It’s a special time. Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates the First 100 years of Service in 2021. In 1921, four Rotary Clubs were created in Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ. We all share a centenary in 2021. We can come together and create a common legacy. Think about the impact we can make! It's the time to discover what is the best way to mark the occasion! And create a legacy that propels Rotary into the next century of service. This is so important – we will not have another chance in our lifetime! For more information: http://www.rotary100downunder.com/home District 9630 Committee PDG Chris Wright Born and educated in Melbourne, Chris completed apprenticeships in Sheet Metal and Mechanical Engineering with BHP before receiving promotion to the Operations Manager position for BHP’s subsidiaries John Lysaght and Brownbuilt. Chris has lived in 4 different countries while working with BHP (PNG, Japan, China & Singapore). Chris left BHP after a 14-year involvement, moving to Adelaide to take up the position of Production Manager with the ROH Company where he undertook further study graduating in Management / Business Planning and Engineering Design. In 1991, Chris purchased the business of Aspinall Trailers in Acacia Ridge developing that enterprise into one of the leading trailer design and manufacturing businesses in Queensland. Aspinall Trailers has exports trailers to USA, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Joining the Rotary Club of Sunnybank Hills in 1992 Chris served in various club and district directorships including District Governor of Rotary District 9630 in 2008-09. - - - Judy Xavier Judy is an accountant in public practice. Her clientele extends from Melbourne to Far North Queensland and overseas. Judy completed her Accounting studies at QUT. She also studied in London gaining qualifications in Marketing. Judy is a member of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and past member of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore. She was Company Secretary for the Wesley Research Institute and a Committee member of the United Service Club for three years. Judy was a facilitator for Queensland Private Enterprise Centre for 10 years. QPEC is a not-for profit organisation whose purpose is to inform and educate young people about the central role of constructive contribution of enterprise in our society namely bridging the gap between business and education. Her Rotary experience include District Treasurer Rotary International District 9600 Limited. President of the Rotary Clubs of Kenmore and Brisbane Mid-City, Assistant Governor District 9600 Brisbane East cluster since 2017 and Assistant Governor District 9600 Brisbane West Cluster for 2020/2021. Counsellor for Peace Scholar. Judy obtained her letters in Piano and voice from Trinity College of music London and sings in choirs and enjoys the music scene in Brisbane. - - - Rachelle Mulraney Growing up in South-East Queensland and attending local schools; after graduating high school Rachelle moved to Brazil in 2006 as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student for 12 months. Upon return, Rachelle launched her career and commenced studies with training and expertise in sales, market research, marketing, public relations, and events. Rachelle holds qualifications in both Marketing and Business (Sales). Rachelle currently works as the Marketing Assistant at Rocky Point; a local sugar cane farming, organic waste recycling and premium garden products business based in Woongoolba. She is responsible for outward print, audio and digital marketing, content writing, sponsorship and event planning and coordination, along with new product packaging development. Rachelle has a passion for environmentally sustainable practices and how to best share the stories of this forward thinking and innovative business. Rachelle was the Charter Secretary of the Rotaract Club of Logan (2008), a Charter Member and Past President of the Rotary eClub of NRG Qld. (2014), and currently holds a position as the Public Relations Director of Rotary District 9630 and her club, the Rotary Club of Beenleigh where she has been a member for the past 4 years; although her active involvement with the Rotary Club of Beenleigh spans over 20 years through the involvement of both of her parents. - - - Laura Iseppi Laura Iseppi is thrilled to be invited to participate in the organizing committee for Rotary's Down Under 100 birthday celebration! Introduced to the Rotary world thanks to her husband, the District Governor of 9600 (2019-2020) Darryl Iseppi, Laura has developed a strong passion for Rotary. In addition, she firmly believes in the power of Social Media to connect the world and to open infinite opportunities for everyone. Laura hails from Colombia originally, and has lived in Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States, and at sea for many years. She is a Rotarian of the Rotary Club of New Farm since May 2019. After making contributions to her District's Social Media networks, Laura has been appointed District 9600's Public Image Coordinator 2020-21. As part of R100's committee, she hopes to reach and motivate all Rotarians and friends to participate in this historic event coming up April 2021. - - - Michael Kaiser Michael was born in Germany, near the city of Stuttgart. His family emigrated to Brisbane, Queensland, where he entered high school in 1969. Completing his studies in education, social sciences and foreign languages, he taught in both the state and independent school sector. Michael retired in 2018 after 13 years as Head of a P-12 boarding school in Toowoomba. His initial introduction to Rotary came about through his ongoing involvement with Interact Clubs in all of the schools in which he worked throughout Queensland. In the early 1990s, he was invited to join the Rotary Club of Toowoomba South. After several years, with the ever-increasing pressures of work and a growing family, Michael left Rotary. In 2010, once again as mentor to his school’s Interact Club, he was invited to join the sponsoring Rotary Club of Toowoomba Garden City. Over the past 10 years, Michael has been a member of the Youth Committee and served as Programme Coordinator for 3 years, Board member and Membership Chair. In the 2020-21 Rotary year, he will serve as Club President. His wife, Janette, also a retired primary school teacher, is an active member of the local Zonta and Town and Country Clubs. Michael’s interests include travel, family research and bridge. - - - Kim Elston Kim is a Senior Occupational Therapist with Queensland Health and has been involved in Rotaract for the past 4 years in various roles within the Rotaract Club of Brisbane Rivercity and District 9600 - President in 17/18, RYLA leader 2019, RYPEN senior leader 2019, and chairperson for the 2019 Interact Conference. For the past year, Kim has been the District 9600 Rotaract Representative and was chosen as 1 of 5 Australians to represent Rotaractors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego. Kim is looking forward to the year ahead as District 9600 Rotaract Chair, working towards the merge into D9620, and being involved in the joint district R100 committee.
DG Neil Black District Governor | District 9600 DG Patrice Robinson District Governor | District 9630