DISTRICT GOVERNOR NOMINEE (DG 2021 - 22)

AMANDA AND DAVID ROACH

Amanda was educated in Sydney and was a member of Interact throughout her high school years.  Her tertiary studies were undertaken at Sydney University and the University of Newcastle.
 
Amanda first joined the Rotary Club of Rylstone–Kandos in 2003 followed by David in the same year.  Amanda has been President five times and is currently Assistant Governor, Zone 3, 2018-2020.  She has a keen interest in all youth programs including Rotary’s support of people with disabilities, mental health issues, the disadvantaged, particularly Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM), and ShelterBox.  She is a facilitator for Youth Mental Health First Aid programs and a volunteer for other community assistance programs such as NALAG and Max Potential.  Amanda is currently a Youth Exchange Officer and a Youth Protection/Welfare Officer on the District YEP Committee.
 
David and Amanda met each other through teaching.  David was appointed to Rouchel Public School in the Upper Hunter as Teacher in Charge in 1982 and Amanda was Teacher in Charge of John Foley Special School in Muswellbrook.  At this time, Amanda joined the local Quota Club as women were not permitted to be Rotary members.  They married in Muswellbrook in 1985 and later had five children; Zachary, Yedda, Eamonn, Imogene and Finley, all living in Newcastle, and are now very proud grandparents.  Some of their children participated in Rotary and University exchange and youth programs.
 
In 1992-93, David retrained as a Special Education teacher in Newcastle and Amanda retrained as a School Counsellor at the University of Newcastle.  They were each appointed to schools in the Central Tablelands of NSW, and both held executive positions with the NSW Department of Education. 
 
David and Amanda each received a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Rylstone-Kandos in 2011, and both were recognised by the District with a Paul Harris Sapphire in 2016.
 
David and Amanda are both retired and remain extremely active in the Rotary Club of Rylstone-Kandos assisting with the coordination of all major community projects and fundraisers along with managing the Australiana Gift Shop on behalf of their Rotary Club.