October District Bulletin

Greetings everyone!
This month is Growing Local Economies Month. In this COVID affected world this takes on particular significance. I have been talking to Clubs about how Rotary Opens Opportunities for us to make an impact in our communities in addressing economic, vocational or social recovery from COVID – encouraging Clubs to consider how they might use their talents, knowledge, influence and experience to address local issues.
Porirua Rotary has grasped this opportunity, applying for a District Grant to support an extension to Citizens’ Advice Bureau in a socio-economically challenged area. A Manawatu network under AG Venky Cannan’s leadership is exploring how Clubs can support Pacific island students who are likely to be stranded and unable to return to their home Islands once the Massey University year finishes. Rangitikei AG Ray Sisley is involved in this too. Venky has great ideas for support and wants to hear from Clubs who would like to explore this opportunity. While District Grants have now been fully dispensed for this year, Clubs may be able to share resources to support this initiative or others in your communities.  Your AGs will be very keen to hear of ideas you might have. Please let me know if I can help explore resourcing. 

Important Notices

Message from Public Image Chair

Kia ora koutou katoa,
As you may note, the District Bulletin has been upgraded in design. We are very excited to be able to present this to you.
Unfortunately, due to some technical difficulties, we had to delay the sending of this out. We endeavour to ensure our November edition will come out on time. If you have any stories you wish to be considered for this edition please contact our District Bulletin Editor Freya Kerr.
Andrew Mahoney
Public Image Chair 9940
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 very soon.
Ride the Train is on This Friday! JOIN US & help the cause!
If you are free and keen to help the cause you can! This can be done by either filling out the form above and sending it through to Chris, or alternatively emailing him direct below.
Help Promote World Polio Day
Download the Polio toolkit to help you promote World Polio Day on the 24th October. Share your photos with us. #rotarydistrict9920 #rotarydistrict9930 #rotarydistrict9940 #rotarydistrict9970 #rotarydistrict9910 #rotarydistrict9980
Want to be part of a global health legacy? Download the #WorldPolioDay toolkit to join the fight to #endpolio: https://endpol.io/wpd
This is a Fantastic Opportunity to Help End Polio if You Can't Surrender an Entire Day
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 www.iym.org.nz 

Upcoming Events

Eastern Hutt and Petone Rotary Clubs Golf Tournament
This year (Thursday 12 November) the Rotary Clubs of Eastern Hutt and Petone have combined to run a twilight charity golf tournament in aid of the Te Omanga Hospice.  
We would love your support this year and also ask for your assistance to publicise this to others.  If you or your business can assist with donating goods or services for the after-match charity auction, please contact Jan Palmer (0274) 453-740 to discuss or donate.
We are restricted to 30 teams of 4, so early registration is recommended. 
Join Wellington North Rotary at the Panto
The Rotary Club of Wellington North invites Rotarians and friends to the fundraising matinee performance at Circa Theatre.
All profits will go to the Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital.
When: Sunday, 6 December @ 4pm
Where: Circa Theatre
Show: Cinderella
Price: $50 Adults; $20 Children
Auction will offer generous support from the Mouth & Foot Painting Arts Association (MFPA) to help Rotary’s drive to eradicate polio.
The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association (MFPA) is an international registered society of disabled artists who, stricken with disease, accident or birth deformities that resulted in the unfortunate loss or use of their arms, create paintings by holding the paint brushes clenched with their teeth or held between their toes.
With over 800 artists from 74 countries, the MFPA instils in its artists a sense of self-respect and dignity that comes from earning an independent, honest, and secure livelihood through the sale of their artwork. The roots of the MFPA go back to 1956, when Erich Stegmann, a polio-stricken mouth painter, gathered a small band of disabled artists from eight European countries. This organisation has now grown and forms a great partnership here in New Zealand.

Features from Our District

Porirua Rotary ‘People of Action’ during Literacy and Education Month
Porirua Rotary supported the Te Kura Maori O Porirua school to stock up on their English reading books for the secondary school English department during Rotary’s Literacy and Education month.

Over the years their stock has diminished and although they have replenished some class sets, the school has not been able to keep up with the wide range of preferences of the teenage students. Teacher, Sharyn Gibbons said, ‘It has been a positive experience to observe that there is a growing trend of avid readers emerging in our secondary school and we are keen to keep up with the demand’.
Levin and Taihape Rotary Clubs Celebrate 75 years
Both Levin and Taihape clubs were chartered in 1945. On the 26th of September we joined together in Levin to celebrate at the Council Chambers with a meal and entertainment.
We were joined by DG Gillian Jones and Kevin, AG Michael Fagg and Heather along with Rotarians, both past & present, and their spouses, representing both clubs.
We were treated to some wonderful historical stories recounted by both our past and present members.
Important Message On How To Deal With Elder Abuse
Elder abuse is more common than you might think.  Elder abuse is not specific to gender, religion, ethnicity, or income group. It may happen at home, and 76% of abuse is by a family member.  We need to be aware that abuse of elders takes many different forms.  The forms of abuse are: physical, psychological, emotional, neglect, sexual, financial exploitation and institutional/organisational. As a Rotarian you are unlikely to come in contact with elder abuse and neglect, but you should be aware.

Other News from Our District & Beyond

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Want To Help Rotary 9940 More?

Become a Centurion Club in our Centennial Year! DG Gillian is urging D9940 clubs to meet the challenge of becoming a Centurion Club this year.  
This means that each Club member contributes $100 to The Rotary Foundation this year. This could be achieved through individual member contribution or by the Club contributing the equivalent of $100 per person, achieving a combined contribution of approximately NZ$145,000 this year. And some Clubs in our District contribute more than this each year! An achievement such as this would create a wonderful opportunity for all Clubs to stimulate our District’s District Designated Fund, with a percentage of this contribution coming back to our District, enabling us to support District projects.

Editor's Comment

November is Rotary Foundation Month.
The final acceptance date for articles/stories is Friday 5th of November.
Thankyou so much to the many individual Rotarians and Clubs for forwarding to
me stories about the outstanding achievements of Rotary. 
All stories need to be as a word document and kept to a maximum of two pages.