Rotary is about the actions that take place to make the lives of many that little bit, or a lot, better. This Blog tells just some of those stories made possible by the dedication and goodwill of the men and women who are members of Rotary clubs throughout the region. Rotary - check it out! 0800 4 ROTARY
On the St Johns Rotary Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/stjohnsrotaryclub
)President Mary Ann said “We like to
introduce our new members to the seemingly crazy nature of the club slowly so
as to not scare them off. One way we do this is to invite them all to a New
These are always
incredibly relaxing and pleasant evenings and being a pot luck dinner some
unexpected cooking skills from the male members came to light. What is significant is the club is innovative
in finding better ways of achieving results and this is one example.
purpose of the evening is for new members to get to know each other better and
they all have the fact they are fairly new to the club in common.Unlike how such evenings are handled in many other
clubs where such evenings often have a formal Rotary information presentation,
this evening has none.This is because new
members get excellent information in a highly structure (but seemingly informal) way as they join,
and the friendly nature of the club and the quality of the meetings means new
members learn a lot about Rotary as they take part in these and in the frequent
and varied projects.
it is inevitable that some conversation around Rotary opportunities arises with
the new members becoming much more comfortable that they can just get involved
within or outside the club as they choose, and some quite surprised at the
extent of what they can just go and become involved in within Rotary and depart
the evening intending to find out more through the website about a particular
aspect of Rotary that interests them. The
club has long promoted Rotary as offering members the limitless ability to
contribute to the community in a way that suits their preferences and interests
while respecting your lifestyle and commitments.Understanding this is extremely attractive to
prospective members and the club backs this by sending new members to Rotary
Leadership Institute as soon as they are able.
District 9920 and 9910 hosted Rotary International President Elect Gary Huang and Korinna out onto the Waitemata aboard the Pacific Mermaid on Wednesday 12 May to have a look at the Motutapu Pathway project.
Senior leadership from both districts were present along with leaders from the clubs very involved with this - the picture below shows Gary with St Johns Rotary President Mary Ann and President Elect Anil.
Gary and Corinna were so impressed with this significant and long-term environmental project they made a $1000 donation that was then matched by four other clubs from both districts towards the $10,000 needed for the next main development being a footbridge across a stream at Home Bay. More pictures from this expedition are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/brucesimages/sets/72157644358251568/
RIPE Gary then attended the charter of the new Auckland South Rotary which is a multi-lingual club (English and Mandarin).
a much anticipated annual event for Cromwell year 4 pupils. Once again,
all year 4 pupils will be presented with Illustrated Dictionaries, by the
Rotary Club of Cromwell. Each dictionary is personalised with the pupils name.
In this age of instant google-fed information, It was a pleasure to see how
eager the pupils were to open and start investigating their books.
event was organised by Nick Wood, Youth and New Generations Director of
Year 4 pupils of Goldfields Primary School, with Murray Kennedy, president
of Cromwell Rotary.
Technology is playing an increasingly important role in connecting Rotarians. International Rotary Leadership Institute is looking at distance learning and while no timeline is yet available for the RLI course to be delivered on-line progress is being made; the NZ Pacific representative is Beryl Robinson plus District 9920 is also looking at its own distance learning options, particularly to the Pacific.
A recent example was the Rotary Club of 9920 Francophone who held a meeting that featured RI President Ron Burton as guest speaker and attracted visitors from around the world - 5pm Paris-time and 2am NZ-time (attended by Beryl Robinson and Dyann Calverley).
Here is a further
Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone is going to become Twin Club again for the 7th
and 8th time this Rotary year with 2 otherRotary Clubs :
Thursday , May 15th at 1.00pm , France time , with the Rotary E-Club
Premier de Montréal, D.7040 , Québec- Canada , on their GOTOMEETING :
Tuesday , May 20th at 8pm , France time , with the SIRC (Stockholm
International Rotary Club) , D.2350 , Sweden , on ourGOTOMEETING:
there will be more coming , maybe even before the end of the Rotary year , and
certainly next year !
If you would like to join this GoToMeeting please email the President of
E-Club 9920 Francophone for meeting access details.
was indeed a great honour that Rotary International President Elect – Gary
Huang and his wife Corinna made the long trip from Taipei to Auckland to keep
to his promise of chartering the new multilingual club of Auckland South on 21
May 2014. From stepping off the plane he was warmly hosted by D9910 and D9920
and spent a day visiting the important environmental friendly project being the
Motutapu Island pathway. Cruising over from Auckland to Motutapu Island aboard
the Pacific Mermaid was an experience that Gary will appreciate and knowing
that Rotarians care for every inch of protected island and surrounding native
fauna. On the Tuesday, Gary and Corinna also enjoyed the tradition of planting
a native tree at Rotary Grove, Auckland Domain with Mayor Len Brown.
Rotary Club of Auckland South (54th in the District covering
Auckland and the Pacific Islands) is multilingual predominantly Mandarin
speaking with a good cluster from the local Taiwanese community. The
inauguration evening was enjoyed by over 110 Rotarians and friends at the
Commerce Club on Wednesday 21 May. With so many dignitaries and with the past
RI President Bill Boyd – the essence of the evening was of celebrating
diversity and maturity that Rotary and New Zealand was embracing every culture
and ethnicity. Gary in a very Taiwanese yet Kiwi way showed his love of singing
and taught the audience of being happy with a clapping chant. Gary will lead
the Rotary global movement in 2014/15 with his theme – “Light Up
Rotary”…..indeed we all will – and thank you for coming so far given your busy
over 25 District 9920 Rotarians and friends from the Rotary Clubs of Auckland Harbourside,
Ellerslie Sunrise, Auckland and Botany East Tamaki, we were assured of an Asian
cultural and culinary experience not to be forgotten. With then Governor
Willard Martin and Gabrielle accompanying us, we made the connecting flight
from Sydney to Taipei. Collecting our bags we literally jumped onto the ultra-fast
bullet train down to Kaohsiung, a city of 1.5 million people and 1 million
scooters. The culinary delights were first class with pig’s trotters, fish and
duck soups and exquisite noodles on the menu. The view from our 85 Sky Tower
Hotel overlooked the picturesque Cheng Ching Lake.
the night markets following a harbour cruise, we all soon appreciated the
natural beauty of Kaohsiung. The following morning we prepared for the Rotary
Club of Kaohsiung hosting us over a generous lunch. President Minna, who was a
former Group Study Exchange team member (sponsored by Taipei club), gave us all
a warm welcome, along with the German GSE team leader Petra Niemann Hessler
sharing her current experiences in Taiwan. We all found the local Taiwan clubs
had a quirk of allocating nick names to their members.The sergeant of Kaohsiung club had a background
in sea navigation, hence the name “Pilot”.
visited the Paper Dome in Nantou designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (who
is famous for his design of the Christchurch cardboard cathedral). It is an
interesting structure which got us all thinking about sustainability and the
ability to adapt to nature (with the risk of earthquakes).
bus ride to Sun Moon Lake took us through many long dark tunnels cut through a
mountain range. Sun Moon Lake was the equivalent of Queenstown, but with aura
and mystery of low fog creeping across the waters.
final destination was Taipei (population 2.6million) – a thriving hub of
history and culture. The National Palace Museum, Freedom Square and the Sun
Yat-Sen memorial were crowded with local and mainland Chinese tourists. Our
visit to Rotary Taipei – the home club of Rotary International President Gary
Huang was an experience to cherish. Taipei club member Bruce Yang thought he
knew the Maori haka - he didn’t - so Auckland Harbourside Rotarian David Wong
supported him from the kamate kamate first lines to the final celebratory jump!
thank Auckland Harbourside President Ronald Chen for coordinating this visit
back to his homeland and appreciate all the hospitality of the Taiwan clubs ….I
can still taste the soft skin of the pigs trotters!
Eradicating Polio is a partnership
between Rotary and others . This video explains the relationship between Rotary
and the Centre for Disease Control. Compelling viewing. Note you can expand to
full screen for easy viewing.
PDG Ross passed away peacefully at home on Monday 5 May, aged 82. Ross made a huge contribution to Rotary in Auckland over his 48 years of service. He chaired three Trusts with many Rotary clubs and organisations across New Zealand benefiting from their funds.
As the Rotary District Foundation Chairman for Polio, Ross was known as Mr Polio. A Testimonial Dinner held for Ross in 2010 raised over $30,000 for Polio. This year, he supported the Polio Plus Challenge for an Auckland Rotary Clubs’ competition. Ross and the Trustees of the Chenery and June Gray Memorial Trusts offered $15,000 as incentive for clubs to raise funds for Polio.
Polio eradication was Ross’ top priority and is a task that certainly needs completing. We know Ross would loved to have been around for the day when it is finally purged from the world. Everyone’s donations however big or small are important and will, in the end, make the difference.
We invite all Rotarians to recognise the efforts of Ross over the years, and to make a meaningful donation to their District Polio Fund in his honour.
PLEASE SEND POLIO PLUS DONATIONS TO: Rotary Foundation Committee 9920 c/o Peter Wilcock 44 Atrana Drive, RD2, Drury, Auckland 2578 (please ask if you would like a tax receipt)
A SERVICE TO CELEBRATE ROSS’ LIFE WILL BE HELD: 11:00am Monday 12 May Iona Presbytarian Church 38 Donovan Street Blockhouse Bay Auckland
The Winton Rotary Trail is a fantastic
community asset for current and future generations to enjoy using. It was
officially opened jointly by Minister of Parliament Bill English and landowner
Joan Hodges on April 12. An enthusiastic crowd of approximately 300 joined in
the celebrations at the culmination of three years and more than one thousand
man hours of work by Rotary Club of Winton members.
The nine kilometre trail encircles the whole
Winton township and includes native bush, the Winton Stream to meander by, rural
farm land, built up housing areas, and grounds beside Central Southland
The different seasons of the year provide
extra aspects of nature for people to admire, ranging from daffodils flowering
in a woodland bush setting, to coloured autumn leaves, plus bird life in the
native bush and animals grazing peacefully on the nearby farmland.
It all started
with the simple idea that Winton’s population would benefit from a walking and
cycling trail that was safe for everybody to utilize. It was immediately
welcomed by Rotarians and supporters.
consents were granted and work started with great enthusiasm from local
businesses and government-based organisations. The physical work was in the
hands of Winton Rotarians, all of whom were eager to help. Winton Rotarian
Lachlan McGregor was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in December 2013 for his
outstanding contribution of instigating this community walkway and his
The extra assets
on the trail include four car parks, two shelter sheds, and six seats for rest
areas. There are many access points to conveniently hop on/ hop off certain
parts of the trail. The most satisfying aspect is now watching young and old
using this great community facility while walking, cycling or walking the dog.
The Winton Rotary Trail has come from the
community for the community and it is owned by the community. Prior to the
official opening, Winton Rotary Club hosted a thank you lunch for the landowners
who had donated their land and for the business community who also donated time