World Ro­tary Pres­i­dent at con­fer­ence

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Past world Ro­tary pres­i­dent Ron D. Bur­ton will be the World Pres­i­dent’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the four-day Yar­ra­wonga/Mul­wala hosted Ro­tary District 9790 Con­fer­ence from March 22 to 25 and will be ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Jetta.

“It’s a real feather in our cap that District 9790 has been able to gain the ser­vices of some­one who’s been a world pres­i­dent, to come to a lit­tle coun­try town like Yar­ra­wonga. It’s like the Duke of Ed­in­burgh com­ing,” Chair of the 2018 Ro­tary District Con­fer­ence, Ross Lloyd, told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“The ma­jor­ity of time world pres­i­dents are go­ing to cap­i­tal cities like Lon­don or New York - places with very high vol­umes of peo­ple with some of the Ro­tary clubs hav­ing 500 or 600 mem­bers.

“It speaks vol­umes for our District 9790 that we’ve man­aged to get hold of the 2013-14 world pres­i­dent.”

For sev­eral years, Ron has vir­tu­ally ded­i­cated his life to Ro­tary and is one of the most se­nior and in­flu­en­tial per­sons in the Ro­tary world.

He has served as Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Pres­i­dent (3013-14), Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Di­rec­tor (1998-2000), and Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion Vice-Chair (2008-09) and Trustee (2006-10); in 2018-19 will as­sume the po­si­tion of Ro­tary Foun­da­tion Chair.

In 2014, at the World Ro­tary Con­ven­tion in Syd­ney, he said: “I can­not even imag­ine how dif­fer­ent my life would be, if I had not made the choice to put Ro­tary front and cen­tre.

“I can’t even count the friends I wouldn’t have made, the places I wouldn’t have gone, the ex­pe­ri­ences I wouldn’t have had.

“No mat­ter how much I do for Ro­tary, I can never re­pay Ro­tary for how much it’s done for me - for how much it’s changed my life. I chose to en­gage Ro­tary. I set out to change lives - and the life I changed most was my very own.”

Ron and Jetta are Paul Har­ris Fel­lows, bene­fac­tors, ma­jor donors and mem­bers of the Paul Har­ris Be­quest and Arch C. Klump So­ci­eties.

Ron said while Ro­tary can’t be ev­ery­thing for every­body, there are so many op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ro­tar­i­ans to “re­ally get be­hind”.

For him, it was The Ro­tary Foun­da­tion and other Ro­tar­i­ans may choose wa­ter projects or lit­er­acy or youth ex­changes.

“It’s that lit­tle bit of magic that’s wait­ing for each one of us - the thing that makes your heart warm and makes you say to your­self: ‘Yes! This is why I’m in Ro­tary, this is why I’m a Ro­tar­ian’,” the past world pres­i­dent said.

The Ro­tary Club of Yar­ra­wonga/Mul­wala has 43 mem­bers and District 9790 com­prises 64 Ro­tary clubs.

An es­ti­mated 600 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend the big District 9790 Ro­tary Con­fer­ence in Yar­ra­wonga/Mul­wala in March 2018, based at ClubMul­wala.

World Ro­tary Pres­i­dent 2013-14 Ron D. Bur­ton and wife Jetta from Ok­la­homa USA will be in Yar­ra­wonga/Mul­wala next March.

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