February 2020     This Newsletter has been sent to all District 9920 Rotarians

District Governor Gary's February Message

Rotary clubs are starting to get underway after the summer break.  I hope you had a good break and have returned full of energy and enthusiasm for the new Rotary year.
The end of last year was dominated by bush fires in Australia, a measles epidemic in Samoa and more recently the coronavirus spread around the world.  I want to thank all the Rotarians and clubs who gave so generously for the Bush Fire and Measles Appeal.
The Rotary National Science and Technology Forum has held its 31st summer camp attended by 168 Year 13 students who spent two weeks in Auckland learning and seeing the different possibilities offered for careers in science and technology.  The co-operation between Auckland University, AUT and Massey University is good to see.  Jan and I attended the opening ceremony, the BBQ midway through and the formal graduation dinner.  This event is a credit to Rotary and reinforces our investment in youth.  Well done to the hard-working trustees and organising committee.


Dear Club President,
I am writing to ask you to encourage members of your club to come to the District 9920 Conference at Auckland University campus from 15 to 17 May 2020.  There is an exciting list of speakers lined up for the conference with full details on the website: www.districtconference9920.nz.
I am pleased to advise that my committee have put together a Special Group Booking offer to motivate members to register.  This qualifies club members and partners to register at a discounted rate provided at least four people register as a group.  We hope this will enable you to get together a group representing your club.  Click the following links to download an Excel form or this for a PDF form which can be used to register your group.

One pit toilet for 55 people … REPLACED


Imagine sharing a pit toilet with eight of your neighbours like this one never having seen a flush toilet in your life!  And, it is 100 metres away day or night, fine or stormy. This was the situation faced by nine families in Fiji until Suva North Rotary stepped in. 
In Waidradra Village, Fiji, extreme poverty meant that 55 people from nine families shared a single pit toilet for decades.  The picture shows this communal “facility” but there were problems.  The location had needed to be moved because its stench was creating complaints from other villagers.  Also, the new location was some distance from the family’s homes creating access difficulties, especially for women and children at night.  Not only that but the wider community had started using the same toilet, even breaking the lock to access, causing capacity issues.

February Update re RYLA 2020

Important update on RYLA 2020 with important dates to keep in mind.
February to April 2020  Candidates need to complete the online application form at www.ryla.co.nz either on their own or in collaboration with the sponsoring Rotary club.
30 April 2020                   Applications close
7 May 2020                      Rotary clubs advised of successful applicants names
14 May 2020                    Candidates notified of their acceptance
27 June to 4 July               RYLA 2020
Any questions to Mike Williamson mikesuewilliamson@gmail.com

NEW Publicity Resource - Rotary's Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines 2020

A NEW version of Rotary's Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines is now available for Download from the Brand Center (under Guidelines) - login needed. This condenses into one document the important branding information every Rotarian needs. It is recommended you Download to your computer for easy access.
At the same time it is recommended you download any logos you need, including the 2020-2021 Theme logos, so that yuou have easy access to these.

NEW Publicity Resource - Membership Promotion Part 1 - Rotary Briefly Explained

PowerPoint Presentation:
Created by Colin Robinson for a Rotary Oceania Facebook Membership Campaign January 2020
This is Part 1 of 2 Parts
Part 2 is highly “personalised” towards attracting non-Rotarians to Rotary and will be loaded separately
You are welcome to use this as you see fit whether for a club presentation, in social media or more.
All is E&OE
The topic is huge and not all areas or points can be / are covered.
Download from HERE

South Pacific PETS and LETS Dates

SPPETS will be preceded with a full day's training for presidents-elect and incoming AGs during the day on  Friday 28 February 2020 (with SPPETS itself on the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday). 
It is therefore important that SPPETS and LETS are well attended.
Note also that participation in RLI is very strongly encouraged: https://www.rotarydistrict9920.org/page/rotary-leadership-institute-(rli)
South Pacific Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (SPPETS)
Friday, 28 February, Saturday, 29 February and Sunday, 1 March until 1pm at Waipuna Conference Centre in Waipuna Rd, Mt Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand for all Auckland and Pacific Islands presidents-elect and assistant governors.  The three full days format focuses on networking, inspiring plenary sessions and workshops on practical deliverables. All PEs and AGs to please register now via this link SPPETS.
Leaders-Elect Training Seminar (LETS)
Sunday, 3 May at St Cuthbert’s College, 122 Market Rd, Epsom for Auckland assistant governors, presidents-elect and their Rotary club leaders along with any other Rotarians.  Rotaractors and Interact presidents-elect are also welcome.  LETS includes motivational plenary sessions and your choice of breakout sessions, as well as project and event ideas and networking.

Upcoming Leadership and Development Dates

District 9920 is a geographic area covering a half of Auckland, New Zealand and the seven Pacific nations of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga.  This is the largest maritime district in Rotary and this unique Pacific influence provides Rotarians with wide ranging and interesting service opportunities.  In this area there are 53 Rotary clubs of which a third are in the Pacific countries.
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