December 2019     This Newsletter has been sent to all District 9920 Rotarians

Quick – a Conference Registration Super Prize for the taking


GVI – Genuine Vehicle Imports (LMVD) will supply one lucky conference registrant with a late model Nissan Leaf full EV to drive and use for four days.  GVI will provide a fully insured, latest year model of Nissan Leaf that's available in stock at the time.  They will also instruct on how to charge and operate the car and supply a charging cable.  Any driver of the car must hold a current NZ driver’s licence.
The winner of this offer will be selected by a ‘lucky dip’ from all registered attendees.
  • Early Bird registrants get THREE automatic entries into the lucky draw (Early Bird registrations close 31 December 2019).
  • Registrants after 31 December 2019 automatically qualify for one lucky draw entry.



Fantastic Offer for the District Conference

We are trying something new for this conference and with the generous support of John Boscawen (Rotary Club of Auckland Downtown) we are opening the Saturday session of the conference (9 am to 4 pm), to prospective members at a subsidised price of $75.  Clubs can invite member prospects along for the day so they can see and hear more about Rotary, listen to the speakers such as:

  • Sir Richard Faull (Director of the Centre for Brain Research University of Auckland,
  • Stephanie Woollard (Australian Rotarian and founder of Seven Women),
  • Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl), and
  • Julia Phelps (Director of Rotary International).
Also learn about major Rotary projects and enjoy networking with their prospective club members as well as the wider Rotarian group.
It will be up to clubs to identify and assist prospects to register, to host them on the day and follow-up with them post conference.  These prospective Rotarians can be registered on the conference website District Conference.  But be quick to take up this generous offer as places are limited and at the time of writing there were only 50 places left – that’s less than one per club in the district.

South Tawara RCC helps preschool through literacy project

South Tawara Rotary Community Corps held one of its early literacy projects last week by giving out reading books and Rotary Usborne Pictorial Dictionaries to the International Preschool at Eita.  Head Teacher Mrs Talime Moote said that these will be very helpful for the teachers and the students especially as they have very few reading books in their resource library. She thanked STRCC for their charity and hoped they could continue to work with the preschool to expand their teaching resources over time. She noted that in addition to books, they have a dire need for toys and blocks for the children to play with.

Ormiston College Interact initiate Operation Christmas Child

The Interact club of Ormiston College has concluded another very active year with Operation Christmas Child Fund.  This is the ongoing collection of toys, books, stationery, etc during Term 3 to create shoe boxes for children around the world who are less fortunate to have a happy Christmas. 
The Interact club service group worked with Operation Christmas Child to provide emergency relief and to develop assistance to suffering people around the world.  It was decided to conduct a gift drive, collecting any donations from Ormiston Senior College students, packaging them in shoe boxes and putting them to better use.

Young Totara Award - new award for clubs to use in their community

The Young Totara Award:
  • recognises the positive achievements of our young people,
  • promotes sound role models for our youth, and
  • fosters responsible attitudes towards the community.
The future of the planet will be in the hands of the youth of today.
To lead the world of tomorrow we will need young people with
  • strength of character,
  • courage of conviction,
  • care of the community, and
  • pursuit of excellence.
By singling out and recognizing young people with these qualities we can promote these ideals and encourage positive role models for the growing generations.
For the criteria ...

Example of Young Totara Award in use

Young Totara awardees over the years have gone on to become successful in their endeavours, with recent awardees being involved in Rotary projects. In August 2019, Ben Keimpe Hofmans is the receipient of the “Young Totara Award” for the District 9970. Ben was nominated by the Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise and the Rotary Club of St Johns through Ainie Kwok for his dedication, perseverance in helping with the setup of 3D printers at Aidanfield Christian School in Chrischurch. The 3D printers funding have also been kindly donated by the Chenery Memorial Trust.
Ben is now a first year University of Canterbury student studying engineering. Since receiving the Award, Ben has attended and participated at the Rotaract Oceania Conference in Auckland. He was also one of the volunteers at the Rotary Oceania Conference, held in September.

The Spring Rotary ALLFIT Coastal Run

Oh my, what a fantastic day it was! Pohutukawa Coast Passport Rotary’s second Rotary ALLFIT Coastal Run took place this year on a beautiful spring Sunday in Beachlands.  Nearly 550 runners and walkers enjoyed the magnificent Pohutukawa Coast while testing their fitness in the sunshine.

Mt Eden and Epsom Rotary Realise the Fruits of Their Labours


Donation to Hearts4Kids on 29 October

Following the DOWNTON ABBEY Movie Night Fundraiser held at the Capitol Cinema on 12 September and with the support of a $1,500 matching grant from the Rotary Foundation (District 9920), Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary were able to jointly donate $3,250 to the team from Hearts4Kids for their surgical trip for children in Fiji in mid-November.  Pictured are Ana Kennedy (L), leader of the Hearts4Kids ward nursing team and Ainslie Campbell (R), President Mt Eden Rotary.  Unfortunately Craig Jones, President Epsom Rotary, broke a tooth and was unable to be present for the photo.

Donation of Books to Mt Eden Corrections Facility on 12 November

Mt Eden Rotary was delighted to donate 100 copies of the Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary to the Mt Eden Corrections Facility.  The dictionaries will be used by the librarian Zoe Cornelius (R) (pictured with Mt Eden President Ainslie Campbell) and Regional Volunteer Coordinator Ghissy Lee to assist their literacy programmes.  This donation was made possible by the OCEAN LIGHT book launch event held last year and thanks to Nalini Singh, her fans who attended the event, Hachette NZ, Epsom Community Library, Chapter Book & Tea Shop and the June Gray Charitable Trust for their support.
Based on Zoe’s and Ghissy’s initial feedback, it certainly sounds like there will be ongoing demand for dictionaries at the Mt Eden Corrections Facility given the facility’s size, turnover and average literacy rates.  However, the NZ Road Code and NZ and South Pacific atlases are also possibilities for future donations.


On 13 November DG Gary Langford had the privilege to attend a presentation of 280 Usborne illustrated English dictionaries to students at Finlayson Park Primary School in Manurewa, the largest decile 1 school in the country.  He witnessed joy and smiles all around and was made aware again of the great effort the Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust, the Pakuranga Rotary Club and its auxiliary, are making to improve literacy standards.  Also assisting the purchase in this instance was the June Gray Charitable Trust, administered by the Newmarket Rotary Club.

Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary invite you to The Two Popes


Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary invite you to this private screening.  Please SHARE this invitation with anyone who you think may find it of interest.  Thank you!

Behind the Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.  A drama/comedy with Anthony Hopkins starring as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce starring as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis.

Growing our reach - new club Chartered in Kiribati

On 6 November 2019, the official charter event for the Rotary Club of Tarawa was held at the Lagoon Club in the middle of the island.  Almost all of the 24 members of the club were present to receive their Charter certificate and for President Ruth to receive the chains of office from Tania Thomas, the President of the sponsoring Rotary club, the Rotary Club of Otahuhu in Auckland.  The event was attended by Mr Taoaba Kaiea, Minster of Women, Youth and Sport, and the High Commissioners for New Zealand and Australia.  Representatives of the local community were also present and we were entertained by traditional dancers from the area of Betio, in the west of the atoll.  The following is a overview of the need for a new club through to their future activities:


In September a case of circulating vaccine-derived polio was detected in Mindanao province in the south of the Philippines.  Through ongoing disease surveillance, the presence of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus has now been confirmed as far away as Manila.  However, no cases of wild polio have been discovered.
How can polio derive from a vaccine?
Oral polio vaccine (OPV) contains an attenuated (weakened) vaccine-virus, activating an immune response in the body.  When a child is immunized with OPV, the weakened vaccine-virus replicates in the intestine for a limited period, thereby developing immunity by building up antibodies.  During this time, the vaccine-virus is also excreted.  In areas of inadequate sanitation, this excreted vaccine-virus can spread in the immediate community (and this can offer protection to other children through ‘passive’ immunization) before eventually dying out.


On rare occasions, if a population is seriously under-immunized, an excreted vaccine-virus can continue to circulate for an extended period of time.  The longer it is allowed to survive, the more genetic changes it undergoes.  In very rare instances, the vaccine-virus can genetically change into a form that can paralyze – this is what is known as a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV).  Vaccination coverage in the Philippines has been steadily declining over the past few years, underscoring the importance of increasing coverage to at least 95 per cent of children to stop future spread of polio.


A new Decade with a whole lot of new members?

2020 marks the beginning of a new Decade.  A fresh start.  A time for Revival.
In January and February there will be a series of posts, backed by some modest and targeted NZ/Auckland advertising, on the Rotary Oceania and District 9920 Facebook pages suggesting to those wanting to try something new for the good of their communities, that Rotary is the answer they are seeking.
As we know, Rotary is grassroots at the club level so these posts will refer to the good things clubs offer.  However, it only all works if clubs, upon receiving an expression of interest, follow this through to a great conclusion.  That conclusion may be a new member, or a project volunteer, a new project, or maybe even a new sponsor.  Just if you get a phone or email inquiry, do not muff it up!  Think 'amazing customer service'.
And you are very welcome to share or copy the posts to create your own for your own club Facebook.  In fact, just do that!

Our motto is "Serious Fun"

"With our motto to have 'Serious Fun', the Pakuranga College Interact Club experienced yet another successful year filled with volunteering within our local community, raising awareness and fundraising for various charities - all while having a good time!  If what an Interact clubs does is a mystery to you then read on ... you will become a fan!

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:
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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