This month’s proverb is from Tonga
‘Oua lau e kafo kae lau e lava –
Stay positive and count your blessings

November is The Rotary Foundation Month

Thoughts from DG Ingrid

Inspiration is like a wave – it carries you along.  It can turn the tide and make change possible.

This last month has been a busy one with many club visits and travel.  John and I have had the benefit of meeting so many committed and energetic Rotarians and seeing some totally inspiring projects.  I often think how lucky we are to have not only one of the world’s most diverse cities as part of our District but also 7 Pacific Island countries that bring a richness of cultures, ideas and opportunities to make a difference in our communities.  Having visited clubs this month ranging from south and east Auckland to Taveuni in the east of Fiji, I am impressed by the variety of work we do, the difference we can make by working together and pooling our resources, and the opportunity we have to make a real impact.

And we give a very special welcome to the Shanghai Elysee Rotary E-club Satellite Francophone, based in Shanghai.  We will profile this new club in our next newsletter.

Some Highlights - there have been too many to mention all...

Savusavu Safe Water Filters - simple devices that have eliminated typhoid and other diseases from 900 households in villages around Savusavu.  These devices are being taken to other parts of Fiji.
Pacific Water for Life – brings water on a much larger scale to whole villages.  Its support from NZAid is testament to the work that was done in setting this foundation up.
Koroipita, Lautoka – though no longer solely a Rotary project, this special village still receives significant Rotary support, has plans for major growth and is a model for community development and sustainable villages for our most disadvantaged people – a model that could be taken to many other Pacific islands.  They too work with NZ Aid – this would not be happening without Rotary’s initial involvement, and of course Peter Drysdale's continuing drive.
Presentation of a new greenhouse to Delana School in Lautoka
The whole school came out to greet us, performed songs and dances and presented a plaque of appreciation to Lautoka Rotary for their efforts in building them a brand new greenhouse where the students will learn horticultural skills.
End Polio NowOctober 24 was World Polio Day with huge celebrations in the US.  Have a look at this article that was published in Time Magazine
Many clubs are running movie nights with “Bohemian Rhapsody” to raise funds – I hope you are getting involved.

Otahuhu Rotary works with 4 schools encouraging the children to wear purple and raise funds for Polio, which the club matched – they will raise more than $2000 as well as getting the word out there – what an easy idea.

Welcome New Members since July 1 2018
It is terrific to see that we have had many new Rotarians join us since 1 July 2018, in many different clubs, some of which I have had the pleasure of personally welcoming to our Rotary family:
Labasa – John Prasad
Auckland - Elbert Angkiriwang, Mark Sutton, Daniel Tate, Ky Hacker
Auckland East (Tamaki Satellite) -
Brigitte Cwetler, Wolfgang Cwetler, Robert
Ely, Jan Langford (wife of our DG Elect Gary)
Auckland South - Evelyn Chan
E-Club Francophone – Claire Lapprand, Emilio Nuzzolese
Ellerslie Sunrise - Kwong-wah Chan
Franklin - Brad Golchin
Highbrook - Swee Han Lim
Howick - Dave Cox, Mike Stanghan, Vijay Saini, Ian Wallis
Labasa – John Prasad
Lautoka - Teresa Ali
Manukau City Sunrise – Vaimoana Lolohea, Susanne Smith, Vili ApifoouFuavao
Newmarket – Robert Lee, Ben Mugisho, Janette Searle
Remuera - Patricia Visger
Pagopago – Peter Young
Pakuranga - Lincoln Jefferson, Viktoria Melber (Auxiliary club of Tamaki River)
Papakura - Paul Catlow, Arshdeep Thind, Lisa ven den Brink, Lincoln Jefferson
Parnell – Melissa Cadman
Pohutukawa Coast – Sebastian Moeller
St Johns – David James. Angus Mcphee, Pagutharivan Manimaran
Suva North – Deepika Chand
Taravao Tahiti iti - Herehia Helme is a doctor in biological oceanology and marine environment! She’s the youngest (30) member who drops the club average age to 56! She joined Rotary because one of the 6 areas is environment. (from Présidente Janick Rotary Club of  Taravao Tahiti iti Bulletin - just to remind ourselves that we do have French speakers in our multi lingual district!)
Taveuni Island - Paul Purvis
Tuakau – Paul Heta, Grant Miles, Roxane Miller
Waiheke - Nick Race
Waiuku – Georgia Kendall, Paula Gee-Wanhill (prospective)
Lots of congratulations this month
We were advised last month that 9 clubs in our district achieved the Presidential Citation for 2017-18 by achieving all the goals they set for their club and entering them into My Rotary – a big shout out and congratulations to………
Auckland South
Ellerslie Sunrise
E-club Francophone
Manukau City Sunrise

RI awards and recognition were also made to the following clubs for: Membership Incentive, and for Giving to the Rotary Foundation ...

Congratulations to you all!

Coming Up - November
Remuera Rotary – WineFriend Wildcard Wine Evening – 3 November to raise funds for the Fiji Oxygen Project
Pohutukawa Coast Coastal Fun Run – coming up on 4 November, this is a big event run by a small club
Auckland Airport Area Rotary Charter Evening – 9 November
The Great Auckland Duck Race – 25 November
Look on the District website for details
Are you missing “the good stuff”?

"Darn it!  If I had known about that I would have really liked to have taken part!"  Well, there is a way.

Around and About - October
As well as special mentions from DG Ingrid, some clubs have kindly sent their bulletins to your humble correspondent, so I can take some of the juicier bits out and give them wider circulation.  If you haven’t yet ensured that I am sent your bulletin then do so now so you too can receive instant fame! (

On Saturday 5th October about eleven Auckland clubs provided teams that carried out blood pressure checks at some Auckland supermarkets.  Parnell club members covered two supermarkets.  At each location they tested about 150 passers-by.  Of the ones tested about a quarter were recommended to see their doctors as their blood pressure was deemed to be high.  That’s a lot of people, and an opportunity for the public seeing Rotary in action.  Well done, people.

The only good luck many great Presidents ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck! Papakura bulletin

Nillionaire: adj. Someone having little to no money. RC Mangere bulletin

Auckland’s homeless count - Elaine, Steve & Edith of Manukau Sunrise took part in helping with Auckland’s Homeless Count, & Steve shared the following e-mail they received...

The main initial findings show the following:

  • On 17 September, 336 people were counted living without shelter across Auckland. These people were all adults. 179 were sleeping rough and 157 were sleeping in cars.

  • The validation exercise found that this number is likely to represent 40% of the people who were living without shelter on this night. 

  • As a result, it is estimated that there was a minimum of 800 people living without shelter across Auckland. 

  • There were also 1,027 people in Ministry of Social Development funded (special needs grants) emergency housing.  553 of these people were children.

  • There were also 1,847 people in transitional housing and other temporary settings.  746 of these people were children.    RC Manukau Sunrise bulletin

David Gock of RC Mangere threw himself of Skytower for charity (it takes all sorts!) These are his notes: “I raised $6263.94. There were 12 people doing the jump, including a 12 year old boy (I think he was from Cure Kids) and PDG Ron Seeto's daughter Ruby. A total of around $35,000 was raised.  We were number one around $900 ahead of second place.  The jump took about 10 seconds so it works out at $600 per second!”

Papakura Rotary Motorcycle Show – a huge undertaking that involves the whole club and raises both public profile and money.

Howick Bookarama – must be the biggest book sale in Auckland, raising over NZD30,000 this year.  People queue and pay a premium to be first in.  This year they went plastic free and their 500 branded reusable bags will keep Rotary’s name out there.

Hmmmmm, still WAITING......... guys I really need your stories, as getting a little light!  Manukau City Sunrise Bulletin (and I say hear, hear to that!)
2018 Taveuni Eye Project
The 13th year – awe inspiring!

368 cataract and pterygium surgeries were carried out free of charge to patients, including 5 children.  In the photo, see in use one of the oxygen machines donated to Waiyevo (Taveuni) Hospital as part of the Fiji Oxygen Project – 2 Global Grants in action at once.

Several members of the medical team who have been working on this project for several years, including lead surgeon Dr Jeff Rutgard (13 years on the project) and nurse Jan Beamish (12 years), were recognised by Taveuni Rotary with PHFs.  A huge thank you to Geoffrey Amos and his team, and especially to his wife Joey who does so much that most people don’t see.
Save our Sisters - Joint project for Auckland Harbourside

Save Our Sisters: A joint project for RC Mumbai Queen’s Necklace (District 3141) and RC Auckland Harbourside

Mumbai, India, has a large number of girls trafficked from various Indian states, and neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh.  Women and girls rescued during police raids are lodged at Navjeevan Mahila Vasatigruha – a government-run care and protection home for trafficking survivors.
The local Rotary Club of Mumbai Queen’s Necklace (District 3141) were inspired to do what they could do help. They approached the Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside, NZ, (District 9920) to be International Club and District Partners in order to receive a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to fund their efforts.
Rotary project Save Our Sisters is directed at training women at the shelter with the skills they need to become gainfully employed, and live a life of dignity and self-respect.
Experience Rotary Around You in Comfort
Daily we can share in the experiences of others such as the delicious smell of cooking sausages and onions on the club BBQ along with the sound of the sizzle and the clink of coins into the bucket.  The buzz and tinkle of glasses and cutlery of a room full of people enjoying fine food and camaraderie at the Gala Night.  The shouts and cheers, maybe even jeers, in friendly competition at the Quiz Night. The feeling of the wind whipping through our hair as we cheer on the school team we have sponsored sport equipment for. 
Get Clicking
The above shows the shape of the final cropped picture.  Whether from a recent project or a project soon to come send these in with a brief description about the picture.
Upcoming District 9920 Training Seminars
Rotary Leadership Institute
Peace Forum Brochure
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Rotary Months Nov - Jan
The focus for the next three months is:
NovemberRotary Foundation
DecemberDisease prevention and Treatment
JanuaryVocational Service
For the full list of months, read on ...
Upcoming Events
Pohutukawa Coast Rotary ALLFIT Run/Walk
Nov 04, 2018
DG's Visit to Rotary Club of Apia
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel
Nov 06, 2018
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
District Leaders Meeting
PwC Building
Nov 14, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 1
Remuera Golf Club
Nov 18, 2018
PETs 1 Training Day Sunday 18th November 2018
Remurea Golf Club
Nov 18, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
DG's Visit to Rotary Club of Newmarket
to be advised
Nov 20, 2018
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
DG's Visit to Rotary Club of Manukau Oceania
The Blacksmith
Nov 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
District Leaders Meeting
PwC Building
Dec 12, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM