Our District Governor 2018 to 2019
District Governor 9570
Rod joined Rotary in Canberra, Australia, in 1999. He has served in the areas of youth, club secretary, District Representative and Deputy National Chair for Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), District website manager, club secretary and club president of the Rotary Club of Bundaberg East.
He is a member of the Rotary Action Groups for Peace (RAGFP) and Mental Health Initiatives (RAGMHI) and the Rotary Fellowship groups Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR), and Fellowship group for Italian Culture (ICWRF). Rod is a member of the Rotary club of Bundaberg East.
Both Rod and Cathy are enthusiastic supporters of the Rotary Foundation because they see this as a vehicle to contribute to positive change in the world.
Rod’s expertise in Political Redistricting and Voter Registration was the impetus for his work with the Australian Electoral Commission, and International work through the United Nations and Ausaid. In the 1990’s he moved to New York City to work on implementing democratic reform to Cambodia after the Pol Pot genocide.
He’s also worked in Afghanistan, Bosnia, South Africa, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and many countries in the Pacific Rim including Indonesia, implementing electoral reforms. During his time in these countries Rod noted the need for assistance especially in areas such as education, water and health, and women’s rights. He saw Rotary as a vehicle that could assist in the delivery of some solutions to these issues. . He has been a leading organiser of the Annual White Ribbon Breakfast in Bundaberg, which aims to raise awareness of the issues of violence against women.
Rod is married to Cathy. Together they have six children from previous marriages, and 6 grandchildren. They are both retired from their Public Service careers and live in the coastal town of Bargara in Queensland. Cathy is also a Registered Civil Celebrant, and officiates at Weddings, Funerals, Namings and other milestone celebrations. While not a Rotarian, Cathy is a member of WASRAG (Rotary Action Group for Water and Sanitation).
They enjoy travelling and have participated on a number of international car rallies in Germany, the Himalayas, South America and Asia Both are passionate about Human Rights and Rod is especially committed to democracy around the world.