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Rotary International Director

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Noel joined Rotary as a member of the Rotary Club of Goulburn Argyle in 1996; he is now a member of the Rotary Club of Bega.

During his year as President, Noel became involved with Australian Rotary Health and the program of Community Mental Health Awareness Fora.  He was one of the most sought after speakers for the program, travelling around Australia telling his story to help raise awareness of mental health issues and helping to break down the stigma attached to this illness.  In 2005 Noel was recognised for these efforts when he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.  He remains in high demand, nationally and internationally, as a speaker on mental health issues.

In 2003 Rotary International awarded Noel the Service Above Self Award, the highest individual award a Rotarian can receive.

Noel served as Governor of District 9710 in 2005–2006.

In 2007 Noel was the Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator for Zone 8, a position he held for two years.  In 2011 he was appointed to the position of Rotary Coordinator for part of Zone 8, concluding on 30 June 2014.

Currently Noel is the Project Lead for Membership Development for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.  In 2013 he was appointed to the Rotary International Advisory Committee for Membership Development, a position he will hold until 2016.

Noel has filled the role of Rotary International President’s Representative on five occasions’ at District Conferences.

Sue is a nurse, working with people with dementia and those in need of palliative care.  She also volunteers at a local hospital as a support person for dementia patients.  While Sue is not a Rotarian, she is involved locally with the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment, as well as supporting Australian Rotary Health.

Both Noel and Sue have been recognised as Paul Harris Fellows.

Noel will be the International Director from 2016–2018.  His appointment is a wonderful recognition for his dedication to Rotary and, in his own words, recognises the contribution made to Rotary by District 9710.  We should all share in Noel’s pride of our Rotary service in this District