Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February 2023
As active Rotarians in our clubs, we owe ourselves a weekend away, once a year, to relax and enjoy. The District Conference at Cape Schanck has been put together specifically for YOU. To laugh, celebrate & enjoy Rotary fellowship and fun at its best.
Join us for a fabulous weekend at a beautiful venue right here in District 9820.
Please have a look at the promotional video to inspire all Rotarians from District 9820 and surrounding Districts to come on down for a good time and get a bit of sand between our toes.
Registration help and enquires: 
If you have any issues with getting registered, please contact Libby Wilson at

Please be aware that all registrants must be registered for the Conference to be able to select Optional Add-Ons such as Golf, Bus Tour or Sunday Breakfast with Kevin Sheedy.
Registering for Conference
The online registration process is straightforward, but you will need a credit card to complete your registration. We only need to know your Name, Email, Club, Dietary Requirements and the Items you are registering for. If you are good to go, please CLICK HERE
If you need to alter any part of your registration between registering and the 28th of January 2023, we have a friendly team ready to help you. Please read the Cancellation and Refund Policy before registering.
Cancellation and Refund Policy 
We understand circumstances change.  Unfortunately, we will have limited flexibility once we have confirmed venues, speakers and catering.  The following guidelines are advised relative to any requests for refunds: 
For a Full Refund, we must receive your request on or before 28/01/2023.  Any requests received after 28/01/2023 but before 18/02/2023 will be eligible for a 50% Refund.  No refunds will be possible for any cancellations notified after 18/02/2023. 

In the event that the conference is cancelled due to Covid19 restrictions, a full refund will be given.  

All requests for refunds must be emailed to:  Libby Wilson at

We look forward to seeing you at Cape Schanck for our District Conference from 24th to 26th February 2023.
Below is the description of the items on the registration form.
Conference Registration
Saturday Conference Plenary Sessions at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort, including lunch, afternoon tea and Gala “Beach Party” Dinner.
Inspiring speakers, exceptional fellowship and a top-notch wind down over a beach party dinner.
      $220 Member
      $220 Partner
Breakfast with Victorian of the Year: Kevin Sheedy
(Add-on to main registration)
Sunday morning breakfast at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort featuring Victorian of the Year, AFL great Kevin Sheedy.
Kevin was acknowledged for his work off the football field - as patron of Foodbank, working with the Tinker Bell foundation to support Neale Daniher's Fight MND fundraising efforts along with his contribution to Indigenous and regional communities. 
All Conference registrants are urged not to miss this opportunity to hear what Kevin has to say.
     $40 Member
     $40 Partner

Friday Tours and Golf

Part of every Rotary District 9820 Conference is the opportunity to indulge in some relaxed social activities. 
Friday Golf at the RACV Cape Schanck Golf Course.
(Add-on to main registration)
Golfers are to assemble from 11.00 am, and tee-off will be at 11.30 am. Includes green fees and trophies. For further enquiries, including teams and golf cart bookings, please contact Philip Hedley at Limited to 32 Players.
     $66.00 Member
     $66.00 Partner
Mornington Peninsula Bus Tour 1. [24 seats] Winery Tour
(Add-on to main registration)
10.30 am Leave Cape Schanck Resort
11.00 am Wine Tasting   Red Hill Estate, renowned for it’s cool climate wines and magnificent views over Westernport Bay.
12.30 pm Eagle Chairlift;  ride high over Arthur’s Seat National Park ,you will be stunned by the unbelievable views of Port Phillip Bay and the coastline to Melbourne’s CBD and beyond
1.30pm Lunch at Dromana Hotel
3pm Return to Cape Schanck Resort
                                                         $80 per head.
Self Drive Tours; FREE!
We are off for an adventure!
       Flinders;  a short drive from the conference to Flinders, situated on Western port  Bay, wander the street visiting the antique shops, watch chocolatiers at work and taste the chocolate at Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie...Lunch at the local bakery or the Flinders Hotel
Sorrento; The village of Sorrento contains many sites of historical interest. Wander the main street visiting the many boutiques, then have lunch at one of the many cafes.
Point Nepean National Park; History of Point Nepean spans thousands of years to the Boowurrung people. Since the park has been used to Quarantine people arriving in Victoria, defend the country and for military training. Enjoy the ride on the shuttle bus to Fort Nepean and visit the tunnels, observation stations and gun placements. www
Peninsula Hot Springs; is a wellness destination on the Mornington Peninsula. Explore over 50 hot spring pools and geothermal bathing experiences nestled in their natural Landscape Springs Lane.Fingal  03 59508777
Gordon Glass; Visit the Gallery and see the colourful glass sculptures, bottles, platters and bowls. You may be able to watch glassblowing from the balcony [not blowing every day]
      290 Redhill Rd RedHill
Mock Redhill; For five generations, the Mock family have grown apples in Redhill. Visit their Cider lounge and sample their cider, juices, freeze-dried fruits and mock apple cider vinegar.
      1103 Mornington –Flinders rd. RedHill
St Andrews Brewery; After a significant facelift, the world-class horse training facility run by the Freedman stables has been converted into a brewery, tap room, farm and restaurant. Tastings and lunch
      160 Sandy rd. Fingal
Cape Schanck; For those who like to walk. Leave the car park on the road to Cape Schanck and take the walking track and boardwalks on the way to the lighthouse,
  • Kate Roffey, CEO of the Melbourne Football Club speaking on her role and leadership to the 2021 AFL flag, “Leading to Win”
Kate Roffey is a highly experienced Chief Executive and Non-Executive Director with high-profile organisations and a reputation as a respected leader in the business and infrastructure.
In 2021 she became the President of the Melbourne Football Club, the first female to hold this position in the Club's more than 160-year history, and was an integral part of changing the club culture, which led them to win the 2021 AFL Premiership against the Western Bulldogs.
She has a proven track record in infrastructure master planning, funding, financing and delivery; long-term strategic thinking; negotiating and closing complex commercial deals; organisational transformation; advocacy to governments on both sides of politics; representational leadership in public and in the media; and empowering teams to exceed challenging targets consistently.
An accomplished public speaker Kate regularly presents at conferences, seminars and business lunches. She has extensive experience in the media and is regularly interviewed on topical issues for newspapers, radio and television. She holds a regular guest commentator spot on ABC Newsbreakfast Television and appearances on Q&A.
Julia Kay, Young Victorian of the Year 2022 and Founder of Great Wrap – a plastic-free food wrap alternative, will speak on the links to Environment Sustainability
We are Great Wrap, a material science company on a mission to end human reliance on petroleum-based plastics. We saw a materials revolution happening around us. Everything was changing rapidly; energy, transport, and agriculture, yet plastic stayed the same. We knew the technology existed to put an end to plastic waste, but there weren’t any products available on the market for us to use. That’s when Great Wrap was born. We invented the products we knew the world was missing so we could dump plastic once and for all. We are driven by impact, fuelled by demand, and have a 10-year vision for a world where plastic doesn’t exist.
Since our launch in 2019, we've gone through significant growth and have now established a manufacturing facility in Australia. We now proudly manufacture the only compostable stretch wrap for homes and businesses from food waste, and we've just launched our latest innovation into the US market — a refillable dispenser made from 33 recycled plastic bottles.
Learn more CLICK HERE
Samuel usually speaks about his personal journey (his sister Connie’s cancer journey, their creation of the charity and his adventures visiting communities around the country) as well as health messages around early detection and what he has learnt about current cancer research that LYS supports in the cancer space, in particular advances in personalised medicine.  There is a general tone of resilience, finding joy in the face of adversity/death etc.   Because of the strong support he has had from Rotary over the years in towns all around Australia he will almost certainly speak about his experience with Rotary on this occasion
Warren Tate from the Speakers Institute will present some clues on public speaking and making your message more punchy.
Author, Communication and presentation is your superpower

Warren Tate is a Professional Speaker, International Best-Selling Author, and expert in communication. He has worked with corporate management, start-up companies from around the world, sales teams and education institutions developing and empowering customer focussed presentations, speaking and interpersonal skills to help leaders to influence more powerfully.

As a past CEO of a real estate franchise group, Warren has assisted many business owners go from start up to market leaders and to create a brand of influence. As an additional communication skill, Warren is an energetic auctioneer, injecting infectious energy into every auction, building rapport with the bidders, and making them comfortable and excited with the possibility of owning their new home. This skill has been used at several events as a charity auctioneer as well as speaker.

Warren works with fortune 500 companies, and individuals in upgrading the Number #1 Skillset on the planet, communication. He has worked with companies around the world including, IBM, Ernst & Young, NAR United States, Century 21 and multiple prop tech businesses in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom, assisting them to grow by 1,000’s of percent in market valuation.

As a qualified Presentation & Speaker Coach and Mentor, Warren empowers leaders and managers to clarify their message and master communication in the presentation. Warren is a powerful keynote presenter using engaging stories and humour. He has an innate ability to simplify client’s messaging, and to translate the message into memorable presentations that influence audiences around the world.
I was born in and raised in Bairnsdale, East Gippsland.
I became an exchange student in Thailand in 1981 at the age of 17 and lived in Bangkok learnt the Thai Language and studied Buddhism and Thai culture.
I returned to Australia, in 1982 and started as an apprentice Plumber and Gas Fitter in the Family business.
I married my long-time girlfriend Sue in 1985 and left Australia in 1987 to spend 3 years backpacking across Africa and Asia.
When I returned in 1990, I took up a position back in the Family company training apprentices and site manager for Farquhars Plumbing.
I was awarded a Bosch scholarship in 2003 and went to Germany, Portugal and Austria. I visited two Poly-Technical schools to see how apprentices were trained and visited 3 Biogas farms. I also visited the Bosch manufacturing plants in Portugal and Germany.
I spent 2010 to 2013 offshore in Bass strait working on the Kipper Tarrum upgrade project with Esso Australia which is an oil and gas fields project. 
In 2008, I created a business called Powerhouse-shop, an alternative energy company dealing in solar energy and Biogas products.
I was a Member Bairnsdale fire Brigade from 1977 to 2000 and had several positions from coaching to the secretary, to Third lieutenant.
I was introduced to and joined Rotary in 2000. In 2003, I assisted with the formation of  Bairnsdale Sunrise and became its first President. I have had many highlights in this club, President of the Bairnsdale Air show, co-Ordinator of Feast on the East festival.
I moved to the Mitchell River Club in 2018 and was heavily involved in the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid. Out of this developed the East Gippsland Timber Milling Project, a combined Lions and Rotary Project. I have received a double sapphire Paul Harris Fellow and still love every Rotary moment.
I am still married to Sue and have two wonderful children Bronte and Dylan. Two young adults now living in Melbourne and living their lives.
Ian Henry Stuart Riseley was born in a suburb of Melbourne in 1947, the second of five children in a working class family.  After completing secondary school with marks that were insufficient to obtain a scholarship to university, he joined a firm of Chartered Accountants and studied part time to qualify.  He later continued part time study and obtained Graduate Diplomas in Accounting and Income Tax as well as a Master’s Degree in Income Tax Law.  He was a self-confessed academic late bloomer.
After working in professional accounting, management consulting and industry, Ian launched his own accounting firm in 1976 with the creative name of Ian Riseley & Co.  That firm continues to this day with his brother as manager.
Ian became a proud Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham in 1978 and the third President of that club.  He led a Group Study Exchange team to District 7930, Massachusetts, in 1997 and then became Governor of District 9810 in 1999/2000.  He was elected as a Director of Rotary International for 2006/08 and was Treasurer in 2007/08.  He then served as Chair of the RI Finance committee from 2009/11 before being elected as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation for 2011/15.  Ian was Co-Chair of the committee that organized the 2016 Rotary International convention in Seoul.
Ian served as President of Rotary International in 2017/18 and gave the theme of “Rotary; Making a Difference.”  He then again served as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation for 2019/23.  While President, he authorised six Presidential conferences with an emphasis on peace, an important issue for Ian and his wife Juliet, who was Governor of District 9810 in 2011/12.  He is proud of his encouragement of Rotary’s work on protecting the environment, and also of his promotion of women for participation and leadership roles within Rotary.
Ian was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2006.
Ross Kilborn (RC Mornington) will speak on a major District Project: The Peninsula Trail
Ross joined Mornington Rotary in 2017, when he moved to Mornington, having been a Group Study Exchange student in 1981, sponsored by that club. Subsequently, Ross lived in Melbourne and worked in general management and business development for several corporations.  During his career,  he was fortunate to holiday by walking and riding many of Australia’s and the world's recognised trails and paths. He was Mornington’s President for two years, 2019-21, and proposed the Peninsula Trail as the Cluster Centenary Project because of its potential to both attract similar recognition for the Peninsula, connect our communities and deliver environmental sustainability.

Accommodation Options

You’ll be having a busy weekend of Rotary business and fellowship. You may be coming a long way so you’ll need somewhere to stay … somewhere to relax and rest.

But why not take a few extra days and grasp the opportunity to discover everything the Mornington Peninsula offers!

From Portsea to Mornington, Mt Eliza to Flinders, Rye to Red Hill, Blairgowrie to Balnarring, there are endless opportunities to choose the exact accommodation to suit your needs.

RACV Cape Schanck Resort - the Venue for our Conference

The Cape Schanck RACV Resort has given us links that give a discount to non-RACV members, RACV Roadside Assist members and RACV Club members;

Non RACV Member link:
RACV Service Member link:
RACV Club Member link:
RACV bookings can also be made when providing the promotion code 2023ROTARY online

Or Find Your Style of Accommodation via  Mornington Peninsula Tourism
Plan Your Trip and “Find Your Style of Accommodation” via  Mornington Peninsula Tourism. They know you are coming! Visit:


The Mornington Peninsula has many accommodation options apart from the venue itself-RACV Cape Schanck. Various hotels, motels, and self-catering air B&B type options-can booked privately or via  Mornington Peninsula Tourism with no user charge, and they are aware of our conference- to book dates and to browse different accommodation options.
If you are having any issues, they can be rung on 03 5950 1579 or emailed:

– Apartments & Unit
– Cottages & Holiday Houses
– Bed & Breakfast
– Budget & Backpackers
– Caravans & Camping
– Hotels & Motels
– Resorts
– Self-Contained
– Vineyard & Farm Stay
– Accessible & Pet Friendly

Phone them on: 03 5950 1579  Email them at:

Home Hosting
You may like to consider connecting with local Rotarians on our Home Hosting List… Please contact our Home Hosting coordinator Neil Stitt at

Promoting your Rotary Project, Event or Cause at the District Conference.
The District Conference is an excellent event to promote a project, event or cause that other Rotarians can get involved in. Most Rotarians come to the District Conference to learn something new, network with fellow Rotarians and be exposed to opportunities that could enhance their Rotary experience.
The Conference Showcase is a perfect place to spread the news and find Rotarians who could learn, join in or put your information in their back pocket to take back to their Club. 
This year, the Showcase will be held in the refreshment area. The cost to have a spot is free for Conference Registrants or $50 for Non-Registrants to allow for catering.
Heather Barton, Rotary Club of Rosebud-Rye.
Phone 0418-974-994