May District Bulletin

As we draw toward the end of the Rotary year it’s an opportunity to reflect on our key priorities for this year.
For me, as DG as well as being a member of the District’s Matua Club – the Rotary Club of Wellington, the centennial celebrations have been at the forefront particularly in the last few months. I’ve had the opportunity to be on both District and national committees, planning events. The launch of Mana Tangata and the National Library exhibition was a special night. I want to make special mention of Immediate Past District Governor John Mohi for his work in planning that event. I hope you have access to Mana Tangata – People of Action. It’s a really interesting read – and quite different from a traditional history book. It makes one proud to be associated with that heritage.
The Rotary Club of Wellington’s Centennial Dinner was on May 25th. That was a really important celebration for our District and for NZ as it was that Club that launched Rotary into New Zealand on 7 May 1921. Then there is the Centennial celebration in Auckland coming up on 25 June which a number of our District are planning to attend. Tickets are now for sale on the Rotary Oceania website. I know a number of Clubs are planning events too, as well as rising to my encouragement of a legacy project to celebrate our 100 years.  
The Children’s’ Hospital continues to be a strong focus across the District. Rotary Awapuni – a small Club – has remarkably donated over $50K to the Children’s Hospital! I understand it stemmed from a very successful network fundraising event led by the Awapuni Club. An example of working together for greater gain. A huge congratulations for achieving this. I know others are very generously supporting this project too.
As a District we’ve addressed several big risk related issues. The insurance arrangements have dominated much of the year’s planning and I think it is to our credit that we have listened to the Clubs and have responded with a review, leading to decisions to be made for next year.
COVID-19 of course has continued to dominate our thinking, with our decision, along with the rest of Zone 8, to go against RI’s expectations in terms of face-to-face meetings. While we take nothing for granted, we are very grateful that we have been able to continue as we have. It has clearly impacted learning and development opportunities however and I acknowledge the disappointment Mark must have felt that he and Katie were unable to attend their DG training in Florida. Similarly SSPETS training was impacted with the decision to go online. Luckily PEDS was able to continue as a very successful face to face event in November. I congratulate Clubs who have survived and even thrived while facing these challenges. I enjoy reading Club Bulletins and learning about the many and varied activities Clubs are involved in within their communities.  
Unfortunately our District numbers have reduced with the closure of four Clubs during the year. Two of these resulted in a merger with another Club so that was a positive outcome from a challenging situation. We are currently exploring starting a new, differently focused Club which has the potential to attract a strong membership of people who might not otherwise have joined Rotary. Very exciting! On that note, we’ve purchased Mark Huddleston’s wonderful book Creatures of Habit for each Club!  Do make sure you read it – it will give you some great ideas for invigorating your Club.
A number of Clubs have accepted my challenge to become (or remain) Centurion Clubs. Peter Whittington is the primary contact point for Clubs on Foundation giving and Centurion Club membership.  Thank you to all those who have contributes.
Let’s make our last month of the Rotary year an active and successful one, continuing to be People of Action!
Ngā mihi
DG Gillian

Welcoming Wayne: The Newest Member of the DG Train

Wayne joined the Rotary Club of Makino in 2015, serving as President over 2019-20. Prior to his Rotary membership, Wayne served with the New Zealand Army for 24 years from leaving high school until taking his release from the service in 2012. Wayne trained as a Chef, and fulfilled roles in catering and wider logistics management throughout his Army career, also enjoying various roles within trade and regimental training. He deployed overseas several times during his service in both operational and non operational roles, and took a one year leave of absence to 'Winter over' as the Base Chef at Scott Base Antarctica.
As well as tertiary trade and management qualifications, Wayne holds a Bachelor of Administrative Leadership degree which he completed through extramural study with the University of New England.  
Wayne is currently a business owner and director of a residential construction business, and Anna is employed as a Fire Risk Management Officer with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), as well as being a volunteer Firefighter with the Ashhurst Volunteer Fire Brigade outside of working hours. Both share a strong sense of commitment towards their local communities, having held school Board of Trustees positions and sports coaching roles as well as other voluntary commitments.  
Wayne and Anna have two young children, the eldest very pleased to have become a teenager this year! As a family they have recently become caravan owners, and enjoy any opportunity they get to hitch up and hit the road.
Wayne feels very honoured to have been considered for the role of District Governor, and is greatly looking forward to the journey ahead. 
I am happy to report that clubs are open to define volunteer hours in a way that best suits their needs and understanding of volunteering.
A few years back, then President, Ian Riseley asked clubs to record volunteer/service hours for time spent out in the community. Reading books to children, cleaning the community garden, volunteering at the markets and so on. The hours spent planning the markets, or preparing for the book reading were not considered as active volunteer hours.
The purpose of recording the hours was to have a tangible figure of how many hours members were spending out in t he community in visible events and actions. It would be this figure that clubs could hang their hat on for, “giving back into the community”.
While reach club may have a different definition of giving back in the community, this was the intent of the recoding of hours
I hope this official RI response was of assistance.
Alan Butler, D9940 Secretary
The video from the 9940 Conference is available now here. Copies of Mark's book are available - one for each Club has been ordered.
The  Launch of Rotary's New Area of Focus - The Environment in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands region (ANZPI)

The ANZPI regional chapter of ESRAG - the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group invite you to be part of the launch of the Environment as its new and 7th Area of Focus.

During this 80 minute event we will cross to interviews in:

  • NSW: Renowned Climate Scientist Prof. Lesley Hughes
  • Victoria: Juliet Riseley and RI Past President Ian Riseley
  • New Zealand: Dr. Roger Blakeley

There will also be showcased videos of environmental projects from around the region and a Zoom speed networking event to meet like minded people in your district/regions

So come be part of the celebrations FREE OF CHARGE.

Registrations for the 2021 Virtual Conference are still open!
For more details and/or to Register please click HERE.

Citizens Advice Bureau Satellite service in Porirua East is open

The establishment of the new Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) outreach satellite offices in partnership with Porirua Rotary brings much needed information service to an area of Porirua which is high in deprivation and families with low incomes.   
The communities are mostly Maori, Pasifika and Cook Islands families, and many of the families are unable to access the information because of the cost, lack of computers, devices, or language barriers. The access to information is further exacerbated because they may not own cars, and the cost of public transport is a significant barrier for them to access these services at the CAB office located in the Porirua CBD.
In the COVID-19 pandemic world, the Citizens Advice Bureau experienced an overwhelming increase in the demand for their services.  During the first wave of the lockdown Rotary Porirua identified the need to support CAB with the establishment of the satellite service to bring much needed information to the local community.
These communities require one-one in person contact which the CAB provides as this service is no longer available from many government departments. 
Due to the lack of information, families find themselves being left behind, often frustrated and unable to fully participate in society. Families often need to access information, support to locate the appropriate government forms as well as help to complete the appropriate forms. They also need support to understand what information and why it is being requested by departments. 
CAB also provides the time and space that people need to work through problems and gain the knowledge and confidence to find a way through what they are encountering.
CAB’s objective is to prevent people from being disadvantaged through ignorance of their rights and obligations. The satellite office in Porirua East helps to bridge the gap and provide the support for the local community. The CAB services are provided by volunteers who are trained in the programmes and they continue to have ongoing training and professional development. 
Much of CAB services is for people in dire need of assistance with issues around food, housing, debt and income, family breakdowns, employment problems and immigration. The demand for the CAB service in Porirua East post COVID -19 is likely to increase due to job losses, poverty, and insecurity.
Other services provided by CAB include information sessions for new migrants and refugees. They also host clinics for JPs, budget advisers and benefit advocates, and are the agent for St Anne’s Food Bank. 
The Porirua Union and Community Health Service have offered rent-free accommodation for these offices. They believe their patients, many of whom are new migrants and refugees, would benefit from having easy access to the advice and support that CAB services.
According to CAB, the satellite service will build the capacity of the community by making information accessible for economic growth, entrepreneurial skills, community networking, creating work opportunities and developing communities who may experience poverty.
The access to technology will increase educational skills, use of technology, provide basic adult literacy services, reduce any language barrier, and strengthen the community.
For this small Team at Porirua Rotary, this is what Rotary is about. The Rotary members worked together with CAB volunteers over a few months to bring this satellite office to reality. Porirua Rotary also applied for a Rotary Foundation Grant to support the funding.
The establishment of this satellite office ticks the goals of Rotary’s Foundation to provide this basic information service to improve essential services for families, mothers, and children. Families can find information they need by meeting with the volunteer staff. This could have a positive impact on matters such as information on threatening diseases, other health related matters and poverty challenges.
Rotary supports peace building in communities and this service provides relevant information to direct and support decision making which may prevent conflict in the families and communities.
Educating and mobilizing communities is another key area of Rotary and this information service helps educate families to prevent the spread of major diseases more especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.
The official opening was attended by District Governor, Gillian Jones, Porirua Mayor Anita Baker, CAB members, community leaders and Porirua Rotary members.
The satellite office is open two days a week and is located on 219 Bedford Street.
Nick Davenport - MD at Lanaco hands over the N95 level masks to Venky Kannan from the Awapuni Rotary Club, who along with Adrienne Murray, from the Porirua Club arranged the delivery and distribution of FREE Lanaco Face Masks to Fiji. 

Rotary used its connections between New Zealand clubs from District 9940 (south of the North Island) and District 9920 which encompasses the Pacific Island Clubs to make this donation happen and help support Fiji to fight COVID-19.

Lanaco and Rotary International partnering for the good of the community and helping to fight COVID.
At the start of the current Rotary year our Network suggested how could we be involved in a simple International project that would “Open Opportunities” and “Change Lives”.
During lockdown through a Rotarian, I had meet at the RI Convention in Toronto suggested I might like to be a guest at his E-Rotary Club of Keystone, which I did and subsequently have become a “Friends & Family” member of that club. They meet on Thursdays 2pm (EST) thought Zoom, (NZ time 6am Friday) this can change with daylight saving.
One of the projects they had been involved with was “Build -A-Chair” Project in Tanzania.
What attracted our Network to this project was:
  • They had a member of their club based in Tanzania.
  • He had professional knowledge of the clients requirements.
  • Each wheelchair is designed and produced to individual clients needs and designed to be used in the rough terrain 
  • Production costs are competitive due to low labour costs, $NZ450-00
  • We are making a difference to the lives of many people, to date over 60 chairs have been donated and are now looking at additional chairs with 36 donated to date.
  • The transfer of funds was transparent as we used RNZWCS to send the money.
  • Each club in our Network has been recognized in over the 6 countries plus 7 states in the USA that the Keystone Club has representation. They are part of District 7280 from Pennsylvania.
This was such a simple project resulting in changing lives in Tanzania!
The next phase of this project is to provide a vehicle to transport patients, deliver wheelchairs and provide remote services, in the meantime any club in the District that would like to be involved with providing a wheelchair, please contact me.
Michael Fagg
AG Kapiti/Horowhenua 2020/21
Rotary District 9940 have pledged to raise $400,000 for a new children's hospital. 
Stratford Rotary Club president Barrie Smith says the district put out an appeal to all Rotary clubs from Wellington to Waitara to assist the Children's Health Trust with raising the money. 
The money will go towards developing and outfitting two whānau rooms for a new hospital being built in Wellington.
There will be one whānau room on each of the inpatient floors in the new hospital. The rooms give families time away from their child's room and into an area that will be bright and open with opportunities to prepare food, and a sleeping room for those with children in ICU, says Barrie.
"This is an amazing project for helping our children who need medical attention."
The new child health service and hospital will be known as Te Wao Nui – The Great Forest of Tāne. 
Barrie says the project was started by Wellington man Mark Dunajtschik.
"He donated $50 million to get the project under way with the Government topping up the balance. Our local club was most impressed with this project and have donated $500 towards the cost."
The new hospital building will be known as the Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood Building to honour Mark and his wife for their donation.
Barrie says the building is expected to be completed by October or November this year. He says the club is also asking the public for help.
"We are asking them to give a donation at our weekly Saturday morning barbecue outside Perera's Bookshop on Broadway. During the week Perera's have our donation box on their counter."
He says the club has received a good response.
"So far we have raised over $200 from the public. Over the next four weeks we will be accepting donations for the hospital."
As we reflect the end of the Rotary Year it is time to focus on one of the many reasons many of us join Rotary and stay for Rotary: The People.
As we head toward our Changeovers take a chance to catch up with friends, celebrate the new Rotary year and also reflect on all those friends who are no longer with us.
For 100 years our organisation has fostered friendships; and on our 100th year we should take pride in celebrating it.
Note from Acting District Bulletin Editor
I want to thank all the members who have contributed this month, we have had some great stories.
I want to take this opportunity to sing out two people and one organisation for the amazing work they have done this year in 9940. Venky & Adrienne - you have done some superb work for our organisation! I know many people in Fiji will benefit from the work you have done and the kind donation from Lanaco. Thank you also to Lanaco for their very generous donation to help those in need in our Pacific Community.
The deadline is the 15th of June for stories this month. I would strongly encourage anyone with any stories to come to me as soon as they can.
Please note too, we have Volunteer Week coming up from the 20 - 26th June 2021. If any Club is doing an event this week PLEASE LET ME KNOW! We would love to capture this to help advertise our work in the community both for the District Bulletin but further too for membership based advertising for the 2021-22 Year. 
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