Speakers Showcase

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The Rotary Club of Erina has interesting, informative and enjoyable guest speakers – sharing their passion and knowledge of their chosen occupation or interest. Click on the links to find out more about their projects.

Guests have included:


Dr. Marianne Jauncey – Medical Director, Uniting Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (Sydney MSIC)

Dr Marianne Jauncey has been Medical Director of the Uniting MSIC since 2008. A public health physician, Marianne has worked in the drug and alcohol field since the late 1990s, including four years at the Kings Cross Kirketon Road Centre, providing specialist health care for injecting drug users, sex workers and youth at risk.



Maurie Schokman – Founder and Director Cararoo Foundation Inc.

Maurie Schokman is a member of the E-Club of Greater Sydney and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Northlakes Tuggerah. Cararoo Foundation is registered with RAWCS (Project 29-2005-2006) and has gift deductibility status. The aim of the foundation is to educate and train the poorest of the poor communities in the Philippines, working with the Rotary Club of Makati Dasmarinas.



Ian Faulks – Adjunct Fellow, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University

Road safety is Ian’s special area of interest, particularly driver behaviour, road design, integrated road safety systems and road safety strategy. He has more than 30 years professional experience in this area. He is an NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Research Scholar. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Wahroonga.


Bob Selinger OAM – Educator, Rotarian and Historian

 Bob is a former teacher and is author of Decisions: the Process of Government in Australia. His presentation to Erina Rotarians was on a topic within Australian history (one of his great passions) entitled My Favourite Convict. And Bob’s favourite convict is Esther Abrahams, born in 1771, transported to Australia aged 15 years and pregnant. Bob suggested follow up reading on influential/successful women in Australia in The Power of 100.


Geoff Potter – Local Studies Librarian, Gosford Library

Geoff’s presentation focused on his considerable knowledge of the Gosford area and in particular the reaction to the onset of WWI. The links below are excellent resources for this glimpse in to history.




Sue Sweeney – The Cavalcade of History and Fashion Inc.

The Cavalcade of History and Fashion is a collection of historic gowns and accessories. The collection, dating from the 1700s, has been used by its custodians, a volunteer, not-for-profit community group, to share Australia’s social and fashion history for over 50 years.



Lara Mansfield – Justice Advocacy Service (JAS)

Lara is Team Leader, Central Coast and Sydney, of the Justice Advocacy Service, an organisation that works alongside people with a disability to promote and protect their rights. Lara has a strong connection to Rotary too, having been a Rotary Exchange student in 2008 to Belgium.

For more information on JAS visit their website https://idrs.org.au/ or phone 1300 665 908.


Charlotte Stowe – TeleEEG

Charlotte is a Trustee and Program Manager for TeleEEG, an organisation that provides quality EEG results to patients in countries where diagnosis of epilepsy is limited because of access to equipment and specialists. Teams of specialists give their time for free to analyse the EEGs.

For an insight in to this organisation view the video – https://youtu.be/90aFGByIYN0 and check the website http://www.teleeeg.org 


Donald Macdonald – National Parks and Wildlife Service

Donald’s field of expertise is fires, and he spoke about the bush fire season of 2019-2020 and the circumstances of drought that lead to such a catastrophic event. Donald’s official title is Senior Planner with NPWS, and he has been associated with NPWS for over 20 years. Fire Management Strategy is his area of research and he has produced many reports and recommendations for government as various levels.


Bruce Allen – The Rotary Foundation

Past District Governor Bruce Allen is a trustee of the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust, and spoke to the club about the extensive work of the Rotary Foundation. The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.



Mandy Ferguson – Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Mandy is the Senior Community Development Officer of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, a non-profit organisation that has been working for over 60 years to inspire positive change and deliver evidence-based approaches to minimise alc0hol and drug harm. The ADF website has a wealth of information on their programs. Go to https://adf.org.au/ 


Ian Scott – Rotary Council on Legislation

Ian is a Past District Governor of District 9685 and is the District’s representative on matters of the Council on Legislation – often referred to as the “Parliament of Rotary”. The Council meets every three years to discuss resolutions put forward by Rotary Clubs. Proposed enactments and resolutions may be submitted by clubs and districts, though club items must be endorsed by the club’s district. For more information go to the Rotary International website, http://www.rotary.org


Paul Rogers – Ethics and Rotary

Paul Rogers is a member of the Kurrajong North Richmond Rotary club. His presentation to our Rotary club was based around ethical and moral conduct.  An example of Paul’s discussion is revealed in the responses to questions and provides food for thought. Please go to our News and Events page for more information.


Rhonda Douglas – Share the Dignity

Share the Dignity is an organisation that distributes period products to those in need, and works to end period poverty in Australia. The organisation collects thousands of products through collection drives and campaigns and delivers the products directly to charities across Australia for distribution. For more information on this project please go the website https://www.sharethedignity.org.au/


Gail Santi – Springfield Residents Association

Gail is the President of the Springfield Residents Association, a dynamic group who work to improve the lives of the community living in the Springfield area. Gail gave us a background to the group and the projects they have undertaken since 1999. Our club will be working with the Springfield Residents Association on a Bushland project and this was an opportunity to hear about their future plans. You can follow the group on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldResidentsAssociation


Darryl Davis- Gosford Musical Society

Darryl has had an association with the Gosford Musical Society (GMS) for over 40 years and is currently Vice President on its Board. GMS put on five shows a year, two junior and three senior shows.

The creation of the Gosford Musical and Dramatic Society came about in 1947, when the population of Gosford was around 16,000. The first production was Pirates of Penzance in 1948. After performing in various venues around Gosford, the push came to establish their own theatre space and with the combined funds of the State Government, the Bicentennial Fund, Rotary and the GMS, the Laycock Street Theatre was born in 1988.

To find out more history visit:


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Matt Maudlin – Community Engagement and Fundraising Manager, Myeloma Australia

Myeloma Australia exists to educate, support, inform and bring hope to people who are living with myeloma, and their loved ones. 

Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a type of bone marrow cancer arising from plasma cells, which are normally found in the bone marrow. Plasma cells form part of your immune system.

Normal plasma cells produce antibodies (also called immunoglobulins) to help fight infection. In myeloma, abnormal plasma cells release only one type of antibody known as paraprotein, which has no useful function. It is often through the measurement of this paraprotein that myeloma is diagnosed and monitored.

The Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program is a major multi-club Rotary initiative, championed by the Rotary Club of Camberwell which is piloting in Victoria. The program’s vision is for a near future in which no patient, their carers or family members will live more than one hour from a myeloma support group or local support services. The initial program engages Rotary Clubs in regional Victoria to help establish, enable and support Myeloma Australia information and support groups in selected regional areas, working creatively to address the service imbalance between metropolitan and regional Victoria.

For more information go to :



Barry Philps – Past District Governor 2001-2002 District 9685

Barry Philps was a member of the Rotary Club of Glenhaven, and is now a member of the Rotary Club of the Greater Hills, chartered in 2021. One of Barry’s areas of expert Rotary knowledge is Rotary Fellowships. There are many and varied Fellowships available through Rotary – from Bird Watching, to Wine Appreciation, Skiing, Four-Wheel Driving and Genealogy and other areas that bring people together. Sharing interests and hobbies with other Rotarians broadens the friendship base, the network base, and the chance to continue to create peace and goodwill. For more information, click on the link below:



Doug Roser OAM- Royal Flying Doctor Service

Doug has been involved in defence engineering and civil aviation and he brings a wealth of experience to his role as a volunteer with the South Eastern section of the RFDS. Doug gave a history of the organisation and its current day role in a broad range of health-related activities across New South Wales. For more information on the Royal Flying Doctor Service visit https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/nswact/


Vinita Deodhar – Rotary Club of Beecroft

Vinita is a member of the Rotary Club of Beecroft and spoke to our members about a community project initiated by her club. The Young at Heart Festival highlights contributions made by older members of the Beecroft community. There is also Rotary Virtual Neighbour program that links Rotarians with people in the community who may not have family or friends close by, and a Colouring and Art competition that involves younger children drawing or painting their community elders. Information on the Young at Heart Festival can be found at https://rotarybeecroft.org.au/youngatheartfestival