Here is the July District Newsletter, the first (official) one from our new but inspirational District Governor Graham Jull.
From the Pen of our New District Governor Graham Jull
A new Rotary year has begun.
Today Sunday 1st July at the Hamilton Airport Lodge, Rotary District 9930 celebrated the 2017-2018 year of Rotary fun, fellowship and community service under the leadership of District Governor Leonie Tisch. With her husband Lindsay, they have visited all clubs throughout the year and the District Conference held at Wairakei, Taupo in May was a huge success. Every club in this district has made a difference to the communities in which they reside.
As my first official task when I was installed with the chains of office this afternoon, I was able to present Leonie with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF)  (+4 Sapphire) and Lindsay with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF)for all the  Rotary work they have done for this district. The Tuesday before, Leonie had received a PHF (+3 Sapphire)  from her own club Matamata, which shows the high regard and support they have for Leonie as the only District Governor from Matamata and the third woman to lead the district.
A Rotary Trip of a Lifetime
Two Capitals: Moscow ~ Saint Petersberg
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise's Guest Speaker was Crazy Good
Al Borrie was born in Hawke's Bay but moved to Auckland in later years but returned about 10 years later and set up the Box coffee shop in Clive in June, 2011.
Since then the whole container concept has taken off around the region, with life-changing results for some.
His background is landscape gardening and he feels he just “fell” into the coffee industry. 
Al went on to say “we got a good location, situated on a main road with easy parking. It sort of ticked all the boxes." 
This Month's Rotary Polio News
This month, tens of thousands of Rotarians met in Toronto, Canada, for the Rotary International Convention.
99.9% of the way to achieving our goal, achieving polio eradication takes a commitment from everyone, from Rotarians to health workers, leaders, and parents. Only by working together to increase and sustain vaccination rates in every population can we defeat the virus.
To reach this goal, efforts to stop transmission continue worldwide, from Afghanistan-Pakistan border crossings to refugee camps in the Lake Chad basin.
A Great New Rotarian for Rotorua North
Our guest speaker this week was our newest member Amin Patham.
He took us on a wonderful journey in pictures & maps, from his birthplace in India to his work in Rotorua.
His parents had hoped he would become a doctor.
Instead, he married his secret love and become an expert Crop Protection Incursion Investigator, working on projects like the dreaded Myrtle Rust.
And he loves making cutes babies and looking at ‘fractals in nature’
The Famous Havelock North Rotary Changeover Glee Club
Please let the editor know if you can identify these individuals. Your reply will be confidential, lol.
Great Rotary parting thoughts
Les of Gisborne
“Distance doesn’t separate people silence does”  
Mike Shepherd:
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. (Henry Ford)
Doug Clemens from Rotorua Rotary:
The person who agrees with everything you say either isn’t paying attention or else plans to sell you something.  – Des Moss 
Rotary Otumoetai Listens to Enthralling Speech
Paul Noonan introduced Sandy Taing, aged 17 years, and in year 12 at Otumoetai College.   She was the joint winner of their Remembrance Day speech competition - and she repeated her speech to our meeting.
"The end of the First World War came on the 11th November 1918.   A day when a seemingly endless barrage of artillery and gunfire, was silenced.   A time when the foreign feeling of relief, lifted the hearts of millions;  the beginning of peace.   We commemorate this day as Armistice Day.
'Peace' was signed in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles the following year.   A peace that was meant to last forever.   But in reality, a diktat was signed, merely a thin sheet of ice over shark-infested waters. 
Rotary Whakatane and the Time Capsule Book
A commemoration ceremony was held on 5 June at the Whakatane Museum to celebrate the publication of the Time Capsule book.
The children who are the Guardians of the Time Capsule and are tasked with opening the capsule on the 5 June 2066 joined those people who made the time capsule a reality.
Alistair Hamilton led the project that saw a giant capsule interred in Wharaurangi on The Strand in Whakatane in June 2016. The capsule holds hundreds of envelopes put
there by people in the Whakatane District, which contain treasures and letters to be opened by their relatives of the future.
Start Planning for Rotary's World Polio Day, October 24th
Meet polio eradicator Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua.
Rotarian Marie-Irène Richmond-Ahoua has been volunteering for polio eradication in Côte d’Ivoire since the earliest days of the global initiative to end the disease. In this Q&A, she discusses how she first got involved in the cause and why she remains a dedicated polio eradicator.
Four ways to create buzz for your World Polio Day event 
Rotary Inspiration at Shelterbox
Visit the ShelterBox Stand 523-525
We Can Do It Rotary!
You Can Do It!
There has deservedly been great publicity in New Zealand and Pacific media about the Cooks Mobile Health Bus project. It is a wonderful example of Rotary in action.

But are we doing enough to tell people what we do in our communities? If articles with the word "Rotary" over one 24 hour period is anything to go by we could do better.

Capture a discount for the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg Before December 15th.
Don’t miss your chance to capture the moment at the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg, Germany.  Hamburg, Europe’s “Gateway to the World” will be your gateway to the world of Rotary.  
A place where the Rotary spirit fills the air, place to connect with friends while making unforgettable memories and a place to discover the latest news, ideas and strategies that drive Rotary. 
So take advantage of the special limited-time registration rate of $350 when you register and pay between Saturday 23 June 2018 and Wednesday 27 June 2018. 
Polio in Venezuela??
An article by Michelle Tanner, District Polio Chair.
There have been reports recently of a case of polio in Venezuela. Are they true? The short answer is No. So why did this get this story get into the media?
A major part of the strategy to eradicate polio is to look very hard for the virus and potential cases of the disease. This surveillance, conducted through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is two-phased. Firstly, scientists examine samples of water and sewerage looking for wild and vaccine-derived poliovirus.
Ambassadorial Scholarship Just the Beginning of my Rotary Journey
If you told me twelve years ago upon finishing my Rotary Ambassadorial Program year in Dublin, Ireland, that this was just the start of an adventure, I would have been hard-pressed to believe you.
The program itself was such a unique and enriching experience that improving on this worldview changing year seemed impossible. However, as I enter my thirteenth year as a member of the Rotary family, I now realize that being an alumnus is just the beginning.
Well, that’s about all there is for this issue for District Governor Graham. Don’t forget that the District website is now 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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