Posted by Bruce HERON
DG Peter Frueh Address:
  • DG Peter began by praising Immediate Past District Governor Neville John’s stewardship and the significant achievements made through the past year, including his immense support for Rotary Foundation. In congratulating the Club again for the highly successful District Conference, he encouraged members to support the next District Conference in Warrnambool to be held over the weekend from Friday 16th March 2018.
  • DG Peter spoke to the RI theme this year of Making a Difference, citing an example of a fellow Rotarian from Mill Point Club in WA and the tremendous difference he made while on 18 months sabbatical after his wife’s passing, identifying and facilitating opportunities to obtain and distribute over $300k of clean linen for disadvantaged members of the community and Donations In Kind.
  • Pointing to the success of Hoppers Crossing Club in significantly growing their diverse membership, he encouraged a continued strong focus on membership, emphasising that membership is a personal responsibility of all members to encourage, and promote their Club and Rotary more generally, being the largest humanitarian movement in the world.
  • DG Peter encouraged members to contribute to the Rotary Foundation, and also to:
  • Promote and be proud of being a Rotarian;
  • Talk about the beneficiaries of projects that our Clubs and affiliates support and the difference Rotary has made in their lives;
  • Reach out to partner with other organisations;
  • Be positive and contemporary in our meetings;
  • Engage with and help new members assimilate.
  • Highlighting a key Sustainability initiative of RI President Ian Riseley, as part of Rotary’s Making a Difference theme, Peter encouraged support for the call for every Rotary club to make a difference to the environment by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018.