An estimated 600 people are expected at ClubMulwala’s hosting of the 2018 Rotary District 9790 Conference from Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, March 25 and there will be plenty to see at the club for the public.
“This conference is the pinnacle of the year. It is the celebrity of the year,” District Governor Bernie Bott told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“This is a great opportunity for our town to showcase themselves and also be the catalyst to work together for the betterment of the town.”
The District Governor believes that up to $3 million can be generated from the conference “if people embrace it”.
“I chose the venue because of the amount of exposure Yarrawonga/Mulwala would receive and the high quality of local facilities.
“The accommodation’s here. Our District 9790 needs to know the country environment can do things as well as any city environment can.
“I’m proud to be from Yarrawonga/Mulwala. I’m very proud of our committee working on this conference.”
Rotary District 9790 has 64 rotary clubs. It will be the third district rotary conference at Yarrawonga/Mulwala and the first time as District Governor for our own Bernie Bott.
“This has been a three-year project in the making,” Chair of the 2018 Rotary District 9790 Conference, Ross Lloyd said.
“It’s very exciting our club has been chosen to host this conference. The committee has been nothing short of magnificent.
“There are three significant aspects: Our theme is ‘I’m going back to Yarrawonga’, we will be attired in red shirts and our mascot id ‘Charlie the Black Bull’.”
Before getting down to conference business, a wide range of events has been arranged to ensure a day of relaxation and fellowship.
Various sports, including golf with a hole-in-one competition at the superb Black Bull Golf Course, Silverwoods, with an Audi motorcar up for grabs; cricket, bowls, tennis and croquet.
Fishing and nature walks, and leisure activities including lake cruising, spa treatments, the gold class cinema at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort and lunch/afternoon tea at Rich Glen await Rotarians going back again to Yarrawonga.
A sports and recreation day dinner at the golf club resort, where Australian Test cricketer Wayne Phillips who was so good with both bat and wicketkeeping will be guest speaker and joined on stage by our own Kim Forge who will again be representing Australia, in 2018, in Curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
An outstanding line-up of guest speakers has been organised for the conference, from a wonderful range of fields. The line-up includes President of RSL Victoria, Dr Robert Webster and former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer.
Former Dux of Yarrawonga High School and immediate past Healthcare Manager at IBM Research-Australia in charge of 20 researchers, Dr Priscilla Rogers, will also speak.
“We have top line speakers from around Australia, a real variety. There’s Greg Champion from ‘Coulda Been Champions,’ then there’s our Trevor Hargreaves OAM,” Mr Lloyd said. “It’s the celebration of the 100th anniversary of ANZAC, the end of World War 1 and our committee is working very hard coming up with great ideas to mark such an occasion.
“There will be a Saturday night Gala Dinner featuring Pacific Bells from Melbourne.
“There will be a major change from past Rotary Conferences - clubs can display ‘Rotary Can Do’ - and we want the public to feel welcome in seeing the displays.”
The Rotary Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala has a proud history since its establishment with projects such as the Portsea Camp, Youth Exchange, assisting hospital dialysis, assisting Gorman House, creation of the Rotary Park walkthrough Belmore to Hume Street and conducting the monthly market at the showgrounds.
The club is leaving no stone unturned towards hosting a most memorable 2018 Rotary District 9790 Conference.