A huge coup for Australians recently, was the announcement that Ian H S Riseley, from the Rotary Club of Sandringham, in Victoria, being selected as the Rotary International President for 2017-18 if there are no challenges for the position.
Mr Riseley has been a Rotarian since 1978, and served as Treasurer, Director, Trustee, Rotary International Board Executive Committee member, task force member, committee member, as well as Chair, and District Governor.
Ian is a former member of the Australian Polio Eradication Private Sector Campaign and a recipient of the Rotary Foundation's Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Juliet, are multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.
Riseley is an accountant and principle of his own business, which specialises in advising local and international businesses, and has a strong interest in international affairs.
In 2002, he received the AusAid Peacebuilder Award from the Australian Government, for his work in Timor-Leste. In 2006, Riseley received the Order of Australia medal for service to the Australian community.
Riseley believes that for Rotary's future depends on meaningful partnerships with Corporations and other organisations. "We have the programs and personnel and others have available resources. Doing good in the world is everyone's goal. We must learn from the experience of the polio eradication program to maximise our public awareness exposure for future partnerships.