NEW Publicity Resource - Rotary's Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines 2020

A NEW version of Rotary's Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines is now available for Download from the Brand Center (under Guidelines) - login needed. This condenses into one document the important branding information every Rotarian needs. It is recommended you Download to your computer for easy access.
At the same time it is recommended you download any logos you need, including the 2020-2021 Theme logos, so that yuou have easy access to these.
NEW Publicity Resource - Rotary's Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines 2020 2020-01-18 11:00:00Z 0

NEW Publicity Resource - Membership Promotion Part 1 - Rotary Briefly Explained

PowerPoint Presentation:
Created by Colin Robinson for a Rotary Oceania Facebook Membership Campaign January 2020
This is Part 1 of 2 Parts
Part 2 is highly “personalised” towards attracting non-Rotarians to Rotary and will be loaded separately
You are welcome to use this as you see fit whether for a club presentation, in social media or more.
All is E&OE
The topic is huge and not all areas or points can be / are covered.
Download from HERE
NEW Publicity Resource - Membership Promotion Part 1 - Rotary Briefly Explained 2020-01-18 11:00:00Z 0

One pit toilet for 55 people … REPLACED

Imagine sharing a pit toilet with eight of your neighbours like this one never having seen a flush toilet in your life!  And, it is 100 meters away day or night, fine or stormy. This was the situation faced by nine families in Fiji until Suva North Rotary stepped in. 
In Waidradra Village, Fiji, extreme poverty meant that 55 people from nine families shared a single pit toilet for decades.  The picture shows this communal “facility” but there were problems.  The location had needed to be moved because its stench was creating complaints from other villagers.  Also, the new location was some distance from the family’s homes creating access difficulties, especially for women and children at night.  Not only that but the wider community had started using the same toilet, even breaking the lock to access, causing capacity issues.
One pit toilet for 55 people … REPLACED  2020-01-14 11:00:00Z 0

D9920 District Governor's Christmas Message

Rotary clubs and their members have finished their activities for the year and we hope you will have a well-deserved break after a very active first half of the Rotary year.
We have had a very busy six months and a lot has happened in Rotary and personally.  Since changeover, Jan and I have visited forty-seven Rotary clubs in Auckland and seven Pacific Island countries.  We still have five clubs in the northern part of Fiji to visit in the New Year.  The Rotary clubs we have visited are very inspirational with their community activities and we always leave with a sense of renewed energy and enthusiasm for the good work carried out by Rotarians in the district
D9920 District Governor's Christmas Message John Miller 2019-12-23 11:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Christmas Message

Rotary clubs and their members have finished their activities for the year and we hope you will have a well-deserved break after a very active first half of the Rotary year.
We have had a very busy six months and a lot has happened in Rotary and personally.  Since changeover, Jan and I have visited forty-seven Rotary clubs in Auckland and seven Pacific Island countries.  We still have five clubs in the northern part of Fiji to visit in the New Year.  The Rotary clubs we have visited are very inspirational with their community activities and we always leave with a sense of renewed energy and enthusiasm for the good work carried out by Rotarians in the district.
In November I travelled to Kiribati with PDG Ingrid Waugh, PDG Jennie Herring, Jeanette Drysdale, Chair of District International Service and Tania Thomas, President of the Rotary Club of Otahuhu, to attend the Charter night of the district’s newest club, the Rotary Club of Tarawa.  Kiribati comprises three island archipelagos and sits on the equator.  It is a three hour flight north of Nadi and halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.  To give you some idea of the distance, it takes three hours to fly from Tarawa to Christmas Island, the second biggest population centre of Kiribati.  We had the opportunity to meet members of the Rotary Community Corps of South Tarawa.  This is the first community corps in our district and provides an avenue for locals to come together and undertake community projects under the sponsorship of a Rotary club.  Both the Rotary club and community corps have been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Otahuhu.
The Rotary Club of Somerville held a very successful Festival of Light dinner and auction where we were privileged to witness the Counties-Manukau Police Bhangra dance group perform in full police uniform.
We were subsequently invited by President Farida Masters of the Rotary Club of Somerville to join a group from the club to present Certificates of Appreciation to the members of the dance group at Counties-Manukau Police headquarters.  We met the Police area commander and members of the Indian community who trained the group.  This was a special celebration as the group has been performing for five years and undertaking community outreach programmes.
The Rotary Club of Harbourside held a very successful Diwali night to raise funds for a mobile medical clinic (MMC) and the club’s Rotary Dictionary Distribution Project in partnership with the Education First Trust for low decile schools in New Zealand and Fiji.  The MMC will receive donations and be operated by the Ramakrishna Mission to provide health services to rural populations outside of Nadi.  The project is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parnell.  Support will be required from other clubs in the district.
At the invitation of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga we joined Bill and Lorna Boyd and members of the club at Finlayson Park Primary School for the dictionary presentation to 280, Year Four students.  It was a very uplifting experience to provide personally addressed books to students who greatly prized the dictionaries.  Well done to the Rotary Club of Pakuranga and the Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust for starting this valuable programme which, with the aid of other Rotary clubs, has provided nearly 200,000 dictionaries to date.
The Polio All Trains event held on 1 November was very successful, raising over $70,000 towards the End Polio Now campaign.  This was a joint event with District 9910 and End Polio Now and received excellent publicity as well as raising a significant amount of money which will be tripled with the contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Whakaari White Island volcanic eruption was an unexpected deadly force of nature that has now claimed 19 lives (including those missing) and left many fighting for their lives in hospitals in New Zealand and Australia.  Our condolences to the families of those killed and we give our support to the injured and their families.  We also thank the people who put themselves in harm’s way to rescue the survivors and recover the victims.
The measles epidemic in Samoa has claimed the lives of 79 people, most of whom were aged four or younger.  This is a tragedy and we admire the work that the health services have undertaken to prevent further loss of life.  The Rotary Club of Apia has been supporting the needs of local hospitals and clinics.  Rotary clubs in New Zealand have generously donated to support the appeal for funds.  This appeal followed closely on the appeal for the Australian Bushfire Fund.  Thank you to all the Rotary clubs and Rotarians who have supported these appeals.
It was with considerable sadness that we learned of the passing of PDG Rob Crabtree.  Rob was an outstanding Rotarian and Freemason who made a difference in the world.  He will be sadly missed.  Our condolences go to Rob’s family and his many friends.
The District 9920 Conference is being held in Auckland from 15 to 17 May 2020.  There is an impressive line-up of speakers already arranged and many requests from Rotary clubs to showcase their programmes.  We are privileged to have Julia Phelps nominated as the Rotary International President’s Personal Representative (RIPPR) attending our conference.  Julia is a Past Rotary International Director and current Rotary Foundation trustee.  PDG Ingrid and John Waugh will be hosting both Julia and husband Steve while they are in New Zealand.
Please note that the early bird registration rate ends on 31 December 2019.  If you want to take advantage of the lower rate then please register before the expiry date.  You will still be able to register after 31 December.
We are also asking clubs to register and host prospective Rotarians for the Saturday sessions and to visit the Rotary showcase of club activities.  This will cost $75 per person and includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.  This is made possible by the generous support of John Boscawen from the Rotary Club of Auckland Downtown.
Jan and I wish all Rotarians and their families a happy and safe holiday season.  We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Season’s greetings and best wishes.
Gary and Jan Langford
District Governor 2019-20
Rotary District 9920
District Governor's Christmas Message John Miller 2019-12-23 11:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Holiday Message

Rotary Clubs and their members have finished their activities for the year and we hope you will have a well deserved break after a very active first half of the Rotary year.  Please read of the many activities below.
The Whakaari /White Island Volcanic eruption was an unexpected deadly force of nature that has claimed 16 lives and left many fighting for their lives in hospitals in New Zealand and Australia. Our condolences to the families of those killed and we give our support to the injured and their families. We also thank the people who put themselves in harms way to rescue the survivors and recover the victims.
District Governor's Holiday Message 2019-12-17 11:00:00Z 0

December Update re RYLA 2020

Important update on RYLA 2020 with important dates to keep in mind.
February to April 2020  Candidates need to complete the online application form at either on their own or in collaboration with the sponsoring Rotary club
30 April 2020                   Applications close
7 May 2020                      Rotary clubs advised of successful applicants names
14 May 2020                   Candidates notified of their acceptance
27 June-4 July                 RYLA 2020
Any questions to Mike Williamson
December Update re RYLA 2020 2019-12-11 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary is supporting solutions for the Samoa measles emergency.  You can too!

Posted on Dec 05, 2019
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service remains in daily communication by telephone with Rotary Samoa. Sadly the number of deaths has now past 60.
To date Rotary Samoa have had made and delivered 82 beds with vinyl covered mattresses and side tables, plus 6 cots.  In addition they have supplied 8 wheelchairs, tidy containers and hospital consumables, for example kidney dishes, etc. Bereaved families will be given vouchers for food and other essential items.
RNZWCS is grateful for the donations that have been received from Rotary clubs, Rotarians and the public through its appeal but the need is urgent and great so please continue support for this appeal.
Rotary is supporting solutions for the Samoa measles emergency. You can too! 2019-12-04 11:00:00Z 0

Various types of Rotary clubs are possible

that there are EIGHT different club models?
Question for you:  if you are a Rotarian, which model is your club and what can your club borrow from the others to enhance your club so it is a good fit for all members?  Things change in life so if your club is not longer best for you then you can transfer to one that does suit.  After all, you deserve to enjoy your Rotary.
Are you interested in Rotary but cannot find a club model that suits you?  The really great news is that Rotary is willing to start new clubs so why not be the driving force for a club that suits you and others like you in your community! Send an exploratory email via addressed to the District 9920 Membership Chair (Pam) or call 0800 4 ROTARY.
Various types of Rotary clubs are possible 2019-12-02 11:00:00Z 0

South Tawara RCC helps preschool through literacy project

South Tawara Rotary Community Corps held one of its early literacy projects last week by giving out reading books and Rotary Usborne Pictorial Dictionaries to the International Preschool at Eita.  Head Teacher Mrs Talime Moote said that these will be very helpful for the teachers and the students especially as they have very few reading books in their resource library. She thanked STRCC for their charity and hoped they could continue to work with the preschool to expand their teaching resources over time. She noted that in addition to books, they have a dire need for toys and blocks for the children to play with.
South Tawara RCC helps preschool through literacy project 2019-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

Quick – a Conference Registration Super Prize for the taking


GVI – Genuine Vehicle Imports (LMVD) will supply one lucky conference registrant with a late model Nissan Leaf full EV to drive and use for four days.  GVI will provide a fully insured, latest year model of Nissan Leaf that's available in stock at the time.  They will also instruct on how to charge and operate the car and supply a charging cable.  Any driver of the car must hold a current NZ driver’s licence.
The winner of this offer will be selected by a ‘lucky dip’ from all registered attendees.
  • Early Bird registrants get THREE automatic entries into the lucky draw (Early Bird registrations close 31 December 2019).
  • Registrants after 31 December 2019 automatically qualify for one lucky draw entry.


Quick – a Conference Registration Super Prize for the taking John Miller 2019-11-26 11:00:00Z 0

A new Decade with a whole lot of new members?

2020 marks the beginning of a new Decade.  A fresh start.  A time for Revival.
In January and February there will be a series of posts, backed by some modest and targeted NZ/Auckland advertising, on the Rotary Oceania and District 9920 Facebook pages suggesting to those wanting to try something new for the good of their communities, that Rotary is the answer they are seeking.
As we know, Rotary is grassroots at the club level so these posts will refer to the good things clubs offer.  However, it only all works if clubs, upon receiving an expression of interest, follow this through to a great conclusion.  That conclusion may be a new member, or a project volunteer, a new project, or maybe even a new sponsor.  Just if you get a phone or email inquiry, do not muff it up!  Think 'amazing customer service'.
And you are very welcome to share or copy the posts to create your own for your own club Facebook.  In fact, just do that!
A new Decade with a whole lot of new members? 2019-11-26 11:00:00Z 0


On 13 November DG Gary Langford had the privilege to attend a presentation of 280 Usborne illustrated English dictionaries to students at Finlayson Park Primary School in Manurewa, the largest decile 1 school in the country.  He witnessed joy and smiles all around and was made aware again of the great effort the Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust, the Pakuranga Rotary Club and its auxiliary, are making to improve literacy standards.  Also assisting the purchase in this instance was the June Gray Charitable Trust, administered by the Newmarket Rotary Club.


In September a case of circulating vaccine-derived polio was detected in Mindanao province in the south of the Philippines.  Through ongoing disease surveillance, the presence of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus has now been confirmed as far away as Manila.  However, no cases of wild polio have been discovered.
How can polio derive from a vaccine?
Oral polio vaccine (OPV) contains an attenuated (weakened) vaccine-virus, activating an immune response in the body.  When a child is immunized with OPV, the weakened vaccine-virus replicates in the intestine for a limited period, thereby developing immunity by building up antibodies.  During this time, the vaccine-virus is also excreted.  In areas of inadequate sanitation, this excreted vaccine-virus can spread in the immediate community (and this can offer protection to other children through ‘passive’ immunization) before eventually dying out.


On rare occasions, if a population is seriously under-immunized, an excreted vaccine-virus can continue to circulate for an extended period of time.  The longer it is allowed to survive, the more genetic changes it undergoes.  In very rare instances, the vaccine-virus can genetically change into a form that can paralyze – this is what is known as a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV).  Vaccination coverage in the Philippines has been steadily declining over the past few years, underscoring the importance of increasing coverage to at least 95 per cent of children to stop future spread of polio.

POLIO CASE IN THE PHILIPPINES John Miller 2019-11-24 11:00:00Z 0

Growing our reach - new club Chartered in Kiribati

On 6 November 2019, the official charter event for the Rotary Club of Tarawa was held at the Lagoon Club in the middle of the island.  Almost all of the 24 members of the club were present to receive their Charter certificate and for President Ruth to receive the chains of office from Tania Thomas, the President of the sponsoring Rotary club, the Rotary Club of Otahuhu in Auckland.  The event was attended by Mr Taoaba Kaiea, Minster of Women, Youth and Sport, and the High Commissioners for New Zealand and Australia.  Representatives of the local community were also present and we were entertained by traditional dancers from the area of Betio, in the west of the atoll.  The following is a overview of the need for a new club through to their future activities:
Growing our reach - new club Chartered in Kiribati Ingrid Waugh 2019-11-22 11:00:00Z 0

Example of Young Totara Award in use

Young Totara awardees over the years have gone on to become successful in their endeavours, with recent awardees being involved in Rotary projects. In August 2019, Ben Keimpe Hofmans is the receipient of the “Young Totara Award” for the District 9970. Ben was nominated by the Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise and the Rotary Club of St Johns through Ainie Kwok for his dedication, perseverance in helping with the setup of 3D printers at Aidanfield Christian School in Chrischurch. The 3D printers funding have also been kindly donated by the Chenery Memorial Trust.
Ben is now a first year University of Canterbury student studying engineering. Since receiving the Award, Ben has attended and participated at the Rotaract Oceania Conference in Auckland. He was also one of the volunteers at the Rotary Oceania Conference, held in September.
Example of Young Totara Award in use 2019-11-19 11:00:00Z 0

Mt Eden and Epsom Rotary Realise the Fruits of Their Labours


Donation to Hearts4Kids on 29 October

Following the DOWNTON ABBEY Movie Night Fundraiser held at the Capitol Cinema on 12 September and with the support of a $1,500 matching grant from the Rotary Foundation (District 9920), Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary were able to jointly donate $3,250 to the team from Hearts4Kids for their surgical trip for children in Fiji in mid-November.  Pictured are Ana Kennedy (L), leader of the Hearts4Kids ward nursing team and Ainslie Campbell (R), President Mt Eden Rotary.  Unfortunately Craig Jones, President Epsom Rotary, broke a tooth and was unable to be present for the photo.

Donation of Books to Mt Eden Corrections Facility on 12 November

Mt Eden Rotary was delighted to donate 100 copies of the Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary to the Mt Eden Corrections Facility.  The dictionaries will be used by the librarian Zoe Cornelius (R) (pictured with Mt Eden President Ainslie Campbell) and Regional Volunteer Coordinator Ghissy Lee to assist their literacy programmes.  This donation was made possible by the OCEAN LIGHT book launch event held last year and thanks to Nalini Singh, her fans who attended the event, Hachette NZ, Epsom Community Library, Chapter Book & Tea Shop and the June Gray Charitable Trust for their support.
Based on Zoe’s and Ghissy’s initial feedback, it certainly sounds like there will be ongoing demand for dictionaries at the Mt Eden Corrections Facility given the facility’s size, turnover and average literacy rates.  However, the NZ Road Code and NZ and South Pacific atlases are also possibilities for future donations.
Mt Eden and Epsom Rotary Realise the Fruits of Their Labours John Miller 2019-11-19 11:00:00Z 0

Fantastic Offer for the District Conference

We are trying something new for this conference and with the generous support of John Boscawen (Rotary Club of Auckland Downtown) we are opening the Saturday session of the conference (9 am to 4 pm), to prospective members at a subsidised price of $75.  Clubs can invite member prospects along for the day so they can see and hear more about Rotary, listen to the speakers such as:

  • Sir Richard Faull (Director of the Centre for Brain Research University of Auckland,
  • Stephanie Woollard (Australian Rotarian and founder of Seven Women),
  • Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl), and
  • Julia Phelps (Director of Rotary International).
Also learn about major Rotary projects and enjoy networking with their prospective club members as well as the wider Rotarian group.
It will be up to clubs to identify and assist prospects to register, to host them on the day and follow-up with them post conference.  These prospective Rotarians can be registered on the conference website District Conference.  But be quick to take up this generous offer as places are limited and at the time of writing there were only 50 places left – that’s less than one per club in the district.
Fantastic Offer for the District Conference John Miller 2019-11-19 11:00:00Z 0

Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary invite you to The Two Popes


Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary invite you to this private screening.  Please SHARE this invitation with anyone who you think may find it of interest.  Thank you!

Behind the Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.  A drama/comedy with Anthony Hopkins starring as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce starring as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis.
Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary invite you to The Two Popes John Miller 2019-11-19 11:00:00Z 0

South Pacific PETS and LETS Dates

SPPETS will be preceded with a full day's training for presidents-elect and incoming AGs during the day on  Friday 28 February 2020 (with SPPETS itself on the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday). 
It is therefore important that SPPETS and LETS are well attended.
Note also that participation in RLI is very strongly encouraged:
South Pacific Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (SPPETS)
Friday, 28 February, Saturday, 29 February and Sunday, 1 March until 1pm at Waipuna Conference Centre in Waipuna Rd, Mt Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand for all Auckland and Pacific Islands presidents-elect and assistant governors.  The three full days format focuses on networking, inspiring plenary sessions and workshops on practical deliverables. All PEs and AGs to please register now via this link SPPETS.
Leaders-Elect Training Seminar (LETS)
Sunday, 3 May at St Cuthbert’s College, 122 Market Rd, Epsom for Auckland assistant governors, presidents-elect and their Rotary club leaders along with any other Rotarians.  Rotaractors and Interact presidents-elect are also welcome.  LETS includes motivational plenary sessions and your choice of breakout sessions, as well as project and event ideas and networking.
South Pacific PETS and LETS Dates John Miller 2019-11-17 11:00:00Z 0

The Spring Rotary ALLFIT Coastal Run

Oh my, what a fantastic day it was! Pohutukawa Coast Passport Rotary’s second Rotary ALLFIT Coastal Run took place this year on a beautiful spring Sunday in Beachlands.  Nearly 550 runners and walkers enjoyed the magnificent Pohutukawa Coast while testing their fitness in the sunshine.
The Spring Rotary ALLFIT Coastal Run 2019-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

Young Totara Award - new award for clubs to use in their community

The Young Totara Award:
  • recognises the positive achievements of our young people,
  • promotes sound role models for our youth, and
  • fosters responsible attitudes towards the community.
The future of the planet will be in the hands of the youth of today.
To lead the world of tomorrow we will need young people with
  • strength of character,
  • courage of conviction,
  • care of the community, and
  • pursuit of excellence.
By singling out and recognizing young people with these qualities we can promote these ideals and encourage positive role models for the growing generations.
For the criteria ...
Young Totara Award - new award for clubs to use in their community 2019-11-13 11:00:00Z 0

Ormiston College Interact initiate Operation Christmas Child

The Interact club of Ormiston College has concluded another very active year with Operation Christmas Child Fund.  This is the ongoing collection of toys, books, stationery, etc during Term 3 to create shoe boxes for children around the world who are less fortunate to have a happy Christmas. 
The Interact club service group worked with Operation Christmas Child to provide emergency relief and to develop assistance to suffering people around the world.  It was decided to conduct a gift drive, collecting any donations from Ormiston Senior College students, packaging them in shoe boxes and putting them to better use.
Ormiston College Interact initiate Operation Christmas Child 2019-11-06 11:00:00Z 0

Our motto is "Serious Fun"

"With our motto to have 'Serious Fun', the Pakuranga College Interact Club experienced yet another successful year filled with volunteering within our local community, raising awareness and fundraising for various charities - all while having a good time!  If what an Interact clubs does is a mystery to you then read on ... you will become a fan!
Our motto is "Serious Fun" 2019-11-04 11:00:00Z 0

Train riding for Polio a huge success

Friday 1 November 2019, a day of red polio shirts throughout the Auckland train system, will be remembered for its impact.  Rotarians, Rotaractors and celebrities such as Miss New Zealand, MPs Simon Bridges and David Seymour and others riding to Tag Polio Off. Here are some pictures along with an explanation below and a way for you to still donate.
Train riding for Polio a huge success 2019-10-31 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Apia - Literacy Project

The next couple of weeks will be a busy time for the Rotary Club of Apia as it gears up for its Melbourne Cup Charity Fundraiser.  The annual gala event which promises a day of racing fun, is the club’s major money earner and supports many of its community projects.
With last year’s proceeds the club was able to support more than twenty foundation year students through its scholarship programme.  This programme is part of the club’s wider literacy project which also comprises library book donations and the ‘a desk and chair for every student’ initiative.

Rotary Club of Apia - Literacy Project John Miller 2019-10-31 11:00:00Z 0

Bookarama makes an impact

From small beginnings in 2000, the annual Howick Rotary Bookarama is now a widely recognised community event of note with funds being used to support many local activities (listed below).
Bookarama makes an impact 2019-10-31 11:00:00Z 0

Club Facebook Support

On the Rotary Oceania Facebook page there are a series of posts during each month that clubs and Rotarians are encouraged to Share across to their own Facebook pages as a way of increasing awareness of Rotary.  These structured posts have an explanation with them and are based around the theme for the RI Calendar Month.  As you share, add your own comments to your post. This month it is Rotary Foundation.  If at anytime a club needs help with improving their Facebook use please contact the District PR Committee (or Colin Robinson).
Club Facebook Support 2019-10-30 11:00:00Z 0

PDG Rob Crabtree

The family of Past District Governor Rob Crabtree has advised that that Rob passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by family. Funeral arrangements to come. In lieu of flowers, Rob asked for donations to go to 'Big Brothers Big Sisters Taranaki' of which he was a trustee. Correspondence to [dated 31 October 2019]
Rob Crabtree was District 9920 Governor 2001-2002 and a member of the Rotary Club of Howick before moving to New Plymouth where he joined the Rotary Club of New Plymouth North.
Our condolences go to all of Rob’s family. Rob will be remembered as a Great Rotarian and Past District Governor who put service above self.
PDG Rob Crabtree 2019-10-30 11:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gary's November Message

By the time you read this message on 1 November, the Polio All Trains (PAT), TAG YOU ON/TAG POLIO OFF train ride will be underway.
World Polio day occurred on 24 October and Polio All Trains is the opportunity for all Rotary clubs to raise awareness and funds for the End Polio Now (EPN) campaign.
Districts 9910 and 9920 are collaborating to hold the event with the support of Auckland Transport who have authorised donations from passengers.
I hope that all the Auckland based clubs have registered and will meet the train riders at your designated station with your presentation for EPN.  We are looking forward to the event and seeing so many Rotarians wearing their red End Polio Now shirts.
The Rotary Sky Jump for Cure Kids was held at the Sky Tower on Saturday, 5 October.  There were two District Governors (Ian Kiernan, District 9910 and Gary Langford, District 9920) and four Rotary club presidents (Robyn Ingram (St Johns), Peter Martin (Drury), Marcus Mackenzie (Waiheke Island) and David Gock (Mangere)) who jumped and collectively raised over $20,000 for Cure Kids.  What a great opportunity to create lasting change with the donation we made to Cure Kids.  Well done to all the jumpers and their supporters.
District Governor Gary's November Message John Miller 2019-10-28 11:00:00Z 0

District Governor for 2021-2022 Announced

I am pleased to advise that the District Nominating Committee have selected Stephen John Chaney (Steve) as District 9920, District Governor for the Rotary year 2021-2022.
The selection is subject to objection by a Rotary club with a 14-day period but only if the club has previously suggested a candidate to the nominating committee.  
Steve joined Rotary in 1985 and is an Assistant Governor, Past President of the Rotary Club of Manukau City Sunrise and has organised three district conferences.
Jan and I wish Steve and Edith every success in their year as District Governor and I look forward to Steve joining the DG train as District Governor Nominee. 
Gary Langford 
District Governor 2019-20
District 9920
District Governor for 2021-2022 Announced 2019-10-27 11:00:00Z 0

Taveuni Eye Project 2019

This year’s Taveuni Eye Project in Fiji was run very successfully from Monday, 7 October to Friday, 18 October.
One of the surgeons is Dr Jeffrey Rutgard (left), an ophthalmologist from Mililani in Hawaii.  He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.  Since 1999 he has participated in over 170 eye missions, performed over 100,000 humanitarian eye examinations and over 11,000 humanitarian eye surgeries which have transformed the lives of those in impoverished locations worldwide.  He has trained over 1,000 ophthalmologists worldwide to perform Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS).  This is his fourteenth mission to Fiji and has brought untold benefits to the people of this country with cataract issues.
The primary goal of the Taveuni Eye Project is to give sight to children and adults from the more remote and rural areas of Fiji.  The 14th annual Taveuni Eye Project (TEP) 2019 was successfully funded and fully approved thanks to the help of many donors from across Australia and New Zealand.
Taveuni Eye Project 2019 John Miller 2019-10-23 11:00:00Z 0

Sky Tower Jump for Cure Kids

District Governor Gary’s triumph after the Sky Tower jump for Cure Kids.
You may recall that DG Gary said that at 2 pm on Saturday, 5 October, he would undertaking the Rotary Sky Jump for Cure Kids with District Governor 9910 Ian Kiernan and an assortment of Rotary club presidents.  Well the good news is that he did actually jump and lived to tell the tale - along with all the others.  And still on the subject of good news; the fundraising was very successful with the actual amount raised yet to be confirmed.  But wait there’s more – you can still donate in support of Cure Kids via the website, Rotary Sky Jump for Cure Kids.
Sky Tower Jump for Cure Kids John Miller 2019-10-21 11:00:00Z 0


Hi.  For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Karim Rostami.  I’m from Afghanistan but I am now a proud citizen of New Zealand.  I love this amazing country that I now call home.
Let me share a little of my background, I am a survivor of the polio virus.  I was affected by it when I was a small toddler and the doctors predicted I would not walk again.  I lost all muscle control in my legs and hips leaving me paralysed but through years of intense muscle therapy I was taught how to walk again and regain my independence.
In 2014 I took up swimming and soon after a random stranger approached me at the pool asking me why I was pursuing the sport with my obvious disability (not having full use of my lower legs).  I explained my circumstances to him without thinking anything about it.  The following week he approached me again and with true 'kiwi' ingenuity he had designed a ‘rubber band’ (aka bike tyre) to be tied around the circumference of my lower legs.  This invention has proven to be the key to the success of my swimming and fund-raising endeavours.

RAISING FUNDS TO ERADICATE POLIO John Miller 2019-10-20 11:00:00Z 0
Help End Polio - 1 November 2019 2019-10-18 11:00:00Z 0
Tag You On Tag Polio Off - Ride a Train to Enable Others to Walk Challenge Farida Master 2019-10-14 11:00:00Z 0


The Auckland South Rotary Club would like to invite you to our Las Vegas Night charity event to be held on Sunday, 10 November from 4 to 7 pm at Epsom Girls Grammar School Marjory Adams Hall.  Tickets are $30 in exchange for $1 million of gaming chips.  It will be a fun night for all ages with five games to try your luck.  Food and refreshments can be purchased at the venue.

VIVA LAS VEGAS John Miller 2019-10-13 11:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Leadership and Development Dates John Miller 2019-09-29 11:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gary's October Message

We are now three months into the Rotary year and September was a busy month with many district and club activities underway.
On a personal note, my mother died in Tauranga Hospital last week after a brief illness.  She had reached a good age and had a good life, but there is always a sense of loss when you lose a parent.
On 4 September there was a very successful combined District World Community Service and Rotary District Foundation event held at the Kolmar Centre in Papatoetoe.  It was attended by approximately fifty Rotarians who heard about the many wonderful projects undertaken by our clubs in the Pacific Islands and beyond with the support of District Foundation and Global grants.
During the weekend of the 7 and 8 September, the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) was held at Selwyn College.  This is always a well-run event and recommended for Rotarians and Rotaractors for leadership training.  The next RLI will be run on 4 and 5 April 2020.
The ANZ Regeneration conference (previously called the Rotary Institute) was held in Christchurch on 20-22 September.  This is primarily for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island past and current district governors, district governors-elect and nominee and all Rotarians are welcome.  The conference was well attended with 470 registered.  The Rotary International President Mark Maloney and wife Gay attended and had the opportunity to meet many Rotarians from our part of the world.
District Governor Gary's October Message John Miller 2019-09-29 11:00:00Z 0



Ride a Train to enable others to Walk
October is Polio month with World Polio Day occurring on 24 October 2019.  This is an opportunity for all clubs to raise awareness and funds for the End Polio programme.  Districts 9920/9910 have decided to collaborate to hold an event called Polio All Trains (PAT) on the Auckland Transport Network.  This is based on the All Stations event held in Sydney in 2018 when $250,000 was raised for End Polio.
POLIO ALL TRAINS EVENT (ALL OF AUCKLAND) John Miller 2019-09-29 11:00:00Z 0

Calling all RYLArians, Rotaractors

It will be a blast.  Did you hear about the first Rotaract and RYLA led RYPEN camp held in March 2019 this year?
Planning is underway for our next year’s RYPEN2020 Weekend to be held on 27 to 29 March 2020, Kokako Lodge, Falls Road, Hunua. We’re having our first session of RYPEN 2020 TEAM LEADERS and future RYLA 2020 team leaders.
When: 8 October 2019, 630pm
Where: Remuera Golf Club, Abbots Way, Remuera.
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Goodbye reality, Helloooo Vegas 2019-09-27 12:00:00Z 0
A Passport to fit Rotary in their lives 2019-09-26 12:00:00Z 0


Here is the Simplified Rotary emblem ... use where the words "Rotary International" cannot be easily read on the logo used.
Like all Rotary logos, Download this from the Brand Center via (login needed)
The following is also important:

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Dictionaries in Fiji Schools


The Dictionaries in Fiji Schools is a joint project of the Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside and the Education First Trust.  The project has now been running for five years and is an amazing hands-on project.
The 2019 distribution, which took place from 29 July to 2 August 2019, was mainly in rural schools in Ba, Tavua, Vatukoula, Nadrivatu and Ra located in the north-west of the main island of Viti Levu.  Twenty-four dictionaries were also delivered to Peter Drysdale of Koroipita Community Children and a further twenty-four dictionaries were distributed by Vidya Nand to Masimasi Primary School and Sabeto Primary School in Nadi at the specific request of donors.  In total, 1,079 dictionaries were distributed to forty schools. 

Dictionaries in Fiji Schools John Miller 2019-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Indian New Year Charity Dinner John Miller 2019-09-25 12:00:00Z 0

Economic and Community Development Month


October is Economic and Community Development Month.  Rotary supports investments in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities.
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable and long term economic improvements in their communities and livelihoods by:
  • Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities.
  • Developing opportunities for productive work.
  • Reducing poverty in under-served communities.
  • Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development.
Economic and Community Development Month John Miller 2019-09-25 12:00:00Z 0

Breakfast Club’s Steve Farrelly becomes a TVNZ Good Sort


First a little bit about the Breakfast Club.  While the name would suggest it just provides cereal and toast for hungry kids, Breakfast Club has become so much more than that.
Feeding children is always the most important issue to address in a struggling school, but it’s also a very useful vehicle for conversations on what is preventing individual students from learning and ascertain what can be done to help.  It might be a lack of shoes, problems in the home, no budget for sanitary products or no way to stay dry on a rainy day.  The struggles some kids have are beyond what many of us could ever imagine.
Breakfast Club’s sole purpose is to find a way to assist principals and teachers to get kids what they need so they can concentrate on learning and creating a better future for themselves.  Founded in 2010 by Steve Farrelly, an ex-police officer with a soft spot for cheeky, hungry kids, Breakfast Club now has an amazing team of volunteers and supporters who help every day in a million different ways.

Breakfast Club’s Steve Farrelly becomes a TVNZ Good Sort John Miller 2019-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Interest Meetings John Miller 2019-09-24 12:00:00Z 0

New Visitor Centre Opens at Bushy Park Tarapuruhi


The new look Bushy Park Tarapuruhi has launched with the opening of a new visitor information centre on 14 September.  Around 200 people attended Saturday's event, including Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and trust patron and Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall.  The new visitor centre features interactive displays, including real birds' nests and bones and includes information on what the forest area means to iwi.
Bushy Park Trust chair Kevin Ross said the event marked the conclusion of years of hard work:
"We have a historic homestead restored to its former glory. The stables have been renovated to house a visitor interpretation centre, exhibition spaces for some of our heritage items and an upgraded ablutions block."
New Visitor Centre Opens at Bushy Park Tarapuruhi John Miller 2019-09-18 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Otahuhu Senior Student’s Lunch


Our club’s annual school lunch is a highlight of the year and this year’s on 10 September was no exception.  With students from Kings, McAuley, Otahuhu and Pacific Advance Colleges; plus teachers, visitors and Rotarians we had approximately sixty attendees.
Our speakers were Hailley Smith and Jasmine Worthington, the two youth ambassadors for the Key to Life Charitable Trust.  This trust was established by Mike King to bring attention to and support for dealing with mental health issues.  Hailley is from Tauranga and Jasmine is from Reporoa (near Rotorua).  They work in their local areas giving peer support to students.  Both youth ambassadors are financially supported by the IDEAL Foundation and we also hosted Errejon Gonzalo (IDEAL Foundation chair) and Shane Roger.  Also among our visitor group were Mike Dawes, interim chair of the Key for Life Trust and Hailley’s sister Sophie, who at 15 years old is also having some mental health issues as a result of a difficult family environment.
 Photo shows from left: Hailley, IPP Malcolm Miller, Jasmine and Sophie.
Rotary Club of Otahuhu Senior Student’s Lunch John Miller 2019-09-17 12:00:00Z 0

Five Ways to End Polio

There are three versions available of a new video about ending polio; Five Ways to End Polio.  The short, fifty second version is available to view at FWTEP and to download at FWTEPDownload.
The ten and fifteen-minute versions are available to view and download at Resources.  The material from the fifty second and ten minute videos is included in the fifteen minute version.  Please feel free to share these links with your clubs and followers.
Five Ways to End Polio John Miller 2019-09-16 12:00:00Z 0

Basic Education and Literacy Month


September is Basic Education and Literacy month.  This is a cause that is absolutely vital in bridging the gaping divide for those less privileged, especially the children.  Education is fundamental to their ability to surmount challenges in the future.

In Rotary year 2019 Basic Education and Literacy ranked as the third highest area of focus with funding of over US$12.5 million to support projects worldwide.  The video Rotary Supports Education describes how grants from The Rotary Foundation help alleviate the plight of the seventeen percent of the world’s adult population who are illiterate:
“Education has the power to lift families up, make real change, modify behaviour, create healthy habits and open minds.  It creates security and safety in families so that they can support, provide and make informed and empowered decisions.”
Contributions to The Rotary Foundation impact lives all around the world.  For people who would otherwise have been isolated by their educational disadvantage, it provides a path to connect to the world.
Basic Education and Literacy Month John Miller 2019-09-16 12:00:00Z 0

New and exciting and you are invited

A new initiative happening in our District 9920. Have you heard about Passport Club? Would you like to learn more about it?
Spring signifies a new beginning for one of our clubs. The Pohutukawa Coast Passport Club will bring the flexibility, variety of informal meeting styles and allow members to move freely and or be involved with other clubs in our Districts and beyond. Being Passport Club members encourages you to visit other clubs, bring fresh ideas and to create a positive impact locally and internationally.
Keen, interested to find out more? Come and join us on Thursday 26 Sep, 6pm for 6.30pm at PepperJacks, Pine Harbour, Beachlands. DG Gary Langford will unveil this exciting Rotary membership model.  For further information, please feel free to contact Alex Garden 021676965.
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Early Bird Register for District Conference 2020 Now

This will be one of the most inspiring and convenient of recent times so ensure the dates are in your (and your club) diary and to help your planning go to the Conference website for full information including the Top Ten reasons for going:
  • World Class Venue 
  • Meet the Most Inspiring People in the World
  • Strengthen your Club and your Passion for Rotary
  • Plenty of Time to Party and Socialize
  • Explore Auckland City – The City of Sails
  • Enjoy Special Conference Events and More
There is special Early Bird  registration for those of you willing to plan ahead so please register and take advantage of this.
Early Bird Register for District Conference 2020 Now 2019-09-03 12:00:00Z 0
The Annual Rotary and Dove Hospice Book Fair John Miller 2019-09-03 12:00:00Z 0

Brave Thinkers from Rarotonga

From the “Rarotarian” – the Rotary Club of Rarotonga newsletter.

Earlier this year we were the major sponsors in sending a team of students from Tereora College, the National College of the Cook Islands, to Palmerston North to participate in a brave new programme where ideas have no limit and business is exciting.  Their challenge was to identify a social, environmental or individual problem and solve it with a brave business idea.  Members from the team will be in attendance at our meeting on the 4 September as guest speakers and report back on their experiences.

The “Brave Thinkers” at our 50th celebrations with Helen Clark.
Brave Thinkers from Rarotonga John Miller 2019-08-30 12:00:00Z 0

Mt Eden and Epsom Rotary invite you to Downton Abbey


In September, the worldwide phenomenon DOWNTON ABBEY becomes a grand motion picture event as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives.  A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton Abbey hanging in the balance.  Set in 1927–1929.

The Hearts4Kids Trust is a volunteer medical team from New Zealand which travels to Fiji to perform life-saving congenital heart surgery on babies and children.  With help these children have the opportunity to lead an active and fulfilling life.
Repairing simple congenital heart defects is one of the most lifesaving operations to be done in the field of medicine today.  Unfortunately there are 350 children born each year in the Pacific Islands that do not have immediate access to this life saving surgery without travelling to New Zealand or receiving medical missions from other countries.

Mt Eden and Epsom Rotary invite you to Downton Abbey John Miller 2019-08-29 12:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gary's Message

We are almost two months into the new Rotary year and clubs will have set their Rotary citation goals and are well underway with their programmes.  I am encouraging clubs to work with neighbouring clubs to support each other.  It is important that clubs report both volunteer hours and money spent on community activities as both are essential in identifying the extent of Rotary service in the community.
Jan and I have so far visited twenty Rotary clubs and one Rotaract club since the district changeover on 6 July.  This includes the clubs we visited in Suva.  We have been warmly welcomed and have been privileged to see clubs in action and have visited many community projects that are good examples and illustrate my theme “Create Lasting Change”.
It is important that Rotarians and clubs tell their stories.  Whether personally or by way of social media, club and district websites and the district newsletter, etc.  We are often asked what is Rotary?  We need to have our elevator speech ready and share why we are in Rotary and the good work that Rotary does in the community.  We also need to ensure that we are identified as Rotarians by displaying Rotary banners and wearing the Rotary vests and caps when we are working on projects in the community.  It can lead to membership enquiries.
District Governor Gary's Message John Miller 2019-08-29 12:00:00Z 0

ROMAC - Another Successful Operation


From Wayne Brewer, ROMAC Representative District 9920

ROMAC is a totally Rotary funded project offering life saving and dignity enhancing surgery for Pacific Island children that is not available to them in their home countries.  ROMAC operates across all districts in Australia and New Zealand.

In Auckland the families are accommodated at Ronald McDonald House, mainly for surgery at Starship, and are hosted by local Rotary clubs who provide support and look after the family's day to day needs.  Some clubs have a group of members sharing this most rewarding activity of caring for families in need.  The ROMAC NZ committee offers full support and guidance.

Elizabeth Thomson from Downtown Rotary, whose report follows, has hosted a number of families and is currently looking after Ben Mahit and his mother Mayling from Vanuatu.  Also in Ronald McDonald House at the moment is Jasminah and his mother Angelina.  They are being hosted by Josie Adriaansen and the Rotary Club of Brown's Bay, District 9910.

ROMAC - Another Successful Operation John Miller 2019-08-28 12:00:00Z 0

Interact Club of Elim Christian College hit the ground running


From the Somerville Rotary Club - our Interact Club at Elim Christian College started the year in full throttle.  The new team of directors is raring to go.  They have organized a Daffodil Day fundraiser and have other exciting plans.  Here’s an article written by Eliza Chin and Bethany Britten about the Interact changeover that is worth a read.
Cast your mind back to your high school years.  Do you recall ever having a special school assembly featuring the changeover of your Interact club board, complete with flowers, banner and a YouTube mp4 of the national anthem?  Oh, and was it all organised by a small team of dedicated, servant-hearted students?  Because Elim Christian College did all that one Monday morning on 24 June 2019.
The 2019-2020 Interact Club Board with their teacher in charge, Mr Darron Gedge.
Interact Club of Elim Christian College hit the ground running John Miller 2019-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
Breaking News from Charity Navigator John Miller 2019-08-24 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Areas of Focus John Miller 2019-08-24 12:00:00Z 0
District Governor Nominations Now Open 2019-08-21 12:00:00Z 0

Ride like a Girl - Helping Polio

This years Polio Movie Event is fantastic for the whole family to enjoy together and clubs can arrange for screenings as part of raising funds for Polio Eradication.
Ride like a Girl - Helping Polio 2019-08-18 12:00:00Z 0


Friday 1 November. Legacy startup event for End Polio  - fundraising promotion – “Riding a train to enable others to walk”
INVITATION: Rotarians and Rotary Clubs to ride and/or gather at their allocated stations
WHAT: Ride a Train to End Polio stopping over at 40 odd stations on the Auckland Rail network
WHEN: Friday 1 November
CLUB PROMO PACKAGE : standby for more info!
Pictured (L-R): Wally Thomas, AT Executive General Manager Stakeholder, Communities & Communication, Phil Wratt, Customer Liaison Delivery Lead, Customer Liaison, Customer Experience and Ron Seeto
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Patumahoe School  Rotakids Club

The Rotary Club of Franklin have sponsored Patumahoe School - the third in District 9920 (fifth school in the country) to have a RotaKids club.  RotaKids is designed to engage children to come up with projects they want to facilitate that will can benefit individuals, their school and the local community.  In doing so it teaches them leadership skills, selflessness and gives them confidence as young people.  Patumahoe School picked 11 students they felt would do the programme justice. 
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Rotary Youth Exchange - the coming together of cultures


A rousing powhiri haka performed by NZ and overseas exchange students from Argentina, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany and the Netherlands was the highlight of the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) marae weekend attended by District Governor Gary and Jan.  The marae weekend was held from 9 to 11 August.
Rotary Youth Exchange - the coming together of cultures John Miller 2019-08-14 12:00:00Z 0

It is all yours ... be proud of it

How many Rotary club members know where the club has come from, or the journey it has taken to get where they are?  This is important but why?  Now is the best time to write your club's history with all the tools and help you need to achieve this.
It is all yours ... be proud of it 2019-08-08 12:00:00Z 0

Christmas spuds pay for new mobility scooter


Helen Ratapu rides on her new mobility scooter with Belfast Kaiapoi Rotary President Peter Prattley.
For fifteen years Helen Ratapu has struggled with back pain and arthritis which has stopped her from taking her grandchildren swimming and to the park.  But now the 65-year old from Redwood can do all she ever wanted to - thanks to potatoes.
Christmas spuds pay for new mobility scooter John Miller 2019-08-08 12:00:00Z 0
Joint Foundation and International Information Evening 4 September 2019 2019-08-06 12:00:00Z 0

Trees for Survival is Seeking a New CEO


Trees for Survival is a Rotary environmental education programme which involves school students potting and growing-on seedlings and then planting them the following winter on erosion prone land and riparian sites.
Trees for Survival is Seeking a New CEO John Miller 2019-07-29 12:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gary Langford's Opening Message


The new Rotary year is already underway with Rotary clubs, Rotaract clubs and district changeovers behind us.  New club and district leadership teams are in place and we have a new Rotary International President Mark Maloney and his wife Gay.  They are from Decatur, Alabama, USA.
RI President Mark’s theme is “Rotary Connects the World”.  Rotary connects the world in so many different ways; whether it is with individuals, clubs, districts, communities or with Rotary International and the United Nations.  The new logo is attractive and is a representation of a modernised version of the Rotary wheel.
My wife Jan and I are originally from Wellington where we grew up, went to school and university.  We have a son, daughter and a grandson.
District Governor Gary Langford's Opening Message John Miller 2019-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

District Governor Bio - Gary Langford

Gary is married to Jan and lives in Auckland. They have two adult children and a grandson.
A Chartered Accountant and retired Fellow of the Institute of Secretaries, Gary has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Victoria University of Wellington.  Gary is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme.
Gary recently retired as CEO of Eagle Technology Group Limited and has previously held senior leadership roles in public and government organisations.
A former member of the Rotary Club of Onehunga and now a member of the Rotary Club of Auckland East.  Club president of Auckland East during the 2011-12 year.  A Paul Harris Fellow and member of the winning district quiz team.  Gary and Jan have hosted Rotary Youth exchange students from Denmark and the USA.  A member of the District 9920 leadership team, Gary is also a Rotary Leadership Institute trained facilitator.
District Governor Bio - Gary Langford John Miller 2019-07-28 12:00:00Z 0


Rotary Action Group Against Slavery Project 2019


From 5 to 19 December 2019, twenty Rotarians from Australia, New Zealand (including District 9920) and the UK will travel to Cambodia and Northern Thailand to raise funds for NGOs working in the anti-trafficking and slavery movement.  The volunteers will also participate in hands-on volunteering at the Rescue Mission for Children in Mae Suai.

There is still room for volunteers to join the trip which will be a life-affirming personal journey of service above self.  If you would like to be involved as a team member or if your club would like to help support our project work fundraising, please contact RAGAS Oceania Regional Co-ordinator David Black at

Rotary Action Group Against Slavery Project 2019 John Miller 2019-07-28 12:00:00Z 0
Still time for RLI this weekend! But call ASAP John Miller 2019-07-27 12:00:00Z 0

A wonderful year over, a fantastic year begun

District Changeover signifies the first ‘meeting’ of the new Rotary year.  It is a celebratory event that performs a number of important functions as mentioned below.
Pictured are (from left):  DG 2020-2021 Craig Horrocks and Nickola, DG 2019-2020 Gary Langford and Jan, DG 2018-2019 Ingrid Waugh and John.
The District 9920 Changeover for 2019 was held at the Remuera Golf Club with a capacity gathering of almost 200 joining in the festivities.  The mix ‘n mingle gave ample opportunity for all to catch up with friends and meet others from many clubs in our Auckland area.  As such this is one of the few formal chances for Rotarians to meet and chat to others from clubs that they might not normally visit (although you can) and the circulation of plentiful and delicious canapes was much appreciated by all.
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Networking Event – Mayoral Debate

Epsom Rotary and Mt Eden Rotary joint event; Meet the Auckland Mayoral Candidates at the Epsom Bowling Club, 77 The Drive, Epsom, on 3 September.
Hear from and have your questions answered by two of Auckland’s mayoral candidates for the 2019 local elections: Phil Goff and John Tamihere.
Networking Event – Mayoral Debate John Miller 2019-07-27 12:00:00Z 0

EndPolioNow Campaign Progress

Special thanks to the class of 2018/19
I have held off writing this note of thanks in the hope of having final fund raising figures to pass on to you.  However, our dedicated team at Rotary International is still finalising those details.  It is very important to ensure the numbers are correct.  However, the end of July is closing in and I did not want to get too far down the track before expressing sincere thanks to you all for your magnificent support in the Rotary year just ended.

EndPolioNow Campaign Progress John Miller 2019-07-27 12:00:00Z 0

DG Gary Langford’s First Paul Harris Fellow Presentation

DG Gary (R) presented Dr Robbie Francis (L) with a Paul Harris Fellow award at the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award dinner on 5 July 2019.  Robbie is a truly outstanding individual who has spoken at NZ district events and spoke at this year’s D9920 RYLA.
In 2009 Robbie won the Attitude ACC Supreme Award at the age of 20.  In 2010 she was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study Peace and Conflict resolution in Israel.

In 2013 Robbie was given the opportunity to intern for an international disability rights group in Mexico.  Having witnessed first-hand the shocking conditions many people with disabilities are forced to live in, she decided to become an active part of the solution.  So in 2014 Robbie and her friends founded The Lucy Foundation, an organisation empowering people with disabilities.

DG Gary Langford’s First Paul Harris Fellow Presentation John Miller 2019-07-27 12:00:00Z 0


16 to 19 September
Zone 8 Governor-elect training in Christchurch
20 to 22 September
Zone 8 Rotary Institute in Christchurch
The 2019 Manual of Procedure is scheduled for distribution
15 October to 15 November
Council on Resolutions meets online.  Resolutions proposed can be viewed online from 1 October:
19 to 25 January
International Assembly in San Diego, California
6 to 10 June
International convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Registrations are now open.
UPCOMING KEY DATES John Miller 2019-07-25 12:00:00Z 0


The Rotary Club of Otahuhu Inc invites you to an interclub event
Speaker: Hon Judith Collins, MP for Papakura
Topic: Women in leadership roles and the challenges in politics
Date: Saturday 24 August 2019
Time: 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm
Venue: Otahuhu Town Community Hall, High Street, Otahuhu
Cost: $55.00 per person (includes one complimentary drink)
Dinner: Two courses followed by tea or coffee.  Cash bar
Payment in advance please to Rotary Club of Otahuhu Inc
Bank account 06-0217-0016206-03 and note your name in the reference section
Please RSVP by 18 August to with names and confirmation of payment.  Also advise if any special dietary requirements when you RSVP.
For further information contact Jeanette, tel 021 939 728
Number of attendees limited to 90
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ROLES – JUDITH COLLINS John Miller 2019-07-25 12:00:00Z 0

Auckland Harbourside 25th Anniversary

Please join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of
Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside Inc
                                          Friday 23rd August 2019 at 6.30pm                                         
Novotel Auckland Ellerslie, 72-112 Greenlane Rd East, Ellerslie
Auckland Harbourside 25th Anniversary John Miller 2019-07-25 12:00:00Z 0

Ambulance for Tonga

The Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise has been instrumental, with help from St John, in arranging a much needed ambulance for Tonga.  It all started from a club meeting on 2 February this year when Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS) chairman Stuart Batty spoke about the great projects around the Pacific that they are involved in.  Stuart mentioned that the main hospital in Tonga required an ambulance.

Ambulance for Tonga John Miller 2019-07-24 12:00:00Z 0

A Salute to International Rotarian - Bill Boyd

Bill Boyd was President of Rotary International in 2006/2007, only the second New Zealander to hold that position.
On 30 June 2019 Bill finally drew closure to his stellar thirty years of international service to Rotary and returned to be 'Bill Boyd - Magazine Distribution’ and member of Pakuranga Rotary.
Always by his side during his years of service has been his much adored wife Lorna.  Lorna played her part in convention break-out sessions and became a fountain of Rotary knowledge which she graciously shared with whomever and whenever the appropriate occasion rose.
The members of the Pakuranga Rotary salute Bill's work for Rotary and its many endeavours.
A Salute to International Rotarian - Bill Boyd John Miller 2019-07-24 12:00:00Z 0

Club publicity is outright fun to do

One of the most interesting and creative club roles is that of PR
Achieving good publicity for your club is outright fun.
There are many possible sources of inspiration and you are invited to take advantage of is the PR Specialists for District 9920 Group
If you join this Group - which is extremely easy you will see, and be able to make, some fantastic tips and ideas for club publicity.  Also make sure your club has 'Like'd the District Facebook page at
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Ambassadorial Scholar

Shefali Mehta, District 9920 Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship Chair, is proud to announce that the Rotary Club of Auckland will be hosting Ambassadorial Scholar Connor Lind from July 2019 to November 2020. 
Connor is from Tyler, Texas, in District 5830 which covers a tri-state area of north-eastern Texas, south-eastern Oklahoma and south-western Arkansas.  District 5830 refers to itself as the “Action District”.  Connor was 2018-2019 District 5830 Global Scholar.  Photo shows Connor Lind and Shefali Mehta.
Ambassadorial Scholar John Miller 2019-07-20 12:00:00Z 0
INTERPLAST Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Program to Tonga 2019-07-16 12:00:00Z 0 #interplast
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Great news for local birds .. not so good for pests!!

This week a group of Rotarians from the Pakuranga Tamaki River Auxiliary got to work labelling and numbering 400 rat, possum and stoat traps.
The working bee is a culmination of 12 months work by Pakuranga Rotary and several other organisations in the area, to increase native bird numbers across the Howick Ward.
Rotarian Sylvie Wilkinson says, “It is so encouraging to see Lions, Friends of Mangemangeroa,  Howick, Half Moon Bay and Somerville Rotary Clubs joining together working towards a common goal to preserve precious wildlife for future generations.” Together they have established a trap library, the first in the area.
Great news for local birds .. not so good for pests!! 2019-07-08 12:00:00Z 0

Intense and life-changing describes RYLA 2019

Despite some rather extreme weather on the Thursday when we were packing up to come home, this was another successful delivery of the program for 118 young people.  Rotary Young Leaders Awards (RYLA) is one of Rotary's most successful leadership programmes with a huge impact on the lives of those who take part and the 2019 camp was no exception.
Intense and life-changing describes RYLA 2019 2019-07-08 12:00:00Z 0
Clubrunner websites can run like 'well-oiled machines' 2019-07-03 12:00:00Z 0

The Latest Rotary Club in 9920!

Right on the cusp of the new Rotary year, on 30 June 2019, the Rotary Club of Tarawa was Chartered as the newest Rotary club in District 9920 and further boosted the Rotary presence to a large area of the Pacific.  The story of their formation and how Rotary is now represented in Kiribati is compelling reading.
Pictured is RCC Chair Kairao Tune and Tawara Rotary President Ruth Cross.
After the previous two Rotary clubs in Kiribati (Bairiki and Kiritimati) closed in 2015 and 2016 respectively, there had been no Rotary presence.  However the initiation of a Global Grant to Kiribati by the Rotary Club of Richfield, District 5420 in Utah USA, was the catalyst for a visit to Tarawa, Kiribati in May 2018 by DGE Ingrid Waugh and PDG Jennie Herring. 
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Success in Rotary continues into a new Rotary year

The end of the Rotary year on 30 June is a time of celebration in Rotary clubs throughout New Zealand and the Pacific. 
It is a time to celebrate the successes of the year just completed and to welcome in the opportunities of the new year ahead.  Clockwise above is a snapshot of what Changeover includes:
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Handbags brighten day for refugee women 2019-06-24 12:00:00Z 0

Mt Eden Wellness Day 2019

On 4 May, the Mt Eden Rotary Club held its inaugural free WELLBEING DAY OUT at the Mt Eden Village Centre.

The free open-access health and wellbeing initiative introduced the local community to a number of organisations and activities. The day went well and was received positively.  Looking ahead, the intention is to hold a bigger event, broadening the focus to include the environment, conservation and sustainability, over a half day on an annual basis.

The club is very grateful for the Albert-Eden Local Board’s support and funding and the assistance provided by the organisations, workshop presenters, Rotarians and Rotaractors who participated.

Rotary Club of Mt Eden: Ursula Rajkumar, Aritra Ray (President), Ainslie Campbell (President-Elect), Geraldine Henderson

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Papatoetoe Central's fundraising event blew our socks off!

Papatoetoe Central Rotary's Indian Diaspora night was a great success. It was the perfect combination: guests had a wonderful night, and a significant amount of money was raised to support four charities: The Rotary Foundation, Cure Kids Fiji Oxygen Project, The Middlemore Foundation and Kids Can.

Read more on this amazing event here

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Model United Nations Assembly 2019

MUNA 2019 for Districts 9910 and 9920 was run over 17-18 May at Auckland Girls Grammar School by Rotary Club of Auckland East.

Nearly 300 high school pupils from 44 schools participated this year.  Vigorous debate on the 5 remits submitted to the model United Nations Assembly ensued, with plenty of objections and points of order along the way.  Delegates also took part in a snap Security Council debate on a pressing topic of the day.  The event was ably chaired by Ross Robertson QSO former member of parliament, and the awards were announced by Bevan Iles, President of Rotary Club of Auckland.

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Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme
 - June 2019

The District 9920 RYDA team Left to rt; George Wilson, Peter Wilcock, Lisa James, John Overall; Chairman

They were recognised by the National RYDA organisation as the leading District committee for New Zealand. All based on their level of effort, commitment and focus on spreading RYDA across the District

The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness programme (RYDA) was established in NZ about 12 years ago. The take up by Clubs varies by district but they are led by 9920. This year in our district there are 11 Colleges and approximately 2,000 students participating in the exercises.

Since its inception approximately 70,000 students in 97 Schools have attended.

Feedback by both Teachers and Students remains very positive.

Ongoing efforts by George Wilson, Peter Wilcock (both Papakura Club) and Lisa James (Somerville Club) make this programme  successful.

Peter Ross: Chair District 9920 Youth Committee

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Polio Plus - Thank you

Not just another pic of Smiling Rotarians _ GIVING to END POLIO and YOUR Foundation of choice

These Rotarians featured have much to smile about. Your District 'End Polio' coordinator PDG Ron Seeto was on hand with AG Gill Johnston, pictured here with President Tim Edney, to receive 2 cheques from the Rotary Club of Penrose at their breakfast meeting!

A cheque for Foundation Annual giving of $2,750.00 and a cheque for Polio giving of $2,500.00 which becomes $7,500.00 with the Gates Foundation 2:1 Polio contribution.

What’s more, Rotary Penrose has exceeded RI President Barry’s call for a Polio per club contribution $1,500.

President Tim observed that the funds were from individual member contributions.

Here’s hoping that this can be an example for other clubs and their members in our District to do the same – GIVE to END POLIO BEFORE 30 June!

PS As both my regular readers will know I don’t like photographs of people handing over cheques.  However, as I’ve often forgotten to recognise the huge work that Ron has been putting in for Polio Plus, this is an exception!

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RYLA July 2019

RYLA – a district success story for clubs and awardees who attend

RYLA 2019 is on again in first week of July. This is one of the largest RYLA events in Australasia and is quite unique in many ways. Once again, we are expecting 120 candidates from a wide range of corporate and Rotary sponsors.

The support we get from all district 9920 Rotary clubs in terms of finding candidates, managing the corporate sponsors and in the overall support of the programme is greatly appreciated.

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MUNA 2019


MUNA 2019 for Districts 9910 and 9920 was run over 17-18 May at Auckland Girls Grammar School by Rotary Club of Auckland East.

Nearly 300 high school pupils from 44 schools participated this year.  Vigorous debate on the 5 remits submitted to the model United Nations Assembly ensued, with plenty of objections and points of order along the way.  Delegates also took part in a snap Security Council debate on a pressing topic of the day.  The event was ably chaired by Ross Robertson QSO former member of parliament, and the awards were announced by Bevan Iles, President of Rotary Club of Auckland.

Picking the winners was never going to be an easy task for the team of judges from Rotary Club of Auckland East.  However, the following were prize winners on the day:

Best Team Overall - Westlake Girls High
Runners Up to Best Team - Glendowie College
Best Team Costume - Dilworth School
Best Knowledge of UN Charter - Lynfield College
Best Depth of Content - Dilworth School
Most Impressive Presentation - Westlake Girls High
Best Contribution to Security Council - Mount Albert Grammar
Most Engaging Speaker - Cameron McGeorge, Glendowie College
Runner up Most Engaging Speaker - Ba Phong Pham, Papatoetoe High School
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Around and About - During May 2019

Bulletins Received:

These clubs have been good enough to send me your bulletins. Thanks. I’ve read some inspiring stories, seen excellent pictures and been amused by the cartoons. Parnell (my club) has been given some ideas for speakers (yes, I do copy you!) and some ideas, for example publishing the sum collected for the sunshine fund each week. I don’t know who will be the district bulletin editor from July but I hope that you give her or him the same support.
  1. Auckland
  2. Auckland Downtown
  3. Auckland East
  4. Auckland Harbourside
  5. Botany East Tamaki
  6. Ellerslie
  7. Howick
  1. Mangere
  2. Manukau City Sunrise
  3. Newmarket
  4. Newmarket
  5. Otahuhu
  6. Pakuranga
  1. Papakura
  2. Parnell  
  3. Penrose
  4. St Johns
  5. St Marylebone
    (London – YHC’s old club)
  6. Suva East
Mangere Rotary
Part of our stock of firewood ready for sale... We need to urgently find further sources to meet our target so we can fund all the needs in our community.
Contact David Gock if you can help phone 09 262 0404/0274528294


Also, Mangere consistently has the best cartoons!

Auckland Rotary   World Press Photo Exhibition – 29 June to 28 July

Our Club will again be holding the World Press Photography Exhibition on Level 6 at Smith & Caughey’s during July. The winners for this year’s contest were recently announced in Amsterdam and for a glimpse of what will be on offer during July go to


'As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I'm totally flexible.'   (a Stewart Mathews Moment)

Botany East Tamaki


St Johns – It’s quite a splendid bulletin, most of the events in it are records of successful projects (the ANZAC Day breakfast especially) and they do have some good humour!

Pakuranga Rotary

(One of the reasons why Paul Harris met with three friends as the first ‘Rotary’ meeting was to establish a network of business men who could help each other. Thus ‘classifications’ were introduced to ensure that a range of occupations were represented. At a time that we’re looking for more members we need to remember the importance of ‘networking’ when talking to potential members. YHC)

When Noel Holyoake joined Rotary in 1963 he had been in business in Rongotai for 10 years.  Clubs in that era were defined by a commercial area and classifications were important.  Noel was in the oil heating and air conditioning business and his firm manufactured sheet metal piping.  What it needed to develop was the ability to incorporate bends in that piping...
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Interact Forum - May 2019

The Interact Forum was held on 25 May 2019

A majority of the Interact Clubs in Schools throughout our District got together to share ideas and meet other like-minded students and Rotaractors from Auckland University and Auckland City. Some of these Rotaractors were part of their school Interact Club and together, they shared their experiences and their "Rotary moment". 

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August 2019 Tennis Fellowship

Rotarians in New Zealand play golf. Everybody knows that. We have fund raising golf tournaments and golf matches at district conferences. 

So – here’s a chance to extend our game playing toTennis! District Governor Ingrid received the following letter:

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Curtain Call: An easy way to help 2019-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
Papatoetoe Central Rotary's Colourful Indian Diaspora Dinner was a Runaway Success 2019-05-25 12:00:00Z 0 #papatoetoecentralrotary
Interactors brainstorm some progressive ideas for future activities 2019-05-24 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary in Kiribati - an uplifting story 2019-05-16 12:00:00Z 0

Feeling GREAT at Mt Eden Rotary's Wellbeing Day Out

Mt Eden Rotary Club’s inaugural free WELLBEING DAY OUT at the Mt Eden Village Centre introduced the local community to a number of organisations and activities as part of a free and open-access general health and wellbeing initiative as well as boosting the profile of Rotary within the local community. Shown here are the Rotaractors.
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Reinvigorating Rotary's Presence in Kiribati

April’s theme of Maternal and Child Health really resonated recently as District Governor Ingrid and PDG Jennie Herring visited Kiribati to revitalise Rotary’s presence there through the charter of a new Rotary Community Corps and the start of a Global Grant developing a substantial hydroponics venture.
From the left: DG Ingrid, PDG Tony Castley (Sydney), PDG Simon Manning (9940) and PDG Jennie Herring.
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Polio Plus - May 2019

Please read the following note and the attached Polio Flyer which gives us five good reasons to eradicate Polio. To do this Rotary needs your help. 
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Membership campaigns

Increasing Rotary’s ability to deliver on projects
Is it time we rethought how we campaign to get new members? Many of us are involved in the private sector where we see employees not only as an asset to the organisation but also as a cost thus within reason we want to keep their numbers to a minimum. So we only take on new recruits when we know that their contribution to the enterprise will be more than their cost.
So, what do we do, often because we’ve got HR breathing down our necks, but also because it makes logical sense?
  • We define what tasks we need completed, the job description;
  • Then the attributes that the successful applicant needs, the person specification;
  • Then we advertise, hire head hunters, etc. and eventually
  • Recruit a new employee who’s going to carry out a specific job to contribute to the organisation’s success.
Could we apply that methodology to new membership in Rotary?
            Firstly what tasks need to be completed? Notice it’s not ‘we need new members, let’s have a membership campaign’ it’s what tasks need to be completed.
  • It might be some skills required for ‘Internal’ reasons
    • for example a new treasurer or a
    • person to arrange the speaker’s programme,
  • we have too many/too few female members
  • a local ethnic minority or age group is not represented .
    • or an External reason,
    • we are running a project and we need more people to carry out the work
It might also be that we want to be more representative/relevant - Rotary was originally founded to enable business men to trade with other professional men they knew and trusted. I know, it’s now men and women and it’s not only professionals who are members but the thought’s the same, we need members who represent our whole community. That is the shop keepers, the restaurateurs, the plumbers, the medical and legal professionals, and so on but also members of immigrant communities.
A person who knows everybody, a good connector who can arrange interesting speakers and events. Or relatives, friends and neighbours who are prepared to help take action, not become members in name only but do the task as a Saturday morning stint to help a friend. Plus targeting local business people; telling them of the networking opportunities that are represented in the club. As an aside I can tell you that my lawyer, doctor, insurance broker and travel agent were all engaged as I got to know them through Rotary.
            1          identify the task, then;
            2          the person who can fill it, then;
            3          approach that person
Give them a chance to make a real contribution to society by being involved in the community via Rotary.  
Then not only will we have success in increasing numbers but also the effectiveness of our projects.
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Centennial History of Rotary 1921-2021 in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

Is your Club contributing to the Centennial History of Rotary 1921-2021 in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands?

“Mana Tangata: People of Action” is the working title of a coffee table publication being crafted by professional historian Dr Stephen Clarke. The achievements of your Club and Rotarians cannot be considered by Dr Clarke if he is not aware of them.  Many Clubs have already sent information to Dr Clarke. Research and writing is already under way.

The manuscript is due in July 2020 for publication in 2021, so Clubs need to get their information to the historian as soon as possible. More details and an outline of what the publication will cover are set out later in this article.

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International Motorcycle Rally - this year in NZ 2019-04-20 12:00:00Z 0
Free Community Event 4 May 2019-04-18 12:00:00Z 0

Support ANZAC Day

An option to still support the ANZAC Spirit despite changes to usual venues this year.
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Cultural Night Blows to a Record

Over 260 enjoyed a uniquely different Cultural Night hosted by Auckland South Rotary with a stunning outcome for the children of Fiji in need of Oxygen for healthy outcomes.
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Auckland Women in Rotary Celebration Walk a Huge Success 2019-04-07 12:00:00Z 0
Pukekohe Rotary Book Sale 2019-04-04 11:00:00Z 0

D9920 Conference Dress ;o)

District Conference Friday 10th May – Sunday 12th.  The dinner (and most importantly - the Dress!)

On Saturday night there will be the traditional Gala Dinner with a theme of Art Deco (no surprises there!!).  Well, slightly less traditional this time as it will be an opportunity for everybody to dress up – and let their hair down!  Entertainment will be provided by Stolen Records – dancing is not obligatory, unless the ladies insist!

Right – so everybody has to get their Glad Rags on and have a great time. Glad Rags – think Great Gatsby, the roaring 20s, flappers, etc. For ideas go to  Stuff can be hired of course, there are two or three costume hire places in Napier that specialise in Art Deco gear. (Book them now!)

YHC’s Ever Loving is already plotting and scheming about what we’re going to wear! I understand that brightly coloured socks are obligatory!

At other times in the conference ‘smart casual’ is the formal attire.  

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Ellerslie - the Fiji Oxygen Project March'19

Willard and Gabrielle Martin made a visit to ASB Showgrounds on Saturday 2 February to the Chinese New Year Event. A huge turnout of people, there was not much room to move!!  Auckland South Rotary Club had a stall promoting the Fiji Oxygen Project which is being organised by Remuera Rotary Club.  They did a wonderful job of marketing and promoting it. Photos show President Janet (Ak South) Catherine (PE Remuera) with some of their members staffing the stall. Lots of fun all round.

For those who don't know about it, the Oxygen Project replaces oxygen cylinders  – which are expensive, logistically difficult and often result in unreliable oxygen supplies – in health centres in Fiji with bedside oxygen concentrators, which produce oxygen from the ambient air. For health centres with unreliable power supplies, a custom-designed solar power system is installed to ensure that a 24/7 supply of oxygen is available for patients who need it.

The goal is that no child in Fiji dies for lack of oxygen.

Ellerslie - the Fiji Oxygen Project March'19 2019-03-23 11:00:00Z 0

100 Years of Rotary in New Zealand - calling Club historians

To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in New Zealand in 2021, Dr Stephen Clarke, a professional historian, has been commissioned to research and write a landmark publication on Rotary in New Zealand 1921–2021. Dr Clarke started work on the book in last year. The book will be part of a suite of activities under what the Mana Tangata Programme to celebrate the Centennial.  The programme’s formal launch is later in the year.

Hamish Dick, a student at Victoria University, is working with Dr Clarke over the university holidays as a research assistant.

Hamish would like to make contact with each of the Rotary Clubs in our Rotary District and, at this stage, is looking initially for the following information:

  • Who is your Club Historian or the person responsible for your history and records?

  • Briefly, what is the range of your Club’s historical records, photographs and special memorabilia?

  • Does your Club have previous history publications (e.g. 50th, 75th anniversary)?

Could you please email this information to Hamish at the following email address:

If possible, Hamish would be grateful to have these details as soon as possible, so he can provide Dr Clarke with this information.

Clubs in District 9920 have made very significant contributions to local and global communities so for these achievements to be recorded please give this request your urgent attention.

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District 9920 Conference in Napier - March update

We are now only 2 months out from the District 9920 conference in Napier, Friday May 10 - Sunday May 12 2019

Already more than 200 have registered for the conference, but there is still plenty of time for those who have not.  To register click here

The conference boasts a fantastic location and venue, some excellent pre- and during-conference activities, as well as a line up of speakers that you won't want to miss including:

Dr Tom Mulholland - Dr Tom is an Emergency Department Doctor and GP with over 25 years’ experience in New Zealand. He has worked in Kaitaia Hospital in the North to Southland Hospital and the Sub Antarctic Islands as a doctor. He has worked in Tologa Bay, Chatham Islands, Papamoa in the east to Raglan, Taranaki and Greymouth in the west. He has hosted his own TV and Radio shows, written two internationally best-selling books and been a professional speaker to the likes of Google, Microsoft and Hilton for the last 10 years.

Dr Harold Hilman -After working in his early years as a clinical psychologist, Dr Hilman developed a passion for leadership development while teaching at the United States Air Force Academy.  His professional journey since then has led him down the path where he is actively exploring the domain of authentic leadership.  His two books have focused on what it means to lead others through authentic connections.

Mike Williams - Mike is a former president of the Labour party and regularly appears on current affairs television in New Zealand.  Mike is chief executive of the Howard League whose programmes and objectives are aimed at reducing the prison population, reducing recidivism rates and helping reintegration of former prisoners into communities. 

Nigel Latta - Nigel trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked for over two decades in the areas of forensic psychology and family therapy. In 2010, as a result of his passion for science and science education, Nigel was invited to become an associate of the world leading Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study at the University of Otago. In 2012 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to psychology.  He’s written eight books which have now been published in 19 countries and 10 languages.  His television career has spanned almost a decade and he’s presented a number of series including Beyond the Darklands, The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, On Thin Ice: Nigel Latta in Antarctica, and The Hard Stuff. In 2016, along with Arwen O’Connor and Mitchell Hawkes he co-founded a production company, Ruckus, and the team have since made numerous primetime television series including Mind Over Money, What Next, and The Curious Mind. In 2018 Ruckus was named New Zealand’s Hottest Production Company in the StopPress awards.

For more info about the conference click here

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Howick - Brit & Euro Car Show

What a great event the Brit-Euro 2019 Car Show was.
It was a `wonderful hot summer’s day - however, not too hot to sell lots of BBQ sausages - see link below for a great photo!
Please log-in to your Facebook account to look at the links published in the following.
Most impressed with 'membership initiative' Dave and keen hear what response you got on the day.
A big photo coverage per courtesy Classic Cars.
Please pass on our thanks to your club, not just from Rotary, also from the organising committee of the Show itself,your participation was very much appreciated - and by the way you might like to make a diary note for:  'Sunday the 1st of March 2020' for the 5th 'Brit-Euro Classic Car Show!
Thanks again, Kind regards
Posted by Ian Rodger
on behalf of the RC of HMBHowichCarShow
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Auckland East provides car for school's Driver Training scheme

Auckland East Club President Bevan Iles with Tamaki College Principal Soana Pamaka at the recent handover of a car to Tamaki College's Driver Training Scheme

Rotary Club of Auckland East has a long term relationship with its local school, the co-educational secondary school in Glen Innes, Tamaki College. Tamaki College has a well-run Driver Training Scheme to prepare students for work.

In 2017, the college’s existing vehicle was reaching the end of its useful life.  The school asked the Club if they could have a new car to reduce on going running and maintenance costs. The Club sprang into action.

As a result of this major effort to raise money for a replacement, students at Tamaki College can now learn to drive in a safe, modern vehicle.

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Manukau Sunrise paint an Elephant!

A different type of project! ELEPHANT PAINTING - Posted by Les Parlane

Our club was approached to paint a concrete elephant, for a Pre School located in Otara.  It so turned out he/she was fibreglass. We understand it was donated to the pre-school by the Otara shopping centre. So Jill, Elaine  and myself excepted the challenge.

 I approached Wattyl paints to see if they would provide free paint and they obliged by providing 4 ltrs of the grey coloured paint.

 We arrived at the site on a Saturday morning all decked out in painting clothes and armed with paint brushes, rags and paint pot and proceed to paint. We completed the first coat by mid-day. On completion the pre-school provided us with an exceptional lunch as the island community do.

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For the love of bees

“For the Love of Bees” is a collaboration that aims to improve the city’s ecosystem through community-led actions including bee conservation.  Mt Eden Rotary have supported this initiative by building and providing a garden storage shed and associated flooring materials
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Unlocking Africa's next top coders 2019-03-21 11:00:00Z 0

Handbags for a hand up

Mangere Rotary have collected over 120 handbags thanks to the effort of member Roy Thomas. This equals 10 handbags per member. Well done.

These will go to Manukau City Sunrise Rotary who will fill them with toiletries and similar for the women in need at the Women's Refuge. Further information about this great project from Leanne Jaggs.

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Women in Rotary event for all 2019-03-14 11:00:00Z 0
Rotarians boost Cure Kids’ child health research funding at Chinese New Year Gala Ball  2019-03-13 11:00:00Z 0 #aucklandharboursiderotary
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A stunning success for all clubs

South Pacific Presidents Elect Training is a annual event that well equips the Presidents Elect with the skills, knowledge and connections to guide their clubs to another successful year in Rotary.  Thank you to all involved. Under the 'Read More' there is more about the event but thanks go to the District 9920 Trainers Joyti and Beryl who spent countless hours preparing to deliver a seamless training ably assisted by District Governor Elect Gary.  Above the Trainers are hard at work and Gary is also (very) hard at work ...
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Papeete Rotary parties in style into their 61st year 2019-02-24 11:00:00Z 0
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Club Bulletins - Feb 2019

It is really fascinating to receive a number of club bulletins. They illustrate similar themes: how quiet it was over Christmas and the holidays, planning for the second half of the Rotary year and the many imaginative projects that the clubs sponsor.

Bulletins were received from the Rotary Clubs of:

  1. Auckland
  2. Auckland Downtown
  3. Auckland East
  4. Auckland Harbourside
  5. Botany East Tamaki
  6. Ellerslie
  1. Howick
  2. Mangere
  3. Manukau Sunrise
  4. Newmarket
  5. Otahuhu
  6. Pakuranga
  1. Papakura
  2. Parnell
  3. Penrose
  4. St Johns
  5. Suva East

From the Mangere bulletin – too good to delete!

Auckland City Mission (ACM) is one of the 7 social causes Auckland Downtown members voted to support.  Here's a link to their Clubrunner article: City Mission - Cooking for the Homeless

St John’s Rotary has a great lineup for 2019.  Good luck, people. You will really make a difference with all these projects.

  • Golf Tournament March 2019 – Supporting KidsCan
  • Freshwater Project – Interact Team alongside NIWA
  • Visit to Little Barrier Island
  • Have a Go Sailing – 20 schools
  • Discovery Training for year 8 students
  • RYDA Training for student drivers
  • ANZAC Breakfast – April
  • Club Trivia Nite – 2nd Raising funds for Oxygenator project / Club activities – May
  • Taveuni Project Team Trip – May
  • RYPEN planning for attendees
  • RYLA planning for attendees
  • Alongside attending the District conference in May
  • Interact Club looking at establishing a pop-up library in Glen Innes

Ed: As a spot of trivia, other than not being able to spell ‘night’, this looks totally brilliant!

Downtown are proposing a new logo – neat, eh?

And, here's an idea from Otahuhu Club’s bulletin - neat, eh?

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Parnell Golf Day Feb 2019

The Rotary Club of Parnell expects to be able to donate $140,000 to Dementia Auckland as a result of the 2019 Golf Day.  This sum will add to the $2.2 million already donated over the last fifteen years.  These donations have been raised at golf tournaments held in conjunction with Countdown and its suppliers.

<<< DG Ingrid and Avis signing players in.

Before dawn on Friday 15th , 45 Parnell Rotarians and friends set up at the Titirangi Golf Club course with sponsors’ stands, sun tan lotion (it was a very sunny day!), refreshments (it was a very hot day!) and big smiles to welcome the 36 teams for each of the morning and afternoon rounds.

The 78 teams, some of whom took the competition very seriously, represented many of Countdown’s suppliers. The players welcomed the opportunity of catching up with old friends and renewing business relationships.

Sponsor Sistema’s stand, with Rotarians encouraging players to bet on how close they could land the ball to the hole >>>

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Interplast Feb 2019

The bulletin editor is sent lots of stuff, some exciting, some boring but most of it interesting.  Recently, Interplast sent me their regular newsletter. This is a brief description of what it does, see the link below for more details. It is important work, as it is professional Rotarians using their skills to the direct benefit of members of our community in the Pacific. 

Interplast is a small charitable organisation started by Rotary in 1983 through a partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  Rotary continues to be crucial in both governance and support from clubs and Districts throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The Constitution designates Rotary members of the Company, the Board of Directors and the Rotarian Committee of 9 Past District Governors.

Interplast sends fully qualified Australian and New Zealand volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals to the Asia Pacific region to provide free surgical treatment for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services.

Here's the link to their newsletter for more detail: Interplast January Newsletter

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Around and About - During April 2019

Thank you club bulletin editors who have sent me your bulletins. I’ve included some good stuff from them!

Actually, while I'm thinking about it, I will be at the Conference as it's a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, learn some interesting ideas and (because it's in Hawkes Bay)  drink too much. I hope that you'll make yourselves known to me so I can thank you personally for sending me your bulletins and providing me with a whole lot of good ideas and quite some amusement!

Club bulletins were received from:

  1. Auckland
  2. Auckland East
  3. Botany East Tamaki
  4. Downtown Auckland
  5. Ellerslie Sunrise
  6. Howick
  7. Mangere
  8. Manukau City Sunrise
  1. Newmarket
  2. Otāhuhu
  3. Pakuranga
  4. Papakura
  5. Parnell
  6. Penrose
  7. Suva East

Auckland: Chartering a new Interact Club

On Tuesday our Club sponsored the chartering of a new Interact Club at Epsom Girls’ Grammar.  Rotary Interact Clubs are for young people aged 12 to 18, who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they most care about.  Our Club has already chartered one Interact Club at Auckland Grammar School and this Club continues to grow each year – with a current membership of about 130.

Auckland East : St. Heliers School Fair

A very big thank you to all members and partners who volunteered to be part of the St Heliers Primary School Fair on Sunday. It was a great opportunity for our club to be seen doing great work in the community thus raising our profile, as well as giving back to the School who have supported our book fair in the past years.

We really stood out in our Rotary uniforms and those who had the high vis vests with the Rotary emblem even better. The Rotary auction wheel we have is really a great asset both for fundraising and also raising our profile and it made me realise we should try and use it more often. President Bevan

Anon (i.e. I can’t remember which club’s bulletin this came from!)

So John says to Joan, “how did you get on at the faith healing session last night?”
Joan replies, “It was rubbish. Even the guy in a wheel chair got up and walked out”.

Downtown Auckland Club: notifications in advance

While we encourage all members and guests to attend our informative and fun meetings, it's important to register your attendance in advance. The Northern Club normally charge members who fail to register in advance a $5 late fee as it causes challenges with catering.  Starting in May, we will begin charging members/guests who don't register the $5 fee. The Northern Club have graciously agreed to donate any late registrations fees to our Sunshine Fund. So please make sure to click your meeting invitation to register yourself or your guests by the 12noon deadline on Monday before our meeting.

The club is working on getting an online payment system in place, in the interim you may register online at the club website and pay on the day at reception with either in cash or credit card for the $25 breakfast fee. If you have any issues with online registration, please txt Graham Hendry at  021 997 934 or email President Lucy at


Auckland Harbourside

“Work for a cause
not for applause,
Live life to express
Not to impress"

Three Ideas for meetings:

These are some venues and activities that clubs that sent me their bulletins had during April:

Auckland – Spirit of Adventure evening sail

Newmarket – Petanque at Epsom Bowling Club

Pakuranga - Sachies Kitchen Chinese Cooking Social Night, St Georges Bay Rd.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn some basics of Chinese cooking and at the same time taste your cooking

Global Grant Hydroponics project, Kiribati

Jennie Herring visited South Tarawa. During her visit she presented the charter certificate to Kairao Tune, chairperson of the RCC, and a pull up banner to the South Tarawa Rotary Community Corps (STRCC).

Remuera and St Johns, and Mt Eden

There were two ‘quiz’ nights managed by these clubs recently. Remmers and St Johns was in aid of the medical-oxygen project in Fiji and Mt Eden’s for Allergy NZ.  These are great fun, add to the branch’s social engagement and raise money for good causes.  What’s not to love? Your Humble Correspondent and the Ever Loving went to the St John’s and Remuera competition, we were unable to repeat last year’s winning performance but had a great time in a well presented and profitable evening.

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Around and About - During March 2019

Sneak preview: RI’s theme and logo for next year 2019-2020
Auckland Harbourside : Great idea – to be imitated!
Each week’s bulletin announces the sum donated to their Sunshine Fund.  This seems like a good idea as it tells the sergeant how successful they’ve been in ‘encouraging’ members to make a donation and can give the members a sense of achievement. 
It's great to see humour in the Club Bulletins:
Penrose                                                             Botany East Tamaki

Bulletins have been received from these Clubs - Thank You:

These clubs are active and wonderful! (It’s just possible that others are as well but they don’t send me their bulletins so I don’t know...)
  1. Auckland
  2. Auckland Downtown
  3. Auckland East
  4. Auckland Harbourside
  5. Auckland South
  6. Botany East Tamaki
  7. Ellerslie
  8. Howick
  9. Mangere
  10. Manukau Sunrise
  1. Mt Eden
  2. Newmarket
  3. Pakuranga
  4. Papakura
  5. Parnell
  6. Otahuhu
  7. Penrose
  8. Suva East
  9. St Marylebone (YHC’s old club in London)

Special mention of upcoming event: Oxygenator Fund Raising Quiz Night Friday 12 April

 The Rotary Clubs of Remuera and St Johns are combining to raise funds for the CureKids Oxygen Generator project bring rolled out across Fiji. These "Oxygenators" create 95% pure oxygen from the atmosphere and being rolled out to replace the unreliable oxygen bottle supply to Fiji hospitals.

Come & join the fun and raise funds so no child dies from a lack of oxygen
6:15 – 10:00 pm Friday 12th April
Glen Taylor School, 172 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie

(PS For details, there’s a piece about this in Looking Ahead!)

And now, here are some examples of some of the inspiring events that have taken place in our communities over the last couple of months:

  • Papeete Rotary Club celebrated their 60th anniversary in style; 
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Youth Programmes - April 2019

Rotary Youth Exchange - Applications close 30 April 2019
Let 2020 be the year you take the leap to a new country. 
Experience the culture first hand with several host families. Meet new friends, learn a new language, grow and develop – all with the support of Rotary. This is a life changing opportunity, so come and see what it’s all about!
At our information evenings in March you will have heard from the organising committee, past exchange students and from overseas students currently here on exchange.
Applications close on 30 April 2019 for departure in January 2020. 
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Around and About - During February 2019

Here are some examples of some of the inspiring events that have taken place in our communities over the last couple of months:

  • Papeete Rotary Club celebrated their 60th anniversary in style; 
  • Taravao Tahiti-iti club put on a Magic show for about 500 children from their local community;
  • DG Ingrid's own club of Parnell organised supermarket chain Countdown’s annual golf tournament for suppliers and raised over $140,000 for Dementia Auckland;
  • Waiheke ran a very successful Onetangi Beach Races for the 21st year.  See here for their great write-up in the Island magazine;
  • Auckland South showed us how to 'Shoot for Oxygen' and have a load of fun while also raising money for the Oxygen project in Fiji and raising Rotary’s profile;
  • Highbrook organised a Fun Run in their local community that got over 600 people out and moving.

And these are only the larger events – I am sure there are many more happening that superbly demonstrate who we are as Rotarians – People of Action.
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Youth Programmes - March 2019

RYPEN – 29, 30 & 31st March 2019. Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment has a fantastic impact on young people’s lives.  This is a weekend long camp for Year 12 and 13 students, aged between 14 - 17 years old, designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.  I trust your club is supporting this.

RYLA 2019 – This year’s 9920 RYLA will run 29 June – 6 July 2019 at Willow Park in Eastern Beach.  I am sure there is a young person in every community our clubs serve who would love the opportunity to join with 120 other young people for a life changing week.  I would like to see 80% of our clubs sending someone along.  It is a modest investment for a wonderful leadership programme. 

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Outbound Exchange Students 2019

Many youngsters have benefited hugely from the overseas experience as outbound students. And many clubs have benefited from having an inbound exchange student staying with them.  Here are the latest group of outbound students.
Rotary Exchange Students leaving ; Madita Pleiss (sponsored by RC Howick), Katrine Lundo-Nielsen (Pukekohe), John Fothergill (District 9920 Outbound Student Co-ordinator ), Jake Le Sueur (Half Moon Bay), Mia Kidston (Pakuranga), Madeleine Kennedy-Jarman (Waiuku).
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Looking Ahead - May '19 onwards

Please let us know about your June events so we can include them in next month's newsletter!!!

New Zealand Motorcycle Show 2019 Papakura Rotary is seriously involved in this:

Save the dates! New Zealand Motorcycle Show is back for 2019!

Mark the dates on your calendar for September 13, 14-15 2019.  More Info will follow soon.

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Looking Ahead - April '19 onwards

Please let us know about your June events so we can include them in next month's newsletter!!!

Auckland South Cultural & Charity Night - 6pm Saturday 6 April  Download the flyer here so you can buy your ticket...

New Zealand Motorcycle Show 2019 Papakura Rotary is seriously involved in this:

Save the dates! New Zealand Motorcycle Show is back for 2019!

Mark the dates on your calendar for September 13, 14-15 2019.  More Info will follow soon.

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Looking Ahead - Mar '19 onwards

Harbourside Rotary Chinese New Year Gala Ball, Sat 23 Feb - always a huge event and they have the Mayor of Auckland and local MPs attending.

Pakuranga Rotary Community River Carnival – Sun 24 Feb, 11am – 3pm – Bramley Drive Reserve, Pakuranga

South Pacific Presidents Elect Training at Waipuna 2-3 March, with President Elect Training for our Pacific Island Presidents on 1 March.  There will be a casual pay-your-own-way District Dinner on Friday 1 March at Wellingtons (Mt Wellington).  Please let DG Ingrid know if you would like to attend - $27.50 per person.

St Johns Golf tournament for Kids Can - 18 March

30 Years of Women in Rotary – Keep this date free  - Saturday 6 April - a special event is to be organised for all women Rotarians in Districts 9910 and 9920, and their friends.

Auckland South Charity Event - Saturday 6 April in the evening

Please let us know about your events so we can include them in next month's newsletter!!!

Our 9920 Conference 10-12 May 2019

Don’t forget to register and join your fellow Rotarians for a great weekend in Napier.

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Looking Ahead - from Feb '19

There are a few special events coming up this year:
  • Papeete Club is celebrating its 60th anniversary on 9 February 2019

  • Rarotonga will celebrate their 50th anniversary on 23 April although their charter date was 05 February 1969

  • Nadi will also reach the 50 year milestone on 29 May 2019

This is a wonderful achievement to all these clubs.

30 Years of Women in Rotary

This is a special milestone for Rotary.  It was a hard fought fight to have women admitted to Rotary in the US in 1988/89.  We will be celebrating the many women in NZ and our district who have made a big contribution to Rotary.  Through the District Facebook page and website (in addition to the Rotary Oceania Facebook and website) over the next few months we would like to recognize the work that Rotary women throughout NZ and the Pacific do publicly and behind the scenes. This is a great opportunity to highlight women in your Clubs and Districts who have gone above and beyond the call of Service above Self. We are wanting to know those really special women and to thank them for being part of our Rotary family. Please send your suggestions to Leanne Jaggs, District 9920 Publicity Committee Chair.

For the background story, click here.

We will be celebrating right across New Zealand on Saturday 6 April.  Watch this space for a special event in Auckland for Districts 9910 and 9920.

Club Events

Check out the District website for the special events many clubs have planned, and don’t forget to advertise your club events there.  Highbrook’s Fun Run, St Johns golf tournament for Cure Kids, and there are more.  Please let us know!!

Chinese New Year is coming up and Auckland Harbourside always host an amazing gala ball, or having a ball, anyway there will be a celebration of Chinese New Year on February 23rd. See the flyer for details. Get your Glad Rags on and enjoy.

Our 9920 Conference 10-12 May 2019

Don’t forget to register and join your fellow Rotarians for a great weekend in Napier.

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Around and About - Feb 2019

In December your humble correspondent wrote to all club presidents; individual emails, none of this unlabelled stuff, asking to have club bulletins sent to his email address, . These clubs replied:
  1. Auckland Downtown
  2. Auckland East
  3. Auckland Harbourside
  4. Botany
  5. Ellerslie
  6. Howick
  7. Mt Eden
  8. Mangere
  9. Manukau Sunrise
  1. Otahuhu
  2. Pakuranga
  3. Papakura
  4. Parnell
  5. Penrose
  6. Remuera 
  7. Suva East   
  8. Waiuku
So, if your club’s not here sorry, YHC doesn’t know what you’re doing.  If your club is never mentioned, tell your bulletin editor!
(And in the last district bulletin of the Rotary year, when the DG can’t fire YHC, an opinion of the best will be published!)
From the Mangere bulletin
 “I was drinking at a bar so I took a bus home. This may not be a big deal to you but I’ve never driven a bus before”
Ed: fake news?
Rotary Club of Otahuhu - neat Birthday cake, eh?
Pakuranga - Another one bites the dust!
Pakuranga Rotary now has 16 Council registered rat catchers! Don, Sylvie and Ron have all had good results and between them, have eradicated 5 rats.
Please remember to log your catches on the CatchIt database (you all have your access codes). Even if you do not yet have a trap, you can still visit and see what has been caught in your street.
Congratulations to Pakuranga Rotary and special thanks to President Duncan for this new and very worthwhile environmental community service!
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Papakura - Trees for Survival

Our heartfelt thanks : To Trees for Survival teachers who put in many hours growing students and plants alike! To Trees for Survival Landowners who provide a place for these plants to live and amazing outdoor experiences and lunches for tree planters. To every volunteer that helps and every sponsor whose funds supply the resources needed to continue to inspire young environmentalists. Thank you! Your contributions make for a better greener cleaner New Zealand!
 Summary for Auckland:
● A total of 76 planting sites 
● a total of 45,932 plants by
● 2,011 students, 158 teachers, 353 parents/other helpers and 161 sponsors
● 3,669 metres of stream have been planted
● most planted plants were: Phormium tenax / Flax (12,009); Leptospermum scoparium / Manuka (10,246); Cordyline australis / Cabbage Tree (9,965)
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Water and Sanitation Rotary Working Group

Well, that’s a title to turn you on!
But it’s important.  As many people die of water related diseases as die of many other more prominent causes.  Over forty members of our district 9920 will be going to the conference, so even if you can’t go, one of them would make a good speaker at the club meetings.
Here's a link to the latest WASRAG newsletter.
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Otahuhu - Books for children in Tonga — Project report

From Otahuhu’s bulletin: Books for Children in Tonga — Project report by Pat Taylor and Jeanette Drysdale

For some years Nuku’alofa Rotary has been assisting with books for Tongan schools. These books have come from Rotary Clubs and other sources. The assistance of US Peace Corps Tonga and their volunteers was sought to help sort books and distribute them to schools. While this has added to school libraries the exercise identified the need for more books using local themes and focused at a level relevant to the reading skills of Tongan primary students. Many books sorted as ‘primary’ from Australia and NZ were better suited for Tongan secondary schools. Over the years, these have been distributed to secondary schools, where good use has been made of them.

From this partnership, the idea of using local authors and artists was developed. This resulted in the Sight Word Book Program as a joint partnership between the Peace Corps in Tonga and Tupou Tertiary Institute in Tonga.  The programme is now well established ...

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Youth Programmes - 2019

RYPEN – 29, 30 & 31st March 2019. Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment has a fantastic impact on young people’s lives.  This is a weekend long camp for Year 12 and 13 students, aged between 14 - 17 years old, designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.  I trust your club is supporting this.

RYLA 2019 – This year’s 9920 RYLA will run 29 June – 6 July 2019 at Willow Park in Eastern Beach.  I am sure there is a young person in every community our clubs serve who would love the opportunity to join with 120 other young people for a life changing week.  I would like to see 80% of our clubs sending someone along.  It is a modest investment for a wonderful leadership programme. 

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Rotary Youth in January

The big event for Rotary Youth in January was the departure of our Rotary Youth Exchange students for their year of life changing experiences.

The other big event was the 2019 Science and Technology Forum – Over the two middle weeks of January, 168 Year 13 students from all over NZ, came together to learn all about the many varied avenues of science.  DG Ingrid attended their BBQ evening and the formal dinner.  What a credit they are to their schools and the many Rotary clubs who sponsor them.  This is Rotary in NZ’s biggest youth programme, and the only one that the three universities in Auckland collaborate on.  If you have sponsored students to attend I am sure you will be equally inspired when you have them come and speak to your club.

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Remuera - Great Auckland Duck Race

Remuera Club members donned hi-Vis jackets and got ready the eight activities: "Pluck a Duck" (Cindy), "Ping Pong Duck" (David & Cher), "Floating Islands" (Etienne), "Shooting Gallery" (Graeme & Wayne), "Ladder Toss" (Niel), "Bean Bag Toss" (Karen), "Guess the Ducks" (Patricia),"Pin the Beak" (Norman & Davina).  "Rotary Gazebo – ticket sales" (Annabelle & Catherine), Support crew: (Jim, David McA, Ross, Iain).  Set-up assistance the day before (John and Ashok):19 Volunteers in all.

Just after the start the misty rain relented, and none fell for the rest of the morning. The race for the decorated School Ducks race was followed by the Business Duck Race – over 30 entrants beautifully decorated. The winning Business Duck was “Cure Kids” – best looking & first over line. The 3rd race at 11.30am was the “Everybody $5 ducks” race with all 5,000 little yellow ducks – our very own Catherine winning 2nd prize with her duck (raffle ticket).  Our whole Club’s effort in selling these tickets over the last 10 weeks raised $8,600 from public sales during weekends, and $4,500 from member’s sales.

Overall the day and the effort was a great Club achievement being out there in the Community - raising our profile, and attracting leads for over 5 prospective new members.

Iain Valentine - Committee

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Grab a Global Grant

More funding = greater impact for your projects (even the local ones!)

We all know that large Global Grants from the Foundation make it possible to undertake high impact international projects – but did you know they can be used for local projects too?

A great example is the Kerikeri Club in Northland.  They identified an issue with young students from poor families in the area who were performing well below average.  With a club investment of US$12,516, they were able to undertake a US$102,000 project that delivered ‘digital classrooms’ to help address the issue.

If your club has a vision to create a major project that will have a significant impact on people’s lives, consider Rotary Foundation grants – for international and local projects.

Foundation funding would not be possible without the wonderful generosity of Rotarians and clubs!

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Polio cases no longer declining: W.H.O. fears global resurgence

Progress has stalled in ridding the world of polio. An emergency committee of the World Health Organization unanimously agreed to continue to designate the paralyzing disease a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

This year, W.H.O. has recorded 27 cases of wild poliovirus worldwide compared with 22 total cases last year. Though the small number of cases may appear insignificant, the committee said the trend is noteworthy because it shows stagnation. This is the first increase year-over-year since W.H.O. began its efforts to eradicate the disease worldwide in 1988.

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Pakuranga - 'Chippies' in Action

Chris Ward reported on Jan 07, 2019 that a Rotary team consisting of three members of the Pakuranga Rotary, Peter Armstrong, Don Lawry, Chris Ward, and his ex-classmate Howard Scott and Dennis Kavanagh (Don’s friend), has just returned from 12 days in Fiji on the island of Taveuni.
The team had a very successful time there assisting a group of local builders, by helping to construct a 2-classroom block in the village of Bouma. While the local builders laid the concrete slab and started laying the blockwork forming the walls of the classroom, the Rotary members built the roof trusses. They then painted these with two coats of undercoat and continued by painting the 75 sheets of ceiling panels. In total, Don worked out that we painted 810 square meters, the equivalent of 4 full sized tennis courts.
Rotarian Geoffrey Amos and his team of locals looked after the Rotary builders wonderfully We were proud to help support the Rotary Club of Taveuni Island.
This project is a great example of Rotary In Action, and we all felt privileged to represent Pakuranga Rotary in assisting this international project.
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Women in Rotary

Women have always had an influence in Rotary right from the contribution of Jean Thompson, Rotary's Founder Paul Harris's wife, who is often stated as being "the power behind the Rotary 'throne' ".
2019 marks 30 years since Rotary International formerly enabled women to join Rotary as Rotarians. Since then the direct contribution of women in Rotary has soared and is today pronounced.
Through the District Facebook page and website (in addition top the Rotary Oceania Facebook and website) over the next few months we would like to recognize the work that Rotary women throughout NZ and the Pacific do publicly and behind the scenes. This is a great opportunity to highlight women in your Clubs and Districts who have gone above and beyond the call of Service above Self. We are wanting to know those really special women and to thank them for being part of our Rotary family.
While we could come up with names this would be more meaningful if suggestions came from Rotarians or those involved with Rotary. Our district has so many great women doing wonderful things this should be easy - send your suggestions to Leanne Jaggs, District 9920 Publicity Committee Chair.
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Christmas Food hamper donation by Rotary Papatoetoe Central

The best part of Christmas is when families can get together and enjoy each other's company.  Unfortunately for too many it is a time of hardship.  Recognising that some in their community were facing hardship, Papatoetoe Central Rotary worked with Rawiri Community House Manukau to identify fifty needy families to whom they could provide a food hamper each and the presentation is depicted here (note the reusable shopping bags with the Rotary emblem on).
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Rotary to the fore at Christmas in Ellerslie

Ellerslie Rotary changed up their entry into the Ellerslie Santa Parade a bit this year - everyone wore Rotary Super-Hero T-shirts with the theme that Rotarians are super-heroes too - and aren't we all! Their involvement in their local community is seen front and centre and that's very important, especially for super-heroes!
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Thoughts from DG Ingrid - Nov 2018

Where has 2018 gone?  At the beginning of the year I was looking forward to my training to take on the District Governor role and now I have finished almost all my official club visits.  What wonderful people John and I have met, inspiring projects we have heard about and visited, and we have seen a number of new ideas for meetings and club engagement being tried – “Be the Inspiration” is in action in 9920.
Some Highlights from our visits  - there have been too many to mention all.
A new swimming pool in American Samoa – a hidden gem in the Pacific.  I was able to officially present them with PDG Malini’s award for 2017-18 Best Project for their swimming pool.  What a commitment that club made, raising over USD1 million and creating a community facility that everyone can use.
I also had the privilege of officially chartering a new Interact Club at Leone High School – 29 members and only 1 boy.  And there is another club planned at another high school.
Fundraising for scholarships in Samoa – Apia Rotary has been running a Melbourne Cup event for many years and the funds raised are used every year to fund at least 20 scholarships for students at secondary school – what an impact that is having on many lives.
Noel pour Tous in Tahiti – can you believe that Papeete Rotary, supported by other clubs, has been running a free day of food and entertainment for children for 42 years? Every club member is involved in the planning and on the day – around 3000 children this year and over 5000 sandwiches made.  Long standing member M. Rene Malmazac donated a number of bicycles as prizes – were those children excited!  And the community contributed hundreds of toys and clothes to be distributed in all the French Polynesia islands through Catholic Relief.
Disease Prevention and Treatment – the theme for December
This is a massive part of Rotary International’s work, but we have our own closer to home:
In French Polynesia testing for diabetes is now part of every event Rotary runs, thanks largely to initial work by Dr Jean-Louis Boissin.  A mobile van serves Tahiti main island and a tent is set up with volunteers to do basic screening.  Anyone needing more is referred to a doctor.
Similar screening is done in Fiji.
Our own very special project is GECAF – Give Every Child a Future – to celebrate Rotary’s 100 years in New Zealand and Australia. Have a look at the website - and think about how you might contribute.  Or contact Auckland Rotary for someone to speak to your club.
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Remuera and the Fiji Oxygen Project

The Fiji Oxygen Project – No child should die for a lack of oxygen.

Yet too many do die from otherwise treatable illnesses because of variable access to good quality oxygen in Fiji. The Rotary Club of Remuera Inc, working in partnership with other charities and trusts, is working to raise $650,000 in order to provide reliable oxygen supplies to Health Clinics throughout Fiji. This is a project worthy of wide support and I fully endorse it and would like to see it come to fruition as soon as possible. I would appreciate Rotarians giving their full support to this project.

The Fiji Oxygen Project is designed to save the lives of children, in hospitals and clinics, who are currently dying due to the lack of a reliable supply of oxygen ...
Please see the link to the CK O2 video. -     And here for the one-page summary
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Let Others Know the Impact We Have - Papakura Rotary

Have you seen on our website and on Facebook, the innovative way Papakura Rotary has developed to show how they are doing?
The four posters were made by Madison Faber (President of Wellington Rotaract and the daughter of  Tracey and Jon, President of Papakura Rotary).
Papakura Rotary shared their four posters on Facebook and displayed them at the Motorcycle show (see separate story) and had a great response.
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Peace Conference: Melbourne Feb15, 2019

The Rotary Peace Summit that will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre, Victoria, Australia.
The Summit will be a curtain-raiser to the first ever Multi-District Rotary Conference in Victoria, with representatives from more than 200 Rotary clubs. It will be modelled on the six Peacebuilding Conferences convened by Past RI President Ian Riseley OAM in cities around the globe last year. Ian is one of several outstanding speakers who have agreed to speak at the Melbourne Conference. (See attached brochure)
The theme of our summit is Peace Through Service – Rotary’s Road to Harmony. Our objective will be to demonstrate how Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus converge to positively impact on peace and conflict resolution.
Apart from Rotarians from Australia and New Zealand, we expect to have a strong contingent of Rotary Peace Fellows, peace academics, police officers and community representatives who have a passion for this subject.  
The attached brochure gives more details.
More information about the summit is available on these links:  and .
People can register for the day long summit alone, or as part of a package with the Victorian Multi District Conference.
Murray Verso : Rotary Club of Williamstown; Convenor 2019 Peace Summit
Email:   Mobile: 0417 595 217
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Rotary International Council on Legislation 2019 (COL)

I am sending you this in my role as the District 9920 representative to the 2019 COL.
The attached information is being introduced to Auckland based President Elects and incoming Assistant Governors when they meet for training tomorrow, Sunday 19 November.
This is an opportunity to have input into decisions that shape various aspects of Rotary’s future.
On page three of the attached I have listed section headings relating to the proposed 119 resolutions, and bolded sections thought to be of most interest to individual members and clubs.  I have also shown two areas that I expect will have further discussion within the District. One relates to the inclusion of environmental matters in the Objects. The other impacts the future of Rotary magazines.
Please share this information as you see appropriate within your club. Feedback is encouraged. If there is interest relating to particular topics I will convene a forum for discussion early 2019.
PDG Alan Eyes
Ph +64 9 2389992
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Christmas Giving 2018

Papatoetoe Central Rotary Club
We are planning to give 50  food hampers to needy families on the 20th Dec as part of our everyday on-going project. Each Hamper is of $50 value.
In this Food Hamper we also incorporate Christmas cake and some gifts for the children.
Otahuhu Rotary
There is a collection of non-perishable food items. This is in conjunction with Otahuhu Business Association donating food to people in need as identified by the Otahuhu budgeting services.
Christmas Giving 2018 2018-11-30 11:00:00Z 0

Reorganisation of Districts 9910 and 9920

There have been several preliminary conversations about a change in districts for 9910 and 9920 as well as a working group looking at the future structure for Rotary in New Zealand.  Progress so far:
The Governor trains (for the three of you, including me, who don’t understand the jargon a 'train' is incoming, present and past officials who’ve held the same position, not things that belch out steam)  for 9910 and 9920, plus 2 Past District Governors (Bruce Rasmussen from 9910 and Willard Martin from 9920), have now met twice.  They’ve developed a plan to prepare for the creation of a proposed new district covering both the current districts.   The attached document outlines at a high level where the project, named 'Tangata Moana - People of the Oceans', has got to. 
There are some key points I would like to add:
  • This is not a merger but the creation of a new district
  • The discussions about the whole of NZ will be continuing but we felt we needed to look with some more urgency at our two districts, given the current membership numbers.  The national modernisation project team will be meeting again before the end of the year.
  • We will progress with the nominations for District Governor for the 2021-22 Rotary year in both districts. 
  • The Governance group for Tangata Moana will be co-chaired by PDGs Bruce Rasmussen and Willard Martin.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, or DGE Gary or DGN Craig.
Ingrid Waugh
​District 9920 Governor 2018-19
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Rotary Clubs of Fiji - letter from the Prime Minister of Fiji 2018-11-26 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Papakura - Quotes for the week

“When I was young I used to admire intelligent people, as I grow older I admire kind people.”
“Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, they are not paid because they are priceless!”
Rotary Club of Papakura - Quotes for the week 2018-11-26 11:00:00Z 0

Ellerslie Rotary - Tutu Regional Training Centre on Taveuni, Fiji

We recently received this message from Father McVerry, who is in charge of the Tutu Regional Training Centre on Taveuni, Fiji thanking the club for the recent delivery of tools and equipment to the Centre.
Hi Geoffrey, Delighted with the extra tools. You can tell whoever is sending them that we deeply appreciate and are lifted beyond with encouragement by this down to earth practical worthwhile assistance and want to thank whoever it is that has this spirit of sharing that makes the world a better place. More power to them. And to you who enable it all to happen. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.
Gratefully yours, Fr M.T.McVerry

Meanwhile the next container is about to be loaded and will include donations from North and South: 3 large boxes of tools from the Whangarei shed and a wood lathe from Menzshed Manawatu; thank you Mike and David.  David is promising even more equipment as the Mens Shed at Howick is replacing all its tools and machinery with new stuff. 
Ellerslie Rotary - Tutu Regional Training Centre on Taveuni, Fiji 2018-11-26 11:00:00Z 0

How did you actually do?

Rotary clubs and their members are deservedly proud of the projects they held during a Rotary year that have achieved so much.  The stories of these individual projects describe the depth of activity and the benefits achieved but there is interest in the full picture to show the scale of all these individual projects together. Often, these are expressed as funds distributed.  Other measures are volunteer hours and Donations in Kind and outcomes.  How is your club showing the community, and members, what was achieved?  Pictorially such as here?  In the club bulletin and as advertisments in the local community newspaper?  Telling this particular story acknowledges the contributions of members, sponsors and supporters and builds the club social creds that will in turn bring in additional support. The excellent example below is from Papakura Rotary.
How did you actually do? 2018-11-26 11:00:00Z 0
Your club just has to be a part of this! 2018-11-26 11:00:00Z 0
Upcoming District 9920 Training Seminars 2018-10-28 11:00:00Z 0

Coming Up - November

Remuera Rotary – WineFriend Wildcard Wine Evening – 3 November to raise funds for the Fiji Oxygen Project
Pohutukawa Coast Coastal Fun Run – coming up on 4 November, this is a big event run by a small club
Auckland Airport Area Rotary Charter Evening – 9 November
The Great Auckland Duck Race – 25 November
Look on the District website for details
Coming Up - November 2018-10-28 11:00:00Z 0

Save our Sisters - Joint project for Auckland Harbourside

Save Our Sisters: A joint project for RC Mumbai Queen’s Necklace (District 3141) and RC Auckland Harbourside

Mumbai, India, has a large number of girls trafficked from various Indian states, and neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh.  Women and girls rescued during police raids are lodged at Navjeevan Mahila Vasatigruha – a government-run care and protection home for trafficking survivors.
The local Rotary Club of Mumbai Queen’s Necklace (District 3141) were inspired to do what they could do help. They approached the Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside, NZ, (District 9920) to be International Club and District Partners in order to receive a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to fund their efforts.
Rotary project Save Our Sisters is directed at training women at the shelter with the skills they need to become gainfully employed, and live a life of dignity and self-respect.
Save our Sisters - Joint project for Auckland Harbourside 2018-10-28 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute 2018-10-28 11:00:00Z 0
Peace Forum Brochure 2018-10-28 11:00:00Z 0

2018 Taveuni Eye Project

The 13th year – awe inspiring!

368 cataract and pterygium surgeries were carried out free of charge to patients, including 5 children.  In the photo, see in use one of the oxygen machines donated to Waiyevo (Taveuni) Hospital as part of the Fiji Oxygen Project – 2 Global Grants in action at once.

Several members of the medical team who have been working on this project for several years, including lead surgeon Dr Jeff Rutgard (13 years on the project) and nurse Jan Beamish (12 years), were recognised by Taveuni Rotary with PHFs.  A huge thank you to Geoffrey Amos and his team, and especially to his wife Joey who does so much that most people don’t see.
2018 Taveuni Eye Project 2018-10-28 11:00:00Z 0

Lots of congratulations this month

We were advised last month that 9 clubs in our district achieved the Presidential Citation for 2017-18 by achieving all the goals they set for their club and entering them into My Rotary – a big shout out and congratulations to………
Auckland South
Ellerslie Sunrise
E-club Francophone
Manukau City Sunrise

RI awards and recognition were also made to the following clubs for: Membership Incentive, and for Giving to the Rotary Foundation ...

Congratulations to you all!

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Are you missing “the good stuff”? 2018-10-26 11:00:00Z 0

Get Clicking

The above shows the shape of the final cropped picture.  Whether from a recent project or a project soon to come send these in with a brief description about the picture.
Get Clicking 2018-10-16 11:00:00Z 0
Pukekohe Rotary proved there is joy in riding a bike 2018-10-16 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Months May - July

The focus for the next three months is:
MayYouth Service
JulyStart of Rotary year and Service
 For the full list of months, read on ...
Rotary Months May - July 2018-10-14 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Months Feb - April

The focus for the next three months is:
FebruaryPeace and conflict prevention / resolution month
MarchWater and sanitation
AprilMaternal and Child health month
 For the full list of months, read on ...
Rotary Months Feb - April 2018-10-14 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Months Dec - Feb

The focus for the next three months is:
DecemberDisease prevention and Treatment
JanuaryVocational Service
FebruaryPeace and conflict prevention / resolution month
For the full list of months, read on ...
Rotary Months Dec - Feb 2018-10-14 11:00:00Z 0
Play time in the tropics 2018-10-14 11:00:00Z 0
A place to learn that good things do happen 2018-10-12 11:00:00Z 0

An invitation to a wine evening to help ensure no child in Fiji dies from a lack of oxygen

The long-term goal is that no child in Fiji dies from lack of oxygen. If you, your friends and family or maybe your business would like to support such an immensely important health project in the Pacific while also rewarding yourself or your employees/suppliers/customers then please email
More information on the project is at
For a full sized (readable) Invitation ...
An invitation to a wine evening to help ensure no child in Fiji dies from a lack of oxygen 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0

Save Our Sisters - the recovery of human trafficking survivors

The Rotary Club of Mumbai Queens Necklace (District 3141) partnered with the Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside to gain a Global Grant for Project Rotary Save Our Sisters to train women at the shelter for human trafficking survivors with the skills they need to become gainfully employed, and live a life of dignity and self-respect.
Save Our Sisters - the recovery of human trafficking survivors 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0

Experience Rotary Around You in Comfort

Daily we can share in the experiences of others such as the delicious smell of cooking sausages and onions on the club BBQ along with the sound of the sizzle and the clink of coins into the bucket.  The buzz and tinkle of glasses and cutlery of a room full of people enjoying fine food and camaraderie at the Gala Night.  The shouts and cheers, maybe even jeers, in friendly competition at the Quiz Night. The feeling of the wind whipping through our hair as we cheer on the school team we have sponsored sport equipment for. 
Experience Rotary Around You in Comfort 2018-09-27 12:00:00Z 0
Asking those questions that may make all the difference for your club 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0
Are you missing “the good stuff”? 2018-09-23 12:00:00Z 0

Much is happening on the International Service scene - a report

The District International Service Information evening, 18th September 2018, was an opportunity for a progress update on the many projects happening and to look at future possibilities. International Service covers many projects; small to large global grants, from small Club projects to many Clubs working collaboratively to help others who are less  fortunate than ourselves.
Much is happening on the International Service scene - a report 2018-09-23 12:00:00Z 0
Registrations for District Conference 2019 OPEN 2018-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

ERKs are Environmentally Aware

As with all Rotary projects considerable thought and care is given to all aspects of these projects including sustainability, down-stream effects and possible unintended consequences so these can be properly managed.
ERKs are Environmentally Aware 2018-09-19 12:00:00Z 0

Eureka delivers

Posted by Peter Buchanan
The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards finals were held early September in Wellington at Massey University, with an especially strong showing from our Auckland participants, three of whom were selected out of the four national winners. See also
Eureka delivers Peter Buchanan 2018-09-09 12:00:00Z 0
Global Grant - Dengue Prevention and Eradication in Fiji 2018-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
Take your Rotary to the next level 2018-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
Cooking a brighter future for a Fiji community 2018-08-20 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Pacific Water for Life - Training Plumber 2018-08-15 12:00:00Z 0
Cold + Blankets = Toasty Warm 2018-08-07 12:00:00Z 0

Interplast Needs YOU

Interplast Australia & New Zealand is actively supported by Rotarians in Clubs and Districts throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Many clubs support Interplast because of the massive transformation of lives thie surgery offers children.  Read on to find out how.
Interplast Needs YOU 2018-07-26 12:00:00Z 0

Let's DO it!

So well expressed by Papakura Rotary, this is a call for action we all should heed.
Let's DO it! 2018-07-22 12:00:00Z 0
Give your club publicity a massive boost 2018-07-18 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Months March - May

Using the Rotary months, programme organisers and bulletin editors can focus speakers and topics to support Rotary International's programme.  The next four months are:
March       Water and Sanitation
April    Maternal and Child Health
MayYouth Service
For the full calendar year ...
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District 9920 Awards July 2018

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CupDescriptionRecipient 2017/2018
AUCKLAND HARBOURSIDE CUPAwarded for the best Rotaract Club of the year Rotaract Club of Lautoka 
BERT  DREAVER ROTARY TROPHYAwarded for the most significant achievement by a Rotarian or Rotary Club with regard to the furtherance of Rotaract within the Rotary YearGriffon Emose
Awarded for the most significant achievement by a Rotarian or Rotary Club with regard to the furtherance of Rotaract within the Rotary YearRC Mangere
COLTY CUPAwarded to the club with the best attendance at District Conference based on  a formula which recognises Club sizes and their distance from the conference venueRC Apia
GRATTAN O'CONNELL TROPHYAwarded to the Club with the best per Capita Polio Plus giving for he current yearRC Ellerslie Sunrise
CHANGEMAKER TROPHYAwarded to the club that makes the most effort to reactivate, have a makeover, or to freshen up or whatsoeverRC Highbrook
Presented by Jack Smallfield and awarded for the Best Club Bulletins, produced annually, based on specific criteria which has changed this year.
(refer to
RC Ellerslie Sunrise
New Zealand Clubs
For the best attendance at Conference by the Clubs within New Zealand. This is on the same basis as the Colty Cup, excluding the Host Club. Donated by PDG Graham and Merle Bishop.RC Papatoetoe Central
PROJECT EXCELLENCE AWARDSAwarded for a District Club Project impact on non-rotarians, relative to the size and resources of the club.RC Pagopago
Awarded for the best public relations initiative that a Rotary Club in the District undertakes within the Rotary Year.
Criteria has changed, refer to
RC St John's
RANGITOTO TROPHYAwarded to the Rotary Club in the District that is involved in the most significant Environmental Project undertaken within the Rotary Year.RC Suva
THE DR CATHERINE HAMELIN AWARDPresented to a Rotarian in District 9920 who has shown outstanding Rotary Service to the CommunityJohn Boscawen
TWINNING TROPHYAwarded to Rotary Clubs in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to encourage them to work together for the greater good of their communities, with priority given to Sister Clubs Working together.E Club Francophone
And for District Governor Malina's Extras!
Best dressed RotariansRon and Sharon Seeto
Best dancersJohn and Frances Fothergill
Most Enthusiastic RotarianDaisy Ping
Absolutely Fabulous MentorJennie Herring
Most Supporting SonJordan Raghwan
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‘Onja’ brings a self-funding computer training venture to one of the world’s poorest countries

Naulette sits Onja’s exam which tests computer programming aptitude. A Rotary Global Grant Application, led by District 9920 and the Rotary Club of St Johns, with the support of five of six Rotary Districts in New Zealand was approved by Rotary International in mid-July, securing the first-year funding for the Onja project, which will “utilise Madagascar’s untapped human talent” for a unique computer programming venture.
‘Onja’ brings a self-funding computer training venture to one of the world’s poorest countries 2018-07-15 12:00:00Z 0

Tooling Up at the Tutu Rural Training Centre- Taveuni, Fiji

Ellerslie Sunrise Rotary member David Broadhead continues to do wonderful work co-ordinating the club's participation in this programme of collecting tools, equipment and machinery that is no longer being used here, and donating them to the schools and institutions in Fiji and elsewhere to help them educate and train young people to have productive lives.
Tooling Up at the Tutu Rural Training Centre- Taveuni, Fiji 2018-06-25 12:00:00Z 0

World Press Photo Exhibition - snapshots of humanity

Brought to Auckland by the Rotary Club of Auckland, the World Press Photo Exhibition now on shows the good, the bad and the ugly sides of humanity.  It is an exhibition that will  invoke a range of emotions ... it is that good, it is worth visiting.
World Press Photo Exhibition - snapshots of humanity 2018-06-25 12:00:00Z 0

New Era for a More Modern, Dynamic Rotary

Pakuranga Tamaki River Rotary Auxiliary, the new Satellite club of Pakuranga Rotary, was formerly welcomed into the Rotary world this month.  The formation and the future of this club is an example of new ways of designing the ideal Rotary club for the community it will serve and of the aspirations of its members for a vibrant club the will serve a segment of their community well.  This is the start of their story and covers the journey from inception to the celebration of Monday 11 June 2018.
New Era for a More Modern, Dynamic Rotary  2018-06-19 12:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary? An Unique Auckland Perspective. 2018-06-17 12:00:00Z 0

A story of courage and hope in Tahiti

Pascal has become an inspiration to through his determination and courage in the face of adversity.  It is because of this that all facing similar challenges will be helped in their recovery because of a significant project by Papeete-Tahiti Rotary.
A story of courage and hope in Tahiti 2018-06-16 12:00:00Z 0
Putting a huge smile on the face of a little girl facing adversity 2018-06-05 12:00:00Z 0
From mountain to glass - clean water brings renewed life 2018-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Lautoka Rotary's Reading Programme Restarts 2018-05-10 12:00:00Z 0

Are we prepared?  Yes!

There was a huge turn out to an excellent Leaders Elect Training Seminar last Sunday. The presenters were fantastic and special thanks to those who travelled from Australia and the South Island to provide insights in best practice. 
Are we prepared? Yes! 2018-05-07 12:00:00Z 0
Pirates all around Panmure Basin 2018-04-30 12:00:00Z 0

District Governor for 2020-2021 Announced

Craig Horrocks of RC Auckland has been confirmed as DG for 2020/2021.   Members of nominating committee were present when the Chair PDG Willard Martin made this announcement to the members of the RC Auckland at the Clubs Monday meeting on 26 March 2018.
District Governor for 2020-2021 Announced 2018-03-26 11:00:00Z 0
RYPEN 2018 a huge success 2018-03-25 11:00:00Z 0

The Year of the Dog starts in style

Imagine this:  a huge room with hundreds of excited people dressed for a blacktie gala dinner to celebrate the Year of the Dog and confronted by lions and exotic dancers.  Wow!
The Year of the Dog starts in style 2018-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
LOVE 20 and a cultural night a winning combo 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
Are you or do you know a former Rotary Exchange Student? 2018-03-12 11:00:00Z 0

High Tea

Rotary Club of Somerville hosted a 'Women in Rotary High Tea' on Saturday, with a Hats and Handbags theme.  A glass of bubbles at the door set the tone (served by the only men at the event) as women arrived decked out in a huge variety of hats. 
High Tea 2018-03-11 11:00:00Z 0

Fun Run Walk incredibly energising for so many

For the 5th consecutive year, the Waipuna Conference Suites Highbrook Fun Run Walk hosted by Rotary Club of Highbrook, put on a substantial community event that brought people together socially for a great sense of accomplishment while also raising funds to help several deserving causes.
Fun Run Walk incredibly energising for so many 2018-03-01 11:00:00Z 0
The sheer joy of being able to see again 2018-02-27 11:00:00Z 0
Leadership Development for Midwives of South Pacific Countries 2018-02-27 11:00:00Z 0

Bring Your Own Project

The BYO (bring your own) concept is hardly new.  How often do you go out for dinner and BYO!  It makes you feel as though you are investing even if in a small way into the meal and evening beyond simply being there. 
But here we are talking something considerably more rewarding.  Projects!  Bring Your Own Project (BYOP).
How often have we seen a need or opportunity in our community and said, “I wish someone would do something about that”.  Now that you are a Rotarian you can say “I will do something about that”. 
Bring Your Own Project 2018-02-17 11:00:00Z 0

UPDATES on Rotary Relief Efforts re Cyclone Gita

Cyclone Gita has caused extensive damage in the Pacific.  The Rotary response is though Rotary New Zealand World Community Service - information on how to support the relief effort is here and below will be media releases detailsing the evolving circumstance by date.
Four Donation Options     Quoting      Activity No. 333
Internet Banking       03 1702 0192208 01   
Paypal at          
Give a Little at  
Cheque to                   RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
For more information email
Read on for media updates:
UPDATES on Rotary Relief Efforts re Cyclone Gita 2018-02-15 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary the original network is offering a networking opportunity. Come along.

The Rotaract Clubs of District 9920 (Auckland Region) are organizing a Rotary-Rotaract Networking Night on Tuesday the 6th of March 2018 and would love you to attend! This is being held at the Alex Bar and Eatery at Alexandra Park, close to the intersection between Greenlane East and Manukau Road and commences at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.
Rotary the original network is offering a networking opportunity. Come along. 2018-02-15 11:00:00Z 0

Cyclone Gita Tonga

Rotary New Zealand World Community Service
Registered Charity CC26860

SUPPORT needed URGENTLY. Join with us to Make a Difference
13 February 2018
Rotary New Zealand in collaboration with Rotary Tonga, and other trusted partners in the region has launched an appeal for cash donations to provide practical support for families affected by Cyclone Gita. Catastrophic damage from the cyclone and resulting flooding are of major concern throughout the impacted region, including schools, health and community centres. Many are providing emergency shelter to vulnerable people, whose homes have been severely damaged due to violent winds, falling trees and flooding.
Cyclone Gita Tonga 2018-02-12 11:00:00Z 0
An evening with RI President Ian Riseley you can attend 2018-02-12 11:00:00Z 0
Cyclone Gita hits the Pacific 2018-02-11 11:00:00Z 0

Help relieve the trauma through a fun evening

Imagine being pregnant and having to ride with family in tow on a bus for miles if not hours to get to the only available hospital and then do the return journey again that night only to have to repeat this all the next day and possibly for many days all just to get the necessary treatment you need.  Then imagine your joy at hearing that Rotarians from another country want to help by supporting the refurbishment of an available, but burnt out, building on hospital grounds so that there was a place you could stay in while you receive your medical care. YOU and clubs can easily help ...
Help relieve the trauma through a fun evening 2018-02-11 11:00:00Z 0
 Women in Rotary Special Event 2018-02-11 11:00:00Z 0
Young adults between 20-28 year have a very special opportunity 2018-02-10 11:00:00Z 0
A hit, hitting it off together - Rotary and the community 2018-02-10 11:00:00Z 0
Water water everywhere and, yes, there is now a safe drop to drink 2018-02-10 11:00:00Z 0

Refreshed and ready to go for 2018

Founded in 1946 to serve the villages of Tamusua and Nabukeru on the southern end of Yasawa Island in Fiji, the Shri Ram Govind Memorial School has some classrooms recently renovated thanks to a project of Lautoka Rotary club.
It is a primary school that caters for children of 2 villages namely Tamusua and Nabukeru. In front of the school is the beautiful Buasali Bay and directly opposite of the school is the famous island of Sawailau where the Sawilau caves are.
Refreshed and ready to go for 2018 2018-02-10 11:00:00Z 0
Events for you in February and March (click here to enlarge) 2018-01-28 11:00:00Z 0

RotaKids starting a lifetime of service early

RC Otahuhu presented the first Rotakids Club in D9920 and also the NI with their certificates and pledge card (some could not make the presentation because of sports day).  This is the third Rotakids in NZ with two in D9980.  The school is Panama Road School which has numerous Rotary projects in the school
They are 8 –10 years old and have a pledge to make a difference in their school and the community and the world. On receiving their certificates they responded with a kapa haka presentation. The pictures shows some of them with  them in their colourful T Shirts and with their mascot made by a Otahuhu Rotary member.  
The RotaKids Pledge:
As a RotaKid, I endevour to be fair to all,
to serve my community
and to show respect to all.
RotaKids starting a lifetime of service early 2017-12-01 11:00:00Z 0

Packing the latest supply of ERK’s boxes for the Pacific Islands

On Saturday 25th November, under the grand supervision of the ERK’s Production Manager Don Bendall from the Rotary Club of Auckland, 8 willing members of Ellerslie Sunrise packed Emergency Response Kit boxes into 2 containers at the old University Site in Glen Innes in 1.5 hours.  A total weight of 13,708 kilograms
Full of energy and enthusiasm the team of Ian, David, Grant, Ross, Chris, Roger, Don & Gabrielle worked together to fill the containers with no space left to spare!  Except for the small gap in Container #2 where we could have placed Jenners Freightways truck driver Kevin Bailey’s daughter into the tiny space and sent her away for a holiday to Fiji. 
All those present had given up their Saturday for a load of fun and good fellowship knowing that we would be “Making a Difference” to someone, somewhere in the Pacific at a time of (future) dire need.
For more news about ERK’s go to:  To donate go to: or contact your local Rotary club.
Packing the latest supply of ERK’s boxes for the Pacific Islands 2017-11-26 11:00:00Z 0
Is this for anyone you know? 2017-11-20 11:00:00Z 0

Another Rotary in action and community spirit.

Ainie  Kwok of St Johns Rotary was approached by Taupaki School Fundraising Committee to assist them with some branding for the apron and cookbook “GATHER” that the school has undertaken.
She encouraged Nicola Topping, the food stylist, photographer and coordinator of the project to approach their local Rotary Club, Waiuku, to see if the Club can assist in anyway with the project. Much to the delight of fundraising committee, Rotary Club of Waiuku, through member Craig Walker, gave them seed money to get the project underway.
Another Rotary in action and community spirit. 2017-11-07 11:00:00Z 0

Malaria kills ... finding a solution through research

The Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone continues to be extremely active on a global basis and as a participant within the Rotary Foundation Global Grant structure. 
Here Past President Dr. Jean-Louis Nguyen (on the right) attended the opening of a newly equipped laboratory for malarial research at the Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM) in Lisbon.  The Grant for the “Eradicate Malaria” project from The Rotary Foundation was for USD161,000 with the Host Club being the Rotary Club of Oeiras and the International Partner club being the Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone.
Malaria kills ... finding a solution through research 2017-11-02 11:00:00Z 0
Growing Membership in District 9920: A fresh initiative - Club Membership Incentives 2017-10-31 11:00:00Z 0

Helping family.  Saving lives in Samoa

Family.  We want our children to enjoy happy, productive lives.  As parents and family members we want to be able to enjoy getting out with our children and family to play and learn, to take part in what our community has to offer and to be able to contribute back in some way.  For some this is unfortunately a challenge.
Kidney failure is not just a personal tragedy, it affects everyone associated with the affected person and is a disease that can affect people of all ages, including children.
Helping family. Saving lives in Samoa 2017-10-31 11:00:00Z 0

Our vibrant Auckland 'Island' club celebrates 20 years

"Waiheke Island".  The name conjures up so much that is great;  Waiheke Island is a diverse community with so many cultures represented and is a destination for all of Auckland and beyond. 

On Sunday evening 22 October, at The Batch Winery, the Waiheke Rotary club celebrated its 20th anniversary. With past and present members and guests attending, along with District Governor Malini Raghwan, a very enjoyable night of comparisons of eras was had to the jazz tunes by Paul TT. 
Our vibrant Auckland 'Island' club celebrates 20 years 2017-10-24 11:00:00Z 0

Have you entered in yet for the most fun and creative race of this year?

Picture this…Thousands of rubber ducks racing through the rapids at Vector Wero Whitewater Park. Race divisions include: Schools, Businesses and General public. Get your duck (or ducks) now for this quacky and fun event!
Quack, quack - The Great Auckland Duck Race is Sunday November 12, 2017, 8am to 12pm; a family-friendly festival and fundraiser. Partnering with Rotary Club of Manurewa-Takinini, Rotary Remuera will raise money for the Life Education Trust and other great charities. This is a great opportunity to come together to support the important work of the Life Education Trust – educating and empowering children to make healthy choices for full and healthy lives.
There will be FOUR Races
1) Business Duck Race
2) School Race: local schools are offered free ducks to decorate and race
3) Ray White Race: 65 Ray White offices are competing each with their own decorated duck
4) Everybody Race: 5,000 little yellow numbered ducks will be released into the rapids at the same time.
Have you entered in yet for the most fun and creative race of this year? 2017-10-22 11:00:00Z 0
Fresh air, sunshine, exercise, fitness, community 2017-10-10 11:00:00Z 0

The sensational Winemakers Lunch ... so much good is done

Who knew that having a sumptuous lunch accompanied by matched wines could do so much good!
Otahuhu Rotary know the secret which is why for the last ten years their Winemakers Lunch has been an absolute must-attend in the calendar of some many … 230 guests this year.  Held on Sunday 23 September they reached their 3,000th guest who have experienced the luxury of their Degustation menu.
The sensational Winemakers Lunch ... so much good is done 2017-09-30 11:00:00Z 0

Newmarket Rotary Kick-Start Winners Training Immigrants

Newmarket Rotary Kick-Start Winners Training Immigrants And Creating Jobs
Cottonseed, a New Zealand based clothing label that supports immigrant women to resettle and integrate into their new society, is the winner of this year’s Rotary Newmarket $10,000 Kick-Start Award, run in conjunction with the Ākina Foundation.
Newmarket Rotary Kick-Start Winners Training Immigrants 2017-09-25 11:00:00Z 0

Building so they can educate

Posted by Geoffrey Amos
Early September we completed the 9th new teachers house since we started building mid 2016 after TC WINSTON in February and materials arrived. We build two types, a 4 bedroom for 4 single teachers and a 2 bedroom for married couples with children.

We have refined the design and the way to build. All the framing is cut, ass emblem,pre nailed off sight and then transported by truck to the school building sight where the concrete pad is ready, the hole for the Septic tank dug, the plywood for walls and ceilings pre under coated. All exterior walling is screwed to the frame , not nailed, the perlins and roofing iron all screwed. Trusses  and porch ceiling all bolted.
Building so they can educate Geoffrey Amos 2017-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

All children have a right to education

In August 2017, Rotary International President Ian Riseley visited Fiji and was shown a number of Rotary projects by District Governor Mailini who was also accompanied by a number of others including Rotary Public Image Cooredinatorfor Zone 7b, Liz Courtney who wrote about the following visit.
The Squatters Camp Pre school was begun by Annelise, a Montessori teacher in Suva. She saw a huge need for the young children who were living in poverty having moved to Suva with their families from outer Island communities.  These families are desperate and have come to live in the Suva in the hope of finding jobs and some education for their children.
All children have a right to education 2017-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

"Learning by doing” program brings clean water infrastructure to Fiji villages

Starting in 2012 and running through 2016 Rotary has been working with Taveuni community leaders in an apprenticeship training program on providing village clean water infrastructure.
This “learning by doing” program brought leaders together to build infrastructure in each other’s communities.  Ninety projects were completed, over 100 leaders participated and clean water was made available to 7,000 Taveuni villagers. A wide variety of solutions were put in place including contained spring catchment systems, new water storage units, rain water catchment that cleaned the roof before putting water in storage, improved river catchment, toilet blocks / septic systems, grey water disposal, solar pump elevation of roof catchment and 40 Fiji sand based community water filters. This work was done in partnership with the Taveuni Rotary, under Rotary Matching Grant 79234 and Rotary Global Grant 1526390
"Learning by doing” program brings clean water infrastructure to Fiji villages 2017-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

Transforming lives every day

Today there are Rotarians, their family and friends out in their communities taking part in projects that do transform the lives of others.  They may be building a house so that teachers are able to stay in the area and teach the children.  They may be selling sausages to raise funds so that students in low decile schools get their own dictionaries to support their education ... quite possibly the first book these children have ever personally owned.  They may be helping to run a camp or course teaching leadership skills to the next generation of community leaders.  Or they are out today planting hundreds of trees for a better environments, quite possibly alongside that cycle/pathway they build a little earlier.  Rotarians really are people of action ... join us.
Transforming lives every day 2017-09-01 12:00:00Z 0

Put Yourself in the Dragons' Chair

Rotary Newmarket and Akina $10,000 Social Enterprise Kickstarter Challenge Judging Evening
When: Tuesday 5th September 6-30pm
Where: Remuera Golf Club,  120 Abbots Way, Remuera
Cost : $25/head incl Dinner (Cash Bar in Operation)
You have the opportunity to decide who wins the $10,000 Social Enterprise Challenge that Newmarket Rotary will award in partnership with Akina who have led the rapidly growing social enterprise sector in NZ.
Put Yourself in the Dragons' Chair 2017-08-27 12:00:00Z 0

Tranquility, collaboration, progress ... some key descriptors

Saturday 29th July was a beautiful calm sunny day in the middle of our winter when the Rotary Clubs of Ellerslie Sunrise supported by Highbrook and Auckland South Rotary clubs worked together to plant 1,100 trees for the environment.
Joint Environmental Project - Presidents: Daisy Ping Auckland South,

Ravinder Manilal Highbrook & Gabrielle Gimblett Ellerslie Sunrise                       

Daisy, Erica, Kitty & her mum,

Danny & Christine – Auckland South Rotary


             Sarah and Zac Wong from Highbrook Rotary Club


Kuljinder & Kulwinder Bath – Highbrook Rotary Club

Tranquility, collaboration, progress ... some key descriptors 2017-08-02 12:00:00Z 0
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Rotary in Suva, Fiji commences significant conservation initiative

Fiji with its forests, mountains and coral reefs, spread across 300 islands, contain a wealth of biodiversity.   It is also on the front line of climate change that brings increasingly unpredictable weather and over time slowly rising sea levels, both of which will degrade coast lines, place natural resources and threaten communities.
Mangrove forests stabilize the coastline, reducing erosion from storm surges, currents, waves, and tides.  They also improve the health of inshore fisheries through providing a safe environment for fish and other organisms to thrive.  Unfortunately, mangrove forests and also shoreline vegetation have suffered over decades through removal and pollution.
On Saturday 29 July 2017 Suva Rotarians, including District Governor Malini and Assistant Governor Griffon, Rotaractors, Year 12 students from the Yat Sen school and corporate and conservation staffs joined together to plant over 340 trees and to clear away rubbish along the shore of Suva Park which is part of the Fiji National Park network.
Rotary in Suva, Fiji commences significant conservation initiative 2017-07-29 12:00:00Z 0

Madness, but great fun and a great cause

“This is nuts but I am going to do it anyway!” said one swimmer … shivering in the cold winter air.  “This is a chance to brave the elements and celebrate the season” said another.
For the 11th year, the Rotary Mid-Winter Plunge event was organised for this seaside community by the Rotary Club of Pohutukawa Coast, this year  in aid of the Maraetai Coastguard which is there year round to help make boating and other water activities safer.
Madness, but great fun and a great cause 2017-07-27 12:00:00Z 0

Great, really tremendous.  But, is it effective?

You bet!

 Started by Rotary, Road Safety Education (or Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) is a education programme wide-spread in secondary schools throughout New Zealand and Australia.  The programme in many schools are sponsored by the local Rotary club, but not exclusively as many businesses also see the value in supporting the education of our youth so they are safe on the roads whether as passengers or drivers.
For more information, and maybe to even sponsor a school's participation, visit:
Great, really tremendous. But, is it effective? 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange students donate $8,500 to ERK project  John Fothergill 2017-07-09 12:00:00Z 0

Grimit Day - colour and vibrancy in the Indian community

Rotary in our district is one of diversity, something that we are proud of.  In an evening of fellowship and dance, Papatoetoe Central Rotary recently raised about $15,000 for Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation (NZ surgeons volunteer to do heart surgery in Fiji), Ronald McDonald House and St John Ambulance. 
They did this by way of a successful dinner commemorating Girmit, an important day in the Fiji Indian calendar recognising the history of indentured Indians from 1879.
Grimit Day - colour and vibrancy in the Indian community 2017-06-20 12:00:00Z 0

$1.2 Billion pledged to end polio

At the Rotary Convention in Atlanta we were advised that it would cost $1.2 billion to continue giving polio vaccines for the 3 years after the last case  -which is required to be able to declare Polio Eradicated.
At Convention is was announced that Rotary would contribute $50 million a year for 3 years. Then Bill Gates committed $300 million in matching Rotary. Canada pledged $100 million, Pakistan $70 million, then Country by Country additional pledges were made - to bring a total of $1.2 million - to see the end of Polio.
It was very impressive to have Rotary organise such a huge commitment from so many.
$1.2 Billion pledged to end polio 2017-06-12 12:00:00Z 0

World politics from students' perspective at MUNA

Posted by Alice Taylor, Westlake Girls High
In what seems a testing time in global history, MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) once again welcomed vigorous debate focused on the most pressing issues of our day. Organised by Rotary Auckland East with Auckland Girls Gramar School, this event saw high school students sacrificing personal viewpoints and instead adopting those of their delegated country, with alliances comprised and looks exchanged in only minutes of an early start on Friday. Delegates represented their countries not only through speech but through costume; in a crowd of abundant colour, one could spot an Abba inspired Sweden, latex and all, and even a human size Kiwi amongst his Lord of the Rings companions.
World politics from students' perspective at MUNA Alice Taylor, Westlake Girls High 2017-06-10 12:00:00Z 0

Add thousands who know about your club ...

The Facebook Campaign to grow public curiosity and awareness in Rotary and from that hopefully some new member’s inquiries continues to be fantastic.  What is lacking is participation from enough clubs.  Those clubs who are sharing the posts from the Rotary New Zealand Facebook page at are reporting massive increases in interest.
In the week ending 11 June:
  • Total reach for the week = 17,100
  • People engaging with the posts = 1,100
This is impressive.  So, why not take part starting now?  Go to  for the ‘how to take part’
Add thousands who know about your club ... 2017-06-10 12:00:00Z 0


Take 46 schools, 320 committed students, an internationally themed environment, and what do you have?
MUNA.—the Model United Nations Assembly.
This event is run by Rotary in a number of countries.
In this case it was Districts 9910/9920, co-ordinated by the Rotary Club of Auckland East, with the venue of Auckland Girls Grammar School.  A student's perspective on the day is at
The purpose of MUNA is to simulate the workings of the UN Assembly via teams of three students from years 11/12.
MUNA 2017—HOW WAS IT SEEN ? 2017-06-10 12:00:00Z 0


Our District 9920 Training and Development team includes: The District Governor Elect; District Trainer & Rotary Leadership Institute Chair DGN Ingrid Waugh; plus District Training & Development Chair PDG Beryl Robinson.  Each comprehensive annual Rotary training cycle includes:
DISTRICT 9920 TRAINING and DEVELOPMENT REPORT  for 2016-2017 Beryl Robinson 2017-06-08 12:00:00Z 0

Your dusty old tools can have a second life building cyclone shelters in Fiji - here is how

While for most of us woodworking is a relaxing hobbie, in the Pacific it has a serious purpose in repairing homes, schools, community buildings and other structures.  However, little construction is possible without suitable tools for the job.   
Tools for Schools repurposes second-hand tools from NZ for use in secondary schools in Fiji so that students can acquire the necessary skills and experiences to construct cyclone proof buildings and maintain simple engines etc.  Naturally these skills will then stay with the students for life.  This is a joint project between Ellerslie Sunrise and Taveuni Island Rotary clubs and Mens Sheds.
This is a chance for anyone with tools they no longer use to donate them to a fantastic cause as a much more practical option compared to them continuing to gather dust or even get thrown out.  Keep reading … or call David Broadhead or 021 324 762 for questions, queries or suggestions. 
Your dusty old tools can have a second life building cyclone shelters in Fiji - here is how 2017-06-08 12:00:00Z 0

How to form an orderly queue to have your membership form signed

“The message is simple:  show the world what your club is achieving, and how much fun you have … because then you won’t have to ask people to join your club – you’ll be asking them to form an orderly queue while they sign the membership form” – Andrew Best (Club & District Support RISPPO).

How true ... 
How to form an orderly queue to have your membership form signed 2017-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

Just amazing the extent of Rotary programmes in schools!

This booklet outlines a wide range of highly beneficial and hugely successful programmes Rotary runs for school students and young adults: click here
In 2017-2018 there are: Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment, Australia and New Zealand Student Exchange, Rotary Youth Driver Awareness, Rotary International Youth Exchange, Challenge Camp, Rotary National Science and Technology Forum, Rotary Eureka Science Competition, Model United National Assembly, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, ROTAPacific, Rotaract.
Note that the requirements for each are well defined, including who to approach - sometime it is the school and sometimes it is your local Rotary club.  There is a separate information booklet for Rotary clubs (requires login) - go to Documents.
Just amazing the extent of Rotary programmes in schools! 2017-05-22 12:00:00Z 0

Our Ambassadorial Scholar in Oxford excels - read her story

Kate Kelly is our Ambassadorial Scholar in Oxford sponsored by Ellerslie Sunrise Rotary (Auckland) and hosted by Bicester Rotary (Oxford).  After a very active and highly interesting  term of academic, Rotary, sporting and extracurricular activity she will in her final term be conducting research into the genes involved in endometriosis working with world leaders in this area; this is a debilitating disease affecting 12% of women of reproductive age.  Exciting stuff so her full report for you to read:  click here
Our Ambassadorial Scholar in Oxford excels - read her story 2017-05-22 12:00:00Z 0

A 'set of wheels' and a life transformed

PAYAL Kumar was lost for words yesterday when she received her first wheelchair.

The Rotary Club of Labasa and the Wheelchairs Fiji Association presented her with the wheelchair after the 19-year old's plight was highlighted by this newspaper earlier this week.

She has suffered from juvenile rheumatoid since the age of five and she cannot walk. But she is now looking forward to going back to school. "I can't wait to go to school now as I have waited for this moment for a very long time," she said. Payal said her prayers had finally been answered.

A 'set of wheels' and a life transformed 2017-05-15 12:00:00Z 0

Half-a-million students now safer drivers thanks to Rotary

Students from Rutherford College hosted a short ceremony to recognise National Road Safety Week earlier in May to celebrate the half a million young people across Australia and New Zealand who have gone onto our roads as safer young drivers and passengers after participating in the RYDA Programme.  The programme is supported by many Rotary clubs in District 9920 involving their local schools.  More clubs can become involved!  Contact John Overall.
Half-a-million students now safer drivers thanks to Rotary 2017-05-15 12:00:00Z 0

Visually Impaired Camp for youth now 30 years of success

Each year Rotary Club of Remuera brings together visually impaired youngsters (9-16 year olds) supported by the Blind Foundation with a group of senior student buddies from Diocesan, Kings and Dilworth Schools, for a mutually beneficial & stimulating weekend of outdoor activity.
Visually Impaired Camp for youth now 30 years of success 2017-05-04 12:00:00Z 0
2nd National Membership Seminar - October 2017 2017-04-29 12:00:00Z 0

Join the Publicity revolution that started 1 May 2017

A professionally developed, edgy and exciting publicity campaign started 1 May for three months that is designed to attract the interest of the public to inquire to clubs about Rotary involvement.  Now two weeks in it is attracting thousands of views and quite a few direct membership enquiries that have been sent to the most appropriate clubs.  Your club can participate very easily and if Facebook is not yet a strong pint for your club ... now is the time!  All is revealed at
Join the Publicity revolution that started 1 May 2017 2017-04-27 12:00:00Z 0

Girmit Day is an interesting cultural experience you can join in with - great fun!

Papatoetoe Central Rotary extends a very special invitation to all Rotarians and their partners to their first annual charity dinner event honouring Girmit.

Indo-Fijians are Fiji citizens who are fully or partially of Indian descent, which includes descendants who trace their heritage from various parts of the Indian subcontinent. They are mostly descended from indentured labourers, girmitiyas or girmit, from northern part of India brought to the islands by Fiji's British colonial rulers between 1879 and 1916 to work on Fiji's sugar cane plantations. The first indentured labour ship that brought Indians to Fiji was the Leonidas in 1879. The importance of Girmit Day is to celebrate the heritage and provide an idea of the difficulties their ancestors went through.

Proceeds from the event are going to Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation, Ronald Macdonald House Charity and St John Ambulance.
Girmit Day is an interesting cultural experience you can join in with - great fun! 2017-04-27 12:00:00Z 0

Dictionaries mean so much for Fijian students

Year/Class 5 Teacher is thanking Auckland Harbourside Rotary for the dictionaries distributed to his class students by Joyti and Sursen Singh on Wednesday 5th April 2017 and how it much it meant to them.  The students were gathered in the School Library. Ratu Sauvoli Memorial School is a public school in Nabudrau, Noco, Rewa, Fiji. With nine teachers and over 250 children attending from 13 local villages, the school is desperately in need of extra funding and supplies such as books, desks, and chairs etc.

Dictionaries mean so much for Fijian students 2017-04-12 12:00:00Z 0

'Breathtaking' racing in Stonefields

A great fun event organised last Sunday by Rotary Auckland East with several local schools (including St Kentigerns, Orakei, and Meadowbank) participating in the Soap Box Derby. All the young 'Lewis Hamilton's' enjoyed racing down Stonefields Avenue...saving their braking to the last minute! Good to see District Governor-9920 Roger Harvey acting as the Formula 1 marshal.
'Breathtaking' racing in Stonefields 2017-04-01 11:00:00Z 0

1 April - no joke, serious health checks

The Otahuhu Health Expo was a free family event put on by Otahuhu Rotary for all in the local community.  Regular health checks are important in finding problems before they start or for the patient to become aware of the actual status of any health issues they face and their options for managing these.  In a community where many find access to health practitioners difficult, often due to cost, this annual Expo holds a special significance for the Otahuhu community.  With 50 health providers present it is hoped that those attending have either the knowledge they need to guide them to better health or / or the assurance they are already managing their health well.
1 April - no joke, serious health checks 2017-04-01 11:00:00Z 0
1 week to your family health check 2017-03-22 11:00:00Z 0

Reaching all those people ‘out there’ has never been easier !

There are so many people out there who can help and support your club or even join you!
So it is great there is now an excellent structure you can simply tap into to reach these people with your exciting messages and stories of achievement.
For the first time ever we have a professionally created Facebook campaign available for you to use … this is soon to start and all clubs will receive all the resource including guides and access to help.
There is also a central place you can send your club stories – even a picture and some simple bullet points will give you access to a vast audience.  Send to in addition to using your own club media
Reaching all those people ‘out there’ has never been easier ! 2017-03-22 11:00:00Z 0

A serious campaign for serious results that your club can benefit from

Starting mid-March, immediately after the national membership seminar, there is a national Facebook membership campaign that will run for three months and more via the national Facebook site at .  The campaign themes are: young professionals, business leaders, recently retired, alumni, current Rotarians (general) with specific messages and resources aligned to each group.
It is all designed to be transferable to club level where the basic content can easily be edited to be specifically relevant for the club and its target market using text and pictures that reflect what the club actually does and is proud of.
A serious campaign for serious results that your club can benefit from 2017-02-22 11:00:00Z 0

For Jazz and easy listening music lovers

For Jazz and easy listening music lovers, as well as those of you who’d like to see more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) out in the community, Rotary Mt Eden invites you to enjoy LIVE JAZZ With Award-Winning Jazz Pianist LEON HATTORI. Tickets $20pp. Nett proceeds to Rotary’s HEART SAVER project & other Rotary community causes. Bring your family and friends and colleagues along to enjoy Leon's music and please SHARE this invitation with anyone who you think may find it of interest.
For Jazz and easy listening music lovers 2017-02-14 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Knowledge is POWER ... and fun!

Knowing what Rotary has to offer you is incredibly liberating.  Rotary has a tremendous amount to offer you as an individual Rotarian and you have a lot to offer Rotary and the community through your club if you know what is available.  As said, knowledge is power ... the power to choose how you will be involved, the power to achieve amazing outcomes.

So come to ...
Rotary Knowledge is POWER ... and fun! 2017-01-31 11:00:00Z 0

Calling all clubs

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun."
The year of the Rooster is upon us, 2017 is about embracing opportunities and navigating challenges that steer on our direction.
Which brings us to ... our new membership campaign that is looming. With a team of people creating and executing a strategy for Districts and clubs to implement in the coming months, we want YOU to start thinking about how you and your club/district can begin appealing to the wider community to get new members to join Rotary. There are many types of people who know would love Rotary as much as it’s current members. So let’s start getting creative with our thinking!
Calling all clubs 2017-01-30 11:00:00Z 0

Special invitation

We are starting a new Rotary club in the Auckland Airport area to serve the Auckland Airport environs and its community, and hope that if you know someone who might be interested in this new club you will encourage them to RSVP to this talk.  If it helps accompany them to their first Rotary experience.
When:                                 Wednesday 15th February 2017, 7:15am for 7:30am
Where:                                Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport
Guest Speaker:                  Rotary International Past President Bill Boyd (a member of Pakuranga Rotary)
RSVP:                                   Jennie Herring: by 13 February 2017
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Integrity is important to Rotarians

In these very uncertain times, within Rotary we have a set of Guiding Principles that provide certainty and ensure stability:
Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Four-Way Test
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships: Of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Integrity is important to Rotarians 2017-01-16 11:00:00Z 0
2017-2018 Rotary Year Theme Announced 2017-01-16 11:00:00Z 0

New, modern look for

Check out’s modern, new look, our public-facing website, has a fresh, contemporary look that clearly answers the often-asked question: “What is Rotary?” It’s the first step in a two-part update to our entire website: first, and then My Rotary. See what's changed.

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Do YOU want to fly high in 2017 and beyond?

Rotary Auckland Airport will be the newest Rotary Club to land in the Auckland region and the exciting part is that YOU could be a part of this!
It is going to be exciting we can guarantee you that!
We will be taking off with the first interest meeting of 2017 on Wednesday 18 January 2017 at Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive. To find out more and RSVP your attendance please email Jennie at or phone her on o27 293 2095 today.  Note that asking for more information or coming to the interest meeting is at no obligation to become further involved so why not explore if this is for you.
The Club will have a strong aviation theme serving the airport and wider community. The opportunities available to the club will be as varied and far reaching as the destinations connected to through the airport.
Do YOU want to fly high in 2017 and beyond? 2017-01-08 11:00:00Z 0

Walking Stars and more

Members of the Rotary clubs of St Johns, Franklin and Manukau City Sunrise (some pictured here) have recently participated in ‘Walking Stars’ for cancer research. As Alex McKenzie said, "Just over 4 hours half marathon walk thru inner city Auckland - night life we don't normally see!!!"
In weekly walks preparing for the event, not only have the participants improved their own health and fitness, but they have welcomed any others including family and friends to join in even if not actually taking part in the event itself. This is yet another illustration of the camaraderie that Rotarians build together that motivates them to become involved in a wide range of activity that benefits those in need. The fellowship that resulted was amazing and the publicity for the clubs and for Rotary was huge ... getting the Rotary brand out into as many events as possible does us all good.
Story from
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Fighting Poverty Through Education - The School of St Jude

Posted by Alex McKenzie
Rarely has there been a story as unique and moving as this.  It is 'still being written' and Rotary is a core contributor.
In 2002 Gemma Sisia started the School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania with 3 pupils and staffed by volunteers. 14 years later the school has a primary and a secondary campus, two boarding establishments, educates around 1,800 students and employs more than 250 full-time local staff including teachers, cleaners, cooks, security guards, bus drivers and maintenance personnel. This is a truly inspirational story and one that would not have happened with the support of many Rotarians and Rotary clubs.
Picture shows presentation of certificates at weekly primary assembly
Fighting Poverty Through Education - The School of St Jude Alex McKenzie 2016-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas for All - bringing cheer to disadvantaged children in Tahiti

‘"NOEL POUR TOUS" (CHRISTMAS FOR ALL) is a project carried out by the Rotary Club of PAPEETE - TAHITI, with support from  Rotary  Moorea, Taravao and Rotaract.
This year it was held on 19 November. Their 40th year!   The aim of the event is to provide seasonal joy for the children of disadvantaged families in need. Over 5000 attended. New bikes were given to winners of the singing competition. Thousands of Baguettes were given freely ( a hundred prepared by DG Roger). 
All rides were free. The Army ran a popular mini Outdoor Challenge, then there was a Car Braking Simulator, Diabetes Test unit, Many Rides, Face Painting, Drawing competition, . Container loads of gifts were distributed to nearby villages.Rotary had prominent TV and Newspaper Coverage. Major Patron Rene Malmezak was awarded a PHF (+1). Well Done Rotary Papeete
Christmas for All - bringing cheer to disadvantaged children in Tahiti rlh 2016-11-26 11:00:00Z 0


Summer is here!  The outdoors and many great things to do with the family.  Time to relax and catch up on your reading ... so the December-January issue of the Rotary Down Under magazine will be there for you.  The Cover story this issue is from District 9920 and is one in inspiration and achievement.
Rotary Down Under wishes you and your family the very best wishes of the season.  Thank you for your support in 2016 and together 2017 is going to be another amazing year.
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Ho! Ho! Ho! And away we go

Christmas ... holidays ..these have a special and unique meaning to each person but underlying it all is a deep feeling of goodwill to all.
Throughout the land Rotary clubs and Rotarians are gearing up for Christmas and Family projects in the community whether a Christmas Parade or a collection of goods or money to help those needing some cheer at this time of year.
If you were to send  as soon as possible a picture or graphic relating to a Christmas period oriented Rotary / Rotary supported event or project and a brief description Colin will place this on the District Facebook page ( ) as a mini campaign over the next few weeks.  The picture could be representative or from the last time you did this.  The more the merrier as this gives Rotary deserved publicity and Rotary traction in the community!
Ho! Ho! Ho! And away we go 2016-11-25 11:00:00Z 0

Thanks Rotary from Cure Kids

At the Friday 18 November dinner for Cure Kids ‘Celebrating 45 years of breakthroughs in child health research’, Cure Kids member representing Rotary, Past District Governor Beryl Robinson accepted on behalf of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific a Cure Kids Founder Award as recognition by Cure Kids for Rotary’s role as founder in 1971 (to celebrate 50 years of Rotary in NZ) and as an on-going partner of Cure Kids.


Beryl received this special plaque for Rotary, and replied that Rotary continues to have a close relationship with Cure Kids, as Rotarians are on the board, researchers and staff, plus of course all of the fundraising and event participation support that comes year after year from Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians. Rotary is extremely proud of Cure Kids achievements, so we will continue supporting Cure Kids.

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Amazing form on Melbourne Cup Day

The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most prestigious annual Thoroughbred horse race and the annual Melbourne Cup Fundraiser is the same for the Samoan community.   A real Extravaganza, now in its 26th year.
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Not mundane ... just amazing

When we hear of a fundraiser some just think ... 'ho hum'.  Not so Howick Rotary who really know how to put on an event but also the true value of fundraisers.  Here is their 'Twelve Winners" description of why their book fair was invaluable for the community and the club. You will rethink after reading this.
Not mundane ... just amazing 2016-11-06 11:00:00Z 0

Choose your cape project

The Rotary Club Papeete-Tahiti was one of the privileged partners for the 80 year anniversary celebrations of the Papeete Navy base.  On 1 October it was possible for the public to visit the naval workshops, military vessels and helicopters, activities, shows, exhibitions and more.
3,500 visitors attended this day dedicated to the maritime jobs and to the sea lovers.  This project was implemented by   CDR Joffrey Guerry a new Rotarian who is the commanding officer of the Papeete navy base. 
The Papeete Tahiti Rotary club was strongly involved at different levels in this project including holding a stall in order to promote Rotary and the club activities, organizing and selling raffle tickets (that raised close to NZ$ 8,000 net profit for the club).
Most importantly, the Rotary club took part in the project “Choose Your Cape” working with education minister, private companies, French navy, with the support of maritime industry in Papeete.  The goal of this project is to support young students (years 10-12) of the technical high school through to their first professional experience.  
The Papeete-Tahiti Rotary club will financially support a deserving student from lower social class who is part of the project through their schooling and to help him/her get a first position.  This support by the club of our Polynesian youth was widely covered by the media (TV, radio newspaper, websites, Facebook and more).
A great promotion of Rotary.
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"The best two days ever in Rotary"

The twenty three who completed Rotary Leadership Institute last weekend commented that the two days have set them up for making the most of their future in Rotary.  "I had no idea at all that Rotary offered so much and was so big" said one.  Another said 'I've never attended anything like it in my life.  It is really different".
The two-day complete RLI has been a huge hit.  If needed participants can come one day at a time but most do both days together.  RLI's are twice a year open to all Rotarians with the next on 8 & 9 April (+ Graduate programme on 9 April) and 30 September &1 October 2017.  Contact Ingrid Waugh for more details.
"The best two days ever in Rotary" 2016-10-30 11:00:00Z 0

Best practice in growing membership - the real Nuts 'n Bolts

This seminar  on Sat 18 March 2017 is intended to bring together in one place the best proven membership practices and resources that Rotarians from clubs across all six New Zealand-based districts can take away back to their clubs to put into actual practice.  The day is a mix of presentations, discussion and workshops.
Best practice in growing membership - the real Nuts 'n Bolts 2016-10-26 11:00:00Z 0

Tahiti Freeride Cup

Last winter (southern hemisphere season)The Rotary Club of Raiatea-Tahaa sponsored an international event : The Tahiti Free Ride Cup.
It was a windsurf competition with very high standards. We received world champions who were amazed with the quality of our waters and surroundings. Needless to say that when someone discovers the beauty of our lagoon they just dream to come back the soonest possible. We were very honoured to welcome champions from New Zealand, Turkey, Japan, Spain and of course Polynesian ones. The competition lasted a whole week and gave us the chance to be known abroad. Supporting sports is one of our aims towards the young generation.
On the picture we have from left to right : LC Carey (NZ), Aylin Erdil ( Turk), Ayako Suzuki ( Jap), Mio Anayama (Jap), Moeata Boosie ( FP), Maria Andres (SP)
Tahiti Freeride Cup 2016-10-24 11:00:00Z 0

Is your nose red in November?  It should be.

At Cure Kids, the vision is a healthy childhood for everyone. Every single day, they’re driven to find cures and better treatments for serious illnesses and diseases that affect thousands of children in New Zealand.
Rotary created Cure Kids and continues to support them.
This 'Red Nose Day' - the campaign spans all of November, the aim is to raise more than $1 million for high-impact medical research to find the cures our kids need. All clubs can help for Red Nose Day on 18 November (or close to) which helps Cure Kids but is also an incredible opportunity for publicity by your club … not to be missed.  This campaign is nationwide with many Rotary clubs already signed up for a fun day. … don the red wigs, dye your hair and beards red, put on the red nose and get selling and promoting. There will be a national social media campaign just before RND promoting the Rotary connection.  Leanne Jaggs is the primary Rotary-Cure Kids contact for the Red Nose campaign.
For more go to HERE  
Is your nose red in November? It should be. 2016-10-23 11:00:00Z 0

OH YES!  Personal development.

Oh YES!  I am so looking forward to the Rotary training the district is providing for me as an incoming club officer.  Great for the club, fantastic for me.
The dynamic framework that has evolved over recent times means that I will not be bored by simple repeats of what I have heard in the past.  Don’t get me wrong, I do need reminding of what is routine and essential as these are easily overlooked yet so necessary for Rotary as a whole to work effectively but learning the new and better ways of doing things excites me.  And I like the fact that I will learn things I can use outside of Rotary as well.
OH YES! Personal development. 2016-10-20 11:00:00Z 0

Don’t run away … embrace

Those scary words ... ‘social media” are not really that scary, just a better way of doing things and getting better results.  Take Facebook for instance … many say “I don’t have Facebook!  I don’t want a Facebook account”.  No problem as did you know you can view a Facebook page just like any other web page without needing a Facebook account?
Now that we have cleared that up your club can and should start using Facebook to inform and communicate with the public and its members .
Don’t run away … embrace 2016-10-19 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary is a leader globally

Rotary is a global organisation held in very high regard on the ‘international stage’.  One example is Rotary Day at UN headquarters where the theme this year is “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies”, recognizing Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and communities, Rotary members often use their professional skills and networks to advance social causes, particularly economic development.
There will be six Rotary Responsible Business honourees and two business partners recognised including Stephanie Woollard, Rotary Club of Melbourne: After meeting seven illiterate craftspeople during a visit to Nepal, Woollard founded Seven Women to help Nepalese women make products to sell abroad. The program, which has trained and employed more than 1,000 women in the last decade, also teaches basic bookkeeping and computer skills.
Read more in the November Rotary Down Under magazine.
Rotary is a leader globally 2016-10-19 11:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day 2016

Rotary members in New Zealand will be among thousands worldwide reaching out during the week commencing on World Polio Day,  24th October 2016, to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.  
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 26 confirmed as of 19th September 2016.
World Polio Day 2016 2016-10-17 11:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday Rotary 2017

We have two major events planned for our Rotary Centennial – celebrating 100 years of Rotary.
The first is  our Family Fun Day, Sunday 19 February 2017 at Ellerslie Racecourse from 1pm-5.30pm, open to the public and an opportunity for Clubs to have a stall to “sell” themselves and show their  local community what they are actually doing, as many really “out there” don’t know that it is Rotary doing these wonderful projects.
The car fair will be there in the morning, but will give everyone the chance to set up before the fun begins.  To get families coming along to this event, we will have bouncy castles, face painting, Koffee Karts, hot food vendors etc.  Then some fun activities like an Army Confidence Course, plus the kiwi family favourite games like Egg & Spoon races, 3-Legged race, and the Sack Race to name a few.
Start thinking of what your Club or neighbouring Clubs could do to promote  your Club in its specific area, in one of the Rotary stalls that we will have available. These will be in an area of the racecourse where people can wonder around and have a chat. This is a HUGE membership opportunity, so start thinking about how to maximise this for your Club.
This is a huge membership opportunity so maximise it for your Club.
For more information contact Foundation Ambassador, Leanne Jaggs,
Happy Birthday Rotary 2017 Leanne Jaggs 2016-10-14 11:00:00Z 0

The key word is 'Active' for retirees

Probus is Rotary's only programme for active retirees. Probus provides those over 55yo with the opportunity to join together in clubs and to progress healthy minds and active bodies through social interaction and activities with retirees in their community opening the door to new experiences and friendships and enabling people to stay active by participating in a wide range of activities and explore their community,

Here the Half Moon Bay Ladies Probus club have an annual stand at Pakuranga Plaza in support of the Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Appeal. The other service project they do is an annual Hospice 'Christmas Tree' fundraiser also at Pakuranga Plaza. Well done ladies.
The key word is 'Active' for retirees 2016-10-13 11:00:00Z 0


This is a story of sheer tragedy in an instant followed by long perseverance and ultimately success, all in the name of helping those who had suffered tragedy in different circumstances.  This will make you sit up and wonder at the generosity of some and the vagaries of life. 
This is just one of the stories told in the October Rotary Down Under magazine you can read here .  Contributions accepted from your projects via
TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH 2016-09-22 12:00:00Z 0

Feeling good - New Kapa Haka costumes a special addition

Ellerslie Sunrise Rotary Club members attended the Bailey Road Schools Cultural Festival in Mt Wellington where all the pupils participated in an outstanding presentation of cultural dances from all around the world.  Brilliant costumes, well organized staging and four wonderful senior students who introduced each act with skill and humour.
Feeling good - New Kapa Haka costumes a special addition Gabrielle Gimblett-Martin 2016-09-22 12:00:00Z 0

You can't do what you don't know (Rotary Foundation)

Rotary does well with providing training for its members.  This enables those starting a new role to get a head start in learning the ‘mechanics’ of their new role and to draw on the experience of those who have been in the role a while and everyone gets the latest and greatest in news, techniques and resources to do their job well.  And so it was with the recent Rotary Foundation information evening entitled “What does The Rotary Foundation Do?”
You can't do what you don't know (Rotary Foundation) 2016-09-21 12:00:00Z 0

Coffee instead of microbeads in the scrub!!

No Scrub Coffee Body Scrub
We thought you’d like to know about six girls from Auckland Girls Grammar School who are successfully selling a coffee body scrub – with NO MICROBEADS!!
Called ‘No Scrub’, the sustainable product is made from used coffee beans and coconut oil, and flavoured with vanilla essence. Developed through trial and error in a home kitchen, we now make it in batches our school teaching kitchen.
Coffee instead of microbeads in the scrub!! 2016-09-18 12:00:00Z 0
What a great way to promote a project! 2016-09-17 12:00:00Z 0

Ota-Ract 276 excel with their Careers Xpo

What a stunning start!  There is nothing timid about the new Otahuhu Rotaract Club of Ota-Ract 276.  In their first major project they have teamed up with Otahuhu Main Street, the local business association, to hold a hugely successful careers day for local youth and the wider community, schools and education and employment services. 

For the 19 members (many pictured) this was an incredibly inspirational experience where they learned a wide range of new organisational and networking skills as they planned the whole day. 
Ota-Ract 276 excel with their Careers Xpo Colin Robinson 2016-09-14 12:00:00Z 0

There is an easier way to create club bulletins!

It is so easy it has transformed Club Bulletins.
One of the difficulties clubs face every year is the weekly Club Bulletin. Firstly, someone needs to gather all the information each week and then have the skills to enter the reports, speakers, duties and upcoming events into the Bulletin itself.  The more creative the Bulletin the greater the need for technical knowledge … and once done it needs to be sent out meaning another skill set to manage the email system.  THERE IS AN EASIER WAY.
There is an easier way to create club bulletins! Colin Robinson 2016-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Short N' Sharp

Choo, Choo...How many Rotary clubs meet in a railway station?


Rotary Manukau City Sunrise does, in the magnificent Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) building at Manukau which doubles as the train station for the newest Auckland rail link from Britomart out to Manukau.


You could  also connect via the Britomart to Pukekohe line.

The Club meets in the MIT building, Tuesdays 7am for 7:15am, MIT room 432, Manukau Station Road and Davies Avenue, Manukau City.


There will be a great many Rotarians who have never experienced the Auckland rail network. So why not get a group together in place of a meeting one week and go to MIT Manukau instead?


If, for example, you parked in the plentiful spaces for the Panmure Station you could catch the 6.27am and arrive at 6.49am, Manukau City Sunrise. Be sure to let the Club know ahead of time for breakfasts.  Secretary, Neil Green,


 You could be back at Panmure by 8.59am having enjoyed a great breakfast, great company and seen how a dynamic small club works.

Short N' Sharp Richard Osborne 2016-09-06 12:00:00Z 0

Interact Serious Fun Night

80 excited Interactors from seven Auckland secondary schools competed for the “Serious Fun” trophy at the hotly contested Trivia Night competition held annually among clubs in District 9920. Topics change from year to year but are centred around young people being encouraged to know something of their past and what is going on around them outside of their cell-phone centred social media worlds!  There was a strong turn-out from the District’s newest club – Otahuhu – the first to be based, not in a secondary school, but in a Community Centre.
Interact Serious Fun Night 2016-09-05 12:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Tahiti


On 9 September Tahiti Rotaract held a very successful wine tasting and fashion and jewelry parade to raise funds to help make the Christmas of disadvantage children a little brighter.  In addition to the wine tasting, the approximate 100 people attending had the opportunity to extend their support by participating in a raffle.  Tahiti Rotaract have been holding this event since they were chartered in 2003.  Their other major event is around Mothers Day. 


Rotaract Tahiti Robert Le Gall 2016-08-30 12:00:00Z 0

Rain or shine, the children are protected

Even in the tropics when the rain thunders down and is warm the school children (well ... anyone) want to stay dry and that is where the ever thoughtful and active Savusavu Rotary steps forward.   And of course on the majority of days there are brilliant clear skies so it provides welcome shelter from the hot sun.
Rain or shine, the children are protected Colin Robinson 2016-08-28 12:00:00Z 0

Scared to write? Here's the easy way

You've had a fantastic outcome for your project and you want ... you need .. to tell the world.  The project was so great you need to do this as a way of thanking those that helped and to show the community your club is relevant to it and is an effective contributor they can rely on and approach for future projects.  But how?  You can and have taken some great pictures but you don't know how to write a story so what can you do?  Sure you could have something in your club bulletin but it would be so good to have your project in Rotary Down Under and in world-wide social media and more.
Here is how any person in a project can make sure you get the publicity it deserves:
Scared to write? Here's the easy way Colin Robinson 2016-08-26 12:00:00Z 0

Old books buy new van

Pukekohe Rotary came to the rescue of a special needs school in real need of a van for its pupils through the proceeds of its annual book sale and making sensible use of available trusts for the rest of the funds needed.  A great example of leveraging resources for a wonderful outcome.  Read on …
Old books buy new van 2016-08-26 12:00:00Z 0

As I saw it

A Rotary Youth Exchange inbound has a taste of Maori Culture:
I was last weekend at the Te Tahawai Marae Komiti at the Edgewater College. This was also the first weekend that Outbounds and Inbounds were together. We had a lot of fun and learned the haka, songs from the Maori, the Maori Stick Game and many other Cultural Stuff. It was a really good weekend and I see now with gladness the other Meetings and the South Island Tour (November-December) coming up. Cheers for the opportunity that I can do the whole Exchange!
See you and Cheers, Henning
As I saw it 2016-08-26 12:00:00Z 0

Sailing, golfing, zorbing and some inspiration ...

You are invited to the 2017 Conference to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland on 5 – 7 May 2017. The theme of the 2017 Conference is “The Power of One – Connecting for Good”.
Many Rotarians have already registered, in part to ensure they get a spot on a spectator boat for the Friday Rum Race on the harbour so don’t delay.  If that is not your activity there is golf or zorb racing … go to  .... and now for the conference itself:
Sailing, golfing, zorbing and some inspiration ... 2016-08-26 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Alumni invited to reconnect

Invite former Alumni of your club to a meeting.  Think RYLA, RYPEN, Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Scholars, GSE Team (VTT) members, Exchange Students and other program and youth alumni to renew their connection to your club and Rotary.
Last year under the Rotary International Rotary program alumni from over 25 countries reconnected with Rotary.
If you are Alumni, don’t wait to be invited; contact your sponsoring Rotary club – 0800 4 ROTARY
Rotary Alumni invited to reconnect 2016-08-26 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Health Fair reaches out to communities

The Rotary Club of Suva Peninsula Sunset (RCSPS) in partnership with the Rotary of Nelson (of Rotary District 9970) in New Zealand organised a health fair on Saturday 30 July 2016 at the Navunisea District School in Dawasamu, Tailevu.


Health Fairs are a cost effective way to provide rural communities with a wide range of free health care services and to reduce the stress and cost associated with the access to specialised medical services. The fun carnival nature of the Health Fair, supported by positive health promotion, encourages a wide range of community engagement and allows all ages to access information and a variety of key healthcare services.
Rotary Health Fair reaches out to communities 2016-08-07 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary on holiday

Voluntourism is a form of tourism in which travellers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity.  Of course there are variations on this in scale and scope but increasingly Rotarians are contacting the local clubs, especially to the Pacific, to see if there was some easy way their travel to their area could be of benefit to them or their community.
One recent example is the visit to the local Sabeto District school near Nadi, Fiji by PDG (9910) Ken and Margaret Linkhorn who were well received there by the staff and pupils.  They had their grandchildren with them and it was a special experience for them to visit a school in a Pacific community and to officially handover some pictorial dictionaries and other school supplies to the students.  The school is a pure taukei (Fijian) school serving four Fijian villages.  Ken also took the opportunity to visit a Nadi Rotary meeting.

Rotarians wanting to make such contributions can of course contact the local club or the District International Committee might also have some ideas.
Rotary on holiday 2016-08-07 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary promoted to the local community

In Auckland the eastern clubs have gathered together to promite their clubs to their community via the local paper.  This is more than economies of scale in the spending of promotional dollars ... it shows that Rotary is a significant presence in the community.  Read all about it HERE
Rotary promoted to the local community 2016-08-07 12:00:00Z 0

News from Western Samoa

News from Margaret Lesjak of the Rotary Club of Apia, Western Samoa...Climate Change  and the donation of medical equipment to Savai'i, Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital.
News from Western Samoa Margaret Lesjak 2016-08-04 12:00:00Z 0

Taking back Taveuni

One of three local teams in action rebuilding teacher housing on Taveuni Island after Cyclone Winston using materials supplied from New Zealand and Australia...Pakuranga Volunteer Team led by Assistant Governor Chris Ward...


Taking back Taveuni Richard Osborne 2016-08-04 12:00:00Z 0
For petrol heads ... 2016-07-30 12:00:00Z 0

The gift of invitation

The gift of an invitation is powerful and every Rotarian’s responsibility.  Our interest and excitement in Rotary revolves around the people we engage in.  These are the people we laugh with, enjoy experiences with, network with and work with.  People are our greatest asset and the powerhouse that makes our clubs vibrant and to help our communities flourish.  It is the people who are the members of our clubs and the people who support us that determine our success and we all want to succeed and more than that we want our success to grow.  We can do this.  We can do this by growing our membership, by growing our supporters, by growing our vibrancy as a club.  The August Rotary Down Under magazine is chock-full of suggestions, recommendations, inspiration to help you grow so have a read.  Get immediate access via the 1 August eNewsletter or wait for your posted copy.
The gift of invitation 2016-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

Excite your audience

WOW ... I didn't know you did that!
The stories we tell about the many projects and events our club has in a year do interest and often excite people who then get involved.  Most of our new members became excited about what our club does because someone told them of what we do and they thought "I would really like to do that".
So we need to share our experiences as we meet new people.  Another powerful way to entice people to join us, whether as members, helpers or sponsors, is to put in front of them a stimulating photo that will grab their attention along with a few descriptive words.

The best people to do this are
the people who actually took part in the project or event. If they (you) take an interesting photo, something that is so easy as everyone has a camera in their pocket almost all of the time and then send this with a paragraph to the club committee / project director and / or the bulletin editor there is a raft of media that can be added into such as the club  website and Facebook page, bulletin and quite possibly it will go much further afield in other Rotary media!  If you are not an experienced writer do not panic ... just send in your own words, include some interesting facts and many a quote from a participant.
So ... get snapping and get writing.
- See more at:
WOW ... I didn't know you did that!
The stories we tell about the many projects and events our club has in a year do interest and often excite people who then get involved.  Most of our new members became excited about what our club does because someone told them of what we do and they thought "I would really like to do that".
So we need to share our experiences as we meet new people.  Another powerful way to entice people to join us, whether as members, helpers or sponsors, is to put in front of them a stimulating photo that will grab their attention along with a few descriptive words.

The best people to do this are
the people who actually took part in the project or event. If they (you) take an interesting photo, something that is so easy as everyone has a camera in their pocket almost all of the time and then send this with a paragraph to the club committee / project director and / or the bulletin editor there is a raft of media that can be added into such as the club  website and Facebook page, bulletin and quite possibly it will go much further afield in other Rotary media!  If you are not an experienced writer do not panic ... just send in your own words, include some interesting facts and many a quote from a participant.
So ... get snapping and get writing (and send a copy or link to the District Newsletter Editor)
Excite your audience 2016-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

Pacific projects waiting for you to help with

SUPPORT needed.  Join with other Rotary Clubs and Rotarians to Make a Difference 

FIJI - ROTAHOMES URGENTLY NEED REPLACEMENT VEHICLE     006   (Lautoka) Rotahomes still relies on donations from Rotary clubs and members. An existing truck having travelled 800,000 kms has done its last km. A second truck is still operational, but a back up is desperately needed to ensure that the Rotahome and Koroipita Town activities will continue without interruption. 
And several more ...
Pacific projects waiting for you to help with 2016-07-17 12:00:00Z 0

On a cool but dry afternoon

On a cool but dry afternoon, volunteers from Council, Community Boards, local residents and the Ellerslie Sunrise Rotary turned out with spades, forks, buckets, wheel-barrows, gloves and a fun sense of humor to work together on the environmental planting programme.  
On a cool but dry afternoon 2016-07-10 12:00:00Z 0

Understanding changes to Rotary's rules

Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation (CoL) to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives Rotarians a voice in how our organization is governed.

Each Rotary District sends a representative to the Council.   Representatives deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions.  Enactments seek to change Rotary’s constitutional documents, and resolutions express an opinion or make a recommendation to the Rotary International (RI) Board.

Understanding changes to Rotary's rules 2016-07-05 12:00:00Z 0

Friendship Exchange - The Canadians are Coming

Posted by Sue Fairbairn on Jul 05, 2016
February 9 – 19 2017. Why not host the team of 20 visiting Rotarians for a day and share in this event, have fun and get to know some of your Rotary family from District 7010.  Contact Sue Fairbairn ph – 021 0721202 or for more details.
Friendship Exchange - The Canadians are Coming Sue Fairbairn 2016-07-04 12:00:00Z 0

District Changeover 2016-2017

Posted by Richard Osborne on Jul 03, 2016
District Changeover occurred at The Howick Club, East Auckland, where now Past District Governor Jennie Herring reviewed her year, acknowledged those who had made it so successful, presented many awards to deserving recipients and handed over to District Governor Roger and Georgie Harvey.  Roger introduced his family and outlined his plans for the new Rotary Year. This was an excellent function, well organised and attended by 175 Rotarians. 
Click here to see photos from the changeover.
District Changeover 2016-2017 Richard Osborne 2016-07-02 12:00:00Z 0

New Friends Await in Every Corner of the World

The entertainment capital and India’s financial powerhouse, Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra. On the Mumbai Harbor waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch. Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples. The city is famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.
The Rotary Friendship Exchange Program provides a means through which Rotarians in one part of the world can experience life in another country or culture. Its goal is to advance international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person connections across national boundaries.

New Friends Await in Every Corner of the World Richard Osborne 2016-07-01 12:00:00Z 0

Say Thanks and Support ERKs

Rotary is first on-scene in most Pacific disasters because of the availability of the Emergency Response Kits (ERKs).  Many clubs prefer to make a donation towards ERKs on behalf of the person they would like to acknowledge and the Gift Card enables this. 
Recipients may be a Guest Speaker or someone who has done something of value  in support of the club etc.  Individual Rotarians have also acknowledged their customers at Christmas or other special occasion by making a donation to ERKs as a thank you.
Say Thanks and Support ERKs 2016-06-29 12:00:00Z 0

A new Rotary year with fresh ideas

First of July is the start of what is likely to be a momentous year for anyone in Rotary.  There will be the celebration of 100 years since the start of the Rotary Foundation.  This may also be the year where we see the last case of the wild polio virus.
The July issue of the regional Rotary Down Under magazine touches on these reasons for celebration and the hopes and aspirations of Rotary International and all Rotarians for the coming Rotary year.  Included also are some varied and quite inspiring examples of Rotarians really getting involved in their community in a way that touches lives for the better.  All readers will relate to these and reignite their passion for Rotary.