Posted on Sep 19, 2020

Welcome from Zone 8 Conference Convenor, Noel Trevaskis


I would like to welcome you to our first Virtual Conference for Australia and New Zealand. This is due to the fact we aren’t able to go to Alice Springs as planned due to COVID19. This gives us an exciting opportunity for all Rotarians to participate in this conference, for which registration is free.


The array of presenters is first class plus you will be able to experience what is happening in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. This conference is one not to miss, it will be historic.

I would encourage Rotary Clubs to have their Rotary meeting on the Saturday or Sunday or both days and watch the conference live (between 11.30AM AEST and 1.00PM AEST each day on the 19th and 20th of September).

Organise a brunch, lunch or afternoon tea and share the experience.

While this year has been challenging we can still celebrate Rotary and let Rotary open opportunities!

I hope to see you on the 19th and 20th September!



Noel Trevaskis is the Convenor of the 2020 Rotary Zone 8 (Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific) Virtual Conference.

The Programme


We're delighted to be hearing the following speakers at our virtual conference on the 19th and 20th of September 2020.

Saturday 19th September 2020 (11.30am - 1.00pm AEST)

  • Rotary International President Holger Knaack 
  • Past Rotary International President and The Rotary Foundation Trustee Ian Riseley – The Rotary Foundation – the charity of choice for Rotarians
  • Past Director Stuart Heal – Winds of Change 
  • Showcase - New Zealand Rotary Projects 
  • Sarah Brown AM – Continuing story of the Purple House
Sunday 20th September 2020 (11.30am - 1.00pm AEST)
  • Past Rotary International Vice President The Rotary Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones – A modern Rotary
  • Past Rotary International President and The Rotary Foundation Trustee Barry Rassin – The Rotary Foundation, doing good in the world
  • Showcase - Australian Rotary Projects 
  • Chair End Polio Now. Past Rotary International Vice President and Past The Rotary Foundation Trustee Mike McGovern – Eradicating polio in the COVID era.
  • Rotary International Director Elect Jessie Harman