District Director Foundation


Murray Verso

Rotary Club of Williamstown 
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The mission of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. TRF is Rotary’s Charity, it’s our charity and should have the support of all clubs and Rotarians

Foundation Team

PDG Murray Verso
Communications / Administration Coordination
Rebecca Heitbaum
Endowment Funds Programs
PDG Ian Knight OAM
Humanitarian Grants – District and Global
Richard Blakeman
Foundation Stewardship
Katrina Flinn
Rotary Peace Fellows Program
Rob Helme
Foundation Post Graduate Global Grant Scholarships
PDG Keith Ryall
The Royce and Jean Abbey Endowment Fund
PDG Don Jago
The Royce Abbey Awards Program
Roger Leask
VTT (Vocational Training Teams)
PDG Julie Mason
PolioPlus Ambassador
Catherine O’Connor
Annual Giving Program #
PDG Dennis Shore
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) - Centurion Club ##
Gabe Hau
Paul Harris Society and Major Donors ###
PDG Julie Mason
Paul Harris Society Deputy Chair
Roger Thornton
Foundation Alumni
Tania Militec


# Annual Program Giving:  PDG Dennis Shore, 90 Athelstan Rd, Camberwell, 3124 (required no later than 13 June 2020)
## Centurion/EREY: Gabe Hau c/o PO Box 599 Hawthorn BC 3122
### Paul Harris Society: to PDG Julie Mason, 14/1 Greg Norman Drive, Sanctuary Lakes, 3030
District Foundation Club Ambassadors

The Club Ambassadors are the “go to” resource people for clubs and assistant governors on all Foundation matters. They work closely with both the District Foundation Chair and the Humanitarian Grants Chair but also with other members of the District Committee to:

  • Promote the Rotary Foundation and what it does
  • Assist with developing and submitting grant applications (District and Global).
  • Encourage club and personal support for The Rotary Foundation.
  • Contribute to the District Committee in developing ways for more effective communication of the aims and objectives of TRF.

Your Club Advisors are:

Austen Burleigh (Melbourne)
Beachside/Port Phillip
Kate Strain (Brighton North)
Chirnside/Hobsons Bay
Peter Shepheard
Eastside / Riverside
Vijay Susarla (Camberwell)
Gateway East/Gateway West
Goldfields North/Goldfields South
John Krakowiak (Bendigo)
Bec Heitbaum (Albert Park)