PDG George Weston
Carol and I have had a wonderful year as your District Governor and my thanks must go out to each and every one of you for your contribution to a very successful Rotary year.
 
The following activities were what I would consider Highlights of the 2017-18 Rotary. 
 
The District Conference
The Leeton conference was a significant amount of work for George and Carol and all the committee members.  The planning and effort required begins 6 to 9 months before the conference.  The hard work that goes into the project does not guarantee that the membership will turn out and attend.  In Leeton the numbers were better than they have been in several years and all those involved can take pride in their achievements.
 
My DG Visits - We were welcomed by each and every club and it gave me a real insight into the worthwhile work that the clubs are doing both locally and internationally.  It still amazes me the scope and depth that Rotary reaches through the wider community and the esteem that the Rotary name holds.  This was highlighted at the conference with four of the clubs presenting projects .  They included Borowa OP Shop, Wollundry Bears and Gears, Bathurst Graffitti Removal and Wagga Wagga Shine Awards.
 
DISTEC17 – This was the first time a technology training day was held independently of PETS and I must thank DGE John Glassford, District Trainer Geraldine Rurenga, DGN John McKenzie and District Webmaster Paul Murray .  It was hugely successful and will be held annually.  This is the way forward as  we need to be communicating electronically in our new larger district.
 
MHRV  Van – This was a project that was very worthwhile with many of our district clubs participating.  As we know men generally don’t seek health advice.  This van gave the opportunity for men to have an initial health checkup and if needed be referred to a health specialist.  I know for a fact there were several cases where early diagnosis were detected and a life potentially saved.
 
 
Peace Conference - We celebrated Rotary’s Birthday on 23rd February and the 25th anniversary of Rotary Peace Communities  in Wagga Wagga. The Peace Anniversary Conference was a great success and I was impressed by the maturity and the quality of the presentations of the young school captains at the Botanical Gardens.   Carol and I had a great weekend and my thanks to Deidre and Phillip Tome and the wonderful committee for making this celebration happen.
 
 
Tree Planting Initiative – RI President Ian Reisling’s environmental project in his year was to plant a tree for every Rotarian…1.3 million trees.  In our district we have exceeded the target.