Goulburn Mulwaree will soon come under a new Rotary District.
The inaugural District Governor, Dr Michael Moore AM, has his goals set in sight for the coming year.
"The goal of Rotary is 'service above self'. My aim is to ensure that more than 80 Rotary clubs and 2000 Rotarians work together to achieve that outcome," Dr Moore said.
"People are aware of our fundraising activities but many of them don't know that these fundraisers help in running our international programs. One of our prominent programs is to eradicate polio from the world."
District 9705 has been created after merging 9700 and 9710 districts and runs from Narromine to Hay through Tumbarumba to Eden and up the coast to Berry.
The merger aims not only to reduce administrative costs but also to allow Rotarians to tap into a larger network of diverse talents and resources in other Rotary Clubs, to further their local and international projects.
"The clubs in Goulburn will be able to combine forces and work together on international projects like Rotary's Youth Exchange program with another club within the broader district," Dr Moore said.
He has held several roles previously including CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia Inc (2008-2018) and President World Federation of Public Health Associations (2016-2018).
The two districts have been joined previously, not only back when all of Australia was one Rotary District, but also from 1951-1977.
When it was found that communications and geographical challenges made it difficult to work together across such a large area, that district was split.
However, modern communications and the use of six Area Governors, supporting the District Governor and each working with not more than 15 Rotary Clubs, should facilitate the development of joint regional, as well as local and international, projects.
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