Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Polio Announcement: One year of no new Polio cases in Nigeria - help spread the word

On 24 July, Nigeria will have passed one year with no new cases of wild poliovirus.

This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. We’ve come a long way since the bleak years when the virus reached its peak. It was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa- three quarters of all cases in the world.

11 August will mark an even greater milestone: one year since the last case of polio in Africa. For Africa to be certified polio-free, all countries in the region, including Nigeria, must go two more years without a case of polio. To do this, all children in Nigeria must continue to receive the polio vaccine, including those in hard-to-reach and underserved areas.

I am immensely proud of our Rotarians who have donated $688.5 million to fight polio throughout Africa, including more than $200 million to Nigeria. I congratulate these Rotarians from Africa and around the world who have also devoted countless hours to immunize the children who now have the opportunity for healthier, happier lives.

Please note if the stringent World Health Organization testing criteria are met, then Nigeria could well be removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September of this year.

As our public image coordinators, we need your help spreading the news about this significant milestone. It is crucial to keep the world informed about the progress being made in the fight against polio. The support of Rotarians, donors, and local governments are key to our goals and we rely on you to help keep them informed. This is why the RPICs program was set up. Now is the time to deliver.

Visit to download a toolkit of materials, which will help you raise awareness about this progress by:
  • Distribute a press release to news outlets in your area, to share Rotary’s role in the fight to end polio. Customize this press release template and send it to editors and news directors at local media outlets.
  • Send an op-ed to your local paper.. Update this sample op-ed for publication in your local newspaper. Check for your paper’s specific guidelines (e.g. word count) and then send it to the op-ed or editorial features editor for consideration.
  • Share news about progress in Nigeria using social media, and encourage your networks to donate. Sample posts and shareable content are available to download for your use. Social media is a crucial part of our milestone campaign and is one of the most efficient ways of spreading information.
  • Click here to share your support on Twitter for the fight to end polio.

Friday, July 17, 2015

New exciting eClub South Pacific for those who need a non-traditional option

Rotary e-Club South Pacific is being established to provide Rotarians who are unable to attend a traditional Rotary Club in person (due to location, time or other constraints) with the opportunity to enjoy Rotary, be involved in service activities and belong to a club via the internet.  The club will have a focus on projects across the South Pacific.

Are you interested in making positive changes in your community and particularly in the South Pacific?  Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.  becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.

Most Rotarian's know someone who would make a good Rotarian but for various reasons cannot join a traditional club yet would join Rotary if a suitable option was available.  This may be it so please forward the opportunity to those who may be interested. 

To see more and to register your interest in joining go to:   

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Best practice for Facebook advertisments

Boosting Facebook posts or placing a formal advertisement requires some thought to be effective and not waste your (probably) limited budget.  

Have a look at this (you may need to be signed in to Facebook - cut and paste link if needed):   

Posted by Colin Robinson, District 9920 Publicity and Communications   

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.

Click on this link to view and share an interactive compilation via Internet Explorer 10 or later and all other browsers. To view full articles, click on the headlines.
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: