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
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: https://www.facebook.com/EmergencyResponseKits  To donate go to: https://www.rnzwcs.org/ 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
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
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
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
"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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This is HUGE 2017-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
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
“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

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: http://www.rse.org.nz/
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
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
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
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
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 www.facebook.com/rotarynewzealand 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 http://www.rotaryoceania.zone/Page/2017-facebook-publicity-campaign-for-all-clubs  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 http://www.rotarydistrict9920.org/Stories/world-politics-from-students-perspective-at-muna
 
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
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 dbroadheadhe@xtra.co.nz 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

“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
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
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

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
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
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
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 http://www.rotaryoceania.zone/Page/2017-facebook-publicity-campaign-for-all-clubs
Join the Publicity revolution that started 1 May 2017 2017-04-27 12:00:00Z 0

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

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
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
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
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 stories2inspire@rotaryoceania.zone 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
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 www.facebook.com/rotarynz .  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, 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
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
"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
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:  jennie.herring@clear.net.nz by 13 February 2017
Special invitation 2017-01-30 11:00:00Z 0
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?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  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

Check out Rotary.org’s modern, new look

Rotary.org, 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 Rotary.org, and then My Rotary. See what's changed.

New, modern look for rotary.org 2017-01-15 11:00:00Z 0
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 jennie.herring@clear.net.nz 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
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 www.rotaryoceania.zone
Walking Stars and more 2016-12-06 11:00:00Z 0
For Year 13 Students in 2017 2016-12-05 11:00:00Z 0
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
‘"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.
SUMMER HOLIDAYS! 2016-11-25 11:00:00Z 0
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  cs.bg.robinson@xtra.co.nz  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 ( www.facebook.com/rotarydistrict9920 ) 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

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.

Thanks Rotary from Cure Kids 2016-11-21 11:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Amazing form on Melbourne Cup Day 2016-11-06 11:00:00Z 0
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
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.
Choose your cape project 2016-11-02 11:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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!  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
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 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
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
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, ljaggs@alliancemarketing.co.nz
Happy Birthday Rotary 2017 Leanne Jaggs 2016-10-14 11:00:00Z 0
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 berylrobinson@rotarydownunder.co.nz
TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH 2016-09-22 12:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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

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, nrgreen2015@gmail.com.

 

 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
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

 

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
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
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
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
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
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 http://www.d9920conference2017.com/  .... and now for the conference itself:
Sailing, golfing, zorbing and some inspiration ... 2016-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
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

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
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
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 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


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 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
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: http://www.rotarystjohns.club/Stories/stories-excite#sthash.YXRrr1hP.dpuf
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
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, 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
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
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 sue115@xtra.co.nz for more details.
 
 
 
                                                           
Friendship Exchange - The Canadians are Coming Sue Fairbairn 2016-07-04 12:00:00Z 0
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
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
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.
 
 
A new Rotary year with fresh ideas 2016-06-28 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary was as is usual, first on-scene with essential aid for those most in need following Cyclone Winston.  Fiji Rotary have a very well planned and practised response to emergencies and while these arrangements cover a number initiatives, central to this are the Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s).
 
 
 
 
First on the scene in times of disaster - you can help 2016-06-26 12:00:00Z 0

Waiheke Island is in the Hauraki Gulf, 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland, NZ. There is a permanent population of 8,000 that increases to over 45,000 in the holiday periods. For years, there had been a serious need on Waiheke Island for an all-weather helicopter pad that is easily accessible by St John Ambulance for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

SAVING LIVES AND SAVING MONEY Colin Robinson 2016-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
The new Clubrunner site offers new and modern options that will be a huge leap forward in how clubs can present themselves to their community and seek their engagement.

Clubrunner is in use by over 5,000 clubs across the world and has a proven track record.  Externally it provides a modern presentation of Rotary to the public that is easy for clubs to use should they take up a Clubrunner website. 
A great leap forward available to clubs 2016-05-31 12:00:00Z 0
Click on picture to read about the huge need for healthcare services in the Pacific and one club has a partnership to do just that while another has a project that everyone can use to save a life with a pocket-sized piece of reassurance.  Other articles describe clearing our waterways of noxious fish using a bow hunting competition and creating a community partnership bringing joy to those needing a lift in spirits.  There is inspiration and ideas for every reader in the June magazine.  Also some highly useful advice on publicity practices for clubs in Club Confidential plus some pages on membership successes.  Subscribe to the free e-Newsletter (via your club Secretary) to get top articles direct to your Inbox.  Submit stories to berylrobinson@rotarydownunder.co.nz
NZ Pacific stories in June 2016 Colin Robinson 2016-05-26 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Robinson
A project of Half Moon Bay Rotary, the challenge was to buy an old car ( a Banger) for under $1000, and drive it with a group of like minded people from Auckland to Bluff for charity.
 
Applications for 2017 event are now open.
Bangers to Bluff Colin Robinson 2016-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Robinson
The club is the focus of Rotary membership but Rotarians, with their partners and others can engage in service elsewhere in the world.
 
For some of many options go to www.rotary.org and search "Rotary Fellowships"
Opportunities beyond the club abound Colin Robinson 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
 
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
Welcome to Rotary District 9920 2015-11-26 00:00:00Z 0