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

This month’s theme is Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.


Please Support The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is our Charity of Choice
Donations to The Rotary Foundation and the End Polio Now campaign can be made to the 9930 District Foundation bank account.
This can either be a one-off payment or a ongoing monthly contribution.
03 1552 0121120 001
Particulars: Your Name
Code: Your Rotary Club’s name
Reference: Foundation or Polio
Payments made before the 31st March 2024 - New Zealand tax laws provide a refund of donations to charities and 33% of donations made are returned at the end of the tax year. 
A receipt will be issued showing the date in which the donation was banked.
Foundation Administrator contact:
Rotary Changing of the Guard
Change is afoot in the Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee for District 9930.
The committee has for many years consisted of Gavin Petrie, Ken Collier and Laurel Smith. They have done a sterling job welcoming Rotary groups from districts around the world to D9930 and organising departing Rotary groups of up to 12 folk to destinations in numerous countries.
The Rotary Friendship Exchange programme is a reciprocal one in which districts in turn host and send groups to overseas districts of interest.
Rotary Waipukurau 4WD Treck
4th February 2024 The first 4WD Trek organised by Rotary Waipukurau, superbly managed by Dan von Dadelszen and well supported by our members was held.
The route covered over 12 farms from Omakere to Porangahau Beach, where participants enjoyed refreshments as they reflected the wonderful views of the CHB coastline.
The trek concluded with superb food and drink offerings at Alastair Ormond’s and  Will Foley’s properties at the beach.
Thanks to all the sponsors, rotary members/partners and of course the many trekkers. See you next year!
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
ACT NOW - enrollment closing date extended to 15th March so you still have time to get your RYLA candidate application form in!!
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a top-level week-long programme aimed at taking emerging young leaders in our communities and developing them further.
Last year, the programme was elevated again with the inclusion of volunteering in our own communities, environmental awareness, and greater cultural leadership development. 
Rotary's Polio Quest in Numbers

  POLIO NEWS                                       MARCH 2024



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 Theme For March
Papamoa Rotary Finds New Fine Dining Venue
Next meeting Feb. 29th Leap Day! 6.00 Fish and Chips on the beach!
Thursday evening bring your Fish & Chips and meetup below the Blue Bar & Eatery and meet in the carpark or on the beach left of the Surf Club.
Following the 3 course meal, all plan to go for a walk along the beach.
The decision was made……. There was unanimous support at a well-attended club meeting to move our meeting nights from the current facility to the Papamoa Bowling Club as of 1st April 2024.
Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Morrinsville are "Above Water"
Chris presided the meeting and welcomed Keren Johnston, a Public Health Nurse, Peter & Sharon Crean, their daughter and Mary an East African Girls Project leader.
Keren Johnston showed the club the sturdy compliant and washable baby car seat that our club has donated to the Public Health Nursing Centre in Morrinsville.
She thanked us for this very valuable asset, which will be used to transport new-born babies to 4-year-olds, who need assistance to attend appointments at the Medical Centres and the Hospital in Hamilton.
We have placed a Morrinsville Rotary sticker on the seat, which will be good advertising for the club.
Photo taken at Remuera Rotary
Rotary Conference ~ Save the Date
Rotary Home Hosting
Dear Rotarian
Are you ready to elevate your conference experience with a touch of warm hospitality? Our home-hosting accommodation option for the upcoming District 9930 Conference might be right for you! 
You will be welcomed into the cosy embrace of a friendly home. Our hosts are eager to open their doors and hearts to conference attendees, offering a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local community. 
Rotary Cambridge's Bookarama
Planning is underway for Bookarama 2024. 
The Town Hall is booked from 17th April to 21st April inclusive for our sale.  It has been agreed that we won't accept CDs, DVDs, vinyl, etc as per last year but we will accept old postcards, stamps and coins.
Sorting will start again in September as we already have new donations plus one and a half pallets of books kept from last year. 
An advert will be placed in Cambridge News at the start of September advising the public how they can donate books, etc. This will be followed up with Facebook posts, etc.
Tauranga Rotary's Charity Golf Tournament
Fairfield Rotary Award a Paul Harris Fellow
Dr. Stuart Brown Stuart was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award by President Jonathan, for his volunteer work with the Hospice in Nepal.
This has been an ongoing passion for Stuart for the last 10 years.
It is now at the point, with the help of Fairfield Rotary and others, where the land has been purchased for a new hospice in Kathmandu.
Further funding is now being raised for the building of a new, 26 bed Hospice, which will also be able to accommodate children. Congratulations Stuart on a well-deserved honour.
Later in the evening, Stuart spoke to us about his volunteer work with Hospice Nepal as a medical doctor, which started in the UK and after numerous locations around the world, he and his wife finished up in Hamilton.
What the Rotary App Can do!
Rotary Rotorua West Hear From the Schoolgirls
Club member present to hear the two girls from Rotorua Girls High’s leadership team talk to us about their hopes, plans and dreams for the future, their experiences of growing up in Rotorua, and what might be needed to make this place their forever home were given a real treat. 
Keely, the eldest in a family of 4 (I think) is keen ultimately to set up her own business but wants to travel to Australia first. 
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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