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
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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 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:
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 @ . 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.
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Cheque to                   RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
For more information email
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