Graeme Hooper DG 2019 - 20
With some 90 years of Rotary involvement between them, Graeme and Sue are excited about the challenge ahead. They were introduced to Rotary via Rotaract and began their independent journeys in the early 1970’s, they are RYLA recipients, and in 1977, Graeme served as District Rotaract Representative D9940 New Zealand.
Graeme has served with five Rotary Clubs across three Rotary Districts; has held all Club positions, received a RI Presidential Citation, and is a Paul Harris Society Member. Advocating on behalf of his Club, the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, in 2009 they succeeded in being accepted as one of RI’s inaugural 200 Clubs worldwide to pilot the Innovative and Flexible Club Program.
Graeme’s District involvement includes the Visioning Program and RLI facilitation, MUNA, Teenager of the Year Committee, YEP Committees, and establishing the NGSE program. Internationally, he served with the RI Task Group to develop the NGSE program worldwide, and served as a member of the Sydney Convention YEP Findings Committee.  Graeme and Sue have hosted YEP students, GSE and NGSE participants which has enriched the family’s lives and encouraged them to be keen travellers, often visiting their extended Rotary family.
Graeme and Sue originate from farming backgrounds. Graeme graduated from Victoria University, Wellington. His community volunteer involvement extends to the Salvation Army, Lake Macquarie Business Centre, and the local Catalina Association. Prior to retirement, Graeme’s employment background was marketing and economics in the private and local government sectors.
Sue is from Victoria’s Western District, is a JP, member of the Rotary Club of Morisset, has a background in textile technology and local government administration, and is a National Medal awardee.
Graeme and Sue have two adult children and a beautiful daughter-in-law; Brendan and Fiona in Sydney; and Allison in the “Top End”, is a Darwin Sunrise Rotarian.
Although RI is moving to be more strategic with membership, his passion for the organisation continues to grow. It will be a challenge and a privilege for Graeme to serve as District Governor for D9670.