Article submitted by President Keith Roberts - Rotary Club of Narre Warren
Tuesday 24th September was a special day for Rotarians in Victoria.  Lynne and I (Rotary Club of Narre Warren), made the trip to Ballarat to attend the Presidential Dinner hosted by District 9870 for RI President Mark Daniel Maloney.  Berwick, Leongatha and other clubs from our District also attended.  President Mark flew in from ‘across the ditch’, as he so eloquently put it, the day before from New Zealand.
President Keith & Lynne with RIP Mark & Gaye
The mob from Berwick (With a Pakenham imposter!)
Approximately 400 Rotarians and friends of Rotary attended the dinner at the Mercure Convention Centre, where President Mark and his wife Gay gave impressive speeches to all.
Gay gave a short insight to the travel undertaken by both in their roles within Rotary. For example, in September alone they had travelled from Alabama to Chicago, from there they had travelled to five countries throughout Eastern Europe to Asia and the Pacific region – and following Ballarat they were heading to Poland before returning to the US by the end of the month. Talk about gathering Frequent Flyer points!!
President Mark initially spoke about the cultural differences they had experienced in their travels and made reference to their experience of the goal umpires of an AFL game – who he thought was trying to guide a plane onto the field with their ‘semaphore flags’.
He then spoke passionately about ‘Rotary Connecting the World’ and inspired all with his speech. Mark then outlined the future Action Plan for Rotary and its’ four goals.
“RI President Mark hobnobbing with our own DGE Mark”
I know both Lynne & I came away determined to do more with our Club and members. President Mark is an inspired speaker and Rotarian that enthuses people to become better Rotarians.
I have a video of his speech if anyone would like me to send it to them to view with their Club members.