A message from District Governor, Andrew Hamilton
The last two months have flown by quickly with Club Visits being one of the main areas of focus for Barbara and me. To date we have visited 24 Clubs. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, the Club Visits are without a doubt a highlight of the District Governor role. Getting to know fellow Rotarians and hearing and seeing the amazing jobs the Clubs undertake in their local and global communities is a privilege.

ROMAC and Rachel's story
Rachel and her mother Victoria arrived in Auckland, New Zealand from Vanuatu in late June. Rachel had a renal condition that needed to be resolved and the renal team at Starship Hospital promptly got to work to treat her.
Alex volunteers split firewood
Every second Thursday from 9.00am to midday 10 or so Alexandra Club members join with a few Salvation Army volunteers to split firewood.
Two members generously supply their own splitters, the Salvation Army has one and the club recently purchased a fourth.
Dunedin Central Second-Hand Book Sale success
Dunedin Central Rotary has been running a second-hand book sale to raise funds for Shelter Box and the proposed new Mosgiel swimming pool. Shelter Box is particularly relevant after the recent earthquakes in Indonesia.
$7.5M given annually in scholarships
The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study. To date 350,000 scholarships have been awarded, with $7.5M in scholarships.given annually by Rotary.
Shelter Box and the people of Sulawesi
On Friday 28 September, the people of Sulawesi looked on in horror as giant waves crashed onto their shores. First the island was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Then a tsunami tore through the region, flattening everything in its path and turning thousands of homes to rubble. 
100 Days of the Polio Outbreak Response in Papua New Guinea
To mark the 100 days since the Government of Papua New Guinea launched the Emergency Response to the Polio Outbreak, the National Department of Health, with support from WHO, UNICEF and other partners, is releasing a report on the key accomplishments and highlights from the response operations.
Women in WASH
The latest Women in WASH webinar is available to view now - just click the links. 
This is my Rotary smile
Ricardo Román was shopping with his wife at a department store in Chile in 2012 when a woman in her early 20s approached him. He didn’t recognize her, he confesses through an interpreter, but there were two good reasons: He had last seen her more than a decade earlier – and her smile had changed drastically.
Rotary Foundation newsletter

I have had the opportunity to visit Evanston as part of an International Rotary Committee for Leadership and Management. It was a thrill to go to the 17th floor of Rotary Headquarters and take in the history of what The Rotary Foundation has achieved. We must not forget that until Polio is eradicated from the world our job is not done. The attached photo is a statue commemorating Rotary’s work and is outside Rotary Headquarters in Evanston.


Rotary Leader newsletter

Many young professionals value the mentoring that Rotary provides, as well as the opportunity to establish themselves as leaders in the community. Discover five values your club can emphasize to appeal to young professionals.


Food Plant Solutions newsletter
The October edition of Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group has articles on stunting, a project to alleviate malnutrition in Papua New Guinea and a profile on one of our program partners – Two Llamas Environmental & Social Projects,
WASRAG newsletter
To find out about all things clean water, including ending polio, WASRAG Ambassadors, and the upcoming World Water Summit. 
I packed your parachute
Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience!
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.

Some of the DG Club visits around the district
District 9980 Conference Organising Committee at our September meeting

Jean Morgan, District Secretary - hard at work.

Rotary District 9980 Conference
is taking place in Oamaru 
Friday 26 April - Sunday 28 April 2019
We'd also like to thank our conference sponsors for their generous support.

Want to find out what events are happening in the District?
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

Quick links to keep you informed
District 9980 wesbite
Up to date information, along with club & district directories
Regular updates
with photos and stories from around the district
2019 Conference
Register now for the April conference in Oamaru

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