In 1917 Arch Klumph, president of Rotary international, proposed an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world”. The first donation of $26.50 was made to the seed of the Rotary Foundation.
Thanks to this vision and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, this fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations, spending more than US$3 billion on Programs and Projects to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide.
With 100 years of service changing lives and improving communities, it’s time to celebrate! We’re bringing members of the community together with Rotarians from right across Australia for a Gala Fundraising Dinner in Melbourne, the home of Australia’s first Rotary club.
The Rotary Club of Southbank is proud to host this Centennial Foundation Dinner and auction. Our corporate sponsors and the Australian Rotary Districts have set the challenge of raising AU$1,000,000 in contributions and bequests which will help set up the foundation for an even more exciting 100 years and beyond.
Share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change
$165 per person or $1650 per table of 10
Wednesday 31st May 2017
The Atlantic, Central Pier
161 Harbour Esplanade
Docklands VIC 3008
A Rotarian since 1968, and incoming Rotary International Foundation Chairman, Paul Netzel has served as director, task force zone coordinator, committee chair, zone institute chair and convener, International Assembly moderator and chair, training leader, and district governor.
Paul is founder and chair of Netzel Grigsby Associates Inc., a leading management consulting firm specialising in work with nonprofit organizations and institutions throughout the western United States He has served as mayor of Culver City, California, and president of Culver City’s Board of Education.
He has held leadership positions in numerous local and national professional societies and not-for-profit boards, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Boy Scouts, Goodwill Industries, United Way, YMCA, and the Auto Club of Southern California Advisory Board.
Paul has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. Both Paul and his wife, Diane, are charter members of the Arch Klumph Society, Major Donors, and members of the Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.
Mandy Drury has had an 18-year career working at the pinnacle of global business and leading television networks CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NBC, MSNBC and Australia's Channel 7.
Mandy has interviewed political and business heavyweights such as Rupert Murdoch, President Donald Trump, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Jamie Dimon as well as Australian politicians such as Paul Keating, John Hewson, Wayne Swan and Joe Hockey. She has also had the pleasure of interviewing personalities from the celebrity world, such as Kylie Minogue, Curtis Stone, Mike Tyson, the "Sharks" from Shark Tank in the US and Robert Van Winkle, aka "Vanilla Ice".
She enjoys being able to contribute her time for charity, having volunteered to MC fundraising events for pet rescue shelters, cancer prevention, autism and local schools. Mandy considers herself lucky to have had the life-changing experience of being a Rotary Exchange student to Belgium in 1991, and served as Rotex President after returning to Australia. She has lived and worked in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and currently, Sydney, Australia.