Thursday, February 19, 2015

Diary Date for Red Nose Day August 21st 2015

Red Nose Day was established in New Zealand in 1989, back when Cure Kids was known as the Child Health Research Foundation (founded by Rotary in 1974). 

We’ve gone from strength to strength since then, and in 2015 our Red Nose Day appeal will help us to keep funding research into the illnesses and conditions that affect the lives of Kiwi kids.

Last year Rotary clubs across New Zealand got involved in all sorts of activities to make a big contribution to our total on the day.   You connected with everyday Kiwis in your communities and their generous donations have helped improve or prolong the lives of many Kiwi kids while we go for the ultimate goal: the cure.

As our Founding Partner we would love to have as many Rotary Clubs on board as possible, for our big day.   Get on board! 

Contact Mark Laurence on 027 521 3870 or email him at  to register your club’s interest and find out how you can help.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015-16 Rotary Theme is.........

Rotary International Presidential Theme 2015-16

Our new Rotary theme for 2015-16 revealed. Following, parts from our Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran speech in San Diego.

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Rotary Month Themes

At the October 2014 meeting, the RI Board modified the Rotary International calendar of special observances to highlight the Areas of Focus.   The new calendar is:

August                  Membership and Extension Month

September          Area of Focus:  Basic Education and Literacy Month

October               Area of Focus:   Economic and Community Development Month

November           The Rotary Foundation Month

December            Area of Focus:  Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

January                 Vocational Service Month

February              Area of Focus:   Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

March                  Area of Focus:  Water and Sanitation Month

April                      Area of Focus:   Maternal and Child Health Month

May                      Youth Services Month

June                      Rotary Fellowships Month

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rotay Showcase - easy tips to help promote

Rotary Showcase allows clubs and districts to boast about the projects undertaken. Rotary Showcase has other benefits which allows countries to experience different project ideas which they could use. Showcase’s Impact Tracker includes information of the number of project volunteers, how long they spent on the project and the worth of the contributions in either cash or kind. Load your project/event via the Internet browser.

Showcase works best with Chrome, Firefox, or Safari - register your project by signing into Go to Develop Projects section of the Take Action menu. Rotary Showcase is supported Rotary languages and Google translate. You can include your project and club partners. Video your project or event and load it onto YouTube. Showcase allows you to post up to 20 photos.

Include information about the project, volunteers, the hours spent and the impact that the project had on the community. Other social media to consider is Facebook, Twitter and your district or club blog and website. Tell the world what Rotarians and Rotaractors do – use Rotary Showcase to seek sponsorship – the more the corporates see, the more they would want to be involved.

The value of showcase is shown in diagram below:

Friday, December 12, 2014

23rd February 2015 - mark in your calendar

Whether we call this day Rotary's Birthday, Rotary's Anniversary or Rotary's Celebration, this is a date to put in your diary. We are turning 110!!!

This is a day/week to celebrate in some way, marking 110 years young. Talk to your District Governor or District Governor Elects as they got some great ideas from their training last eek in Wellington. Share the message & start planning for the big day.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Giving Tuesday - 2nd December

Rotary New Zealand is joining with other charitable organisations who are calling on the public to consider those around the world who will benefit from this year’s GIVING TUESDAY - 2 DECEMBER 2014

Rotary will use donations for various outreach activities they are currently supporting including worldwide polio eradication, Ebola health workers in Sierra Leone and Liberia and closer to New Zealand, the Rotary Emergency Response Kit program which has been assisting families in Pacific countries since 1985. They never know when disaster will strike. Often it has happened during the Christmas/New Year season.

What a great way to celebrate that time of year knowing that Giving Tuesday donations were making someone else's days that much better. Donors have already contacted Rotary including some who are giving the equivalent of one Emergency Response Kit as an alternative to sending gifts to their family or clients at Christmas.

Details can be found on Rotary’s website with links for making donations.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Attention Rotarians in New Zealand.  It is still enough time to register and come to Wellington for the combined Institute/Conference starting Friday.
An excellent programme with over 550 in attendance.
With the support of Clubs in D9940 and the Governor there is going to be posters on  advertising bollards in the week leading up to the #WHYRotary2014 event.  There will be extensive newspaper coverage.  There will be an End Polio light projection on the Michael Fowler Centre.  As well as this, pull up banners will be at the airport to increase the profile of this 'must attend' event.
Register at this web site

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rotary offer options

Kerikeri Rotary have found a innovative way to engage with their community boosting participation in projects that matter.  Have a look at this via:  and consider whether this is also an opportunity for you to do something similar.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Which one are you?????

Had to share, as just love it. So which street would you be in?????