We are excited to announce the Rotaract Australia MDIO Executive for 2015-16. The team are very excited to support our ongoing initiatives such as ARC, Rotaract Games, Rotaract Training, Merchandise, Movember, Australian Rotaract Awards & more. We have many ideas to help Rotaractors make a bigger and better impact on the community and their own lives, so stay tuned!
Meet the team below.
Jake Weragoda PHF
Rotaract Club: Sydney City Rotaract, District 9675
Rotaract History: I started out at Rotaract UNSW in 2007, taking on lots of roles including President. I joined SCR in 2012. I have been DRR and held Rotary roles at District level, and with some of the New Generations Programs. I was elected Secretary of Rotaract Australia in 2012 and instigated RotarACTION AU magazine & our partnership with Movember.
Nickname: Goda, Derek
Anything fun away from Rotaract? I play a lot of cricket. I have been married to Bec since 2013 and we’re building a house!
Something unique about you? I have a 1963 Mini, inspired by Mr. Bean
Travis Holland PHF
Rotaract Club: Rotaract Club of the Southern Highlands, District 9710
Rotaract History: I joined Rotaract in March 2009 at University of Wollongong RAC. I have held the roles of Vice President, President, Secretary, District Rotaract Representative and District Social Media Chair
How about work? I am a tutor and PhD Candidate at the University of Wollongong
Anything fun away from Rotaract? Pop culture geek
Something unique about you? My wife and I both talked about our favourite television shows in our individually written vows, which were secret until the ceremony.
Brett Sham PHF
Rotaract Club: Lower North Shore Rotaract, District 9685
Rotaract History: I joined Rotaract in 2011 and have served two terms as Treasurer for Rotaract Australia, two terms as DRR, 2 as District Treasurer. I was a Sydney 2014 Rotaract Host Committee members, conference & training presenter, District RYLA and international RYLA facilitator, and charter member Lower North Shore Rotaract.
How about work? Management Consultant with PwC
Anything fun away from Rotaract? Not much time between work and Rotaract, but perhaps, cooking, photography and partying
Something unique about you? I’ve won Rotaract games twice – 2012 with Lower North Shore Rotaract and 2015 with Blue Steel
Rotaract Club: Peninsula Rotaract Club in Frankston, District 9820
Rotaract History: I was a charter member of Peninsular Rotaract in 2010 and have served as Club Social Director, Secretary & President. I am currently DRR for 9820.
How about work? I have a BSc. and have just finished my Masters of Secondary Teaching (Science & Biology). I’m currently working for a textbook company and tutoring on the side.
Anything fun away from Rotaract? I like to play netball, go the gym, and read.
Something unique about you? I recently started aerial hoop dancing classes
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Rotaract Club: Macquarie University Rotaract
Rotaract History: I joined Mac Uni Rotaract in 2009 and have served as Secretary, Events & Vice President, along with a role as Secretary on the District board. This is my second term as PR & Marketing Director for Rotaract Australia.
How about work? I’m a Graduate Processing Engineer for BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA). I work in the CHPP (Coal Handling and Preparation Plant) at Blackwater Mine.
Anything fun away from Rotaract? I like doing yoga and learning different styles of dance
Something unique about you? I’m a Morris dancer (English folk dancing) and have performed in Wales, New Zealand, and folk festivals around Australia.
Michael Shields PHF
Immediate Past Chairperson
Rotaract Club: Rotaract Club of Diamond Valley
Rotaract History: I have held lots of roles, including President & Secretary, DRR, Southern Region Representative & obviously Chair of Rotaract Australia!
Anything fun away from Rotaract? People do stuff outside of Rotaract? I play soccer. Watch Collingwood. Hang out with family and friends.