December 2016

Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

In the Lower Part of the North Island

District Governors December Message
District Governor Martin’s December Message
Rotarians in District 9940 have had a very busy year.  Denise and I are impressed with the wide range of community activities and the huge number of volunteer hours that Rotarians donate to support their community and those overseas.
We have now visited 53 of our District’s 55 Clubs and there is something quite different about each Club.  I highlight some of the differences in my blog at so that you can all get a taste of what other Clubs are doing – whether it is attracting new members, renewing aspects of a Club, starting a new Interact Club, or carrying out innovative projects that make a significant impact.  
Musing on Rotary Foundation Month
I found the following in a club bulletin.  Unfortunately I did not write down which one it was.  Nevertheless, with approval to print assumed, I share the following article with you
Rotary Recognition - Cure Kids
The following Cure Kids news applies to Rotary throughout New Zealand and the Pacific. Beryl was asked to accept this recognition on behalf of Rotary upon her arrival at the dinner. 
Cure Kids acknowledges Rotary
At the Friday 18 November dinner for Cure Kids ‘Celebrating 45 years of breakthroughs in child health research’, Cure Kids member representing Rotary, Past District Governor Beryl Robinson accepted on behalf of Rotary in New Zealand and the Pacific a Cure Kids Founder Award as recognition by Cure Kids for Rotary’s role as founder in 1971 (to celebrate 50 years of Rotary in NZ) and as an on-going partner of Cure Kids.
Rotary Foundation Named as Outstanding


(an article from the RI News and Features desk)
Levin Rotary Ambitious and Innovative
Mark Conroy, Daphne Linnel. President Barry Rollinson, Linda Archer,
and PDG Allan Birrell inside the Charity House   
Denise and Martin Garcia finally visited Levin Rotary after their last week's visit had to be called off due to flooding preventing them getting out of Wellington.

Levin Rotarians have taken on an ambitious project.  They are building a house that they will auction off to raise funds for a Trust that will provide Chromebooks to students in Levin.  They are receiving many generous offers of support from local businesses and tradespeople.
The Charity House provides great visibility for Rotary as it on State Highway 1 as you pass through Levin.

"Go WILD about Rotary!"

As we look forward to the Summer and for many of us a time with family and friends over the Xmas and New Year holiday break, I reflect on the first 5 months of this Rotary year.

Its been a lot of fun being on the countdown to my year to "Go WILD about Rotary!" as our District Governor. I have admired the energy, enthusiasm and passion that District Governor Martin has achieved through his leadership of our District 9940, and his duty of care in the role for supporting and encouraging the many and varied facets of Rotary that our District Committees, Clubs and Rotarians contribute to and make happen.

From 18 Members to 29
Flexibility for Clubs


Research and our members' experiences have shown that when clubs have more freedom to decide how and when they hold their meetings, who they'll invite to become members, and what member engagement means, their ability to attract new members and keep current members motivated increases.

The 2016 Council on Legislation voted to give Rotary clubs more flexibility than they've ever had. The changes in policy affect when, where, and how clubs meet and the types of membership they offer.


Call for Nominations for Council on Legislation Representative
Call for Nominations for Council on Legislation Representative
Our District needs to select a representative to serve at the Councils on Resolutions and the Council on Legislation that take place during the Council term from 1 July 2017 through 30 June 2020. The Council representative will represent their district at the:
• 2017, 2018, and 2019 Councils on Resolutions
• 2019 Council on Legislation.
Nominations for our representative are called for from Clubs with a closing date of 28 February so that a decision can be made in April and RI advised by 30 June 2017. 
Nominations should be emailed to PDG Tony Fryer, Secretary of the District Advisory Committee.
Thank you PDG Pat Waite for serving us so very well in this role for the past six years.  Pat is happy to outline to potential candidates what is involved.
More information is available in the following document
Women in Rotary
Deb Gimblett asked me to advertise Women in Rotary which is to be held 8 March 2017 and sent me some material.  Some brand new and some dating back to 2013 and  an article dating back to 2000.
 The sad thing to me, was the quote from Judy Magub, Governor District 9600 in 2000/01  
There is interesting reading in the Rotary Down Under magazine of March 2013  and the following comments today from Deb Gimblett
This bulletin has been emailed to all 9940 Rotarians
Getting Your Stories in Print
Not only am I looking for interesting stories and news each month but so is Beryl Robinson as NZ editor for Rotary Down Under.
Please get your stories to me each month and IF there in an opportunity for wider exposure such as through Rotary Down Under, at that stage we would need the hi-res pictures (as taken on the camera).  I will need your help, sometimes on short notice to get hold of those. 
Below is a list of RDU topics for the coming 12 months.  Articles are needed via at least 2 months prior to the magazine.
Nuts and Bolts


Call for DG 2019 - 2020
Call for Nominations for DG 2019-20
Nominations are sought from Clubs for District Governor Nominee 9940 for 2019-2020.
Nominees must have been a Club President.
Dates and details of a nominee’s service at Club and at District level must be received by District Advisory Committee Secretary PDG Tony Fryer no later than 15 March 2017.
Selection will be made by the end of April 2017.
Red Nose Day
The Red Nose day was a success despite the earthquake and Wellington Floods.  Thanks to all those involved.

RYLA  Applications Open for 2017

We have put together a Rotary's Clubs Guide to RYLA with information on the application process along with our recommendations on how to select and interview deserving candidates.

 For programme costs please refer to the Rotary Clubs Guide to RYLA.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ganesh Cherian, Programme Director (Hutt City) on
Events Coming Up
If you would like an event that your club is putting on advertised here and/or in the website please let me know
I heard about a lot of things going on at the Conference  -  please share with your Rotary colleagues
Kapiti Food Fair
 Kapiti Rotary
3 December
10am - 3pm
Christmas Trees and Other Things
Christmas Plum Puddings
Karori Club is the District convenor of the Christmas Pudding project.  This year they are being supported by Rotary Kaukau - the new club they sponsored.  Karori appreciates their interest and participation.
While Christmas is still a few weeks away, organisation will soon be thinking about a thank you to their customers, colleagues and staff for their custom or work during the year.  A gift of a Rotary Traditional Plum Pudding is an ideal way for them to mark the season and express their appreciation while supporting the work that Rotary does in the community.
Attached is the letter and order form for clubs to complete and send in to either Russell Law  ( or Douglas Langford  (
Milton Rotary Tramping Club
The Club still has 140 places available for the 2017 summer season on a variety of trips as listed below. Come join those who have already booked, to have your own wonderful time in the amazing outdoors of Otago/Southland.  Have a look at the website for more information and to book online.  Even if a trip is fully booked cancellations do occur so keep checking back to the website.
NB The Central Otago Rail Trail has been added to the trip list. 
Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray