Goods given make quicker return than goods held
(Tahitian Proverb)

Thoughts from DG Ingrid

Where has 2018 gone?  At the beginning of the year I was looking forward to my training to take on the District Governor role and now I have finished almost all my official club visits.  What wonderful people John and I have met, inspiring projects we have heard about and visited, and we have seen a number of new ideas for meetings and club engagement being tried – “Be the Inspiration” is in action in 9920.  Thank you to the Assistant Governors who have accompanied us, and to John who can now recite my talk off by heart!
As Christmas approaches I wish you and your family the very best for the festive season.  I hope you can take time to have a break and refresh, and I very much look forward to meeting most of you again in the new year.  Individually and together we can all be an inspiration to someone else at this time.
Some Highlights  - there have been too many to mention all. 
A new swimming pool in American Samoa – a hidden gem in the Pacific.  I was able to officially present them with PDG Malini’s award for 2017-18 Best Project for their swimming pool.  What a commitment that club made, raising over USD1 million and creating a community facility that everyone can use.
I also had the privilege of officially chartering a new Interact Club at Leone High School – 29 members and only 1 boy.  And there is another club planned at another high school.
Fundraising for scholarships in Samoa – Apia Rotary has been running a Melbourne Cup event for many years and the funds raised are used every year to fund at least 20 scholarships for students at secondary school – what an impact that is having on many lives.
Noel pour Tous in Tahiti – can you believe that Papeete Rotary, supported by other clubs, has been running a free day of food and entertainment for children for 42 years? Every club member is involved in the planning and on the day – around 3000 children this year and over 5000 sandwiches made.  Long standing member M. Rene Malmazac donated a number of bicycles as prizes – were those children excited!  And the community contributed hundreds of toys and clothes to be distributed in all the French Polynesia islands through Catholic Relief.
Listening to the Choirs - A colourful crowd
President Ingrid (in tropical kit!) with the face painters
Our 9920 Conference 10-12 May 2019
Registrations have been really good so far, so we have decided that we have a great chance to fill our venue to capacity – 350 for dinner on Saturday night.  We are more than half way there.  So we are creating an additional incentive – 10% off if you register in December.
Do have a look at the website as it is being regularly updated.
We will assemble an “In Memoriam” for the District Conference. We ask that any club who has a member who has sadly passed away in the last district year, please send their name and a photo to DG Ingrid at
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) – the theme for November
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) sponsors a wide range of education and humanitarian programmes that save and change lives in NZ and globally. Your annual club and personal contributions ensure Rotary can continue to create life-changing differences to the lives of people worldwide. A contribution of USD$1000 per club will earn the credit for a Paul Harris Fellow, or for an individual will enable to become a member of the Paul Harris Society. Non-Rotarians in your networks are also welcome to contribute.
For the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. Ninety-two percent of Foundation funds are spent directly on programs. No high administrative costs dilute your gift.
The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
Disease Prevention and Treatment – the theme for December
This is a massive part of Rotary International’s work, but we have our own closer to home:
In French Polynesia testing for diabetes is now part of every event Rotary runs, thanks largely to initial work by Dr Jean-Louis Boissin.  A mobile van serves Tahiti main island and a tent is set up with volunteers to do basic screening.  Anyone needing more is referred to a doctor.
Similar screening is done in Fiji.
Our own very special project is GECAF – Give Every Child a Future – to celebrate Rotary’s 100 years in New Zealand and Australia. Have a look at the website - and think about how you might contribute.  Or contact Auckland Rotary for someone to speak to your club.
Around and About - November 2018
Your humble correspondent receives about ten club bulletins.  From these he extracts stories that are either useful or interesting to other clubs.
Your club will never be quoted unless a copy of your bulletin is sent to
PS Your Humble Correspondent and She Who Must Be Obeyed attended a wine tasting event as part of the fund raising for Remuera's Fiji Oxygen project. We need more practice to enable us to identify wines. And this is the season to practice! 
Read on for updates from the clubs who have send bulletins in this month ...
With a special mention for Papakura Rotary - they appear a lot here, they must be doing great things!
Rotary Club of Papakura - Quotes for the week
“When I was young I used to admire intelligent people, as I grow older I admire kind people.”
“Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, they are not paid because they are priceless!”
Christmas Giving 2018
Papatoetoe Central Rotary Club
We are planning to give 50  food hampers to needy families on the 20th Dec as part of our everyday on-going project. Each Hamper is of $50 value.
In this Food Hamper we also incorporate Christmas cake and some gifts for the children.
Otahuhu Rotary
There is a collection of non-perishable food items. This is in conjunction with Otahuhu Business Association donating food to people in need as identified by the Otahuhu budgeting services.
Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland - Ronald McDonald House
In the Supper Club Recipe Book you’ll find incredible gems from top restaurants which support Ronald McDonald House Supper Club events around the country.
You will also find some every day favourites lovingly gifted by families who have stayed at the House.
By purchasing this book, you will help provide a “home away from home” for families in need.
- All production costs have been covered by Sponsors so by buying this book 100% of sales go to the Ronald McDonald Houses
- Great for yourself or as a gift 
- Superb quality packed with awesome meal ideas
- Hardback full colour over 200 pages 
- Cost $45
Please contact Mark Jenkins by email 
We will deliver or post the book to you for no additional charge
Rotary Clubs of Fiji - letter from the Prime Minister of Fiji
Attached is a letter from the Prime Minister of Fiji (he was re-elected a couple of weeks ago). 
It is nice to get this official recognition as not only does it reflect well on the contributions made by Rotarians but it is all part of that we, as Rotarians, are being recognised as having made a difference in the community.
Ellerslie Rotary - Tutu Regional Training Centre on Taveuni, Fiji
We recently received this message from Father McVerry, who is in charge of the Tutu Regional Training Centre on Taveuni, Fiji thanking the club for the recent delivery of tools and equipment to the Centre.
Hi Geoffrey, Delighted with the extra tools. You can tell whoever is sending them that we deeply appreciate and are lifted beyond with encouragement by this down to earth practical worthwhile assistance and want to thank whoever it is that has this spirit of sharing that makes the world a better place. More power to them. And to you who enable it all to happen. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.
Gratefully yours, Fr M.T.McVerry

Meanwhile the next container is about to be loaded and will include donations from North and South: 3 large boxes of tools from the Whangarei shed and a wood lathe from Menzshed Manawatu; thank you Mike and David.  David is promising even more equipment as the Mens Shed at Howick is replacing all its tools and machinery with new stuff. 
Remuera and the Fiji Oxygen Project

The Fiji Oxygen Project – No child should die for a lack of oxygen.

Yet too many do die from otherwise treatable illnesses because of variable access to good quality oxygen in Fiji. The Rotary Club of Remuera Inc, working in partnership with other charities and trusts, is working to raise $650,000 in order to provide reliable oxygen supplies to Health Clinics throughout Fiji. This is a project worthy of wide support and I fully endorse it and would like to see it come to fruition as soon as possible. I would appreciate Rotarians giving their full support to this project.

The Fiji Oxygen Project is designed to save the lives of children, in hospitals and clinics, who are currently dying due to the lack of a reliable supply of oxygen ...
Please see the link to the CK O2 video. -
And here for the one-page summary
Downtown Rotary - Melbourne Cup Get-together
While this event was intended to be a social one, we raised approximately $1,500 from the sale of tickets, betting and donations from members who returned their winnings to the pot. From these proceeds $750 will go towards the Sunshine Fund (plus $360 from lucky raffle= $1,110) and $750 will go towards sponsoring the ingredients for the next Ronald McDonald Cook night planned for Apr/May.
There were especial thanks to Sheila & Tom for hosting us in their home, to Gill, Wayne, Christine, Tony Gardner, Frankie, Tim, Mark & Margaret Jenkins, Byran and Kat & Gareth for organising this fantastic event.
Well done everyone.
Let Others Know the Impact We Have - Papakura Rotary
Have you seen on our website and on Facebook, the innovative way Papakura Rotary has developed to show how they are doing?
The four posters were made by Madison Faber (President of Wellington Rotaract and the daughter of  Tracey and Jon, President of Papakura Rotary).
Papakura Rotary shared their four posters on Facebook and displayed them at the Motorcycle show (see separate story) and had a great response.
NZ Motorcycle Show - Papakura 
We had a very successful fundraiser with the NZ Motorcycle show once again this year.  Read the article on the Papakura Website.
Rotary International Council on Legislation 2019 (COL)
I am sending you this in my role as the District 9920 representative to the 2019 COL.
The attached information is being introduced to Auckland based President Elects and incoming Assistant Governors when they meet for training tomorrow, Sunday 19 November.
This is an opportunity to have input into decisions that shape various aspects of Rotary’s future.
On page three of the attached I have listed section headings relating to the proposed 119 resolutions, and bolded sections thought to be of most interest to individual members and clubs.  I have also shown two areas that I expect will have further discussion within the District. One relates to the inclusion of environmental matters in the Objects. The other impacts the future of Rotary magazines.
Please share this information as you see appropriate within your club. Feedback is encouraged. If there is interest relating to particular topics I will convene a forum for discussion early 2019.
PDG Alan Eyes
Ph +64 9 2389992
Peace Conference: Melbourne Feb15, 2019
The Rotary Peace Summit that will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre, Victoria, Australia.
The Summit will be a curtain-raiser to the first ever Multi-District Rotary Conference in Victoria, with representatives from more than 200 Rotary clubs. It will be modelled on the six Peacebuilding Conferences convened by Past RI President Ian Riseley OAM in cities around the globe last year. Ian is one of several outstanding speakers who have agreed to speak at the Melbourne Conference. (See attached brochure)
The theme of our summit is Peace Through Service – Rotary’s Road to Harmony. Our objective will be to demonstrate how Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus converge to positively impact on peace and conflict resolution.
Apart from Rotarians from Australia and New Zealand, we expect to have a strong contingent of Rotary Peace Fellows, peace academics, police officers and community representatives who have a passion for this subject.  
The attached brochure gives more details.
More information about the summit is available on these links:  and .
People can register for the day long summit alone, or as part of a package with the Victorian Multi District Conference.
Murray Verso : Rotary Club of Williamstown; Convenor 2019 Peace Summit
Email:   Mobile: 0417 595 217
Rotary Months Dec - Feb
The focus for the next three months is:
DecemberDisease prevention and Treatment
JanuaryVocational Service
FebruaryPeace and conflict prevention / resolution month
For the full list of months, read on ...
Upcoming Events
Rotary Otahuhu 73rd Birthday Dinner Celebration -
Otahuhu Town Hall
Dec 04, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
District Leaders Meeting
PwC Building
Dec 12, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM