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Rotary Foundation and Leadership

PDG Graeme BlickPast District Governor Graeme Blick talked about the Rotary Foundation.

In 1917, Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph proposed an endowment "for the purpose of doing good in the world." His vision became The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

District grants fund smaller, short-term activities that address needs in our community and communities worldwide.PDG Graeme Blick on Foundation Global grants support large international activities that have sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of our areas of focus. Rotarians create their own projects and carry them out.

“Grants” must be applicable to one or more of 6 areas of focus. These are: peace and conflict resolution; disease prevention; water and sanitation; child health; education and health; and economic development. Graeme is encouraging clubs in our District to apply for grants to help progress projects. He also spoke about the Polio eradication programme that is very close yet requires concerted effort to completely get rid of polio in the world. See:

Carol GreenWe also welcomed Carol Green, Chair of the District 9940 Rotary Institute of Leadership (RLI). RLI is the Rotarian Development Forum- Better Rotary Through Leadership Education. The RLI was introduced into District 9940 during 2010-11. RLI has interactive, fast-paced courses which are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and develop leadership skills, to foster a pool of enthusiastic Rotarians capable of taking on future leadership roles in clubs and districts. There are three different, one-day, discussion-based workshops that can be taken at the Rotarian's pace. Carol explained that the RLI programme is goes beyond Rotarians who hold office – it’s a great opportunity to learn more about what Rotary has to offer.

Enthusiastic RLI graduates return to their clubs with fresh ideas, new contacts, an increased understanding of their potential as Rotarians, and the excitement of Rotary service.

Community Services' update

Laura Sommer on Community ServicesLaura Sommer gave an update on Community Services that referred to the forthcoming end-of-year projects for Carols at the College and Toot4Tucker street collection for Tawa Foodbank in early December. A Tawa community walk is planned for February, when hopefully the weather will be ideal for such an event.

This year, Community Services’ activity has involved collecting for Wellington Children's Hospital Appeal, the Stroke Foundation blood pressure awareness campaign, and Spring into Tawa jointly with Andrew’s Publicity team.

Tawa Rotary is also assisting the community programme, Ngatahi Hapori (Tawa youth mentoring) that's in its pilot year with 20 mentors supporting former Tawa College students. 26 November is an end-of-year event being held at Tawa College to celebrate the first year of this programme - former Mayor of Otorohonga, Dale Williams has been invited join the event as he inspired this programme by the successful progress that was achieved in his community.

New World Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Denise Garcia.

Parting thoughts

Contributed by Richard Hutchinson:

  • One generation plants the trees and another gets the shade (Chinese proverb).
  • Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans (Anon).


24-27 Oct        Paraparaumu Rotary Kapiti Observer Art Show 2014

17 Nov            Wellington Rotaract Quiz night – for Human and Hope Association

5-7 Dec           District Conference 2014

9 Dec              Community Services – Carols at the College

Register for Conference 2014

District 9940 has the privilege to be hosting this event, sanctioned by Rotary InternationaI. Exciting speaker line up, entertainment from the very young to the wonderful Dame Malvina Major telling her Rotary story and an evening at the TSB Arena with a 'Black and White' theme. Join your other District friends in Wellington December 5-7 in the Michael Fowler Centre.

A programme is available on line; and you can register now. More activities and speakers will be added. The Facebook page is

Register at

PS: The next District 9940 Conference after this is not until May 2016 (no District Conference in calendar 2015).

Good health @ Revolve

The Tawa Rotary Revolve Gym class is held each Sunday, at midday, or 10 minutes earlier if you wish to warm up on a treadmill. At Revolve Gym, The Mall, Tawa. Tawa Rotarians and their friends / relations are very welcome to join - so come along and give it a go. FREE for first time attendees – else only $10pp per session. A bargain for a 40 min. weights and exercise circuit to tone up those muscles. Want to find out more? - get in touch with Richard Herbert.


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