February Bulletin 2019, District 9940

                             This Bulletin has been sent to all 9940 Rotarians                                          


 'Imagine all the people living life in PEACE '  - John Lennon
DG Message, February 2019



Rotary Club of Wanganui North


Kia Ora Ano

I hope you all had a good break over the Christmas/New Year period and that you have returned to your clubs re-invigorated and ready to take on more service to your communities in the second half of our Rotary year. With Waitangi Day celebrated this month, it is timely that our Rotary theme for February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.

Rotary International President, Barry Rassin.
Rotary International President 2018/2019, Barry Rassin, in his February 2019 message to Rotarians, challenges every Rotary Club to come up with at least one high - impact service project.
Sparking Peace in Your Community

Posted on February 4, 2019 by rotaryservice  -  By Rotary Service and Engagement

 According to UNHCR, 44,400 people a day are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of  resources.        

District Conference 2019 - A welcome from DG Marion Johnston

Welcome !

The theme for our conference in May 2019 is ‘Light My Fire’. That’s what we’re going to do over the weekend of 17-19 May – light a fire in our Rotarians! Ignite passion! Passion not only for doing good in our communities, but passion for continuing the work that Rotary has done and will continue to do to change the world for good - by promoting peace, eliminating disease and supporting the vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our communities.

'A story for Peace and Resilience' - Belola School reaches 100% Completion - Balibo Partnership Project

Please take a bow!

The Belola School is finished and 120 children are about to start their new school-year, in their own school. The old school was burnt down in 1999, during the Indonesia withdrawal from East Timor. That was 20 years ago and thanks to your donations, now a new school is about to open!

Our District Governor Elect - John Mohi - in preparation for his big year !!
Training for our District Governors Elect at San Diego is a real experience  -  information, inspiration and supportive friendships.  In January DGE John and Lane Mohi prepared for 2019-20 and their international trainers included District 9940's Pat and Melva Waite.
Rotary with PDG Mitchell Brown
Well deserved recognition of PDG Mitchell Brown's outstanding contribution to District 9940.
 A Christmas present for Mitch.
Thanks  PAG John Stevenson for your wonderful if not slightly fanciful caricature.
Spreading Christmas Cheer

PDG Deb Gimblett and potential new members celebrated the first official project of The Proposed New Rotary Club in Horowhenua.

International Youth Exchange students helping out at The Ronald McDonald House, Wellington.              


Masterton South Rotary provides a much needed bike park for the community






Wiithout it being officially opened the children have taken to the new Skills Cycle Park in Masterton. This project started on 2014 by the Rotary Club of Masterton South, is completed and set for an Official Opening in 2019. 


 Inglewood Rotary's Triumph -  24th Charity Car Show

Inglewood Rotary Club were proud to hold their 24th Charity Car Show on the 3rd of February. Bill O'Dowd comments, 'A warm and sunny day had us welcoming an amazing number of vehicles in Inglewood with a record being reached of over 276. A fantastic crowd enjoyed 2 displays by the Fire Brigade. Funds raised will be going to Inglewood Volunteer Fire Service and other local Community Projects.' 

Dictionaries in Schools -  Kahurangi School - worthy recipients
Kahurangi is a worthy recipient of our donations. 
Last week Port Nicholson Rotary distributed dictionaries to the year 7 and 8 students of Kahurangi School - this was done as part of a school ceremony celebrating other awards to students. Principal Kyran Smith explained to the students the contributions our club had made to the school this year- that went down well and was particularly pleasing because the older students remembered our donations
Celebrating 30yrs of Women in Rotary

LIz Courtney (Rotary Public Image Coordinator for New Zealand and the Pacific)  writes

Hello to all Rotarians,
In 2019 we will be celebrating 30 years of “Women in Rotary “.
This is a great opportunity to highlight women in your Clubs and Districts who have gone above and beyond the call of Service above Self. We are wanting to know those really special women and to thank them for being part of our Rotary family.
 Celebrating The Centennial of Rotary - Mana Tangata


To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in 2021, Dr Stephen Clarke, a professional historian, has been commissioned to research and write a landmark publication on Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, 1921–2021. Dr Clarke started work on the book in last year. The book will be part of a suite of activities under what is called the Mana Tangata Programme to celebrate the Centennial. The programme will be formally launched later in the year. Hamish Dick, who is a student at Victoria University, is working with Dr Clarke over the university holidays as a research assistant. Hamish would like to make contact with each of the Rotary Clubs in our Rotary District and, at this stage, is looking initially for the following information:

 Polio Global Eradication Initiative
The Chairs of the GPEI’s (Polio Global Eradication Initiative) main global advisory body issue an extraordinary joint statement on polio. 
“To Succeed by 2023”.


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.
ROMAC Chairman - position available
  The position of ROMAC Chairman is available. This is an opportunity to join the ROMAC team.
The position advertisement is outlined in the continued information ( read more). 
 Due to work commitments the current chair of ROMAC, Rob Wilkinson, has made the difficult choice to step down from the position at the September AGM of ROMAC

 ROMAC - Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children

 ROMAC is a project of the Rotary districts in Australia and New Zealand 

Interplast -  District Committee Opportunity

 Interplast is a dynamic organisation which has developed from a partnership between Rotary and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Details of its work in the Asia Pacific region are available on its website


District Board Meeting Minutes
For D9940 Rotarians
On behalf of DG Marion, with the adoption of the new District Constitution last year, the minutes of the District Board Meetings are now available in the document library here under the section Administration.
Login is required to access these reports.
Happy Reading !
 Medical Bus Proving Itself

11:30 AM Wednesday Dec 19, 2018 WTA

Rob Irwin and former Masterton South Rotary president Bob Cameron, present the refurbished bus to the Rarotonga Rotary Club. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

A former Wairarapa bus now operating as a mobile health clinic in Rarotonga is performing well, according to a review by the Cook Islands Ministry of Health. Six months ago in June, Rotary Rarotonga were presented with the refurbished Tranzit bus by the Masterton South Rotary Club. 
Recognition for Great Rotary Service










Port Nicholson Rotary had a full and exciting meeting on the 10th of December with District Governor Marion Johnston. The DG helped President Bev present Paul Harris Fellow awards to 3 special people, Lisa King, Brenda Lazelle and Paula Smith. Lisa, Brenda and Paula have and continue to do great work for Rotary. 

 Stalwart of the Hutt Valley recognised for his community service.









John Terris, QSO, was the recipient of a 2nd Paul Harris Fellow Award  a person who has been a stalwart of the Hutt Valley for many years.  A Rotarian since 1997 initially with Hutt Valley Rotary, and then Eastern Hutt Rotary from 2011.

Fun at the Fair - Rotary Club of Petone Fair
Where:  Jackson Street,
Petone, Lower Hutt
When:  16 Feb
   10 am to  4pm
Restrictions: All Ages
Ticket Information:
·   Admission: Free
Website:·   Petone Fair
Listed by: petonefair
Bought to you by the Rotary Club of Petone.
'Time to Swing the Club'
The Rotary Club of Paraparaumu will be holding its Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday 14 March 2019.
This is a fundraiser for Life Flight Trust. 
If clubs could put together a team this would be a great way to support a much deserved  service.
Please see the flier in (
Friendship Exchange update

Greetings from Anneke Wolterbeek, District 9940 Chair RFE, 

As all Rotarians should be aware by now, our District Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee organises yearly exchange programmes to foster international friendship, understanding, goodwill, and peace between Rotarians from other districts and countries. 

Rotary club helps find veins at Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital!

Children’s tiny veins will now be a lot easier to find at Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital thanks to the Rotary Club of Mount Victoria.




New Zealand - Australia District Conference
Dear all, Hope the second half of your year is progressing well. No doubt you will be busy preparing for your own district conferences, however, I’d like to highlight that the New Zealand-Australia Rotary Conference will be held in Christchurch this September. We’d of course be delighted to welcome you to Christchurch to showcase the regeneration which has occurred post 2011. Here is the link to our first newsletter: Regeneration Conference Newsletter: January 2019
 Moin, Moin, RI Convention, Hamburg, 2019



Moin, Moin, as the people of Hamburg say.

The multi-facetted port city invites you to the Rotary International Convention from June 1st through June 5th, 2019. Use this opportunity to get to know Rotarians from around Germany, Europe and the world! Help shape the future of Rotary and become inspired during the conference.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has a long and rich Rotary tradition: the first German Rotary club was founded in Hamburg in 1927. The "Gateway to the World", tradition meets modernity, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall – all this is Hamburg. And so much more. Visit us in 2019 and we can explore this global city together.

Bulletin Editor
Freya Kerr