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District Governor 2020-21

David Clark
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains
0414 364 812
 
David first became involved with Rotary when at 17 he was a charter member of the Katoomba Rotaract club in 1970.  You always hear that RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) changes people’s lives and this was certainly true for David when he attended that program in 1972.
 
David served as President of Katoomba Rotaract that year and then held numerous board positions in the club until he was invited to become a member of the new Central Blue Mountains Rotary Club which chartered on June 6th, 1976. He served as their first Treasurer and at 22 was (at that time) the youngest Charter member of any Rotary Club in Australia. He has been a member of four different Rotary Clubs in four different Districts, has been President of all four clubs and he has held every position on those boards many, many times.
 
David’s District involvement commenced very early in his Rotary life when he was invited onto the Youth Exchange Committee where he was Safari Bus Trip Organiser and Team Leader for three years. Over many years he has served on and/or chaired various District Committees including PACE (Pacific Australian Cultural Exchange); RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment); RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards); and MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly). He was also an assistant District Governor in District 9710 for three years.  In 2018-19 he will serve as Youth Director for District 9685.  David’s greatest experience in Rotary was when he was Team leader for a GSE (Group Study Exchange) team to Alaska, The Yukon Territory & the Eastern Side of Russia in 1995, which was the last of the six-week study teams. He has served overseas in New Guinea, the Philippines and China on RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) Projects.
 
David’s working life is as many and varied as his Rotary life. He started out as an apprentice Motor mechanic and has a degree in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering. He has owned and or operated Service Stations, Automotive Work Shops, Hotels and Restaurants. He had a Landscape Gardening business and a mobile coffee van business, was a car and caravan salesman and has been a Funeral Director, just to name a few.  His name to fame was that he was contracted to the Traffic Authority of NSW to oversee the crash testing of the then new Baby Capsule, so it would pass all the Australian Design Rules before it could be put on the market for sale to the public.
 
David and Narda have four children between them and two wonderful twin eight year old grandchildren, who they are very much involved with.
David wants to bring the FUN back into Rotary and hopes to make District activities something that Rotarians will want to participate in. His motto for the year is “If it stops being FUN stop doing it”.