By President Ian Round, Traralgon Central
I had felt somewhat guilty for not having attended a District Conference for many years. The conference in Sale this weekend was excellent, and it reminded me as to why attending a conference is important.
The key note speakers were motivational; the fellowship and catching up with old friends was great; Jan and I danced our feet off at the Saturday night dinner dance; segments on DIK, Disaster Aid and Eradicate Polio were great; and the Sunday morning discussion panel “Building a Rotary for the Future” was very thought provoking.
Next year’s Conference for the first time will be combined with four other Victorian Rotary districts, and will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Up to 2000 Rotarians and their partners are expected to attend.
The next few weeks are busy for Rotary locally with the Lakes Entrance Club Art Show from 9-12th March, Traralgon Club Green Tie Trivia Night,  Maffra Club Mardi Gras, and Yarram Club Centenary of Flight air show all on 17th March, Peninsula Rotoract Club Casino Night on 24 March and Orbost Club Fishing Weekend on 20-22nd April. The Traralgon Club have appealed to us specifically to support their Trivia Night. Tables are for 4 couples, cost is $75 pp including a 2 course dinner and dancing to Gippsland band “Sweet Lip”.
Our meeting on Monday will be a Club Assembly where those who attended will report on the Conference, we will discuss further the Club shirts, and progress our projects planning.”
Pictured below are (clockwise from top left): John Reeve and the District exchange students who all reported they were enjoying themselves; District Governor Don Ripper closes the proceedings; Traralgon RC Rotarian Norm Butler won the Conference Golf day; The `Ride To Conference' participants raised $53,000 to add to the $900,000 plus they have raised in previous years. 
Reproduced by permission.