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

D9920 District Governor's Christmas Message

Rotary clubs and their members have finished their activities for the year and we hope you will have a well-deserved break after a very active first half of the Rotary year.
We have had a very busy six months and a lot has happened in Rotary and personally.  Since changeover, Jan and I have visited forty-seven Rotary clubs in Auckland and seven Pacific Island countries.  We still have five clubs in the northern part of Fiji to visit in the New Year.  The Rotary clubs we have visited are very inspirational with their community activities and we always leave with a sense of renewed energy and enthusiasm for the good work carried out by Rotarians in the district

Rotary is supporting solutions for the Samoa measles emergency.  You can too!

Rotary New Zealand World Community Service remains in daily communication by telephone with Rotary Samoa. Sadly the number of deaths has now past 60.
To date Rotary Samoa have had made and delivered 82 beds with vinyl covered mattresses and side tables, plus 6 cots.  In addition they have supplied 8 wheelchairs, tidy containers and hospital consumables, for example kidney dishes, etc. Bereaved families will be given vouchers for food and other essential items.
RNZWCS is grateful for the donations that have been received from Rotary clubs, Rotarians and the public through its appeal but the need is urgent and great so please continue support for this appeal.

Various types of Rotary clubs are possible

that there are EIGHT different club models?
Question for you:  if you are a Rotarian, which model is your club and what can your club borrow from the others to enhance your club so it is a good fit for all members?  Things change in life so if your club is not longer best for you then you can transfer to one that does suit.  After all, you deserve to enjoy your Rotary.
Are you interested in Rotary but cannot find a club model that suits you?  The really great news is that Rotary is willing to start new clubs so why not be the driving force for a club that suits you and others like you in your community! Send an exploratory email via https://rotarydistrict9920.org/SingleEmail/ContactUs addressed to the District 9920 Membership Chair (Pam) or call 0800 4 ROTARY.

December 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-4 July                 RYLA 2020
Any questions to Mike Williamson mikesuewilliamson@gmail.com

South Pacific PETS and LETS Dates

Please note that in District 9920 that DGE Craig has decided not to run PETS1, district chair or AG training this year and has instead provided them with reference to modules in the RI Learning Centre.  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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