Article submitted by PDG Tim Moore - Chair Conference Organising Committee
Your conference committee are getting really excited, as the countdown to Conference 2020 (March 20th-22nd) in Bendigo gets closer.
Join fellow Rotarians from around the District to:
  • Learn of our District projects, particularly our drought and fire efforts
  • Discuss key issues in Rotary and how we can be stronger by ‘Breaking the Chains’
  • Be inspired by our presenters and the endless opportunities Rotary provides
  • Make new friends
Our speakers are locked in and here are 2 of our latest – Kate McBride and Chelsea Roffey.
Kate McBride
2019 was a year of great discussion around both drought and water management and Kate received a great deal of media attention as she stood up for farmers.
The year began with mass fish kills in which a video Kate took went viral, resulting in both national and international media flocking to her local township of Menindee. Following weeks of media attention and appearing regularly on radio as well as channel 10’s the project, Kate was approached by ABC’s Australian Story who ran an episode called ‘Cry me a river’ on the 21 year old. 
Throughout the year, media attention continued as more fish kills occurred and the Darling river dried up further. In late October, Kate was asked to be on ABC’s Q&A panel for a drought special. She sat beside the federal Minister for Water Resources and Drought, as well as the Shadow minister for Agriculture, and fiercely defended the people of the land as well as advocating for looking after our rivers.
She received excellent feedback from the show and the following morning appeared on Studio 10, where she called the Prime Minister out for abandoning Australia’s farmers. 
Following these appearances, Kate has continued to appear on radio and speak at schools and events to further raise awareness of issues in water management.
She’s greatly looking forward to speaking at Rotary’s District 9820 Conference in Bendigo.
Chelsea Roffey
As a woman - and a Queenslander - Chelsea Roffey was never expected to reach the pinnacle of the nation's biggest sporting stage.
Overcoming the challenges of public opinion, media scrutiny and self-doubt, as well as the physical and mental demands of training and competing in a man’s world, she reached the top of the ladder in an environment where the cost of a slip-up can be huge.
Chelsea became the first woman to officiate an AFL Grand Final, when she was selected as goal umpire for the 2012 Grand Final between Hawthorn and Sydney.
A published author and Winston Churchill Fellow, Chelsea holds bachelor’s degrees in music and journalism and works with organisations to break through barriers and optimise performance.
The conference also offers:
  • Special pricing for new Rotarians and Rotaractors
  • A fantastic program of speakers, entertainers and fun
  • The opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones
  • The opportunity to learn more and interact with others
  • Optional events:  Fellowship Friday dinner, Leadership Breakfast Saturday morning for Presidents, President Elects, Leadership team members and partners, Friday Golf Day at Bendigo Golf Club with light lunch, Friday Winery coach tour finishing at Balgownie Estate with light lunch and a glass of wine! (some number limits apply)
  • Bendigo is a great tourist city to spend some more time in!
Click here to register for this great opportunity and to choose add ons!