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Rotary’s 110th annual convention concludes

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Value of Rotary volunteering

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Welcome to Rotary District 9930 ~ New Zealand

District 9930 lies in the heart of the North Island.   It is a land rich in history, in agriculture, in tourism, and in technology.   
The little village of Maketu is the site of one of the earliest Maori settlements in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Many towns of the East Cape region of our district share these Maori cultural roots, as do most communities in our district. The Coromandel Peninsula towns of Thames and Paeroa witnessed the gold rush fever of the 19th century.  Tourism flourishes in Rotorua, Mt Mauganui, Hawkes Bay, and Taupo. Agriculture abounds from the kiwifruit orchards of the Bay of Plenty to the dairy farms of the Waikato, to the vineyards of Hawke's Bay, to the vast forests of the central region. Our largest city Hamilton is a hub of technology and higher education, and New Zealand's largest port, Tauranga, drives the economy of our entire region.
And in every one of the areas, you will find Rotary clubs that serve their local communities as well as Rotary's global mission. We are 50 clubs powered by nearly 1,500 Rotarians.
Take time to explore District 9930. and see how Rotary "Connects The World".
Article by Euan Miller, D9520 Membership Chair
I have just completed two years as District Membership Chair and the standout observation is clubs that have effective leaders are clubs that demonstrate Rotary in Action.
They are dynamic, they achieve Rotary Citations, they maximise membership retention and they grow their membership.
On the other hand, clubs that elect Presidents without much thought about what makes a good leader because it is somebody’s turn or because nobody else wants to do it; are at risk of ending up with a wasted year.
By Lawrence Furbish, ARC, Zone 32, from Rotary Zones 24 & 32 Beyond Borders Newsletter, May 19
Do you know what your members think about your club? Perhaps it’s time for the Club Health Check.
Getting new members is important, but keeping them after they join is critical.
This month's animation is how to maximize your chances of doing just that - by engaging them.
You can now find all membership videos from previous months at
Rotary Basics is now an online course that covers all things Rotary in an interactive, multimedia format.
In this new Learning Centre course, you can deepen your understanding of Rotary as well as meet members around the world and watch videos. You can also take a quiz to test your Rotary knowledge.
The Rotary Basics online course was designed for new members, but it is also a good refresher for long-time members who want to test their Rotary knowledge or even nonmembers who simply want to know what Rotary is all about.
We’d encourage club leaders to include this course in new member orientation programs or recommend it to members as they take on new leadership positions.
Local Physiotherapy students receive training in cleft care by Rotary Interplast volunteers in Fiji.
Interplast volunteer speech pathologists and physiotherapists have worked with Fiji National University to incorporate training on cleft care in the physiotherapy curriculum for final year students.
Read on to see how Interplast is helping local health professionals like Fijian physiotherapist, Queresha Ali, to specialise in this important area of expertise.

Volunteer speech pathologist, Sarah Florisson, said there is currently no speech therapy department in Fiji, and Interplast allied health volunteers have been working together with local health professionals and educators to fill this gap.

“Our emphasis has been on training physiotherapy and nursing staff at Colonial War Memorial Hospital,” she said.


Teaching parents how to feed babies born with cleft lips and palates helps to prevent malnutrition.
Maketu Rotary, like all D9930 clubs, celebrated their annual changeover by reflecting on the past year's activities,  They did it though a short video with some uplifting music.  Have a look.
The Rotary Club of Ahuriri Sunrise recently heard guest speaker Murray Church.
Murray spoke to us firstly of his years in Rotaract in Hawkes Bay and his enjoyment belonging to a club with great fellowship.
Unfortunately, Rotaract is no longer active in Hawkes Bay, but Murray gave us a brief description of the organisation.
The first Rotaract Club chartered in New Zealand was The Rotaract Club of Mount Albert in Auckland on 19 February 1969. Charter President Graham Allan encapsulated why many young people join Rotaract – Youth has always dreamed of bettering the society in which it lives. We view our present society with a harshly critical eye, dissatisfied with its tendency towards selfishness.
 District 9930 Governor’s End of Year Report for 2018-2019
Rotary International President Barry Rassin’s theme of “Being the Inspiration” has indeed inspired 9930 Rotarians to be good people, doing good work by having great fun and fellowship. With the flexibility of Rotary today following the changes introduced in 2016 by the Council of Legislation, some clubs have changed their frequency and format of meeting to what suits the members of that club. 
Now that's what volunteering is all about.
Rotarians from Maketu recently took part in The Daily cottage pie making project. Helping to peel potato’s, prepare massive amounts of vegetables, cooking, cleaning, knitting, repairs - you name it they were there helping out.
Together the team helped make 100 cottage pies to be distributed to the needy in the community.  Thanks Maketu Rotary.
Check out the website for The Daily and see if this is something you could get involved with.
Do you struggle to come up with new ideas for projects? 
There is a wealth of information on Rotary  Internationals website but sometimes the easiest option is to follow a few clubs on Facebook.  There are becoming more and more clubs who are posting information about their projects and this may just be the spark your club needs to get members involved.
As well as projects looks at these great images i recently found on a post from San Francisco West.

Trevor - 100 years old - he made it!!!

Yes, Trevor Page had a great birthday last weekend - 100 years old. Rotary Taradale celebrated with a special birthday night for him - complete with balloons, banners and poppers. Club member and Caterer Claire Connor made his special birthday cake.

Congratulations Trevor Page from Rotary Taradale on reaching your 100 year milestone.  
It looks like Taradale pulled out all the stops to help you celebrate your special occasion.  
Heidi is a 15-year-old young lady living in Kawerau. She suffers from Spina Bifida, hence the need for her wheelchair.
She is one of 20 members of Kawerau District Youth Council and she absolutely loves taking part in discussions. This opportunity has given her much confidence as well as meeting other young people. Heidi feels that everyone should have the same opportunities and be able to take part in everything. Able bodied people need to realise what disabled people need. The Youth Council organises some big events like Christmas in the Park etc.
Heidi loves horse riding and especially boxing which has strengthened her upper body and now she has a neck, instead of being hunched up!

She is a student at Tarawera High School and had a project which was to let people know what it was like to be in a wheelchair especially going up a steep ramp or crossing roads, things that able-bodied people take for granted.
A very warm welcome tonight to Maitlands visitors Gaylene and Ellen (his sister), guest speaker Vishant Chettri and his support team Sonam and Aditya.
One Chance Youth Awards this weekend, thank you to Henry and Rachel for representing Rotorua North. 
Kerrin attended that great little school Opotiki College and when he left he took up a farm cadetship.
This was followed by time in the bush dealing to possums and goats with fishing and diving for variation. When he emerged all this changed in the late 1980s when the combined weight of 2 forward packs dislocated his C4,5 vertebrae.
Time in the hospital and the Otara spinal unit followed then a return home to adjust to his disability.
The rugby community got behind him with charity matches but it was a difficult time as only 35 hrs of care were provided.