Dear Rotarian,
Here is the June newsletter from District Governor Bill Robinson.
Our District Governor Bill Robinson

District 9930 Newsletter June 2024.

Rotary World President in Our District!
While Gordon McInally has seen more of the world than his home country of Scotland during his reign as the international president of Rotary, he and his wife Heather have particularly loved their time ‘down under’. “Following our tour through Singapore and Australia, it made complete sense to ‘pop in’ to New Zealand on our way home” he laughed. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here and I am extremely grateful to have been so warmly welcomed, and to have had the pleasure of seeing all the wonderful things Matamata Rotary has achieved.
Rotary International Convention.
On June 21-25, 2025, Calgary, Canada, is the host city for the Rotary International Convention. For Rotarians seeking the experience of attending a Rotary Convention, this will present the ideal opportunity. To travel to Calgary, attend the Convention plus add a time to travel in North America.
Rotary Katikati hears about The Camino de Santiago
Emily grew up on a dairy farm near Matamata, has a passion for the outdoors, and has enjoyed hiking from an early age.
She is currently an instructor and assistant manager at the Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre.
In 2016 her parents decided to undertake the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James).
Last year Emily followed suit and took on one of the popular routes called The French Way.
The District 9930 Polio sub-committee is looking for new members

Are you passionate about our work to End Polio Now?

Are you thinking about serving Rotary beyond your club?

If so, we might have just the job for you! We are looking for one or two more members to join our small committee. We meet 3-4 time/year via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary’s polio eradication project.

Your role will be to help raise awareness of Rotary’s polio eradication programme and encourage clubs and individuals to contribute to, and fundraise for, the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus fund.

For more information/to express your interest, please email:

Michelle Tanner (District Polio Chair) or,

Grant Spackman (Incoming District Polio Chair)

Rotary Month of June
Rotary's Polio Quest in Numbers

  POLIO NEWS                                       JUNE 2024



Rotary District Changeover 2024
Rotary Community Leaders Preparing For New Roles
The newly elected Community Leaders from throughout New Zealand met in Auckland over the weekend of the 8-9 June.
This was the first opportunity for the group to get together face to face and undertake training for their new roles. Nick Dangerfield and Pat Armstrong, the  Learning and Development Leads for the Regionalisation Pilot  took the Rotary Community Leaders (RCLs) through a number of breakout sessions over the two days to prepare them to facilitate Growth Plan Workshops with Club leaders in each of their Community Groups.
These will be held during July and August. The workshop was a good opportunity for the cohort to share their knowledge, ideas and to meet RI President Gordon McInally and his wife Heather over morning tea.
Photo: RI World President Gorgon McInally and Heather, DGE Nick Dangerfield, and the Rotary Community Leaders - Carmen Goodwin
Rotary Zone 8 Regional Pilot
June 2024 Update
RYLA and Rotary Wairoa
Jacob spoke on his experiences at the RYLA week.
Around 35 “RYLArians” attended the week from age 17 to 27. He didn’t have a clue about Rotary before he was selected.
Experiences included high ropes (being scared of heights, this was a challenge for him), impromptu speaking (he had to talk for 90 seconds on “What motivates me to do what I do”), “Master Chef”(not his thing but fortunate to have talented chefs on the team, so he was the artist for their menu sign), Wetlands Trust (planted trees there), rock climbing, caving, and abseiling.
Jennie Herring visits Ahuriri Sunrise
Hennie Herring
 Jennie joined the Otahuhu Rotary Club in 1997.  Over the years she has held numerous roles within Rotary. In 2023 she was appointed Endowment and Major Gifts Advisor for the Regional Rotary Foundation.
There have been no changes to the Rotary Foundation with Regionalisation.
The Rotary Foundation District Structure comprises the Fundraising Team (including Jennie) and a Spending Team. Both teams report to the District Governor and District Rotary Foundation Chair.
Rotary Waipukurau hear about Wool
Foxtrot Home
Kate Cullwick lives on Tapahia Station near Waipukurau with her husband Jeremy and family, producing fine wool crafted into high-quality wool products including bed throws, baby blankets, and bedspreads.
The wool is scoured in Napier, dyed in Wellington then woven in Auckland to their designs like these Super King-sized blankets pictured here.
With her sister Prue they established Foxtrot Home in 2017 producing and selling French linen bedding.
They sourced the linen fibre directly from French producers and then had it dyed, woven, and sewn into a finished product that they now supply across NZ, Australia, and other countries.
Clowning Around with Rotary Rotorua
The Rotary (and friends) team supported the event with the show's stars. 

This activity keeps on giving - for a small amount of our time we get a nice cheque to put into our charity funds for distribution.
A lot of kids (of all ages) get a highly entertaining evening.
This is win-win-win all the way down the line. 
Quirkus. Cirkus
PDG Grant Spackman addresses Rotary Greenmeadows
PDG Grant Spackman updated members about the rapidly approaching Regionalization pilot project, due to commence on 1/7/24.
There will be no changes to clubs but there will be easier access to support where needed.
There will be Rotary specialists available to support with membership, ideas etc.
The Rotary Foundation will sit outside of the new structure.
The pilot will run for two years and then members will vote to continue as is or pick the parts that work well.
Rotary's Eye Care for Africa
Last month a team of twelve Eye Care For Africa volunteers visited Tanzania. 
They were led by Hastings optometrist Niall McCormack (an honorary member of Havelock North Rotary Club), optometrist Lillian Lei from Whanganui and GP Dr Peter Culham from Hastings. 
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise hear about AI
Lynne introduced guest speaker James Simmonds. Founder of Webfox company based in Ahuriri.
Webfox uses AI as a business tool to help businesses improve performance and show them how technology can help them.
He mentioned he could talk forever on this subject. Talked about generative AI, G.P.T. (generative pre trained transformers). This covered areas of voice recognition, facial recognition, predictive text, using AI to assist in creating code and creating photorealistic images.
Rotary World President and Urban Miners
Tia Ormsby van Selm from Ngāti Apakura guides Rotary International president Gordon McInally through the Rotopiko Reserve. Photo: Mary Anne Gill.

Gordon and Heather McInally were so impressed with the Urban Miners recycling operation in Cambridge that they intend to take the concept home to Scotland.

Last week, the couple visited the Cambridge Rotary Club’s star performer, Urban Miners.

Gordon – formerly a dentist in Edinburgh, Scotland – is the first Rotary International president to visit New Zealand and the couple’s five day trip included four Waipā visits.

Rotary Cambridge Bid Fairwell to Exchange Student
We said goodbye to Marie Witzel, our IYE student, last Thursday. 
Marie talked about how much she enjoyed her time with our club, getting to travel to many places around New Zealand, and particularly thanked her host families for their support and hospitality. 
She highlighted the friends she had made, as well as the Rotary weekends away to places such as Taupō, Rotorua, and Waitomo.  A highlight was her South Island trip and she enjoyed many other experiences such as surfing, fishing, visiting our beaches, and the school ball.
Well, that’s about all there is for this issue from District Governor Bill. 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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