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3rd - 5th March 2023
Realm Hotel 
18 National Circuit Barton ACT
Australia 2600


For all Conference photos taken by  David Liao - Rotary Club of Waverley

DLX Photography

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Friday 3rd March 2023

GOLF COMPETITION  Shotgun start 8:00 am


Presentation and Light lunch provided at 12 Noon. Drinks at bar prices.

Yowani Country Club, 455 Northbourne Ave, Lyneham ACT. 


TOUR BUS:  Hop On Hop off Bus.

(Registration required)

Running on an hourly circuit, from 10am till 5.30pm, Starting at the Realm Hotel the tour and returns back to the Realm.                  Click:  HERE for ROUTE.


(Registration required)

Enjoy an informal continental brunch in the exclusive setting of the Dining Room of the National Gallery of Australia with fellow conference attendees. 10:30am to noon.

Location Map HERE

2:00pm. Registration open  

Realm Hotel


Time to meet your fellow Members. Get a group together and dine in any one of the world-class restaurants in and around Canberra.      bon appétit

Hello, Fellow Rotarians and friends of District 9810,

The Conference 2023 District 9810 Canberra has the potential to bring together over 1,100 members and friends from the district in Victoria.  We are planning what will be a spectacular, highly visible, and engaging event


The conference will be held over two days 4th and 5th March 2023 and a Sports/Tour Day 3rd March 2023.

The conference theme is 'Diversity'  We understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realising our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change. 

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, colour, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs. 


I encourage you to attend the Conference 2023 District 9810  Canberra.

Wil Cornelissen.

President  Rotary Club of Waverley.
Conference 2023 District 9810 Canberra

Conference Chair.

Saturday 4th March 2023
'Diversity' Conference

8:00am Registration open

8:00am Rotary Expo open

1st Plenary Session - 9:00am​​

Corroboree, welcome to country and traditional dance by Duncan Smith and daughter, Jakida. Welcome MC Brian Tyedin and Tina McInerney.

9:25am        Welcome DG Ken Miller

9:35am        RIPPA PDG Leanne Jaggs  D9920 –                              Auckland New Zealand.

10:00am      DG Geraldine Rurenga  District 9705                              Geraldine is the youngest female Rotary                        District Governor.

10:10am      District/Club Video presentations. RAM

10:20am      Exercises, Healthy Lifestyle Robb Evans 

10:35am      MentorMatch—Dominic Saporito

10.45am      Red Energy – Sue Cornelissen

10:50am Morning Tea - Expo Room


​2nd Plenary Session - 11:35am

11:40am      Keynote Speaker - Dr Dinesh Palipana

12:20pm      Keynote Speaker –Ryan Kilboren and                            Mopsy Assistance Dogs Australia


12:50pm Lunch - Expo Room


3rd Plenary Session - 1:50pm 

1:50pm      PP James Glenwright:  Golf Day and Bowls                    Day  Winners announcement and  the                            Foundation Golf Ball Drop Raffle Winners                      announcement.  Purchase your balls/                              tickets to support the Rotary Foundation                       The award $500 for thr winning club to                           donate to their charity – this was donated by                   the Rotary Club of Forest Hill.

2:05pm     Keynote Speaker - Frida Umohoza

2:40pm     Exercises, Healthy Lifestyle Robb Evans 

2:50pm     RIPPR PDG Leanne Jaggs – Report on                         Rotary International

3:10pm     Light Relief – PDG Jonathan Usher

​3:00pm     PRIP and Chair Trustees, Rotary                                     Foundation    - Ian Riseley AM.

3:40pm     Keynote Speaker - Grant Godino


​4:15pm  Session Close

5:45pm Coach transport to the Gala Dinner, Parliament House from Realm Hotel, Rydges and Alvio Tourist Park.

AT 7:00pm -

Gala Dinner

The ‘ACROSS THE AGES’ Gala Dinner.

Dance the night away and enjoy the delights of local food and wines. This event will be held at the sensational Great Hall Parliament House.   

Dress theme: ‘ACROSS THE AGES’

Dress for your favourite era;
20s, 60s, 80s, and 'naughtys'

Or we request the formal dress code

'Black Tie'.


Gala Dinner 'Best dressed' prizes kindly donated by House Wine & More.

Contact Peter Matthews:  0422 782 489


* Note: EFTPOS and Credit Card accepted at the Bar (NO CASH) 

 * 11:00pm  Gala Dinner Close  Transfers back to REALM etc.  from 10:00pm 10:30pm and 11:00pm

Sunday 5th March 2023
Sunday 5th March 2023
​​'Diversity' Conference

700am        Rotarian and Alumni breakfast -  Beehive Room

                   (Registration required)  MC Marcus Adams

8:00am   Rotary Expo open

1st Plenary Session -9:00am

9:00am       MC Tina McInerney

                   In Memoriam

9:15am       District Presentation - Disaster Aid Australia 

9:25am       Keynote Speaker - Professor Brett Sutton

10:00am     Exercises, Healthy Lifestyle Robb Evans  

10:15am     Conference 2024 - Launch

10:25am Morning Tea - Expo Room

​2nd Plenary Session - 11:15am

11:15am     Light Relief – PDG Jonathan Usher

11:30am     Keynote Speaker - Peta Searle

12.05pm     Rotaract – Past President and Future – Alice Terrill                                           and Daniel Du Bois  –

12.25pm     Conference Banner Handover

12.30pm     RIPPR PDG Leanne Jaggs

12:40pm     Anthony Gerace and Pianist Nick Englezos 0

1:05pm       DG Ken Miller closing statement. 

​1:25pm     Conference Sessions CLOSE   

                  Lunch to be served in Expo Room.

Dress for the 20s
Dress for the 50s
Dress for the 70s
Dress for RAP
Ken Moses
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Thank you to our


Without their generous support we would not be able to run this Conference.

Please support them.



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FAQ & T&Cs
  • Registration & help desk
    Located in the main foyer of the Realm Hotel. · Opening times: Saturday: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm · Sunday: 8:30 am- 11:00 am Enquiries during conference may be directed to conference committee members who will be wearing distinctive polo shirts.
  • Admission
    Admission to all sessions is by your Club/Name badge. Please always wear it. The Registration fee enables the attendee to attend all sessions, • Morning tea – Saturday • Lunch – Saturday • Morning tea – Sunday • Luncheon Sunday. All other events are ticketed events, and your Club/Name badge will identify which events you are able to attend.
  • Loss of club name badge
    If this occurs, please contact the Registration and Help Desk.
  • Smoking
    Smoking is not permitted, by law, anywhere within the Realm Hotel (including toilets) or any other buildings. The same restrictions apply at the Great Hall Parliament House.
  • Messages
    Should the Conference organisers receive a message for you it will be posted on the Conference Message Board in the Rotary Expo. If you want to post a message on the Conference Message Board, please see the Registration and Help Desk. Any urgent messages can be directed through the Registration and Help Desk in the main foyer of the Realm Hotel
  • Accommodation
    Please contact Lynn Whelan or 0409 938 694 for bookings at any of the four DOMA Hotels or check out the website for other special accommodation organised by the Conference Committee.
  • Rotary Expo
    Located inside the Realm Hotel in the Expo/House of Friendship Hall. The Rotary Expo/House of Friendship is an opportunity to find out more about Rotary Programs and Club Projects and talk with sponsors about their products and offers. Opening Times: · Saturday: 9am- 5pm · Sunday: 8.30am -12 noon.
  • Conference Telephone
    Rtn Greg Adams on 0419355842 will be monitoring continuously from 12 noon Friday 3rd to 2.00pm Sunday 5th March. If not answered, please leave message and Greg will reply at his earliest.
  • Conference email address
    For further questions and or information re the Canberra conference please email:
  • Session times
    As a matter of courtesy to all speakers, please be prompt for each session so that it starts on time. Access to and from main hall should not occur during an address by any speaker. Each session will be televised and available for viewing in the Expo Hall.
  • Conference protocols
    Paul Harris Fellows should wear medallions to the Official Opening and to the Rotary Foundation Breakfast on Sunday. Paul Harris Fellow Pins should be always worn below the Rotary badge.
  • Make ups
    Attendance on any one day of the Conference can be used by Rotarians for the purpose of Club attendance make-up.
  • Non-conference material
    No literature is to be distributed, no goods offered for sale, or fund raising by any means may occur at the Conference without prior written approval from the Conference Chairman
  • Awards at conference
    The only awards at Conference are Winners of the Golf and Bowls Day - Good luck !
  • Car parking
    Parking is available at the Realm Hotel. Cost is $15 per weekday and complimentary weekends. Look out for Club members in the Fluoro jackets to direct you. When attending the Gala Dinner on Saturday Evening Gala Dinner, please be aware that kerbside parking restrictions apply and are closely monitored. There is a large car park within the complex. A courtesy Bus can pick you up from the Realm Hotel, Rydges Hotel, Alivio Caravan Park. Please tick the bus box when processing your registration on Try-Booking
  • Library
    National Library of Australia, Parkes Place W, Canberra ACT 2600
  • Banking facilities nearest to the Conference Venue
    · Cashcard ATM 51 Blackall St, Barton ACT 2600 · Westpac ATM Kingston Act O/S CBA ATM (Branch) Kingston Shops, 64 Giles St, Kingston ACT 2604
  • Taxi
    · ACT CABS (02) 6280 0077 · Silver Service Canberra Taxi 133100
  • Pharmacy
    · Barton Pharmacy Suite 81/2, 3 Sydney Ave, Barton ACT 2600 · Health Advise Plus 15 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
  • Visitor information
    · Visit Canberra, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601
  • Post Office
    · Australia Post - Kingston Post Shop 19 Jardine St, Kingston ACT 2604 · Australia Post - Canberra Parliament House PO shop 1/1 Capital Circuit, Capitol Hill ACT 2600
  • Emergency Information
    Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade Emergency Number 000 Conference CONTACTS: Conference Chair: Wil Cornelissen Mobile: 0419 301 472 Email:
  • Medical Centre
    Barton General Practice M4PM+Q7 Barton, ACT 0262105020 Ochre Medical Centre Kingston M4MR+MH Kingston, ACT 0262395520 Canberra Hospital Emergency Department Yamba Dr, Garran ACT Calvary Public Hospital Bruce: Emergency Room 40 Mary Potter Court, Bruce ACT
  • Dental
    Pacific Smiles Dental, Manuka 18 Flinders Way, Griffith ACT 2603 Phone: 0262197400
  • Conference Committee members
    Host Club: The Rotary Club of Emerald and District Chairman Wil Cornelissen Conference Secretary Don Borg Conference Registration Lorna Shaw/ Greg Adams Treasurer Neil White Golf Day James Glenwright Bowls Day James Glenwright Accommodation Lynn Whelan Logistics Lynn Whelan Green Room Don Borg Gala Dinner Theming Emma Clark Conference Catering Marcus Adams Rotary Expo Sue Cornelissen Stage Management Audio Visual Lynn Whelan Stage Management Bob Richards Program Bob Richards Bus Transportation Lynn Whelan Sponsorship Wil Cornelissen Script Russell Nielsen Speakers Marcus Adams / Sue Cornelissen MC(Share) Tina Mcinerney / Bian Tyedin RIPPR Minder Shia Smart Protocol Ian Riseley Alumni Breakfast Kehela (Keels)Vandenberg Newsletter/PR Information Greg Adams The Conference Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of members of the Rotary Club of Emerald and District and Rotarians from other Clubs in District 9810. The committee would especially like to acknowledge and thank the support of the Rotary Club of Canberra. We also wish to thank the staff of the Realm Hotel and Canberra Convention Bureau for their assistance. We are grateful for the support given by our Conference Partners and encourage you to support them.

Terms and Conditions of Registration 

the fine print

EVENT REGISTRATION By registering for or attending an event run by the Conference Committee 2023 on behalf of Rotary International District 9810 Inc, you agree to the following conditions and policies:

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Doma Hotels are pleased to offer delegates attending the Conference 2023 Canberra Rotary District 9810 a special group rate at their Hotels from the 3rd to 5th March 2023.

To make a booking at any one of the Doma Hotels, the Realm Hotel, Burbury Hotel, Brassey Hotel and Little National Hotel please contact Lynn Whelan, Accommodation Committee Member, or 0409 938 694 



Accommodation, Location and Special offers.

Hotel Realm

Conference Venue

Realm Hotel

18 National Circuit, Canberra. ACT.

GALA DINNER                       

Great Hall Parliament House   

Golf / Bowls Competition 

Yowani Country Club

455 Northbourne Ave, Lyneham ACT.

Continental Brunch

Dining Room National Gallery of Australia. 

Parkes Pl E, Parkes ACT 

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Special Car rental available for Rotarians travelling to Canberra for the conference.

  • Collect Med size car from Budget Blackburn Thursday March 2 after 9am

  • Return Monday March 6  by 9am

  • $187 total cost with reduced insurance excess to $300

Contact: Simon Wheelton

Executive Consultant


Mobile: 0438 151 710


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