Speaker Date Topic
PDG Harold Sharp OAM Nov 07, 2021 7:30 PM
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)

Harold joined Rotary in 1977 and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Crows Nest in Rotary International District 9685.

When employed as the Director of Community Relations and Marketing at the Royal NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. Harold organised the Tunnel Walk and Day of Celebration held in conjunction with the Opening of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel in 1992. This involved over 2000 Rotarians from the then three Rotary Districts encompassing Sydney who acted as Marshalls and Volunteers on the day – an event which saw 350,000 people walk through the tunnel on that day, raising over $750,000 for the Charity.

Harold held the position of Club President of Crows Nest in 1996 and Governor for the then District 9680 in 2002-03.

Harold has held many board positions both at club and district level and was part of the organising committee for the Rotary International Convention held in Sydney in 2014.  He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a recipient of the prestigious Rotary International Service Above Self award.

He was awarded an OAM in June 2020 for Service to the Community and Charity Initiatives.

Harold is currently Chairman of ROMAC – Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children – an official project of Rotary International which brings children from the Pacific Region to Australian and New Zealand hospitals for life-saving or dignity restoring surgery which is not available to them in their home country.

David Hirsch Nov 21, 2021 7:30 PM
Peace Building
Peace Building

David was born in Montreal, Canada and holds honours degrees in philosophy and law from McGill University.  He came to Australia in 1989 to accept a scholarship in law from the University of Sydney.  He became a partner in two law firms before becoming a barrister in 2005.  He specialises in medical law.

David has been a support volunteer for people living with HIV/AIDS, a member of an interfaith group and the coach of a high school mock trial team. He is also the chair of a volunteer land management council with responsibility for two Crown reserves near Lithgow. He was an executive member of the Sydney Peace Foundation from 2005 to 2017 and its chair for the last three of those years.  He joined Rotary in 2017 and is the chair of the club’s Peacebuilding Group.

David’s interests include alternative dispute resolution, community-building, social justice, and Australian history.  When he is not busy helping to change the world, David enjoys listening to electronic music, bushwalking, fishing and skiing. 

David is married to Donna who is a schoolteacher.  They have three children.  

R.I. President Nominee Gordon R. McInally Dec 05, 2021 7:30 PM
R.I. President Nominee for 2023-24.
R.I. President Nominee for 2023-24.

Gordon R. McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, Lothian, Scotland, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2023-24. Gordon, a graduate of dental surgery at the University of Dundee, owned and operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh. He was the chair of the East of Scotland branch of the British Paedodontic Society and has held various academic positions. He has also served as a Presbytery elder, chair of Queensferry Parish Congregational Board, and commissioner to the church’s general assembly.

A Rotary member since 1984, McInally has been president and vice president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. He has also served Rotary International as a director and as member or chair of several committees. He is currently an adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and chair of the Operations Review Committee.

McInally and his wife, Heather, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. They are also members of the Bequest Society.

Fiona Demark Dec 19, 2021 7:30 PM
Inspirational Speaking
Inspirational Speaking

Fiona Demark is an inspirational Speaker and Life Coach. She helps people who are stuck

and frustrated with their lives to create a new reality. Fiona has been legally blind since birth
and loves to share her story of resilience, positivity and life achievements to inspire and
motivate others.
Fiona never says “No.” to a challenge or opportunity, never letting her disability prevent her
from achieving the things to which she sets her mind.
Fiona speaks to community groups, job seekers, and corporate organisations to share her
story of inspiration, motivating others to set goals and achieve their dreams. 

Fiona's inspirational talk will be a great way for us to finish this challenging year.

PDG Bob Aitken Jan 16, 2022 7:30 PM
Typewriters to Twitter
Typewriters to Twitter

Fifty plus years in journalism and media management – 27 of which were spent ‘flying the flag’ as managing editor of Rotary Down Under – saw Bob well prepared to enjoy the role of Executive Director of Rotary Down Under Inc, specialising in public relations and corporate development in his final three years as leader of the Rotary region’s premier media organisation.

Bob retired from Rotary Down Under on July 1, 2014, and immediately launched his own small media company, Bob Aitken Media, to ensure his retirement was well motivated.

Bob joined the Rotary Club of Parkes, NSW, in 1975 and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains in District 9685, NSW, since 1984. He was Governor of District 9690 in 1996/97.

Dr Peter Beadle Feb 06, 2022 7:30 PM
Rotary Against Malaria
Rotary Against Malaria

Peter has extensive experience initiating, staffing, managing, developing and
commercialising technology for multinationals, spin-outs and start-ups with a focus on
all things Internet.
Peter is the recipient of a Motorola SABA award (top 5% of engineering talent in the
company globally). Peter has been a member of the Australian Research Council
Expert Advisory Panel on Maths and IT and the author of numerous technical papers
and issued international patents. Peter has been a director of the Motorola Australian
Research Centre, Smart Internet Technology CRC, Microtechnology CRC, WorXpace
Pty Ltd, Solar-Gem Pty Ltd. (Australian Design Award winner) and LoneAlarm Pty Ltd.
Peter is currently engaged in a CTO consultancy providing CTO, design and
development services to customers and is also involved in an Academic Event
Management business.
Peter is a past president of Liverpool West Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. and the presently District 9675's RAM representative

Michael Rabey Feb 20, 2022 7:30 PM
Rotary Peace Bell project
Rotary Peace Bell project

Michael Rabey is a member of the The Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin (RCCBG) and co-ordinator of the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell Project. This club  instigated the fundraising and creation of the bell.

In partnership with the World Peace Bell Association, the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin undertook an ambitious project of building a peace bell pavilion within the Canberra Nara Peace Park precinct on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. The Canberra Rotary Peace Bell is the result.

Officially launched on 23 February 2018 the bell provides a destination in Nara Park to remind us that we want a peaceful World. 

Michael will explain the project as well as the Rotary Peace Bell Project for schools and how clubs and individuals can be involved.

Allan Hilton Mar 20, 2022 7:30 PM
Angel Flight