Posted by Franz Huber on Jul 27, 2017
District Governor Darrell Brown, on his "official" visit to his own club Surfers Sunrise, outlined his priorities. Not only is it a special year for us to have one of our members at the helm of District 9640, but we also have an Australian, Ian Riseley, in the top job as Rotary International's President.
These are the major points for Rotary International:

1. Support and Strengthen the clubs: Improve the Gender Balance! We are, on average, still very low (and our club is no exception).  Contrary to that, the Mt Warning AM club started off as purely female, even though they now have inducted some male members as well. But in our club, what talent we have. For example, Jo Gorman, who not only will be incoming President next year, but will also
chair the District Conference 2018 Committee. (By the way: at a recent meeting, Darrell inducted 5 new Rotarians under 40 at Burleigh Heads. Four of them women!)
2. Promote and support Humanitarian Service: Foremost of this is the completion of the Polio eradication. "I had a workmate who had Polio", Darrell outlined. "He not only had to be supported by a caliper, but also had to wear a high platform shoe on one foot. 350,000 people were afflicted by Polio when Rotary started its program in the mid eighties. Last year, just 6 cases were reported world wide.
End Trachoma: this is one of RI President Ian Riseley's big goals. Australia is the only developed country where Trachoma is still occurring. 
3. Enhance the Public Image and Awareness of Rotary: We must not just carry out our various projects, but we must record what we have done, how many man hours were spent on them, how much funds were raised for them, so we can publish and educate the public.
Darrell's personal goals:
1. Expose Rotary to friends and acquaintances.  Every member to introduce Rotary to at least two people in this current year.
2. Mentoring, maintaining and nurturing the members we have got. Do you realize that in the last two years we lost 40, respectively 77 members who had only been in Rotary for 2 years or less? The aim is to pair an experienced member with a new member. KISS. (Keep it simple! Don't use acronyms)
Don't overload the club. It's better to have fewer projects that are carried out properly.
3. Every club to support at least three Rotary initiatives, and they can be local ones: Australian Rotary Health (ARH), Donations in Kind (DIK), Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), Disaster Aid, Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC), just to name a few.  Further, substantial subsidy can be obtained via District Grants and The Rotary Foundation. For example: $33,000 for a ARH scholarship becomes $87,000!
4. The Rotary Foundation: There is no doubt that Rotary's own major international foundation is at the very top: internationally renowned Charity Navigator rated at it with an efficiency factor of 97.85% and has given it the coveted 4-star rating.
Kerrie Brown's 'DG Partner' project is ROMAC: Any funds donated to ROMAC go to bringing an afflicted child to Australia for corrective surgery.  Doctors provide their services at no charge and of course all the directors positions are honorary.  Kerrie made 54 (!!) pillows (one for each club in District 9640), which she intends to "sell" to each club for $500 to achieve her goal of raising $25,000 it costs to bring a child to Australia.  Surfers Sunrise certainly comes to the party: President Andy Bell presented Kerrie with a cheque for $500.00 [see picture above - your editor apologizes for the wobbly quality. Not sure whether it was the bright smile of Kerrie or the icy stare of President Andy which made me shake... ☺]