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With pleasure I reflect that ten years ago, almost to the day, I was inducted into the Rotary Club of Botany East Tamaki. The evening was memorable for a great many reasons. Firstly, having completed my 25 years in the Fire Service, I was looking for a new service organisation to work with. So a new career of sorts was developing. Secondly, I felt that I had found a second family.
I was welcomed into the club knowing full well that I wasn’t going to be around much in the early years. Then following Glyn’s nomination, the club inducted me as a member on the first week of the year. PDG Stuart Searle welcomed me on behalf of Rotary International and on top of all this, I was the first new member for the district for a newly minted District Governor, my wife Leanne.
The first couple of years I was more a visitor than a member as 90% of my Rotary attendance was at other clubs in the district accompanying Leanne. Then suddenly I am President Elect and I am faced with the prospect that my crash course in Rotary gave me significant institutional knowledge on Rotary, but I had no idea how to run a club. Perhaps somewhat brainwashed in training I started down the new visionary path we were directed to. Only to find the inertia of change can be a challenge. So a big thanks to the 5 senior members who mentored me through this period must be given.
 
 
Evanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster.
Rotary is a global network whose members take action to make a lasting difference in their communities – and worldwide. ShelterBox provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster.
What began as a local connection with one Cornish Rotary Club has led to an international movement that’s provided 140,000 ShelterBox family tents or 390,000 ShelterKits worldwide to date (a value of over £54 million).
First adopted as a millennium project by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in 2000, the support of Rotary members and clubs around the world saw ShelterBox become Rotary’s Project Partner in Disaster Relief in 2012. Since then, the partnership has helped transform ShelterBox into an internationally recognized disaster relief charity, supporting families with emergency shelter after disaster.
EVANSTON, Ill. (June 10, 2019) — Rotary is giving US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.
The funding comes as Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) address the final—and most pressing—challenges to ending poliovirus transmission, and as Nigeria approaches three years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, bringing the Africa region closer to polio-free status.
“We have the wild poliovirus cornered in the smallest geographic area in history, and now there are just two countries that continue to report cases of the wild virus,” said Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “As we work with our partners to apply innovative new strategies to reach more children, and embrace lessons learned thus far, Rotary is doubling down on our commitment to end polio for good. I’m optimistic that the end of polio is within our grasp, but we must remain vigilant in rallying global political and financial support as we push towards a polio-free world.”
From Rotarynewsonline.com
 
Incoming RI President Mark Maloney has four distinct priorities which he spells out clearly
His first priority is to grow Rotary “by supporting our existing clubs and also growing new clubs with a different attitude, not necessarily in a new community.” He says often people are very happy that Rotary is doing so great in their community. “Sure, it is doing great but there are so many other segments of society that are not included. We have to get those.”
His second priority is to make Rotary more family-friendly. “That’s the way Gay and I have lived Rotary from the very start. I was 31 when I was club president, and at 34 became district governor. We just took our daughters along with us. We have three daughters, two biological, but in the last five years we have acquired a third daughter, a young woman, who due to a tragedy in her family has become a part of our family.”
By Arnold R. Grah
 
When members of the Interact Club of Tunis Inner City, Tunisia, set out to make a video about their club, they focused on the many projects that have kept club members busy and engaged throughout their city.
“The key message was to show that a group of teenagers can have an impact on their community,” says Fatma Choura, the club’s adviser and member of the Rotary Club of Radès, Tunisia. “They wanted to encourage other young people to become active and serve their communities.”
The two-minute video was selected as best in the 2018 Interact Video Awards, earning the club $1,000 to spend on a future project. Videos from the Interact Clubs of Alexandria East Champions, Egypt; San Salvador Noroeste, El Salvador; and Colegio de Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines, were named runners-up. A video from the Interact Club of A.V.P. Trust Public School (CBSE) Gandhinagar, Tamil Nadu, India, was voted the 2018 fan favorite in a social media poll. All awardees received a letter from the Rotary International president and have their videos posted on social media.
 
 
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Botany East Tamaki (Inc)

We meet Wednesdays at 6:45 PM
With Sommerville Rotary @ The Howick Club
107 Botany Road
Somerville
Auckland,  2016
New Zealand
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