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District Governor - Rowley Tompsett (Hall)

Rowley’s Rotary history is relatively brief; inducted into the Rotary Club of Ginninderra in 2006 as the Director responsible for the new satellite Club of Mitchell-Gungahlin. However, he has served community organisations for over 40 years, both as a volunteer and as a professional administrator.

Rowley served the Royal Life Saving Society in Western Australia as its Executive Director for six years and the Scout Association in Western Australia as its Administrative Officer for four years. He has also been a Director of Hockey Associations in the ACT and Western Australia and was Chairman of Australia Defence Force Hockey Association for five years. His hockey career as an umpire and administrator spanned 40 years.

In his Rotary career, Rowley has served his Clubs as Charter President, Director Satellite Club, Director Public Relations as well as a number of Committee positions. At District he has been an Assistant Governor, District Rotaract Chair, District Membership Chair, Club Vision Facilitator and has edited the District Governor’s Newsletter on three occasions. He was awarded Key Rotarian in 2011. The Rotary Club of Gungahlin recognised Rowley as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010; he has since added two Sapphires by personal contribution. Rowley is also member of the Paul Harris Society, a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation and a member of the International Fellowship of Rotary Editors and Publishers, the International Hosting and Travel Fellowship, and a Lifetime Member of the Rotary Wine Appreciation Fellowship.

Rowley retired from full-time service in the Royal Australian Air Force at the end of 2011. He and Denise share four children and nine grandchildren. Retired from the Australian Public Service, Denise is a consultant for the cookware business Thermomix. While Rowley’s passion is Rotary, Denise—a Charter Member of two Rotary Clubs—is now a member of Zonta International. Rowley and Denise have retired in Canberra and enjoy fine dining and wine, classical music, jazz, theatre, opera and, most recently, caravanning. Both are also members of Canberra Legacy where Rowley is the Assistant Secretary.


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