November District Bulletin

Greetings Everyone!

Yet another month has passed – and many Clubs have been visited. While each Club is unique, a common theme is a positive forward focus on growth and connection to communities.  Each Club speaks with pride of their efforts to engage their members and grow the impact of Rotary in their communities.  I’m thrilled to hear of collaboration between Clubs for greater impact.

November is the month we focus on our Foundation – our charity of choice. Our continued focus needs to be on our giving to the Foundation. I’m issuing a challenge, asking that all Clubs consider celebrating our centennial year by becoming a Centurion Club. This means that each member would donate at least $100 to the Foundation during the year – or Clubs would donate the equivalent of that amount.  As you know, a percentage of our giving comes back to the District in three years’ time as District Designated Funds that support projects. What a great way to acknowledge our centenary and set us up for supporting future community projects.   

We all know Rotary's tremendous power to transform our communities and ourselves. However, in every community, people have been left out, and we have not made a strong enough effort to reach them.
The RI Board of Directors is taking action to make Rotary more welcoming and diverse. We formed a task force to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to help clubs attract new members regardless of gender, race, religion, age, or other factors. This will help us speed up the change we all want and need. The selection of Jennifer E. Jones as Rotary president for 2022-23 — the first woman to lead our organization — is another step in this direction.
Time: 8:30am Sunday 22 November 2020
Where: Massey University, Turitea Campus, Palmerston North
Zoom Link:
Save the date! 
19 -21 March 2021 in Greytown (Friday) and Carterton (Saturday/ Sunday). Things to look forward to:
  • Enjoy a Taste of the Wairarapa while we consider how to Future-proof our Proud Heritage. 
  • Opportunity to enjoy the Wairarapa’s attractions.
  • Speaker tasters to date include Celebrity Chef Martin Bosley and Change psychologist Dr Paul Wood.
  • Taste the Wairarapa at Cobblestones on Friday evening.
  • Fabulous Saturday night food, wine, dancing, music from the decades delivered by crooner Steve Carlin – and dress up in the era of your Club’s charter! 
Registrations open this month!
27th - 31st of January 2021 RYLA will be taking place in Silverstream Retreat, Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt.
Applications are now open!
JOIN US & SHARE THE NEWS IYM is coming back and this time it is digital!
IYM Online will run in the first week of the April school holidays over five half-day sessions. Places will be limited to 100 and the cost to take part is $30.00.
IYM Residential is for students from the Greater Wellington Region only. This will be based at Silverstream Retreat in Lower Hutt and will run in the first week of the July school holidays. Places will be limited to 40 and the cost to students to attend is $170. 
Applications for both programmes open on 1 November 2020. Students can apply online at 

Message from Public Image Chair

Kia ora koutou katoa,
I hope everyone is enjoying the new look District Bulleting and its new functionality. It has been very exciting to bring you this design and to make the news for this district more readable!
Public Image is exceptionally important to Rotary, and it is important too that we ensure that when we send out a message about an event or project that we get some of the core aspects right. So, in order to best advertise an event or project, here are some things to consider:
When communicating with an audience remember to keep it snappy and to focus on one message.
If you want people to donate to a cause, ask them to donate. If you want people to volunteer, ask them to volunteer
Most people will read something for one message. If you put two: one could be ignored; both could be ignored or the reader will conclude it is too hard to help.
Remember - one communication = one message.
If you want to get a message out there, or get support from us give us as much advance notice as possible (minimum 2 months).
District Bulletin Advertising
To advertise something in the bulletin pay attention to the Editor's Comments, which are at the bottom of the District Bulletin. This will tell you when the cut off date is.
Adverts; Designs; Brochures, etc
These take time to make. So please give the PIR Chair Committee advance (minimum 2 months notice).
In order to make money sometimes you need to spend money.
Your Public Image Committee will try our utmost to help your project or event succeed and get your message out there - however due to a limited budget (both $ and time) we can't provide everything for everyone.
If you are unsure as to how much something will cost, or want some support communicate with us, and we will try our best to help.
We are here to help, and want to help, but we are volunteers not Gods, so please give us as much notice as possible for any event.
How to Contact Us
If you have a particular want to help the PR Committee or You Want Help please communicate with us 
Andrew Mahoney
Public Image Chair 9940 (On Behalf of Committee).
Time to register for District - Presidents Elect Development Seminar and Leaders Elect Development Seminar, 21st and 22nd November 2020
If you are an AG Elect or a President Elect this is a MUST GO.
When: 21st and 22nd November 2020 
Where: Massey University, Turitea Campus, Palmerston North
Accommodation: To Be Arranged
If you have any questions please email Mitchell Brown 
Check Out the New Website!
Give Every Child A Future has developed a brand new website.
They welcome any feedback to it.
Christmas is Here: Remember Those in Need
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for our Christmas appeal. There are 100,000 children in Pacific we want to help vaccinate and we can only do this with your help!
This is Rotary Foundation Awareness Month
It is this month that we remember what the Foundation does for us and why it is a moral obligation for all members to ensure its success.
Below we have 3 articles dedicated purely to the Foundation, highlighting:
  1. How you can help.
  2. What the Foundation does.
Ride The Train was a Massive Success!
People from Clubs across the District came together on this year's Ride The Train for the End Polio Now Campaign.

Wanting Help?

Wanting Support?

Wanting your Project or Event to be a Success?

Then log your request with the Collaboration Station!

This is the place for Clubs to come together to support each other on projects.
The projects can be on:
  • District Projects, such as End Polio Now - Ride the Train.
  • Club Projects, such as the Jumbo Tennis run by the Rotary Club of Wellington.
  • Non-Rotary Supported Projects, such as projects run by other organisations to which Rotary Clubs wish to lend their support.

How To Use This Tool

If you have a project that you want some support from other Clubs on than this is the place to list it. In order to list it you must do the following.
Contact our PR Chair - Andrew Mahoney - with the information of the project you wish to run. To ensure maximum success this must be done with at least 3 months notice before the project is due to go public. In order for the project to be a success and for us to advertise the project you must in this email provide the following information:
  • When the project is due to commence.
  • Who is the Project Leader of the project.
  • Which Club if Supporting the project.
  • The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of the project.
  • Any photos, branding or digital information of the project.
Planning For Success
If you need some direction as to what your Club can achieve and what the goals of Rotary are please review the strategic plan for our District.

This is the Go To Document to planning for the success of your Club.
If you are an AG Elect or a President Elect this is a MUST GO.
If you have any questions please email Mitchell Brown 
If you are wanting to have a professional look than you need to look the part.

The Rotary Brand centre is the only place you should go to get branding other than the PR Chair.
To get the branding and logos you need please visit here.
Please note you will need to log in.
Doing good through The Rotary Foundation
Through the Rotary Foundation, funds provided by Clubs and Rotary members are contributing to Rotary-led service projects in the South Pacific Islands, in some of the least developed countries in the world, and also in our New Zealand communities.
In our own District, Wanganui North Rotary is working on a global grant project to improve orthopaedic surgery in Tonga. You will hear more about this project as plans develop. Our District and District 9920, which includes Tonga, have committed funds to this project.
Become a Centurion Member Today
Did you know that more than 400,000 people and 35,000 clubs across the world contributed to the Annual Fund last year? The Rotary Foundation does a huge amount of work in our community, and one of the simplest ways to help is to become a Centurion Member.
A Centurion Member is someone who commits to giving at least NZ$100 (or NZ$150 given the tax rebate) to the Annual Fund every year. It is simple to join and makes a huge difference

Every one of these vital donations adds up to make a bigger impact through our SHARE system, in which contributions are invested for three years and then split between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund (DDF). Importantly, our District controls how we spend the DDF. 

These donations help Rotary clubs promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support education, grow local economies and support the environment. So these gifts make a difference both close to home and around the globe.
The Jumbo Raffle - Run By the Rotary Club of Wellington
It's that time of year again where the Rotary Club of Wellington begins the campaign for its largest annual fundraiser.

As part of the fundraiser the Club is selling Raffle tickets for a suite of prizes.
The value of the prizes is $3,900 and every dollar raised is split 50/50 between the Wellington Children's Hospital and Give Every Child A Future. A perfect Christmas gift that makes a huge difference to those in need.
Christmas Puddings For Sale
As Christmas nears so does delicious pudding. If anyone is interested in an original Rotary Christmas Pudding please follow the link.
The New Zealand Section of the International Flying Rotarians 
(IFFR), one of rotary’s fellowship groups, recently held a fly-in at Thames and celebrated 25 years of Flying Rotarians in NZ.  The group is open to Rotarians who fly or just have an interest in aviation who get together for a weekend twice a year. Our next fly-in is in Timaru 26-29th March 2021. 
More details at

A Deep Longstanding Relationship Between Rotary and Kauwhata Marae Whanau

Organised by the Feilding club and supported by Marton, Makino, Massey Rotoract, Milson, Awapuni and Takaro clubs. Te Kauwhata Marae has hosted Rotary International students for 18 years. Led by past DG Mitch Brown we were able to thank the Te Kauwhata whanau for their generosity. After the Powhiri and hangi we had the history of the Marae explained and also the hopes and dreams for the future. Both the Te Kauwhata and Rotary whanau look forward to once again introducing international students to Maori culture.
‘The ideal Disease Detective’
Midwife and Tawa Rotarian, Denise Garcia, a ‘Contract Tracer’, features in the attached October Rotary Magazine Article.
A very interesting read - Rotarians are proud of your outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of the community Denise.
Who makes an ideal contact tracer? – an excerpt from the article
‘In New Zealand, Denise Garcia, a member of the Rotary Club of Tawa, was one of 190 contact tracers employed by the country’s Ministry of Health in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a health professional, she was sought out to do the work. “They wanted people who could interview people and give advice,” she says. And her regular job as a midwife was deemed essential — “you can’t weigh a baby online,” she says — so she did both.’
RYPEN 2020 16-18 October
Negotiating 2020, the year of COVID19 has been a challenge. RYPEN 2020 was initially scheduled for March 19-21 and with two weeks to go, it was decided to postpone and set a date later in the year when it was felt to be safe.
Eventually it was rescheduled for 16-18 October in the hope that the Alert Level would allow us to proceed and it was at Level One, although parents were still nervous and some students were withdrawn. The theme of the weekend was (Rotary) “Opening Opportunities” and the students embraced this with vigour over the weekend. Whilst 61 students were nominated and accepted onto the program, just 37 attended as all the others withdrew at some point prior to the event, for a variety of reasons. Many students were mindful of mock exams and exam study.

A Big Thank You Whanganui!!

It’s the calm before the storm for North Wanganui  Rotary’s Food Drive for the Whanganui City Mission’s Foodbank.
Around 40 car-loads of Rotarians, friends and Whanganui Collegiate students were roaming Whanganui streets, and loads of food soon started arriving at the drop-off point opposite City Mission.
Wanganui South Rotary started the Food Drive around 30 years ago, but North took the project over in 2017, with support from the other Clubs in the city. All going well, tonight’s efforts will help the City Mission Foodbank meet the demand for food parcels in the run-up to Christmas.
The calm didn’t last long, but the shelves at Whanganui City Mission’s Foodbank are looking very well stocked.
A great effort from Whanganui Rotarians led by Wanganui North, great support from Whanganui Collegiate School students who put in a massive shift, and a great crew of volunteers from the City Mission and the community.
Food Bank Drive
Whanganui's Volunteers
Serving The Community

Plimmerton and Porirua Rotary - Plimmerton Domain Tree Planting

Rotary Peace Forest at the Plimmerton Domain is underway! A group of 30 volunteers from Porirua Rotary, Plimmerton Rotary, Porirua City Council and Conservation Volunteers NZ planted 1,000 trees over several weekends.
What a great collaborative project. Well done to Plimmerton Rotary President Bill McAulay for leading everyone on this project. Barry is doing most of the behind the scenes organising of getting the plants ready for the planters and coordinating with Porirua City Council staff. 

Other News from Our District & Beyond

(Just Click The Story of Interest)

Our district has regularly awarded global grant scholarships (previously known as vocational scholarships and before that ambassadorial scholarships) to talented young people who are embarking on post-graduate study overseas.  The scholarships are funded equally by the Rotary Foundation, from our district designated funds and the International fund.
Effective immediately, our Breakfast Meetings are held at The Wairarapa Community Centre, 41 Perry Street, Masterton. Meetings start at 7.15am and close at 8.30.
The Centre is an ideal venue that keeps us in close touch with many of the community groups that we support. We also continue to enjoy a very fine Wairarapa breakfast and as always, fellow Rotarians, visitors and guests will be warmly. welcomed.
A Big Thank You to the clubs who have developed, supported & encouraged Interact Clubs in their local colleges.  A reminder to get the students to elect a new President & Secretary for next year and to advise R.I. the changes in details.  If R.I. don't get the information the clubs will fall off the R.I. radar.  Also, I saw the following in My Rotary - it would be awesome if we could get some of our success stories out there!!
Do you or someone you know want a stall or float in the upcoming Stokes Valley Christmas Parade and Market?
Please make contact, we would love to hear from you!
For float: Graham - 04 970 5899 /
For Stalls: Casey - 021 023 16374 /
A raffle run by the Port Nicholson Rotary Club and supported by many Rotarians in the District has raised over $20 000 for the new Wellington Children’s Hospital and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.
The raffle of one thousand tickets at $20 each was drawn under police supervision on Wednesday morning, and organiser Tony Robinson of RC Port Nicholson said the support had been fantastic.

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When: Saturday 28 November - 11:00am onwards.
Where: High Street, Carterton.
What's Happening:
  • Stalls
  • Father Christmas
  • Music
  • Street Party in the Park
  • Entertainment and More
Any questions please contact Alan Butler
Editors comment
December is ‘Fighting Disease Month’ in the Rotary Calendar.
Please ensure all contributions to the December District 9940 Bulletin reach me no later than Sunday December 6th.
Stories need to be presented in a word document format and preferably kept to a maximum of 2 pages. 
Kia kaha
Kia ora rawa atu
Freya Kerr