Nothing is Impossible – new Conference Speakers

In previous newsletters, I have written about a number of keynote speakers, but these two speakers both entrepreneurs and philanthropists will enlighten you with their model for success.

Frank Aloysius Costa AO  is a famous Geelong icon has built his Family’s produce company to the largest service wholesaler of fruit & vegetables in the country with operations in five major states into a $100million company. With a few business blunders over the years, nothing was impossible and in 1998, he became president of the Geelong Football Club.

Marcus Veerman CEO and Founder of Playground Ideas struck it lucky being born in Melbourne, which has been voted the world’s most liveable city. His favourite play-space growing up was a den in the hollowed-out roots of an old tree. With a background in primary education, outdoor leadership, and design-build learning, Marcus spearheaded the construction of 40 bespoke playgrounds along the Thai/Burma border. He then went on to respond to a wave of interest in international playground building by creating an open-source platform to share best practices. Demand for his services has taken him to Asia, Africa, The Middle East and South America to facilitate playground construction, consult on projects and train teams of playground builders.

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John Pohl
District Governor

“Up There Cazaly” now showing at the Rotary Geelong Conference, March 2017


Mike Brady

Supremo Mike Brady is just one of the line up great speakers at the Rotary District Conference at Geelong. The 3 day event 24th March to 26th March will finish on the Sunday with a performance by Mike and presenting the highlights of his life of memories.

Mike Brady had established recording studios in Melbourne, Australia and has continued to work in advertising, writing jingles such as “Dodo, Dodo, internet that flies” for Dodo Internet and “Lucky you’re with AAMI”. He continued to write material for the VFL. In the early 1980s he reworked “Up There Cazaly” into a theme song for the Sydney Swans’ relocation into Sydney. Mike also co-wrote and produced another popular AFL (Australian Football League) jingle, “That’s What I Like About Football”, sung by Greg Champion. “Up There Cazaly” was reworked in 1999 with Haley White for its 20th anniversary.

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A Remarkable Journey around Australia

As Guest Speaker at the Conference, Robert Pennicott will present his Remarkable Journey on the circumnavigation of Australia and Tasmania in an outboard-driven boat. They departed Sydney on the 2nd June 2011 and travelled anticlockwise around the entire coast of Australia in two 5.4m Naiad RIBs (18ft dinghies). They arrived back in Sydney on the 11th September. Their trip was divided into 77 segments, ranging from 60 to 420 miles. On 48 of the segments, two seats were auctioned to the highest bidder to raise funds for Rotary’s Polio Eradication and conservation.Continue reading

How DNA Techniques are solving mysteries

jeremy-austin  Dr Jeremy Austin, DNA researcher is a guest speaker at our District Conference in Geelong. His fascinating work with ‘ancient DNA’ will open your minds is seeing how DNA sampled through space and time to understand the evolutionary history of living and extinct animals and birds, to assess the impacts of past environmental change on animal and bird populations, and to provide valuable genetic data for conservation and management of threatened species.Continue reading


Be part of the SEA CHANGE at the District Conference in Geelong, March 23 – 26 2017

See how Rotary is changing to adapt to the digital age and meet the needs of busy  people who really want to
make a  difference. A thought provoking line up of keynote speakers along with lively entertainment, the 2017 Rotary Conference will be held in Geelong’s spectacular Conference Centre, The  Pier 23 –  26 March.
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