Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rotary making International news - Update from General Secretary

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to report that Rotary has received significant and high-profile media coverage over the previous two months that highlight who we are and what we do, particularly our efforts to eradicate polio.

  • New York Times: Rotary was featured in the ‘Your Money’ section alongside the Peace Corps as a volunteer and community service option for active retirees.
  • National Geographic: Dr. John Sever, vice chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee, was interviewed about the history of the polio vaccine and Rotary’s efforts to end polio.
  • Tages Anzeiger:Rotarian and polio-survivor Urs Herzog (story attached) was interviewed about the importance of immunization and the current fight to end polio.
  • National Public Radio: Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus, was quoted extensively about the planned introduction of the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization programs in 2015. 
  • Voice of America: Dr. John Sever, vice chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee, was interviewed for a story on the 60th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s   inactivated polio vaccine and recent progress to end polio in Nigeria and Africa.
  • Toronto Globe and Mail: A joint op-ed was by former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and virtuoso violinist and Rotary polio ambassador Itzhak Perlman – both polio survivors, was published.
  • Jerusalem Post: An op-ed by virtuoso violinist and Rotary polio ambassador Itzhak Perlman was published about his personal experience contracting polio as a young boy in Israel, and his work with Rotary to eradicate the disease.
  • In March, Rotary polio ambassador and Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana posted messages on social media about her trip to India with Rotary to immunize children against polio. High profile fashion magazines Glamour Brasil and Vogue Brasil reposted her Instagram messages – reaching more than 13,000 people.

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Best regards,
John Hewko
General Secretary
Rotary International

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Polio Update

Results are getting better every day & so is ending Polio for good......... Please share with your clubs.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Update on additional Nepal Earthquake

Rotary New Zealand continue to monitor the situation in Nepal following the Earthquake on 25 April 2015 and which will now include the regions affected by the Earthquake of 13 May 2015. With respected Rotarians in Nepal who have had associations with Rotary Clubs in New Zealand over many years, donors can be confident that their money will be managed with utmost integrity, accountability and reporting. They continue to have dialogue with people from New Zealand on the ground. “The terrain and weather conditions in Nepal are such that there are demands most people who haven’t visited there cannot imagine” their spokesperson said. Rotary New Zealand’s response will be with reconstruction and rehabilitation phase and they are in contact with a number of New Zealand Rotary clubs who have partnered with clubs in Nepal over many years with good outcomes. Rotary is proud of the community to community partnerships between New Zealand and Nepal.  They will work also with them also in the coming months. The public of New Zealand are responding to its appeal. Those who still wish to make their donation should do it now which will enable them to assess the level of activities that they will support.

Four Donation options are:
At any Westpac Branch or by Internet Banking Quoting 03 1702 0192208 01 Ref. 0999
Paypal at –
Cheque to RNZWCS Limited
PO Box 20309
Christchurch 8543

Thursday, May 7, 2015

General Secretary John Hewko coming Downunder


D9980 are in for a treat, as they have our General Secretary of Rotary International, John Hewko attending their conference this month.

Press already picking up on this, which is great.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Rotary on Radio throughout NZ from next week

All info is with your District PI Chairs, but we will be starting our NZ Nationwide Radio Campaign from next week.

This is a week out, as starting 11th May, not 4th May as attached, but gives you an idea of campaign. We are doing a combination of National adverts (generic) & Regional ones using local Rotarians. (wonder if you can guess who they are in your local area........)

Please advise your clubs, so they know this is coming up, & use to your advantage for membership growth.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nepal Earthquake information

Note from PDG Stuart Batty:
Rotary New Zealand is currently considering THE MOST BENEFICIAL  response to the longer term recovery and rehabilitation phase  following the earthquake disaster in Nepal and is seeking advice from  Rotarians in the effected areas. Thanks to those who have approached  us with the offer of financial support which is welcomed.

Four Donation options are:

At any Westpac Branch or by Internet Banking  Quoting 03 1702 0192208 01  Ref. 999

Paypal at –

Cheque to RNZWCS Limited
PO Box 20309
Christchurch 8543

Monday, April 27, 2015

Rotary's Newest Fellowship

With everyone travelling, this is a great new fellowship to look into:

Rotary's newest Fellowship is for Cruising Rotarians. Find out more by emailing and LIKING our Facebook group page:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Update on Cyclone Pam - Vanuatu from NZWCS


We now have 1000 ERKs either in Vanuatu or en route.

600 left on HMNZS Canterbury last Sunday – two and half 20 foot container loads. Prime TV News covered Sunday night.

Huge thanks to MFAT, RNZDF (Navy), Jenners Worldwide Freight Ltd for making this possible.

The value of the consignments is approx $600k so we desperately need that equivalent to replace the stock.

The Public Response to our Appeal which has appeared on a number of websites has been well received and we are grateful for donations large and small.

We have received many calls and emails from people representing Ni Vanuatu people in New Zealand and New Zealand residents from other Pacific countries with requests to assist them to send containers of donations in kind and other goods. Each is being considered, but not encouraged.

The reasons are many, essentially to protect the Vanuatu economy and not impair the livelihood of the established business community. A lot of DIK sent by well wishers is often inappropriate.

A priority for funding is re-establishment of safer drinking water. 75 communities are being considered to provide potable water and reduce the sanitation and health consequences which arise from water sources damaged by the cyclone.  Following on from a successful project in Samoa as a result of the last Cyclone devastating that country, water harvesting roofs and tanks maybe installed in  schools in strategic locations which community members can access which will prevent the closure of schools due to sanitation and health concerns. 

Reestablishments of home vegetable gardens also an urgent need which is being considered a priority.

New Zealand Rotary Volunteer Peter Wilson has arrived in Vanuatu to undertake needs assessments having determined a number of islands as those we should support given that Rotary has provided infrastructure to their communities in the past and know the islands well. Rotarians in Vanuatu have suffered loss to homes and businesses and need support whilst they tend to their own personal issues. Trauma is an issue often forgotten at these times.

Vanuatu is made up of 83 islands over a vast area of ocean and limited access mostly by sea. From the most southern to the most northern the distance is approx 1000 kilometres in a straight line.

Given it is only 10 days since Cyclone Pam hit, we believe we are well on track to make a real difference over the coming days, weeks, months and possibly years.


 Four Donation options are:
At any Westpac Branch or by Internet Banking

Quoting   03 1702 0192208 01             Ref.  888 or for ERKs specifically 308

Paypal  at   –

Cheque to

RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand)
PO Box 20309
Christchurch 8543
New Zealand

Rotary Youth logos changing - watch this space

About a year ago, Rotary carried out a survey with a simple question: How can we bring our youth program logos closer to Rotary and align them with our new visual guidelines? From the responses, it was made clear that any change should include Rotary, be consistent with our voice and visual identity, and express the history of these programs even as we engage future participants:
  • 74% of you prefer a Rotaract design because it includes the Rotary wheel
  • 75% prefer an Interact design because it includes the Rotary wheel
  • 77% want a stronger connection between Youth Exchange and Rotary
  • 82% want a stronger connection between RYLA and Rotary
As you know, these programs have made a positive difference in our world for decades. We’ve developed leaders through RYLA, built international understanding through Rotary Youth Exchange, and worked side-by-side with Interactors and Rotaractors to take action in our communities. But, just like Rotary, these programs have never received the recognition they deserve. Members of the public often don’t know our programs, why they matter, and how they are connected to Rotary’s story.

In the coming days, we will be rolling out a new visual identity for these programs that helps make that connection to Rotary more clear. Now when we continue to tell our inspiring story of the great work these young leaders make in communities around the world, they will know it is an extension of the Rotary brand. This new visual identity won’t replace your memories — the framed RYLA certificate on your wall, the well-loved Interact T-shirts in your drawer, or the many Youth Exchange pins on your blazer. It won’t erase your fondness for your Rotaract lapel pin or traditional club banner. Instead, we hope our effort builds on those positive feelings and gives you new ways to share your Rotary story with even more young leaders worldwide.

After all, there is no better Rotary brand than youth. You are Rotary’s values in action. You are our voice. And together we can share your Rotary experience with even more leaders.
Learn more about how these visual changes to our programs will strengthen Rotary’s image in our voice and visual identity guidelines.

Monday, March 16, 2015

CYCLONE PAM - VANUATU. Help requested.

In addition to below message:

Rotary New Zealand and ShelterBox are responding to the devastation of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu with appeals for donations and emergency kits.  Details are at 


Rotary New Zealand is appealing for funds to support our Neighbours in Vanuatu following the devastation from Cyclone Pam.

600 Rotary Emergency Response Kits are on stand by for immediate dispatch to affected areas.

Rotary will be collaborating with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs Emergency Task Force and the Vanuatu Disaster Management Office to ensure that the Emergency Response Kits are directed for best possible advantage to those affected.

The appeal funds may also support families rebuild their homes and  re-establish their vegetable gardens in addition to health and education issues.

New Zealand Disaster Response practitioners are also on stand by to go to Vanuatu to specifically assist Rotary.

Four Donation options are:
At any Westpac Branch or by Internet Banking Quoting   03 1702 0192208 01   Ref.  888

Paypal  at   –

Cheque to
RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand)
PO Box 20309
Christchurch 8543
New Zealand

Thank you for your generous support.

PDG Stuart J Batty QSM,JP
Director, RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand)
PO Box 20309
Christchurch 8543
New Zealand
Ph/Fax 64 3 3599218
cellphone 027 2695615