District Governor Mitch Brown December Update
Its nearly half way through the Rotary year as our Clubs and District activities are being completed prior to the holiday break. And wow, I reflect on the year so far and can only but admire the many projects that Rotary have undertaken and the great achievements and contributions to our communities.
This Rotary month theme is Disease Prevention and Treatment month. It has been announced that the Rotary Centenary project for New Zealand and Australia to celebrate a 100 years of Rotary in our countries will be a Pacific Island countries immunization program in support of UNICEF disease prevention. The project will commence soon, culminating in a three years’ time with the centenary and charter 100 years ago of the first Rotary Club in New Zealand, the Rotary Club of Wellington. The club was chartered at the YMCA, Willis Street on the 7th June, 1921 and currently has 138 members.
RI President Ian Riseley Coming to our District
Its confirmed !!!!!
Rotary Club of Feilding is hosting on behalf of DG Mitchel Brown, the visit of RIP Ian Riseley to 9940
Specifically to acknowledge 75 years of service of four clubs, Stratford, Marton, Pahiatua and Hutt City
Date.  Tuesday 6th March
Time 6.00
Venue.  The Feilding Convention Centre.
Invitations will be sent out to all clubs within the week
Dentistry in Taveuni Island- Fiji
Gary's Fijian adventure started many years ago when Johnston Luen,a class mate of his who sat near him (always in alphabetical order in those days) for 4 years at Dental School, told him about how he was going up into the South Pacific and providing free dentistry for the local inhabitants.
This has proved to be a very worthwhile project utilizing rotary dentists. A few times they have let in non rotarians! 
Gary was given the opportunity to travel up and volunteer his dental services for the 2010 visit to Taveuni Island. He has returned with a group of four dentists every two years since leading the last group in 2016, for his fourth visit.
Geoffrey Amos, who mainly now resides in Taveuni was in his working life, co-owner of Maurice Cain, a large textile supplier in NZ. He organises everything on the island including all the vehicles as well as the personnel, equipment and the timetable amongst the schools. They only have to organise the Dental portion of the programme and the funding.
The last team consisted of newbies, Dr's Ricky Gee from Lower Hutt, and Helen Cho from Hastings. Returning again they had Dr Ray Joe from Auckland and Gary Lawrence. This was the Rotary Volunteer Dental Teams 8th visit Taveuni Island.
The Project Team from the Rotary Club of Masterton South is pleased to report that their application for a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation has been successful.
The Grant is for $US116,782 which is the total project cost and is to cover the purchase of the bus, its total fit out including medical equipment, the shipping costs to Rarotonga and for monitoring its impact on the Public Health Services in the Cook Islands. 
The team in Rarotonga
 Polio Update
Another case in Afghanistan friends – takes total to 16.
Afghanistan is almost in line with last year’s figures but we’re still less than half the total of 37 for 2016.
All the more reason to stay focused on ultimate victory!
Bob Aitken AM and Ken Collins AM
RI END POLIO NOW Coordinators, Zones 7B/8, 2016-18 
More information can be found on our District Website:  
Polio - The Fight Continues
For the past three decades, Rotary has worked with the global health community, Rotarians, and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners to rid the world of polio. In the year when the GPEI began this fight, there were more than 350,000 cases. This year, over a dozen cases have been reported. Every year, we take another step closer to realizing our dream of a polio-free world. 

We have a long road ahead, and we need your continued support to raise funds, spread awareness, and keep fighting for a polio-free future. 

Be sure to mark 24 October on your calendars for World Polio Day 2018, as we commemorate 30 years of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Rotary Carterton:  Well Done Team
Well-known Fashionistas, High Rollers, and Rotarians & friends celebrated Melbourne Cup Day in fine style on Tues 7 November, at Paulownia Estate, courtesy of our delightful hosts President Vaughan & Christine Paul.
Polio Plus was the winner on Melbourne Cup day to the tune of some $1,050! Not only that, a superb time was had by all on a very sunny day. Many thanks are due to Christine and Vaughan for their well-practised hospitality!
District Grants in Action
Last  year I approached the local Rotary Club and asked if IT could assist in funding additional Apple Mac computers for the school and our music department. Our vision was to create a Mac suite so students could increase their music literacy and also use the latest technology to improve their skills and capabilities, particularly with music composition.
Raising money is a difficult job and the requests for help are many for organisations such as Rotary but two Rotary clubs – Upper Hutt and Hutt River Valley – agreed to form a tripartite group with the school and apply via their Rotary District organisation for a matched funding grant from the Rotary Foundation.
Karen Morgan - Principal Taita College
Health Hero Chronicles
Follow the link to find out about the Rotary Family Health Day Program which has reached new milestones:
New treatments for HIV
PrEP  -  a powerful new drug against AIDS
and many other stories about new milestones in health research, prevention and treatment:

Mission Breakdown

Cover the Earth with Health Resources

To save and improve the lives of children and families who lack access to preventive health care and education.

                 To name but three areas
From Taipei to Te Ika a Maui
It’s a long, long way from Taipei to Takaro, but 16 Taiwanese Rotarians made the journey to Palmerston North in time to join DG Mitch’s official visit to his own club in early November as part of a fun-filled – and fast-paced - visit to D9940 from 5-12 November
Read all about it here 
Spirit of Adventure Opportunities
Empowering Youth to 
Make Brighter Futures
Youth Development Voyages 2018 / 2019 Voyage Fee
The Spirit of Adventure Trust has a key philosophy of ensuring all young New Zealanders are able to attend our youth development programmes regardless of their personal financial circumstances but maintaining the financial sustainability of the Trust.
The Trust is appreciative of the sponsorship and funding support, it receives from the various organisations, which enables it to meet those objectives. Accordingly, with some of those operating costs covered it does enable us it to charge a lower voyage fee to the student. Even then, it is still problematic for 47% of those who wish to attend, as they will seek further funding support.
Toronto 2018
Detailed information available here
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. 
Opportunity to Raise Some Money

The team at Arc NZ Baby is offering Rotary Clubs Nationwide an easy way to fundraise this Christmas. For every item purchased from Arc NZ Baby from now until Christmas we're donating $5 to various charitable groups around NZ. Here in lies the opportunity for you and your fantastic club.

Arc NZ Baby features fantastic Christmas gifting items for babies and children. The two main collections include premium Christmas gift bags for children and the Arc Assistant Collection. Please see the details on our website: 


Jumbo Tennis
  2 March 2018 is the date for the next Jumbo Tennis tournament  For further information and bookings, click here.
  First introduced to Wellington in 2009 by the Rotary Club of Wellington and held annually ever since, Jumbo Tennis is a fun, quick-fire, team event, played with oversized racquets. Played to the same rules as Table Tennis (players take alternate hits), Jumbo Tennis 7s has captured the attention of the corporate world for its entertainment, hospitality, camaraderie and support for local charities.
Council on Resolution Results
For those that missed it  -  results can be found here on the RI Website
Literacy Rotarian Action Group
The latest Literacy Newsletter can be read here
Rotarian Fundraising NZ on a Bike
This is about a NZ wide fund raising action, starting in only 3 weeks.
Our target is to finance (with a TRF global grant) a series of farming schools in the South Pacific islands which are the most threatened by the rise of the ocean level and climate change. These farming schools will focus on self sufficiency, organic farming and the preservation of water resources.  
We successfully implemented such a project in New Caledonia South Province earlier this year, and two more in the Northern Province early next year.
The next step is the South Pacific islands...
We are desperately in need of support from the NZ Rotarians for this project.
There was an article about this project in the May edition of Rotary Down Under and Le Rotarien (the equivalent in France).
Well, it is happening now  
Learning and Development
Dear 2017-18 Club Presidents, Club Secretaries, Club Treasurers, Club Membership Chairs, and Club Rotary Foundation Chairs:
We’re excited to share new resources to support your year as a club officer.
The Learning Center now offers a courses for all eight club officer roles.
1.Go to (you may need to log into My Rotary)
2.Click Your Role in the left column.
3.Then click the role you want to learn more about to see the courses that are relevant to your role.
4.Click on the basics course with your role title for information on your role.
 Feel free to contact us at with any questions or comments.

Sarah Remijan
Learning and Development
Rotary International
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
Rotary Kaukau Fair  10 December
Rotary Kaukau is organising the Khandallah Village Street Fair on 10 December. Could you please let your members and friends know about our event. More info can be found on our website and in the attached flyer. 
Disaster Relief for Mexico
Contact Bev Wells if you are interested in attending
Plimmerton Rotary Garden Trail
          Gift vouchers are available  -  these would make wonderful Christmas presents.
13 Gardens  - large rural through to the smaller urban gardens.
Check out details here
Jumbo Tennis  2 March 2018
On Friday 2 March 2018, we’ll be celebrating the tenth anniversary of Jumbo Tennis with the support of our lead sponsor, Nonsuch Consulting, New Zealand’s premier Project, Programme and Portfolio Management company.
Those of you who have participated in Jumbo Tennis before will be familiar with the tournament - a day out combining teambuilding, eating, drinking and loads of fun all while raising funds for good causes. 
Nonsuch Consulting Jumbo Tennis is organised by the Rotary Club of Wellington, and the proceeds go to charity, namely the Wellington Children’s Hospital, the Akina Foundation, and Tennis Central.
Many of our teams are small to medium enterprises that see this as one of their key annual team-building days, at a fraction of the price of bringing in an external facilitator.
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