Member Profiles

JOHN ROBERSON

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John is a retired farmer and wool classer originally from Mangoplah about 50 kms south of Wagga Wagga on Holbrook Road. John has one son, Sam who is currently a university student in Melbourne. I currently live in Brisbane with my partner Carolyn Astill but from early 2017 will be found travelling Australia in our motor home and on overseas tours. John is a keen snow skier and member of the Riverina Alpine Ski Club (RASC) and the International Fellowship of Skiing Rotarians (ISFR).

John joined the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga Kooringal in 1993 after experiencing a trip during 1987 as a Rotary volunteer to build a school in the remote village of Manu, Malaita, Solomon Islands. He served as President in 2001-02. In addition he has been very involved with Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd. (RAWCS) and has recently completed 5 years as National Projects Manager and 3 years as Chair of RAWCS Eastern Region. He is currently Chair of the National RAWCS Website Committee.

DONNA VAUGHAN

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Donna has been working in international development since 2004 when together with some friends they launched their own NGO working in village schools in Sri Lanka. Their project, which is still running, aims to improve the teaching of English in primary schools, assisted by technology, so as to improve opportunities for students in later life. The project is called the Lotus Program and their organisation is Partners in Micro-development Inc. (www.microdevpartners.org> ). RAWCS has supported this project in kind for most of its life.

Donna also lectures at the University of New South Wales and is an experienced educational developer in the higher education and international education space.

DEBBIE SCHACHE

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Debbie works as an Executive Assistant at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst in the Faculty of Arts and Education.   Debbie is married to John who has 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

Debbie lives in Bathurst NSW (where she was born).   Debbie enjoys travelling, watching John tend our garden and spending time with good friends.

Debbie joined the Rotary Club of Bathurst Daybreak in 1997 and has served on the Club Board in almost all positions including Club President.  Debbie has also held District roles, being a previous Assistant Governor and District Secretary.

Debbie has just stood down (in July 2016) from the D9700 District Youth Exchange Committee, after 11 years,  where she held the positions of country co-ordinator for Austria and Germany and more recently Secretary for the Committee.

CAMERON MCKERN

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Cameron is an IT consultant and software developer who resides with his wife, Jennie, in Yackandandah. Originally from Melbourne, Cameron and Jennie made the ‘tree change’ to north east Victoria at the end of 1998. Cameron has two children – Callum and Briony – who live in Washington DC and Melbourne respectively.

Cameron has particularly enjoyed the sense of community associated with living in a small town. He was a school councillor for seven years, six as school council president, was a founding member of YCDCo, an unlisted public company established to build a community owned and operated service station. He is also an active member of the local fire brigade, where he has been Captain since 2007.

Cameron has few hobbies as he spends too much time volunteering with the CFA. He loves skiing, and has enjoyed many hours in North America and Falls Creek trying to keep up with John Roberson!

This e-club represents Cameron’s first membership of a Rotary club, although he has had significant involvement in setting up numerous websites for Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS). These sites include the project directory, project donations, volunteer registration and donations in kind.

 

MARILYN ROBERTS

Marilyn is a Charter Member of the E-Club of D9700 – Serving Humanity and is thrilled to be a Rotarian, an in particular part of the new format of E-Clubs.

Marilyn has many years experience as a Rotarian Partner working along side her husband PDG Gary  Roberts. Marilyn and Gary have worked together successfully as a team and have enjoyed many years of Service to Rotary.

Marilyn and Gary hosted a Tu-yen a young 8  year old girl  and her mother from Vietnam, who was bought to Wagga Wagga with the ROMAC program for successful surgery on her arm. Ty-Yen was able to go back to Vietnam  and become part of her community.

Marilyn served on the Youth Exchange Committee D9700 and was Country Co-Coordinator and also manager, when Gary was District Chair and assisted Gary with the formation of the Child Protection Policy, which was adopted by  Rotary Clubs worldwide. Marilyn and Gary have hosted many Exchange Students and enjoyed having them join the family. Marilyn and Gary still have contact with many of the students who have made returned visits with children and parents. They have also visited their host students in their homes and become part of their families.

Marilyn was District Secretary for Gary when he was District Governor 2015-16 and was also part of the  Rotary International, Global Grant Committee which successfully delivered aid the women of the DR Congo, in establishing Pig and Fish Farming. These women are now able to successfully manage small cooperatives with their villages, by supplying protein to the villagers and also ensuring an income to support t their families.  Marilyn and Gary thoroughly enjoyed their District Governor year, particularly, meeting Rotarians of the D9700 an d attending club meetings and witnessing such wonderful community and international service.

Marilyn was also District Secretary to PDG George Weston 2017-18 and again enjoyed her year working with Rotarians of D9700.

Marilyn is now the current President of the E-Club of D9700- Serving Humanity and is proud to work alongside such wonderful club members.

Marilyn and Gary have three daughter and four grandchildren, Marilyn was Practice Manager for her husband Gary, who is a Chiropractor, who is now semi-retired. Marilyn interests are patchwork, sewing, knitting, cooking, reading, gardening, partying, and assists Gary with his interest in Wine collecting.