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

3 May

April Rotary Magazine  Month –

This month started  with our Homeclub NEWMARKET annual Past President Dinner welcoming PP Roger Gower  and Debbie-  followed by GSE inbound and outbound Events – return DG Visits to Rotary Ellerslie Sunrise, Drury, Pukekohe and Parnell culminating with our second new club charter Rotary FRANKLIN and our Joint District Conference with D9940 in Rotorua – happiness tinged with sadness as we closed the month with the tragic news of the sudden passing of our 5 Ferns to UK D1260 team member Toni Lee Hayward.

wednesday 3 April evening : DG Home-club Annual Past Presidents Dinner, Vinnies, Herne Bay 
“responsibility recognition and joy”  mingled with ” mystery, sensuality and intimacy”
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Hello there- this is Brian and Roger’s night so thank you both for giving me some time to make a couple of presenations in such august company- this year I have been asking for our clubs and Rotarians  to make all our activities memorable events.Anyone at the Kevin Roberts presentation yesterday would agree that tonight’s setting has all the ingredients for a LoveMark- Mystery,Sensulaity and Intimacy.- ideal and memorable for what I am about to do – the presenation of District PHFs to 2 outstanding past presidents in our midst.I ask our new Rotarians to Take Risks, Think Global, Cultivate Empathy, Stay Amazed – with what you can achieve through Rotary.These 2 Rotarians having led the best club in New Zealand – and I only say so these days in this company- are exemplars of this- the Rotary fire in the belly still burning brightly. Let me read out their citations first and then we can recognise them together.The first I mention- using length of service rather than dear Ross Craig’s macabre observation for PDGs – being  higher up on the deathlist-  has been in this club since 1998- loves golf, sailing, drinking and dancing-  was introduced  to this club by Ric Buchanan and – I can say has some answering to do  as I was on his board in 2003-2004- his support since my nomination for Governor has been constant and unwavering – he has Pushed Boundaries for me- he is about to be recognised with a 4th sapphire – my confernce chair Warwick Leyland-The second recognition I am delighted to make tonight joined RCON in 2004- loves sailing,travelling,fine food and wine and not averse to the odd boogie either- was introduced to us by Brian McMath and was on my board in 2006-2007 when we followed Bill Boyd’s catchtcry- Lead the Way- and did this Rotarian lead the way and continues to do so in every role he has taken on at club and District level- like Warwick he also has some answering to do as it was during his presidential year that I was honoured with the privilege of being nominated by this club for Governor.He is about to be recognised with his 2nd sapphire- he is none other than our District World and Community Services Chair Roger HarveyRoger, I can say District leadesrhip is in awe with what you have made of your current role in the number and size of projects -Matching Grants  aside – embracing fully my call for clubs and clusters to work together making our projects bigger, bolder, better- I am also looking forward to your help in starting the first RCC in this District if not in NZ. NO pressure.Presidents and partners please be upstanding and join me in recognising Warwick and Roger.
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friday 5 April breakfast : DG visit Rotary ELLERSLIE SUNRISE, Ellerslie Convention Centre
Hugs and Happy Moments at sunrise
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Good reason for an early start- This is the closest club visit to home so far- this is Sharon’s first visit to Ellerslie Sunrise- the last time I came to a meeting was for the announcement of DGE Willard’s nomination and I didn’t have to say anything then but we do feel comfortable here  knowing so many of youI want to say thank you for supporting all our initiatives this year- from cluster DG visit and engaging with this year’s Peace theme  during your cluster DG visit the singalongto IMAGINE and also getting behind the mother of all cluster projects – the preschools on Rabi and Kioa with 13 clubs and 3 clusters working together.District leadership is also fortunate to have the ELLERSLIE DNA –- there is PDG Bob whose deeds on TRF committee is legendary and we are letting him go ever so slowly  – DGE Willard a natural born schmoozer  – he may not remember this but Willard was one of the most talkative people when we first   met at one of Alan Stuart’s parties – and I should say Alan lives in the best house in Greenhithe–your graphic design guru Grant Hunter  moonlighting as Chair of  our GSE outbound – must not forget Trish on this committee- Win for her efforts on Scholarships- the gold standard for District transport – DIK and ERKS and more recently milk powder Ian Jenner- Julie propping another part of the WCS committee- Mark on the Quiz.  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-District is also fortunate to have your signature projects –  Your Santa Parade which our aughters grew up with in their fairy costumes. I love your Pudding website ( yes the website)– a clever piece of advertising drawing in the punters to not only get a taste of the pudding but that of Rotary Ellerslie- sensual enough to be a Lovemark? and of course you have an astute leader in Pres Dave – for any Partners who have come  I have polished up my bling specially….
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“FROM THE PRESIDENT’S PEN Last Friday morning we had the pleasure of hosting our District Governor, Ron Seeto and Sharon. DG Ron’s topic Moments on the DG Rollercoaster –the Good, Bad and Ugly provided him with the opportunity to share some of the highlights of his year and reinforce the year’s priorities:i.Making activities, events  ii. The Rotary Foundation – our charity of choice iii.Public image – sharing our moments..” David MacDonald Rotary Ellerslie Sunrise bulletin
 
Friday 5 April evening : Welcome D-1260 UK focussed Group Study Exchange, Pakuranga Sailing Club
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Hello everyone. How are you doing?I am not going to give a big speech and I realise I am between you and dessert- I will leave the big speech (perhaps) for our official farewell function. And  I do want all of us to spend more time getting to know each other.A special kiwi welcome to our English visitors. KIA ORA. I wonder whether our visitors know – that GSE is kiwi and homegrown…started in NZ by the Auckland Club as ROTA Rotary Overseas Travel Award– that whilst GSE is officially described by TRF  as a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for busness people and professionals between the ages of 25 & 40 in the early stages of their carreers,prominent D9920 Rotarian Frank Deaver  called  it succinctly as  an immersion experience in another society.Did you know that the same eloquent Frank Deaver said this….. Tourists go abroad to take pictures, Buisness people to make money, Politicians to make news, GSE Teams go abroad to make friends. That is true even when you are only on the periphery like me  looking on- the magic rubs off – BUT thiere is MORE to this GSE- apart from the FUN part of getting to know and find out about each other- this GSE is getting down to serious business too- it is a focussed exchange on adult literacy and numeracy as we hurtle towards the brave new world of Future Vision and Vocational Training Teams.Did you know Adult Literacy and numeracy features in the Auckland Plan as a significant influence on Auckland’s economic growth and productivity. So there is much potential for doing good where there is also the political will. More generally-To give every adult the opportunity to try. Education is still the foundation of this opportunity. And the most basic building block that holds that foundation together is still reading. In this 21st century, in a world where knowledge truly is power and literacy and numeracy are the skills that unlock the gates of opportunity and success, we all have a responsibility as citizens, to give those adults who have missed their opportunity at school another chance to fulfill their dreams.Last thursday Sharon and I returned from our visit to Christmas Island- where  HOPE is found in our Literacy efforts- where I reiterated this year’s message to our D9920 clubs and Rotarians –Working together we CAN accomplish anything So hopefully we are deepening our bonds tonight in this very uniquely Rotary way called FELLOWSHIP so that the more we get together the more we will work together to make this focussed immersion experience that much more meaningful and memorable. A programme like this does not “just happen” – it certainly involves significant personal input and sacrifice- so  in closing I must ask our inbound GSE chair Sylvie Wilkinson together with her gang  of intrepid helpers , our host families and clubs to stand and take a collective  bow. Thank you all for supporting this super program. Thank you all making your mark on this exchange. To our new friends from the HOME COUNTIES- make the most of your stay in aoteora – make me a promise to post this event- tonight- on FaceBook.  Good evening
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monday 8 April evening : DG visit Rotary DRURY, Papakura Club – “What you take with you to Mars”
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Sharon and I  enjoy returning to Drury –- the last time I visited it was for your innovative Ladies Night- and we do feel comfortable here  knowing so many of you –must firstly thank my architect colleague and hero Rolly for his introduction-we have stolen ideas from each other (or should I say shared)?I want to say thank you for supporting all our initiatives this year- from the first ever historic cluster DG visit and thank you to PDG Cliff and Ruth for being there in support – and engaging with this year’s Peace theme with a fundraiser for Women’s Refuge-also getting behind cluster projects such the preschools on Rabi and Kioa- Taveuni -13 clubs 3 clusters–       District leadership is also fortunate to have the DRURY DNA –  apart from our longest serving DG Cliff Dickey and Ruth – there is PDG John Rennie and Annie (you might have heard me say before) John got me thinking outside the square with his “EFFS” in his year – the one that really resonated- a 3 letter word FUN.–       DGN Iain cant wait for his year- is it going to be a loud shirt year- whatever it will be LOUD & PROUD – a leader wearing many hats not least his time as TRF chair and now assistant Regional Foundation Co-ordinator– a Quiz master and keeper of our flags.I have seen Roy Senior and Alf Williams’ continuing support on our Interact Committee – and with our 2nd GSE team arriving last friday I must congratulate Phil Pacey for showing each team a true birdseye view of auckland – your youngest member Connor a budding contributor for my DG newsfeed–       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-–       District is also fortunate to have your signature projects –your Salvation Army Produce Collection over a decade-, Golf tournament for Totara Hospice $10K raised, Coast to Coast motor cycle poker run-shocasing  the serious business of what we do –
 
 
 
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“Guest Speaker – District Governor Ron Seeto:

DG Ron and Sharon Seeto attended Monday’s meeting where Ron was the guest speaker. He spoke of the year so far including his ideal of having a cluster project. This was realised with the preschool project in Fiji.

Ron provided a slide show, which showed many of the events he and Sharon have attended, projects they had acknowledged and people they had met so far this year.

His priorities for the year were:- ♦ Making more Rotary activities memorable events. ♦ Having Foundation as our charity of choice. ♦ Improving our public image and awareness through sharing our moments.

He thanked the club for the participation of some members at District level and of course mentioned that it’s not too late to register for the Joint District Conference (9920 & 9940) later this month.

Enjoy the remainder of this Rotary year DG Ron and Sharon.” Val McGuire Rotary Club of Drury bulletin

 
tuesday 9 April evening : DG visit Rotary PUKEKOHE, Main Grandstand Pukekohe Raceway
 
V8’s- a new project featuring a car smashing fundraiser – a signature project in a  Golf Tournament – IYE  alumnus from 7 years ago returning home – a member in waiting
 
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Sharon and I have been looking forward to visiting PUKEKOHE –the last time I visited it was to honour Stuart with the Katherine Hamlein award as his nominator- and I came alone and without my GPS nor Sharon so spent an interesting time driving around the back blocks of Puke for a little bit-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 Colege  and also getting behind cluster projects such as the antibullying in schools- the preschools on Rabi and Kioa- Taveuni -13 clubs 3 clusters exactly what we have been working towards – clubs working together outside their silos  District leadership is also fortunate to have the PUKEKOHE DNA – I have seen Murray Kay at work when we were AGs together and his support has been steady and continues unabated- Sarah and Mark GIVING BACK on our GSE outbound and inbound committees, Don Wylie on Probus, Johnston Leung dental legend in Taveuni and this District Alistair Seel always ready for some banter – your gold standard in Confernce organisation Allan Starnes for being so generous sharing –then there are your PDGs Stuart I have been lucky getting 2 for the price of one with Leanne being my buddy and now a trifecta with Andrew as a charter member for Franklin, Mark thank you for showing the Rotary fire  can still burn brightly and IPDG Alan- I would not have accomplished as much without your support – and now aka as chief DG fire fighter- stepping into the breach as AG and more recently as Finance & Admin chair. Alan, for your kindness,  for your generosity, for your patiience in supporting our quest to make the world a better place-so Alan please come up and be recognised with a 3rd sapphire. – 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- District is also fortunate to have your signature projects –  your Book Sale and  your Golf Tournament–and of course you have an astute leader in Pres Graham – 3 new members Rashid,Nick, Denis who I am disappointed to have missed tonight,  with 2 more in the pipeline including Paul who is here tonight-AND starting Fresh with FRANKLIN is a legacy moment –and for the Partners who are here I have polished up my bling specially.

 

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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 Colege  and also getting behind cluster projects such as the antibullying in schools- the preschools on Rabi and Kioa- Taveuni -13 clubs 3 clusters

–       District leadership is also fortunate to have the PUKEKOHE DNA – I have seen Murray Kay at work when we were AGs together and his support has been steady and continues unabated- Sarah and Mark GIVING BACK on our GSE outbound and inbound committees, Don Wylie on Probus, Johnston Leung dental legend in Taveuni and this District Alistair Seel always ready for some banter – your gold standard in Confernce organisation Allan Starnes for being so generous sharing –then there are your PDGs Stuart I have been lucky getting 2 for the price of one with Leanne being my buddy and now a trifecta with Andrew as a charter member for Franklin, Mark thank you for showing the Rotary fire  can still burn brightly and IPDG Alan- I would not have accomplished as much without your support – and now aka as chief DG fire fighter- stepping into the breach as AG and more recently as Finance & Admin chair. Alan, for your kindness,  for your generosity, for your patiience in supporting our quest to make the world a better place-so Alan please come up and be recognised with a 3rd sapphire. –

 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-

–       District is also fortunate to have your signature projects –  your Book Sale and  your Golf Tournament–

–       and of course you have an astute leader in Pres Graham – 3 new members Rashid,Nick, Denis who I am disappointed to have missed tonight,  with 2 more in the pipeline including Paul who is here tonight-AND starting Fresh with FRANKLIN is a legacy moment –and for the Partners who are here I have polished up my bling specially…….

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Busy week for many. Busy year for DG Ron. Full Bulletin too.

DGs speech quoted in full (thanks for the notes Ron)

I can do no better than to echo DG Ron’s words. Ed

“…wow how 8 months have flashed by- this is what I saw – moments of creativity, resilience, faith, hope and love- and more -“

At this point we watched Ron’s PP Presentation. I have a copy – Ed Alistair Seel Rotary Pukekohe The 6070 Bulletin

Wednesday evening 11 April : Farewell “5 Ferns to London” Focussed GSE D9920 to D1260 Rotary SOMERVILLE HOWICK, Howick Club, Botany Road, Howick

A Bon Voyage -a waiata followed by a goodbye song “Now is the Hour …. and a PHF recognition.

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Hello there

Rotary’s success depends on the support of every Rotarian and everyone in the family of Rotary. Now an event like this does not just happen and would be incomplete without acknowledging the many family members involved. Chair of the GSE committee Don Leith, outbound chair Grant Hunter and his dream team and interview panel . Give them a round of applause.

Congratulations to our outgoing 5 Ferns for London – Leader Mike and  his team– I am already in your facebook group- and of course those Partners and family for giving their permission and support.

 SO- What is this wonderful  program called GSE – Group Study Exchange…

Did you know that GSE is kiwi and homegrown…started in NZ by the Auckland Club as ROTA Rotary Overseas Travel Award

Did you know GSE is officially desctibed by TRF  as a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for busness people and professionals between the ages of 25 & 40 in the early stages of their carreers….….. our own prominent Rotarian Frank Deaver  called  it succinctly as  an immersion experience in another society.

Did you know that the same eloquent Frank Deaver said this….. Tourists go abroad to take pictures, Buisness people to make money, Politicians to make news, GSE Teams go abroad to make friends.

Additionally we know this GSE is going to get down to serious business too – it is our focussed exchange on Adult Literacy and Numeracy as we prepare for the brave new world of Future Vision and Vocational Training Teams.

So Toni,Ursula,Hayley and Gaylene Today you join Mike as members of the finest family in the world Rotary-  our surname – yours is International.

In this 21st century, in a world where knowledge truly is power and,  literacy and numeracy are the skills that unlock the gates of opportunity and success, we all have a responsibility as citizens, to give those adults who have missed their opportunity at school another chance to make their dreams real.

 It’s what’s provided an opportunity for our 5 Ferns ,renewing us with their energy and their hopes. And that includes a Fern here today, who grew up in Tuakau, a proud maori woman from a large family of 10, got to be head girl, got to be a  young mum at 17, got on a plane to OZ, got to be a teacher aide back at her old school, got to and graduated from Uni of Waikato, got to being a Homeroom teacher at her old school and today is closer to her dream of becoming the first in her family to travel to London – Ursula Aitken. Ursula said what we all know to be true: “I am thrilled to experience English culture for the first time”

You’re right, Ursula. As a Rotarian That is what we wish to see you do. Connect and Learn and Share over there – and ON your return. That’s what we do. To our 5 Ferns –  Go Well Thank you and good evening

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Friday afternoon 13 April : A Playground opening at Panmure Bridge School – a PAKURANGA project. Working Together in a Partnership – Rotary, Community Organisations, the recipient School community- what we do best.

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Wednesday morning 17 April : DG Visit Rotary PARNELL, “Barrycourt”, Parnell

a crook leg made up by the welcoming of 2 new members and a comprehensive report on club intentions for international projects

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Sharon and I have been looking forward to visiting PARNELL –the last time I came on my own, and it was a secret shopper visit during Don Symon’s reign  before I took office and I was pleasantly surprised to see the visible female presence in this club . My old Newmarket mates Armin and Peter- no I have not come to drag them back to my home-club.

I want to say thank you for supporting all our initiatives this year- from cluster DG visit, engaging with this year’s Peace theme , joining in multi club-cluster projects.

–       District leadership is also fortunate to have the PARNELL DNA –  there’s my friend Ingrid our D9920 cordinator on RLI- Ingrid and I car-pooled when we were AGs together –  I have enjoyed John Fothergill’s ready support as Chair of D9920 Rotaract committee-did you know with 9 Rotaract clubs D9920 is streets ahead our other NZ Districts. Daphne Flett for your contribution on our IYE Committee.

–        indeed there is much that you carry out quietly and effectively year in year out and for that we in District are truly appreciative-––

–       District is also fortunate to have your signature projects –  your Annual Golf Tournament for Alzeimers – Sharon and I were blown away when we visited and we got to meet legend Ted van Arkle-–  your Babies and Booze project.

–       Roger Goodman’s committment and your club’s support for Varayame

and of course you have a conscientious and caring leader in Pres Phillippa- Congratulations for your record number of new members this year- 7 so far- a special hello to Chris and Amanda who are joing us today….

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“Guest Speaker: Ron Seeto District 9920 Governor 2012/13. Ron, ably assisted by Sharon presented the good the bad and the ugly view of his time as DG of 9920. Ron was suffering a rosy case of cellulitis in his lower right leg, which was clearly painful. We wish him a speed recovery. -More later..” Roger Goodman bulletin editor

Monday afternoon 22 April : D9920 Rotorua Conference dream team at The Conference Company

Applying the final polish to the programme presentations – a casestudy of poetry in motion.

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Wednesday breakfast 24 April: Rotary PARNELL  with Prime Minister John Key and the Alzeimers Foundation

A club celebration of an iconic fundraising partnership with $1M raised for Alzeimers to date, a cheque presentation and a state of the economy briefing from our Prime Minister.

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Wednesday evening 24 April : Rotary FRANKLIN charter, Pukekohe Raceway

“Proud to be a Rotarian” Erin Todd Charter President – one project completed before charter , a Garage Sale another to be completed in this Rotary year a wheelchair swing for a special needs school.

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To introduce Gary I will start with Gary the Family man

He has two sons (27yr old-Eugene & 24 yr old-Ernie) – currently both back home in Taiwan working in family business, one daughter (19 yr old-Emily) – currently at university  in Vancouver, BC CANADA

His hobbies include singing, playing saxophone, biking, running, and learning new languages(Korean) and very recently te reo maori.
 Gary’s goal this year is to enter into an ironman contest in October which includes swimming, biking and running.

In his Business and Vocation – Gary is President of Gish International and a lecturer in Management Technology

Gary has an outstanding record of  Rotary  service. A member of Taipei SW Gary was  DG of  D3520 in the year when our catchcry was  The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands- he is also recipient of sevaral RI President awards for PR and Membership.

 A recipient of Major Donor Awards for the past 10 years Gary  is a member of the an Arch  C. Klumph Society
  

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Good evening everyone especially partners, family, friends, of the Franklin Charter Class of 2013 .

One of our priorities this year is to make all our activities memorable events and this one is right up there for many reasons- how often would you get a RI Confernce rep at your club charter? How often would you have 3 Rotarians from one family in 3 clubs at a charter event. With Leanne, Stuart and now Andrew we have a trifecta.

Congratulations to all of you charter members and congratulations to the God-father of Rotary Franklin Graham Harris- today is testament to the passion, professionalism  and urgency that you Graham brought to this labour of love- at this point I want to say that for all of that and for every other act of leaderhip and service you have exercised as a long standing and proud member of Rotary Pukekohe to make this world a better place – that I would now like to surprise  you with your SECOND sapphire.So please step up here and get yourself pinned.

 

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Thank you for allowing me the honor to be a part of this Event – the second new Rotary club in Auckland in our D9920 since the founding of Manukau City Sunrise 14 years ago – if we discount Auckland City Sunset charter some 10 years ago.

It’s timely to remember a few lessons from that experience

The important role of the sponsoring club Pukekohe. Consider support in all its forms – empower the new Rotarains to map their own destiny  within a finite timeframe

The importance of readily available support from the rest of our District Family. I am pleased to see the presence of so many club Presidents and PDGs 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 – Book a Club Visioning exercise asap with our District Visioning facilitators

The importance of Rotary knowledge – attend RLI

The importance of the IDEA to engage everyone in the club – find and start a club project for everyone- size does not matter- look at your garage sale. Look at the annual Presidential Citation document where you will find around 30 ideas (every year)to touch each members hot button for engagement

Charter members, this is the day you also become members  in the finest family in this wonderful world – our surname – yours is International.

I see a hopeful future because of the character of our organisation — the spirit, our core values that have always made us exceptional.

That is the essence of Rotary, and there’s nothing else like it anywhere in the world

But today, just barely more than a decade into the twenty-first century, we already find ourselves in a different and precarious world. As revolutions in communications and technology have broken down barriers across the world, it has given more power to our competitors. If you had asked me a few years ago to charter a new Rotary club- I would have politely told you that you were out of your mind to even consider this option when some of our existing clubs are struggling with competition and natural attrition .

But today I am convinced this is a viable strategy- 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 say 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. Good evening.

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Friday afternoon 26 April – Sunday noon 28 April : ” Pushing Boundaries” Combined Districts 9920-9940 Conference, Energy Events Centre Rotorua.  

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see separate post ” Pushing Boundaries”

Tuesday evening 30 April : DG at Rotary  PUKEKOHE 

GSE UK D1260 presentation and a PHF+3 recognition

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Bob Niranjan has been a tireless worker for Rotary and the people of Fiji. For many years he has been a member of the District Board – past AG and DCC  Fiji liason  he has been the “go to” person in any crisis. He handles the distribution of our ERKs even risking life and limb to deliver to the needed. A “salt of the earth”. His support as DG’s Special Rep for the provisional Rotary Club of Ba is also acknowledged- with the pending charter of this club in May.

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In Memoriam – Toni Lee Hayward D9920 GSE “5 Ferns” to UK D1260
Manager Adult Literacy, He Waka Matauranga, Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Papatoetoe West
Toni Lee

“D9920 Group Study Exchange Team member Toni Lee Hayward (38) collapsed on arrival at her new third week host family on Sunday afternoon in the UK (about 1am Monday morning NZT). She was rushed to hospital where she was admitted to intensive care suffering from a brain hemorrhage. Toni Lee subsequently died at 10.15am Tuesday (yesterday) morning NZT.

Rotary has been providing support and advice both in the UK and here. Her partner and two supporting family members flew last night to the UK to accompany the body home. Toni Lee is survived by two daughters 14 and 21 years.

This tragic turn of events has implications for the remainder of the exchange. Team Leader Mike Williamson will continue on Thursday while the three team members will not. Gaylene Rice and Ursula Aitken will return to NZ with the family while Hayley Smith with remain until she joins what was to be an after-exchange tour. They have DG Ron’s full support given the extenuating circumstances.

I’m sorry, after such a wonderful first half exchange, to be delivering this devastating news. Please let your members know.

Regards

Grant Hunter GSE Outbound Chairman District 9920

Any further GSE enquiries to GSE Chair, Don Leith: leith@ihug.co.nz

Any further Rotary Foundation enquiries to TRF Chair, Leanne Jaggs: ljaggs@alliancemarketing.co.nz

Any further Press Statement enquiries to Rob Crabtree: calpr@xtra.co.nz “

 

DG Ron’s Facebook post on 5 Ferns in London

We are shocked and devastated at this news and our sincere condolences go to Toni-Lee’s whanau. She was a delightful, vibrant member of the GSE team. Rotary in Auckland will offer every support to the family on their return to New Zealand.

For more tributes http://www.facebook.com/groups/117312721788793/permalink/139156366271095/

 

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