What a massive start to this month of March we have had with only 4 months to GO to District Changeover on the 1st of July in Palmerston North ! 
Rotarian's on mass attended our District led Presidents Elect Training session and South Pacific PETS at Waipuna Hotel, Auckland over the first weekend of March. Those who attended will certainly attest to the great feel and vibe with fantastic energy that welcomed the launch of Rotary International President Elect Ian Riselely's theme for the 2017/18 year - Rotary: Making A Difference
RI President Elect Ian Riseley has put three key areas of focus in front of Clubs for the coming year .. they are:
1. Support and Strengthen Clubs
2. Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service
3. Enhance Rotary's Public Image and Awareness
These areas of focus are supported by two Rotary International projects to see 1.3 million trees planted between 1 July 2017 and 22 April 2018 - A tree planted for EVERY Rotarian. The creation of a new Peace Centre with an organisational focus on developing Peace Scholars.
In our Rotary District I too wish to see a focus of strengthening and supporting our Clubs. To achieve this we will deliver at four geographic locations a series of workshops to develop our Rotarian's through Club and Membership Development lead by incoming District Chair Tony Heyward. We will also be facilitating our District Rotary Leadership Institute sessions through July to September with our trained District RLI Facilitators. These sessions will provide the opportunity for ALL Rotarian's to learn about what we need to be doing to lead and develop our Clubs. The result will be Clubs who are engaged, active and seeking continuing opportunities to do Good in the Community.
Soon I will be promoting our incoming Presidents and their Clubs to the Mayors of the communities that we are part of and continue to do good in. This is to achieve a level of collaboration and support for our Clubs and our Communities through a strong and positive relationship with our civic leaders. I will also be highlighting the opportunity for our Rotary Clubs to support and provide connection for community collaboration with your local fire brigade. This has already been demonstrated by the Rotary Club of Pencarrow over many years with the Eastbourne Volunteer Fire Brigade.
I was inspired by the enthusiasm and participation that was shown by our Assistant Governors and President Elects at the SPPETS weekend during the workshops, presentations and the world class speakers. A key outcome for the weekend was the resolve to further the ongoing commitment and discussion to drive up the profile and Club members ability to enjoy their local Rotary efforts, both in the Club and in the Cluster through combined thinking, ideas, collaboration and action.
Planning and preparation for the coming Rotary year starts NOW. I would like to see the incoming Presidents start their Cluster Club support by attending your current Club Presidents Cluster meetings with support of the current Assistant Governors for the last four months of this Rotary year. This will assist preparation and gain a good handover of knowledge of Club management from within the Cluster of Clubs. SPPETS attendees will have a copy of the Club Presidents Planning Guide and the Planning Workbook/Calendar for the year in both a workbook and pocket size. 
Finally, it will be great to see many Rotarian's at District Conference in New Plymouth from the 21-23 April. Can I encourage you to plan to support and attend our District Training Assembly on Sunday 23 April. This important workshop and training session provides training and development opportunities for Presidents, Presidents Elect, Board Members and in fact all members of your Rotary Club. We will have the promotional information and registration information out this week. Even if there are Rotary Club members not attending District Conference, the Sunday afternoon in New Plymouth will be invaluable to preparing our Rotarian's for the coming Rotary year. 
Our focus for the coming year will be Rotary: Making A Difference, but of course the best way to achieve this is to Go WILD About Rotary!
Mitchell Brown
District Governor Elect 2017/18
District 9940