ROTARY INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT'S REPRESENTATIVE - 
PDG TERRY GRANT & GAYLE - ROTARY CLUB OF SUNBURY, VICTORIA, DISTRICT 9790

Terry was born in the small Gippsland (Victoria) town of Yallourn North in August 1952. Terry is married to Gayle and they have three sons and two grand-daughters. Terry and Gayle live in Sunbury where they run a company specializing in design, supply, installation and servicing of fire detection / emergency warning systems, as well as project management. Terry joined the Rotary Club of Sunbury in 1989; was President in 1992/93; was awarded a PHF in 1994 and was nominated for and served as District Governor in 1999/2000. In 2005 Terry received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award. Since becoming a PDG he has served on numerous District and International committees and has represented the R.I. President at District Conferences at Ballina, Smithton and Perth. Terry was the National Chairman of Board of ROMAC 2001-2004 and was the Rotary International Zone Membership Coordinator 2006-2008. Terry is also a Director of Australian Rotary Health for the term 2008-2010


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DONNA CARSON
In April 1994 in a remote NSW village Donna Carson was bashed, doused in petrol and set alight by her de facto partner. Against all expectations Donna recovered only to suffer secondary abuse at the hands of bureaucracy. She had to fight to regain care of her children and then for her rights as a Victim of Crime.

From these experiences Donna continued on as a crusader, educator and guardian angel for countless burn survivors and victims of violence. Her pioneering and inspirational support of victims of crime saw the nation honour her as ‘Australian of the Year – Local Hero 2004.’ Her memoir, Judas Kisses, traces Donnas’ journey through her darkest days and into the light. It looks at the woman she once was and the woman she became. Her story is what happens when a victim turns survivor and demands to be seen and heard. Donna Carson wanted the truth. They wouldn’t give it to her. But when you’ve been on fire, you don’t take no for an answer.

TINA JOWETT
Tina graduated from the University of New South Wales with a BA (Hons) in history in 1991 and a LLB in 1994. While studying, Tina worked at the Indigenous Law Centre. She was also a member of the NSW Equal Opportunity Tribunal from 1993-2003. Tina was the associate to Justice Jane Mathews during the mediation of the Dunghutti native title agreement and the Hindmarsh Island Bridge inquiry in SA. In 1996, Tina became a solicitor with the New South Wales Crown Solicitor’s Office which included working on the Yorta Yorta native title case. Tina was called to the Bar in 2003 and was Junior Counsel for the applicants in the Perth native title claim Bennell v Western Australia 2006, and on appeal before the Full Federal Court. She has taught casually at the University of Western Sydney and University of Newcastle, as well as at specialised practitioner workshops in native title. For the Bar Association Pro Bono Scheme, Tina has volunteered over 240 hours. Tina has participated in the Women Lawyers mentoring program for over 10yrs as well as the Aurora Project’s student internship scheme. As a mother of three children, Paris, Harry and Beatrice, she also talks to young women about balancing a family and a legal career.

CHARLIE LYNN
Charlie served in the Australian Army for 21 years. This included tours of duty in Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States. During his time with the American army he completed the Special Forces Military Freefall program involving HALO parachute jumps from 20.000 feet with full combat equipment - at night! After leaving the army he organized a number of major events which included the world’s longest, toughest and richest ultra marathon between Sydney and Melbourne which Cliff Young made famous. He has also run leadership and survival training for mining companies in the remote Kimberly region of Western Australia. More recently Charlie has led adventure treks across the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea. He has trekked Kokoda 48 times. He has led celebrities, politicians, sporting champions, corporate leaders and disadvantaged youth groups from Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets. As a sportsman Charlie represented the army in Australian Rules Football, tennis, and marathons. In 1987 he was placed 2nd in the NSW 100km ultra marathon with a time of 8 hrs 26 mins. In 1988 he held the State ultra-marathon endurance record by running a distance of 213 kilometres in 24 hrs. Charlie is now a Liberal Member of Parliament in NSW but he also continues to lead treks across the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea during his Parliamentary breaks.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR STEWART FRANKS

Stewart Franks, hydro-climatologist, is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Newcastle whose research has focused on flood and drought risk and seasonal climate prediction, primarily centring on the quantification and reduction of uncertainty in environmental modelling and risk assessment. He is currently President of the International Commission on the Coupled Land-Atmosphere System, a commission of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. The remit of the commission is to organize symposia and workshops on dealing with hydrological variability and the interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere. A special focus is directed toward building knowledge and capacity in developing countries. Stewart has edited a number of books documenting examples of historic hydro-climatic variability across the globe.
He is perhaps guilty of adopting a more philosophical approach to climate modelling than most. Stewart prefers to believe that if we don’t understand the physics of climate, then we might be premature in building models of it and blindly believing their colourful output.

PETER COLLETT 
 
Peter was born in the south of England and spent the majority of his early years immersed in water. Following an early love of competitive pool swimming and triathlons, Peter’s focus quickly turned to the open ocean. A great respect for the sea was forged whilst spending his summer’s working as a volunteer life guard. At the same time, a love of the ocean was formed through his hobbies which included surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, often in the freezing temperatures of the northern European winter. In 2007 Peter became the first Australian to row single handed across the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving his job as an IT consultant, he successfully navigated across 3000 miles of open ocean in a 7 metre wooden row boat and won the 5th Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race. Facing 9 metre waves, extreme weather conditions, loss of power, capsize, life threatening illness and 76 days alone, Peter achieved his lifelong ambition to complete this epic journey. As an ambassador for the charity Alzheimer’s Australia, Peter used his adventure to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and much needed funds to support Australian research to find a cure. Hear how a big dream and seemingly impossible desire to compete in, and win one of the world’s toughest endurance events became a reality.

DR DIANNA HART OAM

Diana Hart is a General Practitioner working full time at the Vale Medical Clinic in Brookvale, and a member of the board of the Manly Warringah Division of General Practice. She joined Rotary in 1992 and was the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Freshwater and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Balgowlah. She has held numerous Rotary District 9680 positions including Community Service Advisor and International Advisor. She is currently a member of the Eastern Region ‘Rotarians Against Malaria’ Committee. She has a particular interest in infectious diseases and their control and obtained the International Certificate in Travel Health in 2008. She is currently a Board Member of Australian Doctors International – an organization providing doctors and health care to the Western Provence of Papua New Guinea. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2002 for services to medicine through the Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Nepal Cleft Palate project, and as an advocate for the role of women in medicine, particularly in general practice.