I am a proud member of my Rotary Club, Coolamon and I have served for 14 years and I have now entered my 15th year as a Rotarian and I enjoy every meeting and all that we do. I have made some very good mates over the years and visited many clubs in D9700, around Australia and the world, especially Kenya my home.
Above all Rotary has changed my life like nothing else could do. It is a privilege and an honour to be called a Rotarian and Service Above Self is our motto. Coolamon Rotary is growing well and we have a great future by serving our community, both here in the Shire of Coolamon, Australia and over the seas.
We are all volunteers and we should always remember that and not to take too much, too seriously, above all have fun and enjoy the opportunities that Rotary gives us to just feel good!
As Susan and I prepare for 2018-2019 as the District Governor D9700, I just want to show a brief glimpse of my journey after being introduced to Rotary by Past President David Benn from Wollundry Wagga Wagga RC. David introduced me to Past President Grahame Miles from Coolamon and several weeks later I joined the Coolamon Rotary Club.
So in pictorial form I share my journey with you:
The journey began in May 1944 where a Rotarian and Past President of the Rotary Club of Nairobi brought me into the world. Dr. J R Gregory or Dr Greg (sitting bottom right in the above photo), was our family doctor for many years in Kenya. It can then be said that a Rotarian was the first person to see me alive, after giving me a good whack on the bum!!!
So below are many pictorial glimpses of my journey to this day on the start of our visit to San Diego for the Rotary International Assembly. In San Diego we take our training up another level in preparation for our year as the Governor of District 9700. It has been fun a lot of fun!
Every photo tells a story so click on the thumbnails and get a bigger picture. They are in chronological order starting from June 2002 in Cape Town with Mama Amelia Poswa and her 96 orphans, mainly due to losing one parent or both to AIDS.
Some wonderful memories for us to share here.