NATURAL disasters and drought were the big topics of discussion at the 2014 Rotary district 9700 Flavours of Orange Conference.
District 9700 spreads from Lake Cargelligo to Wagga Wagga and Oberon and includes 1200 members.
Some of these members came together in Orange on the weekend to discuss how Rotary can better serve those in need in the coming year and where the group’s priorities should lie.
Rotary International president’s representative Kamal Sanghvi said the purpose of the conference was to bring Rotary members of the district together to share ideas and give advice, because without the conference, the Rotarians might not have spoken with each other.
“Its about inspiration and to be inspired to do more,” Mr Sanghvi said.
“It’s to talk about what the district Rotarians should be doing and to come up with solutions.”
Mr Sanghvi was a Rotary governor in India in 2005 and in that year he raised about $250,000 for the Rotary Foundation, which was one of the highest collections in India.
“[The conference] is a way for Rotarians to come together to find better ways to help those less fortunate,” he said.
District governor Geoff Tancred said he mentioned the worsening drought in his address and the conference attendees heard from speakers such as Father Chris Riley, foreign affairs television editor Doctor Keith Suter and BlazeAid volunteer Lyn Bailey.