District 9940 Bulletin September 2019 
                     This Bulletin has been sent to all District 9940 Rotarians
Basic Education and Literacy Month
 DG John's Message
Kia ora koutou katoa  
Basic Education and Literacy
September is basic education and literacy month.  Worldwide our Rotary Foundation invests $10.99m (USD) a year supporting education.  We know from our partnership with the UN that 775 million people over 15 are illiterate.  We know too that the education of girls and young women is a major key to economic development for whole communities. The Rotary Foundation capital investments are the engine that helps fund our basic education initiatives. Thank you for your support. Closer to home, clubs working in schools, on literacy projects and with refugee communities all support Rotary’s literacy focus.
 The Conference Planning Team:  PDG Howard Tong and Suzanne Manning
Supporting Basic Education and Literacy 

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.

That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. Rotary's goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

We take action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages.

MENTORING STUDENTS: Rotary club pairs students with celebrity and CEO mentors for success.

TEACHER TRAINING: We share our knowledge and experience with educators and other professionals who work with vulnerable populations.

ADULT LITERACY: Rotary members fight adult illiteracy by working with local advocates to offer community literacy programs. 

Rotary Illustrated Dictionaries -  PRIP,  Bill Boyd shares a Testimonial
Dear Governors,
The Dictionary project is going well [over 180 000 so far] and this testimonial is a classic. Clubs in every district are involved and I wondered if you might use the testimonial as a paragraph in your District newsletter.
Regards, Bill Boyd
         Hi Brian  
       To all the Rotary Newmarket Team, you guys are awesome.   
 Yes we have received the illustrated dictionaries with the greatest of thanks. An illustrated dictionary is given to the student when they start working with a Howard League volunteer tutor. Howard League work with those requiring extra support               with education, (ESOL, dyslexic, brain injury and limited (sometimes none) opportunity for schooling as a child mostly due to abusive/dysfunctional upbringings).

Developing Literary Projects (An International Perspective)
Posted on September 4, 2018 by rotaryservice
By the Literacy Rotarian Action Group (LitRAG) Edited, for this publication, where previous project information is outdated so no longer relevant.
Literacy skills are essential for participating in family life, your community, learning and employment and to access services. Literacy skills help people solve day-to-day problems and make the most of opportunities in life.
The Literacy Rotarian Action Group (LitRAG) is a network of Rotarians around the world who have a special interest in acting upon the mission and goals of Rotary International related to alleviating illiteracy; enhancing literacy teaching and learning globally, and helping to provide materials and equipment for literacy education at different levels.
Over 776 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That's 17 percent of the world's adult population.   
Students on the playground at Dharmarama Kanishta Vidyalaya in Ahangama, Sri Lanka. This school was rebuilt through the Schools Reawaken project after the 2004 tsunami. District 3220 (Sri Lanka) raised funds for the project and received support from The Rotary Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank, and other contributors. A local Buddhist temple donated the land.
 Belola School - wonderful progress acknowledeged

In a line of communication we are able to see the wonderful effect Rotary contributions have made to Belola School.     


      Kia ora Belola school builders.

      It is  always wonderful to hear news from Ricardo from Port Melbourne Rotary giving us an update from Timor Este. Look at what your contribution has made.

       Donna Reed - Youth Director 2019/20 & PP - Plimmerton Rotary.                                                            

Ricardo's letter and Kris’s report and pictures follow from here;    
Inspiring young Porirua students honoured for their leadership.

The beautiful voices of the Corinna School Singing Group opened and closed the ceremony.





A group of inspiring young Porirua students were honoured today for their leadership, and service to their schools and the community. The Rotary Clubs of Porirua and Porirua City Council presented Primary School Leadership Awards to 56 local school children at a ceremony at Elim Church. Steve Haddock, President of Rotary Porirua, says the students are role models who lead by example. "It is great to see young people achieving in our community. These amazing children are leaders today, and will be the future leaders in Porirua," he says. Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, who spoke at the event, agreed.

Inaugural RYDA a Great Success for Tararua College

A message of appreciation from Natalie Alabaster - Road Safety Education Ltd; (RSE)  RYDA Programme Coordinator Lower North Island 

Good afternoon Karen and Freya,

Thank you so much for your support of RYDA and a special thank you to the Pahiatua Rotary Club for supporting the RYDA day at Tararua College.  This was the first time that RYDA has run at the school and we had 55 students participate in the programme day.  The morning began with some fog and light rain, which could potentially have threatened the outdoor speed and stopping session.  But our facilitators were determined it would brighten up and by the time they had finished setting up and the students were ready to begin making their way around the sessions, the rain had cleared. 

Well done Rotary Porirua -  outstanding support for beginning drivers

Rotary Porirua supported some of the students at Cannon’s Creek Boxing Academy to achieve their beginners driver’s licence. What an achievement for these young students to get them started so they can give back to their families, communities and student jobs.

Wishing them the very best in their future goals. If you know of any community projects like this and want Rotary Porirua to be involved, let us know.


Mana Tangata  - a reminder

Mana Tangata: Centenary History of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands - A reminder from PDG Martin Garcia.

From October to December, our professional historian, Dr Stephen Clarke, will be working on Chapter 4 of the coffee table book, ‘Changing Society (1972 – 1996) - from peak membership Rotary faces socio-demographic challenges.’                                                                           



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.   

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

Tributes flow for a great man and Rotarian - Ian Paterson, QSM, 'Mr Auction'
Generous, kind, well-loved, one of the good guys, a wonderful husband, charming, wise, thoughtful, nice, caring, positive, a lovely, lovely man, were just some of the terms of affection said about Ian Paterson, a leading Rotarian whose funeral was held at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on 6 August. His older brother Archbishop John Paterson, who led the service, added ‘respected and trusted by so many’ to the list of accolades. Rotarians from the Port Nicholson Rotary Club formed a guard of honour as his coffin was carried from the church after a service which recalled the many contributions Ian had made to family life, to his profession of real estate and particularly to Rotary and the community. Ian was awarded a Queens Service Medal in 2016 for his philanthropy, and proudly had two sapphire pins (1999 and 2010) and a ruby pin (2018) added to his Paul Harris Fellowship.
Goal Setter Awards 2020  - Applications now Open

The Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Inc. is inviting applications from top-flight goal-setter achievers for the annual Goal Setter Awards 2020. Applications for 2020 Goal Setters are now open. Pictured are the  2019 Goal Setters Recipients - Sean Ainsworth, Nathan Russell and Hineana Tihore.  


Are you a top-flight achiever?

Do you possess the drive and passion to support others?

Have you had to overcome obstacles to achieve your goals?

Are you in year 2 or more of tertiary study?

 RI President 2021 -2022 selected
Congratulations to Shekhar Mehta, of the  Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar,
West Bengal, India,
on being selected by the nominating committee to serve as the
President of Rotary International for 2021-2022.   
Congratulations Rotary Satellite Club of Carterton

DGE Gillian Jones tells the story - "What an evening we had inducting six new members to the Rotary family. District Governor Elect, Gillian Jones and Rotary Club of Masterton South President, Paul Joblin joined us to mark the formation of the Rotary Satellite Club of Carterton, Wairarapa. Founding members are from left, Peter Veltcamp, Treasurer Liz Stockley, Secretary Alex Hoogendoorn, Johnathan Butler, Chair Feija Van Bokhoven, (our President Alan), Paul Chadwick, Lisa Searle, and Jacinda Johnston."


Tonic After 5 Rotary Club - update on Global Grant Scholarship recipient - Dr Matt Wheeler.
Most often when Rotary Districts and Clubs think about a Global Grant, it is for an International Service Project or a Vocational Training Team. There is a third option – a Global Grant Scholarship – that deserves serious consideration.
Global Grant Scholarships, along with Rotary Peace Fellowships, have taken the place of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships, which as Rotary’s signature scholarship program from 1947 to 2013 helped fund university studies for more than 30,000 foreign students from over 100 countries.
In contrast to Rotary Peace Fellowships, Global Grant Scholarships are customizable as: the amount of funding can range from US$30,000 to US$400,000 per scholarship;
The area of study can be within any of the 6 The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Areas of Focus – not just Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention; and the place of study can be any university – not just a university with a Rotary Peace Center.
A good example of a current Global Grant Scholarship is GG1989757 involving: District 7090 as Host District and the Rotary Club of Hamilton
Tonic After 5 as Host Club; and District 9940 in New Zealand as International Sponsoring District and Rotary Club of Karori as International Sponsoring Club. 
Carterton Rotary - Going International !!
                    A letter to PDG Kevin Joyce from fellow Carterton Rotarian Paul Garrett. A proud moment.
Dr Gary Lawrence rewarded for his Dental Service to the people of Tavenui Island

New Zealand Herald 28 August 2019 

For nearly 40 years Dr Gary Lawrence has been looking after the dental needs of people from Kāpiti. But he's also been a key part of an important aid programme treating the people of Tavenui Island, which is the third largest island in Fiji.Lawrence, who was a finalist for the New Zealand Dental Association Public Service Award for his work on the island, has been to the island five times for the Rotary Volunteer Dental Aid Project. The team, comprising four dentists from New Zealand, take along two portable dental units and two portable dental chairs, and work as a tag-team treating as many people as possible during their time on the island. "One acts as the dental assistant and one acts as the dentist, and then we just swap over," said Lawrence who has been the team leader for the past three trips. A key focus is on children in their last two years of primary school as well as a lot of emphasis on preventative care.                                 

Photo Dr Gary Lawrence working in Fiji. Photographer David Haxton

Wildbase Recovery Centre Puzzle is Complete
PDG Rodney Wong writes:
'Final piece of the Wildbase Recovery Centre project puzzle is now in place. A 5.2metre Paul Dibble bronze sculpture named "Dawn chorus on the fish of Maui", depicting 9 species of NZ native birds in a karaka tree.
The fish symbolises the North Island hooked up from the sea by Maui. This eight year project is now complete...thank you for your assistance and I think it has been significant.'
Whanganui Daybreak Rotary ' Flying High'

Whanganui Daybreak had an excellent meeting this morning (2/9). Although everyone was tired this morning after yesterday's Monster Kite Day was a MONSTER success, the mood was one of quiet satisfaction with a job well done. Lots of fantastic ideas were tossed around that will make next year's event even bigger and better.This morning's Whanganui Chronicle has pictorial and video coverage; check it out at the link below. But without doubt, the most successful aspect of the day was seeing so many families out and about in the spring sunshine, having fun outdoors.


Whanganui Daybreak promotes itself as a family-friendly Rotary Club, and you couldn't get much more family-friendly than yesterday's event!



 Rotary  - A Wealth of Exciting Experiences and Opportunities
A great Family Story - Three Generations of Rotarians


DGE Gillian Jones writes:

"Congratulations Jordy for promoting your Rotary experience to other young women.

A great family story. I wonder how many other Clubs have two or more generations of the same family?

We could all consider expanding our membership through encouraging family to join". 

Fun Night for a Flutter
Casino fundraiser for an ambulance to Samoa
Saturday 28 September at Wellington Bridge Club in Thorndon at 6.30 pm
 Port Nicholson Club is supporting RNZWCS and helping to provide an ambulance to the hospital in Apia to help carryout its vital work to the people of Samoa.
To help raise funds needed Port Nicholson is holding a Monte Carlo Casino fun night on Saturday 28 September and is inviting all Rotarians to come along and share in the fun and help a great cause.
More detail is attached and everyone is welcome to come along and see if you can beat the bank ( although funny money only used so you won’t lose your shirt ! but will have a good time)
NZ contact sought for a Dutch Rotarian

  In my district 1580 Noord-Holland, the Netherlands, we have been very busy trying to be the inspiration for a clean and sustainable world.

You may have heard of the Amsterdam initiative End Plastic Soup Join us!  Rotarians are inspired.

For example, Inge Kuyt, Rotarian at Rotary Club Radboud Medemblik, the Netherlands, asked me if I could help her with contacts in New Zealand. She is going to New Zealand in November for a study trip to delve into the agro forestry (agro sylvo pastoral system) there.

Do you know Rotarians who can put her in contact with entrepreneurs who are also working on this and who want to share their knowledge with her?

inge kuyt:

(from Past District Governor Barbara van Goethem March, D1580)


Ride the Train
 Ride a Train to End Polio Update

There's now a Facebook page up and running for Ride a Train to End Polio. Please like the page, and share it with your friends on social media. 

This is going to be a fun day, with a serious message; let's support it, and give the profile of Rotary in the lower North Island a shot of adrenaline!

Hot Off The Press !!!

When will you get another opportunity to hear a Rotary International President speak, and perhaps even meet them? Register now for a regional conference in your own country - Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read more at…/Christchurch-Conference.pdf


Our Charity, the 'Charity of Choice'
Creating a Diverse Rotary
Editor's comment
October is Economic and Community Development Month.  So much pride is very evident in achievements that are featured in the September District Bulletin
Please ensure that any contributions for the October Bulletin are forwarded to me no later than Friday 6th October. 
Kia ora rawa atu
Freya Kerr 
Bulletin Editor
Freya Kerr