FOR the first time since it received its charter in 1990, one of the members of the Rotary Club of Taree on Manning has been elected as governor of Rotary District 9650.
Past president of the club and president elect, Maurie Stack will take up his appointment as district governor on July 1, 2015 and from July 1 this year, will take on the role of district governor nominee.
Maurie's election was announced at the district convention which was held in Taree last weekend.
Maurie said he is honoured to be appointed to lead almost 1600 enthusiastic Rotarians in this district.
"It is a large district extending from Woolgoolga in the north to Forster-Tuncurry in the south, from Gloucester out to Coonabarabran and Coonamble, up to Lightning Ridge and across to Inverell and back to the coast. It includes a large part of northern NSW incorporating the major centres of Armidale, Tamworth, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, so it will involve a lot of travel," Maurie said.
"Deidre and I will be practising our golf and packing our golf clubs and bicycles to try to work off the extra calories from a large number of Rotary breakfasts, lunches and dinners at our 56 clubs!"
Maurie said the district conference over the weekend showcased the wide range of community and international activities undertaken by Rotary clubs, from hosting students from all over the world (and sending a cross-section of high school students around the world) to refurbishing a hospital in the Solomon Islands.
"It will be my role to encourage members to keep up the good work while having fun with friends and to welcome new members into our ranks," Maurie said.
Maurie will be the fourth person from Taree to lead District 9650 since it was formed in 1949.
As an officer of Rotary International he will receive training in Australia with 21 other governors from around the country and then in the United States with over 500 governors from around the world.
Maurie is the chairman of Stacks/Law Group and a former president of the Law Society of NSW.