Our leaders at Rotary exemplify all of the qualities that make our members extraordinary: integrity, expertise, and a commitment to service.
Rotary is led by a diverse team. Whether developing Rotary policy, providing financial support, managing a global project, or advancing Rotary’s strategic plan, each member of the team is dedicated to helping our members connect and take action to create sustainable change.
District Governor: Michael COOKE
District Governor Elect: Michael PLUNKETT
District Governor Nominee: Heather CHONG
Immediate Past District Governor: Ross CARLYLE
District Secretary: Roslyn TEIRNEY
District Finance Manager: Bruce BUXTON
District Learning and Development Coordinator: Gerard BLIZZARD
Assistant Governor - Group 1: Marion COOPER
Assistant Governor - Group 2: Peter MORGAN
Assistant Governor - Group 3: Biddy FISK
Assistant Governor - Group 4: Brett WILLIAMS
Assistant Governor - Group 5: David ANNEAR
Assistant Governor - Group 6: Gayle PLUNKETT
Assistant Governor - Group 7: Nigel PEDLEY
Director - Membership: Jodie LOWE
Director - Public Image: Courtney GREISBACH
Director - Service Projects: John DARE
Director - Youth Projects: Liz BULMAN
Director - Vocational Projects: Dennis DWYER
Director - The Rotary Foundation: Peter MURFETT
District Rotaract Representative: Holly CORBETT
District Insurance Officer: Paul SWIFTE
District Protection Officer: David CHAMBERS
District Legal Officer: Ross HART
District Webmaster: Luke MITCHELL-COLLINS
District Photographers: Rod OLIVER, Mike QUINN
District Social Media Officer: David CHAMBERS
District Weekly News Editor: Paul FERNYHOUGH
This year the Rotary theme is ‘BE THE INSPIRATION’. After first joining Rotary in Launceston in 1987-88 I must admit to losing inspiration after several years resulting in a fifteen year break from Rotary. During this time I had all the classic reasons - too busy with a demanding corporate career which took us interstate, growing family, school fees etc. etc. The thing is I had these same pressures in the work I was doing when I first joined Rotary anyway. In retrospect I left because I lacked inspiration! Maybe I didn’t feel valued, and that Rotary was not encouraging me to make good use of my time and skills.
Penny and I moved back to Hobart in 2002 after I ‘retired’ from the corporate world. We started our own business and life was very busy as a seven day trader. At about this time I asked my old friend PDG Lew Pretorius to reintroduce me to Rotary, and I’m glad he did.
I have enjoyed many years of service now as a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Bay. I have had the privilege of serving our community as a Rotarian, serving as Chair of most club committees, being Club President, leading a Professional Development Exchange to Montana, and since selling our business in 2014 getting involved in District leadership roles. All of these are some of the benefits of being a Rotarian - the opportunity to serve, fellowship, networking, personal growth and development, ethical standards, worldwide reach…the list goes on!
My wish for the coming year is to inspire you, and hopefully inspire you to inspire others about the fun, fellowship and fulfillment available to you through your membership in Rotary.
I have three challenges I would like every Rotarian to take on this year:
Many District 9830 Rotarians have been in Rotary for over 20+ years - equivalent to ‘one generation’. How about asking someone ‘one generation’ younger than yourself to join your club; essentially returning the favour given to you!
This year I want every Rotarian to adopt ‘The Three Tenets’ as a basis for our District culture, those being: ‘Welcome, Respected and Valued’.
What can you do to ‘Be The Inspiration’ this year?
Penny and I wish you well for the coming Rotary year….HOP TO IT!
Michael and Corrina have lived at Pontville, Tasmania for the past 18 years. Michael joined Rotary in 1999 at the invitation of PDG Campbell Gunn. Michael is married to Corrina and they have 3 adult children.
Michael was born in Bathurst NSW and matriculated from High School in Cowra NSW. Michael completed tertiary education in Canberra and insurance diploma courses through external studies via Deakin University.
Michael came to live in Tasmania in 1987, whilst employed with the Health Insurance Commission.
Michael’s first Rotary District role was with Youth Exchange. He has been involved over many years in organising RYPEN activities and selecting NYSF candidates for conferences, was appointed to the District committee for Rotaract in 2011, and started a Northern Suburbs group of Rotaract in 2012. Michael was principally involved in resurrecting Rotary in the Derwent Valley Tasmania, with the Rotary Club of the Derwent Valley starting in 2012.
Michael has practiced as an Insurance loss adjuster for 26 years and previously worked in the accounting industry, and investigating various Government fraud cases across most states of Australia with the AFP and Health Insurance Commission.
Michael and Corrina ran their own successful Loss Adjusting business for 18 year, starting offices in NSW and Tasmania, before merging with a national group in 2009. Michael is now self employed as a contract Loss Adjuster and Corrina (a claims specialist) is a consultant with an international Broking firm.
Michael holds qualifications in accounting, commerce, general insurance and loss adjusting. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Chartered Loss Adjusters (AICLA) and a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF), and holds a national advisory role on the ANZIIF Claims Faculty Advisory Board.
Michael’s principal interest is his family, followed by his friends and Rotary. He has a particular liking for nature documentaries, British police TV dramas and sport. Michael is an avid Harley Davidson owner and rider having ridden all of Tasmania, most of Victoria, SA, Southern NSW, the North Island of New Zealand and Route 66 USA, a lot with Corrina as pillion. Michael also enjoys AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Taekwondo.
Michael and Gayle are members of the Rotary Club of Deloraine where they have lived since 2013.
Prior to living in Tasmania they lived in Cairns Far North Queensland for 17 years and for 21 years in Brisbane before that.
Gayle and Michael met at Queensland University where both were studying Architecture. Upon graduating in 1981, Gayle worked as an Architect in Brisbane while Michael decided to pursue a career in the Building Industry.
Michael has worked for a number of major house builders during his career and operated his own house building company from 1985 to 1995.
In 1993 they welcomed their only son, Connal, to the family. He works as a cinematographer currently living in Brisbane. In 1996 they moved to Cairns to pursue new opportunities with Michael still working in the home building industry and Gayle working as a sole practitioner Architect.
Their first visit to Tasmania was in 1983/4 when Gayle and Michael attended the Australian Rover Scout Moot at Gowrie Park.
Their love affair with Tasmania had begun and over the next 20 years they were regular visitors to the State.
In 2007 a holiday house (shack) was purchased near Liffey Falls. They subsequently relocated to Tasmania in 2013 and settled in Deloraine at their ‘forever’ home.
Michael embarked on a new career path in 2005 embracing the emerging profession of building energy efficiency assessment establishing a consultancy to the building industry working for the Housing Industry Association and Master Builders. He also trains the next generation of builders by sharing over 30 years of experience.
Gayle works as a Heritage Architecture consultant to the World Heritage listed Woolmer’s Estate and a range of private clients.
Michael and Gayle’s journey in Rotary started in Brisbane in 1993 where they were Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Sumner Park. Michael served as President of the Summer Park Club for 6 months in 1995/6. In Cairns they joined the Rotary Club of Cairns Mulgrave. Michael served as Club Service Director, Treasurer, Secretary and was President in 2004/5. Gayle also enjoyed serving in a number of roles.
Having hosted six students over the years, the Youth Exchange program is a priority for them.
Both Gayle and Michael were awarded a PHF in 2006. Michael continues his support of the Rotary Foundation as a member of the Paul Harris Society. Gayle and Michael are also Benefactors to the Rotary Foundation.
Michael has served as Assistant Governor Group 4 for 2016/17 & 2017/18 and is Service Projects Director for 2018/19.
Outside of their business activities Gayle and Michael love to escape to the shack at Liffey whenever they can which is unfortunately not often. While Michael is a long-term Richmond fan, both are members of the Brisbane Lions. Both prefer train travel and have a number of trips in Australia and overseas under their belt already with more to come in the future.