SPEAKERS AVAILABLE FOR ROTARY MEETINGS
If an entry shows a date “July 2014 or later ” the speaker has confirmed their availability and updated details to that date.
Clubs and AG ‘s are encouraged to submit details and contacts of guest speakers who have impressed individual Clubs by their content and presentation at their meetings.
The listing will be added to this web page. Whilst genuine submissions are welcome from the public, speakers wishing to promote their own business or enterprise through Rotary for personal gain will be discouraged.
If you have a guest speaker that can be shared with other clubs please let us know – Email
Another source of speakers are Club Bulletins , many are available here.
April 2017 Disaster Relief – Shelterbox in Haiti
April 2017 New Generations Service Exchange
March 2017 Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)
July 2016 PDE Exchange to Montana
March 2016 UTAS move to Inveresk
March 2016 RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
November 1015 Parkinson’s Disease
November 2015 Young Seeds – Education for South Sudan orphans
March 2015 Windward Bound Youth Leadership Challenge
January 2015 Stroke Awareness
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM)
North Tasmania: – PP Craig Stringer R.C. Georgetown
Email Cstr123@bigpond.com Mobile 0409 319 607
SouthTasmania: – Dr. Jenny Kerrison R.C. North Hobart
Email email@example.com Mobile 0400 769 632
Malaria is preventable and curable. Severe malaria can be deadly. Malaria is know as a disease of poverty as many developing countries are affected by malaria. Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) is an Australian Rotary program and a national RAWCS project. This means that RAM is supported by each State and Territories in Australia. Run by volunteers, RAM’s goal is to contribute to malaria elimination in our neighbouring countries (namely: PNG, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste).
The RAM speakers provide an interesting insight into the history of malaria; the malaria lifecycle, and the work of RAM. Please contact Craig or Jenny, if you wish to have them speak on RAM.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXCHANGE
Statewide: This is a professional and cultural exchange for young business people and professionals who are in the early stages of their careers.This exchange visits was between Tasmania and District 5390 Montana in April 2016. They are keen to share their experience. Contract DGN Ross Carlyle (Rotary Club of Sandy Bay) (M) 0408 316 078
RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Jenny Simms or any District Committee members are excellent, passionate speakers and have many years of first-hand knowledge about this amazing youth program, and they LOVE sharing their RYLA stories to other Clubs.
Contact PP Jenny Simms firstname.lastname@example.org (M) 0419 686 647
New Generations Service Exchange NGSE
The Rotary New Generations Service Exchange program in 2016 provided students and
young dementia care professionals aged 19‐30 the opportunity to study their vocation in
Rotary District 1870 Germany. Dementia care is a significant and growing health
issue worldwide and this program aims to support young adults in their professional development in this field.
They have brought back some great recommendations to improve our health care system.
Contact Alex Brownlie email@example.com
Rotary in China
South: Rotarians Ian Geard and John Thorne with Bruce French visited Shanghai sharing information about hunger and malnutrition for the Rotarian Action Group – Food Plant Solutions. The team had significant visits to villages, farms, nurseries, a university, a garden on a roof-top, and addressed Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs. It is clear that in challenged communities or villages or homes, capacity building must cover water supply, education, food quality and quantity, methods of cooking as well as access to facilities … and more!
Ian and John are available to come to your club as guest speakers next year. It is a fascinating account of Rotary in China and our links there that will help the hungry and malnourished – including North Korea.
Contact John Thorne 0409 817 898 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our very dedicated cross state Interplast team.are actively seeking speaking engagements at any and all Rotary Clubs in Tasmania. We are aiming to raise enough funds in this Rotary Year to send another surgical team and a Rotary Observer on another Interplast trip. As a district we are half way there. Our aim is to help share the great contribution of our District to this amazing cause. It is both a feel good and an inspirational story for clubs to hear. This event also makes a great partners night.
Please contact Karen Badcock on 0409 853 453 or email@example.com or
Mary Dwyer on 0417369506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Projects in Nepal.. Our District has been helping poor people in Nepal for the last 4 years. During that time we have funded 7 eye camps and restored sight to over 1100 people. We have also added classrooms to a school, provided clean water to a secondary school and through Foundation Global Grants provided laser equipment for the eye hospital and soon to install a water scheme that will provide clean water to a village of 1250 people.
Contact Kevin Shadbolt 0438 267 215 email@example.com
Statewide Rotary Friendship Exchange In 2012 a group of Rotarians and partners were hosted on a trip to New Zealand and a return visit in October. There was a Goodwill Mission to India in October 2014 and a trip to Sweden in 2015. A trip to Japan occcured in 2016. The Friendship Exchange State coordinator can arrange a talk to your club.
Contact PAG Lesley Dare (H) 6363 2047 (B) 6363 1313 (M) 0439 931 990 Lesley45@bigpond.net.au
A number of Rotarians and Partners from District 9830 returned from a Goodwill Mission to China and more recently Turkey and India and are happy to talk about the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Terracotta Warriors, the Cruise down the Yangsi, the Peking Duck Restaurant…….Shopping in Shanghi, Cruise down the Li River………..Bok Choy, Beijing Beer……….. Find one of the team to tell you about this amazing country.
South Hingor Chung, Rotary Foundation’s Cultural Scholar 2008
The Rotary Foundation’s Cultural Scholar 2008. Hingor Chung, is available to speak to interested Rotary Clubs on the environment, education and social integration as part of her role. After her experience as TRF’s Cultural Ambassador to Taiching, Taiwan, last year, Hingor is now teaching Drama, Japanese and Chinese full-time at Taroona High School and, as part of her extra-curricular activities has taken students to China and Japan as well as on Tasmanian excursions. she is shortly to conduct a three day Chinese language immersion camp for secondary students on Maria Island.
Hingor was born in Hobart of Chinese parents and grew up at Glenorchy where she attended Cosgrove High, then Elizabeth College and finally ANU, Canberra. Before Taroona High School, Hingor taught at Elizabeth College, Princes St Primary, The Friends School and Hobart TAFE. She also had a part-time three year stint with ABC-TV on the program “Asiawise” between and including 1988/1990.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (B) 6227 7700
South: – and Statewide at times: Dr. John G. Thorne, has offered to speak to any interested club along the lines of “The Inside Story of Being an R I Director”. John is available at short notice as his address does not include any electronically visual material. He is the only Tasmanian to occupy such a position in our organization so his talk will give insight into how Rotary works at the top.
Contacts:: Mobile = 0409 817 898:or Email: email@example.com
AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH
Australian Rotary Health supports healthier minds, bodies and communities in Australia through research, education and awareness. It is approved by Rotary International as a multi-district project for Rotary in Australia.
Find out more about our diverse range of programs €“ mental health and other medical research funding, evaluation of existing rural health and mental health services, KidsMatter (the primary school mental health initiative), Indigenous & Rural Health scholarships, PhD scholarships & postdoctoral fellowships.
Contact one of the following representatives of Australian Rotary Health in your area to speak at a club meeting.
CHAIR: PP Biddy Fisk Sandy Bay
PP Lindsay Morgan Ulverstone West
Rtn David Annear West Tamar
PAG Lorraine Walker D’Entrecasteaux Chn
Updated January 2017
GOVERNMENT/ PUBLIC AFFAIRS
South : Richard Connock is the Ombudsman. His role is to investigate complaints about the administrative actions of government departments, councils and public authorities. The aim is to resolve individual complaints and to promote fairness, openness and good public administration in the state of Tasmania. This service is free, independent and impartial.
Contact Sam Christensen, Investigation Officer to speak 1800 001 170 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Tasmania (UTAS) , Launceston
The Provost, Professor Mike Calford is available to speak to clubs in the North, his topic – “UTAS relocation to Inveresk.“.
Contact Executive Director Marketing and Communications Alicia O’Grady 6226 6312,
M 0400 620 675
Lowilla Okello, of the “Young Seeds Foundation”.
Lowilla is a former refugee from South Sudan who settled in Tasmania 15years ago and is now an Australian Citizen based in Southern Tasmania. He started “Young Seeds Trust Foundation of Tasmania Inc. in 2010” to provide education for young orphans in South Sudan and neighbouring Uganda by sponsoring them directly in boarding schools. The Foundation currently manages 21 children, girls and boys in variety of schools in South Sudan and Uganda. “Young Seeds Trust Foundation” wish to bring positive change and hope for a brighter future for these poorest African orphans whose livelihood has been dented by War.
If you wish to sponsor an orphan, or hear from “Young Seeds guest speaker”:
CONTACT: Public Officer on: 0469178208 Contact Lowilla on: 0423 404 106
South (maybe statewide) The University of Tasmania’s School of Mathematics and Physics invites Rotary Clubs to visit the Cambridge Radio Telescope and Grote Reber Museum. There is no set time for visiting and this can be arranged to suit the convenience of the Club. T he admission is $4 per person and is payable on confirmation of the tour. Parking is free, toilets are available at the museum and all areas are wheelchair accessible. Here is the chance for members to learn why the telescope is so big, how it works, what’s it for, why it’s painted white and what it sees. Features of the museum are the “whispering dishes” and the “Virtual Reality Theatre”
For a brochure and tour booking form, Contact Karen Bradford on 6226 2439 or e-mail: Karen.Bradford@utas.edu.au
LEISURE / LIFESTYLE
South Phil Rush, Australia’s top-selling poet, has offered to attend Club meetings as Guest Speaker.
Phil is featured regularly on the ABC Country Hour program and is also heard on Chris Wisby’s Sunday Morning show on ABC Local Radio.
He refrains from calling himself a “bush poet” as their works are usually doggerel and his work, while being highly entertaining and easily understood, is pitched at a somewhat more sophisticated audience.
To arrange a visit to your Club, Phil can be reached at 6266 6331 or by emailing: email@example.com
Statewide: Windward Bound Youth Leadership Challenge
Each year 20 young people join the sail training vessel Windward Bound on a 10 day voyage around Tasmania. Ten of these are young Tasmanians selected for their leadership potential. The other 10 are recently settled refugees. The Rotary Club of Hobart are keen to share their experience.
Contact Kate Domeney firstname.lastname@example.org 0419 252 596
Belinda Kitto – Manager – New Horizons ClubNorthern Area
Since 1986, New Horizons Club Inc has remained a vital link between people with disabilities and their hopes and dreams of becoming involved in activities that most people take for granted. We allow people with disabilities to compete and participate at their own level, displaying their own unique skills and abilities.
Sport and recreation activities are also ideal ways of encouraging community inclusion, of enhancing friendships, of staying healthy and of helping people of all age and abilities to strive for, and reach, their goals
Belinda Kitto has been the Manager/Coordinator of New Horizons Club since January 2006. Belinda is passionate about helping all members to improve their health and well being through participation in sport and fun and meaningful social activities.
Why not invite Belinda to be a guest speaker at your club,
Contact Belinda on:Phone: (03) 6326 3344, Mobile: 0407 328 249, Email: email@example.com
All Areas – Puppy Banks Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania
Zoe Polacik is the Project Officer for Puppy Banks and PR at Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania. Part of her role is to visit local community groups with our PR dog, Dexter, and give a short talk about the services that we provide as well as how members can take part in some short term (or longer term) fundraising that will help raise and train a Guide Dog.
Contact 6232 1222, 0466 793 602 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Biggs– TASMANIAN WRITER
John Biggs is author of Tasmania Over Five Generations: Return to Van Diemen’s Land? (40° South Publishing), which is a social history of Tasmania. He distinguishes five important phases in the development of Tasmania from colonial times to the present day. As it happens, five generations of the Biggs family lived through each of these phases. Using the lives, values and concerns of his forebears John gives a view from the ground up of what it was like to live through these phases of Tasmania’s history.
John, a retired academic, now busies himself with non-academic writing, both fiction and nonfiction. More on his website www.johnbiggs.com.au
He may be contacted at 6225 2257 or by e-mailing email@example.com
North, North West Brian Roach, Launceston City Mission Posted 3 August 2010
The Launceston City Mission Incorporated, known as “City Mission” is a long established Christian mission organisation that believes in and practices a holistic approach to improving conditions and lifestyles of the poor and addicted in our communities across Northern Tasmania.
The Mission is very conscious of the need for preventative answers to people’s problems and concentrates on the implementation of programs that assist clients to better their immediate life-style for long-term benefits. The Mission’s Philosophy states:
“Launceston City Mission seeks to provide assistance to all who have a physical, emotional, social or spiritual need, through a varied program of both social and evangelistic activities. The Mission works actively alongside churches and community groups to assist in its task of bringing friendship, care and compassion to those who feel socially isolated and spiritually out of touch with God.”.
Through the many services available through the City Mission, we are able to offer, “A hand up, not just a handout” , influencing people’s lives and empowering them to change their circumstances.
For further information or bookings please contact Brian Roach, Community Relations Officer on 6331 6999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated June 2012
Steve Barker, is a relationships counsellor with Relationships Australia. and is very keen to make sure people in the community know how we might be able to help them in times of crisis. His talk is titled “What is Counselling? “and would cover such topics as (a) what happens in counselling? (b) Why would someone attend? (c) Does it help? and (d) what can you expect from a counsellor?
Steve is currently a face to face counsellor, having previously worked as an Anglicare telephone counsellor amd with Lifeline dealing with youth, family, and gambling addiction problems.
Steve was a member of the Rotary Club of Queenstown during his time there as a teacher. Prior to that he was an outstanding journalist with the ABC. Steve’s contacts are:
Phone: 62114050 or 0418 239 944 e-mail: email@example.com Area covered: Greater Hobart, Derwent Valley, Huon and Channel.
Statewide: Dan English, Chief Executive Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania
Have a visit from a trained guide dog!(and a lovely staff member) This presentation teaches of the work and services available to Tasmanians from Royal Guide Dogs. As well as what it takes to raise a guide dog. Your group will have the opportunity to make big change with small change.
Phone numbers are Business: 6232 1222 Mobile: 0419 230 310
Update August 2011
South: Tony Sprent, retired Uni of Tas Surveying staff member. He speaks about the work of TADTAS an association of volunteers that provide technical customized mobility aids for Tasmanians with disabilities and has assisted Tasmanians with disabilities since 1990.
Their technical team can devise and implement modifications to existing aids such as walking frames, wheel chairs and the like. These modifications are usually in response to individual needs identified by the client in conjunction with their health professional.
They can also ‘tailor make’ an aid or device that meets individual needs. They are keen to make their services more widely known. Their financial support is provided by a government grant.
They can also talk about Freedom Wheels, a modified bike program for kids with disabilities
TADTAS Inc. P.O. Box 519 Sandy Bay TAS 7006 phone: 1300 663 243 03 mobile: 0419 237 79
Updated June 2014
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT / EDUCATION
South: Claudia Knight describes Holyoake’s programs which provide support to parents & partners of problematic substance users, to those affected by a family member’s addictive behaviour, as well as support for those who want to change their addictive behaviours.
Holyoake operates on a full time basis in Hobart & has outreach services to Glenorchy, Risdon Vale & the Brighton Municipality.
The aim of the programs are to:
– help people get information on & awareness of how addictive behaviour affects not only the user but also parents, family & friends around them.
– assist in picking up new skills & strategies that will help them to deal better with substance use/addictive behaviour related problems.
– help learn self care strategies.
– help reduce the stress & improve communication in relationships where addictive behaviours have become a problem
– provide a supportive environment where people are accepted, listened to & understood.
Phone Claudia at 6224 1777 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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South: Art Shrimpton. A Shelterbox Ambassador most recently working in Haiti provides an insight into the operation of relief organisations in disaster areas.
Contact: Art Shrimpton 0437 649 812
Statewide: Ted Burton or George Lockwood “Disaster Aid Australia” We have just received a Family Survival Pack for display purposes to be utilised within our District. My Committee and I would welcome the opportunity to visit your Club as a guest Speaker to introduce members to Disaster Aid Australia and show you first hand the contents of a Pack.
Contact Rotarian Ted Burton Ph: 6343 0639 email@example.com or George Lockwood (H) 6334 9886 (M) 0407 393 446 firstname.lastname@example.org Rotary Club of Youngtown
Updated October 2015
Statewide: Bruce French Food Plant Solutions “Feeding the World” In recent years there has been a paradigm shift occurring in agriculture and food production. The same change has been occurring amongst nutritionists. This is towards a more ecologically and environmentally sound agricultural production system.
Over many years Bruce French has been building perhaps the most extensive and comprehensive database of food plants around the world. His aim is to make this information available to the poorest of people in developing countries, who are generally subsistence farmers. Bruce believes that by growing the right crop in the right location in the right season, far simpler, more manageable and sustainable production systems are possible.
A District committee is supporting Bruce to take this information to the world.
Bruce French (03 ) 64321080 email: email@example.com
MEDICAL / HEALTH
Parkinson’s Disease (Hobart only)
The Fred Binns Parkinson’s Foundation has put together a presentation with three speakers that Rotarians may find both interesting and informative. The Foundation was launched in April 2015 in memory of Fred Binns, a well-known and respected Hobart orthopedic surgeon for 30 years.He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in 2006 and died in 2013. His family and friendshave set up the Foundation in his memory to raise funds for research into PD that affects around 2,500 Tasmanians.
The speaking team comprises Glen Brown, who will speak a little about Fred, Dr Frank Nicklason, who will speak about PD in the community, and the third speaker is Chris Lacey, from Devonport, to speak about hs journey with PD.
Contact Di Binns at 6231 1820 or 0408 812 342 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer and one of the leading causes of disability. Did you know many strokes can be prevented?
The National Stroke Foundation’s StrokeSafe Ambassadors deliver free talks about stroke to help all Australians understand the risk factors and signs of stroke.
Complete the online speaker request form or alternatively, please call 1300 194 196 or email email@example.com
Narelle Byatt | Project Officer Tasmania 6231 4424
Statewide The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.
The Leukaemia Foundation has developed a new program to engage and educate local communities about blood cancer and the important work of the Leukaemia Foundation.
They’d welcome the opportunity to present information about the unique services they provide to patients and their families living with blood cancer and their exciting national research program.
Speak to us about scheduling one of our engaging public speakers to attend your meeting.
Contact Kate Baker, Community Relationships Manager Tasmania
6231 0650, M 0400 084 685, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Jane Loxton PP, PHF has a Partnership Agreement with Australian Rotary Heath to sponsor a PhD Scholarship into Pancreatic Cancer. See Facebook site Ian Loxton Pancreatic Cancer Research for info as to what I have been doing. I have given 40 plus talks so far on Pancreatic Cancer Awareness which I believe is very important as it is the deadliest adult cancer.
Contact – mobile: 0417167914 or email on email@example.com I will be in Tasmania all of January till the 26th March 2015. Bookings made prior to this period appreciated.
Rural Alive and Well Statewide
Ian McMichael, President. Rural Alive and Well Inc is a not for profit organisation delivering suicide prevention and community wellbeing services rural areas and particularly to Forest Workers, their families and associated businesses who have been impacted by recent changes to the Forest Industry within Tasmania. They are seeking Rotary’s help in spreading their message .
Contact Ian McMichael , PH: 6259 3014 M: 0428 578 043
Breast Cancer Awareness
Deborah De Williams, who is in the process of her next expedition to raise awareness of breast cancer and funds for her charity Running Pink which will involve her running across Antarctica.
Deborah is the first woman to run around Australia, the first woman to walk around Australia, ultra-marathoner, adventurer, breast cancer survivor, World and Australian record holder and Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2011.
To arrange a visit by Deborah, the contact is Rick Butler, at 0488 034 898 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Possible Statewide: David Perez LINK YOUTH HEALTH SERVICE Link was established more than 20 years ago to serve young Tasmanians between the ages of 12 and 25 and it provides confidential access to comprehensive health and other services including housing and education.
Its services are well-known to youth workers throughout the state who refer young people to Link and/or Headspace. Medical doctors, nurses and clinical psychologists are some of the specialist staff available who provide bulk-bill services to all young people.
The Link is an alternative to mainstream health services and deals with issues regarding sexual health, alcohol, smoking and drugs, general health, mental health, and domestic violence and abuse,
David can be reached on 0408 312 922 or email@example.com
updated July 2014
South Estelle Aiken,of the Maria Brown Hearing Clinic, is an entertaining and informative speaker for our Clubs on the subject of the issues presented by hearing loss. Estelle engages Rotarians in discussion and presents her talk in an entertaining, humorous and professional manner. Estelle points out that hearing loss effects 70 per cent of the older generation and will become an even a higher percentage with young people, as they age, brought about by the manner and volume in which they listen to contemporary sound entertainment.
Estelle’s contact is 6224 7588
Statewide DonateLife Tasmania provides information about organ and tissue donation – a challenging but necessary discussion to have. Donation Specialist Nurses are available to provide presentations state wide. All DonateLife TAS staff present an informative power point slideshow and can provide their own data projector and laptop if required. Please advise at the time of booking a presentation if a projector screen is available for use by the club.
Contact 03 6270 2209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated July 2014
North: (and North West ) Dr Frank Madill is a semi-retired medical practitioner, a former State Minister, a farmer and now an author and self publisher.
Frank’s first book “If You Faint, Fall Backwards” covers his progress through medical school and as a general practitioner in Launceston’s northern suburbs.
He has just released his third book, Why Politics Doctor? – “Why on earth would you to leave medicine to go into politics?”
Check his website for more details
Frank speaks with humour about larger-than-life characters and a taste of life as it used to be in Tasmania in the sixties and seventies. . Contacts: Phone 0363262799, Fax 0363261760, Mob 0419 632 699.
Updated June 2012
Men’s Health Ambassador Speaker Program
Wolf Ebert PP Rotary Club of Salamanca
Email email@example.com National contact Phone 1800 22 00 99
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is a broad-based community organisation and the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. We are dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, families and the wider community.
The PCFA Ambassador Program’s objective is to raise community awareness of prostate cancer and to provide resources for individuals to learn more.
Ambassador presentations are delivered by trained people, many of whom have firsthand experience of prostate cancer. Ambassadors may have or had prostate cancer, or other prostate diseases. Ambassadors may be the carer or partner of someone with prostate cancer or be a supporter of PCFA without direct experience with prostate cancer. Ambassador speakers are available across Tasmania, and are available as a free community resource.
- Updated July 2014
Statewide Martin Moroni Senior Research Scientist Forestry Tasmania,The role of forestry in greenhouse gas mitigation.
Martin discusses the research behind the role of forests in storing carbon. He also describes the deveopment of sustainable forests and the effect of fire in that development. He explains the value of timber products in reducing our carbon footprints. Martin is a Tasmanian but has researched these aspects in Canada and Australia.
Contact Martin Moroni, Forestry Tasmania, Hobart, Tel: 6235 8309 Fax: 6235 8292 Martin.Moroni@forestrytas.com.au
Added 23 September 2011
Statewide:James McKee, CEO– Natural Resource Management- Northern Tasmania.
James is experienced in the planning and implementation of all facets of natural resource management .ie land, water and vegetation. He has worked in a number of states and internationally. He can talk about a range of issues from carbon and climate change to water, forests and land use. He takes both a big picture strategic view as well as a community perspective. He also speaks about the role of natural resources in economic development.
Contacts: Phone 03 63337771. Mob 0412 704 229. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated July 2012
–Rotary Down Under magazine also maintains a list of speakers
There is a list of Tasmanian entries and there are others in the “Australian wide classification”