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We seek out speakers to bring interest of all kinds to our members and guests. Some reminding us of our duties as Rotarians, others telling us what they have done with their lives, including those who are doing something about the problems they, and all of us, face. Because we meet online, speakers do not have to be in Melbourne. To date we have had speakers from all over Australia as well as India, England, Cambodia and the Philippines. Anyone is welcome to join our meetings to listen to our guest presenters.


7th November


Di was born in Auckland and completed her nursing training at Thames Hospital in New Zealand. She subsequently worked in hospitals in Melbourne and London before returning to settle in Melbourne where she raised 3 children, now young adults.

She has been involved in numerous Not-For-Profit organisations over the last 20 years, and held a variety of positions of community service ranging from 10 years as School Council President, to Board, Grants assessment panels and Advisory Committee positions.

She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Balwyn in roles such as current President elect, Mentor to an Indigenous student, Donations In Kind, Youth Services Director and, although she’s not really sure how it happened, also 2018 D9800 Conference Committee Chair.

Di took up the position of Rotarian Co-ordinator at Interplast early 2014, a role which involves supporting and co-ordinating advocates and Chairs for Interplast across all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand. She feels extremely proud and privileged to be involved with the work of Interplast and to have the opportunity to tell you about it.

14th November


Known as the Toilet Warrior, Mark was moved to action following a visit to India and subsequently started a charity ‘We Can’t Wait’. 

We Can’t Wait is a charity that aims to help teenage girls in developing countries stay in school longer. One of the major reasons that girls leave school in the developing world is that many schools in their countries to not have toilets. We Can’t Wait’s role is to raise awareness of this issue in the West. It is also to raise funds and then to direct these funds to appropriate sanitation projects in schools that are in need. The initial focus is on India and We Can’t Wait’s first projects are to be run in conjunction with local Rotary Clubs in India through Rotary networks in Australia and other Western countries.