July 2014 - Digital Edition (NZ/Pacific)

Rotary International's new President Gary CK Huang | Convention wrap: Sydney turns it on | Wild walk for wheelchairs: 1770km in 79 days | Strengthening Rotary's brand: Bill Boyd's inspiring address
Rotary International's new President, Gary CK Huang

Gary Huang played a lot of sports when he was younger, but basketball was his favourite. He was captain and point guard of his high school basketball team.

“I’m not tall, but I was quick.” He flashes a grin. “I knew how to move the ball and set my team up to win.” Read story >
Winton Rotary trail officially opens

The Winton Rotary Trail in Southland, NZ, is proving a fantastic community asset for current and future generations to enjoy. This community trail was officially opened by MP Bill English and landowner Joan Hodges on April 12.

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Wild walk for wheelchairs

Two “super keen but mad” Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Gosford North, NSW, David Rivett and 2014 Gosford City Council Citizen of the Year Peter Pearce, are walking 1770km from the Scottish Highlands to Lands End in the UK to raise funds for Wheelchairs & Desks for Madagascar.

A brand new wheelchair delivered by Rotarians direct to a beneficiary in devastated Madagascar costs $180. A donation of 10 cents per kilometre will pay for one wheelchair. The full price of a desk constructed in Madagascar by Rotarians is $15.

While David will walk part of the route, his main role is to provide support to Peter.

The walk commenced on June 10 at John O’Groats at the top of the Scottish Highlands and will take approximately 79 days to reach Lands End in the far south west of the UK on August 27.

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105th Rotary convention attracts massive media coverage
With over 200 media stories during the Convention, Rotary was profiled across major media channels in Australia and overseas; including coverage on Channels 7, 10, 9, ABC, SBS, NBC, BBC and CBC.

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Strengthening the Rotary brand

During the 2012/13 International Assembly past Rotary International President Bill Boyd gave an address on the Siegel + Gale branding report and Rotary's branding challenges. His inspirational address should serve as food for thought for us all.

In 2006 and in 2010 Rotary conducted surveys that told us something you and I probably already knew: Many people had never heard of Rotary and of those who had very few knew what we did.

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Rotary gets the Philippines reading

The Philippines literacy project of the Rotary Club of Drouin, Vic is reaching fruition. The brainchild of Rotarian Terry Blundell, a retired local primary school principal, the original proposal was to send 50 boxes of reading material to 21 schools in the remote areas of Surigao del Sur, on the Island of Mindanao.

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July Events: The guide to what's happening near you
Support needed for Solomons flood victims

Over 52,000 people, half the population of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, have been affected by the floods in April.

As reported in the Solomon Times on April 15, as many as 2100 people have died and thousands are seeking refuge.

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Doing Good in Australia: Mens Sheds

Rotary was a key force in the men's shed movement.There are now more than 1,000 men's sheds across Australia. This video premiered at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia.

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