December Bulletin District 9940

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DG Message


 It is difficult for me to believe that the first half of our Rotary year has nearly ended!

With 44 club visits completed, the first thing I need to say is ‘Thank you!’ to all those clubs who have welcomed Mike and I so warmly and who have shared plans, goals, projects, anniversaries, inductions and PHFs with us. Rotary in District 9940 is a giant family of wonderful people supporting each other and achieving amazing things in our communities.

As we look at taking a break from our club meetings and projects for a few weeks over the holiday period, many of us will be playing with the grandkids in the pool, boating on the lake maybe, or just admiring the view of the river down the valley. As we take a well-earned rest, let’s think about those who do not live in a green land like we do where there is so much water that we tend to take it for granted and we complain bitterly if rain spoils our plans for the day. Millions of people across the globe don’t have access to clean safe water, the most basic necessity of life; their water supply is an unreliable, contaminated source of the world’s most dangerous diseases but they have no choice but to use whatever they can get. Imagine how heartbreaking it must be to have to give your child this water to drink and watch him sicken and die, because you simply had no other choice( read more) 

Whakatauki  - Maori Proverb

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, Ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tīna.

Seek to bring distant horizons closer, and sustain and maintain those that have been arrived at.

This affirism encourages people to have vision, and to strive to bring that vision closer to a realisation. What has already been achieved must be strengthened and nurtured. It is difficult to say what is impossible for the dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the realities of tomorrow. A person must be ever determined to find ways of creating benefits for other humans.

6 Ways to Fight and Prevent Disease in Your commuity

5 Ways to Take Action on World Toilet Day

Having access to a toilet is a basic human need and right, yet 4.5 billion people worldwide live without a safe toilet and 892 million people still practice open defecation.* The United Nations shared the world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6): to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030.

New Rotary Club for Levin
 Article  source -  Horowhenua Chronicle - 23rd November 2018 -
A New Rotary Club for Levin
A new Rotary club is planned for Levin, aimed at attracting people of all ages and interests who want to help their community.The club will be run with an entirely different structure to the town’s existing Rotary club,with a strong project-based philosophy and no mandatory weekly meetings.The existing club will still remain and continue with its weekly meeting format. Organisers Deb Gimblett and Daphne Linnell said anyone who wants to volunteer for their community can join. “Anyone with a good heart and a good mind who wants to give back to their community is welcome,” Mrs Gimblett said.

Rotarians having fun at a recent meeting in Hobart.
A smiling and 'thumbs up' Tony Heyward on the far right.
And there is PDG Deb in the front row  - smiling and waving.
Rotoract Club of Massey University Conference 2018
2018 Rotaract Conference Wellington, New Zealand
 November 2018  -  Report  for District 9440 Bulletin
“Rotaract is a service club for young people ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges while developing leadership skills and making friends from around the world” (Rotary International, n.d.).
Rotaract New Zealand has significantly evolved over the past 2-3 decades. There has been a significant reduction in members and clubs within New Zealand. As of November 2018, there are only 5 clubs nationwide. This is concerning regarding the viability and sustainability of the Rotaract and Rotary movement within New Zealand. Therefore, in response, a group of dedicated Rotaractors from multiple clubs banded together to present the first national Rotaract Conference in November 2018.
Rotary working with others to support Food Bank Collections

Many Rotary clubs have been  active in the community over the last few weeks as they combined with other agencies, schools and organisations collecting for  Foodbank Appeals. 

Wonderful to see college students so enthusiastically involved. The Wairarapa Times age put together a great story of Masterton South Rotary's  Annual Food bank Appeal. Many families will appreciate the extra food as Christmas approaches.

Masterton Fire Station was a hub of activity for the annual Foodbank collection, with about 100 young and old volunteers stepping up to ensure others don’t go without this summer.

Emergency services join forces with the Rotary clubs of Wairarapa every year to collect non-perishable foods from the region’s streets to donate to the Foodbank charity, which supplies food parcels to people in need.

The co-ordinator of Masterton Foodbank, Lyn Tankersley, said there was a noticeable increase in the number of school pupils volunteering for this year’s appeal.

St Matthew’s students stepped up to help, Kate Seymour, left, 16, Amanda Harris, 16, Claire McFetridge, 16, Amy Wood, 16, and Charlotte Hewitt, 15



Makino Rotary making a difference in Rarotonga

What an amazing trip to Raro for our small club. We think we made a little bit of a difference to those we helped. They certainly made a huge difference to us. This year’s Rotary International theme is to 'Be the Inspiration'. Our new friends at the Creative Centre in Tupapa, Rarotonga certainly fit that category. To recap a little the main purpose for the trip was to help the Raro Rotary Club with their annual fundraising golf tournament and to build a new friendship with this club.  As time went on and take off was getting closer a few extras were added to our itinerary, a day’s painting at the Creative Centre for disabled people and the donation of some vital radios to the local Fire Brigade. 


North Island RYE students discovery tour of the South Island
Each year from the end of November to mid December the Inbound North Island RYE students cross the Cook Strait for three weeks of adventure and discovery in the stunning South Island.
Over thirty are in this year's group and are chaperoned by our District 9940 super Rotarians. A challenge but no doubt an extraordinary experience.
Thanks so much to District 9940 Inbound Coordinator, Gaylene Lines, for a series of photos taken at a range of locations on the way. And here is the whole team waving out beneath the lofty splendour of Aorangi/ Mt Cook.
'Youth exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding'.
 District 9940 Directory
Rotary Club Donation has after - school sports pupils bouncing 
Kahurangi school students in their team shirts following after schools sports at the ASB Centre. With them are Port Nicholson Rotary President Bev Wells right, and Youth Director Joy Durrant.      
Photo and story Jamie Adams
Marton Rotary's 'Newbie' busride to everywhere

Every year Marton Rotary hosts a bus that provides a great opportunity for new residents to learn more about their town and surroundings, meet Rotarians and other new arrivals. This year 30 new resident s really welcomed this opportunity. Hailing from Pukekohe, Tauranga, Te Awamutu, Hawkes Bay, Wanganui, Wellington, Timaru and Queensland and many places in between, the district newbies were treated to a commentary as they passed points of interest of buildings and businesses through the town.

A Magical Christmas Cave - Feilding Rotary

 A magical Christmas Cave with displays, activities, model trains and - of course- Santa! Feilding Rotary's Christmas Cave.

Another Rotary event bringing people in our communities together.

 Wishing all Rotarians, families and friends of Rotary all the very best for the festive and holiday season
Thankyou so much to all Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians who have forwarded me stories and news for the December District Bulletin.I am amazed by the good service that Rotary does in the community. Because I will be away overseas all of January the next District Bulletin will be published early to mid February. The RI theme for February is 'Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution'. Stories/news for the Bulletin that relate to this theme will be especially welcome. The cut off date will be 11th February 2019
 Freya Kerr - Editor
Couldn't resist your Christmas photo Simon
The Rotary International Christmas Tree

How awesome is the Rotary International Christmas Tree designed by Rotary District 7570!?! The tree represents Rotary’s worldwide membership and Rotary's mission to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The flags represent various countries of our members, the Rotary wheel, created by a local artisan using a 3-D printer, is the international symbol of Rotary, and the Christmas ornaments represent different cultures throughout the world. The gifts underneath the Christmas tree each demonstrate one of Rotary’s six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.   

Thanks Bevan Burrell  -  Whanganui Daybreak Rotary for sharing.

 Vale Paul Henningham - Founder of Rotary Down Under

One of the true legends of Rotary in Australia, Past District Governor Paul Henningham OAM died at his home in Springwood on Sunday, December 2 – aged 97 years. A returned serviceman who saw active service on the Kokoda Trail, PNG, in World War 2, Paul founded Rotary Down Under magazine in 1965 and served as managing editor from 1965 to 1984.He nurtured the growth of Rotary’s regional magazines around the world, and was a leading mentor of many other Rotary projects and associated publications.

A complete tribute to the life and times of HERBERT PAUL HENNINGHAM will be published in the February issue of Rotary Down Under.

Bob Aitken AM. 

Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitators' Course

RLI FACILITATORS' COURSE by invitation for Districts 9910-9980 will be held on the 23 and 24 March 2019 – at Te Puna Hauora, 58A Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland (kindly hosted by District 9910).We are looking for nominations from our District to maintain and build our capability to deliver our RLI training programs in the District. Any queries and interested Rotarian’s to attend this weekend of RLI Learning and Development for facilitators, should contact our District RLI Co-Chairs Lee Wilkinson and Gillian Jones.

RYDA Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme
RYDA - Setting the course for a safer future. Road Safety Education Limited is the leading provider of road safety education for youth in New Zealand. The flagship RYDA  - Rotary Youth Driver Awareness programme - is delivered each year to over 50,000 senior high school students across New Zealand and Australia. In our Rotary District 9940 there are currently six locations where this award winning programme is delivered - Wairarapa, Dannevirke, Paraparaumu, Horowhenua, Palmerston North and Feilding.. The 2019 programme will begin from February through until May. Rotary is the community partner to RSE Ltd; and provides a wonderful community service in supporting the programme in a range of ways eg; volunteering on the day, food, funding.  Over fifteen clubs in our district are already involved with interest being expressed form other clubs/ clusters.
Please take the time to read further the RYDA Flier and contact District 9940 RYDA Coordinator, Freya Kerr -  if you are interested or would like more information.                       
Carterton Rotary celebrates 60yrs of service to the community

The Club celebrated 60 years of Rotary in Carterton on Friday 16th November. Rotarian and former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanard, was the guest speaker.

District 9940 Probus Summer Newsletter

 Summer Newsletter for  District 9940 Probus 

Simon Manning - District 9940 Probus Chair

Due to the size of the Newsletter it will be sent out to all members as an Email attachment.  

Please take time to read it. It is full of wonderful stories of Probus activities and Simon is very keen  to encourage Rotarians and Probus members  to become more informed about what Probus is doing in our district..  A sample story is in 'read more' - Goat Trip -  an enjoyable excursion  for Palmerston North Terrace End Probus.   

Christmas raffle a great way to encourage new membership

Eastern Hutt Rotary is using a great way to encourage people out in the community to become Rotarians.

The club is wanting to increase their numbers for those under the age of fifty for their Satellite Club and they also wish to entice more over 50s to secure the future of the club and spread the load.

This year’s Christmas raffle, at Queensgate, as well as spreading good cheer will be an excellent way to promote Rotary and capture the interest of prospective Rotarians.

Thanks to Brian Klee for the story and Rob Sinclair for the photo. Brian congratulates all of those who are engaged in this project. 


Rotary Logo - correct your Logo please
Rotarians please ensure that you insert the correct RI Logo compiling Rotary publication and Information documents.
To access the correct RI Logos please go to the RI website, login to MY Rotary and select Brand Centre.
 You will find all of the correct options and correct information there.
Up Coming Events
What is happening out there
Please share what is happening in your club with your Rotary colleagues
If you would like an event that your club is putting on advertised here and/or in the website please let me know
District Conference 2019
Remember to keep free the weekend of  17th -> 19th May 2019 for District Conference and District Training Day. All going well, DG Marion advises that  there will be updated information on the District website from the 18th of November.
Rotary International Convention 2019

  Greetings from Hamburg!
Bulletin Editor
Freya Kerr