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

Community Economic and Development Month


October is Rotary Economic and Community Development Month
Rotary Suspects Schoolgirl in Gym Frock of being overage.
Tauranga Rotary:
Greetings all! What a great night we had on Wednesday. Mike Savage and his Youth Committee took charge of the meeting and with the theme of Basic Education and Literacy the meeting became a classroom.
The ‘school day’ began with singing the National Anthem followed by a karakia (as we did in the day). Any back chat or misdemeanors resulted in ‘doing lines’ for the ‘teacher’.
We were given a chance to share where we were schooled and to recall any amusing stories. Margaret Cooper wore her gym frock from 60yrs ago—and it still fits! Teacher, Mr Savage, relayed Murray Napier’s experience of being a scrawny little pakeha boy being schooled at St Stephens Maori Boys College. It was a great night. Well done team. Tess Matecki finished off by giving us all a brief lesson on the common courtesies and greetings in French, Italian & Spanish.
The Rotary All-Member Survey is Coming
The 2023 Rotary All-Member Survey is your chance to tell us about your experience as a member.
What you like, what you don't, and how we can make your membership experience even better.
Sign in to My Rotary and update your email address by 1 October to make sure you receive the survey.
What you can do on World Polio Day
Usborne Dictionary gets Promoted into Rotary Clubs
D9930 District Governor Bill Robinson is promoting the Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries as he and his wife Deb visit all the clubs in the district.
The original project was aimed at providing year 4 students in low decile schools in our district with their own dictionaries. 
The dictionary is seen as a gift to each child from Rotary.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The success of the project is proven with over 30,000 dictionaries presented to students in D9930 schools to date.
Delightful illustrations and clear definitions combine to make this the ideal first dictionary for young children.
Rotary World Polio Day, What Is Your Club Doing???
Rotary Cambridge Exchange Student
Marie Witzel, our Rotary Youth Exchange student, talked to the club about her family and her hobbies, which include hip hop dancing, bouldering and playing the piano. 
She lives in Graz in Austria and she described those things Austria is known for - it's famous people (Mozart, Niki Lauda), iconic brands (Red Bull, Sound of Music),  typical food (wiener schnitzel, sachertorte) and the beautiful sights to which tourists flock.
In Austria, the schooling experience is very different, with her school day starting at 7.20 am and afternoons free for homework or extra curricular activities.  She studies 14 subjects compared to the 6 here in New Zealand.
Rotary Conference ~ Save the Date
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise and Te Awa School
TE AWA SCHOOL; History of Hawke’s Bay garden / blessing the apple trees 
After the trees had been planted it was time for Ahuriri Sunrise member Rev Nigel Kynoch to conduct a blessing of the trees.
As the apple grove is a part of the garden that symbolises the European horticultural contribution to Hawke’s Bay history, a blessing of the apple trees (such as this) would be exactly what would have  happened when the original trees were planted in The Bay and thus, appropriate for the Te Awa School trees as well.
After all, in the good old days both the planting and harvesting would have been similarly blessed.
The trees were blessed by Nigel, water was gently dripped onto them by the students, and thus our happy occasion ended.
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise thanks all concerned for making this apple tree grove planting day such a memorable occasion…
Te Awa School Principal Greta Van Zyl and the pupils who planted the trees
Past DG Grant Spackman for  obtaining the trees 
Marty and Kelli Cooke for donating the trees
Tree Planters President Adrienne Williams and members Carol Pipe, Peter Edmead, Lynne & Tony Trafford, and Rev Nigel Kynoch for his blessing  
Tauranga Te Papa Rotary and a Night On Broadway
Youth Lives Matter NZ is hosting another amazing fundraiser event in support of youth mental health. All proceeds this year go to Tauranga Intermediate school to provide mental health services for students.

Get ready for an unforgettable night at "A Night on Broadway," coming to The Mount this October at Classic Flyers.

Prepare to be entertained as we bring you an exciting evening filled with live performances by some of New Zealand's finest talent. We are thrilled to announce that the sensational Jackie Clarke, accompanied by the incredibly talented Grant Winterburn on piano, will be gracing the stage with their captivating presence. Their music will transport you to the fabulous world of Broadway.

But the excitement doesn't stop there! DJ Lewis McCallum will be spinning his magic, infusing the night with his unique style of music. Get ready to hit the dance floor and groove to the beats that will keep you moving all night long.

Rotary Cup Challenge
Since 1977 the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge has been held annually in Taupo and is set this year for November 25th. This event is owned by and operated by the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Trust which was established by Rotary in 1994 and assisted by Lake Taupo Rotary volunteers. Funds raised are distributed to various Charities.
A Rotary Cup is among the list of awards to be won and is of course up for grabs again this year. Rotary teams are invited to enter the Cycle Challenge event and participate in competing for this Trophy.
This award is presented to the Rotary group that rides the greatest combined distance. Therefore a larger group doing a shorter distance could have as much chance of winning as a smaller group who take on the longer course options.
Rotary's Polio Quest in Numbers

  POLIO NEWS                                       SEPTEMBER 2023



Rotary Club of Katikati is Up The Garden Path
Rotary Taradale Fundraiser
Rotary Foundation Recognition Dinner

This email is to give you a “heads-up” to save the date for The Rotary Foundation Recognition Dinner being held in Auckland on Saturday evening the 4th of November 2023 at the Cordis Hotel.

The Chair of the Rotary Foundation Trustees Barry Rassin will be attending this event to present recognition awards to those members who have made either Major Donor or Bequest contributions in the 2022-2023 years.
Rotary Mental Wellbeing
Get Ready for Rotary World Polio Day
Start planning your World Polio Day event now! World Polio Day is October 24​​​​​​
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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