By Ian Salek

That’s the personal maxim of what Past District Governor Neville John calls “self-kindness.” Neville has lived up to that exactly throughout his very full family, business and Rotary life.

Neville grew up in Reservoir. He was the second of five children—four boys and a girl. He attended primary school at Reservoir West then Preston Technical College for his secondary years. Neville considered becoming a Vet, but instead completed a Diploma of Business Studies at RMIT University, majoring in Accounting and Computer Science with minors in Law and Economics instead.

Interestingly, Preston Tech’s motto was ‘Service and Goodwill’, which was drummed into Neville. His parents set the bar high by demonstrating what being a good neighbour meant, no matter your nationality. He was in the local municipal band and played at hospitals, an aged care home and similar venues. Christmas carols and ANZAC days were always busy.

Neville’s professional life for thirty years was with the Melbourne-based Chartered Accounting practice, Mann Judd, first as an employee, then Partner and finally, Managing Partner. On retiring in 2002, he was asked by four of his long-time clients to assist them in developing their businesses.

Neville joined the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise (now Central Melbourne) in 1995 and served in many capacities, including Club President in 2002-2003. At District level, he was Group Study Exchange Team Leader to District 1160 in Ireland in 2003, GSE Committee Chair, Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator, Assistant Governor (Riverside Cluster), Youth Service Chair, and District Governor in 2016-17.

Neville believes a good Rotarian is anyone with the heart and mind to help others. Experience leads him to believe that Rotary can be improved by streamlining the structure nationally so that decisions to change the platform for doing things can happen more quickly to suit our region.

Neville is grateful for the encouragement in life his parents gave him. He is happiest when spending time with his family and tending to his magnificent garden.

The Rotary Radio Show Facebook and Website page will advertise the full Radio Interview with Neville John on 94.1FM 3WBC.