Youth Service Month:  District 9940

This Bulletin has been sent to all 9940 Rotarians
DG Mitch Brown On Rotary
Its MAY 18, so Go Wild About Rotary and Register Now to be at RotaFEST 18!
The Rotary event of the year is in less than two weeks, yes RotaFEST 18 is happening from Friday 11th - 13th May at the Palmerston North Convention Centre, the Wildbase Recovery Centre and the Palmerston North Square for RotaFEST 18 - A Festival of Rotary!
So Register NOW – Click on the link and register NOW -
Also go to Facebook and check out the Rotary District event of the year - RotaFEST18
What an amazing weekend program we have in-store for you ... so lets review this weekend of Rotary from Friday 11th May through Saturday 12 May and culminating in District Training Assembly on Sunday 13th May.
Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group 
Letter for RI President Ian Riseley
 Dear fellow Rotarians,

At the beginning of this Rotary year, I issued a challenge: for every Rotary club to plant one tree for each Rotary member. My goal in doing so was twofold. The first goal was obvious: trees are good for us. They absorb carbon and release oxygen, they support biodiversity, they improve our soil, our climate, and our moods. We need more of them, and planting trees is a wonderful project for all Rotary clubs to do together.

On another level, I asked Rotarians to plant their trees by today—Earth Day—to raise awareness of issues that are too rarely mentioned in Rotary. While not an area of focus, the environment is a physical reality that underpins every area of Rotary’s work, and we ignore its health at our peril
Rotarians and families hard at work planting trees
What's Happening behind the scenes
 What's Happening??
Well . . . .
as clubs begin to feel that things are winding down and they're starting to cruise towards the end of the year, behind the scenes things are really starting to wind up for the new Rotary year.
I am learning about our clubs and our district every day. The Rotarians I meet make me proud to be part of an organisation that is truly ‘Making a Difference’ and which will go forward to ‘Be the Inspiration’ to our communities, local and global, in 2018-19
Almost all of our District 9940 clubs have selected their Presidents for 2018-19 and those Presidents-Elect have gathered a team to lead their clubs. As District Governor I must do the same – gather a team to support not only myself but more importantly to support our clubs through the 2018-19 Rotary year.
(Marion at work)
Global Grants - The Benefits of a Project Manager
Did you know you can use funds from a Rotary Global grant to hire a Projects Manager?
You can use up to 10% of a grant to hire a local Project Manager.  Hiring someone local who knows the community can increase the cultural sensitivity and build the host clubs capability to manage future projects.
To read more about this and to learn more about global grants read here
Opportunity to Get Involved in a Global Grant

Quality Education Nepal

Imagine sending your children to a school where the teachers have no tertiary education and little training.  What education would they receive?  Yet that is the lot of most children of Nepal, the poorest country outside Africa.

Australian Rotary project "Quality Education Nepal" has been addressing this issue since 2011.  150 teachers have completed 3 years basic training (50 days) and are now receiving annual refresher training.  Another 150 have since been brought into the program, including an intake of 75 funded by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project.

Training is delivered by LEARN (“Lifting Education, Advancing Rural Nepal”), an NGO established in 2014 specifically devoted to this program.  The trainers are experienced Nepalese teachers with Masters qualifications.  Their language, culture and knowledge of the curriculum allow them to deliver training more effectively and at far lower cost than any vocational exchange program - just US$15.50 per trainee day.  An MoU with the Department of Education ensures that the programs are aligned with government policy, with DoE staff actively involved in delivery.

To reach more teachers we need more Global Grant projects, each providing 50 days training for 70-80 teachers.  

If your club make even a modest commitment to a project over a three-year time-frame, you can help us reach many more teachers.  Please email to explore the possibilities.  Find out more at, watch the videos at, or visit us in the House of Friendship in Toronto.

Rarotonga Mobile Health Clinic  -  Progress of the Bus
The bus is on its way, travelling up the country to Auckland from where it will be shipped to Rarotonga.
The team in Rarotonga  
A formal send off from Masterton was held on Sunday 15 April when around 20 Rotarians including DG Mitch and DGE Marion attended as well as local dignatories from the Wairapara.  A number of locals took the opportunity to look at the medical facilities set up inside the bus and congratulate the team who had worked to so hard to ensure this happened.  The handover to the Rarotonga government will take place in Apia on 18 June and approximately 16 Rotarians will be attending.  DG Mitch will be there on his way to Toronto for the RI International conference.
Victory over Vermin: Another District Grant Story
n late 2015 the Rotary Club of Wellington was approached by the Wellington City Council to see whether it would work in partnership with the Council to set up a community group to trap vermin on the Mt Victoria Town Belt. This was in an effort to ‘bring back the birds’.
A series of community meetings was held during 2016 to garner support, and in October of that year the first traps were installed. These were funded by the Rotary Club of Wellington and the Wellington City Council and installed and maintained by keen residents from the surrounding residential area.
Dictionaries in Action
  Rotary Club of Whanganui Daybreak Present Dictionaries to Te Kura Kaupapa o Tupoho.
President Marie Baker presented the Rotary Dictionaries to 25 Year 5 students at Te Kura Kaupapa o Tupoho.  The Kura is a full immersion school where no English is spoken unless in English classes which start at Year 5.  The students welcomed the visitors with a waiata, courteously thanked President Marie for the gifts then become immersed in their dictionaries.  Their teacher shared that ‘The students loved using the dictionaries.    …. had organised dictionary activities and they were totally involved in the task.’   The dictionaries are perfect for supporting their learning in English literacy.
RANZSE in action
RANZSE STUDENT, Ariana Davis flew to Australia starting her 12 week Exchange with Tahlia Barwick, in Tamworth, on Saturday 21 April
A very excited Ariana, sponsored by Rotary Club of Waikanae, flew to Sydney and was met by her 'Match' Tahlia and her Mum who were delighted to meet her in person.
After a day in Sydney seeing the sights they flew to the Sunshine Coast to meet the rest of Tahlia's family for a week before heading home to Tamworth where Ariana and Tahlia will be attending school together.
Interact Club in Action
Interact Club members at Girls’ College joining Habitat for Humanity project in Fiji
Brooke Rhodes and Sunny Solomon are members of SHINE Interact at Whanganui Girls’ College and in the school holidays in July they will be going to Fiji as volunteers in a Habitat for Humanity house building project.  Sports Co-ordinator at the College, Rochelle Howard, will be going with them.
The SHINE Interact Club was formed just over two years ago, supported by the Rotary Club of Whanganui Daybreak. The group is committed to making a difference in their school and community, to promote international understanding, build strong leaders for the school and community, have fun and make new friends from around the world. This project is part of that commitment.
Another Global Opportunity: Balibo
 Remember the Balibo 5? 
The Balibo Five was a group of journalists for Australian television networks who were killed in the period leading up to the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. The Balibo Five were based in the town of Balibo in East Timor (then Portuguese Timor), where they were killed on 16 October 1975 during Indonesian incursions before the invasion.[1] Roger East travelled to Balibo soon after to investigate the likely deaths of the Five and w
as later executed by members of the Indonesian military on the docks of Dili.
There is a Rotary connection and clubs in Australia have been working in the town to help rebuild and to build schools for the local children.  What follows is a letter sent to Donna Reed (incoming President for Plimmerton) who is the cousin of one of those killed
Rotary App!
Polio Update
 Are you Up to the challenge?
 Officially reported wild poliovirus cases as of 03 Apr 2018
Total global cases in 2018: 8 (compared with 5 for the same period in 2017)
Total in endemic countries in 2018: 8 (compared with 5 for the same period in 2017)
Total in non-endemic countries in 2018: 0 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2017)
· Afghanistan: 7 cases in 2018 (compared with 3 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 03-Mar-18
· Pakistan: 1 case in 2018 (compared with 2 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 08-Mar-18
· Nigeria: 0 case in 2018 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2017), onset of paralysis of most recent case: 21-Aug-16
Council on Resolutions
 The 2018 Council on Resolutions (COR) is coming up and our district has the opportunity to submit any resolutions. Details on drafting and submitting resolutions can be found in How to Propose Resolutions. Rotary must receive any proposed resolutions by 30 June 2018 through the online form here.
 Should you have any proposals please let me know by the middle of June so that we can arrange for the necessary signatures before sending off.  If you have any questions please let me know.
 Graeme Blick
District 9940 COL Representative
We need a new Bulletin Editor
 What have I done?? 
No one has called to take up this challenging, varied and interesting position on the District team
I am moving on to a new role within the District team after 2 years as Bulletin Editor, and we need someone to take my place
I use club runner to develop the Bulletin, spending about 8 - 10 hours a month 
  • It is a chance to be creative, the opportunity to add pictures, cartoons and colour is all your
Learn what is happening in the District clubs and share that knowledge. Work with a great Communications team in the District with the potential to work wider across Rotary Oceania
  • You will need
 Average to good computer skills
An ability to learn new computer systems
An inquisitive nature to find the news and stories
An ability to follow up from club newsletters (well, from the ones you get)
Training will be provided as well as support in the first few months
Contact Adrienne Murray on 
or Marion on Marion Johnston  9940
for more information
Rotary Best Speakers Awards
  In conjunction with the Rotary Club of Lincoln, the Rotary Club of Plimmerton is proudly showcasing the talents of young adults with learning difficulties and/or intellectual impairment at the Rotary Best Speaker Awards on Saturday 26 May. This is the fourth year for this highly successful event and competing in it has made a great difference to the young contestants who come from all over New Zealand.
Here’s the link to the Plimmerton web site. 
 Or you can go to our Facebook page here 
Kapi-Mana Music Festival and Compoetitions
FREE ENTRY to Kapi-Mana Music Festival and Competitions over Queen's Birthday weekend (1-4 June) at Pataka, Porirua.  Come and hear school age musicians on all instruments, including voice.  This year, for the first time, Recital classes are being offered where students can select to perform for 5 , 10  or 20 minutes.  The standard will be high and our local violinist, Toloa Faraimo, will be performing.
Performances will be all day and evenings but the programme cannot be finalised until after the entries close on 11 May.  In addition on Monday 4 June, a Showcase Concert of approx 1 hour will be given when selected students will perform and trophies and prizes presented. This is a great opportunity to see talented students. See the website for further details.
Volunteers to assist would also be appreciated.  Please contact Carolyn Rait (234 7422) if you would like to assist for a morning, afternoon or evening over the weekend.
Carolyn Rait
Trustee:  Kapi-Mana Music Festival Charitable Trust
Telephone:  (04) 234 7422    Mobile  021 121 0218
RotaFest 18
Get ready to Go Wild about Rotary @ RotaFEST 18
Our District Website has the details for registration and accommodation that will get you to the Districts biggest event of the year - RotaFEST 18.
Book your Rotary event of the year - RotaFEST 18, where you will be able to GO Wild About Rotary !
PDG Glen Caves as our District Events Chair has lined up the program and activities that you will not want to miss with an outstanding weekend of Rotary information and fellowship, with great jazz music and international performing artists, great food and speakers.
Lots to see and do from the Rotary opening of the WildBase Recovery Centre on Friday the 11th, culminating in our District Training Assembly on Sunday 13th May. The Saturday 12th May is a sandwich packed day of experiences, conference, festival and fellowship for all to enjoy. 
2018 Australia New Zealand Conference

The Conference (formerly the Institute) will be held in Hobart on 14 – 16 September 2018 and Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis invites all Rotarians to join us for this event. There will be a number of interesting presenters covering Rotary projects and issues of interest together with a variety of breakout sessions. What better way to keep up-to-date and enjoy mixing with Rotarians from all Australian states and from New Zealand as well as visiting some of the many attractions on offer.  Prior to the conference on the 13th September will be a Future Leaders Seminar




I have it on good authority there will not be any discussion of cricket  (Editors note)

Upcoming Events
Distric 9980 Conference, Dunedin
May 04, 2018 – May 06, 2018
District 9940 Conference
May 11, 2018 – May 13, 2018
District Training Assembly
May 13, 2018
District Training Assembly 2018
May 13, 2018
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
RANZE Expression of interest forms due
May 15, 2018
District 9930 Conference Taupo
May 18, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Closing date for Foundaiton District Grant applica
May 31, 2018
RI Convention, Toronto, Canada
Jun 23, 2018 – Jun 27, 2018
RANZE NZ & Australian students go to Australia
Jun 30, 2018
RANZE NZ-Aus matching exchange full applns due
Jun 30, 2018
Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray