Welcome to Rotary District 9970
District 9970 provides 'back-office support' to the 33 Rotary Clubs in the upper South Island of New Zealand and coordinates activities in which many or all of these clubs participate.
However, the Rotary Club is the heart of Rotary and for most purposes your point of contact with Rotary will be a specific Rotary Club, or Rotarian within that club. So, after perusing this District 9970 website, pick a club local to you and contact them via their website (see club websites under the INFORMATION, then FOR EVERYONE links at the top of this screen) for further information on Rotary or on any Rotary project. But before doing that, also see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/district9970 for an overview of recent activities around our district.
Alternately, if you are looking to contact Rotary in other parts of New Zealand, click here.
Rotary International News
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...