Posted on Aug 23, 2017
Ron Seeto introduced our new District Governor Malini Raghwan in his usual elegant style.
Our new District Governor is continuing to support and strengthen clubs in the district.  She highlighted efforts globally to correct gender balance.  Globally women populate 20% of membership, NZ has 28% but Newmarket has only achieved 5%.
Malini awarded President Michelle with a Women in Rotary pin for being one of the 51 women presidents this year in our district.  
Another problem was highlighted, which was the average age within Rotary which only has 5% under the age of 40.
Humanitarian services was discussed and RCON is doing well in this area.
We are also doing well with enhancing our public image and awareness and understand the need to boost the Rotary brand.
RI President Ian Risely has asked clubs globally to help build better environment stability by planting more trees including mangroves.
Another request from Mr Risely is for clubs to log volunteer hours on a weekly basis in the clubs. This is for statistical purposes so we can have a better understanding of Rotary's impact on our communitees.
Malini’s main focus is:
  1. Help improve water and sanitation services in Fiji and the Pacific Islands
  2. Help maternity and child health services in Fiji
  3. Provide resources for women’s refuge and welfare (help combat trafficking and abuse)
Michelle gave the vote of thanks as well as a gift of a Ruby Seeto tea towel to Malini.