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  • Family BBQ and picnic, 27 Feb 2018
  • Note for your diaries
  • District Governor Mitchell Brown visits Tawa
  • Fundraising Quiz 1 March - Tawa Hanging Baskets
  • Health & Beauty Expo, 22 March - Charity fundraiser
  • District news
    • Rotary International Convention 2018
    • Visit by RI President Ian Riseley 6 March
    • Rotafest - District Conference 2018
  • Duties

Join us! - Family BBQ and Picnic 

BBQ notice 27 Feb 18 Family BBQ and picnic on Tuesday 27 February. At Grasslees Reserve opposite the Bowling CLub, Davies Street. From 6pm.

Bring your family, children, grandchildren, friends (but no dogs or cats); meat to cook on the BBQ plus a salad or dessert to share; BYO drinks, blankets, chairs, plates etc.

In the event of bad weather we will adjourn to the Bowling Club and cook in the kitchen and provide entertainment.

Note for your diaries ...

Date (2017)

 Event  Liaison
27 Feb 2018 Family BBQ and picnic  
1 Mar 2018 Fundraiser Quiz, Tawa Hanging Baskets  
6 Mar 2018 District 9940 - visit Rotary International President Ian Riseley  
11-13 May 2018 RotaFest 2018 District Conference   

District Governor Mitch Brown visits Tawa

RDG Mitch Brown, 20 Feb 2019otary District Governor Mitch Brown attended the Rotary Tawa meeting on 20 Feb 2018. Past DG Martin Garcia welcomed Mitch with a toast in which he also noted that this was a significant week for Mitch with Thursday 22 Feb being the 7th Anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake at which he attended as part of an Urban Rescue team, and also that this Friday 23 Feb was the 113th anniversary of the founding of Rotary.

Group photo with DG Mitchell Brown, 20 Feb 2018Mitch recounted some of his journey with Rotary in terms of how much Rotary had influenced his life, his career and his progression within Rotary to now be DG of the largest Rotary district in New Zealand. And it all started with the offer of a Rotarian to invest in him. Investing in Rotarians for the future of Rotary was a bit of a theme of his talk.

For Mitch history was important, not that we should continue to keep doing the same things, but that it indicates what has been achieved and what could be achieved in the future.

Mitch also spoke about some of the goals of the current RI President Ian Riseley, and his theme “Rotary: Making a Difference”.

  1. Securing Rotary’s future to support and grow club membership. How was Rotary going to accommodate the millennials and why would they join Rotary. Some provocative thoughts and examples were given.
  2. Environmental Sustainability. Environmental degradation and global climate change cannot continue to be ignored by Rotary. We can all make a difference to environmental sustainability by planting a tree.

Mitch concluded his address by wetting our appetite to attend the “RotaFEST - a Festival of Rotary”, 11-13 May in Palmerston North. Further details of the programme and registration are available on the District website.

Ken Woodgate in making the thanks made a presentation to Mitch of the recently published book “Tawa the tree, the community and its Reserves” and also a tawa tree sapling which Mitch said he would get RI President Ian Riseley to plant at the Wildlife Recovery Centre in Palmerston when he visits there in March.

The group photo represents District Governors past and present and District Committee Rotarians (as noted Tawa is well represented at District level).

Fundraising Quiz night- 1 March

Hanging Baskets fundraising quiz 1 Mar 18Tawa_Hanging_Basket_Quiz_Night_Poster 

Join us to have fun and raise funds for Tawa’s hanging baskets:

On Thursday 1st March there will be a fundraising quiz night at The Borough in Tawa, to support funding the Tawa Business Hanging Baskets. Tickets are a bargain at just $10 per person (it’s been recommended that teams should have a maximum of six people). There will be raffles on the night with prizes generously donated by Tawa businesses. Details in the attached brochure.

This project originated from the Tawa Community Board in 2012, and although it has been well supported by the Tawa Rotary Club members with labour in recent years, it is still entirely funded by the Tawa Community Board, who now have some members questioning whether this model is sustainable when there are also so many other calls from worthwhile groups and projects on limited funds.

This quiz night is a direct response to efforts from the community to ensure that the baskets which are much admired by a large percentage of Tawa town visitors, if they are kept watered, are retained into the future and also to partly at least to reduce the dependence on funding entirely from the Community Board.

Thanks to the callout by Malcolm Sparrow on Facebook mid last year Fiona Wild responded, along with a few others, and has taken up the initiative to lead a small group of people calling themselves the “Tawa Potted Colour Committee”, who have been keeping a closer monitor of the baskets over the sunny summer season and also planning for the future of the Tawa Business Centre hanging baskets, along with this event.

Women’s Health & Beauty Expo - Fundraiser

Health and Beauty Expo 21 Mar 2018Wed 21 March, 7pm

The Inner Wheel Club of Tawa is completing their planning for a Women’s Expo to raise funds for the charitable organisation ‘Look Good Feel Better’. This trust is Inner Wheel New Zealand’s national project and is a concept where women and men undergoing medical treatment for cancer are given a make-over and ways to assist them to look good and keep looking good during the times when loss of hair is a consequence of treatment. Make up tips, alongside ways to wear scarves and wigs assists individuals to feel comfortable about continuing to participate in social activities.

We have 24 confirmed exhibitors. Tickets are $20.00 which provides attendees with a goodie bag, free drink and nibbles throughout the evening.

Ticket sales Carolyn 021 369115 or

District News

Rotary International Convention 2018

Rotary International Convention 2018RI President Ian Riseley has invited Rotarians to attend the 2018 Rotary International Convention, Toronto next year. PDG Martin Garcia is leading the push encouraging people from District 9940 to attend.

Dear Rotarians:

I’d like to personally invite you to attend the 2018 Rotary International Convention, 23-27 June 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This Convention is sure to be the most inspiring convention yet with an impressive turnout from Australia and New Zealand.

Your influence as a leader goes a long way in encouraging members to attend, so I ask that you make convention promotion a high priority this year. This is a critical time as the deadline for early registration savings is 15 December. Most of our local Rotarians know about the convention but we need to get them inspired to register!  Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis and Toronto Promotion Committee Executive Team member Evan Burrell have been working hard to promote the registration campaign and they really need your help.

Here are some ways you can support:

  1. Lead by example and register if you haven’t already!
  2. Carve out time in your club meetings to motivate your fellow Rotarians by sharing personal testimonials and my video invitation to Rotarians in Australia and New Zealand. Click HERE to download the video.
  3. Make sure your club members feel welcomed by extending a personal invitation
  4. Encourage members to visit the RotaryDownUnderFacebook page and the RI and HOC websites where they’ll find helpful information.

I look forward to seeing you in Toronto where we are sure to receive a warm welcome from our wonderful Canadian Rotarians! Thank you for your support.

Ian Riseley
Rotary International President 2017-2018

Invitation - Visit by Rotary International President to District 9940!

From DG Mitchell Brown's district newsletter:

"It gives me the greatest of pleasure to advise that our Rotary District will host an amazing Rotarian and our great Aussie mate, Rotary International President Ian Riseley.

RI President Ian will be in New Zealand for our Presidents Elect training weekend at Waipuna Conference Centre, Auckland. Our District Presidents Elect will enjoy a great weekend of networking with Rotary peers, training, development and learning for their incoming role of Club President with the unique opportunity to hear from and experience first hand the inspirational leadership of our Rotary International President Ian Riseley.

Rotary International Pres Ian Riseley 6 Mar 2018Following this weekend we will host RI President Ian on Tuesday, 6th March here in Palmerston North for an afternoon of visiting the WildBase Recovery centre. This will be followed by an evening function hosted by the Rotary Club of Feilding, at the Feilding Convention Centre from 6pm. I would encourage Rotarians to respond to the invitation that PDG Ross Murray will be sending out to coordinate registrations on behalf of Rotary Club of Feilding President Ken Casey to be at this extra special Rotary event. RI President Ian will not only enlighten and challenge us in our Rotary world but will be presenting the Rotary Clubs of Stratford, Marton, Pahiatua and Hutt City with their commemorative certificates for 75 years of service in Rotary and to their communities. An evening for all Rotarian's, not to be missed!" See more.

Register Now! - Rotafest 2018

Rotafest 2018 - District ConferenceBook now to attend this year's District Conference - RotaFest 2018. See more.

District Governor Mitch Brown encourages Rotarians and partners to attend this year's District conference  - the booking link on our District Website for registration and accommodation that will get you to the District's biggest event of the year - RotaFEST 18.

"My thanks to Rotary Club of Palmerston North Rotarian and House of Travel owner Steve Parsons, who will assist us with the registration, accommodation and event booking platform for the whole weekend of the 11-13 May 2018. Steve has already booked placeholders for accommodation at the five closest hotels with 200 beds locked in to support the accommodation of our Rotarian's attending RotaFEST 18. Get ready to book your Rotary event of the year -RotaFEST 18,where you will be able to GO Wild About Rotary! See more


For the 2017/18 Longview Roster, see more.

  • Introducer*: the rostered member introducing the speaker is asked to email a brief written summary of the talk by Friday that week.  Email to Laura Sommer
  • Please arrange a substitute if unable to attend or you have to leave early. 
  •  Important for catering: please register guest attendance and apologies for non-attendance on Monday before midday  to:

  • PLEASE let Judith Gray know if you cannot do your duty

Duties - 2017

Tuesday 27 February 

Tuesday 6 March 

Tuesday 13 March


Family BBQ Grasslees Reserve (Rain option Bowling Club)


Dr Jo Cribb - Past CE Ministry for Women, Strategist, Gender & Policy Expert


Greetings & Attendance    Bruce Philips & Tony Heyward Russell Smith & John Connolly
Setting Up:   Karen Searle & Tom Humphries Karen Searle & Euan Patchett
Clearing Up:   All Members All Members
Photographer:   Richard Hutchinson Peter Lockery
Invocation/Toast & Parting Thought:   Chris Black Michael Kelly
Speaker Introduction*/Host:   Doug Burrus Judith Gray
Speaker Thanks:   Don Shanks Liz Sutton
3 [Three] minute talk   Phil Harland Paul Drummond
Raffle:   Don Rushworth Ken Woodgate
Sergeant:   Pat Waite Andrew Watson
Long View Roster:   Sunday 4 March: Doug & Francis Burrus  


Rotary Making a Difference 2017-18 Theme

  For earlier bulletin notices of our meetings, refer to Club Meeting Reports.

 “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.” Ian Riseley, Rotary International President 2017-18.

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