Tuesday 23rd April 6:15 pm for 6:30 start
Green Acres Golf Club
51 Elm Grove, Kew East, VIC
David was called up for National Service in early 1970 and embarked on his ‘tour’ of Vietnam with the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment in early 1971.
Following this he began his business career which has encompassed three broad phases, the first of which was the world of media and advertising, culminating in his role of Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ten Network.
The second phase was spent with global communications consultancy Rogen SI, including time as Managing Director of the Melbourne and London offices and as a Director on the Worldwide Board. As a senior member of the firm, his latter years in particular were primarily spent consulting with clients on their major new business bids, achieving an average win rate around the 70% mark.
For the third and current phase, as a sole contractor, David continues to consult on communications training and coaching, together with assisting on strategy and coaching on major new business bids.
He has been married to Debbie for more than forty- five years and has two children and four grandchildren.
David’s presentation is about the day-to-day life of a National Serviceman turned ‘digger’ on search and patrol operations in the Vietnam jungle, including some of the strange, dangerous and occasionally even amusing situations in which he found himself.
He hopes to provide a picture of the workings of an infantry platoon rather than speak to the morality or suffering of war, although he would be happy to take questions on these subjects.
- Tobacco Free Finance
Tue 7th May
The Hon. Ted Baillieu is a proud supporter and advocate of the Not For Profit organisation, Tobacco Free Portfolios Ted will present the story and recent developments of this rapidly spreading movement, started by Dr. Bronwyn King of Melbourne. Some of the first patients Bronwyn cared for at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre were suffering from lung cancer. However, while doing her best to treat these people, Bronwyn was unaware she was also supporting the global production of cigarettes. It was only during a meeting with a representative of her superannuation fund in 2010 that Bronwyn learned some of her money was flowing to tobacco companies through the default option of her superannuation fund. This came as a shock. In the knowledge that many of her colleagues would be similarly unhappy with their unwitting investment in the tobacco industry, Bronwyn approached First State Super who undertook a detailed analysis and in 2012, proudly made the decision to go tobacco free. Since then, working closely with world leaders, regulatory bodies and the finance sector, the work of Tobacco Free Portfolios now has a global focus.
- We Can’t Wait – Mark Balla
Tue 30th Apr
Mark Balla is a founding director of We Can’t Wait - a not for profit that works towards it's mission of providing clean, safe and sustainable sanitation solutions for schools and surrounding communities in the developing world. Mark is a Rotarian and project director of Operation Toilets at the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central. He is a Board Member of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group - the peak global influencing body within the Rotary International focus area on Water and Sanitation. An accomplished public speaker on humanitarian issues both in Australia and internationally, Mark has spoken at Rotary District Conferences in India and Australia and was a Speaker at TEDx Queenstown in 2015. Mark has a background in publishing, a deep passion for Corporate Social Responsibility and is often described as a serial entrepreneur. He is an associate of the Institute for Independent Business and has a particular interest in cross cultural business engagement. Mark is the CEO of Inspire9 which aims to empower individuals and small teams to achieve big things by generating connections between members of the entrepreneurial and creative community.
- Easter Theme Social Night
Tue 16th Apr
Wear a bow, bunny ears or a bonnet and join in the fun of an Easter themed social night. Bring your partners; bring your friends.
Fact or Fiction?This interactive discussion is based on the work of world renown public health demographer the late Hans Rosling. He and his organisation Gapminder.com are leading a movement towards fact based decision making and against ignorance, fear and preconceived ideas. Rotary’s global polio partner Bill Gates has gifted a copy of his book Factfulness to every college student in the USA. In a fun filled way, your view of the world will change and you can be calmer about changes in the world and your community. For Rotarians, it will help you ask better questions about where we focus our efforts, sustainability and partnering.