District 9940 Bulletin December 2019 
                     This Bulletin has been sent to all District 9940 Rotarians
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
DG's December Thoughts
Kia ora koutou katoa
With the recent events in Samoa there has been a wake-up call world-wide on the importance of disease prevention and treatment.
The tragedy for us all is that while knowledge and treatments are available they are not universally or consistently applied to our populations.
Rotary has Disease Prevention and Treatment as one of our six areas of focus. We also have a huge proactive engagement in this area with the End Polio Now and Rotary Give Every Child a Future campaigns, but there is still the need for doing more and doing better along with our international and local partners.
Our International Service Chair, Nick Hurley, joins me with his contribution on what we can do to support the people of Samoa.
From Lane and me we wish you all a very safe and joyous festive season with family and friends wherever you may be.
We are so impressed and proud of our District 9940 members and everything you are doing. Our people truly are people of action.
Ngā mihi arohanui
John H Mohi     
Rotarians around the world - Promoting Disease Prevention

2030 is the year Rotary hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water, sanitation and hygiene

We believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.

Why Rotary? Rotary Saves Lives 

An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation. More than 800 women die every day from birth- and pregnancy-related complications.
Rotary is saving lives by supplying birthing kits, immunizations, neonatal care equipment, and medical training. With access to quality care, mothers and children live longer and healthier lives, and Rotary International is providing that care.
This year have the Rotary Foundation be your charity of choice.
#rotary #whyrotary

This month,  we are launching our District 9940 Conference website.
Bookmark the website on your computer now and you will see more over time as we add to the information. Look out for the highlight promotions that will appear regularly.
Registrations for the conference (15 - 17 May 2020) open in early February 2020.
The conference is our annual opportunity to share information, have fun and to connect with Rotary people from around the District and across the world.  The conference programme is being built around local and international leaders engaging with you, as well as you engaging with each other – Interactors, Rotaractors, Rotarians, friends and our guests.
Book a date with the RNZ Airforce Jazz Orchestra for our conference dinner dance. As a club, start creating your club’s theme for the dance night. Be creative and dress to impress. Come as a group, come as a team and come and have fun.It promises to be a fabulous night.
Nau mai Haere mai,  koutou katoa                            
Mana Tangata  - a reminder
Mana Tangata: Centenary History of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands - A reminder from PDG Martin Garcia.

Our professional historian, Dr Stephen Clarke, continues to work on Chapter 4 of the coffee table book, ‘Changing Society (1972 – 1996) - from peak membership Rotary faces socio-demographic challenges.’                                                                           

Please refer to  webpage

 for information about how to provide your Club’s history to the historian.

This period was a time when many of our Rotary Clubs were established and/or were developing and facing challenges and opportunities.  As DG John Mohi has been exhorting Clubs, please make sure our historian has access to information about your Club’s stories and please highlight the important elements for him.   
'The Last Mile'
This month, leaders from around the world gathered at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum  in Abu Dhabi to pledge an exceptional US$ 2.6 billion to help fund the 2019-2023 Polio Endgame Strategy.
The generous funds raised will not only help overcome challenges to reach every last child with polio vaccines, but also strengthen vital infrastructure that supports other health needs today and in the future. 
The forum also provided an opportunity for GPEI leadership to reflect on recent milestones and discuss strategies to overcome the key remaining barriers to eradication.  
The 2019 RI Brand Model - More than Just a Rotary Wheel
Take a moment to look at your club Facebook page, your webpages and any printed promotional material advertising your club.
Does it look like the 2019 model ?
If not please update it as it is really important that we are sending consistent messages and our Rotary brand out to the public on everything we do. There is strength in our brand use it well.
RYLA 2020 - applications still open

Applications for RYLA 2020 are still open and we encourage every club to find an amazing young person with leadership potential within your community to participate in the programme.

All the information you need is on the website here:

Rotary Porirua - The shoebox Pressie
What was going to be Secret Santa gifts for the Porirua Rotary Club members at the annual Christmas party  became Christmas gifts for the less fortunate families in Porirua. 
President Steve Haddock said that Club members decided to make up 20 boxes to spread the Christmas cheer to the community. With the generous support of Club members, friends, work colleagues and local businesses such as New World Porirua,  KMart Porirua and PaperPlus North City, the Club put together just over 135 gift boxes in three weeks. 
Each box contains all things Christmas and a reading book which has a Rotary designed label on the inside cover. The Christmas gift boxes called the 'shoebox pressie' have been distributed to a local school and the Wesley Community Action group. 
Project co-ordinator and President Elect, June Murugan said that the Club would not have been able to deliver such a large number of gift boxes without the support from friends of Rotary Porirua and the local businesses.  One of Rotary's key focus areas is to support education and literacy, and each of the gift boxes contains a book from the latest summer titles. We hope that the families and children enjoy reading over the holidays, she said. 
With such an overwhelming responses this year he hopes that this project will become even bigger next year and that other Clubs will want to join in this initiative for their own communities.
Nice work for such a small club  smiley
AG Adrienne Murray and President Steve Haddock of Rotary Porirua handing over some of the gifts to the Team at the Wesley Community Action Group.
  June Murugan and friends also delivering
  Paula Williams at one of the local schools
Two Passionate and Inspiring Rotarians Receive Civic Awards
Civic awards: volunteering, inspiring and leading in Palmerston North
Five Civic Awards were this week awarded to locals who have volunteered their services to inspire and lead community groups, organisations and city projects.
Scott Bruce is a long-serving member of Milson Rotary and launched the Victoria Esplanade Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery project.
Rodney Wong is another passionate Rotarian, who has been involved in innumerable projects and exemplifies the Rotary motto 'Service Above Self'.
Wong and Bruce dedicated eight years to make the Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery a reality.
photo Manawatu Guardian  By: Merania Karauria
Janis Baker - Off to RYLA January 2020
ATNZ apprentice Janis Baker has been selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Programme (RYLA) in January 2020 - Ngamotu Rotary Club

In the second year of her Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship, Janis is currently seconded to Trustpower Ltd and spends her days working on hydro power stations.

She is thrilled to have been chosen for the weeklong live-in programme in Lower Hutt.  The programme is designed to help young people develop their teamwork and communication skills and fulfil their potential as leaders.  Janis told us “I am hoping to gain a great variety of experiences out of RYLA



RYE student Maia Chambers is recognised for her contribution to the community.
Levin Rotary,  22/11 :Congratulations to everyone who was officially recognised at the Horowhenua Civic Honours Awards. Awards were presented for:  Civic Honours - 50 Years' Service    - Recognition - Horowhenua Youth Excellence Scholarships. In addition to the Civic Honours Awards, the Council’s 2019 Horowhenua Youth Excellence Scholarships were presented to 12 young people aged between 12 and 24. These acknowledge excellence in academic subjects, arts and culture, community service, and sport.  The $250 scholarships primarily acknowledge excellence, but also provide a small financial contribution and encourage local young people to strive to achieve their goals and dreams.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Ngā mihi nui to you all for your outstanding voluntary service to the community and making the Horowhenua a better place to live, work and play.  
RYE student Maia Chamber receiving her Community Service Award. Rotary is very proud of you Maia ( Ed;)
 A 'Record' Annual Food Bank Appeal. Well done Masterton South Rotary.

Masterton Food Bank has declared a “record” Annual Food Bank Collection on Wednesday night. (13/11) Emergency services, community organisations, school students, businesses, clubs, and individuals gathered food from right around Wairarapa to replenish its three foodbanks. Masterton Foodbank co-ordinator Lyn Tankersley said volunteers had packed 396 banana boxes of food – last year they packed 280.“It was an absolutely fantastic night,” she said. 


RYDA  'Why We Do What We Do' !!!!

The NZ RSE team attended the Trafinz Conference in Hamilton, NZ (Nov 13th).

The conference was all about ‘creating safe, smart and accessible places’. This is the sobering pictorial view of last years road stats created into a map of NZ that confronted the team as they arrived today. This is why we do what we do 🎗


For all Rotarians involved in the RYDA programme - YOU ARE LIFE SAVERS!!

Wonderful work Carterton Satellite Club
A very new Club but already motivated and actively engaged in supporting the Carterton Community.
'Rotary Satellite Club of Carterton out there making a difference in our community. Well done Feija and team'
As published in the November 13th Carterton Crier.
Probians -"What do you love about Probus?"
















Last month we asked Probians, “What do you love about Probus?” and we were happy to see so many wonderful answers.

We have gathered some comments from Probians acknowledging the Fun, Friendship and Fellowship Probus encourages in retirement.

Like our fellow Probians, you can also bring more excitement to your retirement.

Take the first step and visit the Club Locator to find your nearest Probus Club.

Going Travelling?
Travel Insurance through Probus
Probus is a Service organisation involving people who are retired. It is all about Friendship, Fellowship, and Fun.
There are a number of member benefits, and one of these is travel insurance. These privileges are available to members of Rotary through the Probus website. The underwriter is Chubb Travel Insurance.
You will need a certificate from your doctor to say you are fit to travel and be aged under 1oo !!
Council On Legislation Results
PDG Graeme Blick is the District 9940 COL Representative. He informs Rotarians of the COL  Legislative Results.
Council on Legislation meets online each year.  Representatives from all of Rotary’s districts vote on Resolutions that Clubs, Districts, the RI Board, and the General Council have proposed.  The RI Board of Directors considers all Resolutions that the Council adopts.
Six months ago I distributed to all clubs in our District the proposed 33 Resolutions for 2019 asking for clubs to vote for adopting or rejecting each Resolution.  These are listed in the attached along with links to the full Resolutions.  My thanks to the 12 clubs and individuals that responded.  
Based on the responses I voted on behalf of our District.  I have included in the attached in red how we voted as a District.  We agreed with all but 5 of the final RI results  - these are highlighted in bold.
Of the 33 proposed Resolutions RI voting as a whole only approved 7 as detailed below:
Editor's comment
I hope everyone has a very special time with family & friends over Christmas and New Year.
January is Vocational Service Month. I would really appreciate contributions from those involved in Vocational Service Programmes/ Projects.
As clubs will not be back in action until mid January - closing date for contributions will be 15th January.
All stories need to be as a word document and kept to a maximum of two pages. 
All the very best for 2020.
Kia ora rawa atu
Freya Kerr 
Bulletin Editor
Freya Kerr