MAY 2019
A message from District Governor, Andrew Hamilton
March and April have always traditionally been busy Rotary months and this year has been no exception. Wonderful community projects have been run by many Rotary Clubs across the District. Rotarians doing what they do, very well – “Doing Good in the Community”.

Leadership in Practice RYLA 2019

RYLA Oamaru 2019 was always going to take a different approach. The key thing the club understood was that RYLA awardees wanted to experience leadership, not just hear about it. So Rotary Oamaru devised a programme that would provide leadership opportunities from the outset. And according to RYLA attendees, our programme delivered.

Rotary Presidents' Charity Cycle Challenge 2019
The Rotary Presidents’ Charity Cycle Challenge on Saturday 23 February 2019, offered cyclists the opportunity to take part in a challenging yet fulfilling cycling event with the option of taking on the 160km from Te Anau to Invercargill or a shorter ride of 100km starting from Mossburn.
Mana Tangata: People of Action
Is your Club contributing to the Centennial History of Rotary 1921-2021 in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands?
“Mana Tangata: People of Action” is the working title of a coffee table publication being crafted by professional historian Dr Stephen Clarke. The achievements of your Club and Rotarians cannot be considered by Dr Clarke if he is not aware of them.  Many Clubs have already sent information to Dr Clarke.
The Rotary Foundation is responding to disasters
When disaster strikes, Rotarians around the world come together as people of action to help those in need. To support communities in their rebuilding efforts, The Rotary Foundation is proud to announce our new Disaster Response Fund.
Clean Water Work Teams
Supporting a Rotary Global Grant in the Dominican Republic
In support of a Global Grant to study and supply Kohler Clarity water filters in the Dominican Republic, the RD 7810/9980 Clean Water Work Team traveled to La Romana, Dominican Republic in the first week of March 2019, led by Dr. Bob Chagrasulis (Rotary E-Club of WASH RD 9980) and team members from RD 7810 (eastern Maine, USA and New Brunswick Canada) and RD 7820 (Nova Scotia, Canada). 
New Zealand - Australia Rotary Conference Regeneration Newsletter
The New Zealand Australia Conference in September this year is well advanced in its planning and I am sure it will be a great experience for all of those attending. This really is an opportunity to show our support for our Kiwi friends as they prepare for a great experience for everyone attending.
What is Friendship Exchange?
Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs. Participants may travel as individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may be Rotary members or not.
Our causes
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
Addiction Prevention Rotarian Action Group
It is time for an update on how RAG AP is quickly evolving after the visit to Mumbai in January  by Johan Maertens and Kathleen Van Rysseghem. 
We were happy to witness the great success of the programs that originated in District 1620 at De Sleutel and that now are the cornerstones for prevention and social & life-skills trainings at the School of Human Ecology in Mumbai. 
Over 90 % of the Water is Unsafe
Chris Choate, from the Rotary Club of Liberty Lake, coordinated the project to build a concrete latrine for the school of San Antonio de Yamales, Honduras. Working with Pure Water for the World the Rotarians provided bio-sand water filters for the 160 villagers. A $11,000 grant from the Rotary Foundation made the project possible.
The difference between a full Rotary Member and an Honorary Member...
Rotary International defines active members as those who meet the requirements for membership, pay Rotary International dues, are eligible to vote on district matters, and are eligible to hold a club officer position.
Women in Rotary go together
At its meeting in April, Cromwell Rotary celebrated 30 years of having women in its club.  Rotary International was started in Chicago in 1905 as a men only business club but now welcomes women to its membership.  In this part of the country Cromwell Rotary very much led the way by inducting its first three women to the club in 1989. 
Rotary Fellowship - From a different perspective
An interesting adjunct to Rotary, on an international level especially, is the number of “Fellowships” (i.e. groups of Rotarians that share a common interest) that have been created to enable Rotarians with similar interests to join together to share those interests and fellowship. 
The President's Monthly Message

The people who know me best — my family — know that my passion for Rotary is boundless. They also know that I don't expect them to get involved in Rotary the way I have. It's a choice that's up to them. But I must admit, I can't help smiling when I see them making the right choice.


Invercargill Clubs Environment Clean Up Day
Lionel Wilson, Timaru Club, meeting RI President, Barry Rassin
District 9980 Professional Development Exchange Team
DG Andrew with RYLA Team
Thanks to our wonderful team of helpers putting together the 250+ delegate packs for the Rotary Conference in Oamaru. 

Rotary District 9980 Conference
Oamaru, Friday 26 April - Sunday 28 April 2019
Conference Speakers
District 9980 Rotary Conference 2019
Wilkinson Rodgers Speech Competition winner, Alice Houston-Page from Logan Park High School, with Barbara and Andrew Hamilton
Local school pupils invited to hear Sir Graham Henry
Tasmanian Professional Development Exchange Team
Best Dressed Club winners - Fiordland

It's time to getaway
Rediscover yourself and breathe life into the holiday you’ve always imagined! The Globus family of brands is excited to deliver this and so much more. With over 90 years of travel experience, you can rest assured that your holiday will be taken care of at every step of the way. 
Communication as we knew it Jim
Many people are saying that the Millennials’ apparent growing obsession with all things social media will mean the end of communication as we know it. A bit of a generalisation but when it comes to person to person communication or public speaking there might be an element of truth which is why encouraging young people to develop public speaking skills is so important.
At the District 9980 Rotary Conference held in Oamaru last month Wilkinson Rodgers Lawyers were pleased to sponsor the Wilkinson Rodgers Rotary Speech Contest. We were treated to 4 outstanding young speakers. Four different topics all delivered with skill and passion.
All credit to Rotary for understanding the importance of encouraging young people to develop their public speaking skills.
For all your legal requirements contact Wilkinson Rodgers Lawyers on 03 477 9844.
Estate Services made easy
Estate of Grace is a new local family owned business that prides itself on providing a caring and holistic approach to estate services.  They are focused on doing the best for the client, family and their estate by maximising value and making a difference to the community with options to support local charities and non-profit organisations whenever possible.
Thank you for having us at your conference
We had a fantastic time attending the conference and meeting with you. If you are interested in receiving further information, Rhodes writes three articles every fortnight that he publishes as News Farmers Can Use. The articles are emailed and the topics include: farming, lifestyle and money. They are short, to the point and without jargon. We are wanting to inform, educate or entertain and we are looking for subscribers.
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Farming: Beyond Meat - a sizzling initial public offering on Wall Street
Money: Winning the Loser's Game video - Part 1
Lifestyle: Farming sunlight, on our roof

Want to find out what events are happening in the District?
Go to the
Rotary District Website Event Calendar.
Upcoming Events
Rotary Know How Day
May 19, 2019
District Board Meeting
Zoom Meeting
May 26, 2019
Rotary International Conference - Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany
Jun 01, 2019 – Jun 05, 2019
Queens Birthday Weekend
Jun 03, 2019
District Board Meeting
Zoom Meeting
Jun 23, 2019

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