A message from District Governor, Andrew Hamilton
Doesn’t Christmas come around quickly each year? The older you get, the faster it seems to arrive!!
For Barbara and me it has been a very enjoyable six months of Club Visits, Club Anniversaries, travel and other Rotary Events. People are such a special part of Rotary. Good people doing great things in our local and global communities. It is always such a pleasure to meet Rotarians.

PDG Andrew Meek 1942 - 2018
Rotary played an important part in Andrew’s life over the past 31 years and, without any doubt, Andrew was an incredibly important part of Rotary over those same years.
He joined the Rotary Club of Dunedin Central on March 1, 1987 and his passion for Rotary, his Rotary Club and the ideals of Rotary in helping and supporting others in the local and global community was endless.
District 9980 Car Rally and Fun (Track) Day
What a fantastic day was held at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell on the 10th of November. A cloudy start turned into another magnificent Central Otago day for all concerned.
DG Andrew’s brief to his AG’s was simple “Let’s hold a “Fun Day”.
Queenstown Club 75th Anniversary Project
The Rotary Club of Queenstown, with support from Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Department of Conservation, are pleased to provide this trail for our community, which affords outstanding views overlooking the Shotover River.
Otago Service Clubs Medical Trust - a brief history
Back in 1986 the President of the Rotary Club of St Kilda Sunrise, Mr Joe Wansink, was in desperate need of a heart transplant and the Club found another person, Norman Rae who was related to a member of the Mosgiel Lions Club, also required a heart transplant. The two Clubs got together and at a meeting Mr John Jones, a local radio announcer at the time, suggested one weekend we telephone all the persons in the Dunedin telephone book and the next weekend we would go out and collect all the pledges.
Rotary Professional Development Exchange 2019 - Tasmania
Our exchange preparations are moving along very well. Our team to visit District 9830 in Tasmania has been chosen they are;
Mosgiel's HippoRoller Project
HippoRollers, as the logo suggests is such a SIMPLE IDEA, and their gifting to often isolated, poor and struggling communities, really does CHANGE LIVES. 
Te Araroa Trail - Same Shirt Different Day
The Rotary Club of Whakatane is raising funds and awareness for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) through the action of Rotary member, Owen Vaughan, who is walking the Te Araroa Trail, a 3,000km pathway from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
Four-Way Test Speech Competition
The Rotary Four-Way Secondary School's Speech Competition has been an annual event in the Rotary calendar for some years now. It started at the District Conference in Invercargill in 2003 by the then DG Don Irvine and has been held ever since. The competition is for year 12 and 13 secondary school students. Each Club has one or two secondary schools allocated to it, and about now each club should be contacting those schools to encourage participation. Each Principal and Club President has received information, but if not, then the flier and judging sheet are on the website or available from the Speech Organiser (see below).
What are Rotary Fellowship Groups?
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. They are a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession and enhance your Rotary experience -  for example be it running marathons, railroads, scuba diving, cricket, dolls, environment, or appreciating wine or whisky. 
Rotary Alumni
Gilly Oppenheim and Sally Angus of the District Alumni Committee are working hard to build up lists of Rotary Alumni.
These are people Rotary Clubs have came into contact with, in the past as a result of one of our many Rotary Programmes or Projects such as :
Charity Cycle Challenge
The Charity Cycle Challenge is held annually and attracts riders, both local and further afield. The two rides are ideal as a fun event or as a personal challenge.
Run the Runway - at Dunedin Airport
Have fun, get fit and be part of the fundraising for the Taieri Aquatic Project - and you could be the lucky winner of a Mainland Air training flight!
Science and Technology Forum
The Rotary National Science & Technology Forum is a programme for students in Year 12 who will be returning to Year 13 and are planning to study the sciences or technology at tertiary level. All applicants had achieved excellent results in all round science, maths and technology.
How do corporate memberships work?
Corporate membership is an alternative membership type aimed at engaging leaders of corporate and other large organizations within your community. Corporate membership enables a Rotary club to expand its network in the community and foster new partnerships that can be leveraged to tackle big challenges.  For a corporation, corporate membership gives the benefits of membership but allows them to send fellow employees on their behalf when they can’t make meetings or events, and is an opportunity to engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) through Rotary.
Alex and Heiko, are going to raise $45,000 USD during their one-year sabbatical in 2019. This money will help three Haitian communities to gain access to clean water. 
WASRAG Newsletter
The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) has facilitated many hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a needs-driven approach, and developing best practices. WASRAG encourage a holistic, integrated approach in which water is not the end in itself, but is rather the means to a better life and livelihood in the community. Most importantly, WASRAG links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community – especially women, irrigation and agriculture, education and literacy and, ultimately, child mortality.
Read their latest newsletter here.
ROMAC's Latest Newsletter
To read amazing stories of children from across the Pacific, 50 years of service and ROMAC's 30th anniversary, go to the ROMAC newsletter.
A message from RNZWCS
In the lead up to Christmas, our attention turns towards our families and loved ones. It is also a time when we also look to our communities, and those who are in need of our help. We live in towns and cities where we have the networks and resources to make projects happen which benefit our local communities.
Situation Vacant - Peer Support
After many years of great service, Graeme Brown from the Rotary Club of Taieri is retiring as our Rotary District’s Trustee on the Peer Support Trust of New Zealand.
The President's Monthly Message
It's traditional that the first Rotarian magazine of the Rotary year carries a profile of the incoming RI president and his or her family. I've always read those profiles with interest, never giving much thought to the possibility that one day, I might be the one bringing a writer from the magazine to my Rotary club meeting! I have never liked a lot of attention, and the idea of having my picture on the magazine cover made me a bit uncomfortable. But when I saw the photo the editors chose, I smiled. Because the star of that picture definitely isn't me, or even my wife, Esther. It's the flock of flamingos, none of which could care less about Rotary, all strutting past us in the same direction. All of them — except one.
A word from our Conference Sponsor - Avalon Waterways
If you want to see the world, cruise down its legendary rivers. If you want to see more of the world, look no further than Avalon Waterways. Glide away on dreamy ships and relax in laidback luxury, an effortless feeling you get the moment you step onboard. Every gentle bend of the river reveals another fascinating sight as your ship winds its way through scenic landscapes and ancient wonders.

Tasmania District Governor Ross Carlyle and DG Andrew Hamilton

District Governor Elect Tania Lowery marries fellow Balclutha Rotarian Phil Atkinson at Naseby.

The District Governor and Barbara 'Out and About'

District 9980 Club Members of the E-Club of WASH live all over the world. Club member and member of our District, Nancy Gilbert, sent these photos after taking her dog for a walk in late November. This was taken at Lake Bernard, Wakefield, Quebec, Canada.

Southland Club Presidents with partners in Lumsden

Rotary District 9980 Conference
is taking place in Oamaru 
Friday 26 April - Sunday 28 April 2019
We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support
of the District 9980 Rotary Conference

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Go to the
Rotary District Website Event Calendar.
Upcoming Events
Christmas Day
Dec 25, 2018
Boxing Day
Dec 26, 2018
New Years Day
Jan 01, 2019

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