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District Governor - Rowley Tompsett (Canberra North)

After serving community organisations for over 40 years as a volunteer and as a professional administrator in both the Royal Life Saving Society and the Scout Association, Rowley was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ginninderra in 2006 as the Director responsible for the new satellite Club of Mitchell Gungahlin. He is a past member of the Ginninderra, Mitchell Gungahlin and Hall Clubs.

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, Rotaract Chair, Membership Chair, Youth Chair, Club Vision Facilitator and has edited the District Governor’s Newsletter on three occasions. He was awarded Key Rotarian in 2011. He served for three years as the District’s Operation Cleft Ambassador. The Rotary Club of Gungahlin recognised Rowley as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010; he has since made significant personal contributions. In 2015, Rotaract Australia recognised Rowley’s support with a Partner in Service award.

Rowley is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute, a member of the Paul Harris Society and a member of Australian Rotary Health. In 2014, he was elected a Director of ShelterBox Australia and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Rotary Down Under Inc. After serving as a member of the 2013 Rotary Zone 8 Institute Committee, Rowley was elected as the Zone Rotaract Representative Training Chairman (2015–2017) at the 2014 Rotary Zone 8 Institute.

He is a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation and a member of the International Fellowship of Rotary Editors and Publishers, the International Hosting and Travel Fellowship, the Fellowship for Cruising Rotarians, the International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians, the International Jazz Fellowship and a Lifetime Member of both the Rotarian Wine Appreciation Fellowship and the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. Rowley and Denise are Members of The Rotary Foundation Bequest Society.

Rowley is an Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety and a Companion of the Royal Life Saving Society. He also holds the Royal Life Saving Society’s Service Cross and Australian Service Order.

Rowley retired from full-time service in the Royal Australian Air Force at the end of 2011, but transferred to the Air Force Reserve and still works part-time. He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace (ACT) in the ACT Supreme Court in 2003. Rowley and Denise share four children and ten grandchildren. Retired from banking and public service careers, 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 caravanning. Both are also members of Canberra Legacy.

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