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Rotary District 9600 Conference

I learned a lot at the conference over the weekend and heard many great speakers. I enjoyed spending time with the Peace Fellows and the other two Ambassadorial Scholars, Erika Kataoka and Terry Vo.

The highlight for me was catching up with the numerous Rotarians I have met: Former Rotary International President Glen Kinross of the Hamilton, Lloyd and Val Hooper of Kingaroy, Gay Lohse of Gympie, Michael Michaux of Toowong, and many others. Special thanks to Shaughn Forbes (Ashgrove/The Gap) for hosting me, the Rotarians of Kippa-Ring for sponsoring my conference fees, and Fran (Ashgrove/The Gap), Phil (Fortitude Valley), and Wes (Toowong) for giving me a lift.

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Some quotes from the speakers.

Unless we get it right at the local level, we can’t get it right at higher powers… Power to drive change begins with communities. -Her Excellency Ms. Penelope Wensley AC, the Governor of Queensland

The most dangerous period for a country is the first five years after a conflict. -Prof. Alex Bellamy

All the tree bark had been eaten -Keynote speaker Li Cunxin, on growing up in Mao’s China

Generation X is just now joining Rotary. Generation Y is joining, and they are joining young. -General Secretary of Rotary International John Hewko

In 15 years, 95% of the surgeries we have today won’t. -Greg Phillips on stem cell research

[Leadership] is not about me. It’s about how I serve my team. It’s about them. -Miriam Silva

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Terry Vo is an Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Greenhills (Nashville, TN).