March 2017
Water and Sanitation Month
In the lower part of the North Island
District Governor Martin’s March Message
In the past year, we have had a lot of media coverage about unsafe water in New Zealand.  Last year water supplies in Havelock North and Pahiatua were contaminated.  Just last week government announced a plan to make 90 percent of rivers swimmable by 2040.
Globally the situation is more dire.  One in ten people do not have access to safe water – that’s over 660 million people.  One third of the global population lack access to a toilet – that’s 2.4 billion people.  More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.  “The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), as announced by the World Economic Forum in January 2015” states water charity
This month is Rotary’s Water and Sanitation Month.  As Rotarians we can make a significant difference to improve the lives of others by providing water and sanitation.
Take Action During Water and Sanitation Month
 Clean water and sanitation is a human right, but not everyone is afforded that right. Rotary members are providing communities with sustainable access to safe water, improved sanitation, hygiene management training. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, improved sanitation facilitates, and better hygiene habits, they lead […]
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All About Rotary
A very good and useful power point that could be shown to new members or at a regular meeting from RI
National Membership Seminar
Wellington 18 March 2017
Speakers on the day are :
Rotary International Director Noel Trevaski.. He is speaking on "where are we at" with membership
Rotary Coordinator / Past District Governor John Prendergast speaking on the Regional Membership Plan, "What's in  it for us" ( benefits to belonging to Rotary)
Rotary Assistant Coordinator / Past District Governor Jennie Herring speaking on  " Vision of success" in her year as DG for District 9920
Past District Governor Beryl Robinson speaking on "Successful clubs with increased membership"
Rotarian Leon Harrnet from the Next Generation Group, Invercargill speaking on his new style of  club and what's working for them.
Past District Governor Neil Reid speaking on" The success of Satellite Clubs" in his District 9910 
Past District Governor Howard Tong speaking on " Attracting and Retaining Members (Engagement)
Attracting the next generation of Rotarians - link to the webinar recording and resources
Upcoming webinars
Using technology to strengthen Rotary: online meetings, e-clubs and other things
Thursday, 27 April 2017, 5.00 pm (AEST)
Register here:
A group of young Rotarians, Rotaractors and Youth Exchange students met in Canberra in September 2015 to focus on four key questions:
1. How can Rotary be more appealing to young people?
2. How can we better retain our alumni?
3. As a young Rotarian, how do you lead within your club?
4. What support, if any, do you require to make an effective contribution to Rotary?
Wellington Free Ambulance
On Rotary's 112 th birthday on 23rd February  DG Martin along with 40 others launched a new vehicle for Wellington Free Ambulance (WFA) at their base in Davis St, Wellington.
In conjunction with ANZ Bank and the Beca (engineering consultants) who funded the vehicle’s chassis, the Rotary Clubs of Greater Wellington Free Ambulance Trust funded the medical module including all equipment in the back of the vehicle.  In all this cost $65,000 and  came from a number of clubs who contributed funds to the  Rotary Ambulance Trust and a District Grant
Gillies McIndoe Research Institute 
Gillies McIndoe Research Institute and Salk Institute Stem Cell Reprogramming Scholarship Sponsored by Rotary International
We are very grateful to Rotary International, in particular the Rotary Club of Plimmerton and the Rotary Club of Del Mar, for their support in establishing the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (GMRI) and Salk Institute Scholarship opportunity, which will allow the exchange of a staff member between the GMRI and the Salk institute in San Diego for a total time of six weeks. This interaction will lead to the professional development of staff members of the GMRI, and promote wider professional and collaborative relationships between scientists at the GMRI and research institutions in San Diego
We are looking for clubs to help sponsor this scholarship and program.
Information about the project and budget on "read more"
Contract Graeme Blick
NID India Programme
Greetings from India !  I hope you are  fine and all is well.  We are  promoting this project  as a fixed departure programme to the Rotarians worldwide  so that anybody wish to be a part of this team would be welcome to come and join this. We have also uploaded the  programme and other details on our web site and the same is available on the  link to view the programme and other details.
Please circulate the information to your Rotary colleagues and anybody who wish to join this group may contact us  to book the trip. We are keen to make this   special project a great success with a full team of volunteers from different parts of the world.
With warm regards and greetings,
Capt. Swadesh Kumar
MFAT - Emergency Response
      MFAT has prepared a special message for for its Emergency Coordination Centre staff. This messaging is used by MFAT front-line staff to communicate with the public when receiving offers of unsolicited goods.
ShelterBox NZ - News special
ShelterBox NZ has announced that Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-general of New Zealand, has graciously accepted an invitation to become the Vice-Regal Patron of the organisation.
As a global Rotary Project, this is an important recognition of both the value and worth of the role of ShelterBox and NZ's contribution to that effort.
Pictures of the Government House garden party event on Waitangi Day at which the announcement was made are here:
Centurion Club Reaches $200,000 Milestone
The District 9940 Centurion Club was inaugurated during the term of District Governor Judy Bain in 2003. Members of the Club are invited to contribute annually a minimum of NZ$100 to The Rotary Foundation. The $200k milestone of total contributions was achieved at the end of 2016. This method of personal contribution provides about 10% of the District 9940 annual contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Youth Exchange Students
This year, more than 8,000 young people around the world will have the opportunity of a lifetime — a chance to live in another country and see the world from a new perspective through Rotary Youth Exchange.  District 9940 is now seeking applications from young people and we would be grateful if you (or the appropriate person at your local school) could distribute information to students.
Expressions of interest are due in by 5pm FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017 and the selection weekend will be held 27-28th MAY  in Feilding.  This is for student departures in January 2018. 
If you require any further information please contact:
Outbound Coordinator
Mandi Bates
Phone: 021.668-622
Senior Citizen of the Year
Congratulations to Sue Paterson of the Rotary Club of Wellington for being named Senior New Zealander of the Year. Sue Paterson is a living legend in the dance and arts sector in New Zealand from her beginnings as the manager of Limbs Dance Company to her taking the reins at the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and more recently at the New Zealand Festival where, as the Executive Director, she has built the festival into an event that bought more than $100 million into Wellington last year
2016/17 Awards
Clubs are asked to  consider the following Awards and complete the necessary information by the dates for each:
  • Significant Achievement Award:  31 May
  • RI President's Presidential Citation:  1 April
  • Club Bulletin Award:  30 April
Click on "Read More"  to get the detail requirements for each award
Rotary Friendship team coming to our District
It has just been confirmed that a Rotary Friendship team of 11 people from Uganda will be in our district from 8th to 22nd April.  There is one married couple, the rest are single male and female.  There is still the opportunity for any individual or club interested to host one or two people for up to 4 or 5 nights (this could also be flexible ) 
In particular we would like members who could host for the first night of the District Conference.
If you wish to make contacts for a future safari trip to Africa get in touch with Deb and Neville Gimblett 
 or ph 021 1212214.
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.
This bulletin has been emailed to all 9940 Rotarians
Notice of AGM
Sunday 23 April 2017,
8.30 am
The Quality Plymouth Hotel.
A special resolution will be made to change the District Constitution
Community in Action Book
Special Offer for Rotary Clubs      $100.00 plus freight per carton of 50
The Communities in Action book showcases the wide range of Rotary activities in New Zealand and the South Pacific.
This is a great gift for guest speakers! Have some on hand to give to the public at Rotary events, place them in waiting rooms or send to people who make enquiries about Rotary.
Communities in Action is a fantastic marketing tool. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to spread the Rotary word!
For small orders the cost is $4.00 per book plus the cost of freight.
For more information, contact Pat Prescott, Rotary Hutt City, email
Evening with Bill Boyd
The Rotary Club of Feilding extends an Invitation to your Club Members to share an evening of Rotary Fellowship with
Bill Boyd Past Rotary International World President 2006-2007
"...Know Ourselves" "...Learn from our history" "...Lead the way"
Join with the Feilding Rotary Club on Thursday 16th March 2017
Meet Bill
Raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.
Charity Golf Tournament

The Annual Golf Tournament will be held at the famous Paraparaumu Golf Course on Thursday 16 March 2017 starting 1pm.

Pedal for Pleasure
Cave Tour:  26 March
Drive to visit 20 "Caves" such as private workshops and premises that are not usually accessible to the public as well as a number of commercial and hobby related sites.  There is a selection of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, and a specialist propeller maker, a homemade 3D printer, a bone carver, a woodturners & woodworkers, various artists & sculptors, model aeroplanes & railways, miniature gamer, Dragsters, specialist museums and icon buildings.
On top of that a barbecue lunch will be offered as part of the ticket price. The ticket is actually a glossy booklet with a page devoted to each participant and a map extract showing where and how to get there!
The cost is $25 per person.
The booklets are on sale at Paper Plus, New World, Write Price and Pit Stop in Levin , and in Foxton they can be obtained at De Molen windmill or MAVtech movie theatre. They can also be requested by email at:
Plimmerton Rotary Book Fair
Register Now for the District Conference in April 2017
The early bird registration fee for the District Conference is no longer available
District Conference 21 - 23 April 2017 
Look forward to seeing you there
The website for full details is only a click away
Atlanta 2017
Celebrate with us in Atlanta! Register for the convention by 31 March and save. 
Denise and I have just ordered our Atlanta convention polo shirts from RDU Supplies. They have a range of other goods you may also wish to purchase.
Better Home and Living Show in Wellington
District 9940 promoting our District, our Projects and promoting Rotary
12, 13 & 14 May
Westpac Stadium
Open from 10am – 5pm each day

Volunteers NEEDED.  To fill shifts of 2 – 3 hours.

Please contact Jo Newlove, District Chair Public Image to volunteer.

Branding/Promotional Material

This is an opportunity for you and your club to promote your projects and successes.  We would like to have promotional material, along with a Rotarian or two to talk about it, at the show.
This is a perfect opportunity to talk to people about Rotary and encourage them to join us.
Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray