15 September 2017
Hot off the Press
This bulletin has been emailed to all 9940 Rotarians
Letter from Rotary President Ian Riseley
Dear fellow Rotarians,
I would like to tell you about my personal experience with the Rotary Global Rewards program
 (Ian and Juliet Riseley love to sit on their back deck, which offers views of their garden.)
 After the International Assembly last January, which is a very tiring event for the President-elect, Juliet and I needed a week’s break. So with our friends Don and Carolyn, we went to Florida to enjoy the winter sunshine and visit the theme parks in Orlando.

I had just received a briefing on the progress of Rotary Global Rewards, so it was fresh in my mind and I went on to the website to see what offers were available in Orlando. As an accountant with Scottish heritage, I enjoy a bargain!  It was with delight that I discovered a significant discount offered on entry to the theme parks, so Don make our booking through Rotary Global Rewards. Very simple to do, and a portion of our spending went back to Rotary.  The number and the variety of offers are growing all the time, so I recommend to Rotarians that they visit the Global Rewards page or download the Rotary Club Locator app to investigate this interesting program.
(Editor Note:  The District 9940 Chair for Global Rewards is Tony Stewart:

Rotary’s fifth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, is an occasion for us to celebrate our progress against polio and look to the future.
Polio Update
The New Zealand Government has confirmed it will contribute to Rotary New Zealand new funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help the global fight to end polio.
They will provide a further NZ $5 million to contribute to ending polio transmission in the last remaining countries of Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. New Zealand funding to GPEI will purchase and distribute polio vaccines; support polio surveillance and monitoring; fund immunisation campaigns and strengthen routine immunisation systems.
Through the work of GPEI and donors, including New Zealand, an estimated 16 million people are active who would have otherwise been paralysed by polio, and the world has saved more than US$27 billion in health costs.

Rotary New Zealand gratefully acknowledges the support of Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee and his officials who have worked collaboratively with them to achieve this outcome.
GPEI Rotary spokesperson in New Zealand, Stuart Batty said “The New Zealand Government can be justly proud as it continues its support to this important global initiative, and this announcement brings their total funding for GPEI to in excess of NZ $10 million”.
The world has made great gains in the fight against polio. The incidence of the disease has decreased by more than 99 per cent since 1988, with just ten recorded cases of polio so far in 2017.
Rotary is committed to ensure that this success is continued to the point where there are no new polio cases.
If one case remains, the risk that polio could resurge and spread to countries that are now polio-free remains. “When polio has been removed, it will join smallpox as the only human diseases to be permanently eradicated from the world.” Stuart Batty said.
So what is your club doing for World Polio Day?  -  Let me know and we can share the stories and events
Raratonga Mobile Health Clinic
Call to Action
 Your Rotary Club Funding Support is requested to confirm the Rotary Club of Masterton South, Rarotonga Mobile Health Clinic Project.
The project is in the final stages of a Global Grant Application and this gives us the opportunity to see our District Clubs support this International Service Project.
Here is a video link which gives a great overview of the project  We seek to ensure the necessary funding to confirm the Global Grant assistance for this project can be met.
Please contact the Project Chair David Baker of the Rotary Club of Masterton South with  any queries and your funding support -
AG's will be discussing this with Club Presidents
Work in Progress
For individuals, business and organizational leaders looking to future proof themselves and their workplaces  in the dynamic new economy.
Look toward the New Collar Future as industries - from manufacturing to farming - are reshaped by data science and technology, traditional jobs are fast being replaced with jobs that require new skillsets.
The work future will require a whole new approach to education, training and recruitment.
This is a great opportunity for Wellington Region clubs from Kapiti across to Wairarapa to help fund this Vocational Services Initiative through sponsorship or supporting members to attend.
Liz Koh is working with Team Central in the Manawatu to support Vocational Service in other areas of our District
Rotary Symposium
Last weekend just over 200 people, most from New Zealand headed to Waipuna Hotel in Auckland for the 2017  Rotary Symposium and Future Leaders Forum.
Key note speakers included John Hewko - General Secretary, Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation,
Noel Trevaskis - Rotary International Director 2017/18,     Ray Davies - Emirates Team New Zealand,      Sir Anand Satyanand - Former Governor General of New Zealand.
District 9940 was well represented for the weekend.  
A number wore RAGES tee shirts on the Saturday and that, combined with a "stall" was sufficient to raise the profile of RAGES  -  Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species.  It was commented that the Environment should become one of the Rotary Focus areas.
                                                                                                                                       The team in the RAGES tee-shirts  
90 Years of Community Service
Dannevirke Rotary is quite unique as it has a range of ages across its members, and Rotary clubs everywhere have to focus on being relevant to younger people in their community,

The Dannevirke Rotary Club was formed in 1927. One of the smallest areas at the time and with just 12 members today, the club has saved its historic minutes book from that first meeting which was attended by Rotary Club members from Napier, Palmerston North and Masterton.  "It was quite an undertaking to travel that distance in those days," club member Liz Edwards said.  "We were just the 10th or 11th club to be formed in New Zealand.

Planning is underway for Dannevirke club's 90th celebration which will be held in the Dannevirke Town Hall on 4 November 2017.  If you know someone who was a member of the club and should be invited please email:


My spies tell me that Dannevirke is setting up an Interact College in the local College using the skills of a RYPEN alumni.  Watch this space!


Red Nose Day

Our Red Nose appeal is here and we're so excited to make this year our best yet! 
This September, we need your help to raise $1 million for vital medical research for thousands of children and their families.

Since last Red Nose Day, because of the generosity of people like you, we have funded critical projects in child health including: understanding more about the outcomes for very pre-term babies; addressing the challenges of diagnosing autism spectrum disorder; using gene therapy to halt the progression of batten disease; and searching New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna for new antibiotics to fight superbugs.

The funds from this year’s appeal will be used to continue to support the best science possible to improve health outcomes for our kids, so thank you for your ongoing support. 

Have you received your Red Nose Day merchandise yet?  If not, please contact Cure Kids or order directly through our website.  Massive thanks to Fastway Couriers for delivering our Red Nose merchandise around the country, free of charge!


We would love to hear what clubs are doing and to share your stories through the bulletin

Shelter Box - Help Required

Whole Island Devastated

Category 5 Hurricane Irma has been barrelling through the Caribbean with sustained speeds of 300 km/h
A highly-trained Shelter Box Response Team has arrived in the region to understand how we can help the families who have lost everything.  We already have 2,000 Shelter Boxes stored nearby in the Panama.  Hurrican Irma has wreked havoc, flattening homes on St Martin, Barbuda, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic Haiti and Cuba.  Florida was also in the path of this ferocious storm.


Johan Bonnevie 
Another Sad Loss
It is with sadness that I write to inform you that Johan Bonnevie died peacefully on 8 September surrounded by his family. He had been a member of the Palmerston North Rotary Club since December 1971 and was a Paul Harris Fellow.   Johnan has left a lasting legacy for the Manuawatu, the Sixtus Lodge which is in the hills approximately one hour north of Palmerston North.  The Lodge is used as an outdoor education venue and by families heading into the hills hiking.  Johan initially set up the Lodge in 1977, it is a run by a charitable trust and proudly supported by the Palmerston North Rotary Club.  In his obituary he was described as a "quirky man" much loved by his family; he was a husband, father and cherished granddad.  Bruce Wilson, President of the Palmerston North Rotary Club said that Johan had attended Rotary meetings right through to the end of August.
Sad Loss of Peter Allen
Peer Support, a Rotary sponsored programme which helps high schools build leaders who support junior students, lost one of its greatest advocates recently. Peter Allen, a member of the Rangiora Rotary Club, died peacefully four and a half months after being diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease. Peter’s support, commitment and enthusiasm for the Peer Support programme has ensured its continuation throughout the country for many years.  The Peer Support Trust acknowledges his outstanding contribution and he will be sadly missed.
Please visit to see how valuable this programme is in schools. 
Jane Paterson
Chairman NZ Peer Support Trust
Port Nicholson Rotary Club 
Singers to Listen for
New Zealand’s rising operatic stars in a one-off Opera experience
St Andrews on the Terrace
Friday 10 November 2017 at 6pm
Tickets: Early bird price $120 until 10 October, then $140
Sales:    visit  or email  or call Rebecca on 022 198 2157
Funds raised will assist Rotary’s Project Hope for children’s vaccinations in the Pacific, equipment for the Wellington Children’s Hospital; and The Kiri Programme. 
Photo of  Natasha - one of the Young singers
Click here to read about the event and buy tickets!
Request for help from Germany
 Dear Rotarian Friends,
 My name is Axel Fischbach, I'm a member of the Rotarian club Kiel-Eider ( ) in the north of Germany.
 My nineteen-years-old daughter Paula is travelling round New Zealand together with her boy-friend. I haven't been there yet, but she is sending pictures of fantastic landscapes and seems to enjoy the journey very much. From Auckland, where they arrived in the middle of August, they took up to the north, and have planned to get into the south later. They're trying to earn some money and are looking for jobs, especially in agriculture, to fund their stay according to the work'n'holiday concept.
 So, if someone of your club hears about a job offer or knows an adress, where these young people could ask for work, I'll be very pleased, if you could help with a contact.
 My daughters contact details are:
Paula Nagel
 phone: 0064224562178
 With kind regards
Axel Fischbach
Battle of the Sexes
For Clubs wanting to contribute to an International Project
Battle of the Sexes
STARRING:Emma Stone and Steve Carell
The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.
Wednesday 27 September at 7.00pm
Penthouse Cinema, 205 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn
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