Our District Governor 2019 to 2020
District Governor 9570
Michael commenced employment as an apprentice Electrical Fitter/Mechanic in January of 1975. He completed his apprenticeship and Certificate in Electrical Engineering in 1979. Michael met his future wife Karen in Mackay and they were married in 1978. They have three sons, Adam, Carl and Ryan and two grandsons Henry 3 and Caleb 5 with a third grandson on the way.
From 1980 to the beginning of 2000 Michael worked as an Electronics Technician. He completed studies in Electronics, Two-way radio communication, Microprocessors and Data Communications. From 2000 to 2005 he was the supervisor of the Secondary Systems Group of Ergon Energy in Mackay Queensland. He completed a Diploma of Business and from 2005 until he retired in 2016 he was employed by Ergon Energy as a Technical Services Engineering Officer. He was responsible for the safe commissioning of large High Voltage Substation Projects and fault investigations. He was also Ergon’s expert in large remote High Voltage Control Systems. He has led many technical investigations, completed many QUT courses in High Voltage Equipment and completed a Project Management Course.
Michael was a member of the Mackay Apex Service Club for 10 years where he held the positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary. He was also President of the Mackay Youth Orchestra for two years. He joined the Rotary Club of Mackay on the 10th of February 2004 were he has held many positions. From 2012 to 2016 he was the 9570 RAWCS Chair and from 2014 to 2016 the Northern Region RABS Chair (9550, 9570, 9600, 9630, 9640). From 2016 to 2018 he held the position of 9570 Group 1 Assistant Governor.
Karen and Michael have travelled to the Solomon Islands twice, Cambodia once and Vanuatu nine times on Rotary projects. Michael was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Mackay in July 2009. He received his second Paul Harris Fellow and Karen her first in July 2010. Michael was also the Chair of the 2017 Mackay Mental Health + Wellbeing Fair.
Karen and Michael have attended Rotary International Conventions in Bangkok, Lisbon, Sydney, Seoul, Atlanta, Toronto and this year in Hamburg.