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Part of Auckland and the Pacific

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We are - people of action
Her passion for community service and outreach led her to join Rotary in 2004. Fast forward to 2023, and she is now our District Governor for District 9920. District Governor Vineeta recalls, “Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self resonated with me and still holds very true to this day.”
She adds, “Getting to this key leadership role hasn’t been without its challenges but, shadowing me throughout has been my late husband and my family.” DG Vineeta attributes much support to her parents, who in her words, “instilled discipline” and her late husband Nainendra, who encouraged and inspired her; and her cast of friends – stoic in all their support.
1983 - 2023 : 40 Years of Interplast
Established in 1983 to support voluntary medical teams to carry out plastic and reconstructive surgery in developing countries, forty years later, Interplast’s mission of undertaking life-changing work remains true.   Over this time, Interplast has expanded its programs to involve more complex surgeries, and incorporated a training, mentoring and clinical education focus.  The contribution of Interplast volunteers in the capacity building of local surgeons and clinicians has been and will continue to be invaluable to local economies and the health and well-being of the Asia Pacific region.

In our 40th year, Interplast will resume travel to our Asia-Pacific partner countries and continue the work of repairing bodies and changing lives.  We have some wonderful activities planned to celebrate this milestone.  Follow us on socials to keep informed and we hope you can join us at some of our celebratory events this year.
Dear Rotary District 9920 Family.
As you have no doubt seen we are experiencing some very serious flooding here in Auckland and Northland.
A State of Emergency has been declared for Auckland for the next 7 days.
On behalf of District 9920 I would like to express my concern for all of our members and families and hope you are safe and dry tonight.
Rotarians and Rotary Clubs will no doubt be keen to assist their members and the community at large in the coming days and weeks.
I thought it would be prudent to give some advice to Clubs as to what you could be doing and how Rotary Clubs can assist each other in collaborating on a response to the damage.
Our initial priority is the safety of our members and their families. I would encourage you to reach out to all your members to find who has any damage and what help they might need cleaning up and recovering.
Please also consider your own safety and don't put yourself at risk helping others or get in the way of Civil Defence who will take the lead in the work over the next few days.
Once things are safe and you are considering helping other Rotarians or their families clean up their properties, it would be great to share our combined resources. To that end we would like to use the Rotary District 9920 members Facebook group to communicate the needs for assistance in the Rotary family. Please help other Rotarians who aren't in this group to post any requests.
For example, if you need tools, a water blaster, towels or other equipment, there is bound to be another Rotarian nearby that can assist.
Once the situation is clearer there may be other opportunities for Rotary Clubs to help the general public where this doesn't conflict with Civil Defence's work.
We will provide an update about opportunities for this in the coming days. If you have any suggestions or ideas please email me at asmith@rotarydistrict9920.org
You might like to reach out to other community organisations you work with to see what help they might need and feel free to communicate this back to our network via this site.
Stay safe
Governor Allan Smith
At the recent Zone 8 Conference Gala Dinner help at Canberra’s Old Parliament House and attended by 500 delegates, RI Zone 8 Director Jessie Harman was presented with a specially designed NZ Pounamu and asked to convey a similar gift to RI President Jennifer Jones.  Representing the women past, present and incoming Governors of the New Zealand and Pacific Districts were Elaine Mead, Jenn Wong, Jennie Herring, Ingrid Waugh, Vineeta Nand, Marilyn Stevens, Jocelyn Hogg, Liz Courtney and Jan Boustead.
Each pounamu was packaged in a box and kete bag, along with a provenance on each. Jessie was absolutely blown away, touched and delighted. You could say the 'Crowd Went Wild' so New Zealand Pacific women Governors were well represented.
Carver, Sheree Warren https://evolvingstone8.wixsite.com/mysite/home, was provided the background on Jennifer Jones's 'Imagine Rotary' theme for this year and the two recipients to design the carvings so that they are full of meaning.
For both pounamu, the back has a weave pattern to indicate bringing people together and the weaving together of lives.
The front of Jennifer's (right) shows the theme design for her year.  For those who don't know, this was designed by an Aboriginal artist, which ties to the 2023 Melbourne Convention.
The meaning of the shapes is:
Circle and dots around it - Navigation star, our guiding light
7 Dots - Rotary's 7 Areas of Focus
Solid line underneath - represents a digging stick, used when doing hard work, a tool for getting things done - reflecting Rotarians as People of Action
The front of Jessie's (left) shows a koru and wave pattern - bit difficult to see in the photo.
The koru representing new beginnings, regeneration, growth and peace and the waves to represent waters around our Zone and how much Jesse loves walking around her beloved Lake Wendouree and sharing photos of its peaceful setting.
With the participation of the other Clubs involved [Remuera, St Johns, Ellerslie-Sunrise and Howick], each once a month, the foodpacking for the Salvation Army, centralised at Mt Wellington, and lead by the Newmarket and Papakura Clubs, continues to go well.
We have been packing – Covid permitting – every Wednesday morning for the last couple of years, presently averaging 320 food boxes each pack. With other teams involved on other days, the Salvation Army endeavours to keep up with the current demand on their Auckland centres. 
In particular, consistent assistance from members of the two lead clubs is acknowledged – the latter are also coordinating distribution from the Manukau Centre on a Tuesday morning.
We are operating with a very loyal team of “regulars” – warm thanks to all those involved. Further participation invited – pick your at least “once-a-month” Wednesday morning and come and join us!                                             
                             Where we started in 2020                   
                               And here we are now
Last pack for the year – Wednesday 14thDecember. Packing resumes – Wednesday 25thJanuary 2023
          Contacts:  Alan Hayward viv.alan@xtra.co.nz  or George Wilson george@thewilsons.kiwi.nz        
October 2023