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

December News Letter introduction

This month’s theme is Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Merry Rotary Christmas
From the website team, Ralph, Gavin, Sheena, Jessie, Janine and Max
December is Rotary Disease Prevention & Treatment Month
Rotary Karamu Hastings raise $12,000 for Cranford
Golf Tournament Cheque Presentation – Cranford Hospice
An eloquent and heartfelt thank you from the Cranford representative Carol Ann Stubbs.
Murray Cowan, Carol Ann Stubbs, MD and Laura Hoffman manhandle an awkward, unsigned and jumbo sized cheque
Rotary World Interact Week
Te Awamutu Rotary Hear About Mental Wellbeing
Guest Speaker: Kevin Forgeson accompanied by Sophie Loomans was introduced by Peter Robertson.
Kevin talked about his charity of choice during his year as District Governor 2022-23. During that year he raised considerable funds for Anxiety NZ.
He has formed a D9930 committee with himself as Chair, Sophie Loomans, and Wendy wife of PDG Grant Spackman.
Rotary Conference ~ Save the Date
Grab a Tart at Rotary Matamata
Christmas is fast approaching.
Watch for the shunt sheet for Christmas Tarts again this year or you can contact Stew Wadey 027 277 9996 or Kevin Sing 021 0608 855 or 07 888 7308 to place your order.
$6.50 per packet of 6. Payment on pickup please and they will be available at club meetings.  
Te Awamutu Rotary Christmas Parade.
Katikati Rotary goes to Seed
Speaker Charlotte Connoly from Kings Seeds
Kings Seeds is a New Zealand-owned, family business. Charlotte, with her husband Rob and a young family of three boys, has recently taken it over. From a farming background in the Hakataramea Valley, Charlotte has over 20 years of experience in the seed industry and a desire to continue to build on the key vision set by the business over 40 years ago – making growing from seed accessible to everyone,
The heart of the business hasn’t changed since its inception by Ross King in 1978.
Rotary's Polio Quest in Numbers

  POLIO NEWS                                       NOVEMBER 2023



Please Join Rotary Papamoa
Last Sunday our team was flying the flag at the Sirens & Services promotion at Gorden Sprat reserve.
Yes, it was wet and windy but Viv’s little grandson did us proud promoting Rotary.
Carol and Barb felt they made contact with at least 150 people who had to come via the exhibits to get their “passports” stamped. Rotary had great exposure for those present and to our club. Interest – time will tell.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
The Impact of Rotary Youth Exchanges
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) has been promoting international understanding for nearly 50 years, and today Rotary clubs host exchanges in more than 100 countries.
Rotary magazine recently featured three Rotary Youth Exchange students who spent an exciting year in Brazil! Read the article and learn how their exchange year impacted them and their host families.

Do you love the photos featured in the article? Find them and more to use as general RYE promotional images in the Brand Center.
Rotary Havelock North's Trailer & Groceries Raffle
Ticket sales from the trailer raffle are going well. There are only a limited number of books left to be sold.
Rotary Taradale Hear about Retirement Villages
Club Speaker: Anne Worley.
As many of you know I have recently moved into a retirement village.
Before I moved in a friend gave me a book to read entitled THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE of the JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE.
I laughed all the way through the whole book. Surely life in a retirement village is not like the book said. Let’s face it the book was fiction – right?
New Rotary Donor Events in Singapore 2024
The Rotary Foundation will offer a variety of invitation-only donor events and amenities at the 2024 Rotary International Convention in Singapore, 25-29 May. 

Among these exciting events is The Rotary Foundation Donor Summit, the annual general session-style event where you will hear stories about the impact you make through your support of Rotary’s programs.
You won't want to miss this event featuring keynote speakers, an Arch Klumph Society ceremony, and unique entertainment. Learn more about the Donor Summit and the additional donor events and amenities at Convention.
Rotary Tauranga Sunrise Hear Buddy Mikaere
Guest Speaker Rosalie introduced our own
Buddy Mikaere
Buddy gave us a history of the New Zealand Brigade's involvement in the liberation of LeQuesnoy in France and his subsequent involvement in creating a New Zealand war memorial.
In November 1918 the NZ Division was in France and had surrounded the German-occupied town of LeQuesnoy. Rather than bombard the town and risk civilian casualties the Division decided to take the medieval fortress using ladders the scale the walls.
The NZ Rifle Brigade successfully liberated the town on the 5th of November 1918 despite losing 140 men killed. There were no civilian casualties.
Buddy had a particular interest in one of the brigades- Winiata Tapsell from Maketu who made his own way into the fight and also managed to return with 2 chickens for his comrades in arms! 
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service 20 years old

December 11th 2023 marks the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand World Community Service). That was the day we were registered with New Zealand Charities (CC26860).

As some will know, our work began 38 years ago. We started operating under the ROAP (Rotary Overseas Aid Projects) umbrella. One of the first activities was the introduction and promotion of the EMBOX Emergency Box Project in New Zealand, a UK Rotary initiative launched there in 1975.

Rotary's Maggies Way Pathway
The last pathway overseen by the Rotary Pathways Trust (Hawke's Bay) was opened on Tuesday 14 November 2023.  
A blessing and official opening was held at Dolbel Reserve in Taradale and the final part of the Maggie's Way Pathway was thus opened.
Jude O’Connor was asked to cut the ribbon on behalf of the Trust and of the Rotary Club of Ahuriri Sunrise.  
It All Started with Rotary

Canada’s ambassador to Japan began his journey as a Rotary exchange student


Ian McKay’s career path has run like a superhighway through some of the world’s most important cities: New York, London, Tokyo.

It has led him to the highest reaches of finance, politics, and global diplomacy, culminating in his current role as Canada’s ambassador to Japan.


Inner Wheel and Rotary
Papamoa Rotary Have Their New Waka Blessed
Last Sunday the new Waka (of which we were a major donor) was blessed and launched in Pilot Bay.
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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