September 2017
Basic Education and
Literacy Month

DG Mitch Speaks Out
I am loving Going WILD About Rotary as we head into the third month of this Rotary year - with a focus on Basic Literacy and Education.
We have the opportunity for all Clubs in the District to support this theme through the initiative of our very own Rotary International Past President Bill and Lorna Boyd Trust that has two books that support Basic Literacy and Education. So now is the call to arms for ordering these books for your community schools. 
Education and Literacy
September is "Basic Education and Literacy" Month
by Lynette Wilson - Assistant Governor, Timaru Suburban clubs.

According to Literacy Aotearoa, 1 in 4 adults have literacy difficulties in their everyday lives. That's more than 1.25 million adults in N.Z.

How great it is to see a child smile with pride as you shake their hand and present them with their very own key to knowledge.

Shine Literacy  -   Fun with Phonics
Plimmerton Rotary has supported a literacy programme that was trialled, with great success, in the Porirua area.
Every child, regardless of their ethnicity or family circumstances, can achieve success in reading and writing at a very young age if they are taught in the appropriate way.
Update from Taihape
Busy time in Taihape with 2017/18  President Michael Andrews broadening the distribution of the Rotary Dictionary to all 9 Schools and Colleges in the Taihape district (includes 7 Rural Schools).  Michael is also promoting the
RAGES Rotary Action Group on Endangered Species colouring competition where the Students in the Rural Schools colour their preferred picture either an elephant, an orangutan or a hippo . (more about this opportunity for your club in another story) then they are "judged" and the winning Students is awarded with sports equipment kindly donated by Wild Haggis (the amazing Deb Mair)
There is also the chance to catch-up with a quick round with the Random Board Game which has been donated to all 9 Schools in the Taihape District . . . helping to keep Rotary relevant to all Schools regardless of current Decile rating.   These Students are potential Interactors, RYE Students, RYLA attendees, Rotaract Members  . .  at least they will know what Rotary is and what it stands for and what it does thanks to these interactions.   
kindest regards,
Michael Andrews
Rotary Club of Taihape
Rotary Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group
The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) was formed in 2007 by a group of Rotarians, recognized by Rotary International, and focused on WASH projects.  

It has facilitated many hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a needs-driven approach, and developing best practices. WASRAG encourage a holistic, integrated approach in which water is not the end in itself, but is rather the means to a better life and livelihood in the community.

Most importantly, WASRAG links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community – especially women, irrigation and agriculture, education and literacy and, ultimately, child mortality.

To read more click here
World Polio Day
Start Planning Your World Polio Day Event
World Polio Day is 24 October, so now is the time to start planning events in your community. Use the resources available on to get started. You’ll find everything you need to plan and promote your event, including outreach guides, sample press releases, and social media messages and graphics.
Last year, 1,400 World Polio Day events took place in 90 countries. Let your community know that the fight isn’t over and that Rotary is leading the way toward a polio-free world.
Join the celebration, and register your event.
RYE Induction Weekend
Our Inbound students have all arrived and are now safely integrated into their new families around District 9940 from New Plymouth to Wellington.  Once again, we have six lovely young ladies who made a decision about 6 months or more ago to challenge themselves and travel halfway around the world to immerse themselves in another country and culture.  To make the most of their experience they have prepared and conditioned themselves so that their transition occurs with the least amount of stress.
Dream the Impossible Dreams
The Rotary Club of Wellington offered to Wellington a time and place to ‘’Dream the Impossible Dreams’’.
On Tuesday 1 August 2017, 200 people crammed into the foyer of the St James Theatre for the 2017 Rotary Forum. They heard twelve of the most inspiring speakers in the country, who shared their ‘impossible dreams’ for Wellington.
A flagship community service initiative for the Club is an annual Rotary Forum, now in its sixth year. The Forum brings together thinkers and opinion leaders across the community, local and central government, young and old, the experts and the curious. The point of the Forum is to share and develop the thinking and agenda on an important issue for Wellington City, Wellington Region and New Zealand as a whole. The Club is ideally placed in the capital city, with members who are influential across and within the community. 
Results of a Working Group from Clubs in Manawatu
Club Development and Membership Workshop
On Sunday 09/08/17 a number of local clubs got
together to explore the changing face of Rotary
and the need to change and engage our
members – both new and long term
Extract from Feilding Club Newsletter (10 August)
Warriors for Peace
I kept seeing in Facebook photo's of Rotarians in our district holding a white rose and saying that they are now Warriors for Peace.  I couldn't contain myself any longer and had to ask what it was about.  This is the response
Rotary Tree Planting Challenge
In his inaugural speech, incoming Rotary International President, Ian Risely, said, 'And so I am asking every Rotary club to plant at least one tree for each member, sometime between the beginning of the Rotary year and Earth Day, which is 22 April 2018. This can be a true feature of Rotary in 2017-18'.
I have been highlighting in our bulletin the stories from every club that gives them to me.
We have another two stories covering:  Otaki, Porirua and Plimmerton clubs.
Wildbase Recovery
Rotary working with the Community
Collaboration pushes Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery to reach new milestone.
Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery has celebrated another milestone, with newly installed exterior walls capturing the public’s attention at the Victoria Esplanade construction site in Palmerston North.
The large concrete exterior wall panels have been brought to life by Rangitāne artist James Molnar, incorporating a 3D design that wraps around the building, representing the way the project has brought together key groups in the Manawatū.
“The designs were created to tell part of the story of the project's origin,” says Molnar. “The huia bird, which used to be found in this area, is represented throughout alongside the Tararua ranges and the Manawatū River. The male and female birds worked together to live, and I wanted to use that analogy to show how when iwi and local Council work together - great things happen.”
In this last month Rotary District 9940 has lost 2 members and the wife of a past DG.  Their Obituaries are below:
Alistair McIlroy
Alistair joined the Rotary Club of New Plymouth West on 11 January 1983. He was President in 1992/93 at a time that the club was a major fundraiser for the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.  In the late 1990’s Alistair was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his “Service above Self” contribution to Rotary and I’s values.
He was a great contributor to the club and will be sorely missed.  We have lost a fine man today and we extend to Judith and all the family, our condolences and thanks for a Rotary Life well served.
To read the full Eulogy by Robin Aitken please click the "read more" button below:
Warren Carter
Rotary was a big part of Warren’s life. He began his involvement with service clubs in Jaycee’s then moved on to Rotary. His values and work ethic meant that he always gave his all to the many projects he was involved in.
Warren was Rotary personified. He was the consummate volunteer. If I needed a helper on a project he was the first one I asked, knowing he would very likely accept.   When he took on a project he put everything into it. 
Rotary was Warren’s medium, through which he could thank the community for the support he had received as a retailer for many years. He never forgot those who had helped and supported him and Joan.
On behalf of all Rotary clubs I say to Joan and your family. Thank you. Thank you for sharing Warren with us. His contribution to our club and the community has been huge, he didn’t ask for thanks, and his efforts will continue to live on and assist others.
The full Eulogy is on "read more"
Jean George
Jean George was the wife of  Past District Governor (1987/88) Ross George from Wellington North Club.  Jean was a stauch supporter of both Rotary and Inner Wheel
I thank the members of various clubs who have supplied this information to me.
2017 Publicity Campaigns
Is your club aware of the support for marketing that is available to you?
If you use Photoshop/InDesign we can send your club the files to create your own post images and posters.
If you don’t use these programs, we can make the images up and send them back for you to post online.
For each post needed, please send the following to
  • Name and club
  • Photo
  • Two or three quotes under eight words long.
  • Three or four interesting words you identify with. For example: biker, magician, potter.
On the District 9940 website there is reference to the Rotary publicity campaign that includes great pointers to create your own publicity material
Just remember you don't need to do it all yourself  smiley
New Shirts for Polio
Countdown to History
How will this work
It will start a count-up on the date of the most recent case of polio and count-up for 24 months at which time a countdown will start for the final Countdown for 12 months where history will be made. Each time there is a new wild polio virus case, the count-up will restart.  To coincide with this, we intend to promote this by producing a Polo shirt @ $39-50 delivered.
If you are interested please forward your order including size      
(P300MS (men’s) and P300LS (ladies) ‘Sprint’ Polos)
 Payment with order to Michael Fagg
Bank details are 03-0774-0886116-00 ref Name/Polio
Our District page on RAGES has been updated
and there is a new page  linked from the new colouring competition section:
The RI page for RAGES is
Watch this space for an international launch of the colouring competition for young people  -  although I must say it is quite addictive to colour them yourself.
Two very useful posts from RI
As the world continues to become more digitized, innovative new technologies provide opportunities to make a greater impact. We’ve joined the movement and developed online tools to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service and enhance public image and awareness. 
and a second Rotary Services Newsletter  "Making the Most of your Membership"

 Take advantage of the full range of activities available to the Rotary family. A number of programs allow you to engage with fellow members and make connections outside of your club and district. Here are just a few ways to get involved.

Read here for the latest newsletters and blogs

Volunteer New Zealand
A source of useful and interesting information
Request for Assistance
Since few days due to continuous rainfall in Nepal, many places of Nepal have been worst hit by landslides and floods .Thousands of people especially children and women are worst affected. Hundreds of people have lost their life.
Currently,Nepal Government appeal for humanitarian support as the situation is getting worse and out of control. We request our friends and supporter for humanitarian support as Nepal is continuously hit by Natural disasters.
 Thank you.
President -Rtn.Kumar Thapa
Rotary Club of Dhulikhel ,RID 3292
Post Box:2731


Up Coming Events
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 with your club with your Rotary colleagues
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
What's on this Red Nose Day?

One event:

On Sunday 1st October, the Red Walk is being hosted along the Manawatu River Bridal Track – a fun walk or run for all ages. Participants can register online, with all funds going directly to Cure Kids to support child health research.

The Red Walk is available in two distances – 5km or 10km. Both start and finish at the Hardie Street Reserve, City side of Fitzherbert Avenue, and go along the scenic Manawatu River Walk.  The whole walk is flat, and pushchair friendly.  All areas will be marshalled and signs will be evident for public safety.  If you are a keen runner, this is also perfect for you!

Find out more and sign up here.

What are you doing for Red Nose Day

Inaugural Diwali festival 
Mungavin Hall
Saturday, 14 October 2017, 11am to 4pm.

Join us in celebrating the cultural festival of food, colour, dance, music and lights. Stalls include costume jewellery, hair and beauty makeover, you can get your hands decorated with henna which is an ancient Indian paint form popular during weddings and Diwali, sweet delicacies, Indian designer clothes and scarves, and delicious food. 
If your Club members know of anyone who would be keen to hold a stall to exhibit cultural clothing, jewellery, greeting cards, lights or want to participate in any traditional dance, sing your favourite traditional song or play an instrument, we’d appreciate you putting us in touch with them.
Paraparaumu Rotary 15th Art Show

Upcoming Events
2nd National Membeship Seminar - register now
Sep 01, 2017 – Oct 24, 2017
Zone 7 Institute, Waipuna, Auckland
Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre
Sep 08, 2017 – Sep 10, 2017
RYE Outbound and Inbound Orientation weekend
Sep 09, 2017 – Sep 10, 2017
Rotary Leadership Institute - D9940 workshop September
Marton Fire Station
Sep 10, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
DG Visit Dannevirke
Sep 12, 2017
Applications from Clubs for Science Forum CLOSE
Sep 15, 2017
RANZE Australian students return to Australia
Sep 16, 2017
DG Visit Hawera
Sep 18, 2017
DG Visit New Plymouth West
Sep 19, 2017
DG Visit Waitara
Sep 20, 2017
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Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray