Article submitted by PDG Tim Moore - Rotary Club of Berwick
Please note that the "Early Bird Discounts" for registration at the 2020 District 9820 conference in March end soon!
If you are new to Rotary or a long time member, District Conference’s are a great way to not only know more about our great organisation, but also to get that often needed shot in the arm to inspire and reinvigorate us in our clubs.   We learn of great projects that we can share in and ways to reconnect our communities in Australia and overseas.
Did you know there is a discounted ticket price for Rotarians that haven't been to a conference before? But you need to book before the end of November for this and the early bird discount!
I encourage all members to register for the Conference in Bendigo 20th - 22nd March 2020.  The draft program is a link on our district website at, as is the 'Register now' button.
It promises to be a great Conference, great presenters and entertainers - you will laugh and you will shed a tear, but you will also learn, be inspired and make new friends.
Here are just 2 more of our presenters to 'whet your appetite':
Stephanie Woolard
Stephanie is an Australian Rotarian and Founder of 'Seven Women', as well as 'Hands on Development' travel with a purpose tour company in Nepal.
She joined the Rotary Club of Melbourne on the return from her Rotary Peace Fellowship at the Uppsala University Peace Centre in Sweden, where she obtained a Master of Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Her work is focused around creating a more tolerant and compassionate world, with a focus on education and economic empowerment for marginalised women.
'Seven Women' began in 2006, when Stephanie met 7 disabled women living in a tin shed and learnt of the harsh stigma they were facing.
'Seven Women' has now empowered over 5,000 marginalised women through education, skills training and income generation
PDG Brian Coffey
Brian was born, raised and educated in the Hunter Valley at Newcastle before moving to Maitland in 1979 to commence a 34-year career in law enforcement. 
After speaking at a Rotary meeting in 1999, Brian was asked to join the Rotary Club of East Maitland.
Brian, with his wife Carol, immediately engaged in Youth Exchange as host parents, before joining the District Committee as a Youth Exchange Officer. Today he engages inbound students in law topics.
Brian promises to engage you in a personal and moving story of how Rotary changed/saved his life, while helping change and possibly saving the life of a young boy and his parents.