Dear Rotarian,
Hi here is the February Newsletter from our dynamic District Governor Peter Maxwell.
Our District Governor's February Message
Well, Christmas and the January Holidays have been and gone – and here we are in February.
Rotary Down Under January 2020
Boys With Fire Engines at Rotary Greenmeadows
After Paul Hughes from the Taradale Fire Station spoke to us last year he invited us to visit.  
Paul is a great advocate for the Taradale Fire Station’s place in the local community and is very community focussed.
Polio News January 2020
January 2020
This new year looks to be a transformative one for the polio eradication effort.
Rotary's Shelterbox in Tasmania
Have you always wanted to take on a challenge for a worthy cause? ShelterBox’s Tasmania Trek could be your next adventure… 
Free Throw and 3 points for Rotary
Basketball hoops have been installed at Kihikihi School and they look fantastic.  
The netball hoops have yet to be erected.
This is the result of $4,500 from the former Kihikihi Rotary Club & $1,000 from Te Awamutu Rotary plus a District Grant of $5,000. 
Colleen is looking forward to a future great basketballer who got their first taste of basketball at Kihikihi Primary School.    
Newly Chartered Rotorua Passport Club Membership
A new Rotary club for Rotorua has been chartered and is gearing up to make a difference in the community. 
It is the first Rotary Club in New Zealand under the ‘Passport’ model of “flexibility, affordability, diversity, and fun”. 
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise Hears From Little & Fox
Introduced by Andy, Ashe gave a delightful informal presentation, telling the Club about her early ventures of university degrees, commercial pilot’s licence and running a café, before marrying and becoming mother to four children.
Influenced by her grandmother’s love of textiles, Ashe’s interest in fabric and ventures into upholstery were fostered by an upholstery business owner who left his business to her when he died. 
Rotary Zone 8 Conference - Spring into Alice

Alice Springs Should be on Everyone's Bucket List!
And the best time to visit is 18-20 September 2020 to include the Rotary Zone 8 Conference as part of your trip!

Help Launch Rotary's New Global Ad Campaign, "People of Action"
While many people have heard of Rotary, few people actually understand what Rotary clubs do.
In fact, 35 percent of the public is unfamiliar with any Rotary program, including their local club. That’s why Rotary has created a new global ad campaign called “People of Action.”
The ads are available for download at, where you’ll also find guidelines on how to use and localize each element, making it easier for clubs in any part of the world to tell their story in a consistent, compelling way.
Work with local print media ad representatives to place these full-color ads in community magazines and newspapers.
Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise Help With Seaweek
Saturday 7th March. 9.00 am start from Westshore end of the beach near our Rotary shelter.

Finish with BBQ at Adrian & Clare Wiig’s house 49 Ferguson Rd Bayview (this is the first house on beachside Bayview end )

A participation sheet will be passed around at the first meeting of 2020. Thank you.
Rotary Establishes New Peace Center in Africa
Rotary in partnership with Makerere University has established a new Rotary Peace Center in Kampala, Uganda.
The peace center will offer a postgraduate certificate program to peace and development leaders who are from or who have worked in Africa to address the underlying challenges to peace in the region. 
From human rights violations to the impacts of climate change, Rotary and Makerere University are offering a postgraduate certificate program to peace and development leaders who are from or who have worked in Africa to address the underlying challenges to peace in the region.
Rotary Raising Money for the Aussie Bush Fire Relief
Rotary Raising Money for the Aussie Bush Fire Relief
Would You Join Your Club if You Were Joining Rotary?
Siting in my doctor's waiting room the other day I was thinking of the importance of having health checks. Just as routine doctor’s visits help us identify health risks before they become serious, a club health check can diagnose problem areas and prescribe remedies.
By using this health check, you’re taking a step to maintain your club’s health and preserve its value for members and the community. Rotary clubs also need to perform “health checks” on themselves and Rotary International have a great tool to do this with and guess what it’s called Rotary Club Health Check.
Click on the link below which will take you to it.
2020 District Conference in Rotorua
Bookings and information at 

Rotary is Introducing Programs of Scaled Grants
Our district can be one of the first to try a new type of Rotary Foundation grant that’s designed to support sustainable, evidence-based methods to address a need that a community has identified and to measure the impact of the project on the community.
Beginning January 2020, Rotary International is introducing a highly selective, competitive grant model that empowers Rotarians to implement large-scale, high impact projects with experienced partners.
In support of Rotary’s Action Plan, Rotary International’s Programs of Scale grants will award $2 million to one approved project each year that responds to a community-identified need. These projects will benefit a large number of people in a significant geographic area using a sustainable, evidence-based intervention with measurable outcomes and impact. Each grant will support, for three to five years, activities that align with one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus.
Four Ways to Get Involved With Rotary's New Toastmaster's Collaboration
After decades of avoiding public speaking, Rotarian Terry Beard decided to confront his fears head-on.
A friend introduced him to Toastmasters, where he learned to be comfortable in front of an audience, while also enhancing his leadership skills. Wanting to create a safe harbor for others to grow as he had, Beard launched the Portland Rotary Toastmasters club which includes members of the Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon, USA, but is also open to the public.
“We started it to help members develop their voice and grow in leadership skills,” he says. “But we got so much more than we anticipated.” Rotary International and Toastmasters International are now collaborating to give Rotary members increased opportunities for personal and professional growth. Rotary members have access to explore public speaking tips, videos, podcasts, and more from Toastmasters
Big Christmas Feast at Rotary Wairoa
Tonight's Meeting:  Wednesday 12 th December: Christmas Dinner    
Last week’s meeting in brief:            
Christmas Dinner   
Lots of excellent munchies and dinner      
Quick meeting to pass the new constitution   
Annette: RFE group from Wales in Wairoa for nights of  Feb 6/17/18
Nigel has RYLA candidate   
Segeant’s fines for local foodbank as well as donated groceries  
Deidrè & Sue won beautiful baskets of goodies from John’s quiz   
Rotary Whakatane and Riding for the Disabled
Happy New Year fellow Rotarians – my last bulletin of 2019 was a bit of a disaster, some of you may have received it, but I do hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and you’re looking forward to a fantastic year of Rotary. See you all on the 20th    at    Scotties & Jill’s.    
A heads up for our first working bee of 2020 at Riding for Disabled. The volunteers there have requested we change the date to   1st and 2nd February – I hope this suits most of you, as all hands on deck will be required. They want us to build a Sensory Trail – the idea is that children on horseback will be led around a circuit of obstacles which the children have to try to complete.    Pictures below are similar to what we will be erecting. 
Rotary District communications read far and wide.
Imagine my surprise when I received an email from the Prime Ministers Office this morning.
Dear Mr. Maxwell,
Many thanks for your email, advising us that Past District Governor, Peter Parr, passed away on 6 January.
As someone who has been very deeply involved in the community, Mr. Parr will be missed very much, and I will let the Prime Minister know the sad news.
Kind regards
Dinah Okeby
Office of the Prime Minister
Authorised by Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern MP, Parliament Buildings  Wellington 6012
Well, that’s about all there is for this issue from District Governor Peter. 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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