Posted by Ian Ballantine on Mar 25, 2024
Well, we have had our last Conference for District 9810 - Warrnambool, March 22-24, 2024.
On behalf of the team that put on the Conference, I'd like to thank all those who attended, almost 350 of you.
I am so proud of the work that the team put in, under the leadership of Conference Chair Wil Cornilessen. The feedback I've had from attendees was all positive.
I thought we had an outstanding range of speakers. My special thanks goes to PRIP and PDG Ian Riseley who conducted the two sessions showcasing a range of projects undertaken within our District.
I'm sure you would all agree the Lighthouse Theatre was a wonderful venue. My thanks to the staff there.
The sporting events were so well organised and enjoyed by all who participated - thanks Keels.
The pre-Conference drinks at Flagstaff Hill was such a fun way to kick off the weekend on the Friday evening, followed, of course by the 9810 tradition of Club dinners.
The Rotary Expo was a great success and I'm sure no-one went hungry during our break times.
Our Rotary International President's Personal Representative, Haresh Ramchandani assured me he thoroughly enjoyed his time with us and was very grateful for the way those attending the Conference made him feel so welcome.
And what about Saturday night? What a great night it was. A very special thanks goes out to Linda O'Brien who looked after every aspect of the evening from the choice of venue, band, caterer, menu, decorations etc etc. We had nearly 300 attend the evening including many of our speakers and I'm sure all had such a great evening.
Just a reminder that the wonderful photos taken by David Liao are available for viewing and download here.
A special thank you to all our sponsors, as listed on the Conference web page here. Note that if you click on any of the names you will be taken to their website. A special thanks to our major sponsor, Red Energy.
My thanks also to Glenn Tippett from Razor Graphix for Registration tag printing and Monique and Mark Smith from Dorset Business Solutions for supplying the lanyards.
Please click on Read More where I have listed down, hopefully all those who helped ensure the success of the Conference.
My most sincere thanks go to the following people:
Wil Cornelissen, Chair / Sponsorship
Brian Slade, Treasurer
Don Kerley, Secretary
Malcolm Chiverton, Minder for Haresh Ramchandani
Bob Richards, Program Co-ordinator and Stage Manager
Peter Murie, Program, AV / Script
Kehela (Keels) Vandenberg,  Friday Activities
Glenda Stahel / Grant Perry, Registration
Peter O'Brien,  Logistics
Sue Cornelissen, Sponsorship, Catering / Expo / Program Co-ordinator
Linda O'Brien, GALA – Entertainment & Theming
Jonathan Usher / Dee Mason our fantastic MC's
David Liao. Photography can be accessed here
Gus Rozycki, IT support
Members of the Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central
President Ron Brownlees and Marilyn
Sue Loeliger
Helen Nodrum
Margie Lucas
Karin Soster and Gary
Sam Langridge
Terry Kane
Jo Impey
Alan Kempton and Julie
Larry Green and Sarah
And lastly, I'd like to thank another member of my Club, my partner Helen Parker for all the support she has given me.