President’s Comment – 29 May 16


UN chief Ban Ki-moon opens Korea convention

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was among the first to welcome Rotary members and friends to the 107th Rotary Convention, heralded as one of the largest-ever gatherings of Rotarians and the most multicultural assembly of nonprofit leaders in Korea.

He offered a message of gratitude: “Rotarians do remarkable work around the world,” Ban told the thousands of attendees gathered at KINTEX, the Korea International Exhibition and Convention Center in Goyang city, on the outskirts of Seoul. “You help the United Nations reach our goals, and you help the world understand the United Nations.”

Special guests included prime ministers Hwang Kyo-ahn of South Korea, and Ranil Wickremesinghe of Ravindran’s native Sri Lanka.

Hwang, who was the charter president of the Rotary Club of Seoul before he served as minister of justice, spoke about Rotary’s history and presence in South Korea, now the fourth-strongest Rotary country in terms of membership and one of the strongest supporters of The Rotary Foundation, per capita.

Our Club should be proud that our Secretary Debbie Schache and her husband John are attending the convention. All Rotarians are welcome to attend all conventions, so put next years Atlanta, Georgia, USA Convention – 10th to 14th June 2017, on your calendar.


President’s Comment – 22 May 16

Annual General Meeting of the Rotary  E-Club of D9700-Serving Humanity

Can I thank all of those members attending the AGM held last Tuesday 17th May 2016. I would also like to thank those who did not attend and offered to fill a role with our fledgling Club.

We adopted our Constitution and Bylaws and can now start to register as an Incorporated Organisation in NSW.

Congratulations to our newly elected Office Bearers for 2016-17:

President – John Roberson

Secretary – Debbie Schache

Treasurer – Marilyn Roberts

Vice President – Vacant

President Elect – 2017-18 – Vacant


Administration – Cameron McKern

Membership – Malcolm Dunnett

Public Relations – Susan Welch

Foundation – John Roberson

Youth & Australian Service – Donna Vaughan

International Service – Sharon Daishe

We are small in number but very excited about our new Club. If you are interested in becoming a member please fill out the “Membership Expression on Interest” Form on this website and submit it. Those joining before we charter will become Charter Members of our Club.

Rotary International Convention

On the 28th May the Rotary International Convention is to begin in Seoul, Korea.  All members of Rotary and their spouses are welcome to register and attend the annual International Convention of Rotary. Listen to what those attending have to look forward to by clicking on the Convention Minute by Rotary International President Elect and Convention Chair Ian Riseley.

RIPE Ian Riseley – Welcome to Seoul Convention


President’s Comment – 15 May 16


Above: My son Sam Smith Roberson while a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Toyama, Japan



This month is Youth Service Month and one of the programs that epitomises Rotary’s involvement is Rotary Youth Exchange. My own son benefited immensely from his year spent in Japan. He learned to speak, read and write Japanese, a talent that has already allowed him to become a ski instructor in Japan. It also focused him on what he wants out of life and his decision to become a teacher is partly because of his youth exchange experiences.

Thousands of young students have benefitted from their experiences living in another culture, learning about cultural differences and finding and developing their own talents.

Click on this link for a message about Rotary Youth Exchange.

If you want more informatio on Rotary Youth Exchange look at this website.