Melbourne hosts stellar visit by Rotary International President Ian Riseley - OAM


In March 2018, Rotary Club of Melbourne hosted a packed 3 day program for RI President Ian Riseley, showcasing Rotary’s profile.  Ian’s schedule:

  • Interviewed by Jon Faine on ABC Radio;
  • Entertained by the Governor of Victoria at Government House;
  • Commemorated a special tree at Rotary Park;
  • Provided the Angus Mitchell Oration at Rotary Club of Melbourne special meeting;
  • Presented the District 9800 Recognition of Outstanding Service Award to RC Melbourne’s Bob Fels.

On 13 March, Governor Linda Dessau and her husband Mr  Tony Howard hosted an afternoon reception for Ian at Government House.  The Governor, an Honorary Member of RC Melbourne, invited every Rotary Club in Victoria to nominate 4 Rotarians as guests.   

Almost 900 Rotarians filled the ballroom and created quite a buzz! Rotarians then enjoyed a sunny autumn day mingling on the terrace lawn. All the State Rooms were opened so that the guests could experience the beauty of Government House.

This Vice-Regal recognition on such a scale is a first for Rotary in Victoria.

Securing a visit by an RI President requires advance, flexible planning which RC Melbourne initiated 22 months ago.  As RI President, Ian travels the world receiving invitations from thousands of Clubs and Districts as well as overseeing Rotary’s operations so securing a visit is something special.

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