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

District Governor Gary's November Message

By the time you read this message on 1 November, the Polio All Trains (PAT), TAG YOU ON/TAG POLIO OFF train ride will be underway.
World Polio day occurred on 24 October and Polio All Trains is the opportunity for all Rotary clubs to raise awareness and funds for the End Polio Now (EPN) campaign.
Districts 9910 and 9920 are collaborating to hold the event with the support of Auckland Transport who have authorised donations from passengers.
I hope that all the Auckland based clubs have registered and will meet the train riders at your designated station with your presentation for EPN.  We are looking forward to the event and seeing so many Rotarians wearing their red End Polio Now shirts.
The Rotary Sky Jump for Cure Kids was held at the Sky Tower on Saturday, 5 October.  There were two District Governors (Ian Kiernan, District 9910 and Gary Langford, District 9920) and four Rotary club presidents (Robyn Ingram (St Johns), Peter Martin (Drury), Marcus Mackenzie (Waiheke Island) and David Gock (Mangere)) who jumped and collectively raised over $20,000 for Cure Kids.  What a great opportunity to create lasting change with the donation we made to Cure Kids.  Well done to all the jumpers and their supporters.

Train riding for Polio a huge success

Friday 1 November 2019, a day of red polio shirts throughout the Auckland train system, will be remembered for its impact.  Rotarians and celebrities such as Miss New Zealand, MPs Simon Bridges and Simon O’Connor and others riding to Tag Polio Off. Here are some pictures along with an explanation below and a way for you to still donate.

PDG Rob Crabtree

The family of Past District Governor Rob Crabtree has advised that that Rob passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by family. Funeral arrangements to come. In lieu of flowers, Rob asked for donations to go to 'Big Brothers Big Sisters Taranaki' of which he was a trustee. Correspondence to [dated 31 October 2019]
Rob Crabtree was District 9920 Governor 2001-2002 and a member of the Rotary Club of Howick before moving to New Plymouth where he joined the Rotary Club of New Plymouth North.
Our condolences go to all of Rob’s family. Rob will be remembered as a Great Rotarian and Past District Governor who put service above self.

Early Bird Register for District Conference 2020 Now

This will be one of the most inspiring and convenient of recent times so ensure the dates are in your (and your club) diary and to help your planning go to the Conference website for full information including the Top Ten reasons for going:
  • World Class Venue 
  • Meet the Most Inspiring People in the World
  • Strengthen your Club and your Passion for Rotary
  • Plenty of Time to Party and Socialize
  • Explore Auckland City – The City of Sails
  • Enjoy Special Conference Events and More
There is special Early Bird  registration for those of you willing to plan ahead so please register and take advantage of this.

District Governor for 2021-2022 Announced

I am pleased to advise that the District Nominating Committee have selected Stephen John Chaney (Steve) as District 9920, District Governor for the Rotary year 2021-2022.
The selection is subject to objection by a Rotary club with a 14-day period but only if the club has previously suggested a candidate to the nominating committee.  
Steve joined Rotary in 1985 and is an Assistant Governor, Past President of the Rotary Club of Manukau City Sunrise and has organised three district conferences.
Jan and I wish Steve and Edith every success in their year as District Governor and I look forward to Steve joining the DG train as District Governor Nominee. 
Gary Langford 
District Governor 2019-20
District 9920

Rotary Club of Apia - Literacy Project

The next couple of weeks will be a busy time for the Rotary Club of Apia as it gears up for its Melbourne Cup Charity Fundraiser.  The annual gala event which promises a day of racing fun, is the club’s major money earner and supports many of its community projects.
With last year’s proceeds the club was able to support more than twenty foundation year students through its scholarship programme.  This programme is part of the club’s wider literacy project which also comprises library book donations and the ‘a desk and chair for every student’ initiative.


Bookarama makes an impact

From small beginnings in 2000, the annual Howick Rotary Bookarama is now a widely recognised community event of note with funds being used to support many local activities (listed below).

Sky Tower Jump for Cure Kids

District Governor Gary’s triumph after the Sky Tower jump for Cure Kids.
You may recall that DG Gary said that at 2 pm on Saturday, 5 October, he would undertaking the Rotary Sky Jump for Cure Kids with District Governor 9910 Ian Kiernan and an assortment of Rotary club presidents.  Well the good news is that he did actually jump and lived to tell the tale - along with all the others.  And still on the subject of good news; the fundraising was very successful with the actual amount raised yet to be confirmed.  But wait there’s more – you can still donate in support of Cure Kids via the website, Rotary Sky Jump for Cure Kids.

Taveuni Eye Project 2019

This year’s Taveuni Eye Project in Fiji was run very successfully from Monday, 7 October to Friday, 18 October.
One of the surgeons is Dr Jeffrey Rutgard (left), an ophthalmologist from Mililani in Hawaii.  He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.  Since 1999 he has participated in over 170 eye missions, performed over 100,000 humanitarian eye examinations and over 11,000 humanitarian eye surgeries which have transformed the lives of those in impoverished locations worldwide.  He has trained over 1,000 ophthalmologists worldwide to perform Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS).  This is his fourteenth mission to Fiji and has brought untold benefits to the people of this country with cataract issues.
The primary goal of the Taveuni Eye Project is to give sight to children and adults from the more remote and rural areas of Fiji.  The 14th annual Taveuni Eye Project (TEP) 2019 was successfully funded and fully approved thanks to the help of many donors from across Australia and New Zealand.


Hi.  For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Karim Rostami.  I’m from Afghanistan but I am now a proud citizen of New Zealand.  I love this amazing country that I now call home.
Let me share a little of my background, I am a survivor of the polio virus.  I was affected by it when I was a small toddler and the doctors predicted I would not walk again.  I lost all muscle control in my legs and hips leaving me paralysed but through years of intense muscle therapy I was taught how to walk again and regain my independence.
In 2014 I took up swimming and soon after a random stranger approached me at the pool asking me why I was pursuing the sport with my obvious disability (not having full use of my lower legs).  I explained my circumstances to him without thinking anything about it.  The following week he approached me again and with true 'kiwi' ingenuity he had designed a ‘rubber band’ (aka bike tyre) to be tied around the circumference of my lower legs.  This invention has proven to be the key to the success of my swimming and fund-raising endeavours.


A Passport to fit Rotary in their lives


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Interest Meetings


The Auckland South Rotary Club would like to invite you to our Las Vegas Night charity event to be held on Sunday, 10 November from 4 to 7 pm at Epsom Girls Grammar School Marjory Adams Hall.  Tickets are $30 in exchange for $1 million of gaming chips.  It will be a fun night for all ages with five games to try your luck.  Food and refreshments can be purchased at the venue.


Indian New Year Charity Dinner


Club Facebook Support

On the Rotary Oceania Facebook page there are a series of posts during each month that clubs and Rotarians are encouraged to Share across to their own Facebook pages as a way of increasing awareness of Rotary.  These structured posts have an explanation with them and are based around the theme for the RI Calendar Month.  As you share, add your own comments to your post. This month it is Rotary Foundation.  If at anytime a club needs help with improving their Facebook use please contact the District PR Committee (or Colin Robinson).

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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