Rotary Basic Education and Literacy Month



September Bulletin  District 9940

This Bulletin has been sent to all 9940 Rotarians
DG:  This month's comments
 September is Education and Basic Literacy month in the Rotary world so I’m going to talk about Public Image
Hmmm… I know that is a bit odd, but I see a connection between those two things. As I visit clubs around the district I hear that so many are involved in the Usborne Dictionaries in Schools project and I see images of a row of students proudly holding up their very own dictionaries, flanked by beaming Rotarians. These photos regularly find their way into the local community newspaper, which is great publicity for the Rotary club and exciting for the kids to see their picture in the paper. But
A very important event
 Each year our District Governor is presented with the "Talking stick"  Taupiripiri by the Ngamotu Club in New Plymouth.  This year is no different and Marion was presented with the Taupiripiri by Albie Martin 
My dear friends and fellow Rotary leaders,
 This year, on 24 October, Rotary will again mark World Polio Day. I am writing to ask all of you to join me on that day in raising global awareness of the urgent need to End Polio Now.
I have been a Rotarian since long before Rotary committed to eradicate polio. When I was inducted as a member in April of 1980, the idea of taking on polio eradication as a corporate project had not yet been seriously raised; polio still ravaged the lives of some 350,000 people, nearly all of them children, every year.
  Today, the world is a very different place. Thanks to the vision of Rotary’s leaders then, and the commitment of the generations of Rotarians who have followed, we now have fewer cases of polio than at any time in history. 
Rotary Satellite Club of Stratford
  The Rotary Satellite Club of Stratford may only be turning one in a few weeks, but it has already made its mark on the community.
 This month, three Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) were purchased by the group, to be placed in Stratford for the community’s benefit. Chairperson Daniel Stieller says over the year members have sizzled plenty of sausages, sold thousands of raffle tickets, hosted a quiz night and tirelessly given their time and skills at a wide range of community events as part of their fundraising mission. “When we started the group we wanted to do something for our community.
Polio Free World:  But
  I am fully aware of Rotary’s commitment to have a “Polio Free World” however there is an increasing number of Post Polio Survivors that need assistance to enable them to experience a better quality of life.
 There has been a recent development with fibre bracing and I have attach a briefing on Polio NZ’s Carbon Fibre Bracing Initiative  as well as a brochure FYI.  Polio NZ is happy to provide speakers where they can to clubs. Should you require any further information I would be only to happy to assist or you can contact Polio NZ direct:
Gordon Jackman 
M: 021-101-8948
T: (07) 868-5248
Rotary Foundation News
  • District Grant applications approved by RI have been advised to Presidents.  Please ensure that Brian Mansfield, District Treasurer has been given the bank account number
  • A new District 9940 Rotary Foundation newsletter is due out in the next 2 weeks.  Watch this space!
  • Eradication of polio continues to be our Number 1 priority.  Press Release:  

     Rotary today announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.  Read the full press release here

Rotary "Be a Gift Leadership Awards" 2018
  Fifty-four outstanding primary schoolchildren were honoured on 27 August at the Elim church in Porirua. This was the fourth Leadership Awards ceremony and a great credit to the organisers from the Rotary Clubs of Plimmerton and Porirua, with support from Porirua City Council.  
 The focus of the event was the reading of the citations for every young student, and the presentation of certificates and badges to each one.
(Children from Te Kura School in Porirua) 
The theme for this event remains that of the Rotary International theme for 2015 - 'Be a Gift to the World'. This year the Rotary International theme is 'Be the Inspiration', truly appropriate for this event and depicted on each badge.

 Our principal guest and keynote speaker, Judge Andrew Becroft, the Commissioner for Children.  He began by noting that in New Zealand we have 1.1 million children under the age of 18. Of these, 30% are not doing well.

The full story can be found here

South Wairapara Update
Rotary Youth Exchange
“my name is Theresa and I am from Austria. I live in a small town called Egg in a region where there are really high mountains so it’s perfect for me to go skiing and hiking there. As Austria is really far away from New Zealand, I had a really long way to come here.”
 Theresa introduced herself to the South Wairarapa Rotary Club Members when she arrived from Austria recently.  She will be staying with her Rotary host families for the next 12 months while she studies at Kuranui College.  Theresa will be immersed in Kiwi Culture and encouraged to exchange her own views and cultural knowledge with her hosts and peers.
Rotary Youth Exchange is a highly successful Rotary program that seeks to challenge and encourage young people, 15 to 19 years old, and to support leadership and learning.
Students often learn a new language, they discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. The exchanges are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.
 On 13 August 2018 Johnsonville Rotary donated $600 to “Birthright”.
 The focus of Birthright's services is the children and young persons of one-parent families, although some regions include two-parent and blended families also. They work with the whole family to facilitate the growth of confidence, development of living skills and a sense of independence and self-help within the family unit and its individual members. 
 Rotarian Mike Wotherspoon for Johnsonville Rotary and Bonnie Mawson CEO of Birthright, who received the donation cheque:
New members for Wanganui North
 DG Marion with members, including 2 new members, from her own club  Whanganui North
How to Mend a Kea
  "How to mend a Kea" books beautifully published by RotaFEST 18 speaker Jane Hunt.
 The books retail for $27.99, but are on special at $25 with a donation of $5 to WildBase Recovery to support the amazing work to support our native birds and wildlife.
So for $25 you can support WildBase Recovery and gain a beautifully written book that will thrill and amaze you on the story of how to save a Kea and other wild life that happens in Palmerston North with native animals from all over New Zealand.  (Editor:  suggestion  -  ideal gift for young people interested in Environmental issues)
Please have all requests to purchase this book directed to me through email - or ph 027 4822295
Thanks in advance,
Mitchell Brown
Past District Governor 2017/18
Rotary International District 9940
Learning and Development
We are pleased to announce that Rotary’s new Learning Center is now live at Thank you for your patience during the testing period in which we made the final adjustments to ready the site for you.
Please visit, explore courses, and start learning.

Kimberly Kouame
Manager, Learning Resources, Learning and Development
Usborne Dictionaries 
 Orders  close this coming Friday, 14th September for Usborne Dictionaries.
All Presidents were sent order forms some 3 weeks ago.  
Up Coming Events
What is happening out there
Please share what is happening in your club with your Rotary colleagues
If you would like an event that your club is putting on advertised here and/or in the website please let me know
Blood Pressure Campaign
Saturday, 6 October 2018, the Stroke Foundation will again coordinate the Blood Pressure Campaign throughout New Zealand assisted by Foodstuffs supermarkets, various ambulance services, Rotary clubs and other organisations.
This project is well-received by the public and is a great opportunity for clubs to work, and be seen working, in their local community. This year is the 10th anniversary of the project. On the following page is a fact-sheet with the statistics from last year's campaign.
 I am looking for clubs to indicate they are willing to provide volunteers on the day between the hours of 10 am - 2 pm.   If your club wants to participate, please let me know by reply email, with the name and contact details of the club member who will act as your club liaison in the table below.  The sooner clubs can confirm their interest, the sooner we can confirm sites.
Ken Chandler
District 9940 Coordinator
Blood Pressure Campaign 2018
Mob: 027 450 1259
A Celebration of Women 2018
 6.30pm Wednesday 17 October
Pataka Spine
$35, enjoy nibbles through the evening, wine and soft drink available to purchase
 Jan Logie  - a woman on a mission
Judith Collins - advances in Human Rights
and a very special young lady will talk about being a young woman in 2018
Tickets will be available through Plimmerton Rotary from next week
National Membership Seminar
Exciting opportunity to leverage your clubs growth by utilising shared knowledge and strategies that work.
Saturday 27 October 2018
Kings College Auckland
10.00am to 5.30pm
Registration $50 (includes lunch)
Guest Speaker: Mark Huddleston says the need for change and reinvention is paramount for every organisation today and Rotary International is no exception. Mark takes a candid look at the reasons why change in Rotary is so critical and he offers a practical game plan for making the organisation future-fit and relevant for the years to come. Come and hear Mark share his insight on why so many Rotary clubs are struggling with membership, and more importantly what can be done to turn things around.
International Convention 2018
Hamburg 2018 video :
68 people from New Zealand have already registered including our own DG: Marion
Website is
Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray