Dear Rotarian,
Here is the May newsletter from our young at heart District Governor Kevin Forgeson.
From Our Young at Heart Rotary District Governor
May is Youth Services Month
Rotary Responds to Cyclone Gabrielle

Cyclone Gabrielle, the most significant weather event in a generation threw New Zealand into a national state of emergency, amid this unprecedented weather event there are amazing stories of bravery and generosity.

Rotary Te Awamutu Looking Forward to Their Exchange Student
How Rotary's Polio Effort is Helping Battle Malaria 
Health workers in Pakistan go door to door administering the polio vaccine.
Volunteers in Zambia perform a dramatic skit showing how malaria spreads. These efforts may seem very different, but they're deeply connected.
A global partnership has mobilized millions of workers, reached underserved populations, and gathered unprecedented amounts of health information in the fight to end polio.
That work by Rotary and its partners is also proving crucial in the battle against malaria. Learn more for World Malaria Day, 25 April. And read a blog post from Eric Liswaniso, program manager for Malaria Partners Zambia, who lost his parents to malaria when he was young.
Rotary Offers New Similtaneous Interpretation Access and  More
The month of May is here, and with it, comes the 2023 Rotary International Convention
Afghan Women Persevere in Secret Marathon
A seasoned runner might take water and protein bars on a long training run, but girls and women in Afghanistan consider other equipment more essential: knuckle dusters or pepper spray, so that when anybody comes close, they can demonstrate they have something to defend themselves.
It’s one of the startling details in a 2019 documentary about female runners in the deeply conservative nation.
The film is the culmination of years of work by Martin Parnell, a Rotarian from suburban Calgary, Alberta, and an avid runner. Learn more about the documentary and listen to our podcast.
Rotary Leader Helping Club and District Leaders achieve success
Create a meaningful club experience
We know from Rotary’s research that members’ overall satisfaction is closely related to their club experience.
Rotary Theme for May
Rotary Empowering Women and Ending Polio
Female vaccinators are a key part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s strategy to advance equality and empower women.
Women make up two-thirds of Pakistan’s polio workforce.
Their work is crucial for us to meet our goal of interrupting the transmission of wild poliovirus this year, but the importance of their efforts goes far beyond polio eradication.

This photo essay from Rotary magazine’s April issue illustrates the work of female vaccinators and highlights five of the women who are working to end polio in Pakistan.  Learn more
Rotary Bookarama  2023
Rotary Cambridge wrapped up Bookarama 2023 on Sunday afternoon after a very successful sale. 
This was a major effort on behalf of the Club and many thanks to club members, their partners and friends who gave their time and patronage to support it.
Rotary 9930 District Conference in Te Kuiti
Special thanks to Jane Belton who wrote the report below about our recent District Conference, for her Matamata club newsletter.    
A group of twelve travelled to Te Kuiti for the conference held at Les Munro Centre. The weekend started on the Friday night (April 21st) with a meet and greet session. A lot of us catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Tickets are $50 each or 5 tickets for $200 and with only 4,000 tickets on sale - your chances of winning this fabulous vehicle are very strong.

All proceeds raised will go to the Well Foundation, Youth Mental Health Project

To purchase tickets click this link.

The raffle closes at 5:00pm on Friday 9th June 2023. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 13th June 2023.

Good Luck and thank you for your support.

Rotary Will Give Every Child a Future
Rotary's Andy Pearce - is another Global Financial Crisis coming?
At last weeks Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise meeting, new(er) member Andy Pearce introduced himself and discussed the possibility of another global financial crisis.
Andy spoke briefly about himself and gave an interesting insight on the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 and why we are not facing down the barrel of another GFC despite the recent banking upheavals in the US and Switzerland.
Andy grew up in Hawkes bay and studied geology at the University of Canterbury followed by a PHD at Magill University in Montreal where his subject was Geomorphology - the evolution of landforms.
He worked as a scientist in New Zealand and became the first CEO of Landcare Research.
In 2008 he was appointed a Director of the Bank of New Zealand because, if you believe what he says, he knew absolutely nothing about banking. His appointment apparently did not cause the GFC which followed shortly thereafter.
Rotary's World Immunisation Week
Join with Rotary this week to promote the power of vaccines
A very informative session from guest speakers Dion and Carly at the Greenmeadows club, both are audiologists and partners in the company - Hearing & Balance located in Greenmeadows. 
Rotary Kawerau's Community Paul Harris Fellow
Earlier this month Rotary Club of Kawerau recognised all that Mavis Keightley has given of Service
above Herself to our community by awarding her with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Rotary District Public Image Chairs Training
Rotary's Polio Success in Numbers

  POLIO NEWS                                        MAY 2023



Well, that’s about all there is for this issue from District Governor Kevin. 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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