Special guests and Presenters
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT PERSONAL REPESENTATIVE
PDG Doug St Clair – Rotary Club of Sunnybank Hills
Doug is a retired school Principal, having worked in many locations throughout Queensland. He continues to be an active member of his club, the Rotary Club of Sunnybank Hills and has travelled with club members on Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) trips to the Solomon Islands, Western Samoa and India (for the Polio Plus campaign).
He has also led a Group Study Exchange Team to Denmark, served as a District Conference Chair, as a member of the Paul Harris Society, as a Peace Fellow Counsellor, as an Assistant Governor and as District Governor 9630 2016-17.
Doug is the current Rotary Peace Fellow Host Area Coordinator, the District Learning & Development Coordinator, an Assistant Rotary Coordinator 2018-21, Chair of the District 9620 Transition Team and a DGN Trainer for Zone 8.
Doug and his wife Sue, a proud member of the Rotary e-club of Australia Nomads, have hosted numerous Youth Exchange Program students, visiting GSE Teams, Peace Fellows and NYSF students.
His past and current involvement in Rotary within the District and beyond gives him a good understanding of the issues facing Rotarians and the need to embrace change to better serve our communities particularly as we celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia.
Rick Morton - Writer, Reporter and Author
Formerly with The Australian newspaper Rick covered national affairs and social policy with a particular focus on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care, child care, the welfare system, mental health and employment services for the unemployed.
His work led to major changes in policy direction and the emergency funding of mental health in the 2017 budget.
Rick grew up in outback Australia and is currently based in Sydney after stints in Sydney, Hobart and underneath his Mum’s house in Boonah.
Rick is the author of three non-fiction books. His debut memoir, One Hundred Years of Dirt (MUP, 2018) became a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2019, highly commended in the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and longlisted for the 2018 Walkley Book of the Year, both Biography Book of the Year and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year in the 2019 ABIA Awards. He is also the author of On Money (Hachette, 2020) and his latest, My Year of Living Vulnerably (4th Estate, 2021).
STEPHANIE WOOLLARD OAM – Author, Social entrepreneur, UN Award winner for responsible business
In 2006, after meeting 7 disabled women living in a tiny tin shed in the back streets of Kathmandu, Stephanie wondered if somehow make a difference. With $200 in her pocket, she decided to invest in their skill development. 12 years later she leads a team of over 50 staff and volunteers in Australia and over 5000 women have been educated, trained and employed. Seven Women has three enterprises which include a manufacturing business, cooking school, and tour company.
“This journey from a tin shed to the United Nations has taught me that every one of us can make a difference with good the right people around us to unite in a vision and the courage to take the first step towards living our purpose.”
Seven Women is the culmination of her lifelong dream to make a difference, to build a team that shares the same passion and connect with people globally. People that are united in the same vision to create real and lasting change and commit to shining as a beacon that inspires others to live their dream.
Tamsyn Rosenberg - Author, Coach and CEO of ALIVE and Get Real
Tamsyn Rose is the founder and CEO of two of Australia’s leading Mental Wellbeing organisations, Get Real and ALIVE. She has been on the innovation edge of Mental Health, Wellbeing Education and Performance Psychology for 15 years, specialising in providing training and support tools for young people, carers, support workers, educators and corporate teams.
Tamsyn founded ALIVE five years ago after seeing suicide escalate to our NUMBER 1 cause of death in young people globally. Knowing that we were losing our young people at devastating rates, and having developed tools and solutions in this area that have incredible results, she had to do something. “ALIVE is a way of sharing these tools globally.
Leah Purcell – Author, Actress, Film Director
Leah Purcell was born in Murgon, Queensland, the youngest of seven children of Aboriginal and white Australian descent. Her father was a butcher and a boxing trainer. After a difficult adolescence, looking after her sick mother who died while Leah was in her late teens, problems with alcohol and teenage motherhood, Purcell left Murgon and moved to Brisbane and became involved with community theatre.
In 1996 she moved to Sydney to become presenter on a music video cable television station, RED Music Channel. This was followed by roles in the ABC television series Police Rescue and Fallen Angels. She co-wrote and acted in a play called Box the Pony, which played at Sydney's Belvoir Street Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, the 1999 Edinburgh Festival and in 2000 at the Barbican Theatre in London.
She then wrote and directed the documentary Black Chicks Talking, which won a 2002 Inside Film award. She appeared in the acclaimed Australian film Lantana and on stage in The Vagina Monologues. She went on to appear in three 2004 films, Somersault, The Proposition and Jindabyne as well as playing the role of Condoleezza Rice in David Hare's play, Stuff Happens in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2018, Leah joined the cast of Foxtel drama series Wentworth.
In 2013 she won the Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama in the AACTA awards for her work in Redfern Now an in 2017, she won the Book of the Year in the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for The Drover’s Wife. Leah has twice been nominated for a Logie and last year was nominated for Most Outstanding Actress for Wentworth.
TONY DEE – Musician, Disability rights campaigner, Legendary busker
Tony Dee (short for Tony Doevendans) is a Brisbane-born artist who loves simply putting a smile on people's faces (or sometimes evoking a tear of nostalgia) with his swinging tunes and gentle love songs from the early jazz days to the 1950's and beyond. His singing influences are Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat "King" Cole and Elvis Presley, among others. Tony was born with Spina Bifida and as a result is confined to a wheelchair but is actively passionate about living life and to the full.
In 2016, Channel 4 in the UK spotted an open mic night video of Tony (on YouTube) and contacted him to see if he could possibly send in an audition video for their ad campaign "We are the Superhumans". After a selection process, Tony was chosen as the singer for the ad, singing the song "Yes I Can". The advert was a smash hit, with one hundred million of views on online platforms and international TV exposure.
This has led to performances at gala diners and cocktail parties, corporate functions, the National Disability Awards in Canberra, Paralympians' welcome home events in Sydney and Brisbane, and a live concert with some of the biggest names in Australian and worldwide entertainment at the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on Australia Day 2017 and a performed on Australia Day again in 2018 on the waters of Circular Quay with the Australian Army Band. Tony has also now been invited to perform in New Zealand and Singapore.
Peter Morley PHF
Peter first joined Rotary in 1997 following a suggestion by his friend John Russell that he could do something positive with his life by joining Rotary. He joined the Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium [Now Rotary Club of Paddington].
By 2004 Peter was Club President. The club was to become the largest in the District during his year. Drawing on his business management and marketing experience, Peter soon realised that delegation could be applied positively and effectively in a Club. He set about agreeing goals with each Director and it continued to grow.
During 2004/05 members went to St Jude’s school in Arusha [Tanzania], Solomon Islands and in 2005, with John Lawrence, Peter went to Denpasar to the Indonesian District Convention to witness the devastation throughout the country following the horrific Tsunami of Boxing Day 2004. Something that remains etched in his memory.
Peter grew up in Khartoum, Sudan, until the British were expelled and Sudan left the Commonwealth. His grandmother who was from Goa, India and his British grandfather had left India to move to UK, so the family reunited. Life was to change when he soon started at boarding school.
Peter, laughingly semi- retired, is active in his community as the Treasurer of Redcliffe Peninsular Financial Services who run the Bendigo Bank branch in Margate. Visits to District Clubs inspire him as he witnesses the work of Rotary. He stays fit through writing poetry, drinking coffee, running and bike riding
PDG Dai Mason - D9600 RAWCS-RAM Global Fund Campaign Manager and RAM Global Board Membership Director (2020-21)
Every year, over 200 million people suffer from malaria with close to 420,000 known deaths, the majority of which affect children under five years old and pregnant mothers—every two minutes a child under five dies from the disease. Malaria is a major cause of poverty in endemic countries where it impacts schooling and reduces the productive capacity of those affected.
In 2019, the Global Fund approached RAWCS-RAM to partner them to raise US$12m in support of anti-malarial activities in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Vanuatu.
PDG Dai Mason (D9600 2012-13) was asked to head up the campaign on behalf of RAWCS-RAM and made the pledge at the Global Fund’s triannual conference in Lyon in October 2019.
Since then preparation for the launch of the campaign has been focused on the strategic marketing plans and the proposed launch in June 2021.
Dai will outline the activities in setting up the campaign, the cooperation with the Global Fund and other organisations world-wide. An update on the progress of the campaign and the impact that COVID 19 has had on the fight against malaria will also be provided
WILLIAM McINNES - Australian film and television actor and writer.
William McInnes is one of Australia’s most popular writers and actors. His books include the bestselling memoirs A Man’s Got to Have a Hobby and That’d Be Right. In 2012 his book Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his wife, Sarah Watt, was named the best non-fiction title in the ABIA and Indie Awards.
William is an award-winning actor and best known for his leading roles in Blue Heelers and SeaChange, He has won two Logies and an AFI Award for Best Actor in the film Unfinished Sky. He recently starred in the TV dramas Deep Water and Rake.
Once Covid-19 is under control, William is dreaming of visiting Florida, to see the Hall of Presidents at Disney World, because a director friend of his said that the animatronic presidents reminded her of his acting. William wants to see if she was right or she was short-changing him and the presidents. In the meantime, he loves Point Lookout and The Redcliffe Peninsula. William says, “It makes me feel close to people who have passed, makes me remember people I loved and makes me think of people I love”.
William grew up in Queensland and now lives in Melbourne with his two children.
COL SUTCLIFFE OAM. PHF– Rotary Club of Capalaba
Col was a teacher and Principal of primary and secondary schools as well as a District Inspector of Schools before holding several senior positions at Regional and State level in the Queensland Department of Education.
He was also responsible for implementing a new model of delivering education to rural and remote students and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study in Canada and the U.S.A.
In retirement, he was involved with The Smith Family in implementing emergent literacy in a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities throughout Queensland.
Col has been involved in numerous community activities and is presently a Governor of the Moreton Bay College, a Director of Moreton Bay Boys College, a member of Metro South Health Human Research Ethics Committee and Chair of Mangrove Housing Board and Vice Chair of STAR Community Services. He was awarded Redlands Volunteer of the Year.
Col has been involved in Rotary for a number of years at Club and District level. He is a Ruby Paul Harris Fellow, 4 times District 9630 Literacy Award Winner, District Vocational Excellence Awardee and one of fewer than 500 Rotarians worldwide to receive the Cliff Dochterman Award from the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. In 2015, he went to India to participate in the National Immunisation Days for Polio.
Col has an interest in World War 1 on The Western Front and attended the Centenary Commemorations at Fromelles and Pozieres.
JOSH GADISCHKE, Managing Director Proteco Oils, Kingaroy
Josh Gadischke has spent many years in the food-manufacturing sector developing and expanding sales and processing capacity of several operations. Josh and his wife own and operate Plenty Foods, an agriculturally based edible oil production company supplying domestic and international companies.
Plenty is the world’s largest producer of macadamia nut oil and is a leading manufacturer of other specialty edible oils including almond, walnut and peanut oils. Established for over 30 years, employing 40 staff and exporting to 14 countries whilst also maintaining a strong domestic presence supplying to heath food, industrial, pharmaceutical, supermarket and cosmetic sectors.
Josh Gadischke thinks outside the box and will talk about growing a regionally based manufacturing business that remains competitive within a global market.
PP TOM BUTCHER. PHF, Rotary Club of Baku, Azerbaijan
Tom has been a Rotarian since 2011 who considers himself fortunate for the opportunities that he has been given.
From a young age riding a bicycle delivering telegrams around Matraville (Sydney) to riding a bicycle around the Azerbaijan F1 City Circuit overseeing the construction of a 6.003 km Grade 1 FIA approval circuit.
Tom was born in Sydney and lived in the Butcher family home (built by the Butcher brothers) in Chifley, before moving to Logan City in the late 70’s, a place he still calls home with his wife, animals and assortment of classic sports cars.
Since 2011, Tom has been living in Azerbaijan employed within the construction industry and for the past 6 years has been a member of the leadership team for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. In this role he is responsible for the construction, facilities management and timely removal of the F1 Circuit, and all associated structures, and services.
Tom is an expert in logistical management and leadership, who has worked throughout the world, but now finds himself in Baku, Azerbaijan belonging to a Rotary Club bringing peace in a war zone.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES GREG FORSTER.PHF – Rotary Club of Ipswich City
Proudly born and raised in Ipswich Queensland, Greg Forster is a 44-year-old Father of three girls Brooklynn, Hilary and Gabriella.
Having lived in the same city for over four decades, it is hard not to get involved in the community.
Through attending a local Church, industry boards from Schools and Churches, Chamber of commerce and habitat for humanity over the years, Greg has seen firsthand the value of locals helping locals, putting back and helping a brother out!
2021 sees Greg clock up 19 years active membership with the Rotary Club of Ipswich City, serving on two occasions as President, he has also served as an Assistant Governor and is a Paul Harris Fellow recipient.
This will be Greg’s third Rotary Conference he has destroyed. His light, easy going nature bringing together his love of people and a good well-placed Dad joke, will see you enjoying you conference with him at the helm.