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ROTARY DISTRICT 9685 CONFERENCE
Rotary Rocks!
29 - 31 March 2019
10-11 March 2018
 
NEX NEWCASTLE
King St, Newcastle
CONFERENCE REGISTRATIONS CLOSING ON FRIDAY 15 MARCH  2019
GUEST SPEAKER - DEBORAH WALLACE
Deboeah Wallace

Often referred to as “the gang buster”, Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, has delved into the dark underbelly of crime investigating and dismantling some of the State's most feared gangs.  Throughout a stellar career spanning more than 30 years with NSW Police, Deb has faced murderers, drug manufacturers and extortionists - to name just a few - armed with her trademark heels and colourful suits.

Currently Commander, State Crime Command Gangs Squad, Deb is a self-described diehard Parramatta Eels fan and proud "westie".  Her pragmatic approach, tenacity, sense of humour and ability to separate her work and personal lives, has enabled Deb to thrive in high pressure police operations.

The recipient of numerous awards including the Australia Day Achievement Award, the Australian Crime and Prevention Award, and the Australian Police Medal, Deb is strongly committed to community endeavours and is a long-time supporter of Youth off the Streets.

 

 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER - VERA SISTENICH

Dr Vera Sistenich is an emergency medicine specialist in Australia, where her areas of interest include Aboriginal health, medical education and the development of physician training in the field of international emergency medicine. She gained her medical degree at the University of Oxford, and a masters of public health at Harvard University. Outside Australia, she has clinical experience in China, DRCongo, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Vietnam and the UK. She has also worked with asylum seekers both at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre in the Australian Indian Ocean territories, and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. In 2013-2014, she was Health Policy Advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently the project leader for HandUp Congo's Emergency Medicine Project, in collaboration with Rotary International. 

Vera lives in Sydney with her husband and baby son. When not in the local hospitals, she enjoys ocean swimming and is also a hobby apiarist and candlemaker. Honey sold from her hives has raised nearly $10,000 dollars in support of the work of HandUp Congo

 

 

GATHERING OF THE D9685 GNOMES

Each club has received a Gnome from DG Susan, as she has visited your clubs, to decorate and bring to Newcastle, as the District 9685 Gnomes gather.

Join the Rotary Rocks Gnome in Newcastle as each club decorates a gnome that represents their own club – will we see the marketing gnome from Carlingford, the running gnome from Lindfield, the operatic gnome from Woy Woy, the antique gnome from Springwood or the caroling gnome from North Ryde and Macquarie Park?

You’ll have to bring your club’s gnome to Newcastle and find out!

Decorate your gnome before 29 March 2019

Deliver your gnome to NEX, Newcastle when you come to the Conference

See all the different gnomes from all corners of our amazing District. Be creative, think outside the gnome and turn your tiny gnome into the giant power of your Rotary club!

The Club that has the Gnome voted most popular by the Rotary Rocks Conference Attendees will be awarded a Paul Harris Fellow, that they will be able to present to a local COMMUNITY member. 

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM
To find out more about the Conference Program click here
 
Key times
Registration opens at 3.30pm on Friday
Friday night begins at 5.45pm
Saturday and Sunday begins 8.15am
Saturday's dinner begins at 6.00pm
 
 
CONFERENCE VENUE - NEX
NEX is conveniently located in the heart of Newcastle. It is just 35 minutes from Newcastle airport and is serviced by a range of public transport. Located in the harbour city precinct on the corner of King Street and Union Street, Newcastle West, NEX is central to boutique accommodation, trendy cafes and bars, pristine beaches and the Port of Newcastle foreshore.
 
NEX is located at 309 King St, Newcastle. It is also known as Wests Newcastle.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GUEST SPEAKER - DG BRIAN COFFEY
Brian was raised and educated in Newcastle before moving to Maitland in 1979 to commence a 34 year career in law enforcement. After speaking at a Rotary meeting in 1999, Brian was asked to join the Rotary Club of East Maitland. Brian and Carol immediately engaged in Youth Exchange as host parents, before joining the District Committee as a YEO; today he engages inbound students in law topics.
 
Brian has served on most club director roles and held the Presidents chair in 2004-05, 2013-14 and 2018-19. Brian is a triple Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow, Carol a PHF Sapphire, recipient of the East Maitland Club Service Award in 2015 and Rotary International Partner Award in 2016.
 
At District level Brian has been involved in RAWCS, DIK, ROMAC, RYPEN, RYLA, Dream Cricket, RYDA, GSE and Science and Engineering Challenges, either directly or as a volunteer.
 
Spare time is shared between grandchildren, historic muscle cars and travelling.
 
 
  
ROCK N ROLL ON SATURDAY NIGHT

The Enormous Horns will join us for Saturday night’s dinner dance and will feature the music you grew up with.  Come dressed as your favourite musician, band or song.  There will be prizes for the best dressed individuals and clubs.  Let your hair down, drag out your dancing shoes and show Newcastle that  “ROTARY ROCKS’.

 

The Enormous Horns are a fun party band with an emphasis on entertainment, quality musicianship and classy arrangements. The Enormous Horns are an 8 piece all singing, all dancing, party band from Sydney. The Enormous Horns can play anything from Rock, Pop and Soul to Big Band Swing and Rock ‘n Roll, from quiet dinner music before the party gets going, to fully costumed routines from the Village People, Blues Brothers, Rocky Horror and the Disco era.

 

 

 

 

ARE YOU A NEW ROTARIAN?
If you joined Rotary after March 12 2018, then you won't have had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Rotary District Conference......YET!
 
We'd love you to experience the magic and wonder of a District Conference, hear inspirational speakers, see amazing projects in the Project Showcase and enjoy the fun of the Rock n' Roll evening on Saturday night.
 
You can register to attend the FULL Conference (Friday Night through to Sunday Lunchtime), for just $200 for the WHOLE conference.
 
Register HERE today!
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT - ENORMOUS HORNS
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN NEWCASTLE
The Conference Host Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express - details about special Rotary rates are available on the Conference website.
 
A range of accommodation options are available on the 2019 Conference website. As some delegates prefer to book directly with the hotels, we have provided websites however we would also suggest you research other booking sites closer to the date (availability is usually listed six months in advance) such as www.wotif.com, www.lastminute.com.au or www.expedia.com. You can also visit www.visitnewcastle.com.au for additional options and tourism information.
 
 
 
 
 
 
WALK FOR POLIO - 30 MARCH
     INVITATION TO JOIN DISTRICT 9685
ON SATURDAY 30th  MARCH
AND
WALK FOR POLIO
AS PART OF DISTRICT 9685 NEWCASTLE CONFERENCE
A CELEBRATION OF WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED-AND THE LIVES SAVED
Meet Civic Park opposite Council offices King Street Newcastle
At 2.30pm-Just down from Conference Venue
Short ceremony then we head for Newcastle Port pathway and walk to Nobby’s beach and return-a flat walk
Those Rotary members who took part in Polio inoculation program are invited to wear their Polio Hi Vis vest and lead the walk.
Safety Marshalls-St John Ambulance will be in attendance
Sun Screen and Bottled will be available
Please wear your Red Polio Shirt or a red shirt or blouse if possible-Wear comfortable footwear.-Polio shirts will on sale at conference
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GREETING MEMBERS OF DISTRICT 9670 TO JOIN WITH US ON THE WALK
 
 
SPEAKER NEWS
Due to circumstances beyond our control, unfortunately Christine Nixon and Georgie Gardner are unable to attend our District Conference in Newcastle.
 
 
 
Register for the 2019 District Conference
 
 
 

Full Registration (incl. Friday Night, Saturday, Dinner and Sunday) – $280

Includes all Conference sessions (incl. Friday Night Canapes, Saturday morning tea, lunch, & afternoon tea, Dinner and Sunday morning tea).

Saturday (Day Only) – $100

Registration for the Plenary sessions includes the Conference plenary sessions on Saturday only (incl. morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea)
Does NOT include any other sessions or events.

Saturday (Day and Dinner) – $200

Registration for the Saturday Plenary sessions and Dinner includes the Conference plenary sessions on Saturday only (incl. morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea) and Saturday Dinner.
Does NOT include any other sessions or events.

Saturday (Dinner Only) – $100

Registration for the Saturday Dinner includes Saturday Dinner. ONLY
Does NOT include any other sessions, catering or events.

Sunday (Day Only) – $50

Registration for the Sunday Plenary Sessions includes the Conference plenary sessions on Sunday only (incl. morning tea in Sunday).
Does NOT include any other sessions or events.

New Rotarians (joined on or after 12 March 2018) Full Conference – $200

For New Rotarians, joining Rotary on or after 12 March 2018 in District 9685.

Includes all Conference sessions (incl. Saturday morning tea, lunch, & afternoon tea, Dinner and Sunday morning tea).

Youth Exchange Students and Rotaractors – $200

Includes all Conference sessions (incl. Friday Night Canapes, Saturday morning tea, lunch, & afternoon tea, Dinner and Sunday morning tea).

 

 

 

Thanks to our Conference Sponsor: