The Rotary Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala’s prediction last year its hosting of the 2018 Rotary District 9790 Conference would attract 600 people, mainly Rotarians, will eventuate.
The majority of Rotary District 9790’s 64 Rotary clubs will be represented. “We’re going to have 600,” conference chair Ross Lloyd told the Yarrawonga Chronicle last week.
“The gala dinner is fully booked.” The special ‘ANZAC Centenary Celebration Dinner’ is on the Saturday which will feature the 1940’s inspired trio, The Pacific Belles swing band.
The three-day power packed conference program commencing Friday, March 23 contains a vast range and star-studded line-up of guest speakers, VIPs, light entertainment and dinners at ClubMulwala and Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort.
The lead-up Thursday program also provides for a wonderful range of sporting and leisure activities, commencing with golf at the superb Silverwood’s Black Bull Golf Course at 9.00am, a barbecue for golfers from 1.30pm to 3.00pm and golf presentations at 3.30pm.
A Sports Dinner will then take place in Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s Willow Room, featuring speakers, Australian Test cricketer Wayne Phillips and local, national curling champion Kim Forge.
Friday’s program is huge and includes the gala opening with procession of flags and VIPs.
Mr Lloyd was pleased the talented Lakeside Voices will be performing before the start of the formal opening. And the 28-member Lakeside Voices - or as many know as the Yarrawonga Mulwala Ecumenical Choir - are pleased to be on stage.
“We have a new name - Lakeside Voices - it’s easier!” the group’s conductor of four years, Andrew Brown, said. “ ‘Memory’ from CATS and ‘You Got A Friend In Me’ from The Toy Story will be among our songs.
“We’re looking forward to it, in the lead-up to the start of the formal program. It’s an honour to be asked.”
Significant opening addresses will be made by Mr Bott and former Rotary International President Ron D Burton of the USA.
“It is a great honour to be asked to represent the President and First Lady of Rotary International at a District Conference,” Mr Burton said.
“Governor Bernie has chosen ‘I’m Going Back to Yarrawonga’ as the theme of this conference. Well, since we have not been here before, Jetta (wife) and I are going to have some catching up to do.”
Friday afternoon’s speakers will include Dr Bruce Anderson with ‘Towards Eradication of Malaria’ and Manager of The Rotary Foundation South Pacific & Philippines Office in Parramatta, Dr Bruce Allen.
Saturday’s program will have Yarrawonga P-12 students in a play titled ‘ANZAC Memorial Presentation’, also featuring some local Rotarians, at ClubMulwala, followed by former local resident Dr Priscilla Rogers with ‘My Journey and Future Directions in Medicine’.
Former ClubMulwala President and talented poet Trevor Hargreaves OAM will take centre stage followed by Victorian Police’s Ron Iddles with ‘Criminals I have known’.
After morning tea it will be ‘Alzheimer’s disease and exercise’ by Prof. Nicola Lautenschlager, a schools debate and RSL State President Dr Robert Webster OAM.
More interesting, informative and appropriate addresses will be given on Saturday afternoon, and Sunday, culminating on Sunday afternoon with a lunch at Mulwala Water Ski Club with Coulda Been Champion, Greg Champion performing on the deck. Also featuring will be the ski club’s international water ski show.
There are three significant aspects to this year’s conference: The conference theme is ‘I’m Going Back to Yarrawonga’, red shirts will be worn at times and the mascot is ‘Charlie the Black Bull’.
The District Governor spoke in the most glowing terms about the work gone into the preparation of the conference program
“The effort the conference committee has exerted over the past three years has been of the highest order, under the leadership of Rotarian Ross Lloyd and my entire Rotary Club,” District Governor Bernie said.
“An atmosphere of Rotary, fun, entertainment and fellowship will be the order of the day.
“The conference will be a celebration of a ‘Rotary year of Rotary Making a Difference’.”
What Rotary Can Do
‘What Rotary Can Do’ is a new initiative Ross Lloyd has put in place of ‘The House of Friendship’.
“I felt after attending Rotary 9790 Conferences we were missing a great chance to show what a great club Rotary is,” the Chair of the 2018 Rotary District 9790 Conference explained .
“It is now starting to gain momentum and we find it a great chance for Rotarians from all around District 9790 to show the general public, as well as all Rotarians attending District 9790 Conference, the great work Rotary and Rotarians can do.”
The 2018 Rotary District 9790 Conference involves the general public who can view some 30 stalls in ClubMulwala during the conference from Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25.
The stalls depict projects undertaken by various Rotary clubs in their towns or overseas, as well as local organisations such as The Lions Club of Yarrawonga with its wonderful Turban Angels project.
The general public will also be able to tune into live broadcasts of the high quality speakers covering a wide range of topics at the Rotary conference throughout ClubMulwala.