A word from our DG
The first quarter of the year is complete and what a whirlwind of ride it has been.                                                              
I have recently seen the Stroke Awareness Foundation blood pressure checks held,
Rotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchange outbound interviews and briefing held, the District Board has met and the first quarter information has been discussed. The District Governor visits are cranking along and some have included significant events. September saw the annual Rotary Governors Elect Training, Symposium and Institute which was held at Waipuna Hotel in Auckland.  It was a great event, enjoyed by all who attended.     The 9940 "contingent"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DG's in bling on the Saturday evening                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           "
The big news for the month is the explosion of Rotary activity in the two Taranaki clusters.
Economic and Community Development
The Matipo Story
Rotary working collaboratively with our community for our community.
The Black Power leadership had decided that the world of crime and drugs was not the way forward for their children.  To our eyes, Matipo St was a pretty bleak place. Run down state housing, almost all occupied by unemployed people, most with strong connections to Black Power.
Kate Smith from the Wanganui Club talking at the Rotary Symposium about this project
This is quite an unusual project for Rotary. It is not going in there boots and all and working on a community project, but more standing back and giving support where needed to enable a struggling group to achieve their aspirations.
So:  lets start the story
Partnering with Habitat for Humanity to empower communities

To help clubs and districts empower their communities through access to affordable shelter, Rotary is pleased to announce a service partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

This new partnership aims to help enhance club and district-led service activities by providing access to resources and programming. Clubs can work with Habitat affiliates and local communities to design and provide long-term, affordable housing to families most in need of shelter.

“The values of our organizations are so closely aligned, and the desire to help others runs deep for both groups.  That makes us such a perfect match,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan T.M. Reckford and member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

Rotary Service blog


Winning the War Against Polio
World Polio Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, 2017, and there is just cause to celebrate!
With just eleven cases of Polio in two countries in 2017, Rotary International – with strong support from 1,400 Rotary clubs across Australia and New Zealand – is edging towards ultimate victory in its campaign of 32 years to eradicate the dreaded Poliomyelitis virus from the world.
Rotary launched its worldwide campaign in 1985 when there were more than 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries around the world.
Pictured -National Immunisation Day celebrations in Nigeria.
Here is a link to a video on Polio Day activities

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with five core partners - the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.


Read here for the website and a range of up to date stories

Council on Legislation Resolutions
As District 9940 Rotary Council of legislation representative Graeme Blick  ( is seeking your input on the 2017 Council on Legislation Resolutions.
You can review the proposed 38 Resolutions by going to
Two examples:
17R-16To request the RI Board to consider supporting ecologically-sustainable initiativesView detailed resolution (PDF)
17R-17To request the Trustees to consider adding sustainable development and environmental protection as an area of focus  View detailed resolution (PDF)

Save a Child
Food Plant Solutions now incorporating Learn Grow, is a registered RAWCS project providing DGR status.
We need your help to continue our life changing work
DG Visit to Stratford - Two important Reasons
During DG Mitchell Brown’s visit on the 21st of September we celebrated two special events said Barrie Smith the Stratford Rotary Club President.
One of our long standing member is Roy Lithgow (our Treasurer) who joined our Club on the 31st of January 1964 which was that period in time that it was almost mandatory to be a member of the local Rotary Club.
Equally important on the night was the Chartering of a new Satellite Rotary Club in Stratford and probably the first in NZ.
This all came about following our Club selecting Daniel Stieller (who works for our local District Council) to attend our District RYLA course in the Hutt last January.
Shine for Shelterbox
With the number of disasters happening across the world, thinking in particular of Hurricanes, floods cyclones and earthquakes please donate to Shelterbox.
Ambae evacuation effort in full swing
HELP the people of Ambae Island currently experiencing a major disaster.
A ‘Dunkirk-style’ operation is underway as thousands flee the island’s volcano, which continues to erupt.
Funding is needed NOW in this desperate situation.  Can I ask for your support please
As you will be aware the current volcanic activity on Ambae island in Vanuatu has resulted in all of the islanders being evacuated.  Apparently many are being taken to open grounds on Penticost island. Vanuatu does not have the resources to provide adequate support for these people.
Our Vanuatu Rotarians are working to provide support where they can however they desperately need funding to enable them to purchase essential supplies
Peter Garnett
District Rotary Foundation Chair
Governor 2015-16
Rotary International District 9910
Rotary Club of East Coast Bays
Contact details:
Phone: +64 9 479-6060,  Mob: +64 27 220-5137

Rotarian Retiring?
Retiring Rotarian Miles Bockett recognised for his well over forty years service with Pres Marie Baker at Whanganui Daybreak
Situations Vacant !!
District 9940  - Chair PUBLIC IMAGE District Committee
We are looking for a Rotarian with knowledge and experience in promoting, marketing and providing coordination across the District and for Club support of our Rotary District Public Image responsibility and committee. A great opportunity to support our communications team with our Webmaster, Bulletin Editor, Facebook Coordinator and Marketing Coordinator.
Your expression of interest would be gladly received by District Secretary Nigel Ramsden email - by the 5th November 2017.
Nominations are called for District Governor 2020-2021
Nominations are invited for the position of District Governor 2020-2021 for District 9940.
Clubs are invited to nominate Rotarians with suitable leadership qualities for the position who, additionally, must have completed a full 12 month term as club president.
The District Nominating Committee will consider nominations in March.
Nominations should reach Trustee and DAC Secretary Tony Fryer, <> by 8am Wednesday 28 February 2018

Tony Fryer

The 2017 Young Leaders Awards
Monday 4 September 2017 was a day to remember for 58 of Porirua's young leaders. This was the third celebration of the 'Gift to the World Leadership Awards' inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Porirua.
Our DG with  Belle Croasdale and Toby Carter from St Theresas School
The following Press Release was sent out by Porirua City Council:
All members in the district who have a vodafone email address ( or will by now have been advised by vodafone they need to get a new email address by 30 November.
Please remember to update your member profile in clubrunner (ie you club website if you have one or the district website otherwise) with your new email address - otherwise you are going to miss out on communications. 
Club secretaries please ensure your members are reminded and check your membership database for any missing updates.
Raratonga Mobile Health Clinic
Call to Action
 Your Rotary Club Funding Support is requested to confirm the Rotary Club of Masterton South, Rarotonga Mobile Health Clinic Project.
The project is in the final stages of a Global Grant Application and this gives us the opportunity to see our District Clubs support this International Service Project.
Here is a video link which gives a great overview of the project  We seek to ensure the necessary funding to confirm the Global Grant assistance for this project can be met.
Please contact the Project Chair David Baker of the Rotary Club of Masterton South with  any queries and your funding support -
AG's will be discussing this with Club Presidents
To Be Blunt
For more information
What is Rotary
I have found a whole range of video's on Rotary that I will put in the bulletin from time to time
Up Coming Events
What is happening out there
If you would like an event that your club is putting on advertised here and/or in the website please let me know
Please share what is happening in your club with your Rotary colleagues
Susan Worthington Botanical Art Exhibition
The Rotary Club of Feilding in conjunction with the Coach House Museum in Feilding advises that we are into the last week of evening showings of the superb Susan Worthington Botanical Art Exhibition.
The exhibition is open to all Rotarians and their friends each evening from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Make up a party or car load and come to Feilding.  Dine in Friendly Feilding and then enjoy the art! 
Dwaili Festival - Porira
15th Annual Art Show 2017
Rotary Club of Paraparaumu
Labour Weekend
  • Opening Night Cocktails and Prizegiving  Thursday 19 October:  7.30pm  ($30 p.p.)

  • Open to the public for viewing and purchase 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Friday 20 October through to Monday 23 October 2017
International Rotary Cricket Tournament  -  India

Rotary District 3012 in India is delighted to be hosting Rotary International Cricket Tournament for two days from 24  to 25 Feb 2018 in the Cricket Stadium in Noida, India.  We are passionate about the game and the players.

Robert Armstrong (  will be the contact and co-ordinator for District 9940.  Rob has all the details so please get in touch with him.

Innovative Young Minds 2018
It’s well known that diversity in the workplace leads to more innovation.  Women are under-represented in the STEMM sector (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing) . 
Hutt City Council and Rotary Hutt City want to change that.
Planning for Innovative Young Minds (IYM) 2018 is underway. Your club President and Secretary have already received an email along with a report on IYM 2017.
IYM is a hands-on experiential week, where female students who have an interest in STEMM subjects get a taste of the numerous career pathways open to them. Students visit tertiary institutions, Crown Research Institutes and technology businesses and get involved in activities prepared by their hosts.  
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
Rotary Convention:  23 - 27 June 2018  Toronto


Join Rotary President Ian Riseley and his wife, Juliet, at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto.

The cosmopolitan city of Toronto offers something for everyone and is the perfect setting for the biggest event of the Rotary year.

We hope you'll come to Toronto to connect with old friends, make new ones, and be a part of the best Rotary has to offer.

Share the excitement by downloading the Toronto Convention Promotion Kit from the Convention Promotion page or by showing the promotional video.

A world of opportunity awaits you in Toronto. Register today!

Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray