First lady adds another cause to champion
Mrs Margie Abbott, the 'First Lady of Australia', (wife of our Australian Prime Minister), has graciously accepted the role as ROMAC’s Patron.  This appointment follows Dame Quentin Bryce, former Governor General, stepping down, having completed her five year term as Patron.
The ROMAC Board and Rotary, are delighted to welcome Mrs Abbott to our project.  We wish her great success as ROMAC's new Patron.   As an influential Australian we anticipate Mrs Abbott will enhance and promote ROMAC to new heights as the leading Rotary project in Australia and New Zealand, that changes Children's Lives!  See ROMAC's website at
ROMAC's Mission:  'To provide medical treatment for children from developing countries in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their own country'.

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ANZAC Parra-amble postponed
The family friendly event to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of cease fire at Gallipoli to be held on Sunday May 24, 2015 will now  support Parramatta Day in November. The postponement of The ANZAC Parra-Amble, a discovery walk around Parramatta as a fund raiser for Australian Rotary Health, means more people will have the opportunity to experience Parramatta in November 2015.
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RSVP date extended to 19 May
Recent polio progress in Pakistan (as at early May 2015)
District Polio Chair, Rob Byrne provided this update at the Presidents' Meeting on 7 May.
He said that "with these great results in Pakistan, and only one case outside Pakistan this year, we have never been this close to eradicating polio.  Now's the time to make sure we finish the job.
Then? Then the hard part begins, maintaining focus for three years to be sure the job really is finished.
Register now for the National Rotary Success Conference
The National Rotary Success Conference is to be held over the weekend of 5–6 September 2015 at the Hellenic Club, Woden in Canberra.
Jonathon Welch from the Choir of Hard Knocks and Andrew McLeod will both be actively involved in the conference. RI Director Mary Beth Growney Selene will be the keynote speaker on the Saturday morning. Mary Beth is a dynamic speaker on membership.  She was heavily involved in the Young Professionals Conference in the US.  
Who should be attending?  All Rotary Leaders, Presidents and Presidents Elect, PR Chairs, Membership Chairs and Future Rotary Leaders and Rotarians who want to be involved in the continuing success of Rotary in Australia.  There will be presentations about a number of new innovative ideas on a wide range of topics, all practical ideas that can be used in al Rotary Clubs.
The program will consist of mainly breakout groups enabling everyone to be able to participate and interact over the weekend in a practical, worthwhile and meaningful way.  The breakout groups will cover a wide range of topics.
Coupled with the Rotary Success Conference this year will be a Youth Summit for people under 40 years of age. 
This Conference will be focussing on the future.  We are positive that every Rotarian will gain practical knowledge and new ideas to take back to their Clubs and Districts from this Conference.  You will meet Rotarians from across Australia and New Zealand and be able to share with them your ideas and hear their ideas; it will be a great experience for everyone.
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