Brain disease hot topic at Rotary
SOME great keynote speakers and a determination to help people with brain disease were two of the best things to come out of the Rotary district conference in Yamba over the weekend.
Conference chairman Alan Weston said 539 people attended the annual conference which has now been held in Yamba twice in four years – quite an accomplishment for a Rotary district that extends into Queensland.
He said there were a number of informative and entertaining guest speakers at the conference.
“Our keynote speakers were all fantastic. Father Chris Riley was great,” Mr Weston said.
“My favourite was (professor) Peter Silburn who spoke on Parkinson’s Disease and brain research.
“We (Rotary) launched a human brain research fund at the conference for a PhD scholar to research more into brains because everyone knows someone who has a disability that affects the brain.”
Mr Weston said the aim of the annual conference was to inform Rotary members throughout District 9640 of the different projects being undertaken throughout the world and of what the different Rotary clubs were doing.
He said in addition to hosting Rotary members from around NSW and Queensland, they were also pleased to host group study exchange teams – known as GSEs – from Arizona and Missouri in the United States.
Mr Weston said organisers kept the conferences fresh and interesting by giving each conference a different theme.
This year’s theme was Country to Coast.