PATRONS


Past Rotary International President, Glen Kinross AO

Glen’s contribution to Rotary is truly remarkable. He has touched every benchmark, highlighted by his serving as Rotary International President in 1997-98 where his theme was “Show Rotary Cares-For your community-For our world-For its people”.  Some of Glen’s other contributions include:

  • Member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Hamilton and Past Governor of District 9600 in 1973-74
  • Director, Rotary International 1982-84, 1996-98
  • Member, International Polio-Plus Committee , 2000-02
  • Vice-President of Rotary International, 1983-84
  • Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 1995-96, 1999-2003 and Chairman of Trustees in 2002-03

In these roles Glen made huge contributions to Rotary International in various ways but none that he cherishes more than his contributions to Youth Exchange, Low-Cost Housing in Bangladesh and to PolioPlus. In many ways he took the Rotary Foundation to new frontiers in humanitarian service.

In his professional life, Glen was a joint proprietor of John Kinross & Company Ltd., a furniture manufacturing firm established by his family in 1911. As in Rotary he provided leadership to industry serving as Chairman of the Australian Council of Furniture Manufacturers and he is a life member and Past President of the Queensland Guild of Furniture Manufacturers.


Hon Lawrence Springborg, former Queensland Member of Parliament & Opposition Leader

Lawrence grew up in Yelarbon and after school worked in agriculture on the Darling Downs. He was elected to parliament in 1989 at the age of 21 years—the youngest person to enter the Queensland Parliament. Over 28 years in the Queensland Parliament, Lawrence has an enviable record of service to the State of Queensland:

  • Leader of the National Party [2003-06], 2008] and the LNP[2008-09, 2015-16]: a key player in the creation and formation of the LNP
  • Opposition Leader of the Queensland Parliament on three occasions
  • Member for Carnarvon/Warwick /Southern Downs [1989-2017]
  • Minister for Natural Resources [1998] [Youngest minister ever]
  • Minister for Health [2012-15]

In these roles Lawrence has made an enormous contribution to the people of Queensland especially in the Darling Downs region. His work with the Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis Select Committee and the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee is particularly noteworthy.  Lawrence is also a great supporter of Rotary and events like Opera in the Vineyard organised by the Stanthorpe Rotary Club.


Rotary International Director, Noel Trevaskis AOM

As Rotary International Director for three years [2016-18], Noel’s leadership covers Rotary in Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.  He also serves on the Board of Rotary International and plays a key role in the training and preparation of District Governors. Some of Noel’s other contributions to Rotary and the Community are shown below, especially his remarkable contributions to Mental Health in Australia:

  • Member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Goulburn Argyle and currently a member of the Rotary Club of Bega
  • Governor of Rotary District 9710 [2005-06]
  • Past Chair of Australian Rotary Health [2010-11]—national speaker and advocate for their work in mental health
  • Past Deputy Chair of the Southern Tablelands Community College-assisting people with intellectual disabilities and special needs
  • Adviser to University researchers at Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University

Noel recently retired after a lifetime working in the agricultural industry mainly in sales and marketing. Since his retirement he continues to do consultancy work in the field of agri-business. Noel has been a great supporter of the Malaria Vaccine Project and constantly brings it to the attention of District Governors and other Rotary leaders throughout Australia and overseas.