The South Eastern Times : April 3rd 2018
NEWS 11 Rotarians converge on city THE annual Rotary District 9780 Conference will take place this weekend with rotarians from across the South East and Western Victoria. Mount Gambier will host members from 59 district clubs for the first time in 13 years, with around 350 people expected to attend the three-day conference which starts Friday. District Governor Ray Herbert - from Mount Gambier West Rotary Club - said the conference would involve a number of activities and be used as an opportunity to showcase Mount Gambier. “We are going to be high profile in the centre of the town with most activities occurring at the Main Corner and Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre and it will be a good chance to engage with people who want to know more about service clubs,” Mr Herbert said. “A number of forums will take place across the weekend, which will have a focus on peace, conflict and resolution, which is one of the six pillars of the rotary foundation, coming under the international theme of ‘making a difference’.” A highlight of the weekend will be the gala event “Erupt with Jazz” with James Morrison and Friends at the Barn Palais on Saturday night. “James Morrison is a world class performer and it will be a great night for people to come along to,” Mount Gambier West Rotary Club board member Matthew Dixon said. “Tickets can be purchased at Exchange Printers and include a three-course meal and the opportunity to listen to the best in jazz music.” The local Rotary clubs have also been able to attract world-renowned speakers to the event, including Gill Hicks, a survivor of the London bombings in 2005. “Gill is a double amputee who was not expected to survive and she has now committed her life to talking about her experience and she will deliver a powerful speech about resilience next weekend,” Mr Herbert said. “She will speake at a youth forum held at the Main Corner on Saturday morning starting at 9.30am along with Stephanie Woollard, who is the founder and chief executive officer of the Seven Women organisation.” Other notable people to speak at the conference across the weekend include renal transplant nephrologist Professor Toby Coates, polio survivor Gary Newton and one of Australia’s leading scholars Greg Barton. “We will also continue to promote our bushfire appeal over the course of the conference, which we have happening for Western Victoria and I think there is already $15,000 in that fund,” Mr Herbert said. “Overall, we expect it to be a great weekend, where plenty of things will happen and the general public will have the opportunity to listen to some great speakers.” Visit www.rotary9780conference. com.au to find out more about the Rotary District 9780 Conference and register attendance. STAR ATTRACTION: James Morrison and friends will be at the Barn Palais on Saturday night for the “Erupt with Jazz” show as part of the annual Rotary District 9780 Conference. PARENT 2017 EDITION 721362 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 11 RENT talk Available now at The Border Watch, The South Eastern Times, Penola Pennant and selected local businesses.
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