District 9940 Bulletin, May 2019 

                         This Bulletin has been sent to all 9940 Rotarians 

Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu - Foster the pathway of knowledge for strength, independence and growth for future generations.
DG Marion's Message
Kia Ora Ano
One of the highlights of our year as a Rotary district is our conference which is being held in Whanganui this coming weekend. It’s a chance for Rotarians from around the District to connect, enjoy some social time and be informed
This year’s conference theme ‘Light My Fire’ reflect my aim to inspire and enthuse Rotarians by presenting some concepts and personalities that will maybe suggest some opportunities or challenge our thinking a little. It is also a chance to celebrate some of our remarkable achievements and have some FUN! 
I look forward to welcoming you to Whanganui this weekend
District Learning and Development - Let's prepare our Club leaders and kick start our 2019 -20 year !

It’s that time again in the Rotary year where we focus our attention on supporting and preparing our incoming Club leaders, their boards, committees and club members for the activities, goals and projects that will ensure our Rotary Clubs best serve our communities and ensure fellowship and fun is achieved in the 2019-20 Rotary year and beyond!

The Rotary District Annual District Training Assembly, planned for Sunday May 19th has been cancelled. Part of the rationale was to ensure we better deliver information, learning and development opportunities directly to Clubs and their members. But before we deliver learning and development sessions to Clubs, Clusters and Rotarian's - we need to understand WHAT are the things each Club and their Rotarian's want to know about to achieve their goals, activities and projects for the year

To this end we are underway with two key activities. The first is a Club Learning and Development NEEDS Survey

A double celebration for Rotary Club of Wellington

District Governor 2021-2022
Congratulations to past President, Mark Wheeler who has been announced as Rotary District 9940 District Governor for the 2021-2022 year, the first District Governor in our second century of Rotary in New Zealand. Mark will be following on from our very own Gillian Jones who will be serving as District Governor in our centennial year 2020-2021.  

Dr. Graham Milne, OBE. A remarkable Rotarian.
AG Jaye Howey pays tribute to Dr Graham Milne. Aged 100, Dr. Milne passed away on 19th April 2019 at Golden Bay Community Health. Dr. Milne played a very significant role in the history of this club ( Rotary Club of Eastern Hutt).  In 1963, as a general practitioner in Naenae, he was in despair when he could not save the life of a young girl who died from an Asthma attack. He approached the Rotary club.  This approach eventually led to the formation, of what is now known as the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of NZ - initially called Hutt Valley Asthmatic Society.  
Young people can make their mark through Rotary

By John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary

The desire to give back, become involved in your community, create connections, and use one’s skills to benefit others is a cornerstone of civil society. But how can young people find these opportunities while facing the challenges of a widening skills gap, lost personal connections through digital isolation, and an uncertain future?

Let me begin with a description of a young person who may sound familiar.

A young person alone in a big city. A young person looking for friendship, looking for connections with other professionals from diverse backgrounds.

'The Brave Thinkers'

Hello 9940 clubs!!  
This is a call for help and action on one of the long serving Rotary projects in the 9940 region.

New Zealand Business Week, now formally known as The Brave Thinkers... NEEDS APPLICANTS!..



New Zealand Business Week will be delivering our programme to year 12 and 13 students in 2019.New Zealand Business Week is about building Brave Business Leaders. It's challenging and it's for anyone that’s ever been interested in business or had a business idea. 

 Promotional resources are available for viewing  (read more)

Christchurch 'The Brave Thinkers - NZBW Project' - Awapuni Rotary Club
P.O. Box 1824
Palmerston North, 4440  
 7th May 2019
The week following the brutal terrorist shootings in Christchurch, members of the Awapuni Rotary Club met outside the local mosque to answer the question “So what do we do now?”  Standing beside an armed police officer amongst a carpet of floral tributes, watching the endless waves of supporters and sufferers was a sobering experience. 
The “Bravethinkers-New Zealand Business Week Project” aims to fully-fund 10 senior secondary school students from Christchurch, who have been personally impacted by the tragedy, to participate in an intensive one-week residential course in Palmerston North (7-12 July 2019). 
“Asking for help reveals strength, not weakness.”
RYPEN 'Change the World'
RYPEN 2019, 3-5 May 2019  - Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment
The popular RYPEN course was held again this year at Vertical Horizon Adventure Camp 10km east of Inglewood and hosted by the Inglewood RC. A total of 40 students from 24 schools and sponsored by 23 clubs in District 9940 participated. The theme for the weekend was “Change the World” and a series of discussions, personal and team challenges were all based around how each of these eager attendees could change their world, or indeed, THE world.
RYDA - National Road Safety Week
South Wairarapa Rotary's contribution to Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme (RYDA)
Rotary is one of those groups that has been working away in the background for nearly 100 years.  The motto ‘Service above self’ has led to a tendency to avoid the headlines while making often lifechanging contributions to communities worldwide.
This experience-based driver awareness program was developed in 2000 by Rotary clubs in New Zealand and Australia.  RYDA was initially trialled in Sydney, Australia and was introduced to New Zealand in 2006. 

Some of the South Wairarapa Rotary team helping deliver the RYDA program at Solway Park, Masterton, 29th April. 

(L-R foreground) - Kevin Millard, Gay Butler, John Hume and David Hayden 

Volunteer Rotarians not pictured - Ted Preston, Tony Waygood, Paul Mason, Jessica Jina, Pamela Messervy, John Bushell and Guy Dowle


Maisy - 'A Relentless Activist'
The Plimmerton Club speaker, the last week of April,  was Maisy Bentley, a teenager until the previous week but with experience far beyond her years. Maisy is well-known to the club, having spoken at the Women’s Suffrage Celebration in 2017. She already has credentials as a relentless activist in the cause of women’s and young people’s rights, through her school and university years. She has worked with charities, NGOs, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the YWCA.
James Talbot - Creative Trail - an inspirational Rotarian
Many of you will be following the epic journey of  Rotarian James Talbot as he walks the length of Aotearoa/ New Zealand to raise funds for a Creative Centre in Rarotonga. During his time in New Zealand,  James is being supported by local Rotary Clubs as his journey progresses.
The two stories included in this Bulletin are a great read. It is hoped that he is able to receive more financial support so that he can achieve his goal. 
Iron Lung - Conference window display centrepiece

Conference Update - District 9940 Conference Facebook page 6/05/2019

On Friday, we headed out to pick up a replica iron lung from the David Warnock Medical Museum at Palmerston North Hospital. It's now the centrepiece in our convention window display in Whanganui's main street, Victoria Avenue.The photo doesn't do it justice, as Graeme has done such a good job cleaning the shop windows that they are picking up the reflections of the buildings over the road! We'll get some better photos in different light conditions, but from now until District Conference, we are getting the End Polio Now message out there. District Polio Chair Michael Fagg is running a Silent Wine Auction alongside the conference, about which we'll have more news this week. There is some very good quality wine awaiting your bids, so stay tuned!

 Rotary making a difference in Kiribati

PDG Simon Manning visits Kiribati with DG Ingrid Waugh and PDG Jennie Herring. 'Ever since I had to go to Nauru for work (yes, work, but that is another story) I have wanted to go to Kiribati to have a look around'.  

Masterton South Celebrates 50yrs of Rotary in Style
 'Fifty  years of Rotary'  Eli Hill  - - 3  May 2019
A cake, singers, and speeches covering over half a century of memories all added to the festivities of the Rotary Club of Masterton South's 50 year celebration. Club President, Graeme Sawyer, called the event a the Copthorne Hotel and Solway Park Resort a 'roaring success'.  " Everybody was enthralled by the evening. It was great  to see so many members there. Chris Gallivan our guest speaker was  amazing. He spoke on tolerance, people and positivity."  To cut the 50yr cake Sawyer enlisted the help of Ted Paris and Graeme Tulloch, two of the club's founding members who he said were still an active part of the club. Sawyer said it was the culture of the club that had kept it going for so long. "And the culture of the club comes from its members. We have a fantastic camaraderie."
An eventful Rotary meeting - Pride of Workmanship Award
On Monday,( 29/4 ) CEO Justine Tupara of JT Property Wash, was awarded Eastern Hutt Rotary's Pride of Workmanship Award, selected from a group of nominees at an eventful Rotary meeting.
Tupara has been a part of JT Property Wash for six years.  “Justine came at a time when the business was securing a number of major national contracts.” said her Managing Director, Ray Tomlinson. 
President Pat, Ray Tomlinson, Justine, Joe Tomlinson & PAG Jaye Howey 
 An amazing experience - Districts 3523/ Taiwan and 9940 reciprocal exchange






In April 2019 a group of seven of us from District 9940 flew out to Taiwan for a reciprocal visit to their District 3523. The highlight of the trip was catching up with the people we had met 17 month earlier.  However, the generosity and care the Taiwanese Rotarians showed us was tremendous.  We attended their District Conference and were treated to some amazing entertainment and food.

 New RI President Nominee for the 2020-21 year selected.
Holger Knaack, of the Rotary Club of Herzgotum Lauenburg - Molin, Germany has been nominated to serve as President of Rotary International in 2020-21. 
2019 Council on Legislation Meeting
Chicago USA  -  14 - 17 April 2019 - PDG Graeme Blick, (CoL District Representative 2017 - 2020)
Every three years, representatives from each Rotary District meet at the Council on Legislation (CoL) in Chicago to review and vote on proposed changes to the legislation that governs Rotary.  They consider enactments, which change Rotary's governing documents such as the RI Bylaws and Constitution, and position statements by the RI Board.
Sushil Gupta resigns as RI president-nominee

My Fellow Rotarians,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the president-nominee of Rotary International. While it was my dream to serve as your president, my health prevents me from giving my absolute best to you and the office of the president at this time. I believe Rotary deserves nothing less than that from those elected to represent this great organization of ours. I have made this difficult decision after much soul searching and conferring with my family. 

' Mana Tangata: People of Action' - The Publication Outline

'Mana Tangata: People of Action' is the working title of a coffee table publication being crafted by professional historian Dr Stephen Clarke. The achievements of your Club and Rotarians cannot be considered by Dr Clarke if he is not aware of them.  Many Clubs have already sent information to Dr Clarke. Research and writing is already under way. The manuscript is due in July 2020 for publication in 2021, so Clubs need to get their information to the historian as soon as possible.

More details and an outline of what the publication will cover are set out later in this article.

 An interesting and full programme for Rotary Friendship Exchange

Our RFE chair Anneke has been busy. This story and the next have two new exchanges.

The first one is in September - so if you are interested, get reading and get your skates on!


1. Outbound to D9700, Central New South Wales - September 2019 

2. Inbound and Outbound from D7850, Northern New England (USA) and Canada. See the Story below for details


Explore Rotary Global Rewards
Rotary Global  Awards is our member benefits program for Rotary and Rotaract club members, along with program alumni, that offers discounts on products and services. You can take advantage of these special offers, add your own, or choose offers that give back to Rotary.
District Conference 2019 - A welcome from DG Marion Johnston

Welcome ! 

The theme for our conference in May 2019 is ‘Light My Fire’. 

Editor's note
A very full Bulletin this month and June will no doubt be very busy as the Clubs and District prepare for and celebrate Changeovers.
June is Rotary Fellowship Month.
DG Marion's District Conference will be a  wonderful opportunity for fellowship. I am sure the resulting 'fire' will light up space.
Please ensure I receive stories and photos, for the June Bulletin, by Friday June 7th
Bulletin Editor
Freya Kerr