Rotary Rocks!
29 - 31 March 2019
10-11 March 2018
King St, Newcastle

Emmanuel Musoni is the chair of Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International (GLAPDI), a community organisation founded in 2012 in Sydney. Emmanuel has been engaged in community development for many years both in Australia and overseas.

Emmanuel was raised in a refugee camp until he was 16 years. This has led him to be strongly committed and passionate about advocating for better settlement and integration of refugees and migrants who are yarning to call rural and regional Australia home. To date, Emmanuel has settled around 100 people in regional areas since 2016. At the same time, he is championing conversations with communities in regional areas on the strategies of welcoming and retaining migrants in the community and guiding research efforts in this field.

With the support of Scanlon Foundation and Regional Australia Institute, Emmanual has completed the development of “a community based national toolkit” which will guide the next generation of Regional migration.





On Saturday Afternoon, we will walk from the Newcastle Town Hall down to and along  Newcastle waterfront in raising awareness of Rotary’s campaign to End Polio. Rotarians will join together to walk from across District 9685 and other surroundings Districts. Members of District 9670 will be joining with us, local school children and the general public will also be invited to join with us.

Bring your End Polio Now Shirt or End Polio Now Shirts will be available to purchase from the RDU Stand at the Conference for $15. If you don’t own a Polio shirt just wear something red. Prizes will be given for best dressed club, lady, man and child.

The local media will be briefed to get the best coverage out to the community.

We meet at 2.30pm at Civic Park adjacent to Conference Venue.

A brief ceremony will take place then off we go on a level walk along the foreshores easy walking for all.

We will be rattling buckets to raise further funds-remember $1 saves a child’s life.

Let’s have everyone walk to end Polio.




Martha Jabour has been the Executive Director of the Homicide Victims’ Support Group (Aust) Inc. since 1993. She was employed by the Institute of Forensic Medicine in 1993 to co-ordinate and to set up the support group, providing counselling, support and referrals for the family members of homicide within the counselling section.

Martha trained as a grief and trauma counsellor after the death of her second son Michael to cot death at the Bereavement Care Centre and the National Centre for Childhood Grief. She acquired experience within the areas of Grief, Trauma, Policy Development, Strategic Planning and responding to crisis management whilst working both in a voluntary and paid position with the Sudden Infant Death Association of NSW. Her interests are to further promote victims’ rights and needs, with a special focus on crime prevention, particularly in the areas of domestic violence, mental health and juvenile justice.







The Conference Host Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express - details about special Rotary rates are available on the Conference website.
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Heath Ducker overcame a Dickensian childhood, to achieve professional and personal success.

Heath is an author, lawyer and CEO of the Youth Insearch Foundation. He’s a professional public speaker, having addressed audiences all over Australia and overseas. His most recent speech was to the Australian Family Law Conference, on Children and the Family Law System.

Heath was Advisor to the NSW Attorney General from 2009 to 2011. He was a Lawyer with international law firm, Dentons, from 2006 to 2009, and at the United Nations Special Consultative Body, the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre in India, in 2005.

Heath led treks across the Kokoda Trail for Adventure Kokoda from 2003-2005. He was Executive Officer upon Australia’s Tall Sailing Ship the Young Endeavour in 2004, the Co-Founder and Coordinator of the Young Insearch Project from 1997 to 2000 and Leader of the team that established Youth Insearch in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Heath’s story was featured on the ABC’s Australian Story in 2006 (introduced by Prime Minister John Howard) and his Autobiography, “A Room at the Top” (forward written by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd) was published by Random House in 2009.

Heath’s other achievements include appearances on the:

  • ABC’s Q&A as a panel member
  • Channel 7’s Sunrise & The Morning Show with Kerrie-Ann
  • ABC Radio National, Life Matters & Mornings with Geraldine Doogue
  • Books “100 to1 an Australian Journey” and “Mosaic”
  • Several other radio, TV, newspaper appearances
  • As a Youth Advocate, Heath held audiences with the Prime Minister Howard, and the Premier of NSW Bob Carr.
  • Heath is a recipient of the Australian Davos Australian Leadership Award, presented to him by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
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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).




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