Posted by Bill Duncan on Jul 11, 2019

Bill Boyd was President of Rotary International in 2006/2007, only the second New Zealander to hold that position.

On 30 June 2019, Bill finally drew closure to his stellar 30 years of International service to Rotary and returns to be 'Bill Boyd - Magazine Distribution and member of Pakuranga Rotary.

Always by his side during his years service has been his much adored wife Lorna, who herself played her part in Convention break-out sessions and became a fountain of Rotary knowledge which she graciously shared with whomever and whenever the appropriate occasion rose.

The members of the Pakuranga Rotary salute Bill's work for Rotary and its many endeavours.

Bill's service to Rotary International has included

  • Rotary Foundation Regional Coordinator for Australia and New Zealand from 1989 to 1991
  • Chaired Regional Magazine Editors Conference in 1992 and subsequently two more times
  • Appointed to Rotary International Communications Committee 1993 and subsequently became chairperson
  • Rotary International Director from 1998 to 2000, including Treasurer of Rotary International in 1999/2000
  • Member or Chairperson of various committees next few years(Literacy, Water included)
  • Rotary International President for the 2006/2007 Rotary year
  • Trustee of Rotary Foundation from 2008 to 2012 and chairperson in 2011/2012
  • Chaired Branding Committee from 2012 to 2014
  • Chaired the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group from 2012 to 2018
  • Filled an extraordinary vacancy on the Rotary Foundation Trust from 2016 to 2018
  • Chaired the Peace Programmes Overview Committee in 2018/2019

In recognition of his service Bill has been awarded the Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and Citation for Meritorious Service, a Distinguished Service Award by Rotary Down Under and was presented with the Queens Service Order for Community Service in the 2007 New Zealand New Year’s Honours List and made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013. He is a Paul Harris fellow, many times over. A complete Rotarian.

The members of the Pakuranga Rotary salute Bill's work for Rotary and its many endeavours. In many ways his name will always be linked with battle against Polio.

In addition to our thanks and salutations - we wish Bill and Lorna good health and look forward to their continued service with Pakuranga Rotary