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Wangaratta Rural City Council (7 vacancies)

NOTICE: Information in candidate statements is provided by the candidates. Any enquiries about a candidate statement should be directed to the relevant candidate. Candidate statements are not verified or endorsed by the Returning Officer. Contact details available at www.vec.vic.gov.au.

McINERNEY, Lisa

Photograph of candidate McINERNEY, LisaAfter growing up in Wangaratta I moved to Melbourne to attend University returning 5 years ago to build a life in my home town with my husband. Now 29, I work as a Chiropractor and have met many of you in my time helping others. I acknowledge the need for young people to be involved in the future and have chosen to become an active member of our community. I am Chairperson of the North East Young Professionals Network and the co-ordinator of both state and national Young Professional organisations. I recently graduated from the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program and attend regular community activities, including the 2030 Vision Planning, Hume Sustainability Project and local government working groups; all working for a better North East. I believe in growing our regions liveability and ensuring its sustainability into the future. Lisa McInerney; Working for the Future of our Community.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
1  McINERNEY, Lisa
13  O’NEILL, Lauren
10  ALDRIDGE, Ron
6  WEBB, Ronald William
8  McKAY, Malcolm
11  CAMPBELL, Amanda
5  PAINO, Roberto
9  PARISOTTO, Rozi
7  WRIGHT, Neville
12  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
2  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
4  McPHIE, Doug
3  YOUNG, Bernard


O’NEILL, Lauren

Photograph of candidate O'NEILL, LaurenAs a long term resident of the Rural City of Wangaratta I have been actively involved within the community for several years. My partner Paul and I are raising 4 beautiful children. I am well aware of the needs of young working families and the challenges that they are facing. At the age of 27 I bring a fresh approach, as I am totally committed to ensuring that our children, youth and senior citizens receive the quality care in a safe and nurturing environment. If elected I will advocate on your behalf ensuring that all residents receive equal representation and the provision of affordable and accessible high quality services. Vote 1 Lauren O’Neill, and support me and my preferred fellow candidates and together we will represent the needs of all residents in a fair and balanced manner a young enthusiastic voice on Council’

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
6  McINERNEY, Lisa
1  O’NEILL, Lauren
7  ALDRIDGE, Ron
8  WEBB, Ronald William
5  McKAY, Malcolm
9  CAMPBELL, Amanda
10  PAINO, Roberto
2  PARISOTTO, Rozi
11  WRIGHT, Neville
3  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
4  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
12  McPHIE, Doug
13  YOUNG, Bernard


ALDRIDGE, Ron

Photograph of candidate ALDRIDGE, RonI have lived in Wangaratta all my life. I am single and work in the city of Wangaratta. Over the years I have been involved in many community events including, on the committee of Relay for Life. Served twenty five years with the Wangaratta Y’s Service Club and help with the Wangaratta Art Show as the chairperson. If elected I will keep up good conditions with roads, health, education, law and order. Our water is the best in the state and must be kept up to the best possible standard. Over the past years our sporting clubs have set a great standard and should be maintained. Wangaratta is a great place to live and should be for the future.The municipalities have a huge future for the growth of the area with tourists comming to the district, for a look and perhaps to live here.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
2  McINERNEY, Lisa
13  O’NEILL, Lauren
1  ALDRIDGE, Ron
3  WEBB, Ronald William
11  McKAY, Malcolm
10  CAMPBELL, Amanda
4  PAINO, Roberto
6  PARISOTTO, Rozi
9  WRIGHT, Neville
12  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
7  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
8  McPHIE, Doug
5  YOUNG, Bernard


WEBB, Ronald William

Photograph of candidate WEBB, Ronald WilliamVote 1 Ron Webb. As your elected councillor, I will continue to represent your community values and strongly advocate for affordable rates, sustainable growth, rural township development, employment opportunities and quality of life. As part of a Council team, we have achieved unprecedented growth and development in Public Amenities, Industry, Commerce and Tourism. Residing in Wangaratta with my wife Maxine and recently retired, I am fully committed to undertaking the many Councillor roles and responsibilities, meeting with ratepayers and attending community events and celebrations. Community associations include, Wangaratta Lions Club, Justice of the Peace, Wangaratta Swap Meet and Wangaratta Relay For Life. Personal qualities are, Honesty, Integrity, Mature Judgement, Balanced Decision Making, and Communication skills. I seek your No 1 vote to ensure previous experience, knowledge of community values and priorities, and committment to represent all ratepayers is available in future Council deliberations. Thank you. Ron is contactable on, 0447223996.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
5  McINERNEY, Lisa
8  O’NEILL, Lauren
10  ALDRIDGE, Ron
1  WEBB, Ronald William
11  McKAY, Malcolm
12  CAMPBELL, Amanda
4  PAINO, Roberto
9  PARISOTTO, Rozi
2  WRIGHT, Neville
13  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
7  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
6  McPHIE, Doug
3  YOUNG, Bernard


McKAY, Malcolm

Photograph of candidate McKAY, MalcolmDear Resident, In 1978 with my wife Brenda, sons Simon and Paul, we settled in Wangaratta. We have been involved in running several local businesses, which include North East Security Service, House & Garden and the Council Club Hotel. Subsequently, we have come to know the local business proprietors and share their concerns about the day to day running of small business. I am concerned about the ever increasing rate rises which must be kept as low as possible in particular during these unsure economic times. Reduction of Council’s current debt level-steady as she goes approach should also be a priority. If elected I will work closely with businesses in addressing some of these issues in supporting the growth of our community. Vote 1 – Mal McKay and support me and my preferred fellow candidates and together we will represent the needs of all residents in a fair and balanced manner.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
6  McINERNEY, Lisa
4  O’NEILL, Lauren
7  ALDRIDGE, Ron
8  WEBB, Ronald William
1  McKAY, Malcolm
5  CAMPBELL, Amanda
9  PAINO, Roberto
3  PARISOTTO, Rozi
10  WRIGHT, Neville
2  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
11  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
12  McPHIE, Doug
13  YOUNG, Bernard


CAMPBELL, Amanda

Photograph of candidate CAMPBELL, AmandaI have been a landholder in Milawa for almost 30 years,and my three children have all been educated locally. I love the north-east and my husband and I plan to grow old here. I want to make a positive contribution to the community in which I am privileged to live. I believe that the people are the lifeblood of any community and that strong, thriving local communities make our region a better place to live. We need new ideas, new directions and stronger, more grassroots representation. The community should feel confident that their representatives listen and act on their local concerns and this is what I want to bring to local government in Wangaratta. I have always been willing to stand up for our area and its interests and that is why I am seeking your support at these elections.

No preferences submitted.


PAINO, Roberto

Photograph of candidate PAINO, RobertoI am asking for your support to continue as your elected representative for the next four years. Wangaratta has enjoyed unprecedented growth over the past three years as a result of strong leadership and teamwork. The Wangaratta Community 2030 Vision has set an agenda for population growth, education, employment, cultural and recreation needs, infrastructure projects and the environment. In supporting that vision, it is imperative that your council ensures that water security and support for our agricultural community are among our highest priorities. Councils’ parking, traffic, road maintenance and land use planning strategies along with continued growth in the retail sector and tourism, together with development ready industrial land are also high priorities for our future. I remain committed to consultation and decision making based on community needs and not on a political or personal agenda. For strong leadership to make Wangaratta The Ultimate in Livability, Vote 1 Roberto Paino.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
6  McINERNEY, Lisa
11  O’NEILL, Lauren
8  ALDRIDGE, Ron
4  WEBB, Ronald William
10  McKAY, Malcolm
9  CAMPBELL, Amanda
1  PAINO, Roberto
13  PARISOTTO, Rozi
2  WRIGHT, Neville
12  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
7  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
3  McPHIE, Doug
5  YOUNG, Bernard


PARISOTTO, Rozi

Photograph of candidate PARISOTTO, RoziDear Resident, With the support of my family I have diligently represented my community as your elected Local Government Councillor for Rural City of Wangaratta for over 8 years. I have worked passionately for the entire community ensuring that we continue to have a vibrant lifestyle and thriving local economy which supports cultural diversity and a strong community spirit. If re-elected I will continue to be a strong outspoken advocate on your behalf; listening and decision making through community engagement; supporting our rural communities, senior citizens, and our youth. Together we can deliver results for ourselves and the future of our children – a place of great liveability. Thank you for your ongoing support. Vote 1 – Rozi Parisotto, support me and my preferred fellow candidates and together we will represent the needs of all residents in a fair and balanced manner – experience, credibility and commitment.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
6  McINERNEY, Lisa
3  O’NEILL, Lauren
7  ALDRIDGE, Ron
8  WEBB, Ronald William
4  McKAY, Malcolm
5  CAMPBELL, Amanda
9  PAINO, Roberto
1  PARISOTTO, Rozi
10  WRIGHT, Neville
2  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
11  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
12  McPHIE, Doug
13  YOUNG, Bernard


WRIGHT, Neville

Photograph of candidate WRIGHT, NevilleI have been living and working in this area for over thirty years, as a farmer, farm manager, and farrier, bringing forward a lifetime experience in land management. Community wise I have served on several committee’s including, schools, football, equine, hunting, and conservation organisations, currently chairing Oxley Recreation Reserve and Alpine Conservation and Access Group My council workload includes Murray Darling Association Wangaratta Livestock Exchange Livestock Saleyards Associations and North East Regional Waste Managment Authority. Future challenges I see are the right to farm against that of lifestyle blocks, sewerage systems in our small towns, so they can continue to grow. With the ongoing need of better roads and bridges to service both farming and tourism. For hands on total ongoing commitment, to ratepayers, water, towns environment and farming Vote 1 for me

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
6  McINERNEY, Lisa
9  O’NEILL, Lauren
8  ALDRIDGE, Ron
2  WEBB, Ronald William
11  McKAY, Malcolm
10  CAMPBELL, Amanda
4  PAINO, Roberto
12  PARISOTTO, Rozi
1  WRIGHT, Neville
13  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
7  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
3  McPHIE, Doug
5  YOUNG, Bernard


CHAMBERS, Kerrin

Photograph of candidate CHAMBERS, KerrinDear Resident, I am nominating for Council as our community will need experienced and democratic Councillors who will provide a balanced approach that responds equally to its rural and urban communities. As a former Councillor from 2000-2005 I delivered results which are still benefiting our community. I have lived in Milawa for over 25 years and I believe I have a thorough understanding of issues that impact on our whole municipality, in particular issues facing our farming communities. Two issues that will face regional centres will be long term water security and sustaining our rural population. I believe I have the knowledge, experience and leadership that will assist in positioning the Rural City of Wangaratta in managing these challenges. I ask for your number 1 vote – support me and my preferred fellow candidates and together we will represent the needs of all residents in a fair and balanced manner.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
6  McINERNEY, Lisa
3  O’NEILL, Lauren
7  ALDRIDGE, Ron
8  WEBB, Ronald William
4  McKAY, Malcolm
5  CAMPBELL, Amanda
9  PAINO, Roberto
2  PARISOTTO, Rozi
10  WRIGHT, Neville
1  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
11  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
12  McPHIE, Doug
13  YOUNG, Bernard


GRIFFITHS, Anthony David

Photograph of candidate GRIFFITHS, Anthony DavidI want a Council that consults the community before decisions are made, stands up for what they want and will assist those affected by the financial crisis and drought. A Council that has clear, sensible and accountable planning policies, is dealing with climate change and working towards an environmentally sustainable future where a healthy natural environment supports healthy communities. At 39, I’m married with a teenage son, live at Greta West on the family beef cattle farm and I also work off-farm. I’m involved with my local School Council, Cemetery Trust, CFA and Landcare. I am Deputy Chairperson of North East Catchment Management Authority and was previously a Councillor from 1997-2003. If you want an independent Councillor who cares about the community and the environment, understands both rural and city issues, is prepared to stand up for what the community wants and can get things done – Vote 1 Anthony Griffiths.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
2  McINERNEY, Lisa
4  O’NEILL, Lauren
12  ALDRIDGE, Ron
6  WEBB, Ronald William
9  McKAY, Malcolm
11  CAMPBELL, Amanda
7  PAINO, Roberto
10  PARISOTTO, Rozi
5  WRIGHT, Neville
13  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
1  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
8  McPHIE, Doug
3  YOUNG, Bernard


McPHIE, Doug

Photograph of candidate McPHIE, DougHave a say in the make up of your council. Your vote must be for a person to represent you the ratepayer. I have no affiliations which will cause division and I have no political aspirations. I am a local retailer, married with three children. I was the Superintendent in charge of Police here for six years always actively involved in the community. My wife and I have owned Two Can Child Care Centre, Wangaratta Retravision and now Monapet Office National. I understand business needs. I will represent the whole community in achieving the best services, proper and adequate infrastructure and a safe vibrant community. We need to promote and attract tourism and industry which will provide employment and investment. The planning and zoning processes are antiquated, reform is needed. Seniors and Youth need fair and reponsible representation. Give me your vote and I will represent you the community.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
2  McINERNEY, Lisa
12  O’NEILL, Lauren
9  ALDRIDGE, Ron
4  WEBB, Ronald William
8  McKAY, Malcolm
11  CAMPBELL, Amanda
5  PAINO, Roberto
10  PARISOTTO, Rozi
3  WRIGHT, Neville
13  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
7  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
1  McPHIE, Doug
6  YOUNG, Bernard


YOUNG, Bernard

Photograph of candidate YOUNG, BernardIt has been my honour to serve as your business and community representative on Council since 2005 in the Portfolio of Tourism and Economic Development. Wangaratta is a great place to live. Barbara and I have lived in Wangaratta since 1983. The rural and economic assets of our rural city have great potential. I am committed to a viable and sustainable future. My work experience in government gives me extensive knowledge and networks. I own a consultancy business and work as an Executive Officer for a regional agribusiness organisation. I value the skills and contribution that volunteers bring to our rural city community. I have a strong interest in strengthening the educational and recreational activities available in our rural city. I support the community 2030 Community Vision as the blueprint for Councillors to work together to deliver business and community growth. I stand for a united and community focussed council.

Candidate’s Indication of Preferences:
2  McINERNEY, Lisa
12  O’NEILL, Lauren
8  ALDRIDGE, Ron
4  WEBB, Ronald William
10  McKAY, Malcolm
11  CAMPBELL, Amanda
6  PAINO, Roberto
9  PARISOTTO, Rozi
5  WRIGHT, Neville
13  CHAMBERS, Kerrin
3  GRIFFITHS, Anthony David
7  McPHIE, Doug
1  YOUNG, Bernard

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Written by Greg Naylor

6 November 2008 at 12:00 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Yay, the VEC finally released the preference information. Will you be doing an editorial before the election, suggesting a candidate order perhaps?

    Kieran

    6 November 2008 at 2:52 pm

  2. I doubt it Keiran. Like all of the other voters in Wangaratta (or Wodonga), one never gets the opportunity to learn enough about them to be able to make an informed decision.

    The prefernce situation is also a furphy as the maximun that could come into play is six (on a council of seven)

    As for an editorial, I will say that the five existing councillors have the advantage of being known with two ex-councillors standing as well. I suggest that will make it very difficult to get a newcomer elected.

    I want to see Rozi Parissotto elected to mayor. She has well and truly oaid her dues. It is also good to see

    Greg Naylor

    7 November 2008 at 10:46 pm

  3. What makes Lisa McInerney such a red hot favourite among the candidates? She’s got four second preferences and no worse than sixth among the rest – she’s a shoe-in. She must be a pretty good chiropractor.

    raydixon

    8 November 2008 at 7:02 pm

  4. Greg,

    Your twelfth preference could come into play, when the count gets down to the 7th position and it’s a race between 12 and 13.

    Kieran

    15 November 2008 at 9:34 am

  5. Kieran, The ballot paper arrived today with the candisates preferences provided. I thought they had stopped that

    Greg Naylor

    15 November 2008 at 1:16 pm

  6. Greg, why are you so surprised? You’ve got them all listed above as per the VEC website. The VEC can’t say “the preferences are only accesible via the Internet”, it’s all or nothing.

    PS: I wonder how it is that it seems to be only my website in this area that is subjected to the provisions of the Local Govt Act regarding the authoring of electoral comment (section 55C)? Maybe that’s because in Wodonga & Wang you don’t have a ‘certain candidate’ going around making sure everyone else complies with the law – while he/she doesn’t!! Take a wild guess who that candidate might be – it’s not me.

    Ray Dixon, Bright

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    16 November 2008 at 2:43 pm

  7. It is funny though Lisa McInerney says she wants to promote youth and women forward onto council yet she has not preferenced any women or youth in her top 8…. If you look closely you will find Lisa is apart of the so called block of Painio, Young, Webb and Wright…. or should I say the “appin park rotary boys”!!!!

    Charlotte

    18 November 2008 at 1:10 pm

  8. Charlotte, there is no point in having a go at Lisa.

    Of the 12 other candidates who indicated preferences she’s got:

    4 x 2nd preferences
    1 x 5th preference
    7 x 6th preferences

    AND, she’s got the ‘donkey vote’.

    Umm, that means she’s the biggest certainty since Pharlap.

    For a first-time candidate with no obvious credentials that would put her so ‘head & shoulders’ above the rest, those deals are truly extraordinary. I’ve never seen anything like it in living memory.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    18 November 2008 at 8:24 pm

  9. Charlotte,

    You make a good point about the “Appin Park Rotary Boys”. This is the first election in many years where there is no new obvious ‘Appin Park’ influence unless Lisa McInerney is an Appin Park Rotary member. They have nurtured almost every mayor since amalgamation. That doesn’t make them wrong … but it does limit the attitude of grass roots democracy on our council.

    It would be nice to think that their block could be weakened by the election of some unaligned (or differently aligned) councillors. There has been much said about the Parisotto / Chambers ticket and the potential disruption that could cause. I say, “Bring it on” if that is what we need to get our councillors out of the rubber stamping mode, so be it!

    Greg Naylor

    19 November 2008 at 12:20 am

  10. Ray,

    Those preferences are interesting when one of the 12 is a labor stalwart, another is a Sophie staffer and a third did not allocate preferences. The cynic in me would suggest the only way she could get such a run of preferences is that there are three or more ‘donkey’ candidates there only to help Lisa McInerney gain a seat.

    Greg Naylor

    19 November 2008 at 12:29 am

  11. Greg, you would be intrested to know then that Lisa was the guest speaker at the “appin Park Rotary” breakfast on the 6th of Novemeber…. They endorsed her as a candidate!! So she is deffinately in with the boys block!!!

    She says time and time again about promoting youth and women yet has done neither through her preferences… I was not having a go at her just stating the obvious. She says one thing but does another.

    I find it interesting that you mention the “labor stalwart” the appin park rotary boys have done everything to discredit her for no apparent reason other than being a member of the labor party yet they have no problem with say Don Joyce being a member for the Libs or is it the Nationals these days??? If he was standing would they be tarring him with the same label?? I guess not… Maybe the truth be told is that they are threatened by Lauren?? I would think she would bring great insight ( and government connections ) to the table???

    I am all for the rubber stamp to stop.. I have heard them being labelled as the nodding dogs!!! so true in this case….

    Charlotte

    19 November 2008 at 1:14 pm

  12. You know Charlotte, Ray may be right about second preferences to get Lisa McInerney elected. Those candidates who put her as second preferences are all newcomers or ‘underdogs’ and it also fits neatly with my cynicism of having ‘donkey’ candidates to target a specific outcome.

    Greg Naylor

    19 November 2008 at 9:07 pm

  13. Greg, I think you might mean ‘stooge’ candidates, not ‘donkeys’. A donkey vote is when a voter just numbers their ballot paper from one at the top, all the way down in sequence. It benefits the candidate who is lucky enough to draw the top position on the ballot paper and, in this case, that’s Lisa too. So she’s got the ‘donkey vote’ AND the benefit of preferences from possible ‘stooges’. Lucky gal.

    Over here in Alpine, I reckon we’ve got two ‘stooge’ candidates as well, but I won’t say who I think they are just yet. They’re not mine tough.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    20 November 2008 at 11:27 am

  14. As an ex Rotarian I think perhaps the “Appin Park Rotary Boys” need to be reminded of the 4 way test and the reasons a person should join Rotary International, a GREAT ORGANISATION.

    Why JOIN ROTARY? 20 Answers

    1. FRIENDSHIP

    In an increasingly complex world, Rotary, provides one of the most basic needs: the need for friends and fellowship. It is one of the two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

    2. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning. Everyone needs to network, Rotary consists of a cross-section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help one another and collectively help others.

    3. PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

    Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.

    4. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    Rotary is an organisation of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a tertiary education in leadership learning how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.

    5. CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY

    Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.

    6. CONTINUING EDUCATION

    Each week at Rotary there is a programme designed to keep one informed as to what is going on in the community, the nation and the world. Different speakers, different topics.

    7. FUN

    Rotary is fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. And the service is fun.

    8. PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS

    Many an individual who joined Rotary was afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and provides opportunity.

    9. CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD

    Every Rotarian wears a pin that says: “Rotary International”, and every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged to attend – at 28,000 clubs in 188 nations and geographical regions. There are few places on the globe which do not have a Rotary club. Instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.

    10. ASSISTANCE WHEN TRAVELLING

    Because there are Rotary clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian who needed a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice etc, while travelling, has found help quickly through Rotary.

    11. ENTERTAINMENT

    Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities which provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary has conferences, conventions, assemblies and institutes which provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education and service.

    12. DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SKILLS

    Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people, or who want to.

    13. FAMILY PROGRAMMES

    Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programmes: high school and college clubs for future Rotarians, spouse clubs and programmes: and a host of activities designed to assist family members in growth and development of family values.

    14. VOCATIONAL SKILLS

    Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation: to serve on committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher (or whatever one does for a living).

    15. DEVELOPMENT OF ETHICS

    Rotarians practise a 4-Way Test which governs one’s ethical standards.

    Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships

    16. CULTURAL AWARENESS

    Around the world, practically every religion, country, creed, political persuasion, language, colour and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross-section of the word’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of other cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their own countries in the process.

    17. PRESTIGE

    Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, military, religion and all the disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. In its ranks are executives, managers, professionals, people who make decisions and influence policy. Not everyone is invited to join Rotary.

    18. NICE PEOPLE

    Rotarians are above all nice people: the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who adhere to the policy that while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.

    19.ABSENCE OF ‘OFFICIAL CREED

    Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

    20. OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE

    Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind: its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local ad international communities. This is the best reason perhaps for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else, and to sense the self-fulfilment which comes in the process. And the return to one’s own life.

    Rotarians believe in Service above Self.

    It is richly rewarding.

    “He profits most who serves best” (Richard D King Trustee, The Rotary Foundation: R.I. Membership Chairman, 1995-96)

    The above text was taken from the website Why Join Rotary.

    The Male candidates for the RCoW Council really need to be scrutinised severely. This is a LOCAL Council for the BENEFIT of the LOCAL COMMUNITY lets keep it real. What can Roberto Paino, or Neville Wright claim to have achieved since they became councillors??
    I know Rozi Parisotto, I have met Mayor Paino and I know who I want re-elected and made Mayor of OUR community. Go Rozi.
    Rozi Parisotto will represent ALL members of our community AS SHE DOES NOW. She works hard on a number of committees, is President of North East Multicultural Association and holds down a full time job. Nobody I know works harder for the community than this woman. Fair Go “Boys”..

    Chris Coucill

    23 November 2008 at 12:00 am


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