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Preparing to be District Governor

District Governor elect Martin GarciaDistrict Governor Elect Martin Garcia spoke to the 14 July 2015 meeting about his role as District Governor Elect.

Martin spoke of his childhood and upbringing in Taranaki and it looked as though “service above self” was etched from an early age. His father [a Rotarian] and grandfather [who he never met] certainly have led the way and shown and encouraged a young Martin to step into the Social Justice arena. As a young adult he headed to Sydney to study but after 4 years he settled in Wellington where he met and later married Denise.

Martin is a Principal Policy Advisor in the Trade and International Branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and he shared with us his dilemma with the decision of his commitment to the District Governor role as it relates to his work during his term in 2016/17.

Martin joined Tawa Rotary in 2002 and has held many roles in the Club and District. These roles have seen him wholeheartedly meet the District Governor qualifications. Martin explained to the meeting how the District Governor’s duties relate to meetings, training, newsletter, conference, leadership and the many many district committees that exist.

Martin concluded talking about the District Conference in New Plymouth in April 2017.  His theme is ‘Valuing our differences’ with diversity in our communities. 

Martin’s District focus in 2016/17 is to Support the Clubs, Humanitarian Services and Rotary’s Public Image. Thank you Martin and we wish you and Denise well for the next couple of years as you lead into – and carry out the Role as Rotary District Governor District 9940.

Meeting notes - a special tribute with presentation of flowers was extended to our caterers from the Red House Café, Te Horo that was destroyed in a tragic fire.

Upcoming events

Date (2015)



21 July

Kristeen Johnston, President Soroptimist International

Elizabeth Sutton

28 July

President's Plan 2015-16

President Ken Pearson 

4 August

Kathleen Wright, Sub Urban Co-working

Irene Corpuz

11 August

Matt Crawshaw - Good Cents

Pat Waite

18 August

Stephanie Lamborn, Volunteer Service Abroad

Elizabeth Sutton

25 August

Visit to Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, Dr Swee Tan

Pat Waite

1 Sept

Bishop Duckworth, Anglican Bishop of Wellington

Richard Hutchison

8 Sept

Reports from Committee Chairs


15 Sept

Chris Whelan, Exec Director, Universities of NZ


22 Sept

District Governor Visit

Pres Ken Pearson


Inspiring action to transform lives

Kristeen Johnston - Soroptimist International, 21 Jul 2015Our guest speaker for 21 July 2015 is Kristeen Johnston, president and volunteer of Soroptimist International Wellington. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. Their network of around 80,000 club members in 130 countries and territories works at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.



Rotary news

District Governor Simon Manning

District Governor Simon Manning is regularly posting on the District 9940 site and Facebook. You don’t have to subscribe to Facebook to be able to view the contents. He is challenging all clubs to commit to attending the 2016 District Conference in Nelson. Put the dates, May 6-8 2016, in your diary and see the event page for updates here. has been updated with information that has “gone live” at midnight 1 July 2015. You will find helpful information there about what our district and other districts are up to.

24 July may mark one year with no new cases of polio in Nigeria! Visit to download a toolkit of materials to raise awareness about our Rotary International - no polio cases in Nigeriaprogress:


Preparing to be District Governor - Martin Garcia

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