fever Outbreak: Stateless Hill Tribe Children in Northern Thailand 
Rescue Mission for Children in Mae Suai, is an NGO that provides care and education for the stateless children of the Akha Hill Tribe.  
Some of the children in our care have recently been infected with Dengue Fever, which it is believed they have contracted at the local primary school from a nearby rice plantation, which is a breeding ground for Mosquitos. 
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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