Posted by Colin West on Apr 30, 2017
DISTRICT CONFERENCE.
A full report of the Geelong Conference can be read in 'read more'.
Next year the Conference will be held jointly with D9520 from the 23 - 25 March at Tanunda in the Barossa Valley.
 
Rotary District 9500 Conference Report
Below are extracts from reports by
The Rotary Clubs of Alice Springs and Regency Park
Once again, our District put on a really entertaining and informative Conference. DG John Pohl and his Conference Team are to be congratulated.
From the panoramic views from the Pier in Geelong, the some 200+ conferees enjoyed and participated in three days of stimulating and challenging dialogue with an outstanding program of national speakers. The theme was Sea Change with Rotary and each speaker contributed a message for clubs to consider.
The Geelong Art Gallery was a classy venue for a Civic welcome and then the Pier Function Centre hosted the rest of the Conference.
Frank Costa – the heart and soul of Geelong, respond to the challenge, be positive and make your future. The conference loved Frank’s passion.
RI President’s Representative – Malcolm Lindquist, set the scene of the realities and challenges for Rotary moving forward. RI President John Germ – we are at a tipping point – increase membership, create your own culture shift.
Over three days we heard from a number of terrific speakers, including Rob Pennicott who circumnavigated Australia in an inflatable dinghy raising $300,000 for PolioPlus in 2011.
Tracy Adams as CEO of yourtown created her own culture transformation – be relevant, engage and sell your key messages strongly, plan, listen and create club energy and excitement.
We also heard from Betty Kitchener who presented some relevant information, facts and figures on Australian Rotary Health.
Bernadette Schwerdt’s presentation was entertaining and cheeky - using technology and effectively reading and engaging your audience to create your future. (Check your websites and Facebook).
Drs Maithri Goontetilleke and Jeremy Austin work in very different fields. One Swaziland and Kenya and the other Forensics and the Ancient DNA Centre in Adelaide. Both passionate in different ways.
We heard Arman Abrahimzadeh, an Ambassador for White Ribbon Day, present a moving account of his years suffering domestic violence at the hands of his father, culminating in the very public murder of his mother at the Adelaide Convention Centre in 2010, becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador against domestic violence – from Victim to Victor
On a lighter note we had an hilarious account of how the wife of the Anglican Bishop of Willochra, Marion McCall OAM, gained her pilot's licence and even won flying competitions!
Marcus Veerman provided some interesting design ideas for playgrounds, working with communities in third world countries. A great project for any club.
Mike Brady, capped off a great Conference by telling his life story through music, which (of course) included "Up There Cazaly".
All who attended this Conference agree that it was well worth the drive to Geelong.
Next year the Conference will be held jointly with D9520 from the 23 - 25 March at Tanunda in the Barossa Valley.
We have been invited by incoming District Governors Peter Schaefer and Bob Cooper to book early to come along to "Make a Difference".