SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER : Immediate Past District Governor : SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER

1 Dec

SEPTEMBER- NOVEMBER went by in a blur Making the World a Better Place has become more local and personal – reEngaging with my homeclub Rotary Newmarket  - Family and Architecture

Moments  all blurring together in stream of consciousness order include:

Conceptualising a high density residential “haven” in Queenstown

a Design Concept of 120+ units that gives you an experience as you move onto and within the site- Episodic, Contextual Distinctive

seeing a broken roofline speaking to its neighbours and the mountains beyond.

creating Hip, Happy and Healthy spaces- personal and communal 

making buildable spaces- standard, modular, energy efficient and sustainable.

looking towards a  possible Future 

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Celebrating a partner organisation’s birthday - Ronald MacDonald House Auckland  turning 19

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Supporting Ellerslie Residents Association – #unitaryplan

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Engaging with fellow Rotary Explorers on the inaugural Rotary in  Auckland Speed-Dating Meet-Up – a reason to be Hopeful.

DIVERSITY (an essential ingredient for Rotary Clubs) clearly evident at this inaugural event – in gender,ethnicities,age,clubs (there were 7) and Districts ( D9920 joined by D9910) and 2 nonRotarian guests – auspicious start for this group of intrepid Rotary explorers to Connect and Share.

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Working on a Make-Over on an Auckland home – stone base, zinc cladding, metal lace shutters, glassWeekes

Helping out at Rotary Institute

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IPDGs  following Institute tradition as sergeants for Institute

Catching Up at Institute, Re-Union Dinner, Gala Night, Home 

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Recognising a Gold-Standard Rotarian- John Overall -“Leave it with me”

We need to grow more Rotarians like John 

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This past weekend we finished our annual GETS and Institute. The event successful on all levels because of the support of Rotarians like the ones from this club who at short notice answered the call to help.

The best club in NZ – Newmarket- was tasked with transport for VIPs .The original expectation was to cater for the super VIPs- a RIPE, 2x TRF Trustees, a Director-But Tuesday evening 2 days before the first arrivals I was sent a list of 34 in addtion to the super 4 – early Wednesday I asked John Overall  to help coordinate- He had 2 questions 

What is Institute- it is a conference of governors • can I come around and see you

By 10am Wednesday John had left my home saying “Leave it with me” - Now that fellows  is the gold standard.

Nevermind the list grew to 40,  flight times  and contact details was somewhat of a moving target –the job got done. Undeniably  – John and his trusty 12 apostles in this club truly walk the talk- We are Rotarians We Get there-  On this note I would like these gold standard bearers twho have done us proud- stand and be recognised.

 John Overall, John Hawke, Ron McPherson,  Russell Toplis, Alan Hayward, Boyne Drummond, Ron Halls, Warwick Leyland, Terry Mikkelsen, Dave Birch Paul Monk,  John Graham …and I must not forget John Meadowcroft who was out there past midnight to have his  VIP RI Director John Boag leave the airport without him.

Sketching up 2 poolside cabana concepts for a winemaker in  Hawkes Bay

chunky timber beams, apprentice plastered piers, stained slatted timber, stainless steel rope canopy, sliding aluminium louvred shutters

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Arranging a partners evening with Sir George Fistonich for home club Rotary NEWMARKET

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Sir George knows he has come to a Rotary event –Why? if you are the chief guest you get to shout the drinks…

I say this because he has generously donated the wine we enjoyed on arrival- his special Villa Maria Private Bin Arneis …..AND  the Villa Maria wines on your tables tonight are at mates rates. 

With Our speaker’s reputation and profile it is easy to say that he needs no introduction. But a distinguished life such hiss  deserves some amplificationso it is indeed a privilege for me to give a teaser ( a snapshot if you will)  as to  which of his many  special moments he might have chosen to share  with us tonight.

 One of UK Wine International Magazine 50 prominent industry figures-our first kiwi Knight  for services to wine, Kea World class New Zealander awardee for Manufacturing and Innovation, a NZ Wine Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the London Wine Challenge Awards, recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal-  

Sir George Fistonich true to his croatian heritage has winemaking in his blood- founding Villa Maria Estate in 1961 when he was 21. With vision and determination he has steered the company to a position where it has become New Zealand’s leading wine award winner.

Winemaking Pioneer,Villa Maria was the first NZ  cork free zone, , mentor Villa Maria has a cadet scheme – environmentalist Villa Maria winner of Supreme Green Ribbon and  Sustainable Business Network Awards

We are honoured to have Sir George  speak to us tonight in fact we are very lucky to have him as he doesn’t do this type of gig much anymore-  having recently completed a world speaking tour celebrating his 50th vintage in 2012-

50 years of exceptional winemaking by an exceptional kiwi bloke.

Ladies and gentlemen please join me in welcoming Sir George Fistonich.

Proposing a “Machine House” for a steel fabricator in Fiji 

unadorned corrugated zinculume  over a steel frame  as a homage to Glen Murcutt Fiji style

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Contributing to  Ellerslie Residents Association committee

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Presenting RI Significant Achievement Award 2012-2013 to Rotary BOTANY EAST TAMAKI

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….saving the best for last I have just managed to get this one in before the first quarter of the Rotary year is up.

Last year we enjoyed some firsts and pushed some boundaries – there were 4 new clubs chartered and some clubs enjoyed increased membership – RI membership stats recently received showed D9920 as the only one of the 6 NZ Districts to have had a positive trend last rotary year- this was possible because of vibrant rotarians in vibrant clubs led by vibrant presidents who understand the power of working together. So this vibrancy and commitment must be recognised.

One of the privileges of being DG is we get to nominate clubs and individual Rotarians for RI awards. A delightful duty that remains for me  is to present  one of these to a star perfomer in our D9920 family- your club.

Tonight I have the RI Significant Achievement Award to present to Botany East Tamaki for last Rotary year. This award recognises club projects that have

  1. addressed a significant local need
  2. involved most of its members
  3. leveraged a club’s size and resources
  4. enhanced Rotary’s Public Image
  5. set an exemplar for other clubs to follow

Only projects carried out by a single club are eligible , and only one club maybe nominated. Ticking all these boxes and more- your Otara District Community Pathways Partnership building 3 pathways with the Glenn Family Foundation is one such project.

 So congratulations Botany- now would your energetic, committed and enthusiastic IPP Mike Jaggs please come forward and accept this award on your behalf.

 

Celebrating a trifecta of Family Birthdays in October

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Time for me to say thanks and also  prove that I can still keep my words short and sweet.

So thanks to all of you for coming to this surprise my lovely Sharon organised for me – constant travel the last 3 years and demands of  being the chief rotary cat-herder have meant that we have missed seeing most of you here -  and my how much younger you all look.

Making the world a better place has turned into a more local and personal endeavour in the past month –

rediscovering my vocation ARCHITECTURE – I am really having fun feeding my design passion and yes drawing by hand- so do remember me if you or someone you know need a refreshed and refreshing architect-

  –rediscovering my family dropping girls off at One Direction , Beyonce –trying to keep the boys from using our front yard for their car wreck business –

- rediscovering all of you so thank you for coming at short notice.

Finally thanks to my best friend Sharon for making me take time out and enjoy your company – we intend to have many more of these and more regularly.

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Relaxing by a Ron Seeto designed lap-pool on Waiheke

Being WOW’ed in Wellington World of Wearable Arts

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Designing an opportunity to Belong for Eternity in a Parish family - a  Courtyard Columbarium for   St Michaels Catholic Church, Remuera

Since the early days of the Church, burial of the dead on the parish grounds near the church has been desirable as it is symbolic of the cycle of life within the church. …..Consider then the opportunity to memorialise your loved one within St Michael’s church grounds by way of a columbarium niche. A preliminary idea is to provide a Columbarium for 1000 urns in a suitably designed “outdoor room” which will functionally store this number of urns and also be a place of reflection and focal point for coming to centre.

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Thanking DG Willard on his official visit to home club Rotary NEWMARKET

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Visits by a District Governor are an important and essential event in the Rotary calendar.  They provide an opportunity for club members to not only meet the sitting DG, but also for him (or her) to provide a snapshot of the emphases and goals for this Rotary year- the Bigger Picture if you will.

There are many takes on a DG address to a Rotary Club, but like any good address it must have a strong beginning and a great end – preferably quite close together.  DG Willard’s address today was no exception. 

 Willard I am sure everyone here found it most informative to hear about our membership challenges,  annual giving and the polio plus report ,the Sydney convention , your Conference. And you remembered to stroke our egos – tailoring your address to some of the specifics of our club-the best Rotary club in NZ.

As IPDG  your Feel Good Doing Good resonated most of all- as one could say the future of our club, indeed Rotary relies on happy Rotarians willing and wanting to share our good news story, – therein lies an answer to membership challenges

We thank you for not only being here but for all the hard work you are doing throughout our District. For those of us who might not know this- Did you know that District 9920 is the largest maritime district in the world with a total of 53 clubs to cover – and I should confess, Willard can thank me for now having 4 more clubs to visit this year. Willard,  we wish you and Gabrielle the very best as you wrap up your official visit itinerary over the next couple of months.

Fellows, I ask you to join with me in thanking our District Governor Willard Martin.

Remembering a beloved Mother Una Smellie 

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Reconnecting ( for Sharon) at a primary school Reunion with classmates and kapa haka teacher

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Finding out about Estate Planning at University of Auckland Alumni Event

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Am I looking forward to Christmas?

AUGUST : Immediate Past District Governor : AUGUST

17 Sep

AUGUST continues to see Tidying up loose ends from the DG year  - Returning to Family and Architecture

tuesday 13 August lunchtime Rotary NEWMARKET meeting – Honouring  a supportive Partnership : Craig Griffin and Lord Rotary Foundation Certificate of Appreciation

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The email deluge has stopped- and now I have an ” I” and a “P ” before my rotary title – and  as most PDGs know that means there is the usual unfinished Rotary business at this time in the cycle – at least for this past governor as I am a slow learner.

A specially delightful duty that remains for me  is to present  a District recognition  to a special group in the Newmarket Rotary family- indeed in our D9920 family.

Last rotary year President Tanaka and the RI board- in its wisdom- or you could say came to its senses- decided to officially recognise the important role and support of partners of Rotarians – 530 odd DGs were asked to nominate one person from their District – only 100 special people worldwide could receive one and our nominee  Adrienne Davies was one of them.

Today we are also recognising partners but in a slightly different way-  not a spouse but a business partnership–and having come out of a 3 year sabbatical myself and now in business rebuild mode- the importance of such support cannot be understated…. This partnership has provided the constant support for one of our special Rotarians – this support has made it possible for this special Rotarian to effectively deliver superlative Rotary service since joining Newmarket in 1966 – this support has been ongoing for 46 almost 50 years.

PDG Ross Craig would you please bring your partners Chris Lord and David Griffin up here to accept a Rotary Foundation Certificate of Appreciation for Craig Griffin and Lord.

 

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wednesday evening 14 august Rotary HARBOURSIDE 19th birthday Celebrations  :  Honouring an outstanding Rotary leader IPP Shefali Mehta PHF+2

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A specially delightful duty that remains for me  is to present  a District PHF  to a special person in the Harbourside Rotary family- indeed in our D9920 family.

At District Changeover I had the pleasure of presenting this club with the Pushing Boundaries Award.

I said then in your citation that…

this club punches well above their numerical numbers.

This club is a template for what Rotary clubs can be. – reflecting our diversity.

This club makes opportunities from difficulties and,

 excels in working together within as well as without- with its cluster clubs- with its sister clubs.

This club attracts more than 10x its membership in 2 signature fundraisers every year – and easily ticks the box on our Public Image priority.

This club was the force behind many memorable events ( another priority)- including this District’s first Community Peace Forum.

This club pushed boundaries in its cluster MG and TRF giving (another priority)

All this accomplishment was generated in no small measure by a leader with energy,passion and commitment. So tonight I am very pleased to present a personal recognition – IPP Shefali Mehta please come up and accept your PHF 2nd Sapphire.

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friday evening 16 August : a special Family moment our daughter Ruby Seeto’s first School Ball

SS-RS-ruby Cancer survivor Ruby Seetoour miracle and inspiration for Change and Continuity

 and the REFRESHING continues – RE-IGNITING our first passion – ARCHITECTURE – 3 selections

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St Dionysius 3D helping build the first church for a religious community - St Dionysius Indian Orthodox Church, Henderson

St Michaels 28m perspective  helping progress  our Parish legacy project – St Michaels Gathering Space, Remuera

monday evening 19 august Rotary REMUERA meeting  :  Honouring a committed Rotarian D9920 trainer Iain Valentine PHF+2

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One of the privileges of being DG is we get to access District PHF credits. A delightful duty that remains for me  is to present  a District PHF  to a stalwart in the REMUERA Rotary family- indeed in our D9920 family.

He has been actively involved for many years on District and club training events – and this experience was brought to bear in his “hands on role” in our DG training team led by Roy Austin.

Last year we enjoyed some firsts and pushed some boundaries – there were 4 new clubs chartered and some clubs enjoyed increased membership – RI membership stats just reecived showed D9920 as the only one of the 6 NZ Districts to have had a positive trend last rotary year

-       the first Rotary Community Corps was launched by Mangere – all this can only happen with knowledgeable ,engaged effective Rotarians who are well trained,

-       Club Visioning was launched in our District to complement RLI- and it is mainly in this initiative that our recipient has  given much energy, passion and commitment.

 Iain Valentine would you please come up and accept your District PHF+1.

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Contributing to our local community Ellerslie Residents Association - inputs for the Auckland Unitary Plan

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Have our feet touched the ground yet? You be the judge! 

JULY : Immediate Past District Governor : JULY

31 Aug

1 July- 21 July – refreshing by refocussing on Family and Architecture

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Roma – a city where ruins are celebrated, renewed with bravado and style – why do we have so much angst with Christchurch Cathedral – the food tasted as good as it looked

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Fireworks enjoyed from C-Beach Cannes, a day out sailing to the les Iles de Lerins, leaving Nice – the Rotary luggage straps make rapid IDs on the airport baggage carousels

Cotes d’Azur moments many and varied enriched by Family and the generous hospitality of dear friends

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extra special returning with our daughters Ruby and Noon  to St Paul de Vence- a perched village  40 minutes north of Cannes – yes Rotary is here too- this club meets at La Colombe d’Or – see  Michelin guide. We also had to take our girls to La Fondation Maeght - Architecture and Art blending seamlessly with its surrounding gardens.

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Cannes, Peymenaide,Vieux Nice- day and night – family, friends, fun.

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en route stopover Carcassonne – a storybook medieval town – enjoyed at nighttime with cassoulet and a velvety red – and yes Rotary meets at the Hotel Mercure just outside the fortified city walls – the architectonic  presence of sheer mass

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We are connected in so many ways- AG Juliette’s brother Lo was the ultimate tour guide – yes we are that close

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Madrid – a city big on  Architecture, Art, Food and Style – Guernica in the flesh and artichoke heart tapas especially memorable

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Toledo and its Catedral Primada Sancta Maria da Toledo – a magnum opus of the Gothic Style in Spain and collection of el Greco paintings

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temperatures mid 30′s bus up and walking back down to Toledo train station

31 July – Rotary OTAHUHU Presidents Night, Kings College Otahuhu – unfinished business – honouring an extraodinary Rotarian Spouse

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Sharon and I returned from our post Lisbon Convention travels with our daughters Ruby and Noon  just over a week ago – temperatures everywhere we visited were an average 30 degrees – warm… almost as warm as the welcome we have received tonight. We are delighted to be back with Otahuhu and also the opportunity to catch up with some of our convention mates.

The email deluge has stopped- and now I have an I and a P before my rotary title- and  as most PDGs know that means there is the usual unfinished business- ( I am pleased to say that we got our RI Expense reports in today-31 July- right on deadline- but I did not come to tell you this-

A specially delightful duty that remains for me  is to present  a Rotary International award  to a special person in the Otahuhu Rotary family- indeed in our D9920 family.

Last rotary year President Tanaka and the RI board- in its wisdom- or you could say came to its senses- decided to officially recognise the important role and support of non-Rotarian partners.To do this the RI Board established the inaugural Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award – presented to only 100 special people worldwide. So tonight I can make the official presentation as we did have a  soft run at the last supper  in Lisbon – present to  a special partner-

a partner of a DG( no less) and all that entails-a partner who keeps on giving- not stopping on the 1 July- her support of PDG Jack Davies has been and is continuing , particularly with the ERKs program which has grown in scope and effort required every year – ADRIENNE DAVIES please come forward and receive the real award.

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a busy and refreshing wind-down  from the DG rollercoaster – there is Life after being DG. REJUVENATE.

June Moments: PORTRAIT of a thrillseeker Part 3 on the District Governor rollercoaster : June Moments

10 Aug

June Rotary Fellowships Month  

This month started  with our last visit to Fiji this Rotary year – the charter of the  Rotary Club of Ba New Generation and a post charter Leadership meeting – then a nailbiting game of 2 halves Quiz Finale  beween hosts PUKEKOHE and visitors ALFRISTON battling it out for the Fred Beattie Trophy – followed by our RIYE Farewell Event – then celebrating with PDG Don Currey 50 years of Rotary service – recognising with District PHFs superlative Rotary service and support of individual D9920 family members  during this Rotary year 2012-2013 – making a presentation at Model United Nations Assembly MUNA before  an early District Changeover – ending on a high with 80 other New Zealand Rotarians – 40 from D9920-  at the annual mother of all Rotary Fellowship Events Rotary International Convention Lisboa Portugal.

saturday 1 June evening : Ba Charter de-brief and Rotary Fiji Leadership briefing - fellowship- deepening bonds – sharing
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tuesday 4 June evening : Rotary PUKEKOHE Main Grandstand, Pukekohe Raceway – D9920 Quiz Final – a DRAW

PUKEKOHE and ALFRISTON joint winner 

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Friday 7 June evening : Rotary International Youth Exchange Farewell Pakuranga Sailing Club

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How are you doing –we met on the marae a short 10 months ago- and during the year Sharon and I have caught up with a number of you- on separate occassions -of course we met up with all of you again at Rotorua Confernce where you really danced for Rotary. Did you have FUN?

At the marae I told you a story about our trip to Tahiti confernce as chaperone – the lucky uncle and aunt taking the kids for an indulgent week away.

There WAS more –  as all of our kids told stories of change and learning  over the year. All had plans for their future. All of them pushed personal boundaries. 

From what I have heard and seen – the class of 2012-2013 has been no different.- I know that you have learnt how to say gidday, youse fellas and puha. I know that you have done and grown a lot more. I know that you have pushed boundaries and you certainly did that with us in Rotorua. So- Yes You CAN and You DID.

For over 75 years Rotary Youth Exchange offers students ages 15-19( like you) the chance to travel abroad for cultural exchanges of one week to a full academic year – over 8,000 students a year.

You have learnt a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and even a new language. You have been an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You have helped bring the world closer – and made some good friends in the process.

This Rotary year our Theme is Peace Through Service- I have been asking Rotarians in our clubs to Work Together on our relationships with each other as we go about doing good in the world –Working Together – Pushing Boundaries – Unleashing Our Potential – Buidling Peace Through Service. There is no doubt that YOU have  done the same this year.

Haere rā - Ka kite anō

Goodbye and see you again.

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another Peter Pan moment repeated every year

post-script from D9920 RIYE Chair Graham Rea

Hi Ron

Thanks for your and Sharon attending – as one of the Rotarians came up and said to me it’s a pity we can’t get more Rotarians to experience an evening like that – they couldnt help but jump on board!

GRaham

indeed!

monday 10 June evening : DG Visit Rotary AUCKLAND EAST - PHF+1 PDG Don Currey and PHF PP Gary Langford and a Presidential Citation for 2012-2013
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President Mark and Auckland East Rotarians We are connected in so many ways- I first met Don in the Suva Holiday Inn- was the Travelodge back then on his DG visit- then more recently as your AG– and over the years I have socialised with his son Richard.DGs in D9920 are blessed with ready support from PDGs-ALWAYS when asked and sometimes not- Don is no exception. BUT-For me he has gone that extra mile by generously passing on his attitude and his sense of fun to the role – I have yet to answer his question whether I have worn my chains to bed  - but that’s probably information best left for a governors’only meeting.I am sure this club will have many fond memories of Don’s contribution ,dedication and committment – Don 50 years in Rotary is a significant milestone so Congratulations for this landmark and you are in good company- reading the june issue of  RDU today I see PRIP and chair of TRF  Wilf Wilkinson  also celebrates 50 years of Rotary service this year It is an honour for me to be here to celebrate with your club and present you  with a letter from World President Sakuji Tanaka.Sharon and I wish you and Sheridan well as we move from Building Peace through Service to Engage Rotary Change Lives.
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tuesday 11 June lunchtime : DG Visit Rotary NEWMARKET - District PHF for District Rotaract Rep Aritra Ray and the banner “Home-Club of the DG ” comes down.
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President Terry and Newmarket Rotarians

Some of you will know this Rotary year we have made an effort to engage with an important component of our Future – Rotaractors –

This has paid off in many ways not least the 11 who turned up on Motutapu 2 weekends ago- the ones who came to Conference in Rotorua- the ones who joined our Dance for Peace sake on 23 feb- the ones who came and contributed  to our training workshops- social media- PETS and others- the ones who give us our Peter Pan moment everytime we engage with them.

Leading the way has been one particular Rotaractor- I first met this young man on the water project on Upolu Samoa – was impressed with the thoroughness firstly of the submission and  then its subsequent delivery – that was the start of a very fruitful relationship as he has been my connection to this part of our Rotary family .

He has been DRR for the past 2 years- We have all heard the saying at no cost to Rotary- well this young man has paid for himself to attend  his own DRR conference in australia-and now is offering a $1500 annual travel grant for a lucky Rotaractor to attend a rotary conference

Aritra thank you for all that you have done and what you are going to do in Rotary- for suporting our initiatives this year THANK YOU-  we missed your changeover but please come up and accept  your District PHF.

tuesday 11 June evening : D9920 TRF Committee end of year dinner - District PHF+4  for DRFC Leanne Jaggs- funniest PHF presentation for the year

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here’s the pin but where did the back pin go?

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Great to see so many people here and partners as well- it is an EVENT-  with all the trappings you could say- and fitting for what I am going to do and that is to bestow a District PHF to a very special person in my life .- – as this person does like the glam of an event – as well as a pair of shoes or 2 –(oops)

This person has prodigious energy and unstoppable enthusuasm- She is a mother and plain for all of us  to see she is an authentic super mummy – she also  treats emails like boomerangs- 24/7

She has been an enormous support on all our initiatives this year- and she keeps me on my toes from wherever- even from Tahiti in between LETS trainingShe is destined for greater deeds in Rotary. She is none other than our awesome and very cool Chair – my DG buddy – Leanne Jaggs

 Here is your District PHF+4

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saturday 15 June afternoon : MUNA – Model United Nations Assembly 2013, Auckland Girls Grammar - Closing ceremony

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Good afternoon,

Leader of the opposition David Shearer, Secretary Generals Maryan Street( who was here yesterday) and Ross Robertson, Members of the General Assembly, Security Council members, Ambassadors, Observers and visitors.

What an action packed couple of days it has been… and now No more bloc meetings,remits,questions ,emergency meetings for another year.

Returning here as DG today brings back memories when I was President of  Rotary Newmarket and my homeclub was the Rotary connection for this programme some 5 years ago .Nothing has changed  including our 2 secretary generals- the remits topical reminders of your concerns- and this major annual Rotary International  program continues to inspire and build our future- YOU – with this year’s event attracting around 50 schools and 100 teams, from Northland and Auckland.

Rotary International was formed in February 1905 by Paul Harris and a group of like minded businessmen who wanted to set an ethical benchmark for business people and to find ways and means of helping people less fortunate than themselves. That small group has now grown to over 1.2m rotarians in 34,000 clubs in 215 countries. As Rotarians, we are like your parents, grandparents and teachers, who enjoy nothing more than to see young people challenging themselves and pitting their wits against others of the same ilk.  This is what Rotary MUNA is all about.  Challenging yourselves and each other with understanding and respect.

This year’s Rotary International theme is Peace through Service. 

We hope you have learned from this experience how YOU can build Peace .

We hope that you will find something in your MUNA toolkit when you need to – on your life journey.
We hope you have had a wonderful time, and that you have achieved your goals, whatever they may be.

Just before I finish I will share with you this quote by  Kahlil Gibran “ It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding” Good Afternoon.

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sunday 16 June morning : D9920 Changeover Breakfast - OUT DG Ron and Sharon IN DG Willard and Gabrielle

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monday 17 June evening : DG Visit Rotary PAKURANGA - a District PHF+3 presentation for Ken Holmes

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President Clive and Pakuranga Rotarians

I have said this before- always enjoy visiting this club – AS we hurtle towards the finish line the energy levels start to flag and coming to PAKURANGA always gives me that needed boost- and this evening is no exception- and especially as I am here to recognise  a very special person.

Couple of weekends ago Sharon and I were at the BA charter – our 3rd new cub in D9920 this Rotary year and the 10th club in Fiji – their first since the charter of Taveuni in 2002 11 years ago. As we speak we are finalising the paperwork for a 4th new club of Bairiki Tarawa.

You could say we have a new phenomenon –  4 new clubs in D9920 in the last 10-14 years depending on where you are in our farflung disctrict. – You could ask why this surge of interest in starting new clubs – You can wonder why we have finaly launched our first ever Rotary Community Corps in this District- the Rotary Club of Mangere Community Corps.

To amplify- this is a no cost to friends of Rotary Mangere BUT with benefits- such as eligibility for MGs and  a transition to future membership- a minimum of 10 friends from the Mangere community with skin in the game – no downside – how good is that? But why all this positive membership activity?

Well  one can say that there is now a greater need than ever for Rotary in the various communities that make up our District- one can say there is  a new appetite for starting fresh both at the grassroots and at District levels- one can  say that there is a better understanding of Membership Extension- supporting existing clubs whilst starting new ones-one can say we are happier so we want to share our story

I can definitely say- all of the above and My committment to starting fresh was super charged by one man’s persistence, one man’s passion, one man’s professionalism in getting our first ever club chartered this year before Xmas- Highbrook- so thank you Ken Holmes – please step up and accept your District PHF+3

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tuesday 18 June breakfast : DG Visit Rotary DOWNTOWN AUCKLAND - a District PHF+1 presentation for President Pamela Deal -”oops…the pin is in the mail” LOL

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Being an avid reader of your club publications I saw that today was going to be a meeting where many of your members are to be present – a cabinet minister addressing the club – a bigger crowd puller than a mere DG.

An appropriate time and place for me to make a District PHF+1 presentation. In addition to the 2 other District PHFs awarded this year to Downtown members.

Last month at the conclusion of the D9980 Wild45South Conference – that’s a story for another time- Sharon and I witnessed a presentation of PHFs for SERVICE- to 2 charter members and Past Presidents of Invercargill South the Home club of DG John Prendergast.

Apart from long and dedicated service their citations also included passion and continuing enthusiasm. Yes you can go and take a club a long way with those 2 qualities.

This morning I am specially pleased to recognise a very special person who has enthusiastically embraced all of our 3 priorities this year with passion- Events, TRF- working Together on a cluster project, Public Image and – our mother of all Events ticking all those boxes- our Dance for Peace Sake on 23 february aka Rock’N’Rotary End Polio Builds Peace.

AND most of all leading the way for this Party club of Rotarians to do so too.

This has also flowed onto Membership outcomes for Downtown Club with this club enjoying the second largest membership number increase this Rotary year in D9920- Congratulations

President Pam for all of the above and your enthusiasitic efforts building Peace through SERVICE please step up and receive your PHF+1

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thursday 20 June : 4th club chartered this Rotary year – Rotary Club of BAIRIKI, Tarawa – thanks to DG special rep George Fraser and RISSPO support Joy Walker and Barbara Mifsud

Dear DG Ron

Congratulations on the chartering of the new Rotary Club of Bairiki, South Tarawa, Kiribati. The club was officially chartered on 20 June 2013, with 23 members.

Please find attached scanned copies of official welcome letters. I have also attached a copy of the Organising new clubs expense report, should you wish to claim for expenses relating to the organisation of this new club. You can claim an amount equivalent of up to one half of the charter fees paid. (US$345 divided by 2 = US$172.50). Here is the link to access the official RI motor vehicle rates should you need them to fill in your expense report: http://www.rotary.org.au/en/RESOURCES/Documents/MVRates.pdf

I will post the hard copies to you shortly. Also enclosed will be the hard copy of the charter certificate for you to sign and present or send to the club.

Again, congratulations and should you or the club need any further assistance please let me know.

Kind regards

Barbara Mifsud

Coordinator

Club and District Support

South Pacific and Philippines Office

Rotary International

PO Box 1415

PARRAMATTA  NSW  2124

Australia

thursday 20 June  : off to  104th Annual Convention of Rotary International 24-26 June 2013- the Rotary Fellowship Event of the year – party in Lisboa Portugal before, during and after Convention

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Rotary and Rotarians in town- conspicuous welcome everywhere- Lisboa truly a Harbour for Peace 

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checking into Fontana Park Design Hotel – hotel corridor straight out of The Matrix – well done DGN Jennie  organising this design surprise for this architect DG

DSC09845DSC09859     checking into the Convention at Fiera Internacional de Lisboa Parc das Nacoes – with 25,000 others

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Extra curricular Convention programme included a Rotary international Opera Contest and a Rotary Downunder Breakfast – watchout for a Kiwi breakfast at Sydney Convention next year ?

Then the Grand Opening ceremony – showcasing our internationality complete with entertainment including IL DIVO – 2 seatings

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80 strong kiwi presence – 40 from D9920 – making an impression all black and silver fern

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time-out in the Convention complex or outside – the local beer’s more than this close to good

there is the Host Hospitality Night at Parque das Nacoes- catching up with the local DG couple , fellow DGs and partners met during our journey together, Rotarians  we have met on the way, our own D9920 family, making new connections

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All Black impact against the colour and diversity of loud and proud Rotarians from our international family

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Convention complex of 4 cavernous pavilions included the House of Friendship – even a glow in the dark Peace Garden

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Plenary session speakers making an impression on this DG included Leymah Gbowee 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate on Activism and Community Cohesion, Emmanuel Jal founder Gua Africa Foundation From Child Soldier to Peace Soldier, Jane Goodall founder Jane Goodall Institute Reasons for Hope, Carl Kielburger Co founder of Me to We on Connecting With and Engaging New Generations.

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we went to a Fado Night at the Campo Pequeno – the old city bullring now a concert venue – life stories in song and much angst

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we grabbed a photo opportunity with Rotary NEWMARKET PP John Fitzmaurice and Betty – a re-run of when we 4 were last all together at PRIP Bill Boyd’s Convention in Salt Lake City

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we enjoyed Lisboa sights and tastes – taken by local architect Jaoa Perloiro to a special lunch in  Lisbon’s medina quarter Alfama at cafe Ti Pico Lautaso – a sloping limestone cobbled  postage stamp sized courtyard shaded by a tree and simple authentic portughese fare

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we also enjoyed a dinner in a converted theatre

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and walking back to our hotel stumbling on 24 hour eaterie Gelato – one of the most fantastic vintage interiors in the whole city ( Wallpaper City Guide)  for a late supper of cod fish and chips or gelado

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and another taste sensation was the divine custard tart in Belem – making pastries since 1837

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and arrived at the the building this DG and architect wanted to see and feel – we stood under  Portughese star-chitect Alvaro Siza’s breathtaking thin curving concrete canopy of the Portugal Pavilion- “Lisbon’s only publicly accessible building” 100 meters from the Convention complex that this  DG and architect came to see in Lisbon – a thoroughly crisp modern space against the historic grandeur and froth of St Jerome Monastery in Belem

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we savoured another beautiful modernist concrete structure at  Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian surrounded by Gulbenkian Park a very lived in green space away from the hustle bustle and heat of the city – the colection spanning from early 2700BC Egypt to earl;y 20th century represents oil tycoon Gulbenkian’s wide interests and deep pockets

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the hand of Rotary is clearly evident

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back at the Convention there were long queues and overflowing attendances at breakout sessions every afternoon – connecting, sharing, learning

along with six others from Australia, Italy, USA and India – we presented at a breakout to a full house of 380 – checkout http://slideshare.net/Rotary_International/energize-your-presentations-ron-seeto

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we finally met up with  PE Jean Louis Nguyen e-Club francophone – Surprise and Delight- chance or arranged meetings every day everywhere during Convention 

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then before we knew it we are at the Closing Plenary watching the banner exchange and entertainment including our own Hayley Westenra

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then onto the traditional D9920  DGs Last Supper – on the way we met up with DG Debbie Hodge D1260UK host to our ill fated our GSE 5 Ferns to London Exchange

D9910 DG Lindsay and Alison and others joined us  - thank you Merv Ah Chee for a canny  restaurant selection

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we took the opportunity to surprise Adrienne Davies with her inaugural Rotary Spouse/Partnership award

This is a wonderful tradition in our D9920 and an opportunity to celebrate with a special group of Rotaruans- all of you.

We are still 4 days  away  before the email deluge stops- so it is timely still to repeat a japaneese phrase Sakuji Tanaka used when we first met him as DGsE in Brisbanne.- – ICHIBAN meaning to be the best that one can be.

I have tried this past year to practise just that – as just over 3 short years ago when I accepted your nomination to be DG my promise then was to be the best that I can be – to do all of you and our District proud.

All of you here have done exactly that too so tonight we can recognise a special person among us – the best of the Best. A partner of a DG and all that entaills- but not stopping on the 1 July- support has been and is continuing – ADRIENNE DAVIES I am delighted to announce that you are one of 100 worldwide to be recognised in the inaugural Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award.

 I have brought a copy of the citation for you half way across the world- because you are worth it ………….

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we went on a post Convention tour  to Sintra – made more Rotary friends and Connections

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all to soon it is time to leave Lisboa and Portugal – Adeus Lisboa

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what an ending to fellowship month- what an ending to my DG year – what a privilege it has been

 

Changeover Day June 2013 : Moments on the DG Rollercoaster Part 3 : Changeover Day June 2013

16 Jun

DSC09671DSC09639DSC09603   DG Ron – No. 67

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It is now my pleasure to introduce you to our incoming Governor….

“We met each other through Rotary and between the 2 of us we have 3 sons, 2 daughter in laws, 1 daughter, 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters – not bad for a mature couple!! 

Indeed-Not bad I say  for D9920- we are having 2 for the price of one this coming Rotary year and what a combination.

We have a petrol head who is also a boy scout coupled to a fitness instructor-Event manager. – ingredients for a successful year- they will need to Be Prepared, there will be many miles travelled  and many events to organise and fitness is definitely a plus.

 

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How are you doing.

Good Day, Bon Jour, Bula, Kia Orana, Talofa, Malo eh leh ee, Mauri..I hope I have improved with practice. Now for my Report-

We started our year asking ourselves to Unleash Our Potential building Peace through Service. How did we do this? By working together  on our 3 priorities – Events, The Rotary Foundation and Public Image. Starting with Public Image , Can and did We Share our Rotary Moments One Story at a Time. For example;

  1. Can we be and were we- loud and proud Rotarians. Look at Waiheke’s Onetangi Beach Races. Yes We can and We were.
  2. Can we  and Did we use technology to Tell Our stories. Look at my DG newsfeed and blog Yes we can. And we Did. Can we keep our club bulletins short,sharp,stimulating – and still, communicate what’s happening beyond our club silos. Look at these 3 club bulletins featured here. Yes We Can and We Did.
  3. Can we and Did we fly conspicuous flags for Rotary – Engage our club members  with a NEW club project-  Tell Our story beyond our own local community.Look at Papakura’s motorcycle show. Yes We Can and We Did.
  4. Coming to Our second priority- TRF- Our Charity of Choice- When we saw a Need-Can and Did we respond with Faith, Hope and Love?

Look at these examples.

  1. We built Faith-  By packing ERKS for Cyclone relief in Auckland. Our xchange students raised $1500!
  2. We offered Hope – By supporting preschools on Taveuni
  3. We showed Love- By delivering Food Packs and ERKS during Cyclone Evan. – Rotary does not have an OSH policy-  we delivered Lunches for primary schools in Lautoka
  4.  For Our 3rd and final priority- Can we make all our activities memorable Events. Take a look at these.
  5. Working Together We started our first ever multi club and mult-cluster DG visits – Look – a choral evening at St Matthews in the City- a Proms Night in Mission Bay and a picnic in Savusavu- and much more. We ARE Creative.
  6. We Danced for Rotary – in many places.. We feel good about ourselves with positive membership outcomes. We have a new phenomenon- 2 new clubs chartered in Auckland for the first time in 10 years-1 in Ba 2 weeks ago and 1 more in the wings in the Pacific- AND a surge of interest for RCC start-Ups  with the first ever in our District by Rotary MANGERE a week ago.
  7. We Staged the mother of all Events – our Dance for Peace Sake on 23 february- a core group of clubs , rotarians, rotarcators, friends and fans in 6 countries and 8 dance venues – a FUN Event showcasing the serious buisness of what we do. Let me share HOW we did this with a 3min Dance compilation showcasing the diversity in the biggest maritime Rotary  District in the World.OURS.
  8. Enjoy Rock’N’Rotary 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCUlaM3yrsA

So- Can and Did we Unleash Our Potential Pushing Boundaries. Without a doubt- categorically 993/4%  according to Dr Seuss- Yes We can and We Did.

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Part 2 – some Thank Yous-

1.     Thank you to D9920 I ask AGs, DCCs, 2012-2013 to be acknowledged. Please give them a round of applause.

We have a small token of appreciation for you collect before you leave today.

Any Presidents from 2012-2013 who are here today please can we acknowledge their support this year.

There is something for you to collect too.

my Home Club NEWMARKET Pres Terry and gang must be acknowleged.

Thx D9920+RCON

Thank you for the privilege of serving with you all.

Thank you for all that you have done and for all that you are going to do. I must also thank all PDGs for their ready suopport – always when asked and sometimes not – special thanks to my DG buddy Leanne.

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1.     Many of you have asked WHAT this extraordinary year has meant for Family, Friends, Business and our Rotary engagement. It WAS the rollercoaster that we anticipated.

2.     We lived life on the Run.Celebrating birthdays on the run. Auckland, Chch, Stewart Island and Invercargill was the best- the whole Institute sang happy Birthday Sharon.

3.     We had SADNESS too. Losing our beloved Nana after a long illness – grieving on the run

4.     Losing my friend Kevin- of 40 years SUDDENLY- the day a part of me and  Rock’N’Roll in NZ died a little too.

5. Emceeing my friend Richard’s wedding – HAPPINESS  and healing on the run

6.     We were OPEN to unexpected opportunities and became very good at Designing  on the run- Need a busy Architect- yes you can still call me

Please Note my phone number is on the bottom right

7. Taking our girls on the Rotary Road-trip. Seizing opportunities.Seeing what we Do.

Best friend Sharon

8. Saved the BEST for last.Sharing with my best friend. Tickets check,, missing specs Check, passports Check, wallet Check, camera Check, chains Check, name badges Check,laptop Check , projector Check speech notes Check- my head – darling Sharon- – I simply could not have done it without you.

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Before I get to my final act as DG- there is a very enjoyable task to do -announce several awards – 2 individual citations and 3 club trophies

You and me, we are all members in a Service organisation.

Today, more than ever, we need more people to make a commitment to a higher standard of Service. After all,our organisation is on the move to change some outmoded  attitudes and some of our traditions, and the way we deliver Service – So its time for me to thank 2 shining examples of outstanding service amongst us- .

And these 2 awardees come from the engine room of Rotary – TRF committee

First up is the TRF’s highest recognition- DSA-to qualify you need to be a recipient of the CFMS in 2007-2008 or earlier- 5 years or longer- The recipient has recently retired as TRF Committee treasurer for more than 6 years. As well as overseeing Permanent Fund, Major Donors and Bequests – he is always available to speak on Foundation to any club or District training event. The author and sender of all TRF advice notes to all D.9920 clubs on Annual Giving, he has been the instigator behind credit card payments-he leaves gi-normous boots to fill- Bob Young please come up and accept your Distinguished Service Award

 

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Next is the Certificate for Meritorious Service which recognizes individual Rotarians who have demonstrated outstanding active service to The Rotary Foundation for more than one year (financial contributions alone do not qualify a Rotarian for this award).

There is something to be said about coming to a committee via the back door- this recipient spent time on the W+CS and was enticed with as brief a job description as possible – in this case it was then Chair – DGN Iain saying “ I have got an easy job for you…”and 8 years later the recipient has become our GURU on Grants overseeing over NZ$5M in grants in that time.  Allan McKay please come up and accept your Certificate for Meritorious Service.

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Ron is a father, an Architect and a Rotarian living and working out of two buildings clustered around a courtyard behind the Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand. He has two grown sons Mika and Joss, and with his wife Sharon, two daughters Ruby and Noon.

Since graduating Bachelor of Architecture from Auckland University with Honours he has practiced architecture for 36 years in New Zealand, Fiji and the Pacific. He is Principal of Murray Cockburn Partnership or MCP Auckland – a boutique practice operating out Auckland, Queenstown and Fiji.

Coming from a family of Rotarians, Ron was invited into Suva North Rotary Club over 20 years ago, later joining Newmarket Club Auckland New Zealand serving as President 2006/07 and accepted a role as Assistant Governor 2008/10.

As District Governor he has urged Rotarians and clubs in District 9920NZ to Work Together on their relationships with each other this year.

Changes made and highlights include : making DG visits to clusters of clubs as memorable events, launching a web-based DG newsfeed, introducing Club Visioning to support and strengthen clubs, dancing for Rotary on 23 february across the District in 8 dance venues D9920 Rock’N’Rotary Ends Polio Builds Peace, combining a Conference with District 9940, chartering 4 new clubs – the first two in 10 years in Auckland, starting up a Rotary Community Corps.

November last year was the milestone 5 years since Ruby finished chemotherapy for a rare form of cancer. For Ron, Ruby is a living example of the Power of Hope and a potent symbol for Change and Continuity to be embraced –as it is his hope for Rotary.

 

Quiz trophy

First up- Fred Beattie Trophy- Quiz – foster better understanding of Rotary and FUN and Fellowship- we have joint winners Pukekohe and Alfriston

Boyd Trophy     Bill and Lorna Boyd Trophy – CLUB WITH BEST PER CAPITA TRF GIVING Suva East

O'Connell Trophy    Grattan O’Connell Trophy – CLUB WITH BEST PER CAPITA Polio Plus GIVING Nadi

Definitely a Fiji thing going on this year- vinaka vakalevu

DSC09739DSC09738   Sharon Seeto PHF

DSC09737DSC09736   a Surprise from home-club NEWMARKET

R+S-goodbye   Good bye from Sharon and Ron – from Peace through Service

RS+ Willard-Gabrielle   Best Wishes Willard and Gabrielle – to Engage Rotary Change Lives

DSC09601   It has been an Honour and a Privilege – Ron Seeto No.67 

post-script – Chris Crabtree :  the announcement about her passing, followed by a minute’s silence.

Our Condolences to PDG Rob Crabtree for the passing of his lovely Chris

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May Moments: PORTRAIT of a thrillseeker Part 3 on the District Governor rollercoaster : May Moments

9 Jun

May Rotary Promote International Convention Month or in D9920 Environment Month   

This month started  sadly with the tragic death of one of our 5 Ferns to London Toni Lee Hayward –  and a bitter sweet farewell to our GSE dream team from UK D1260. A bright spot in recognising our D9929 District Committee Fiji Liason Bob Niranjan with a PHF+3 - followed by another bright spot, an invitation from President Jane de Groen  Auckland City Sunrise to help welcome a new member – more District PHF recognitions – a weekend away as NZ DGs’ rep at D9980′s Conference “Wild45South” –  DG visits to clubs including one to my HomeClub NEWMARKET – then a DG Visit to Rotary NADI with a book delivery to Nadi Airport School en route to the grande finale for the month …..the 3rd Club Charter in D9920 this Rotary year – The Rotary Club of Ba New Generation

tuesday 1 May evening : Rotary PUKEKOHE Main Grandstand, Pukekohe Raceway - GSE D1260UK and a District PHF+3 recognition
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Bob’s citation included his service as a committed Rotarian including his various roles as AG, DCC Fiji liason, ERKS stewardship, Disaster Response and Recovery and my DG special rep for the provisional Rotary Club of Ba.

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Wednesday 2 May evening : Rotary SOMERVILE HOWICK Pakuranga Golf Club            Farewell GSE D1260UK 

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Hello there – firstly thank-yous- everyone who has been involved in planning, selections,hosting this Exchange please take a bow.

This professional execution of our responsibilities has taken on new meaning in the past 48 hours as we remember one of our 5 Ferns- Toni Hayward where belonging to the finest family in the world has taken on extra poignancy wiuth LOVE- our surname is indeed International

At our welcome a short 19 days ago I used   2 quotes on GSE by our eloquent  Rotarian Frank Deaver

The first one  is : GSE is  an immersion experience in another society

The other –  ….. Tourists go abroad to take pictures, Business people to make money, Politicians to make news, GSE Teams go abroad to make friends.

Last night at Pukekohe- I saw how this dream team has grown at every presentation I have been lucky to be present at- and tonight the bar has been raised yet again with something different – so yes it has been an immersion experience – a 2 way one as we have connected, touched, learnt and shared with each other

Last weekend at Rotorua Conference I saw how Tracy, Amy, Sughra, Ann-Marie and Ollie  made friends with gusto – so yes we deepened our bonds and become lifelong friends.

my message this year to our D.9920 clubs and Rotarians  is Working together we CAN accomplish anything –

so too has this come to pass for this focussed GSE- undoubtedly and  in the immortal words of Dr Seuss 993/4% guaranteed- Yes We Can and We Did– and what’s more shall forever be a solid foundation for a  fruitful  relationship between our 2 Districts.

Haere rā Ka kite anō Goodbye and see you again.

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Sunday 5 May afternoon : Toni Lee Hayward comes home Mangere Airport

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Dear Club President and Secretary

You will be aware that our own D9920 GSE Team Member Toni-Lee Hayward (38) died suddenly in the UK on 29 May while on the exchange.

Toni-Lee’s funeral was in Rotorua on 8 May where Rotary was well represented by members from the GSE District Committee and the clubs of Howick-Somerville and Papatoetoe West.

In the aftermath, Toni-Lee has left her husband, Alson and two lovely girls Sophie (14) and Richelle (21) living in Papakura. Not only have they lost a wife and mother but the dominant breadwinner too.

Toni-Lee was a very special women with a vibrant personality who gave a massive amount to the literacy community of New Zealand. As Manager of a Literacy Aotearoa programme in South Auckland, she and her large team have been making a huge impact on their community. She will be sorely missed.

We are devastated for their loss but know that Rotary can provide practical support for the family left behind.

Please ask your Club and its members if they can contribute to a fund to assist Toni-Lee’s family.

The funds will be collected by The Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise.

Bank deposits to:

Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise Inc Trust

12-3021-0324622-00

(Receipts will be issued for your club’s tax purposes in due course)

DG Ron and I look forward to your support.

Regards

Grant Hunter

GSE Outbound Chairman

District 9920

T +64 9 575 9848

E grant@huntercreative.co.nz

Tuesday 7 May breakfast : Rotary AUCKLAND CITY SUNRISE Barrycourt Parnell Welcoming a new member

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President Jane and my family of early- birders

A short 5 or so years ago a nervous AG came to one of your meetings- overawed by the articulate eloquence and sophistication surrounding him he stumbled through his first ever address to this club- today  invited back here as your Governor YOU can be the judge to see whether there has been any improvement. So Chue  Rotary can be ( for some)  an avenue for personal development

This morning is special – one, for me to return to one of my original club clusters, the other, to catch up with all of you and congratulate you all on a very positive year under the direction of President Jane- and mostly- to preside over the main event – to welcome on your behalf – yes WELCOME rather than induct ( as that word  sounds like some medical procedure)  Chue into YOUR club and OUR Rotary Family – so a new metaphor for a new member.

Chue, today YOU become a member of the finest family in the world-YOUR surname like ours is International- if you are interested in the numbers you become part of a family of over 1.2million in over 34,000 clubs in over 530 Rotary Districts  in over 200 countries around the world and you can visit and Make-Up at any one of these clubs.

We know you must be successful as why else would you become a Rotarian – and you must know that success comes from engagement and loving what you do. So it is with Rotary. So get to know your new family at Auckland City Sunrise, get to know your wider Rotary Family, deepen your bonds with all of us in our unique Rotary way called FELLOWSHIP- join all club and Distrct activities-come along to our Rotary Leadership programs. An effective Rotarian is a Knowledgeable one. You will find some of this in your information pack – but my best advice is to ASK.

This Rotary year our Theme is Peace Through Service- I have been asking Rotarians in our clubs to Work Together on our relationships with each other as we go about doing good in the world – to improve our standard of SERVICE.

 A guaranteed way to do this, Chue I suggest- is to -  Take Risks, Think Global, Cultivate Empathy- above all Stay Amazed with what you can accomplish through Rotary.

I will now ask President Jane to present you with your Rotary pin- DO wear it  everyday and  Do wear it everywhere.

Fellow Rotarians please be upstanding and WELCOME Chue.

Finally, Chue you look young enough to be on FB- promise me to update your status on this Rotary Event – tag me in a photo so I know that you have done this. Thank you – and Go Well.

DSC07633 the DG scored 9.9999 – 101/2 out of 10!

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Thursday 9 May evening : D-9920 Conference Debrief – passing on the learnings

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Monday 13 May evening : Rotary PAKURANGA Waipuna Conference Centre Vocational and Community Awards

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President Clive Pakuranga Rotarians and friends
As we have just heard, for Pakuranga these awards is an Annual Function dating back many years. Reading the citations your Community and Vocational awardees have a long proven history of excellent SERVICE.
The job of a DG – aside from keeping it short and sweet – is to inspire. But as I look on our 5 awardees, what’s clear is that you’re the source of inspiration today. To me. To your local communities. To this club. To Rotary International.Awardees, with your Rotary branded trophies this is the day you also become members  in the finest family in the world- our surname – yours is International. This annual awards function  recognises local heroes, renewing us with their energy and their passion. And that includes an awardee here today- Scott Topham and Kiwi King Split Roast.What Guy did not tell you is the recipient and his company give their time & expertise free of charge.As a Rotarian that is what we wish to see you do. That’s who we are. To Scott and all the awardees tonight – Congratulations and Good evening. 
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Tuesday 14 May evening : D-9920 TRF Committee Meeting, Otahuhu College Sports Pavilion. Wrap-up and a recognition
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Peter Crellin, Deputy Peace Fellowships Chair recognised PHF+2I am pleased to advise that I was able to recognise Peter Crellin with a District PHF+2 at the District Foundation Committee meeting tonight .Peter’s citation is for his dedicated and committed service to build Peace including his enthusiastic support of all D9920 Peace initiatives as Deputy Peace Fellowships chair in 2012-2013 in particular is work on selection of D9920 Peace candidate for the Honolulu Peace Forum “ Green Shoots”, selection of Peace Fellow candidates , his assistance with and participation in our first District Community Peace Forum and the energy he put into setting the scene for our biggest Peace Event of the year Rock’N’Rotary Ends Polio Builds Peace
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thursday 16 May evening : Combined Leadership meeting, Portland Investments
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friday 17 May – sunday 19 May : NZ DG’s rep to “Wild45South” D-9980 Conference, Ascot Hotel, Invercargill
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I can now add to my brag list – Tim Shadbolt-warmUP act- .Good evening everyone, family, friends and fans of D9980 . Sharon and I are so pleased to be here- Sharon unlike Tim and me-a cantabrian with CENTRAL roots  was somewhat reassured that I would not put my foot in my mouth after seeing what JP kindly sent me-  the Rules of Engagement for outsiders coming to Wild45 South. As you can see I have my pants pulled up, my baseball cap I have left at home in case I forget to turn it the right way round, my cell phone is turned off, I have now said Speights and Mainland cheese at least once in this address- and here’s a friendly southland wave. I have gotten over not seeing auckland or fiji signposted on your confernce website John-so I can Congratulate you ALL  for surviving the year under my friend JP. Today is testament to the passion, perseverance and professionalism that YOU brought to this labour of faith.I bring greetings from my other 4 NZ DGs Lindsay, Roger, Graeme & Gordon. We are connected in so many ways.Some 48 years ago a 12 year old got on a plane in Fiji  and made his way to this town- it was a town then- to visit his uncle Tom affectionately known down here  as “BULA” – whose daughter Kerry flatted with our JP. A new experience was coming up close and personal with the venerable family pet ram Hector – but where is this going-  we are connected in so many ways5 years on the same young man jumped on another plane arriving at UOA- where he could not help but come up close and personal to an orator extraodinaire – daily in the Student quad-  mayor Tim. A new experience was finding out about jellybeans – and how to recite 1,2,3,4 – STOP! – we are connected in so many waysAnother 40 years came to pass and this time he came up close and personal to 5 other like minded individuals in Tauranga – our class of NZ DGs 2012-2013.  A little dazed and wide eyed we might have been  back those short 3 years ago as we came up close and personal to another southern man- PRID Stuart Heal singing the winds of change – we listened , we debated, we agreed to Work Together to make Change Real in Rotary – not change for change sake but change what needs to be changed – we are connected in so many ways.I see a hopeful future because  of what we have all done together- singing the same hymn but with local nuances and, WHAT we intend as a DG group – to continue advocating. Because We have a unique opportunity in NZ to Work Together because no longer can JAFFAS say parochialism become more evident the further south you go from the Bombays- because  SPPETS is here to stay, because we talk, meet,skype regularly on MDPR,ICT and more, because we are all committed to Revitalisation of Rotary in NZ- be it a common training format or perhaps a national confernce every so many years- as we LIVE the character of our organisation -its spirit, our core values that have always made us exceptional.That is the essence of Rotary especially in NZ, and there’s nothing else like it anywhere in the worldSo D9980 – what does this mean for you? What role will you play? Can I suggest Take Risks, Think Global, Cultivate Empathy, Stay Amazed – with what you and the rest of us  can achieve through Rotary.We ARE connected in so many ways. Working Together WE can accomplish anything. Thank you, good evening and let’s party.
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monday 20 May lunchtime : Rotary AUCKLAND – District PHF recognition outgoing GSE chair Don Leith
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President Pam and AUCKLAND rotarians and friendsYesterday at the conclusion of the D9980 Wild45South Conference – that’s a story for another time- Sharon and I witnessed a presentation  of PHFs for SERVICE- to 2 charter members of Invercargill South the Home club of DG John.Long service is a contribution that we  in Rotary too often take for granted especially when it is combined with dedication, passion and continuing enthusiasm – often accompanied by little or no fanfare.I have a specially enjoyable task today. It is to present a DISTRICT PHF recognition to one of your members for long and dedicated service to making our world a better place.This member has been on our District TRF committee ever since I gatecrashed that committee  as an eager AG- has been part of our successful GSE committee since 1999- now that makes 14 years- has been the Chair of that committee – coordinating and steering both our inbound and outbound committees unerringly for many of those years .- and is now about to hang up his boots at the end of this Rotary year.With 2 GSE teams this year he also stepped outside his overarching coordinator’s role to taking a more hands on part as inbound chair.His professionalism and meticulous application were clearly evident in the recent tragedy with one of our outbound 5 Ferns to London- anally ticking all the boxes ensured that insurance was able to pay for Toni Lee Hayward’s family to go to London and bring her body back home.DON LEITH – I did say I wanted to see you and Marg about a District surprise-for  buidling Peace through SERVICE please step up and receive your PHF+2
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monday 20 May evening : District Finance and Admin Committee, Grand Prix offices, Ellerslie – Farewell, thanks and District PHF
recognition outgoing DF&AC chair PDG Colin Nicolas
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Great to see so many people here and partners as well- it has a lot to do with the occasion- honouring a special man in our midst. PDG Colin who tonight officially completed his tour of duty as Chair of DF&AC.Yesterday at the conclusion of the D9980 Wild45South Conference – that’s a story for another time- Sharon and I witnessed a presentation  of PHFs for SERVICE- to 2 charter members of Invercargill South the Home club of DG John.Long service is a contribution that we  in Rotary too often take for granted especially when it is combined with dedication, passion and continuing enthusiasm – often accompanied by little or no fanfare.I have a specially enjoyable task tonight. It is to present a DISTRICT PHF+1 recognition to Colin for long and dedicated service to making our world a better place- indeed making our DF&AC committee a better and more effective place.He has been chair about 7 years and willingly expanded the role of the committee in IPDG Alan’s DG year and has continued into my year working and progressing a number of fronts- including the DGNN manual, a club accounting package and securing our 2 YPOs.Colin was also pivotal in supporting this District’s participation in SPPETS by accepting that benefits outweighed costs in agreeing to a District subsidy.Your engineering background has brought a clarity and professionalism to the Chairmanship of this $ and cents committee and that will be missed.PDG Colin Nicolas  for all of that and your untiring efforts  buidling Peace through SERVICE please step up and receive your PHF+1
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tuesday 21 May lunchtime : DG Visit Home-Club Rotary NEWMARKET and 3 District PHF recognitions
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Thank you for inviting me – so very kind of you. I know it may have been  an inconvenience for some to put up with a DG address so thank you all for coming and its great to see partners here too- I have shone up my bling specailly.It  is a thrill to finally make my official visit at my homeclub and  to record this proud and special moment someone better take a photo with me at the podium sporting the HomeClub of the DG banner– and whilst I have said this before  I want to say thank you for supporting all our initiatives this year- from cluster DG visits, engaging with this year’s Peace theme and all the District activities and responsibilities  that come with the honour and territory of Homeclub of the DG so to speak- District leadership is also fortunate to have our NEWMARKET DNA –  in particular  AG Pete( for his timely interventions telling me like it is- have you got your stopwatch on), Roger our W+CS chair for his herculean efforts in getting clubs  living our mantra for the year working together on projects local and international-  and Brian who has brought his enthusiasm for smart business in a digital world into our vocational activities. PDG Ross- who has become almost  a serial stalker being invited to many of the  club events Sharon and I attend  around Auckland –has reinforced the mana of this man among our Rotary peers- Ross your presence has been appreciated with your constant support readily dispensed when asked and at times not- My think tank and Conference dream team  and it has been humbling to have so many of you  participating in District activities supporting ME -you know who you are– and of course Pres Terry who brought us the crème de la crème of  Conference support Jan Tonkin – At this point I must single out 3 of us who have been in the inner circle in a manner of speaking- supporting with little fanfare – and as I mention your name  please come up and stand beside  me My DS Paul- for his indefatigable spirit in questioning every request I made of him and by so doing improving our delivery to all of youMy DGT John Steer for giving me his time and expertise in reconciling the mysteries of RI high finance and for opening up the best boardroom in Newmarket for  our Leadership meetings every month- comes with several BYTsMy DG news creator and support- Nigel Fowler. Without you mate we would not have dragged our Rotarians (some of them screaming )to engage actively and contributing- to our monthly digital and  webbased newsfeed.To all 3 of you – in your own way your support have all contributed to our quest to make the world a better place and create a platform for building Peace through service. For this support it is my pleasure to recognise  each of you with a District PHF.
Paul please step up and accept your PHF+1, John your PHF and Nigel your PHF. Please be upstanding and acknowledge our PHFs
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It is great to see we are  still attracting new members –  Scott, and Doug.Sharon and I look forward to getting to know BOTH of you better especially when I return to a job at our weekly luncheoon  reception desk after 1 July.It was great to see our RCONteurs presenting at Conference too-from within in Linda, Johnnie and Nigel to one of our extended family Nadia Lim- showcasing the best we have to offer-one and all made  a proud moment for me – and we can still say – and I only say this within the confines of this club these days- that we are the Best Rotary Club in NZ. so Congratulations give ourselves a round of applause.

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DG Ron Seeto started Rotary in Suva 25 years ago and proud to be back in his home club and assisting with district meetings – living all year for district giving. Thanks to Ross Craig, Peter Ross, Roger Harvey and Brian McMath for their assistance and knowledge from our club

Paul Monk, John Steer and Nigel Fowler were called and presented with the District Paul Harris Pins for outstanding service assisting Ron before and during hi busy programmes, pinned on by Ron’s wife, Sharon Seeto.

Ron put on a slide show of his year as DG that included faith, hope and fellowship events, new generations, family and club clusters. A different world assisting Pacific Islands building projects, schools, hospitals and delivering of ambulance in Tavanui , DC scanners in Suva and assisting with solar power, gardens and playgrounds.

Ron’s sees his achievements as including sharing our Rotary image loud and proud, design of and signs on our projects, and chartering clubs pushing boundaries .

Reporter: Ron McPherson RAPPORT

wednesday 22 May evening : DG Visit  Rotary WAIUKU 

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Sharon and I  have been looking forward to visiting WAIUKU –we were sorry we missed your iconic sunset walk. I want to say thank you for supporting all our initiatives this year- from the first ever MULTI cluster DG visit and engaging with this year’s Peace theme  by joining your cluster anti-bullying project at Tuakau College – participating in the mother of all international projects -the preschools on Rabi and Kioa just off  Taveuni -13 clubs 3 clustersindeed there is much that you carry out without too much fanfare -year in year out and for that we in District are truly appreciative- We know You are particularly close to your  local community which stretches up the Awhitu Peninsula and this is reflected in your continuing Vocational and Community Awards program every year This community engagement is a strength that you have – and latterly we have been talking to President Marshall about starting a RCC of Waiuku – which could give a fresh impetus to your membership attraction plan – W+CS chair Roger Harvey is available to assist facilitate one.like Peter Drysdale at Koroipita we were saddened  by the passing of Waiuku stalwart Glyn Jones – who reflected all your attributes- quoting some of Peter’s eulogy “ great company, full of enthusiasm and fun”and of course Pres Marshall has taken leading this club very seriously and applied himself diligently to this role – so Congratulations one and all.-  for the Partners here WELCOME- please note I have polished up my bling especially
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“Ron spent a few moments talking about a number of topicsincluding the Pre-schools project adopted by our cluster group, and his proposal that we consider establishing a “Community Corps”. Ron also expressed his sadness at the passing of Glyn Jones, and his disappointment at being unable to attend our Walk project.A slide presentation then took us on a journey on the ‘DG’sRollercoaster’, documenting the achievements and programmes throughout the District, particularly in the Islands.Ron’s presentation was well prepared and it was gratifying to see inclusions from our club.”
Editor Don Armstrong, Waiuku Rotary
thursday 22 May breakfast : DG Visit  Rotary ST JOHNS and 2 District PHF recognitions
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President Milesalways enjoy visiting this club – As we hurtle towards the finish line the energy levels start to flag and coming to ST JOHNS always gives me that needed boost- and this morning is no exception.Last weekend at the conclusion of the D9980 Wild45South Conference – that’s a story for another time- Sharon and I witnessed a presentation of PHFs for SERVICE- to 2 charter members and Past Presidents of Invercargill South the Home club of DG John.Long service is a contribution that we in Rotary too often take for granted – as it is often accompanied by little or no fanfare.Apart from long and dedicated service their citations also included passion and continuing enthusiasm. Yes you can go and take a club and your fellow Rotarians a long way with those 2 qualities.This morning I am specially pleased to recognise 2 very special people who have enthusiastically embraced all of our 3 priorities this year- Events, TRF- working Together on a cluster project, Public ImageAND anything to do with Rotary for that matter.This has also flowed onto stronger , HAPPIER clubs and Membership outcomes not only for this Club but others in D9920.One is an AG and the other a PDG- our dynamic Duo-Beryl and Colin Robinson please step up here and accept District PHF recognition for exceeding expectations in all that you have done and- keep on doing Building Peace through Service with me this year. Specifically,Beryl especially for your determined and persistent follow up on membership leads- my standard response when clubs ask what they need to do about membership – I say “ Find a Beryl”Colin especially for your service above self support of one particular club in your cluster, for your insightful and RAPID feedback and ACTION on our initiatives this year.Beryl your PHF+3 and Colin PHF+1

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saturday 25 May evening  : Rotary PAPAKURA Concert at Karaka , NZ Bloodstock

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15 year legacy still enchants and enables

 

monday 27 May evening  : Rotary PENROSE 50th Anniversary Charter , Ellerslie Function Centre

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President Alex and Penrose Rotarians -

The job of a DG- aside from keeping it short and sweet- is to inspire- but as I look at all of you here tonight – You are the inspiration.

One of the privileges of being DG is I get to see the proud legacy of Rotary in our community- Rotary PENROSE has a prominent legacy locally and internationally. At this point, I acknowledge all your charter members –my friend Neville Aitcheson who made an impression on me with his christmas message some years ago at my homeclub , a big HELLO to all the PARTNERS  of this club- also your extended Rotary family and friends–

SO it is another birthday celebration -50 years ago today, this club began and  took great effort to deliver Service .That was the vision back in 1963 and it obviously still is today. YOU found your unique way to serve.You and me, we are all members in a Service organisation.

Today, more than ever, we need more people to make a commitment to a higher standard of Service. After all,our organisation is on the move to change some outmoded  attitudes and some of our traditions, and the way we deliver Service—PENROSE is not exempt from this.

Too often, these days, when we switch our televisions to the news, or when we browse through the pages of our papers, or our ipads we are greeted with negativity. But this mindset can be and is being changed.

There are truths embodied in your history-our history- that can encourage our Rotarians to participate in the large-scale turnaround of this great family. There are truths that can empower our people to become active agents for change—and inspire them to give rise to their own individual stories. Sharing these Rotary Moments showcases the vibrant tapestry of your club and our international Family .

Adhering to the truth does not always mean seeing what is lacking or what is wrong. In fact, the truth can elevate our opinions of ourselves, of others, and of our organisation; it can restore and strengthen confidence. When we start to see the opportunity in the difficulty  dreams get that much more – closer to becoming tangible realities.

RIP Tanaka said this recently: “Every Rotary project, every act of Service is an Act of Love and Kindness”

 

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tuesday 28 May evening  : Rotary MT EDEN DG Visit and a District PHF recognition

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Thank you for inviting me – so very kind of you.

Sharon and have been looking forward to visiting MT EDEN –the last time I visited it was to support a new care bear in our midst being welcomed into your club just before Xmas. Today I need to be on my best behaviour with AG Pete present. And I must say you have been served well by Pete who has now really got some skin in the club as it were- with Caroline-  and this should  be acknowledged.

I want to say thank you for supporting all our initiatives this year- from our MULTI cluster DG visit and I understand that MtEden had almost all your members attend so thanks for that- getting behind the MedSafe medical supplies project to Fiji-

indeed there is much that you carry out without too much fanfare -year in year out and for that we in District are truly appreciative- You have also had some firsts this year

-       –a novel first meeting of the year with a BBQ at Cornwall Park

-       Another BBQ at Bunnings keeping the bank manager happy

-       A Golf Day rasing $5K

-       A recent beef tasting fundraiser to keep the omnivores happy

-       A New Gen meeting with Tony Falkenstein water entrepreneur philantropist

-       All this fun, positive activity engaging and attracting new members – hello Nickola, Sarah and Caroline with a few others in the wings

-       So congratulations  – and of course I am pleased to hear that you have a clear succession plan in place- Pres Greg going for a second term to consolidate your gains is a good idea.

-       – for the Partners here WELCOME- please note I have polished up my bling especially.

District leadership is also fortunate to have some of the MT EDEN DNA rubbing off onto District Events which brings me to our Dance for Peace sake on 23 february this year.

thank you for engaging with this year’s Peace theme  so emphatically in our Event of the Year- and here I must say

– I was simply  in awe  of Ursula Bach at work  on Rock”N”Rotary Ends Polio Builds Peace”  Ursula You are the gold standard in how to whip up Rotarian support – I can honestly say this great FUN Event showcasing the serious buisness of what we do – would simply not have happened without your passion, energy, enthusiasm, commitment and – if I may say- bloody ballsyness. And I know you have more ideas to rollout –so it a real pleasure that I am able now call you up to be recognised with a District PHF -

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“We were very pleased to host District Governor Ron Seeto and his wife Sharon at our last meeting. The Rotary theme for the 2012-13 year was to Unleash Our Potential and build “Peace Through Service.”

The District 9920 clubs were grouped in to 11 clusters and worked on three priorities: 1. Make all club activities memorable “Events” 2. Make the Rotary Foundation our “Charity of Choice” 3. Enhance our Public Image – share our moments one story at a time.

DG Ron congratulated the Rotary Club of Mt Eden on its work this year in these areas – which included our Charity Golf Day, our sausage sizzle fundraiser, our beef tasting fundraiser, our involvement in the Cluster Meeting (held at St Matthews in the City) and our involvement in the Peace Dance/Flash Mob.

DG Ron then spoke of his year to date. He presented a slide show and spoke to all the events that had been happening in the District – which were numerous indeed – and included many events in the Pacific Islands! The year also included the chartering of new clubs in the district. DG Ron also spoke of the Foundation and changes. We certainly have a District to be proud of!

In particular, regarding the Flash mob event, this idea was generated by the South Pacific Rotary clubs and taken to action by Ursula Bach. Ursula was then presented with a District Paul Harris Fellow for her commitment to Rotary and the District. This is a great honour for Ursula and our club. Congratulations Ursula – well deserved!!!

Many thanks to DG Ron and Sharon for spending time with us.

Footnotes: (1) Many thanks also to Assistant Governor Peter Ross (from the Newmarket Club), who has assisted our Club in its efforts to boost membership as well as with other initiatives this year eg, our special meeting with Anthony Falkenstein and the beeftasting fundraiser. (2) A warm welcome to Greg Moyle (from the Downtown Auckland Club) – who we know from his roles with the Rotary Quiz Night and the Rotary Art Calendar – and who will take over as the Assistant Governor responsible for our club.”

Frances Loo,Editor The Bulletin Rotary Mt Eden

 

Friday 31 May morning : DG Visit Rotary NADI. Book donation to Nadi Airport School
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Friday 31 May evening : pre -Charter Event for the Rotary Club of BA New Generation, Ba Civic Centre, BA : pre-Charter Meeting 6-7PM
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An aspirational and inspirational group joins our Rotary family. Some snippets-
My name is….I am …. My dream is to….”help my Community through Rotary”, ” to continue doing what I love -teaching special needs children”, ” is to meet more like-minded people and have them as customers at my bank”, ” to become DG one day and wear that chain”(sic)
Friday 31 May evening : Charter Event for the Rotary Club of BA New Generation, Ba Civic Centre, BA : formal charter
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This past year in my travels around our District I have introduced a few people but this is my first time for an Attorney General – so it is a special honour and more so for one in my birth country.Whilst most of you will know of  the Attorney General’s extensive track record of accomplishments and service it is my pleasure to recount some of the milestones;Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is Attorney General and Minister responsible for various portfolios. After completing a Political Studies degree at Australian National University, Canberra,  followed by a Bachelor and Masters at Law from Uni of NSW and Hong Kong- He has worked locally and internationally as a lawyer- locally for the Colonial group of Companies and as Director of Public Prosecutions- internationally  for Minter Allison and other internationally acclaimed law firms .Ladies and Gentlemen please join me in welcoming the Attorney General of Fiji. 
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Bula and Good evening everyone especially partners, family, friends, of the BA Charter Class of 2013 . I have always wanted to bring Sharon to Ba as this town holds so many memories for me having been the architect for your market building and over the subsequent years have made many friends and buisness associations in  this get up and go province- and that includes your rugby and soccer teams. A special Welcome to the Attorney General, and Commissioner WesternThank you for your support by attending at such  short notice.Congratulations to all of you charter members and congratulations to the God-father of Rotary BA my DG special rep  Bob Niranjan- today is testament to the passion, professionalism  and urgency that you Bob brought to this labour of hope.Thank you for allowing me the honor to be a part of this Event – the third new Rotary club to be chartered in our D9920 this Rotary year and the first in Fiji since the founding of Taveuni in 2002 – 11 years ago – and we must not forget-the demise of BA after 30 odd years of service to this community some 10 years ago.It’s timely to remember The important role of the sponsoring club Suva. Consider support in all its forms – empower our new Rotarians to map their own destiny  within a finite timeframeThe importance of readily available support from the rest of our District Family. I am pleased to see the presence of so many Rotarians from other clubs in Fiji and the District leadership here tonight. Keep a 2 way street at all times – reach out, ask for help. Remember you are not alone.The importance of a road map – Make a PlanThe importance of Rotary knowledge – attend Training EventsThe importance of the IDEA to engage everyone in the club – find and start a club project for everyone- size does not matter- Look at the annual Presidential Citation document where you will find around 30 ideas (every year)to touch each members hot button for engagement- Give everyone a JOBCharter members, this is the day you also become members  in the finest family in this wonderful world – our surname – yours is International.STARTING FRESH provides opportunities for Rotary to refresh, to offer more options, to improve our standard of service – for clubs to define their preferred point of difference. That is the intrinsic  value of Membership Extension in Rotary speak- of chartering new clubs – whilst supporting our current ones. This is a way that Rotary will continue on its journey towards that distant horizon, and a better day- as we go about doing good in the world.So to our charter members – what does this mean for you? What role will you play in meeting these challenges? I suggest Take Risks, Think Global, Cultivate Empathy, Stay Amazed – with what you can achieve through Rotary.You will be tested. You won’t always succeed. But know that you have it within your power to try. That generations of Rotarians who have come before you faced challenges and uncertainties in their own time. And that through Working Together WE can Accomplish Anything. Go well.Thank You. VINAKA and Good evening.DSC09314DSC09310DSC09302DSC09300DSC09297DSC09293DSC09290DSC09289DSC09379DSC09381DSC09376DSC09374DSC09432DSC09429DSC09427DSC09418DSC09414DSC09420DSC09406DSC09408DSC09409DSC09411DSC09410DSC09422DSC09424DSC09425DSC09401DSC09400DSC09281DSC09436  

Our Future lies in our New Generations

Saturday 1 June evening : Ba Charter de-brief and Rotary Fiji Leadership briefing – fellowship- deepening bonds – sharing
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what a month that was.
 
 

“Pushing Boundaries” – Combined D9920-9940 Conference Rotorua

9 May

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Countdown – thursday evening  25 april – Millennium Hotel and Kurious Kiwi Rotorua

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I am pleased to advise that I am able to recognise AG Juliette on the eve of our Combined District Confernce here in Rotorua at this intimate Newmarket homeclub Get-Together.

Her citation includes dedicated service to the Rotary club of Moorea, her conscientious performance as my Assistant Governor throughout 2012-2013, her genuine and friendly assistance to all our clubs and Rotarians in French Polynesia , her successful efforts at implementing our Dance for Peace Event Rock’N’Rotary on the 23 february.

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Countdown – friday morning  26 april – Energy Events Centre  Rotorua

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 Countdown – friday afternoon  26 april – RLI class at RSA  Rotorua and Golf Prizegiving
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Countdown – friday sundown  26 april Energy Events Centre Rotorua
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Showtime Friday evening 26 April Energy Events Centre Rotorua
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  1. Love your work GB.. helloo there- ONE more time-We are both honoured- to see you all
  2.  no the 4 of us are honoured- to have you all come and celebrate with us. Graeme has told you HOW we got to Pushing Boundaries  together here in Rotorua. For my take I am going to ask some questions of  our D9920 Rotarians -
  3. Can and did we work together on our 3 priorities this year -Events, TRF and Public Image – Starting with PI -  Can and Did we Share our Rotary moments One Story at a Time. FOR EXAMPLE-
  4. Can we be and were we- loud and proud Rotarians. Look at Waiheke’s Onetangi Beach Races. Yes We can and We were.
  5. Can we  and Did we use technology to Tell Our stories. Look at my DG newsfeed and blog Yes we can. And we Did. Can we keep our club bulletins short,sharp,stimulating – and still, communicate what’s happening beyond our club silos. Look at these 3 club bulletins featured here. Yes We Can and Did.
  6. Can we and Did we-  fly conspicuous flags for Rotary – Engage our club members – with a NEW club project-  Tell Our story beyond our own local community.Look at Papakura’s motorcycle show. Yes We Can and We Did.
  7. Coming to Our second priority- TRF- Our Charity of Choice- When we saw a Need-Can and Did we respond with Faith, Hope and Love?

LOOK AT THESE EXAMPLES 

• We built Faith-  BY packing ERKS for Cyclone relief in Auckland

• We offered Hope – BY supporting preschools on Taveuni

• We showed Love- BY delivering Food Packs and ERKS during Cyclone Evan. – Rotary does not have an OSH policy-  we delivered Lunches for primary schools in Lautoka

11.   For Our 3rd and final priority- Can we make all our activities memorable Events. TAKE A LOOK AT THESE.

• Working Together We started our first ever multi club and mult-cluster DG visits – Look – a choral evening at St Matthews in the City- a Proms Night in Mission Bay and a picnic in Savusavu- and much more. We are Creative too.

• We Danced for Rotary – at District Changeover, in Nukualofa, in Moorea and many other places.. We feel good about ourselves with positive membership outcomes. We have a new phenomenon- 2 new clubs chartered in Auckland for the first time in 10-15 years- 3 more in the wings in the Pacific- AND a surge of interest for RCC start-UPs

• We Staged the mother of all Events – our Dance for Peace Sake on 23 february- a core group of clubs , rotarians, rotarcators, friends and fans in Rarotonga, Suva, Nukualofa, Apia, BoraBora, Raitatea-Tahaa, Moorea and in Auckland– 8 dance venues – a FUN Event showcasing the serious buisness of what we do.

15.  Let me share HOW we did this with a 3min Dance compilation showcasing the diversity in the biggest maritime Rotary  District 9920 in the World. Enjoy Rock’N’Rotary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCUlaM3yrsA

So- Can and Did we Unleash Our Potential Pushing Boundaries. Without a doubt- in the immortal words of Dr Seuss cateorically 993/4% guaranteed- ALTOGETHER NOW-

Yes We can and We Did.

Some club is getting the Pushing Boundaries Award on Sunday.Thank you and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Showtime Saturday morning 27 April Energy Events Centre Rotorua
Starting with Club Roll-Call
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 The idea we have for the Roll Call this year is to feature those clubs attending Conference along with a signature project  undertaken by that club during the year. If that club is an Award winner then this will also be announced at the same time – as well as other Award Winning clubs not at Conference.So here goes-
1.       Rotary Club of Alfriston- seen here  Hosting GSE team No. 1 from D5760 Kentucky. And  Winner Harold Thomas Trophy for Best Attendance at Club meetings in NZ
2.       Rotary Club of Auckland – Golf Day on Waiheke- Travelling in style on the Spirit of Adventure
3.       Rotary Club Auckland East- annual project SoapBox Derby showing the Winning team from Meadowbank School
4.       Rotary Club Auckland Harbourside –My hot,spicy and sweet club- Chinese New Year of the Snake- over 500 guests-$50K raised for Auckland Medical Research Foundation.
5.       Rotary Club of Botany East Tamaki – opening of the East Tamaki school Bikeway – providing safe accessible location for families to exercise-a well tested plan building relationships, engaging external organisations and a well publicised launch event – Winner Publicity in Action Award donated by PDG Leanne and Mike Jaggs!
6.      Downtown Auckland. My Party Club- Working Together with a passion on all of the FUN activities in D9920- they love dress-ups too especially for the DG.
7.      Rotary Club of Drury- Annual Produce Collection for Salvation Army- 10 years old now – and homeclub of DGN Iain
8.      Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise- “SkyFall” Mobility Dogs Fundraiser – star is CHANCE the Dog – and homeclub of  DGE Willard
9.       Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay – Half Moon Bay and Howick’s annual Charity Yacht Race – 350 happy sailors and 60+ Rotarian helpers
10.     Rotary Highbrook- First club chartered in Auckland in 14 years – first project  Habitat for Humanity – Hello Peter Roylance.
11.      Rotary Club of Howick- Fun Walk-Run – homeclub of our PR masterchef and songbird- Rob Crabtree
12.     Rotary Club of Mangere- ongoing support for Mangere College- supporting the local.
13.     Rotary Club of Manukau City Sunrise- RYPEN 2013 – in the immortal words of Dr Seuss “remember that
Life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!
(99 ¾ percent guaranteed.) KID(s), YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS “-  at RYPEN.
14.     Rotary Club of Moorea- Literacy for Children and Adults –  literacy and numeracy are the skills that unlock the gates of opportunity and success . Bonjour AG Juliette
15.      Rotary Club of Nadi- Life Straw distribution –making drinking water safe- Winner Pacific Islands Attendance Trophy.
16.      Rotary Club of Newmarket- Home Club of the DG – club with a huge environmental footprint on Motutapu- featured is Takahe release on this sacred Island- Winner Twinning Trophy with Taveuni for the Digital  Tablet project- a BIG Idea  with much potential
17.       Rotary Club of Nukualofa – Popua Gardens – the land is allocated along customary lines and families reclaim the swamp, build homes and learn to grow  and husband their own food – Winner Rangitoto Trophy for the most significant environmental project.
18.        Rotary Club of Otahuhu – Home of ERKS in Auckland- must recognise the longstanding efforts of PDG Jack and Adrienne Davies Co-ordinating D9920 club for packing of ERKS.
19.         Rotary Club of Pagopago – Dictionaries for 3rd graders. Kia Ora Wellbornes.
20.         Rotary Club of Pakuranga- Home of Bill Boyd and Usborne Dictionaries-This photo tells the story of literacy, education, helping disadvantaged young people & providing them hope for the future.  Approximately 85000  ($3million retail value)have now been distributed throughout NZ to low decile schools, prisons, immigration centres, etc.
21.           Rotary Club of Papakura –Motorcycle Show-Papakura thought of everything from signage , publicity bfore , during and after the event – right down to a Rotary branded trophy-Winner  DG’s Project Excellence Award.
22.            Rotary Club of Papatoetoe West – Harry Rose MIT Awards giving adult students a second shot in life and vocation – all awardees want to give back – that is exactly what we want them to do- that is what WE do.
23.            Rotary Club of Papeete- Bonjour Jean Louis,Jeanette, Edgar, Cathy and Hugh.Special Needs Pool  - the Rotary brand built to last.
24.             Rotary Club of Parnell- Annual Golf Day for Alzeimers- an outstanding example of successful partnerships- $1million raised to date.
25.             Rotary Club of Penrose – Technology and Business Communications. Bear market?
26.              Rotary Club of Pukekohe – Book Fair. Home of IPDG Alan and Clair.
27.              Rotary Club of Raiatea-Tahaa Noel Tumaraa . Bonjour Patrick, Jacqueline and Vilna.
28.              Rotary Club of Remuera- Vision Impaired Program (VIP) Camp- Home of my District trainers Roy and Iain.
29.             Rotary e-Club 9920 francophone – a MG for this  Cameroon  Orphanage.Bonjour PDG Nicolas.
30.             Rotary Club of Somerville Howick- Santa Parade.
31.             Rotary Club of St John’s – Stonefields Community Fair with the ROTARY wheel of Fortune and home club to the dynamic duo- the Robinsons.
32.              Rotary Club of Suva- 2 x USD40,000 dialysis machines. Bula Bob and Reshika.
33.              Rotary Club of Suva Peninsula Sunset- President Barbara Malimali- Winner Bert Dreaver Rotary Trophy – awarded for the most significant achievement by a Rotarian or Club in the furtherance of Rotaract – Barbara gets this hands down this year. Vinaka Vakalevu.
34.            Suva Rotaract Club- Winner Auckland Harbourside Cup – a good reason to start a Rotaract club if you need one- Celebrating  Fathers Day Samabula Senior Citizens Home, Distributing Hygiene Packs to Squatter Settlements , Collecting Christmas donation for the  Home of Hope- has a facebook page averaging between 300–800 views per week- Ran a Careers Day, Rotaract Leadership Training- Day and hosted a panel discussion on Ethical Business Practices.
35.           Rotary Club of Taveuni – Eye Project 2012- Patient ages ranged from 4 years to 90 years.Over 200 operations over 2 weeks.  Valued at NZ$1 million. Winner Colty Cup.
36.           Rotary Club of Taveuni –.Winner Twinning Trophy with Newmarket for the Digital tablet project.
37.          Rotary Club of Tuakau – Charity Toll raies $4.5K a year from motorists-  Winner Jack Smallfield Bulletin Award – meeting all criteria –info on  club and member activities,upcoming events,rotary education, reporting, style and format –above all  DG Ron’s special interest in short,sharp,stimulating bulletins in not more than 2x A4 pages  yet still offering  info beyond the club silo using the DG newsfeed link – embracing continuous improvement with a new format in the second half.
38.          Rotary Club of Waiheke- the ROTARY Onetangi Beach Races – an international ICONIC Auckland Event with 100% club engagement.
39.           Rotary Club of Waiuku- Annual Sunset walk
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Forum : Saturday afternoon 27 April Energy Events Centre Rotorua
Membership and Building Strong Clubs
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Cocktail Reception : Saturday sundown 27 April Energy Events Centre Rotorua
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Gala Dinner “Starry Starry Night” : Saturday evening  27 April 
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Reflections : Sunday morning  28 April  Energy Events Centre Rotorua

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Showtime Sunday morning 28 April Energy Events Centre Rotorua
Starting with GSE Presentations
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ROTARY DISTRICT 9920/9940 JOINT CONFERENCE ROTORUA 28 APRIL 2013RESOLUTION OF THANKS, APPRECIATION AND RECOGNITIONDistrict Governor 9920 Ron and Sharon, District Governor 9940 Graeme and Christine, RI President’s Personal Representative, Gary Chen PDG D3520, Representatives of the New Zealand Governors’ DG Gordon and Alrita, and DG John and Donna, Distinguished Guests, and Fellow Rotarians.One of the responsibilities of a District Governor is to forward to Rotary International a formal Report on this Conference and this will include such items as the confirmation of the selection of District Governors Elect Willard Martin, and Deb Gimblett as the District Governors for the Rotary Year 2013/14, the confirmation of District Governor Nominee, Iain Wakefield, and Anthony Scott as the District Governors for the Rotary Year 2014/15. These will be formally documented in the appropriate manner.There are a number of other Resolutions that require approval. I therefore submit the following to Conference for consideration. I will move their formal adoption at the conclusion of the comments and would like Conference to withhold any acknowledgement until then.It is resolved that this Conference:1. Records appreciation of the leadership of RI President, Sakuji Tanaka, and the contributions made to this Conference by his Personal Representative, Gary Chen.2. Records confirmation of the following appointments:a. Rotarian Willard Martin – D9920 District Governor 2013-2014b. Rotarian Iain Wakefield – D9920 District Governor 2014-2015c. Rotarian Deb Gimblett – D9940 District Governor 2013-2014d. Rotarian Anthony Scott – D9940 District Governor 2014-20153. Acknowledges the service to Rotary of those members and partners who have passed away since our last Conference in 2012.4. Extends thanks to District Governor of D9970 Gordon Hooper and Alrita, and District Governor of D9980 John Prendergast and Donna 9980 who officially represented the other four Districts of New Zealand.5. Records its thanks to Mayor Kevin Winter, Mayor of Rotorua, for welcoming delegates and opening this Conference.6. Records the thanks of all delegates to Conference Committee Chairs Warwick Leyland and Bob Austin and members of the Rotary Clubs of Newmarket and Plimmerton for their efforts to ensure the success of this Conference.7. Records the thanks of Conference delegates to all guest speakers and entertainers, our International Youth Exchange students, and all others who made the Conference so enjoyable.8. Records congratulations to all of those clubs and Rotarians who received awards at this conference.9. Records its appreciation of the continuing involvement and support of our Past District Governors and the Service to Rotary of all Club Presidents and Rotarians, our Assistant Governors and District Officers.10. Records appreciation and thanks for the leadership, enthusiasm and untiring efforts of District Governor Ron Seeto and District Governor Graeme Blick and the tireless interest and support of their wives, Sharon and Christine. Conference wishes them all well for the remainder of this Rotary year.I move that these Resolutions are accepted by Conference and formally endorsed by acclamation.PDG David Watt, D9940
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hello there- Are You all  having FUN? it is now my pleasure to call our RIP rep Gary to come up on stage so that we can all thank him for coming all this way to help us celebrate.- its been really special for me to have Gary from Taiwan – as my father , a Rotarian had a long and fruitful relationship with Taiwan-xiexie ni Give Gary a round of applause.DSC08596DSC08597DSC08599DSC08602DSC08604DSC08606DSC08610DSC08616DSC08620DSC08622
it is time for me to thank our MC Roy Austin – What a ride it ‘s been- my friend and I hope I have come up to your expectations- Roy I will be forever grateful for  the huge part you played in helping me get our District 9920 message for the year firstly to sing, then to fly and finally to soar BEYOND what we imagined- Pushing Boundaries if you will. Auckland,Apia,Suva,Nadi many places -many memories to treasure- not least this soft focus shot of us performing the Haka at Paddles. The photo of Roy in the bottom left is probably more familiar to us all. At this point, Janet would you please come up on stage and join us.  It is indeed a special privilege for me to be here with you to HONOUR a special man and a special Rotarian,and to share this moment  as DG – to MAKE  an award  presented to our D 9920 Rotarian of the year -our Rotarian who has shown outstanding Rotary service to the community –To many our District 9920’s top award- For me at its most meaningful , the service record of our recipient- District trainer more than once, DRFC and now Zone Foundation Assistant Co-ordinator, Chairman CureKids and much more- Roy’s service record  is a mirror of every good action by every Rotarian in this District-in short we can all bask in its glow. Roy please step up and accept the Dr Catherine Hamelin Award- as our D9920 Rotarian of the Year.DSC08625DSC08634Rotarian of the YearDSC08635DSC08639DSC08642DSC08646DSC08648Thank you Warwick, Jan and the D9920 Conference dream team – what a case-study of Poetry in Motion.

At this point  it is timely to recognise the efforts of Jan Tonkin -wife of Pres Terry from my homeclub Newmarket- owner of the Conference Company -a company with offices in Auckland, Wellington and ChCh and a presence in Australia – a company that gives back be it packing food parcels at the City Mission or cooking at Ronald MacDonald House or helping out a Rotary Confernce.

For the past two years, Jan has been working with our two Districts to help organise this Joint conference.

It has been a big task, and Jan has done an exceptional job in using her company, her knowledge, her contacts – As the only NZ  Council member of the exclusive International Association of Professional Conference Organisers- we have enjoyed the creme de creme folks-

Jan has also used her time to help make this a cost effective and memorable conference. Jan we would not have done it so well without you.

Jan please come up so we can recognise you as the Rotary Club of Newmarket’s newest PHF.

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Graeme Thx

Graeme- what can I say- its been an incredible ride – Working together with you and D9940 – it has been obvious that  D9920 has benefitted in so many ways- from your PE training manual, your club visioning master faciliatator ,your Future vision experience and my Eureka moment – the “experiment” of multiclub-multicluster DG visits. Working Together We CAN accomplish Anything.

Sharon and I have  enjoyed yours and Chris’ company from the moment we have met.- Tauranga, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Orlando, San Diego, Stewart Island  and this one is for JP-even Invercargill and now Rotorua- love your work mate- thanks for the memories. 

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Many of you have asked WHAT this extraordinary year has meant for Family, Friends, Business and our Rotary engagement. It WAS the rollercoaster that we anticipated.

I must start by calling up on stage our Rotary orphans Ruby and Noon.Flexiboarding became a lifestyle.

 There were compensations- JOINING us on the Tahihi DG Visit. Swimming with dolphins, rays and sharks was a treat.

GRABBING Summer and Winter holiday opportunities between Rotary road trips. Swimming and skiing aint all bad.

We lived life ON THE RUN.Celebrating birthdays on the run. Auckland, Chistchurch, Stewart Island and Invercargill was the best- the whole Institute sang happy Birthday Sharon.

 We had SADNESS too. Losing our beloved Nana after a long illness – grieving on the run.

Losing my friend Kevin- suddenly- the day a part of me and  Rock’N’Roll in NZ died a little too.

HAPPINESS Emceeing my friend Richard’s wedding –  and healing on the run

We were OPEN TO UNEXPECTED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES and became very good at Designing  on the run- Need a busy Architect- yes you can still call me  my phone number is on the bottom right hand corner.

TAKING our girls on the Rotary Roadtrip. Seizing opportunities.Seeing what we Do.

Saved the BEST for last. SHARING WITH MY BEST FRIEND. Tickets check,, missing spectacles Check, passports Check, wallet Check, camera Check, chains Check, name badges Check,laptop Check , projector Check speech notes Check- my head – darling Sharon- – thank you for just being there whenever and wherever I have needed you. Over to you GB.

Pushing Boundaries
So its now time to present the eagerly anticipated Conference Special Pushing Boundaries Award. On Friday you got Graeme and my takes on Pushing Boundaries.
For Graeme it means Making Change Real .
For me its going that extra mile over and above ticking the box on all 3 of my priorities and sprinkling this with our Peace emphasis.
This President and this club punches well above their numerical numbers.
This club is a template for what Rotary clubs can be – reflecting our diversity.
This club makes opportunities from difficulties and, excels in working together within as well as without- with its members, with its cluster clubs- with its sister clubs.
This club attracts more than 10x its membership in 2 signature fundraisers every year – and easily ticks the box on our Public Image priority.
This club was the force behind many memorable events ( another priority)- including this District’s first Community Peace Forum .
This club pushed boundaries in its cluster MG  with its burns booklet for BoraBora, and  its TRF giving(another priority)

so it is my pleasure to call President Shefali to come up and accept D9920 Pushing Boundaries Award on behalf of the Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside. 

Pushing Bdys Award

 Thank you to D9920 and my Home Club NEWMARKET. Thank you for the privilege of serving with you all. Thank you for all that you have done and for all that you are going to do.

THX Rcon & D9920

Good Bye from Me and Good Bye from Him.

GoodBye GB+RS

Good Bye from Us
GoodBye x4
Wind Down : Sunday afternoon 28 April  Rotorua
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Recovery : Monday 29 April  Rotorua
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with sobering and worrying news from our 5 Ferns in London at daybreak – Toni Lee Hayward is in hospital
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