Posted on Aug 01, 2018
Greetings fellow Rotarians.
 
We are now starting the second month of the 2018-19 Rotary year.
 
Your Rotary Club leadership teams are “being the inspiration” for all the good work you are doing in your communities and the support you are providing for Rotary action and funding throughout the world.
 
The vital partnership to this success is the fun and fellowship you are all having in your clubs.
On a sad note, many of you will have meet or know Kris Wright, son of Past District Governor Paul and Tups Wright (Rotorua North) who sadly, died earlier this week. It was very special to have Kris and Tups attend District Changeover. Our thoughts are with the family and Janine Branson and the whole of the Rotorua North Rotary Club. He will be greatly missed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

I also record the death of Past President Margaret Peapell (Fairfield) who gave 22 years of Rotary service following on from 14 years as Principal of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. I knew her personally, as my wife Jenny until her death in 2000, was Chair of both the Board of Management and the Board of Trustees of the school. Margaret’s life epitomised engagement and action in the service of youth.
 
Elizabeth and I have enjoyed our visits to clubs so far for changeovers and club activities. A highlight was attending the 30th anniversary of the Rotorua North Club Kuirau Park Market on Saturday 14th July.
 
This wonderful food market has resulted in over $800,000 being returned to the community.
 
The Mayor of Rotorua, Steve Chadwick announced that a more permanent location in the park is to be developed including power points, by the council. This is a recognition of how important the market is to Rotorua, the community and to Rotary.
 
Well done Rotorua North Rotary.
 
A special occasion was the 2018 Outward Bound IYE students parents’ dinner where Jerry and Karen Cowper were thanked for the tremendous service they have given to the IYE programme and their work, particularly over the last four years with Jerry as Chair.
 
Also, Joanne Parker was thanked for her contribution on the committee over the last eight years.
 
 
 
In my own Rotary Club of Te Awamutu, we have welcomed Azélice Martel (France D1760) and Ella Briggs who will be going to France next year.  
           
I presented them both with this year’s Rotary International theme banner in French – “Soyons  L’inspiration”.
 
August is Membership and New Club Development Month and yes, the District Membership Challenge is on again.
 
Do you want to earn a $1000 for your Club to enable new members to invest in a new community project for your Club?
 
Simply achieve a net growth of 4 new members between 1st July 2018 and 30th May 2019 and the grant will be presented for your new members to use as seed funding on a new Community Project of their choice!
 
There will be a maximum of 10 Grants available to the Clubs that induct 4 New Members from 1st July 2018 to 31st May 2019. Payment is funded from District Funding reserves.
  1. For Clubs increase a NET membership growth of 4 or more new members in the period 1st July 2018 to 31st May 2019.
 
  1. Clubs must have updated their membership records on the District Website and have no outstanding debts due to D9930 or Rotary International.
 
  1. The award of $1000 will be provided to Clubs to seed a NEW Community project that the new members select during their first 12 months in the Club.  
 
  1. Successful Clubs will be advised and presented with a Certificate of Achievement at District Changeover on 30th June 2019. Payment of the $1000 will be made after the Club presents details of their new Community Project proposal during the 2018/19 Rotary Year.
 
No application form is required, just simply email mike1950@xtra.co.nz
by 1st October 2018 to indicate that you accept the challenge.
Names of new members inducted must be advised by 1st June 2019.
 
We hit the road in August and will be visiting 25 Rotary Clubs in 30 days. We look forward to meeting you all and hearing about the inspirational projects and activities you are doing in your communities.
 
There is much to do both here at home but also throughout the world. We must End Polio Now and continue to support our ongoing Rotary projects.
 
Keep up the good work and together we can “Be the Inspiration”.
 

Graham

 

Graham Jull
Governor 2017/18
Rotary District 9930
Mob 027 2768181
Proud to be a Rotarian