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2023 Rotary District 9640 conference

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Last weekend, around three hundred Rotarians gathered in Yamba for the annual District 9640 Conference, a Rotary calendar highlight.

Fellowship

For some, the conference was an opportunity to get together with others socially, many whom have worked together on local and global projects over decades. This included a golf afternoon, fabulous welcome dinner opened by Cr Ian Tiley, much dancing at the Conference Dinner and a fun and very social cruise down the Clarence.

Inspiration

‘Be Your Best Self’ was the theme. Some came for amazing speakers on health and resilience, none more so than the exceptional Curtis McGrath, a young soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan and went on to be an Olympic gold medallist. Just an incredible young man with lessons for us all. Many a tear.

Supporting community

More than 30 Awards were presented by District Governor Karen Thomas to clubs for projects that support causes across the Northern Rivers – such as domestic violence, youth development, flood relief and women’s dignity. Karen also presented $14,000 to Angel Flight, her chosen charity, providing critical air transport to residents in remote communities, for health purposes.

Local showcase

Three hundred attendees enjoyed the hospitality of our very special region, welcomed to country by Aunty Diane Randell and Didgeridoo player Lenny and dignitaries piped in by Maclean Pipe Band Piper, Alister Smith.

The Conference showcased the fantastic facilities of Yamba Golf Club and Bowlo, local band Pistol Whip, Clarence River Ferries and a rare chance to watch archived footage of Rotary Club of Iluka Woombah cabaret show, which raised over $100,00 for the community over a decade.

Massive shout out to Rotarians across Yamba, Maclean and Iluka/ Woombah for their tireless effort in hosting the event, which sent most delegates home promising to come back to Yamba and inspired to do even more in community service in 2023.

Clarence Valley Independent 15 March 2023

This article appeared in the Clarence Valley Independent, 15 March 2023.

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