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Go Wild in 2018 - By Investing in Yourself and Rotary
Lets Go Wild About Rotary by Investing in Ourselves! A quick checklist for the coming months:
Firstly, have you registered to Go Wild About Rotary @ RotaFEST 18, 11-13 May 2018, Palmerston North? Click the link and Go Wild Now to the District Website - and confirm your weekend of fun at a Festival of Rotary - RotaFEST 18.
RotaFEST 18 - A Festival of Rotary is the District Rotary event of the year. This is a not to be missed opportunity to join leaders, share ideas and take action. But more so to Go Wild About Rotary! And we need to invest in ourselves and ensure we promote the opportunity of Rotary to the Community, hence the Festival of music, food, entertainment and Rotary in the Palmerston North Square on Saturday 12 May. So have the Rotary experience of the year by Going Wild About Rotary and Invest in Yourself!
Cyclone Gita
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service
Registered Charity CC26860
SUPPORT needed URGENTLY.  Join with us to Make a Difference
Cyclone Gita Tonga & Samoa 

 702 Emergency Kits distributed

4200+ people assisted to date
Cyclone Update 5
 For past few days we have been getting regular updates from both Tonga and Samoa.  Samoa’s more robust infrastructure is such that cyclones do not have the same impact.
However Rotarians have been out delivering Rotary New Zealand’s Emergency Response Kits to families referred to them by Samoa’s NDMO (National Disaster Management Office)
Each Kit supplemented with a sack of rice and two boxes of food.   In Tonga, the NDMO continues to refer cases to Rotary.


Reaching the Hard to Reach  -  Polio Eradication
Roqia holds her young son, who was reported through the local surveillance network in Bamyan, Afghanistan, as having acute flaccid paralysis. ©WHO Afghanistan

The poliovirus remains in just a few small pockets around the world. However, these final hiding places are some of the most challenging settings on earth in which to eradicate a disease. Finding and stopping a virus whose special power is staying hidden is no mean feat, especially in remote or inaccessible places.

Disease detectives around the world are working tirelessly to find every last virus in these hard to reach places. Some areas are vast and sparsely populated, such as the broad plains and river beds making up areas of the Lake Chad region. Others are densely packed residential areas of Afghanistan, where security issues can sometimes make immunization difficult. In areas of Syria, civil war continues to rage through towns, communities, and families. Yet these challenges are not enough to stop the surveillance system.

The story

Our District Grant System at Work
 “Te Pahi”  - Our Community Bus
Te Pahi is a wonderful partnership between Porirua City Council and a range of sponsors and supporters. The bus was purchased with a Grant from NZ Community Trust. The money donated from Porirua Rotary along with other supporters helped keep the bus in action.
District Grant: Takaro
ikes in Schools  Provision of spare helmets, UV vests and on-going maintenance of tracks around the school and the bikes. This project works in conjunction with the City Council and the school who have raised $50,000 to build tracks, buy bikes and purchase a lockable storage container. Takaro Rotary contribution enables the children to have the essential helmets and vests. The school is a decile one school which means that there is little money in the immediate community. The local cycle club will work with Takaro Rotary club to provide training to the children. This is a high profile project in the community with Rotary advertising their involvement.
Additional information from Takaro about the activities they have organised and been involved in as part of this project follows:
Our Global Grants System at Work
Masterton South Rotary Club:  Rarotongan Mobile Medical Health Clinic Bus Build Progress report
We are on a mission to give Rarotonga a mobile medical facility to replace 27 village medical centres that service many of the island's 13,000 people.
A refurbished Tranzit Coachlines bus will provide basic medical care for children, adults, disabled people and the elderly but also health education, blood donor services, antenatal checks and non-communicable disease awareness programmes.   
  What do you know about Rotakids?
More to come in our next bulletin
Experience of a Lifetime
Rhys Sinke speaking on his return from France to Plimmerton Rotary
Outbound Exchange applications are now open:  Contact Caroline Campbell or 021.02142227.
Expressions of interest for an Inbound – all clubs will be contacted over the next few weeks.  Please talk to your fellow Rotarians about providing host families and a mentor.  For more information contact Gaylene Lines or 021.02412973.
 International Student Application Form  This form is also available on the District Website in Documents
The Brave Thinkers Programme
New Zealand Business Week is about building Brave Business Leaders. It's fun, it's challenging and it's for anyone that has ever been interested in business or had a business idea.
During the intensive one week programme, students will be encouraged to be bold in their thinking, they will learn about new business models, meet other business people and combine academic learning with business decision making. By forming a virtual company, students will make decisions about marketing, personnel and production in order to develop and grow a successful business.
The week has a strong emphasis on personal development - confidence, leadership, teamwork - and includes an extensive, supervised, social programme. Have fun, meet new people, develop new skills and learn about business from your own discovery and from people who are out there doing it.
Planning for New Zealand Business Week is well underway for 2018 and we are looking forward to another very successful programme.  Over the twenty five years, thousands of students have benefited from this intensive course because of NZ Rotary’s involvement as trustees and sponsors.
Introducing new Members
  Introducing New Members to Rotary
Before joining, your newest members learned a little about Rotary and your club as prospective members. Build on their understanding, and answer any questions they may have. The table below offers ideas to get you started.
For context and depth, start by explaining:
• That your club is part of an international organization of people who share a passion for service
• Rotary’s mission and values
• Rotary’s legacy in the effort to eradicate polio worldwide
• How Rotary started and grew
Find historical information and more on the About Rotary page or take courses such as:
Rotary’s Strategic Plan, Areas of Focus, and Rotary Foundation
Basics on the Learning Center.
 We have seen in New Zealand in recent years the advent of “NRG” - Next (or New) Rotary Generation -  Rotary Clubs.
 The first in New Zealand was in Invercargill – they started with a presentation from human spark plug Holly Ransom in May 2015, and less   than a year later in April 2016 NRG Invercargill received their charter. Fast forward another year and in April 2017 NRG Dunedin were chartered.
 Work is now underway to establish NRG Timaru, and there is also interest in other areas of New Zealand to form NRG Rotary Clubs.
 So, what are these new and presumably wildly different Rotary Clubs? Well perhaps surprisingly they’re pretty much like a normal Rotary club, but with a few little twists and tweaks. 
RYPEN 2018
  RYPEN 2018 will be held at Vertical Horizon, Inglewood 4-6 May. It is for young people aged 15-18 who are still at school. Nominations close on Friday 30 March. Late applications will not be accepted. There are 5 documents on the website which all clubs need to download, read, pass to the relevant person and ensure paperwork is completed by due dates. To assist this happening in a timely fashion, one of the documents is a checklist for clubs. We recommend clubs liaise with their local High School. Clubs are reminded that RYPEN functions best when the participants are am even mix of boys and girls. Any queries can be directed to the RYPEN Organising Committee at:
The 2018 documents are now available in the document library. Go here, scroll down to RYPEN (login required)
I need new underwear
  Why underwear ? It is very expensive  to buy in Fiji and families can't afford it. Pre school teachers are wanting to encourage good hygiene and sanitation amongst the children.  
  I am asking Rotarians to donate the price of a pair of boys or girls knickers aged for 2-4 year olds.  The money will go to the Fiji Squatters Camp Pre School 
  These children have come from outer Islands with their families to Suva to look for work and to give their children an opportunity for education. They arrived with nothing and there are 4 of these camps alone in Suva.
District Grants  -  A New way to become an Approved Club
 In an effort to simplify processes for clubs and make it easier to be "approved" to apply for a District Grant we are trialing a new method for clubs.  Clubs will no longer be required to send someone to District Training for a session on Grants BUT with all the information you need located on the District website in the Documents folder for Rotarians you only need to read the material and send in the completed MOU by 15 May.
Full details and a brochure will be given to PE's at SSPETS this weekend so they can come back to clubs with the information.
If your club is interested in applying for a Global Grant - pick up the phone or email Simon Manning or myself.  We can help to get the ball rolling and put you in touch with the right people
Adrienne Murray
District Grants Chair
PS  Please still come to District Training Day immediately after Rotafest in May.  There will be lots of other interesting sessions for you
Rotary Peace Centres
  Greetings from Evanston!  As the 2019 fellowship application cycle continues, we would like to share important reminders about the 2019 application cycle.
February-May: Districts recruit and mentor potential Rotary Peace Fellowship candidates
31 May 2018: Applications due to districts for endorsement consideration
1 July 2018: District endorsement decisions due to The Rotary Foundation (Please note that all candidates must to be interviewed by the district in order to be approved for district endorsement)
Mid-November: Selection decisions released
Roland Woods
Rotarians are advised of the sad passing early in January of Rowland Woods, a Past President and PHF of the Rotary Club of Karori following a short illness, at the Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington, aged 81. Rowland served District on the International Committee and was also a member of the Rotary New Zealand World Community Service Committee.
He had a deep interest in  immigrants and refugees coming to New Zealand and was a barrister and chairman of Rowland Woods Legal, with offices in Wellington and Dunedin, specialising in immigration and refugee law. Rowland was still in fulltime practice at the time of his death. He was very active for some considerable time in the Rotary Club of Karori together with his wife Anita, assisting new migrants and their needs settling in Karori. The Club presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Rowland for his outstanding service to Rotary and the community during his time in hospital in Wellington in  December.
District Rotary conveys its deepest sympathy to Rowland’s wife Anita and her family on their sad loss.
Please note that there will be a memorial service for Rowland  9 April at 11am at St Johns Church Willis St Wellington.
Rotary Friendship Exchange:  District  5020  
Vancouver and USA
Wonderful opportunity but urgent action required
 Expressions of interest are required ASAP  (Within 2 weeks)
Name and/or partner’s name.
Club name
Occupational Category
Available to travel on the programme dates
Able to obtain Canadian and USA Visas ( a letter of invitation will be sent to individuals from Rotary) to enable ease of visa requirements.
District  5020 will return the Friendship Exchange, visiting us in March 2019. 
 Schedule on next page
All responses please to Coral Aitchison,  Carterton Club
06 379 5926 
021 650 850
Building Peace through Rotary
 According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, at the end of 2016, 65.6 million people had been displaced by conflict, violence, or persecution. Rotary members refuse to accept conflict as a way of life and are committed to pursuing projects that address its underlying causes, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Rotary projects often include training that fosters understanding and equips communities with skills for resolving conflicts. 
New Years and Queens Birthday Honours list
 CNZM The Honourable Peter Francis Dunne, of Wellington. For services as a Member of Parliament.
Peter is an Honorary Member of Johnsonville Rotary.
Do  you know anyone who wants an Au Pair. 
The following email has been received from a Rotarian in Germany
From: Bertold Frick []
Dear Rotarians in New Zealand our daughter is doing her final examinations at school this summer and would be happy to come as Au Pair to new Zealand from November 2018 onwards- for one year. She is looking for a family with kids interested in employing a Au Pair. Theda - my daughter- speaks English and German fluently, plays Cello, does sports loves cooking and baking and would be happy, if you could assist her in finding a family. If you need any further information, please let me know. Kind regards, Bertold 
How do I log into the Website??
A reminder for everyone:
Its under the For Rotarians menu called "How to get your login details". The link is
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
Paraparaumu Golf Tournament
Its that time of the year again,  get out those golf clubs and come and enjoy a great day of golf while contributing to the Paraparaumu Charity Fund
Registration form on "read more"
Note:  First 120 registrations accepted
Plimmerton Rotary's Annual Book Fair - 17-18 March 2018
The bookfair of the year  -   The Kennel Club 11 Prosser St  Porirua
 There will be a very wide selection of books covering over 30 different categories. The event has been part of the Rotary Club of Plimmerton’s annual activities for quite a number of years.  When the doors are opened at 9am Saturday 17 March there will be a queue waiting to get to the books first (almost a stampede!) 
Upcoming Events
RI President visit to Palmerston North
Mar 06, 2018
World Rotaract Week
Mar 12, 2018 – Mar 19, 2018
Closing Date for Inbound RYE Applications
Mar 31, 2018
Peace & Vocational Scholarships 2018/19 closing da
Mar 31, 2018
Reports due for Approved District Grants
Mar 31, 2018
RYPEN - Applications close with Inglewood Rotary C
Apr 02, 2018
District 9910 Conference, KeriKeri
Apr 06, 2018 – Apr 08, 2018
District 9920 Conference, Nadi, Fiji
Apr 06, 2018 – Apr 08, 2018
RANZE Australian Students arrive in NZ
Apr 07, 2018
District 9970 Conference, Christchurch
Apr 20, 2018 – Apr 21, 2018
Tonga Karena
 Tonga, hails from Parihaka, Taranaki. He is a Phd student studying Peace at Otago University. The Rotary Club of Ngamotu sponsored Tonga to attend Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s -  Peace Building Conference, Sydney Australia. This presentation on peace will be historic in its recognition of the contribution to the world that the story of Parihaka will make.
Ian H S Riseley (Juliet) Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
Rotary International President 2017/18 – Rotary: Making a Difference
WildBase Recovery

Go Wild About the Central Energy Trust WildBase Recovery Centre

with a special guest and Ambassador for the special Rotary supported project that is Wild Base Recovery. The story starts with an idea from Rotary Club of Milson Rotarian Scott Bruce. The $6 million project has required key support from the Central Energy Trust as well as the Palmerston North City Council and Massey University.  
The Wild Base Recovery complex will be fully functioning with staff and wild bird’s recovery from injury and illness that will be returned to the wild once rehabilitated after their initial visit to the Wild Base Hospital at Massey University Veterinary Science School. RotaFEST attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Wild Base Recovery complex at 3pm on Friday 11 May, 2018.
Go to here  for information on other speakers and events
Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray