Monday, 31 October 2011

Interesting and informative - Rotary Down Under magazine for November 2011

Page 13   Deeds of Rotarians Past
14   Cover Story:  Yellow Boat Road comes full circle
15   The Future of Rotary: A new take of Rotary’s global community
17   Towards a peaceful future: Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar writes
19   National Immunisation Day:  PolioPlus spreads through India
21   Global Outlook:  A Rotarian’s guide to the PLUS in PolioPlus
32    2012 RI Convention

5    Now’s the time to learn what the Foundation does
17   One degree closer to a peaceful future
27   The global Polio laboratory network
37   Fiji Rotahomes: 2nd phase funds
38   Rotary needs YOU and YOUR ROTARY CLUB to promote ROTARY DAY 2012
40-41   Called to Higher Service

Read the Rotary lifestyle magazine - Rotarian Life & Leisure

Page 4    Cover Story:  Off the beaten tourist track in France
8    Explore your horizons:  the Barossa Valley dishes up the best
12   Active Travel: road tripping in the USA
14    Travel Talk
16    Healthy Habits
17    Ask the Doctor
20    Conversations with …: acclaimed Australian author John Bailey
24    Food + Wine
26    Tech File
27   Aspects of family history

10    Diary dates: 26 November is the Lake Taupo Challenge
14    NZ & Lawn Bowls Holidays
24    Free Range in the City
28    Getting social media-ized

Thanks to all concerned! 

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

More than twenty years of tradition

On a rainy afternoon in early October, District Governor of Disrtict 9930 – Raewyn Kirkman, found herself and her partner Geoff riding a “Skyline” Gondola up Rotorua’s Mt Ngongotaha, through the misty drizzle, to The “Rotary Walk”. They were not alone in their venture. Several Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Rotorua North, one armed with a spade, joined them on their quest. Two of the assemblage had previously ridden the trail, along with a spritely young Kauri tree, in order to prepare for the occasion.

This whole enterprise is part of a Club tradition, which has occurred each year, for more than twenty years, to commemorate the first visit to the Club, from the DG of that Rotary year.
The Rotary Club of Rotorua North initiative began in the 1987/88 Rotary year as a way for the club to acknowledge and honour the District Governor. It is an on-going project that is enabled by “Skyline”, who allow the Club access via the gondolas, and it aims to compliment the Native replanting of Mt Ngongotaha that is promoted by the Ngongotaha Bush Restoration Trust.

During the District Governors first visit to the Club in his/her year, the members escort the DG and his/her wife, husband or partner up Mt Ngongotaha, by Gondola, to the Rotary Walk which is to the left of the Terminal when you reach the top. The DG and members walk through the “forest” of native trees, some Totara and Kauri and other varieties, planted by Past District Governors, to a pre-prepared area where their tree awaits. Photos of the tree planting are taken and the views are enjoyed by all, over refreshments in the CafĂ© afterwards.

The Rotary Club of Rotorua North has performed this tradition since two years after it was Chartered and except for three District Governors, Tom Ryan (88/89), Jim Ross (89/90) and Jim Judd (90/91), who for some unknown reason do not appear in the Club Records, all feature on the “Honour Board” and have a Native Tree on Mt Ngongotaha, planted in their name, to show their Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Twenty-two District Governors, now including DG Raewyn, have trees planted and feature on the Honour Board at the entrance to the Walk which is also marked by the Rotary Wheel. This symbol is so very recognisable to so many of the thousands of people that visit “Skyline” each year from throughout New Zealand and the World. The walk is “perpetual promotion” of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Rotorua North is very proud to maintain it for all to enjoy.

Submitted by:  Rotary Club of Rotorua North


Monday, 24 October 2011

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Women in Rotary on display

At least weekend's Every Woman Expo in Auckland, a group of women from a number of clubs took turns in looking after a display on Rotary at the Expo.

This opportunity to talk to quite a number of women (and one man ... was he lost?) about Rotary and why they enjoyed belonging to their club and Rotary in general was very effective.  Most women spoken to were unaware that they could join Rotary and were very impressed at the level of involvement by women in Rotary and the contribution they were making.

The display generated a list of women interested in learning more and visiting clubs.  Each interested woman was matched with a Rotarian who will follow them through the process of introduction to a club to, hopefully, induction.  This will give an indication of how well this type of publicity for Rotary works in creating new members.  The display had:

Everyone who assisted agreed that the best way to promote Rotary was to take Rotary to the people and that every major event around Auckland should have a Rotary presence in some form for consistency.  Thanks go to those who assisted but especially to Leanne Jaggs and the District 9920 Membership-PR Committee who reacted quickly to the last minute opportunity.

New Zealand and Pacific Islands Rotary Down Under
Manager Beryl Robinson showing off the October issue (pictured below)

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

October 2011 Rotary Down Under magazine

Positive change, positive results

At 21, Holy joined Rotary through a corporate sponsorship programme for members aged under 25 and is now President Elect.  She said “I’ve met people through Rotary I would not have had access to in my normal day-to-day life.”  Read about Holly and her club in the October issue of Rotary Down Under magazine (also on-line at ).  

Here are some questions for you:

1.  Have you heard of a “speed-conversation” style meeting?
2.  What happens when you take a room full of enthusiastic Rotarians and add a mixture of shared ideas?
3.  The Dream Cricket Day was a good idea but how did they make it work?
4.  What is awaiting Rotarians in the Land of a Thousand Smiles? 
The answers are in your October Rotary Down Under magazine.

Articles featuring New Zealand and the SW Pacific in October 2011 Rotary Down Under magazine:

An exciting month for the Foundation (RDU page 5)
Adrienne cleans up with Institute project (7)
Smiling with the Eyes in Sumba (17)
Institute opened to new leaders (19)
Join us on the RDU Convention Tours (27)
Pre and Post Rotary International Convention Tours (32 & 33)
Timaru South’s blockbuster (36)
Paul Harris Fellows (40-41)
Called to Higher Service (41)
A family holiday (42)

 Bangkok Convention 2012

It is said that you have not experienced the potential and internationality of Rotary until you have attended an RI Convention so this is your chance: 

City of Angels (24)
Let’s make it a land of our smiles (25-26)
Rules for the roads and rails (26)
RI Convention Registration forms (28 – 31)

Hello Sailor

On the weekend of 1 - 2 October over 23,000 people visited the ships of the NZ Navy in Wellington to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Navy.  The public donated $11,071 to the Rotary gold coin donation collection which will be divided among three charities:  the HMNZS Wellington Kimi Ora School, defibrilators for Wellington Free Ambulance and the RNZWCS Disaster Response Kits.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

A Rotarian Development Forum underway in District 9970

Last weekend a Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) training weekend was held in Christchurch to train new facilitators for the popular RLI courses. Those being trained came from District 9970 (the host district), 9910, 9920 and 9940.  This now means that District 9970 has the facilitators to get their courses underway and planning for the first course can commence.  All six New Zealand-based districts are now involved.

PDG Judy Bain's comments reflect the success of the weekend:  "Thanks so much to everyone for the wonderfully warm welcome to RLI.  It was a fantastic weekend, superb company, food, education and hospitality."  From a highly respected and experienced Rotary trainer this is high praise indeed.

To learn more about RLI, what it is and when it is being held please refer to and your district training and / or RLI Committee.

Being a Rotarian training forum, RLI is suitable for any Rotarian wanting to learn more about Rotary and become more involved in Rotary at any level - just get your club to put you forward for the next course.