Posted on Apr 02, 2019
From the pen of District Governor Graham Jull:
Greetings fellow Rotarians.
Thank you all Rotarians and friends who attended our D9930 Focus on Rotary Conference in Hamilton 15-17 March 2019.
What a wonderful weekend of celebrating Rotary and “Being the Inspiration” in our district. We all had an opportunity to refresh and engage our participation and commitment to our wonderful organisation and have great fun and fellowship in doing it.
The tragic events of Christchurch were developing as many Rotary volunteers were completing a Rotary service project of food preparation for distribution to some needy areas of Hamilton on a Friday afternoon. In the morning, lunch was prepared for 50 homeless and needy people who are supported by St Vincent de Paul Centre in Frankton. It was a privilege to work with them and see the wonderful work Vinnes is doing in the community.
Thank you also for your contributions to “Cans for a Cause”
Those cans have made a difference to several charities in Hamilton including
Kaivolution, Sacred Heart and St Vincent de Paul.
Conference opened with the official party and our Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange (RIYE) students with national flags and the Rotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchange (RANZSE) students.
Later, on Saturday morning, I invited all Rotarians at the conference to accompany me with a 5-minute walk to the Hamilton Mosque, some 500 metres from the Claudelands Event Centre. It was a very moving and powerful symbol of support as all walked and assembled outside the Mosque.
We were welcomed by the President of the Waikato Islamic Association Dr Asad Mohsin, Mayor of Hamilton City Andrew King and Member of Parliament for Hamilton East David Bennett.
Dr Mohsin thanked us for our support and sympathy and I responded with our condolences and unified support for all New Zealanders. A powerful linking of arms and moment of reflection, amplified the support for the families and victims in Christchurch, the effect this tragedy is having on all in New Zealand and the spirit of love respect and support for all living in our country.
Rotarians at the conference raised $2400 and Pisey Leng, our inspirational Sunday morning speaker and author of “The Wisdom Seeker”, donated $550 from the proceeds of her book sales. Rotary clubs have so far donated over $14,000 to our 9930 Mosque appeal which will be sent to 9970 and distributed to families and victims as a joint Rotary New Zealand effort. Thank you all for your generosity.
There were many highlights with great speakers and presentations throughout the conference.
Coroner Wally Bain on his work dealing with the human tragedy involving groups from the most difficult social sector in our community.
Mike Seawright on ReliefAid delivering humanitarian aid to some of the worst conflict zones such as Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan and recently Syria. The work often is hand in hand with ShelterBox.
Thomas Nabbs (Hamilton Central) and his passion for sport for all and creating “The Waterboy”.
Jim Hopkins, journalist, TV and radio personality, debater and humorous speaker, Deputy Mayor of  Waitaki District Council, Oamaru, and President (3x) of the Rotary Club of Oamaru. A brilliant funny address but concluded with appropriate sincere comments on Christchurch which ended with a standing ovation.
Rotary International President Personal Representative Don Mebus and Carolyn from Arlington Texas, participated fully at the conference and other activities while hosted in the district until they flew to Australia to attend the D9640 Rotary conference in Lismore, New South Wales. The singing Texas Don with his guitar entertained, informed and showed another side to getting your Rotary message across.
Having Gemma Sisica update the wonderful work she has done with founding St Jude School in Tanzania. From an idea, a $10 donation and determination, Gemm has created a school with excellence in education, pupils who will go on to be leaders in the country, a whole economy and benefit for all. Graduate student Godwin who travelled to New Zealand with Gemma, also spoke of his education, his teaching and giving back to Tanzania and the wonderful work of St Jude.
Gemma and her work have great support from many Rotarians and Clubs in 9930 and a supporters group gave her a Cheque for $2000 at the conference. It was a privilege to present Gemma with a Paul Harris fellowship +1 from 9930.
Liz Wright (Te Awamutu) Interplast Chair PHF+1
Glenys Parton (Tauranga Sunrise) ROMAC Chair PHF+1
Mike Cahill (Fairfield) ShelterBox and 2019 Conference Chair PHF+4
Dr Robbie Francis was presented with the Rotary Alumni Global Service Award for Zone 7b.
Rotary Foundation Major Donor – Ken Smith (Huntly)
Stortford Lodge, Hastings won the Best Attendance at Conference award.
Nic Dangerfield (Tauranga TePapa ) the Governor’s Golf Trophy
Rotary Taradale won the Best Dressed Club for the South Pacific Theme
Jacqui Matthews-Harris (Napier)  and MC David Natzke (Waikato Sunrise) as Best Dressed attendees
What a wonderful colourful evening with all dressed in the South Pacific theme. Great food, entertainment, and music from “Who's That”. Well done Taradale!!!!~
This is our team under Chair Mike Cahill who gave you the 9930 conference 2019. Thanks to all and we all wish DGE Peter Maxwell who attended some of our meetings, all the best for his conference in Rotorua 2020.
April is Maternal and Child Health Month
There are only three months to go until District Changeover in Morrinsville on Sunday 30th June 2019. Your clubs will be completing many of your projects which are making a difference in your community. Your President-Elect and team are also preparing for the 2019-20 Rotary year. District Training Assembly is coming up on 4th May in Taupo.
Let’s keep the Inspiration going for the rest of this Rotary year.
Best wishes'