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.
A Big Thank You Mike Jaggs 2019-06-24 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnership Mike Jaggs 2019-06-24 12:00:00Z 0
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.”
Rotary announces US$100 million to eradicate polio Mike Jaggs 2019-06-10 12:00:00Z 0
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.”
RIPE Mark Maloney's Priorities 2019-05-29 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Tunisian Interactors win 2018 Interact Video Awards  Mike Jaggs 2019-05-19 12:00:00Z 0
Representatives from around the world also vote to preserve club flexibility
By Arnold R. Grahl
The 2019 Council on Legislation may not have made as many dramatic changes as the Council three years ago did, but it made several decisions that will shape the future of Rotary.
Among the most important, the Council elevated the status of Rotaract clubs.  The change broadens the definition of membership in Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs. The change is intended to increase the support that Rotaract clubs receive from RI and to enhance their ability to serve.
“We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do,” said RI President Barry Rassin when he presented the measure. “This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service.”
In many ways, the Rotaract experience will not change. Rotary clubs will still charter and sponsor Rotaract clubs. Rotaract clubs will still have their own standard constitution and their own unique club experience. Members of a Rotaract club will not be called Rotarians. And Rotaract clubs will not immediately pay dues or receive other benefits, such as the official magazine that Rotary members receive. The Board will determine a dues structure over time.
The measure simply expands the definition of membership in Rotary International to include both Rotary and Rotaract clubs. 
Council elevates Rotaract  Mike Jaggs 2019-04-28 12:00:00Z 0
This week we had the pleasure to hear from Suzie Campin who was visiting New Zealand with her husband David. Whilst over in NZ for family reasons, Suzie wanted to re-visit her past and recognize the contribution that this has made to her personal development and work career.
Suzie grew up locally and completed her early schooling at Flatbush Primary. Her father working at DB Brewery and also at AHI. He mother, a local bookkeeper and seamstress. Suzie’s early life was full of activities and she retains great memories of her school, the Principals, multi cultural friends, parties and hangi, trips to the beach, Brownies and pippis.
Following her families return to Australia and subsequent move to Australia, Suzie became the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship. She travelled to the UK to complete her Masters Degree in Town Planning. Whilst in the UK, she sang for her supper by speaking at Rotary Clubs a couple of times a week.
Rotary Alumni Suzie Campin visits her local roots Mike Jaggs 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
Ahandwash ­station and drinking water facility installed by RC Amravati Indrapuri, RID 3030, at Pragati Vidyalaya, a government primary school, was inaugurated recently by DG Rajiv Sharma. More than 250 students will benefit from this facility. A well feeds sufficient water for the school’s needs and the club has installed water filters to ensure safe drinking water for the students and staff, said Club President Rajan Subhash Silhi.
Since inception in 2001, the club has ­executed at least four WinS projects installing 12 handwash stations with drinking water units. Six toilet blocks costing ₹4 lakh have been built at Mahuli village adopted by the club, and the money was raised through a Rotary Utsav. In addition, the club distributes school bags to about 1,000 children from underprivileged families each year, he added.
The 43-member club is popular in Amravati for the rainwater harvesting work they undertake each year during ­July-August before the onset of monsoon. “We take up recharging of wells in about 35–40 houses each year and this is our ­signature project,” said Silhi. With this on-going activity for the past 10 years, the club has enhanced Rotary’s image.
Eye camp
A mega eye camp was organised at 14 schools in the city with the help of Dr Atul Kadhane, a past president of the club. More than 13,000 students were examined, and 1,655 students were given further treatment free of cost. “The entire cost of eye check-up and follow-up treatment at the hospital would have exceeded ₹30 lakh; but all the expenses were borne by Dr Kadhane,” said Silhi.
WinS impact at Amravati school  Mike Jaggs 2019-04-07 12:00:00Z 0
Do you know someone in the local community who has overcome adversity to live a life of serving others?
The Inner Wheel Club of Howick is looking for such a person to present a Dawn Johnston Koru Award to. The inaugural presentation of this award was made last year to Alan Breslau of Half Moon Bay who survived a horrific plane crash 56 years ago followed by many years in hospital. The award was based on the Inner Wheel theme for 2017/2018 ‘Leave a Legacy’
The spiral shape of the koru, the emblem of the award, signifies new life, positive change, personal growth, harmony, and above all, hope for the future.
Awardees need to have demonstrated self-awareness, resilience, compassion, and a desire to assist others becoming a full contributor to the community.
This is an Annual Award and the successful recipient needs to be a New Zealand citizen residing in the Pakuranga or Botany electorate area. The award is a Koru Trophy to keep and the book ‘Leaving a Legacy’.
If someone in your wider Rotary community knows a person who fits the above criteria and would like to nominate that person could you please email my Secretary, Julia Castles at iwhowicksecretary@gmail.com with details.
Adrienne Davies                                                                                                                                   President                                                                                                                                                     Howick Inner Wheel Club
Inner Wheel Koru Award Mike Jaggs 2019-04-02 11:00:00Z 0
Rtn Daniel Lopez from Pittsburg chartered a new club which seeks like-minded professionals and allows flexibility in weekly meetings, besides giving a slew of liberties to its members.
Being involved with his local Rotary club had always been a rewarding experience for Pittsburg resident Daniel Lopez, but it wasn’t easy making all the lunch meetings and having the time to grow his personal business.
So after serving as president in 2014, he made the tough decision to leave the club to work more on his own business endeavour.
That wasn’t the end of his Rotary story, though.
Last year Daniel decided he wanted to get back and be involved with the Rotary group, but he couldn’t do it on the terms of the local club, so he decided to look for other alternatives.
“I saw what a Rotary club in the Sacramento area was doing and thought we could do something similar here,” Lopez said.
This past December, Daniel started a new Rotary Club programme out of Pittsburg called the Rotary Club of Northern California Gateway, District 5160.
A new Rotary club with innovative ideas Mike Jaggs 2019-03-30 11:00:00Z 0

By Angela Lingle and Ginny Olson, Rotary Club of Madison South, Wisconsin, USA

More than four decades ago, our club was facing disappointing returns on its staple fundraising events, a turkey shoot and light bulb sale, when inspiration hit. This is a story about how knowing your community, perseverance, and a little bit of luck can turn around just about any fundraising fortune and help a Rotary club raise money for projects while building awareness of Rotary.

Coming off that dismal year in 1972, Dick Rehberg and another Rotarian who had recently moved to Madison from Sheboygan thought back to the Junior Chamber of Commerce Bratwurst Days they used to enjoy. After all, what is more Wisconsin than beer, brats, and football?

Putting their heads together, they called people they knew in city government and the small, 23-member club found a strip of unused city land across from Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. There they parked cars and sold beer and brats. They soon gave up parking cars and focused solely on food and beverages.

What do beer, brats, and Rotary have in common?  Mike Jaggs 2019-03-24 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary International is dedicated to enhancing your experience by providing you and your club with the tools you need to make a difference in the world and to connect with others. Your dues help make that happen. Here’s how to make the most of what RI offers:
The challenge: Our club needs to grow
Discover resources to help engage current members, connect with prospective members, welcome new members, and develop your club at rotary.org/membership.
The challenge: Our club wants to connect with prospective members
Through the Manage Membership Leads tool, RI connects clubs and districts with people who have expressed an interest in Rotary. Visit rotary.org/membership.
The challenge: I want people in my community to know more about our club and what we do
Rotary’s People of Action campaign offers resources to tell stories about the impact your club is making in your community. You’ll find easy-to-use messaging, ideas for local events, social media ads, and print and video advertising materials, as well as how-to guides. Learn more at rotary.org/brandcenter.
The challenge: I’m moving and want to find a new club to join
Find the club that best suits you through Club Finder on rotary.org or download the Club Locator app for Apple or Android. The form to change clubs is at my.rotary.org/member-center/member-relocation.
The challenge: I know someone who would make a great Rotarian
Consider inviting them to join your club or refer them to another club by submitting their information at my.rotary.org/member-center/member-referral.
How does Rotary International put your RI dues to work for you?  Mike Jaggs 2019-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
By Diana Schoberg Photos by Monika Lozinska
The clacking of sewing machines fills the sunlit room until word spreads that the bus has arrived. At that, a dozen women clad in pink kurtas file into the courtyard of the Seven Women Center in Kathmandu, Nepal. They smile widely as a group of Australian women led by a tall blonde enters through the iron gat
Stephanie Woollard bends down to let Sandhya Khadgi, the center’s bookkeeper and literacy trainer, put a dot of red powder on her forehead and a red flower petal atop her head in a gesture of welcome. Woollard has arrived with a group of Rotary members and friends to tour the center that she founded and whose goal is to improve the lives of women in Nepal.
When Woollard, now 34 and a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, first met Khadgi, Woollard was a 22-year-old tour guide with a passion for social justice and a knack for connecting with people. After leading a tour group to Kathmandu in 2006, she stayed an extra week to explore the city’s winding streets and hidden passageways, as tangled as the electrical wires above them. She soon made friends with shopkeepers, who invited her to tea as she asked them about their lives. 
“I’m a very curious person,” she says. 
One day, Woollard noticed a woman with dwarfism lugging two heavy bags into a makeshift tin shed constructed of three walls and a roof. It had no door; on impulse, Woollard followed the woman inside. 
Another woman who spoke some English told Woollard that seven disabled women lived in the shed, eking out a living selling soaps and candles. In Nepal, many people consider a disability to be karmic payback for a sin committed in a past life. One of the women had fallen out of a tree as a child and had never been treated for her injuries; another had hurt her leg and, because her family didn’t have money for treatment, had to have it amputated. Khadgi — who was one of the women Woollard met that day — was born with a jaw deformity that she covered with a mask in public. 
“When Stephanie walked into the tin shed, I felt so nervous around someone from outside the Nepali community,” Khadgi says. “In the community, because of the deformity I have, I am shunned.” But she had a feeling Woollard was different. 
Stephanie Woollard went from Down Under to the top of the world to find out if one person can make a difference  Mike Jaggs 2019-03-10 11:00:00Z 0
The following would be an easy project for your club to support and may well have synergies with a project of your own club.  The attached picture and the text below explains the request and could easily fit into your next club Bulletin.
The Rotary Club Manukau Sunrise Inc are looking for spare handbags, ones that are still in good condition, but you don’t want or use anymore.
The club will then use these handbags, by filling them with personal items & make them into a much needed care package & deliver to the Woman’s Refuge. Some of the woman arriving to these centres, arrive with nothing, as have run away from harm. This will give them a little bit of hope, showing there are people out in the world that are wanting to help, even in this little way.
If clubs could collect these over the next few weeks, & give to their Assistant Governor, they can drop at the next Management meeting, where PDG Leanne Jaggs can pick up & get to her club. If a lot, the club can organize to come & pick them up; call Leanne or email ljaggs@alliancemarketing.co.nz
This project is suitable for anyone who would like to support Women's Refuge in this way ... gather a bunch of suitable handbags from among your friends and network and email Leanne.
For all additional information please contact:
Leanne Jaggs
Ph: +64 9 2363066  Mob: +64 21 908644 
Womens Refuge need out help! Mike Jaggs 2019-03-04 11:00:00Z 0
This email has been sent to Club Presidents, Club Secretaries, Bulletin Editors, AGs, DG, DGE, DGN and District Chairs
To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in New Zealand in 2021, Dr Stephen Clarke, a professional historian, has been commissioned to research and write a landmark publication on Rotary in New Zealand 1921–2021. Dr Clarke started work on the book in last year. The book will be part of a suite of activities under what is called the Mana Tangata Programme to celebrate the Centennial. The programme will be formally launched later in the year.
Hamish Dick, who is a student at Victoria University, is working with Dr Clarke over the university holidays as a research assistant.
Hamish would like to make contact with each of the Rotary Clubs in our Rotary District and, at this stage, is looking initially for the following information:
  • Who is your Club Historian or the person responsible for your history and records?
  • Briefly, what is the range of your Club’s historical records, photographs and special memorabilia?
  • Does your Club have previous history publications (e.g. 50th, 75th anniversary)?
Could you please email this information to Hamish at the following email address:
If possible, Hamish would be grateful to have these details no later than 15th February 2019 so he can provide Dr Clarke with this information before the start of the university year.
The Clubs in our Rotary District have made very significant contributions to local and global communities so please give this request your urgent attention. 
100 Years of Rotary in NZ Mike Jaggs 2019-03-04 11:00:00Z 0
Female surveillance officer for WHO pushes through gender-related obstacles to help end polio in Pakistan
By Ryan Hyland
Dr. Ujala Nayyar dreams, both figuratively and literally, about a world that is free from polio. Nayyar, the World Health Organization's surveillance officer in Pakistan’s Punjab province, says she often imagines the outcome of her work in her sleep.
In her waking life, she leads a team of health workers who crisscross Punjab to hunt down every potential incidence of poliovirus, testing sewage and investigating any reports of paralysis that might be polio. Pakistan is one of just two countries that continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild virus. 
In addition to the challenges of polio surveillance, Nayyar faces substantial gender-related barriers that, at times, hinder her team's ability to count cases and take environmental samples. From households to security checkpoints, she encounters resistance from men. But her tactic is to push past the barriers with a balance of sensitivity and assertiveness.  
"I'm not very polite," Nayyar said with a chuckle during an interview at Rotary's World Polio Day last year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. "We don't have time to be stopped. Ending polio is urgent and time-sensitive."
WHO pushes through gender-related obstacles Mike Jaggs 2019-02-08 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.
Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.
“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.
Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.
“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”
2019-20 RI president announces his presidential theme  Mike Jaggs 2019-01-30 11:00:00Z 0
By Ryan Hyland
Rotary honored Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom, with the Polio Eradication Champion Award for her leadership and political support toward ending polio. 
Rotary International President Barry Rassin presented the prestigious award to Alistair Burt, the UK minister of state for international development and minister of state for the Middle East, at a roundtable discussion on polio eradication on 27 November in London, England. 
Rassin told Burt, who accepted the award on May’s behalf, that the UK has repeatedly demonstrated an unwavering commitment toward a polio-free world. 
Pictured: Alistair Burt, left, the UK minister of state for international development and minister of state for the Middle East, accepts the Polio Eradication Champion Award from RI President Barry Rassin.
Rotary recognizes UK Prime Minister Theresa May with polio champion award Mike Jaggs 2018-12-12 11:00:00Z 0

By Joanna Chrzanowska, president, Rotary Club of Marabella-Guadalmina, Spain

The event planning team from the Rotary Club of Marbella-Guadalmina, Spain, was awed by the first sight of the hall they had to fill. We have drawn 80 people to our walks or events before, but aircraft hangar might be the best description for the room we were looking at. It had been generously donated free of charge by Marbella Town Hall, who have been very supportive of the expatriate community. The space was also free of tables, chairs, a sound system, a stage and several other necessities for putting on a large public event.

Founded in 2010, our club is English-speaking with members from a number of different nationalities, including many new Rotarians. We have been effective at fundraising for local and international charities, but why did we suddenly take this on?

Why we did it

We’d love to tell you it was part of a master plan for growth and community engagement. But the truth is it was more like a ball that started rolling and didn’t stop. A member suggested that we could aim for a Guinness World Record in a competitive game called Beetle, which involves throwing a die and drawing parts of a beetle according to the numbers that fall.  Sounded easy. Get lots of people together for a couple of hours. Give them a paper, pencil and die. And film the record attempt.

Several months later we were still working out logistics, how best to sell tickets, what else we would have to offer, how to promote the event, how to get tables and chairs to the venue, and so on.

There were some dark days, doubts and debates, a mountain of emails, and uncertainty until the very last that we would have enough people in the hall to even make the record attempt valid.  A warning for severe rain on the day of the event didn’t help.

Team dynamics like never before

Just before the event, the team working on it pulled out all the stops; united by a strong determination to do the very best they could for the club. Our Events teams are used to working hard, but this was exceptional. Everyone worked effectively, and somehow managed to not fall over from exhaustion, driven by a unity of spirit that arranged furniture, audio, display stands, crowd control, refreshments, publicity, etc.

And yes, despite the weather, well over 300 people came to enjoy the displays, the entertainment, and to take part in the game, hoping to win the beautifully crafted Golden Beetle.

Reach for the moon. Even if you fail, you will be among the stars.

Things weren’t perfect that day. Yet the atmosphere was positive and we built a great connection with the local community.  Sponsorship had already raised money for a charity for Alzheimer’s no matter what happened. The record attempt has still to be ratified by Guinness World Records, but people left the hall feeling it was a success.

The club has been a different place since this accomplishment. There is a feel-good vibe. Our horizons have expanded and our confidence has increased. We are prepared to be less insular, more organised, more dynamic. There won’t be another Beetle event for sure. But the Marbella Town Hall has said we can have the Palacio again next year. What will we do with it?

Who knew attempting a world record could transform your club? Mike Jaggs 2018-11-27 11:00:00Z 0
Copied from: www.rotary.org/en/rotary-un-day-2018-honors-innovators 
Rotary honors six who are changing the world
By Ryan Hyland and Arnold R. Grahl Photographs by Alyce Henson
Innovation was the theme at Rotary Day at the United Nations on 10 November. Nearly a thousand Rotary leaders, members, and guests from around the world met in Nairobi, Kenya, to hear about creative solutions to challenging world problems.
The annual event, held at the only UN headquarters in Africa, recognizes Rotary’s long-standing special relationship with the United Nations. UN officials and humanitarian experts inspired participants to find innovative strategies for addressing humanitarian needs both locally and globally.
Six Rotaract and RotaFor the first time, the event also featured an Innovation Fair where Rotary clubs, businesses, and other organizations exhibited projects and cutting-edge technology designed to address humanitarian challenges.
Keynote speakers included RI President Barry Rassin, who is a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, and Sushil Kumar Gupta, Rotary International president-nominee and a member of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India.
Rassin said the Innovation Fair inspired him to pair Rotary’s older generations’ resources  and experience with the energy and ideas of young people.
“We want to take you on as equals, as colleagues,” Rassin told the young audience members. “You bring to the table your ideas, your ambitions, your perspective on the world’s problems. We help you to enlarge your horizons, to think big, and to make your innovations practical.” 
Honoring ingenuity Mike Jaggs 2018-11-18 11:00:00Z 0
Rob de Jong from Mind Transformations was our guest speaker tonight.
His business offers a range of unique services to help transform the way you think and to improve your life. Tonight we got to see first hand, the benefits of Hypnotherapy as a tool to help change something important in your life.
Hypnotherapy is more than those crazy stage shows we have all heard about. Whilst pretty much anyone can be hypnotized, it will only work with those who are permissive to the therapy. So when you see someone barking like a dog on a show, its because they have pretty much volunteered for anything to happen (mental expectancy before the event) except something that will endanger them.
Your protective mind is always awake and aware. An you can't make anyone do anything against their will or put them in danger. When ‘under’ our senses are actually enhanced, you are not asleep. Even if the therapist says ‘sleep’, it is just a trigger to go deeper into your trance. So no snoring.
Hypnotise Me! Mike Jaggs 2018-10-08 11:00:00Z 0
Here are a few courses to consider: 
  • Rotary Club Central Resources includes a video and how-to guides for setting goals and understanding trends.
  • Rotary Foundation Basics explains the Foundation and its programs, grants, and funds. updated
  • Rotary’s Areas of Focus outlines goals, projects, and resources for each of Rotary’s areas of focus. 
  • Membership courses promote new strategies for recruiting members and enhancing clubs.
Explore the Learning Center course catalog for more tools, presentations, and worksheets that can supplement your training agenda.

We’re here to support you in your training efforts. Write to Learning and Development staff at learn@rotary.org if you have any questions or ideas.
Rotary Learning Centre New Courses Mike Jaggs 2018-09-24 12:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary International Presidents theme this year is ‘Be The Inspiration’ and our District Governor Ingrid Waugh is wearing this theme on her sleeve. A charter member of the Rotary Club of Parnell, Ingrid is also well known to many of us through various District Committees and her role as Rotary Leadership Institute Chair for the District.
Having the advantage of having hear RI President Barry Rassin deliver his vision first hand at Convention in Toronto, it was very interesting from the Editors viewpoint to here how Ingrid was leveraging this along with her own goals to take our District a further step forward.
Goal One is about growing future leaders within our Clubs, District and the World. Something that Ingrid is passionate about and believes mentoring within and across our clubs is a key tool to growing our people. We also have a number of seminars coming up and Rotary International is also developing new training tools. Our Presidential Citation also is designed to as a key tool to assist our goal setting to achieve a successful outcome.
District Governors Visit Mike Jaggs 2018-07-30 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s provides the framework for our future, ensuring that we continue to be known as a respected, dynamic organization that advances communities worldwide.

The strategic plan evolves with the aspirations of Rotarians. It is shaped by regular input from members through surveys, focus groups, committees, and meetings, so it can continue to help us achieve our goals.

In June, Rotary’s Board of Directors and Trustees approved a new vision statement for the organization:

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

The new vision statement helps us set a future course so that Rotary can thrive in the years ahead. It reflects the impact Rotary aspires to have on the world and our members.

To get an unbiased perspective while we developed the vision statement, we worked with Grant Thornton, a consulting agency that specializes in planning and change management.

New Rotary Strategic Plan Mike Jaggs 2018-07-27 12:00:00Z 0

The following is the final few paragraphs of an article “Could you be the next RI President’ copied from The Rotarian magazine. Author Vanessa Glavinskas

MYTH: Women aren’t welcome. 

After the 2018-19 Board was announced, The Rotarian magazine received a spike in letters expressing concern about the lack of women directors and wondering when Rotary will elect its first woman president. Rotarian Monica Smith wrote, “It pains me to see how little concrete action appears to be taken at many other clubs locally, nationally, and internationally to recruit, support, and promote women members, not to mention officers.” Texas Rotarian Sarah Carriker wrote, “If the leaders of Rotary really wanted more women in Rotary, there would be more women in leadership roles.”

Past RI President Riseley says the lack of women on the Board is unfortunate: “It indicates to the world and Rotary that there’s no place for women in Rotary – and that’s completely incorrect.”

Smith, a member of the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., says her club’s strategies to diversify its membership could serve as a model for the organization. The club has attracted young professionals by enacting programs such as its “Rule of 35,” which offers discounted membership fees for new members under age 35. It also relaxed attendance requirements and moved club meetings to evenings to accommodate young professionals who can’t meet for lunch. “Making a program indicates you’re trying,” she says. Over the past few years, she says, club members have also made an effort to invite more women. That effort has paid off as those new members invite their friends. Now the club is about 40 percent women, and it has members from 30 countries. 

Rotary's Glass Ceiling Mike Jaggs 2018-07-22 12:00:00Z 0
Recently I was lucky to have attended my 5th Rotary International Convention in Toronto Canada. Or as the locals call it Tronto!
Attached you will find the slides from my presentation this week in PDF form. This unfortunately gives you a small sample of the full activity set that took place. All this also before Leanne and with our kids then headed on to Orlando and then Seattle. I returned to work whilst Leanne and the kids then went on to Vancouver Island for another week.
Some 24,000 from 175 countries attended this years RI Convention. As always with these events, there is a great mix of subjects covered, a great many break out sessions and lots of opportunity to meet new people from around the world. So much that it makes it hard to pull out just a few highlights. But here are a few: Speakers included Helen Clarke and Canadian Prime Minister Justing Trudeau. We caught up with RYIE student Jason Pole who stayed with the Searles and we also can't forget that Stuart and Vivien Searle were inducted into the Arch Klumph Society
Rotary International Convention Mike Jaggs 2018-07-14 12:00:00Z 0

By I.J. Carido, a member of the Rotary Club of Smpaguita Grace Park, and the Rotaract Club of University of the East Caloocan, Philippines

During the summer when the weather is ever shifting, I joined members of the Rotary Club of Sampaguita Grace Park and the Rotaract clubs of University of the East Caloocan and University of Caloocan City to visit a majestic sight. The journey took us to Wawa Dam, a natural gem located two hours from the bustling streets and towering buildings of Makati and Manila. It was my first time to see a dam up-close and personal and as an aspiring engineer, the structure was a wonderful sight to me. However, what we were seeking lies far beyond the water reservoir.

Crossing Borders Mike Jaggs 2018-07-14 12:00:00Z 0

Ingrid was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Parnell in 1994, and has since held several positions including President in 2005-06. She has also been Assistant Governor and has held the positions of District Trainer and Rotary Leadership Institute Chair in District 9920 for the last four years.

Ingrid recently retired from a twenty plus year career in human resources and organisational development, where she developed her passion for developing leadership capability and working with individuals and teams to help them reach their potential. During her professional career she worked in a range of organisations from being a self employed consultant to Talent Manager for a large New Zealand owned engineering consultancy. Having also lived and worked in a number of countries as she supported her husband John’s international trade career, she has a particular interest in living and working across cultures and dealing with change. Ingrid has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology and Education, and a Diploma in Teaching.

District Governor Ingrid Waugh Mike Jaggs 2018-07-09 12:00:00Z 0
Brought to Auckland by the Rotary Club of Auckland, the World Press Photo Exhibition now on shows the good, the bad and the ugly sides of humanity.  It is an exhibition that will  invoke a range of emotions ... it is that good, it is worth visiting.
'Finding Freedom in the Water', by Anna Boyiazis is about girls in the Zanzibar archipelago learning how to swim in full-length swimsuits.  The emotion is one of relaxation and escape.
73,044 pictures were taken by 4,548 visual journalists from 125 countries and the 130 pictures on display were selected by independent judges.  The photos capture in the never-to-be-repeated moment scenes ranging from the desperation and trauma of conflict to the joy of nature.  There is an inspiration for everyone.
For details on the Exhibition please go to: http://www.worldpressphoto.co.nz/
World Press Exhibition Mike Jaggs 2018-07-02 12:00:00Z 0
For a number of years, the Rotary Club of Botany East Tamaki has been supporting the South Auckland combined Intermediate Schools rugby team in the Bill McLaren Cup. Through our own fundraising efforts and with the support of some local Trusts, we provide a tracksuit uniform for the boys. Such a simple thing, but with the boys coming from different schools, the simple uniform helps solidify that they are no longer rivals, but a single team.
We love hearing of their exploits on the field and also of success that the boys enjoy afterwards. In a number of cases boys have gone on to win scholarships and to also gain positions in representative teams. Etene Nanai-Seturo is one of those boys who has gone on to represent his country.
All Black 7s Sucess Mike Jaggs 2018-06-16 12:00:00Z 0
Never has the power of social media been so strong our household. Sitting on the couch feeling a little sorry for myself, the wife bursts into laughter. It seems that word was spreading that my darling daughter was dutifully informing her teachers and anyone else within earshot, that her poor Daddy has MAN FLU.
Yes I went home early from work on Monday and yes, my apology for not attending Rotary was found still sitting in my email drafts the next day and yes, the chemist extracted the last moth out of my wallet but MAN FLU ...... 
Man Flu Mike Jaggs 2018-06-16 12:00:00Z 0
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all this evening to this special occasion where we celebrate the 50th birthday of the Rotary Club of Botany East Tamaki.  Thank you very much for braving the start of winter to attend this special occasion.
The Rotary Club of Otara East Tamaki as it was known at the time was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Papatoetoe and chartered on the 29th April 1968.  The charter evening was held at Manhattan, Mt Roskill.
Papatoetoe Club President Alan Barker, past President Bruce Laing along with Alf Martin and Rod Barker from the Papatoetoe Club gave great support to the Club prior to and after the Charter.
The Club was chartered by D. G. Jack Porter and the Charter Dinner, at the price of $2.80 p.p., was held on the 12th June 1968 where 312 guests from Whangarei in the North to Otorohanga in the South attended.
The 1st President of the club was Alan Neale and there were twenty four Members attending the Charter evening.
Guest speaker was P.D.G. Ralph Vernon and he welcomed the Club in to the Rotary World of 13,000 other Clubs and 600,000 Rotarians.
Fees for the year were $20 and the Members were encouraged to welcome their wives, Rotary Anne’s, in to the Club.
Presidents 50th Birthday Speech Stuart Wellm 2018-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
Three Rotary women were recognized on 7 March at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA, for their commitment to improving lives through innovative humanitarian projects. 
The celebration, hosted by the World Bank Group Staff Association, and sponsored by Rotary International and investment firm Oppenheimer & Co., was one of many events held this week to mark International Women's Day, which is on 8 March each year. It highlighted the positive changes women make around the world. Annette Dixon, vice president of the World Bank for South Asia, moderated the event. 
World Bank and Rotary International celebrate International Women’s Day Mike Jaggs 2018-06-04 12:00:00Z 0


Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues. 

campaign is an initiative of PeaceJam Foundation and is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum, with the ambitious goal of inspiring a billion acts of peace by 2020. 

Rotary wins Best Nonprofit Act for its polio eradication work Mike Jaggs 2018-06-04 12:00:00Z 0
I know James Christie as a senior teacher @ Mauku School. In fact James is my son Brayden's teacher. As good as he is at his chosen vocation, our story will focus on an earlier time. A time in September 2007 when James and his best mate William Pike survived a sudden volcanic eruption.
As a teaser, I published a story from William's website last week. William is an amazing young man who triumphed over adversity and is leveraging his experience and vocational training to help others. His survival against the odds owes a lot, to a lot of people, starting with his best mate James Christie.
James Christie, A Humble Hero Mike Jaggs 2018-06-03 12:00:00Z 0
Copied from Williams website. Find out more about William @ https://williampike.co.nz/about-william/ . The story on the actual eruption event will come in the following weeks...
William Pike is a known Kiwi, sought-after speaker and a role model to youth nationally and internationally. He is the director of the popular nationwide youth development programme called the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA).
William Pike’s tenacious passion for life has helped him to overcome serious challenges, tackle new opportunities and enrich his skills as leader.
Losing a leg after being trapped in a volcanic eruption on Mt Ruapehu has not changed William’s outlook on life, nor has it stopped him from doing the things that he loves. He climbs mountains, goes bushwalking, scuba diving, hunting and kayaking.
An impassioned teacher, he leads a nationwide youth development programme, teaching Kiwi kids they, too, can do anything they put their minds to. And he is a sought-after motivational speaker and a role model to people of all ages.
Growing up in Auckland, William acquired a love of New Zealand’s great outdoors. At Westlake Boys High School, he was an avid sportsman – a three-time national water polo champion – and developed a zeal for outdoor pursuits. In 2006, he graduated with a Bachelor of Education with first class honours, and became a teacher at Clevedon School in Auckland.
A year later – on September 25, 2007 – William climbed Mt Ruapehu with a friend, James Christie; on their way back down, in fading light, decided to stay the night near the crater lake. That evening, Ruapehu erupted, spilling a lahar of rocks, water and mud down its slopes and into their hut. Crushed and critically injured, William hung onto life while James ran down the mountain to get help. Doctors called William’s survival a miracle. But his crushed right leg had to be amputated below the knee. After a long series of surgeries and a gruelling rehabilitation, William learned to walk again with a prosthetic limb. He returned to the classroom – at Murrays Bay School – and eventually returned to the mountain.
William Pike Mike Jaggs 2018-05-24 12:00:00Z 0
Te Haua Taua a year 13 student @ Pakuranga College has had an affilliation with our club for the last couple of years. His surprise visit on Monday was a breath of fresh air.
Te Haua is not only an articulate and intelligent young man, he presents well beyond his years and can hold his own in any forum.  His visit was to inform us of his class entry into a program for young entrepeneurs and also to seek advice on how to further the program into commercial success. So it was pleasure to enter into this conversation with him in his efforts to grow the project. Which is a great one. Essentially to upcycle or recylce (you choose) old coreflute political signs into protective shields for tree seedlings. The shields protect the trees from the first couple of years of predators and weather. Brilliant. We passed on our wisdom and Mike is also going to try and connect Te Haua with some other Rotarian's who may be able to offer more in depth assistance.
Young Man with a Bright Future Mike Jaggs 2018-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
Cyclone Gita has caused extensive damage in the Pacific.  The Rotary response is though Rotary New Zealand World Community Service - information on how to support the relief effort is here and below will be media releases detailing the evolving circumstance by date.
Four Donation Options     Quoting      Activity No. 333
Internet Banking       03 1702 0192208 01   
Paypal at                    www.rnzwcs.org
Give a Little at            https://givealittle.co.nz/org/rnzwcs/share
Facebook                    https://www.facebook.com/EmergencyResponseKits/
Cheque to                   RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
For more information email info@rnzwcs.org
Read on for media updates:
702 ERKs distributed helping 4,200+ people so far
The distribution of ERKs continues along with food parcels and tarpaulins supplied by ADRA
Thanks to ADRA in Samoa, Tongan Community Development Trust and MORDI Trust in Tonga who have provided power and logistics for a timely response.
Thanks also to the National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) and MFATs New Zealand Aid Programme for their assistance in both countries.
Events like Cyclone Gita reinforce the benefit for collaboration within the country officials and likeminded NGOs.
RNZWCS has lodged a competitive grant bid with MFAT to support the need for maintaining food security.
Cyclone Gita - ERKs in the Pacific Islands Mike Jaggs 2018-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
The annual Graduation Ceremony and dinner is always a highlight on the NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation calendar and this year's event was another great success.
Over 200 guests filled the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to celebrate the achievements of 37 graduates who attended the event, many of whom were joined by proud partners, family members, employers and colleagues.   Over 80 trainees graduated in total this year but of those able to attend some came from as far away as Fiji and Invercargill to celebrate and receive their graduation certificate.
The evening was enjoyed by all and we are pleased to see that the future of the NZ Marine Industry is in good hands!
Bruce Robinson Memorial Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient - Grant Buchanan
Congratulations to Grant Buchanan of Shaw Diesels,  the 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient presented by our special guest speaker Sean Regan of Emirates Team New Zealand.

Bruce Robinson Memorial Rotary Youth LEadership Award Recipient Mike Jaggs 2017-12-12 11:00:00Z 0
Here's a chance for the old gang to get together. Whilst we've been pushed from one Council department to another, it does look like some progress is being made.
Therefore we thought it timely that we take a quick recon walk @ Rongomai Park to check the current condition of the pathway and firm up the next steps (excuse the pun) in advance of getting our final answer from council. It would also be good to visit our biggest project of the last decade again to remind ourselves just how much difference we have made in our community.
The plan is to meet at Celsius and place our dinner orders. Weather permitting, walk up to the park, do the recon and return for dinner  no later than 7:30pm. As an added bonus, why not bring along one of those allegedly wasteful plastic shopping bags and put it to good use picking up some rubbish while we are there.
All members, partners, children, honorary members and neighbours are welcome to join us
Rongomai Pathway Recon Walk Mike Jaggs 2017-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Last weeks speaker was our own Munish Bhatt with a presentation on  the local real estate market. Links to his presentations are attached for your reference. It was most timely following on from the presentation Ameet made a couple of weeks ago. Combined, their data makes for a very interesting breakdown on the make up of our community and the challenges/opportunities for us as a Rotary Club to grow engagement.
Munish focuses on the Flatbush & Ormiston area  with Barfoot and Thompson. This is currently the fastest growing suburban area in New Zealand. Interesting fact is the population of 84,000 people is bigger than Gisborne (43,000 in the 2013 census). Think of the amenities that Gisborne has as a benchmark compared to this area. Gisborne has:  4 high schools, an airport, a port and a hospital.
There are 22,000 households in the area. So roughly 4 people per household. By 2031 there will be 125,000 people living there, so you can see why there is so many houses being built. Supporting this is a whole lot of commercial property planned. This includes a department store, a cinema and a food hall. The council is building a new pool and library, plus there will be a new transport sector.
Local Housing Mike Jaggs 2017-09-19 12:00:00Z 0
Vocationally based talks from our members are fairly rare. It was therefore fantastic to have Ameet Londhe speak to us on the new Salvation Army Mission in Flatbush.  Since Karl left to move to Hamilton, we've not had a lot to do with the Sallie's. so it was great to get an insight to the establishment of a new unit in Flatbush.
The Salvation Army has long had a footprint not far down the road from where we meet. You may be familiar with a piece of land with a couple of horses on it adjacent to Baverstock School. This has been owned by the Army for some 10 years. For about this length of time, a sign on the property advertised that the Salvation Army was coming soon. Removal of this sign was the first action that Ameet and his wife Jessica made when they first appeared last January.
Community Outreach - With Love Mike Jaggs 2017-08-29 12:00:00Z 0
Some months ago we had the pleasure to meet Jay, one this years Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) participants that we sponsor. Jay we learned was already a man on a strong trajectory and making steady progress in his chosen industry. Until recently, Jay was an apprentice boatbuilder. Having qualified recently, he now has a supervisory role @ his workplace Advance Aerospace Ltd. Aka C-quip. Don't be miss-led by the company name. Some his best work goes into the high tech foils and fixtures that you see on Superyachts and Americas Cup racers.
Rotary has a proud reputation for identifying great new talent, then challenging them through some of our leadership programs. At club level, we've had some great mentors to prepare our candidates. Whom for the most part, have proved themselves up to the challenge. So it was a surprise when Jay arrived only to be rejected at the first hurdle upon course entry. But why you may ask........?
A Life Changing Experience Mike Jaggs 2017-08-13 12:00:00Z 0
Development in Flat Bush (Ormiston)
  • Flat Bush is the country’s largest and most comprehensively planned town, taking shape on 1700ha in south east Auckland. By 2025 it is expected that the area will be home to at least 36,000 people.
Auckland Council, the Howick Local Board and partners are working collaboratively on the development and transformation of Flat Bush.
The development includes five neighbourhood centres and has a strong focus on open space, high urban design standards and environmental sustainability.
Ormiston Town Centre @ Flatbush 2017-08-09 12:00:00Z 0
Three weeks ago I submitted an article to the Times newspapers titled 'Turning Boys into Men. The story was about our support for the combined  South Auckland Intermediate Boys Rugby Team for the Bill Mclaren Cup. This week, coaches Bryan & Danny, Manager Shaun, Captain Sika and Vice Captain Kitanu visited us to report on how they went at this years tournament during the July school holidays, plus give us further insights to the history of this team.
South Auckland Bill Mclaren Cup Boys Rugby Team Mike Jaggs 2017-07-23 12:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0