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ShelterBox NZ has announced that Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-general of New Zealand, has graciously accepted an invitation to become the Vice-Regal Patron of the organisation.
You can read the full story here: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1702/S00180/shelterbox-new-zealand-announces-new-vice-regal-patron.htm.
As a global Rotary Project, this is an important recognition of both the value and worth of the role of ShelterBox and NZ's contribution to that effort.
Pictures of the Government House garden party event on Waitangi Day at which the announcement was made are here: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMufnOsV_FrQXAcrbb2Gw41uhYPCKovCqscXuCpP1oDagE8-Ix7JwPf88ZYBll8BA?key=bjFtU25na2xZaXJGY0ZNNk9nYXVJR2R3X2t4ZEN3
January is a month when many Rotarians are on holiday enjoying their ‘summer’ holidays. Many Rotary Clubs do not start meeting again until the second or even third week in January. This makes it difficult for us in the Southern Hemisphere to focus on the Rotary theme for that month, which is Vocational Service.One of the great strengths of Rotary is that we bring people together from different occupations/vocations and backgrounds.
In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”
DGE Mitchell Brown - 5.2.GO - "Go WILD about Rotary!"
"An amazing experience", would be the words I would use to summarise the training and development of 540 District Governors Elect from 200 countries from throughout the world, that is the Rotary International Assembly 2017 held in San Diego, USA.
Fiona and I joined our compatriot DGsE and their partners from the other five New Zealand and Pacific Islands Rotary Districts for an intensive week of training, fellowship and preparation for the coming Rotary year - 2017/18.
Whew! ..... and now the planning and confirmation of our District and Club leadership happens in earnest. This was kicked off in San Diego with the announcement from RI President Elect Ian Riseley of the Rotary International theme for the 2017/18 - "Making a Difference".
This will be central to how our Rotary District leadership supports our 55 Rotary Clubs, as well as our Rotaract and Interact Clubs for the coming year.
What does 'service above self’ mean for you as a member of rotary? What does 'vocation' mean? Is Rotary’s 'four-way test' applicable for your work and community involvement?
I’ve been thinking about these mottos as part of developing projects to mark the centennial of Rotary in New Zealand in 2021. The Rotary Club of Wellington, which meets on Monday lunchtimes, was started in June 1921 and is New Zealand’s oldest club, a week older than Auckland! Researching the club’s archives and histories of the Chicago based Rotary movement and foundation has highlighted the central role of mission and values for this large international network.
RYPEN - Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment
We are pleased to announce that RYPEN will take place this year over the weekend of 19 - 21 May at the Vertical Horizon Centre at Tarata near Inglewood, under the management of Inglewood Rotary.
The Rotary Club of Taihape is to be congratulated for their running of RYPEN over the past 25 years and building RYPEN into a programme that is highly valued by our young people and our Rotary Clubs. We are grateful to Taihape Rotary for being involved in the decision-making for the next Club to run RYPEN and for ensuring a smooth transition, with special thanks to Jan and the late Bill Byford. Just as we were finalising this Newsletter the sad news arrived that Bill Byford, PHF and Sapphire pin, passed away on 26 January. Bill was the face of RYPEN as its dedicated leader for well over a decade. An obituary will follow in a future communication.
Whilst everyone was in holiday mode in December/January the Rotary District 9940 Youth Exchange Outbound students were packing either to return home, or to depart NZ on their overseas experience.
Early January is when all the changeovers happen and I have to take my hat off to our Travel Agent, Roger Miller in Tauranga who has to coordinate the comings and goings of all NZ Rotary exchange students. Imagine the influx of questions about luggage allowances, visas, flights, host families, uniforms and general travel details that Roger has to manage along with the usual stresses of the festive and holiday season.
The second week of January was also a busy time for the committee, mentors and families.
Celebrate with us in Atlanta! Register for the convention by 31 March and save.
So far, 18 Rotarians/partners from our District have registered for the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta which runs from 10 to 14 June 2017. We would welcome others joining us. Denise and I have just ordered our Atlanta convention polo shirts from RDU Supplies. They have a range of other goods you may also wish to purchase. http://rdusupplies.com.au/
CONGRATULATIONS WANGANUI NORTH
River City Press usually selects an individual or sometimes a couple for the ‘River City Press Person of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to Wanganui.’
For 2016 we have instead selected a group of people – the Rotary Club of Wanganui North – for the award. Their range of community activities benefitting not only charitable causes in Whanganui but also individuals, especially the youth, make them a most worthy recipient.
The Rotary Club of Feilding extends an Invitation to your Club Members to share an evening of Rotary Fellowship with
Bill Boyd Past Rotary International World President 2006-2007
"...Know Ourselves" "...Learn from our history" "...Lead the way"
Join with the Feilding Rotary Club on Thursday 16th March 2017
Raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.