August 2017
Membership and New Club Development
Month TWO to Go Wild About Rotary
The start of the year Focus - Membership and New Club Development Month
Fiona and I have been fortunate to attend a number of Club Changeovers - in fact we have attended 16 Club changeovers and also hosted the District Changeover at the Palmerston North Fire Station  as well as welcomed my own Club President Don Searle into the fold in my own Club with the presentation of the Presidential Chains !!
Membership Matters and we need to invest in members having knowledge of Rotary and the ability to talk about Rotary with prospective new members.   The District Chairs of Rotary Leadership Institute and Club Development and Membership have committed to 8 workshop sessions through late July, August and in to September. Please encourage your new members and club leaders to attend these sessions which will invest Rotary knowledge into your Club.
Presidential theme 2017-18 | Rotary: Making a Difference
Clubs will make a difference this year through their own decisions, but it will take teamwork on a global scale to move Rotary forward and secure its future. “We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone,”
August is Membership and New Club Development Month
Members of the Pencarrow Club who meet at the Lowry Bay Yacht Club on a Monday evening

You know that membership matters. It is the lifeblood of Rotary, for the more members we have, the more prospect we have to "Make a Difference" in the world.

What you may not know is that the RI website puts a wealth of Membership Development information at your fingertips. Try this for a start:

The Taupiripiri
New Plymouth West is always proud to present the Taupiripiri to the new DG and wish him luck for the year.
Colin Jackson (AG) and Vicki Ingles presented the Taupiripiri to DG Mitch Brown, with wife Fiona in attendance
As always  -- there is a story and a history                    
2nd National Membership Seminar
All those wanting to strengthen and grow their clubs, this seminar is a must.
Club Development and Membership
There has never been a better time in Rotary to make and control the change in your Club.
With the recent Council of Legislation changes being approved, Clubs now have great opportunities to really make a difference. For this great organisation to become stronger and more relevant, we need not just lip service, but actual systemic change.  Be open to new ideas, 
Is your Club a Centurion Club
Is your club a “Centurion Club”
From just $2-00/week your club could be one.
It would be great in this Rotary  year if all the clubs in the District were Centurion Clubs,
we would certainly be “Making a Difference”.
Below is a simple form clubs can use.
Rotary Emergency Response Kits
ERK's in storage in Raratonga
It's time to fundraise again
With the next cyclone season starting in October, now is the time to get Clubs on to fund-raising for more ERKs. 
Families can lose everything, but with an ERK, a family is able to construct a basic shelter, clothe themselves and find food for several days.  Each kit is purpose-designed for the Pacific. It holds over 60 items packed in a 78-litre container 
Changeovers - not just Presidents, RYE Students as well. 

Over the last couple of weeks we have seen, as with Clubs changing their President, the Rotary Youth Exchange changing their Inbound International students.  

So, we have had some inspiring thank you speeches from the students that have been in NZ for 12 months and now are leaving their NZ families, schoolmates and friends.  There have been lots of hugs, tears, swapping badges and very sad farewells at airports.   
 It is amazing how different these young people are now from when they first arrived in NZ 12 months ago - it is but a moment in their lives that will have a long lasting impact and certainly give them a new outlook on life.  
And as we say farewell we welcome :
A tree for every Rotarian


Marton Rotarians carefully hidden in the crowd of Tree Planters north of Marton.

Late June, one member plants 1000 trees.

07/07/17  Nine club members join with the Tutaenui Stream Restoration Society, students from Rangitikei College, Junction Primary School and members of the community to help plant 1200 native trees.  

08/07/17  Two Members join with Forest and Bird planting over 90 native trees at Sutherland’s Bush Reserve.

The Rotary Club of Taihape is also off the mark, planting over 100 trees early in the month.

At this rate, the Rangitikei Cluster will have planted a tree for every Rotarian in New Zealand!!

What is your club doing?  (apologies to others who may have started but not let me know)

RDU Arrived today
Rotary Down Under arrived today and, as always has some great reading.  I recommend you specifically read the article starting on page 18 entitled "Rotary Goes Wild for Wildlife Conservation.
Particularly note page 26 where there is a story about Deb Mair from our own district talking about the rescuing of pygmy elephants
Page 38 is the start of a long article entitled "The Dark Web" which is about cyber bullying.  Also a must read!
Over the last three weeks Rotary International has lost two important and inspirational leaders.
In Memoriam  President Elect Sam Owori


It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden death on 19 July of Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori. Sam was from Kampala in Uganda, and played a huge role in the growth of Rotary in that country.

Rotary International President Ian Riseley wrote “Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world.”

Link to the RI story about Sam

District 9910 Governor Elect Jerry Norman wrote the following tribute which was forwarded to Ian on behalf of all Rotarians in New Zealand:

Polio Giving
Please note clubs can now give funds for Polio to the
  • Sam F Owori Memorial to Polio
RI Past Director Neill Inkster 

 Here at home, sadly we lost a great Rotarian with the passing of Past RI Director and PDG Neill Inkster.

Neill's life and Service Above Self exemplified through his Rotary commitment was acknowledged in Masterton with wife Margaret, family and friends gathering with local Rotary Club of Masterton Rotarian's, 17 Past District Governors and Rotarian's from throughout the country. PDG Alastair Orsborn lead the tributes on behalf of Rotary, which included condolences received from Rotary International President Ian Riseley. Attached is the eulogy that gave an overview of Neill's significant local, cluster, District, National and International service that ensured Rotary evolved and changed to meet the future organisational vision and ensure Rotary would continue to Make A Difference in the 21st century.

Waitara Rotary Club
Dedication and service
President Gordon Oliver receiving the chain of office for the 3rd time in 26 years! A great night of hospitality at Waitara Rotary Club!
Recognising Dedication and Service
Many Club Presidents took advantage of recent "Changeover" functions to recognise service to Rotary and the Community by the award of Paul Harris Fellowships and Sapphires.
Please send me the list from your club so we can properly recognise these people through the District Bulletin.
Helping build the community and save the pigmy elephants.
Last week Deb Mair, a Director of RAGES and District 9940 Rotarian was interviewed for TV1 about the plight of the elephants
Listen to the interview hereThe link to the RAGES website is here
Fonterra have agreed to send one tonne of free milk powder to Sepilok to help feed the orphan Elephants being supported by RAGES.
How do I log into the Website??
Its under the:
For Rotarians menu called "How to get your login details". The link is
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
Blood Pressure Campaign
 7 October 
10.00 am – 2.00pm
 WHERE – At participating Foodstuffs supermarkets (PAK’nSAVEs & New Worlds) across NZ and some non supermarket sites.
 Sites will be staffed by at least 2 St John or Wellington Free Ambulance & 2 Rotary volunteers
  St John or Wellington Free Ambulance  will check blood pressures; Rotary will manage paperwork and ‘crowd pulling’
Your AG or Club President has all the information you should need
Rotary Oceania Symposium
Symposium and Future Leaders Forum
Auckland 8 - 10 September 2017
Every year, each Rotary International Director convenes a meeting of senior leaders in their Zone. This event, known as an Institute, provides an opportunity for past, present and incoming Rotary officers to share information, ideas and resources, build new connections and reacquaint with old friends, and exchange ideas about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
 more recently added event, the Future Leaders Seminar, open to any Rotarian wanting to learn more about Rotary from a leadership perspective, also takes place in conjunction with Institute. 
Polio Events Planned
Rotary International challenge to clubs this year is a one-off donation to Polio Plus of $1500-00, are you up the challenge and “Make a Difference” in the world.
Has your club/cluster planned an event for Polio this year?

33rd World Championships - Cycling to Serve 2017
SEPTEMBER, 8-9-10 2017
M o n t e g r a n a r o - I TA LY
As you may know, on the 8-9-10 September 2017, Rotary Club Montegranaro will host the  33rd World Championship  "Rotary Fellowship Cycling To Serve", reserved to Rotarian and Rotaractors all over the world. 
It will be a big and wonderful festival of Cyclist, sport and more than all, a Festival of the Service!
Registrations are now open
Upcoming Events
Advance Notice - 2nd National Membership Seminar
Jun 18, 2017 – Aug 31, 2017
Club Development Membership Workshop
Marton Fire Station
Aug 06, 2017
RYE Inbound Induction weekend, Palmerston North
Aug 11, 2017 – Aug 13, 2017
RANZE Safari at Micamp Taupo
Aug 12, 2017 – Aug 19, 2017
Rotary Leadership Institute - D9940 workshop August(1)
Masterton Fire Station
Aug 13, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute - D9940 workshop August(2)
Stratford Fire Station
Aug 20, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Applications CLOSE for Memorial Education Trust
Aug 26, 2017
Club Development Membership Workshop, Tawa College
Aug 27, 2017
Applications TO clubs for Science & Tech close-TBC
Aug 28, 2017
DG Visit Petone
Aug 29, 2017
Those who have been to a Rotary Convention know how inspirational and informative they can be.  Lifelong friends are made.  DG Mitch and Fiona look forward to seeing you there.Stories/2018-ri-convention.  
Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray