District Governor Martin's October Message
The classification I was given when I joined Rotary was “Economic Development”, because I worked at that stage for the former Ministry of Economic Development. 
In the Rotary Calendar, October is the month focusing on Economic and Community Development.  This reinforces that Rotarians support investment in people to create enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities. 
Foundation Update
This year our Rotary Foundation turns 100 - a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world.
Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also lead the world in the fight to eradicate polio.
The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the world by ensuring that every community knows about the work of Rotary and its Foundation.
Cancellation of RYPEN
 It is important that you are aware of the reasons resulting in the cancellation of RYPEN this year.  The decision was not made lightly and we are aware that the notice was short and that many young people and sponsoring Clubs will be disappointed.
In Rotary we sometimes have to make these difficult calls to ensure that we are continuing to offer high quality programmes in a safe environment for our young people.  
Samoa:  Commercial Garden 
Lalomalava District working with the Rotary Clubs of Wellington and Karori.
Another example of District Grants at work.
While the first impressions of a visitor to Samoa are that the countryside is lush and highly productive, the reality is somewhat different. Agriculture is primarily subsistence and reliant on a narrow range of traditional crops. Regular water supply to fields is difficult and often requires the installation and maintenance of pumps and piping. Fresh vegetable greens are scarce and as a result, often missing from the local diet and the meal options for restaurants and resorts serving the tourist trade.
Rotary plaque at the garden
Growing an Economy in Borneo
The Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species (RAGES) has taken on the challenge of growing an economy in Sabah, Borneo to reduce poverty with an NGO called Borneo Elephant Conservation Centre spearheaded by vet, Dr Laura Benedict and Dr Sen Nathan, a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu.
Global Grants at Work in the Philippines
Status Report As At 19 September 2016
Clean water for drinking, cooking and washing is vital to humanity. In the Philippines millions of people have no access to safe clean water.
Cystic Fibrosis awareness campaign
Over the last 6 weeks, Wanganui AG Nigel Ramsden has been talking to Rotary Clubs about Cystic Fibrosis. He is the father of Nic who has CF.
The main objective of the campaign is to build up an understanding of CF in our community. CF is an insidious disease that is incurable. It is the most common genetic disease in New Zealand, and 1 person in 25 people is a carrier. A little known fact to most of us. The symptoms of the disease are cruel and the effects these symptoms have on sufferers is wide ranging.
9.2.GO - "Go WILD about Rotary!"

Only 9 months to go and we will be embarking on a year of Going WILD about Rotary!

It was an exceptional experience in the first week of September at the Penrith Panthers Entertainment Complex for training, development, networking and preparation with the Governor Elect Training for the Australian, NZ and Pacific Islands - 27 District Governors Elect. This was followed by two days of Rotary presentations and speakers on many of our key programs at Rotary Institute.

I am now, even more so,  looking forward to my year leading our District but in doing so I have pushed the launch button to the confirmation of the District, Committee and Club leaders in our District.

New Community Interact Club Chartered
District 9940 District Governor Elect Mitchell Brown was delighted to present the new INTERACT CLUB OF PORT NICHOLSON, with their charter certificate and membership badges on the 19th of September 2016. The ceremony was held at their ‘clubrooms’ provided by The Hotel InterContinental Wellington, with a large attendance of Rotarians, Rotaractors and parents.
This community Interact club was chartered with 35 members drawn from both Wellington College and Wellington Girls College. 
Leading by Example
It was clearly a very special moment for the fifty-four young primary school leaders, chosen by their school, to receive a Be a Gift Leadership Award on 15 September. In the comments from each school, read out by the Deputy Mayor, 'Ana Coffey, there were several recurring themes as to how award winners were described, including: striving for excellence, community-focused, rising above adversity, humility, perseverance, respectful, helpful, determined, polite, empathetic, service-oriented, hard-working, good listener, leading by example, culturally sensitive, excellent role model, and considerate. 
Students Prepare for their Big OE

One of the key events in the Rotary Youth Exchange Programme is the Orientation weekend for both Inbound and Outbound students and their parents and mentors. This year our venue was the Foxton Bible Camp.  

Kick Polio
  -  Nigera Update

On The Ground in Nigeria

Thanks to Rotarians in Africa, Rotary's response to the outbreak in Borno, Nigeria is underway 
Fighting polio: Nearly eradicated worldwide — nearly
Rotary Global Rewards

    Do you know about this??

Rotaract and Interact Clubs
Your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club can earn a Presidential Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your clubs. Grow your membership, develop sustainable service projects, support The Rotary Foundation, and build awareness of Rotary in your community and get recognized for being a part of Rotary Serving Humanity. Develop a plan now and track your progress.
Reminder:  60 Day Membership Challenge
This ran from 1 August to 30 September 2016.  Clubs should email qualifying information to District Secretary Carol Green by 14 October 2016
Up Coming Membership Webinars
 Learn more about the ways you can strengthen Rotary by participating in these membership focused webinars          


Welsh “rugby-loving Rotarians”

Four members of the Rotary Club  of Haverfordwest in Wales are considering travelling to New Zealand for the British and Irish Lions Rugby tour in June/July 2017 and they are looking for some advice on accommodation for the second test. 






Surely we can host these people for the game in Wellington

Ride for Rotary

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
Volunteers required to review Risk Management Policy
The District’s Risk Management Policy is available on the District website in the “Documents” folder under the “For Rotarians” drop down menu.  The District’s Finance Committee recommends a review of the policy, which was developed in 2004, in light of recent changes in legislation and societal expectations.  
This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to help the District and Clubs manage risk.  DG Martin would like to hear from Rotarians who can offer their expertise to this review. 
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

District Conference 21 - 23 April 2017 

The early registration price of $199 pp for the conference is available until 20 December 2016 
Look forward to seeing you there
The website for full details is only a click away
before, during and after the conference  - organised by Rotary Clubs of Taranaki.
These are to be pre-booked, and if required, pre-paid.
Bookings will be accepted up to one week before the conference , that is up to Friday, 14th of April.
Where payment is required a small booking fee will be levied by the on-line company “Eventbrite”. 
In those cases where "Register Now" only is required no fee will be payable.
Questions about the programme may be addressed by e-mail to Michael Archer at "".
ANZAC Day 2017 will be on Tuesday, 25th April. Delegates are encouraged to stay an extra night and to use the Monday, the 24th, as an additional day during which further to experience and explore Taranaki. 


Labour Weekend  14th Annual Art show
Southwards Museum Paraparaumu
Entries close 4 October 2016

World Polio Day   24 October 2016






Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day 18 November 2016

DG Martin would like all Clubs to participate in Red Nose Day on 18 November to support Cure Kids 

Pautahanui Garden Trail

The Garden Trail is a joint project with Plimmerton Inner Wheel with proceeds going to the Plimmerton Rotary project - Te Ara Piko Pathway around the Pautahanui Inlet.
Tickets can be purchased from the outlets detailed on the attached poster or from Adrienne Murray
This is where you can read about progress on the second stage of the Pathway
Ride to End Polio
International Womens Day
Planning for International Women's Day 2017 commencing soon

Organizations seeking to help plan International Women's Day 2017 activity are invited to get in contact.
Various opportunities, roles and options are available.

How will you mark the day?

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. 
Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity.
What are you planning??

In 2015 the celebration of International Women's Day in our District was with a Celebrity Debate in Kapiti.
Bulletin Editor
Adrienne Murray