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


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

Family Beach Retreat-%22Fairhall%22 forecourtFamily Beach Retreat -%22Fairhall%22- lounge atrium  helping maintain a favourite project – a beach retreat for an auckland family, Omaha

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


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.


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! 

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