2015 District Conference

Six members of our club ventured to Shepparton 27-29th March for another fabulous D9820 Conference. The Traralgon team presented us with a wonderful mixture of inspiring speakers, great entertainment and the chance to catch up with old (and young) friends.

Steve Moneghetti lead a gaggle of runners around the lake at 8am... (Nearly joined in but I had work to do) Love your weather and cows – thanks Shepparton!

2015 conference-newletter Issue 1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 464.1 KB

2014 District Conference

The 2014 District conference was certainly one of the most professionally organised and enjoyable events I have ever attended.


The new team, headed up by DG Charlie, are keen to keep the momentum going and enthusiastically invite us all to a fun-filled weekend on 27th–29th March 2015 that will allow us to share in each other’s experiences and will inspire the District to undertake new and exciting activities in support of all communities.


Find out more about the 2015 9820 District conference here.

This year’s District Conference was held March 14 – 16 at Bendigo and was of the best conferences I have been to with terrific speakers and great fellowship.


It was held at the 4 Seasons Hotel in Bendigo which was a great venue. Barry and I didn’t go to the brief Friday night session – we were busy knocking up a ride to conference slide-show for Saturday – but we certainly thought that Saturday and Sunday were terrific.

District Governor Tim and Jane are well known to club members and very friendly people and had a very relaxed conference.


Sjaak Custers who hosted our membership night last year was the MC was also great and there was a fantastic variety of speakers including:

• Comedian Jean Kittson who spoke on, amongst other things, her role as an ambassador for organisations including Ovarian Cancer Australia.

• Champion Surfer Layne Beachley,

• Dr Jonathon Welch from the choir of hard knocks,

Joanna McMillan a dietician with a delightful Scottish accent and some common sense  and

Holly Ransom a young Rotarian who, at 23 is already a past president, had some great ideas about bringing Rotary into the 21st Century.


There was also an amazing Rotarian Magician in Jonathon Usher who was fantastic and I would certainly be looking to see him in a full performance at some stage.

The Saturday Night Dinner had a Chinese theme with singer Colleen Hewett entertaining us (especially our incoming President Lee) and although club members enjoyed themselves a lot (Libby is a mean dancer) we didn’t do a very good job of dressing up – will have to do better next year.


All in all a terrific conference and mark down the last weekend in March next year in Shepparton for the next one.


Past President Neil

Read Neil's 'Ride to Conference' report here.

Check out the photos below and note that Rotary is not just for old blokes!