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Kia ora,  
It certainly is an honour and privilege to be your District Governor this year.  I'm a very lucky man!
Ma whero, ma pango ka oti ai te mahi - with red and black the work will be complete.  This whakatauki acknowledges the need for Rotarians at every level to collaborate in order to reach goals and complete the work.  I'll strive for District to provide the support you all need to succeed.
Since 23 June I have had the pleasure of being part of 6 Presidential Changeovers and 7 official Club Visits.  I've been very well looked after (southern hospitality is alive and well) and have enjoyed meeting up some Rotarians for the first time, and catching up with old friends in their own patch.  One of the best things about Rotary is definitely the ability to network with kindred spirits.
Still a few more clubs to get around though, with the next road trip starting in Mosgiel on 3 August 2020.  I find as I drive around a certain jingle plays in my head:  "Don't leave town until you've seen the country".  With Covid-19 at the border, now is the time to cover some new ground locally, that's for sure.
Rotary is needed more than ever given this ongoing crisis around us.  Keep on dreaming, planning and collaborating on all kinds of Projects locally and globally.  As a reminder District Grant applications are due with Foundation Chair Andrew Hamilton and District Grant Administrator Joan Kiernan by 31 July 2020. 
It is also a great time to plan a weekend away in beautiful Waimate over 19-21 March 2021.  District Conference - "The Conference of Awesome" will be a great excuse to celebrate all things Rotary whilst experiencing some rural hospitality.  More information will be released soon, but I am very excited by our line-up of speakers and the activities planned.  More information (including registrations) will open soon.  Questions about accommodation can be directed to Russell Wallace - russ.wallace1@gmail.com
On behalf of District, I'd like to thank the following Rotarians who have recently concluded their tenures: Ah-Lek Tay (Public Image), (Karen Purdue (Membership), Bruce Cowan (Training), Gary Williams (RYE), Trish Boyle (Foundation), Sue MacKinlay (National Science Forum), Lea Johnson & Derek King (Assistant Governors).  The extra number of hours devoted to Rotary over the last few years is extraordinary and very much appreciated.
This bulletin will continue to be short and simple.  Rotary information is readily available in so many different formats these days, I don't intend clogging it up with much more and prefer using social media in any respect!  To that end my Facebook page is:
Please continue to collect great Rotary stories about your work and any upcoming projects and share them in your bulletins, social media pages/events and with our Public Image Chair Sharon Hamilton.  We will be updating the District website with more timely stories very soon.
Rotary Opens Opportunities...lets prove it!
Ka kite ano,
Mark your calendars
25 - 26 July 2020:  RYE Committee Meeting, Dunedin 
31 July 2020 - District Grant Applications due.
August 2020 - Membership & New Club Development Month
9 August 2020 - District Board Meeting, Waimate
September 2020 - Basic Education & Literacy Month
November 2020 - PETS1 (TBA)
January 2021 - RYLA, Queenstown
January 2021 - SPPETS, Auckland
19 - 21 March 2021 - District Conference, Waimate


20 years of Shelterbox!

This Rotary year, we have an opportunity to take action. Right now, around 88 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict.Change

The DG has accepted the Shelterbox District Challenge for 2020-21.

Taking on the Challenge
The challenge is simple, encourage every club in our District to support ShelterBox. No matter how large or small, every donation makes a difference in providing shelter to families worldwide.

Why they need your support
Shelter is more than just a roof – it’s a home. It’s the foundation for life, for families, for communities, for peace. ShelterBox responds 365 days a year. Rotary Clubs around D9980 can make it possible for Shelterbox to ensure that no family is left without shelter.

Rotary Links
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