Dear Rotarian,
Here is the October Newsletter from our dedicated District Governor Grant Spackman.
Our Rotary District Governor's October Message

Our District Governor's October Message

Rotary for Polio "I am Woman"
2020 Polio Movie Event On
A special preview screening of the movie “I Am Woman”, about the life story of Australian singer Helen Reddy has been arranged at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 20th October at the Reading Cinema in Napier.
Helen Reddy sadly died this week at the age of 78 at her home in Los Angeles after a long battle with dementia. This film is a fitting tribute to the star who did so much for women’s rights. I urge your Rotary Clubs in Area 10  to support this event with proceeds going to Polio Now through the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Ahuriri is coordinating the event on behalf of all Rotary Clubs in Hawkes Bay. Tickets for your members can be arranged by contacting Max Patmoy: or Mike Smith:
Rotary Polio News ~ October
Over the past couple of months, polio vaccination campaigns have resumed worldwide to tackle an immunity gap that has widened during the pandemic. To protect children who have missed out on vaccines, the polio programme has swiftly ramped up efforts, including by supporting governments to run COVID-19-safe campaigns and exploring opportunities to deliver other vital health interventions alongside polio vaccine. Alongside this work, the programme continues to focus on understanding and addressing the remaining barriers to reach every child in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with an emphasis on operational change and building trust with communities.
Taradale Rotary Donate an Imaging Camera
The Taradale Volunteer Fire Station has benefitted from the generous donation from the Rotary Club of Taradale and the Rotary Foundation.
The Taradale Fire Station is now the proud recipient of a Thermal Imaging Camera.
On Thursday the Club President Claire Connor officially presented this important piece of kit to Paul Hughes, Senior Station Officer, and learned how much of a difference it was making to their team.
The Thermal Imaging Camera can see through darkness/smoke and identify people and the source of the heat.   The value of the camera is in the vicinity of $8000, the cost being shared between the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Taradale.
Greenmeadows Rotary and the DC3
Guest speaker Rodger McCutcheon gave an entertaining talk on both his personal journey as an aviator and the unique history of the 1942 DC3 now based at Napier Airport.
Rodger ‘rescued’ the DC3 from becoming a café when he observed it while flying to Queenstown. The owner had been struggling to get an airworthy certificate over a number of years and Rodger negotiated the purchase on the basis that he could get the certificate in a matter of days.
Rotarian Catches Covid - 19
GUEST SPEAKER: Julian Lowe (Opotiki Rotary)
Julian shared his very personal and painful COVID19 experience with us.
Julian and Ngaire had planned a South American trip culminating in a visit to Machu Pichu in southern Peru.
They got as far as Rio for 3 days as COVID was starting to make a global impact.
They were quarantined in Lima whilst their fellow tourists from the States went home.
Knowing What it Takes to Conquer Polio
Paul Engleman was two years old when he was diagnosed with polio in 1955.
One of the lucky ones, as his mother would say, he was not paralyzed by the crippling disease that sometimes kills.
Now, he is in the age group that is more susceptible to a new threat, COVID-19.
A frequent contributor to Rotary magazine, Engleman describes what it is like to survive polio and live through the COVID-19 pandemic and talks with polio survivors determined to eradicate polio.
District Blood Pressure Campaign
For many years in October the Stroke Foundation, Rotary and many Foodstuff’s supermarkets partnered together to carry out over 13,500 high blood pressure tests throughout New Zealand. On average around 16% of those tested are referred on to their GP as they have a high blood pressure reading.
High Blood Pressure is one of the leading causes of a stroke but can be managed and controlled which is why getting a regular check is important to reduce stroke and other health risks. It can therefore be seen that the testing carried out by the partners can be lifesaving.
In 2020 Rotarians in D9930 we would have been participating at 13 Pak’n Save and New World sites.
Unfortunately due to Covid 19 the programme was postponed and a revised system will operate from 2021.
Our involvement to date has been to contact the sites, which had already agreed to participate with the Stroke Foundation, to arrange layout of a suitable area within the supermarket with tables and chairs provided by the supermarket and to affix posters advertising the event in a place approved by the staff. On the day we encouraged customers to have their readings taken and we completed the necessary paperwork which was provided by the Stroke Foundation.  When the testing was complete we assisted the breakdown and tidied the area. The Stroke Foundation arranged for BP testing personnel to be present to do the actual testing.
Rotarian on Time's Top 100 List
It is with great pride that we inform you that one of our own has been named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Dr Tunji Funsho, Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair was named to the TIME 100 list for his critical leadership in working with Rotary members and our partners to achieve a wild polio-free Nigeria and eradicate the wild poliovirus in the African region. He is the first Rotary member to receive this honor for our work to eradicate polio.
Rotary Sun Glare Protection Shield
Rotarian. Robert Benjamin of Rotary Club of Ahuriri Napier has designed a shield to be attached to the car Sun Visor to protect the driver’s eyes from being blinded by Sun low down on the horizon.
He states that on hearing of four people being blinded by the sun, three of whom crashed into parked vehicles, he designed this glare protection shield. He adds that since he started promoting to his Rotary club, to two Christian organisations and to two Friendship ( previously Probus) clubs, he has come to know of five others crashing into other vehicles and of one killing a pedestrian and another killing a cyclist as a result of being blinded by the sun.
Rotary's  Past International President Sir Clem Renouf.
District Governor Grant Spackman has asked that all Rotary clubs in District 9930 hold this year’s polio fundraisers, such as the I Am Woman movie event, in the name of Past International President Sir Clem Renouf.
But exactly who was he?
Sir Clem served Rotary for an amazing 70 years. He returned from WWII to settle in the small Queensland town of Nambour as an accountant where joined the Rotary Club of Nambour as a charter member in 1949. He later became Club President and in 1965 was District Governor. From there he went on to serve on the RI Board of Directors and as Rotary International President in 1978-9.
It was during the time leading up to Sir Clem’s Rotary Internationsl presidency that factors were coming together that would eventually, lead to the creation of Rotary International’s largest ever fundraiser PolioPlus, and the greatest public health initiative the world has ever seen, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Rotary's World Polio Day
Take action for World Polio Day: 24 October.

Every year, Rotarians and Rotaractors across the globe mobilize for World Polio Day to raise awareness about eradicating polio for good. If we stay committed, polio will be the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
Plan an event for your community

Join the effort to ensure every child receives the polio vaccine and end polio by organizing a World Polio Day event.
Rotary Waipukurau Hear About End of Life Choices
Our Guest Speakers certainly gave us something to think about as far as the ‘End of Life Choice’ referendum is concerned.
After many years of working in ‘hospice’ with palliative care, with at least 20 years running the Hastings Cranford Hospice, Dr. Libby Smales was certainly well qualified to speak on the subject. Heather Gregory, likewise, with her very personal story was also well qualified to give us a point of view.
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Maketu Rotary Get Warm Fuzzies Over Fred Hollows Foundation
For the last couple of months, Bayly Tanner spent his own time talking to community groups in the lower and central North Island about the work we do at The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ.

Bayly aims to raise $50,000 for The Foundation, and he is well on his way with over $1500 raised already.

We asked him what led him to start supporting The Foundation.
"Believe it or not, it all started with a goat! One Christmas, I was given a gift card that said I had given a goat to a village in Africa where the families were struggling to put food on the table and support their loved ones.
Prime Minister Visits Rotary's He Waka eke Noa
He Waka eke Noa (This Is Us) is a project initiated by Rotary in Tauranga following the Mosque shootings in Christchurch.
The programme encourages people of different ethnic or religious backgrounds to tell their stories of how they came to New Zealand and how they see New Zealand in the future.
The project is exhibited at the Historic Village in Tauranga. Our Assistant Governor, Ron Fyfe from Tauranga Sunrise Rotary happened to be on duty when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited the Historic Village recently. Following her speech, she walked past the exhibition and Ron caught her attention and explained the background of this impressive project. Jacinda was very interested in it, taking the time to look at the hois and their different stories.
ROMAC September Report
I sincerely hope this communication finds you safe and well and coping positively with the day-to-day challenges of life under the COVID-19 pandemic.
Havelock North Rotarian Receives Civic Honours Award
Matthew Scott Henderson. 
Hastings District Council Civic Honours Award.
Scott Henderson joined the Rotary Club of Havelock North on 1 May 1986. He has been and continues to be, an active member of the club. 
He served the club as president for the 1993/94 Rotary year.
During his involvement with the club he has participated in many projects and fund-raising activities.  His most notable contribution to the community was his idea to develop the viewing area at the top of Te Mata Peak. Through his Rotary involvement, along with Te Mata Park Trust, QE2 Trust and the local Iwi he addressed Hastings District Council and got their support for the project. In the late 80s Scott was the driving force behind the planning of the project. He chaired the NZ Contractors Fed Group who undertook the development of the area as per a plan which David Bone, ex Council Parks and reserve Designer, had set out for him. Rotary undertook much of the pathing and tidying of the area to make it more presentable. He also helped organise funding.
World Health Organization Declares Africa Polio Free
New Name for the Rotarian


This month brings exciting changes. We have a new name, Rotary, and a new look to go with it.

In this issue, you'll find new recurring features, a more energetic use of elements on the page, and a renewed take on visually dynamic storytelling. Please notice that the Reading View of our digital edition has been refreshed to more closely match the look and feel of the print edition.

While bringing you these design innovations, our commitment to the highest standards of writing and editing, and our pledge to share with you the best of the Rotary experience, remains unchanged.

We hope you will enjoy the new Rotary magazine.

New Member for Rotary Taupo

On Monday the 31st August District Governor Grant Spackman, along with Club President Mary Legg, had great pleasure in welcoming Donald Bowie as a new member of the Rotary Club of Lake Taupo.

Donald, accompanied by his wife Penny, was previously a member of the Rotary Club of St Johns in Auckland and was introduced by Clive MacDonald.

The District Governor’s visit coincided with the Club’s mid-winter Christmas Dinner. The raffle and shrapnel shell on the night contributed towards $600 being donated to the Taupo Foodbank for the purchase of fruit and vegetables.

Rotary Greemeadow's Long and Short Of It All.
Well, that’s about all there is for this issue from District Governor Grant. 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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