More than 20 members of the Bordertown Rotary Club made their way to Mount Gambier to attend the 2018 Rotary District Conference this month.
The three day event was held around the Cave Gardens precinct on April 6-8.
The themes of ‘Making a Difference’ and ‘Peace and Conflict Resolution’ reeled in world renowned speakers to perform, inform and entertain guests over the conference.
Bordertown Rotarian Natalie Klitscher said over 400 people attended the conference including the 20 Bordertown Rotarians.
“The keynote speakers were of a particularly high standard and all linked into the theme ‘making a difference’,” Mrs Klitscher said.
“Advocate for sustainable peace Gill Hicks was probably the best speaker - I don’t think there was a dry eye in the theatre!”
“Gill Hicks was permanently injured in the London terrorist bombings in 2005 and has since dedicated her life to countering violent extremism.
“Several of the speakers proved what can be done with perseverance.
“It’s a reminder to us all that when things get tough there is usually a way to get through it – try again, try harder, try a different way, accept help.”
Mrs Klitscher said on the second night of the event the guests journeyed out of town to the Barn Palais complex where jazz musician James Morrison entertained with ‘Erupt with Jazz’.
“James Morrison was fantastic.”
As well as national and international keynote speakers the 2018 Rotary District Conference hosted local guest speakers.
Luxury beef producer Scott de Bruin from Mayura Station spoke about his experience over the past 20 years developing one of Australia’s most revered Wagyu operations.
DiGiorgio Family Wines principal Frank DiGiorgio spoke about the journey from first planting vineyards at his family’s Lucindale property to the success of the winery today.
Mrs Klitscher said local produce was used for the food they were served at the conference dinner.
“We ate Wagyu sourced from the region’s Mayura Station and drank DiGiorgio Family Wine from Coonawarra.”
Mrs Klitscher said the Bordertown Rotary Club was not directly involved in hosting at the event but the Days for Girls team had an information stand on display.
Bordertown Rotary Club is currently busy planning and working on both short-term and long-term projects.
“I think some of the speakers have renewed our passion for what can be achieved collectively as Rotary,” Mrs Klitscher said.