We welcomed DG Jeff and Jenny Neale to our meeting, and Jeff took the opportunity to reminisce on his year as DG of the new District 9510. The district comprises of 84 clubs and he and wife Jenny have travelled all year to get around all the clubs. Not a mean feat, and his experiences have been very encouraging. The main theme has been that Rotary needs to be fun, and the club memberships have varied from 3 members to 100 members, but it didn’t
matter how small some clubs were, they still made a great contribution to their communities.
He reported our Youth programs are still very strong in our district and well supported by our clubs. As you know, RYLA is one of Rotary International’s foremost leadership development programs. Unfortunately, the decision was made to cancel RYLA in April due to COVID restrictions. The good news is that we have a strong team already planning for the RYLA in September this year.
The club of Holdfast Bay has a Biannual Food Drive, in conjunction with local businesses who donate the food. So far they have distributed $36000 worth of food this year, without any ex-pense to the club and without the need to raise
funds. “Great Project”.
The District Conference was also a great success. The Rotary International Convention will be held in Melbourne in late May 2023, this is a great opportunity to meet Rotarians from around the world.
Jeff also talked about his wife’s Jenny’s partner project this year is All Kids. This project has been very well supported by the Rotary clubs in our district.
This has been an amazing journey. Jenny and I both agree that the best part of this role has been visiting the clubs and learning about the projects they are doing to support their communities.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Jenny and thank her for all of the hard work that she has put in to this year. Particularly for the wonderful support that she has provided me. There is no way I could have completed this year without her by my side. I would also like to thank David Fenton, who has been an amazing secretary, the members of the Board, the G-train and many of you sitting out in the audience today that have offered me support, encouragement and advice.