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

District Governor Gary's March Message

The second half of the Rotary year is well underway with February and March being particularly busy with club activities and events.
Jan and I had the privilege to attend a welcome function organised by the Rotary Club of Somerville for the Indian Car rally team from District 3131 in Pune, India.  The team of thirty enthusiastic Rotarians arrived in NZ on 18 February.  Besides experiencing our beautiful country, the team will visit Rotary clubs and projects in all six Rotary districts, promote Rotary and the End Polio Now campaign.
This weekend the South Pacific Presents Elect training (SPPETS) will be held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre.  Presidents-elect from all over NZ and the Pacific islands will be attending.  The event will be attended by Past RI Director and current Rotary Foundation Trustee, Jennifer Jones.


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:
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.

Inspiration with education prepares club leaders

Last weekend another tremendously successful South Pacific Presidents Elect Training Seminar for all club presidents-elect from throughout New Zealand and the Pacific was held.  Rotary is constantly improving in an ever-changing world, so this weekend helped these incoming club leaders understand their role and what it takes to be an outstanding president, but also what is needed to make their clubs vibrant.

A pressing need - let's just sort this!

Twenty clubs from the New Zealand-based districts pledged the cost of providing a toilet each to villages in the interior of Vanua Levu where children, women and men currently struggle with life without this basic means of sanitation.  The presentation at the South Pacific Presidents Elect Training Seminar on Sunday 1 March by President-elect John Prasad so clearly showed the need for these toilets that within minutes twenty clubs from throughout the six districts represented had pledged to support the project by Labasa Rotary to solve this pressing need. Rotary Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones (pictured) and her husband also pledged one toilet such are the benefits that come from improving sanitation for those poor of Fiji. 
Will your club be willing to email John Prasad (pictured) on and also pledge the $500 cost of one toilet?   Twenty-one toilets are not enough for the several villages needing these.  Let's make sure no-one is with out sanitation.


If there is accessible, plentiful and drinkable water ...
If there are the facilities that enable good sanitation ...
If good hygiene practices are known and practiced ...
Then the community members will be fully engaged in daily life, children are able to go to school, economic development will prosper, people will gather together, and the community will thrive.  Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life. The water, sanitation and hygiene projects our Rotary clubs engage in make an immense difference.  This is not an issue just in poorer communities but all communities.

Talented Women as District 9920 Governors

An equal world is an enabled world, so it is appropriate with International Women's Day on 8 March that we celebrate the talented women who made the commitment to lead District 9920 (part of Auckland and the Pacific Islands) as District Governor.  Thank you and we look forward to many more women District Governors in our future.

Rotaract Cultural Night

Epsom Rotary & Mt Eden Rotary Invite You to No Time To Die

Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary invite you to this private screening on 16 April.  Please SHARE this invitation with anyone who you think may find it of interest.  Thank you.

Nomination of District Governor 2022-2023

Nominations for District Governor for the 2022-2023 Rotary year are open and must be returned to PDG Jennie Herring no later than 4 April 2020.

Club Meetings ... underrated in importance?

Rotary is primarily about service to our community whether local or global.  Included in that are some really great things like friendships made, an active social scene, skill development and so much more.  What it is not about specifically is MEETINGS.  People do not go to Rotary to go to meetings but for some clubs that seems all they do and for some others they have a perception that their meetings do not contribute much in the way of value for members.
Or so it seems, and this has resulted in an apparent aversion to holding “meetings”.  But are meetings getting a bad rap?  Let's have a look ...

One club with members on FIVE continents

The Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone has members are spread over the five continents meaning that to find an hour which would suit all members to meet online is a unique challenge for the club and is an example of the differences a club like this has compared to a conventional Rotary club. In overcoming these their service activity is extraordinary!
The picture shows the first meeting of the Rotary Shanghai Elysee Satellite of the Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone

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:
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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