Rotary Connects the World’ and my connection with Rotary took another giant step forward on the 30th June 2019 when I received the honour of becoming the District Governor for the wonderful District 9630. Thank you to all our district members, Friends of Rotary, family and my local community for your support and the opportunity to continue to ensure the power of connection makes our members, club and district strong as we all make a difference in our communities. When Rotary International President Mark Maloney announced our theme for this Rotary year I was overcome with tears as I was only in San Diego because of the wonderful connections I had made within our district and throughout my personal life. Connection. One word, so many meanings including the way in which two people, facts, ideas, events etc. are related to each other, and one is affected or caused by the other. We can learn the meaning of connection from books but the power of Connection is something we feel. ‘Community is all about Connection. A Community is by definition, Connected’ (Quote from D John Carlson). Rotary is a community within our communities and across the world. We are ‘People of Action’ with values that assist us as we give Service Above Self. Our strength is in our connection. As President Mark said ‘That connection is what lies at the heart of the Rotary experience. It is what brings us to Rotary. It is why we stay. It is how we will grow Rotary. In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all. Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal. I am looking forward to spending this year, including my 1 extra day with 2020 being a leap year, connecting with all our members and helping clubs to look for new people, communities and ways of connecting and strengthening the connections within our clubs. In my first 28 days I have had so much fun meeting club members, family, friends and people from the local and business communities. It is amazing to see the way everyone enjoys the friendship that can quickly build when people connect with common goals. District 9630 members, you are incredible and together we will grow Rotary and make an even bigger difference to the communities you serve. Ros Kelly District Governor 2019-2020District Conference:Chinchilla Conference 2020 – Connecting City and Country.Scheduled for 13-15 March – the 2020. Chinchilla Conference 2020 will help celebrate and assist in connecting our district clubs with each other, the theme for the 2020 D9630 Conference is ‘Connecting City and Country’. At the conference we will be promoting activities, events, projects and friendships that will help our city and country clubs to start conversation and build relationships. We will build on existing events or projects such as the ‘Adopt a Town’ project which links our eastern clubs with our western clubs and communities for not just projects but also friendship and fellowship events where we simply get together and support the town and surrounding community2019/20 Rotary Theme:RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.
WE TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES
We take action locally and globally.Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions.
WE CONNECT PEOPLE
Rotary unite more than a million people.Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world.
WE SOLVE PROBLEMS
No challenge is too big for us.For more than 110 years, we’ve bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease.
People of ActionRotary is where neighbours, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change.
Our District consists of 52 clubs and almost 1200 Rotarians covering an area from Redland Bay, south of the Brisbane River to Beenleigh, along the western line to Charleville and south to St George. Each club has its own unique character, its own short and long term goals and projects, its own mixture of members, gender, ages, vocations and experience but the one thing that unites us all is the desire to serve and to make a difference in the world. Rotary’s core values are service, fellowship, diversity, Integrity and leadership. These core values form the foundation on which we perform and conduct ourselves. They define what we stand for and inspire us to support the ideal of Service above Self. As the world is changing, we too as an organisation, need to change or adapt, however, our core values will never change.In the 2019-20 Rotary year our theme was Rotary Connects the World and we were encouraged to broaden our horizon.