Friday 9 December 2016
Hot off the Press
This bulletin has been emailed to all 9940 Rotarians
The Rotary Club of Taihape has very reluctantly decided to retire from running RYPEN for District 9940.  There may be a number of clubs or clusters interested in operating RYPEN and DG Martin and I are calling for expressions of interest.  Clubs or clusters should briefly outline what they can offer including the resources they would call on to support RYPEN and any other relevant information.
Initial expressions of interest should be submitted to ADG Richard Wishnowsky  and cc'd to DG Martin before Christmas.  We know it is a difficult time of the year but we need to move asap.
Thanks for your support with this important programme
Africa Friendship Exchange
Following a visit by Deb and Neville Gimblett to Uganda and Tanzania last year an opportunity exists for a friendship exchange with D9211 which takes in all of Uganda and Tanzania.  As part of their trip Deb and Neville attended the district conference in Dar es Salaam in May 2015, and also visited a number of projects NZ Rotary has been involved in.  They found the people exceptionally friendly and had a great experience.
In trying to set up this exchange communication has been considerably slower than anticipated but a firm proposal is now together.  With the US visit 2 years ago the message struggled to get  through to clubs unless picked up by a club champion and many Rotarians remained unaware of the opportunity to participate.
So the proposal is: - - - - 
Cyclone Season Preparaton
An update
Rotary New Zealand has received the following advice from MFAT:
“The 2016-17 tropical cyclone season is now upon us. Meteorological and climate analysis centres across the Southwest Pacific are indicating near average numbers of tropical cyclones (TC) for the season (November 2016 to April 2017). The outlook indicates that 8 to 10 named TCs are expected for the coming season. TC activity is elevated for the Pacific Island countries to the north of the Coral Sea and close to the International Date Line near Tonga and Niue.”

Rotary New Zealand’s Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) are used as a first-response survival kit for the Pacific Islands.
District Conference
Time is running out
The early bird registration fee for the District Conference if fully paid by 20 December is $199 pp
Registrations may be made by clicking on the link on the District Conference website at  
Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray