Greetings and Happy New Year,

When Rotary International president John Germ read District 9980’s recent bumper summer edition of our magazine, In Gear, he sent us a special message, saying: “This looks really good”, before sharing it around senior leadership at Rotary International headquarters.
Rotary International chief executive officer John Hewko’s response? “Congratulations District 9980 on a great PR program”.
Since launching the first In Gear in August, we’ve been swamped with amazing feedback not just from Rotary International, but from throughout New Zealand, and internationally – from Scotland to Australia.
District 9980 “have produced a real winner. An eighty – yes eighty – page publication full of interesting events, history and stories about Rotary”.
“Just a quick note to congratulate you on an amazing magazine! I loved every page of it!”
“What a fantastic mag. Full of information and ‘bright and go-getter’ style. Well done to the whole team.”
“I just looked at your first news magazine and was amazed. So very professional, and makes it very easy to share with people when recruiting into Rotary. Well done to whoever developed this format!!”
“What a fabulous effort.”
“Really enjoyed it!”
"Great publication … well done!!”
“What a great read!”
“I was fortunate to have received a copy of your quite remarkable district magazine – In Gear – a very impressive publication and I would imagine very well received within your district. I feel I must pass on my feelings as this is probably the best Rotary publication I've seen produced anywhere. Naturally I haven't been privy to them all but I do get to see quite a number during the course of the month but never anything like this. Congratulations and I look forward to your follow-up. I have already shared this with some of my Public Image team and they are as overwhelmed as I am.”
And, that’s just for starters.
Why is our district receiving such glowing feedback? Because of you. Our clubs. Our Rotarians. 9980ers are incredible, and have inspiring, engaging and attention-grabbing stories to tell.
We’re now starting preparing the third edition of In Gear, and we want to make sure we’ll be showcasing the best and brightest from our district.
Does your club have a story to tell? Do you have a special event to share? Do you need publicity for a cause?
Whatever your news tip, we want to know about it! Simply click here “Pitch Us Your Best” to download the form, fill it in, then email it to our Public Image chair Vicki Moseley:, or get in touch with me:
We’re getting cracking now, so please send us your ideas as soon as possible, and before Tuesday, February 7.
We look forward to receiving all your great happenings and news, so we can share it far and wide. If you ever had any doubt as to the worth of your service as Rotarians, and the impact our clubs’ stories can have, you need look no further than the response to In Gear.
Janice Hughes
District governor 9980
NOTE: Each Club should have received two copies of our latest District Magazine - In Gear. If for some reason your club hasn't received their copies yet, please contact our Public Image chair Vicki Moseley on:
If you'd like to check out what is inside our District magazine some articles are below. These articles are re-purposed onto Facebook and our District website We are also working with website developers to automate a method so each club will receive these news articles directly onto their club's website. We'll keep you up to date with this progress.
Dunedin Rotarian fighting world's darkest trade

When David Black returned home from finally seeing first-hand the realities of the cause he’d fervently supported from afar for years, just one gentle question from wife Alana broke him.

In this holiday edition of In Gear, David, of Rotary Club of Dunedin Central, shares the story behind Project Starfish, and the determined and, at-times, confronting mission to save the world’s children from the greatest of horrors  ...

Waimate launches major multi-sport challenge
Into cycling? Well, does the Rotary Club of Waimate have some news that’ll really get your wheels spinning.
Inspired by the efforts of other Rotarians within District 9980, the Rotary Club of Waimate is putting the pedal to metal with a major new multi-sport event – the “Whitehorse Big Easy” – that’s designed to bring the community together ...
No kidding around for youngest Rotarians
As New Zealand’s very first Rotaclub nears its six-month milestone, the club’s inaugural president, Abi Lapthorn, is a Rotarian with a vision. In the upcoming summer edition of In Gear, the 12-year-old reflects on her first months leading her Rotakids club, which is supported by Rotary Club of Waimate, and shares what Rotary, leadership and teamwork mean to her. Wow. Grown-ups, listen up.
Our Club in the Spotlight ...
NRG Dunedin- Next Rotary Generation member Emmerson Morgan must surely be an example to us all. After suffering the most painful of losses, she has risen to her grief, answering with giving, loving and paying it forward. In a moving account, Emmerson shares what’s kept her going and growing, and lets us in on a very special donation she can’t wait to make.
Growing stronger clubs
Rotarians turned out in force to the recent Club Development Workshop hosted by Karen Purdue, 9980’s immediate-past district governor and current chair of Rotary’s New Zealand public relations body, ROZCOM.
For those who couldn’t make it, read on for Karen’s club development tips and tools, an insight into what makes volunteers “tick”, and why she’s encouraging all Rotarians to think a bit outside that box to reinvigorate our organisation.
Rotarian chronicles quake
The view from the picture window of 24 Ward Street, on the northeast tip of the peninsula, is absolutely spectacular.
It is the same image that originally lured my wife, Kate, a GP, and I from our home in Florida to Kaikoura: sheep grazing in a lush green paddock; the multi-hued waters of the north bay, home of paua and crays, from which the town gets its name; and the high, steep-sloped, snow-capped mountains of the Kaikoura Ranges rising up from the New Zealand coastline.