11 June 2017
Final Hot off the Press
This bulletin has been emailed to all 9940 Rotarians
Where are Martin and Denise?
Snapped at the RI International Conference in Atlanta  Photo taken in Atlanta today
"19 District 9940 Rotarians are attending the RI International Convention in Atlanta. A busy day in the House of Friendship today. DG Martin Garciaand Denise Garcia caught up with Kapiti Rotarians (pictured) and others from New Zealand and around the world this afternoon"
Lets Go WILD About Rotary !
Almost there: So  -  Welcome all Rotarian's to the start of a year for you and your Club to Go WILD About Rotary. To power up your Club and get the most out of your year in leading, chairing and participating on Club activities I would like to focus you on the following key actions for you to consider and attend to.
District Changeover
Please confirm with your Assistant Governor your attendance from your Club at District Changeover on the 1st July at 4pm. I would love to see you at the Palmerston North Fire Station to celebrate a great year with DG Martin and welcome in the new year to Go Wild About Rotary.
Assistant Governors
Planning your Club activities and projects with support from District requires great communication and co-ordination with your Assistant Governor of your cluster of clubs and having a regular contact (each month) with your Presidents in your neighbouring Clubs. This will ensure the District communicated well with Clubs and your activities are well noted and supported where able.
RLI - Rotary Leadership Institute and Rotary Learning and Information
We have four programmed RLI sessions in the first three months of the year in Stafford, Marton, Masterton and Tawa. These sessions are able to have a maximum of 20 attendees. If you have club members that are new to Rotary or are taking up a leadership role in the Club or you  would like to get a better level of knowledge to assist your Club in developing your roles in the club, RLI 101 is for you. Please register with your Assistant Governor to ensure your place on these important Rotary learning and information sessions.
and more to follow - - - -
Queens Birthday Honours Recipients
Three Rotarians in our District have been honoured this year:
Allan Fenwick, President of the Rotary Club of Marton in 2011-2012, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit ( ONZM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the thoroughbred racing industry. Allan has contributed to thoroughbred racing nationally and internationally and for more than 30 years has been honorary and senior positions in racing administration. He was Chief Executive of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing from 1993-2005. He has supported the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame since its inception and continues today as a Board member.
 Picture from the Whanganui Chronicle.


 Dermot Byrne has contributed to a range of community organisations in the Khandallah community since the 1970s and is a Past President of the Wellington North Rotary Club.

Mr Byrne has been involved in several fundraising efforts in Khandallah. In the 1970s he led the fundraising efforts to build the Onslow Free Kindergarten and became its founding Chair. In 1983 he was a key player in establishing the Cornerstone Resource Centre Trust and was the Chair of the Trust several times over 33 years. In the 1990s he fundraised for and led the extensive upgrade of Khandallah Village. He helped fundraise more than $250,000 over a period of nine years for the adaptive restoration of Khandallah Town Hall and he also oversaw its conversion into a multipurpose community centre. From 2005 to 2006 he served as the President of the Rotary Club of Wellington North. Mr Byrne was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2011.


Dot McKinnon is the President of the Wanganui Rotary Club  Mrs McKinnon has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to the community.
Dot had six years as deputy mayor from 2004 to 2010 and is the current chairwoman of the Whanganui and Mid Central district health boards as well as being on the national executive. Her CV lists more than 20 boards, committees and community organisations she had been involved whether at a grassroots level or in the boardroom.
Mrs McKinnon said the QSM was a nice award to get. "It's really lovely because this is the community that's putting forward my name," she said. "I'm just delighted for my husband and my family too because they've had to put up doing all those things over the years.
"I guess I've got a strong social conscience and I really think it's vital that people contribute in whatever way they can." As for her most treasured achievements? She says they've all been done as part of a team.  I'm not one to say 'Oh, I did this and I did that'.
June is Fellowship Month
(courtesy of John Stevenson of Carterton Rotary)
The most important event for the District at this time of the year is the District Changeover
Rotary Leadership Institute
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day or whole of one-weekend courses designed to provide Rotarians with a breadth of Rotary knowledge that they can put into practical every-day use in their clubs. Courses are fun, topical and geared to ensure participants gain an understanding of how the programmes and resources of Rotary at all levels interconnect and can be accessed, while at the same time encouraging participants to contribute their own life and Rotary experiences through discussion and practical exercises to reinforce the knowledge gained.
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and in our District website at
Our District courses cost $50 per person (this is usually paid by the club)
30 July 2017 10am to 2pm  - Tawa College, Wellington - RLI 101
13 August 2017 10am to 2pm - Masterton Fire Station - RLI 101
20 August 2017 10am to 2pm - Stratford Fire Station - RLI 101
10 September 2017 10am to 2pm - Marton Fire Station - RLI 101
Libby Hakaraia.
The Rotary Club of Ōtaki held a community dinner at the Ōtaki Golf club to celebrate 100 years of their Rotary Foundation, and to honour Libby Hakaraia with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
"It's a shame that they both couldn't have won" observed a member of the audience who knew Libby and her partner Tainui Stevens very well. He chuckled at Tainui's subterfuge: Tainui was informed of Libby's impending award, but sworn to secrecy. He told her that they were going to 'to talk about Māoriland', thus concealing the intended purpose. Tainui's mihi at the commencement revealed what a consummate speaker he was, and set the scene for a great evening
Accepting the award, Libby Hakaraia spoke with passion, albeit surprise at her entrapment. She told of growing up in Lower Hutt, being expelled from school, becoming a journalist and her development as a film-maker, of the evolution of the Māoriland Film Festival, holding the audience wrapt with her vision for Ōtaki as a world leader in indigenous film, and of plans for the Māoriland hub in the old Edhouses building
From Your Editor
Thank you for all your support, your stories, and information about upcoming events over the year
Without it all there would be no Bulletin
I am doing it again for 2017/ 18.   Please send me the news and the stories so we can share it all
Upcoming Events
RANZE Matched Student exchange - student arrival
Jun 24, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
RANZE MAtched Student - 2018 applications due
Jun 30, 2017
District 9940 Special General Meeting
Palmerston North Fire Station
Jul 01, 2017
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
District Changeover
Palmerston North Firestation
Jul 01, 2017
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray