Guest Presenters



Simon Manning Master of Ceremonies


Simon Manning was born in Lower Hutt, and educated at various schools in the Hutt Valley.

At the age of 13, following the deaths of his Grandparents in very close succession and the impact of those deaths, he was drawn to find out more about funerals. Following his formal training through the Central Institute of Technology, he qualified in Embalming and Funeral Directing. In 1989 Simon set up his own business, Harbour City Funeral Home.

Simon joined Rotary in 1990 with Mt Victoria Rotary Club, he stayed with Rotary for a few years, but pressures of operating a new business and Rotary’s requirement for strict attendance saw him reluctantly resign in the mid-90’s.

 Simon joined the Rotary Club of Hutt City in 2006, when it was suggested by a long-time friend that it was time to come back to the Rotary family.

 Simon was President of the Rotary Club of Hutt City in 2011/2012.

He was Assistant Governor 2013/2014, He has served as chair of the Public Image and Communications committee for District 9940. Simon was District Governor of 9940 in 2015/2016.


John Prendergast


John lives in Invercargill, New Zealand with his wife Donna and they have three daughters – Meg (23), Ella (22), and Grace (15).

A chartered accountant, for the past 20 years John was CEO of the Community Trust of Southland, a community-owned philanthropic $225m investment trust, which grants $7m a year for community projects in Southland. John stepped down from this role in mid 2017.

John joined the Invercargill South Club in 1994, and has enjoyed a number of Rotary roles since then, including leading a GSE Team to D5220 in California in 2003, leading the Australasian RYLA Team to Gallipoli, Turkey in April 2005 for the 90th anniversary of the Allied landing at ANZAC Cove, and was District Governor in 2012-13. John has been his District Trainer, remains a member of the District Training Team, has been District Membership Chair, District GSE Chair, and is a regular MC and speaker at Rotary Conferences, Institutes, and South Pacific Presidents’ Elect Training events. For the 2015/16 Rotary year John was a member of Rotary International’s Vocational Service Committee.

From 1 July 2016 John has been the Rotary Co-ordinator for New Zealand, and 8 Australian Districts. John was also a training leader at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego in January 2017, and will do so again at International Assembly in January 2018. Outside of work, family and Rotary John has been and is involved in the governance of various organisations, including Chair of Camp Quality New Zealand, Chair of Philanthropy New Zealand, Trustee of the Ngai Tahu Fund, Chair of the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin Board of Management, Chair of the Verdon College Board of Trustees, and is a Justice of the Peace.


Mary Beth Growney Selene

The Rotary Foundation Trustee, 2016-2019

Rotary International Director, 2013-2015

Mary Beth is the founder and President of Ryan Signs, Inc., in Madison.  She is a non-lawyer Fee Arbitrator and a (past) non-lawyer member of the Client Security Fund of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  Mary Beth is a supporter of the What If? Foundation, which works to feed and educate children in Haiti.

Personal time is shared with her husband Alan Selene (PDG, District 5970) and daughter Bridget and son-in-law Sean Hart.

Mary Beth Growney Selene has been a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, WI, USA since 1987 and she served her club as President in 1993-1994. She has been a host parent to four Rotary Youth Exchange students.

In her District 6250 she served as Governor in 2000-2001; District Membership Chair and District Rotary Foundation Chair.

Mary Beth served as a Training Leader at the International Assembly in San Diego and was the District 6250 Representative to the Council on Legislation in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

She served as the General Chair for a 2005 Zone Institute, a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Public Image Resource Coordinator, and Rotary Coordinator.   Mary Beth is serving as a Rotary Foundation Trustee in 2016-2019, and served as Rotary International Director in 2013-2015.  She is currently serving on the Finance, Program and Stewardship Committees of The Rotary Foundation, RI-USAID Partnership Committee and the PolioPlus Advocacy Committee.  She is also a member of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) Operations Team.

She has received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.

Mary Beth and Alan are Major Donors and Bequest Society members to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund and they are both Sustaining members to the Annual Fund.


Rachel Rafferty

Rachel Rafferty is past recipient of the Rotary Peace Fellowship (2011-2013). Before pursuing her graduate studies, Rachel worked for several years as a peacebuilding practitioner in post-conflict Northern Ireland where she designed and delivered a broad range of projects in partnership with local communities. More recently she has worked with New Zealand Red Cross where she developed an educational support programme for former refugee youth from Syria.

Dr Rafferty received a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Otago in May 2017. She also holds a Masters degree from the School of Education at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Development from Duke University, qualifications she gained during her time as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Her doctoral research focused on how civil society actors in a protracted conflict develop differing motivations regarding intergroup peacebuilding. She researches and publishes on the topics of peacebuilding, reconciliation and conflict resolution. 


Jeanette Drysdale

Rotary Club of Otahuhu Inc

District 9920

Jeanette is married to Alastair and has three adult children. Two children were International Youth Exchange students and the family has hosted a number of overseas students. For several years Jeanette was also on the Australia -New Zealand Exchange committee (previously known as the Matched Twin Exchange) and Chaired that committee.

She was born in Matamata, then moved to Rotorua  for what was to become a career as a research scientist in timber mycology, before technical and product development roles in industry. Jeanette has travelled overseas extensively including studying at Imperial College, London. For last 17 years, Jeanette has had her own regulatory consultancy business assisting with approvals of new chemicals and products across a range of industry sectors primarily in NZ.

Jeanette has been a Rotarian for 26 years. She has held many positions in the club including being Club President twice, has been District Governors Secretary twice, and an Assistant Governor.

Jeanette has previously been recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow +8 (3 rubies) and is a Paul Harris Society Member.

She is currently D9920 International Service District Chair, and a Director of Rotary New Zealand World Community Service Limited (RNZWCS Limited).

In 2016, Jeanette participated in a Rotary initiative to bring 16 District International Chairs together in Chicago. This group are active in the development of resource networks to support project enhancement objectives.

She is passionate about helping others whether it be fellow Rotarians to achieve their goals, or those who are less fortunate and need a helping hand.


Kelly McLuckie

kellymcluckie63331Kelly McLuckie co-founded the change management software and consultancy company, Success Formula in 2009. Starting out as an officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy, she has led a variety of teams and major strategic change projects across defence, transport and logistics and construction throughout NZ and Australia.

Kelly works with business leaders to change behaviours and attitudes across the business, and to demonstrate the bottom-line return on investment from changing culture. She holds a number of professional skills and qualifications including; business degree from Auckland University, Belbin Accreditation, APMG Change Management Practitioner, and is an experienced Action Learning Coach.

Having been exposed to Rotary growing up through her grandfather, joining Rotary was a natural step for Kelly in 2008, when aged 28 she retired from the navy. Despite having a young family, Rotary helped Kelly fit in as her family moved city and country four times in three years. It gave her an outlet to continue giving back to the world, whilst growing her network outside the military and settling into life as an entrepreneur.

Now having settled in the innovative Takapuna club, Kelly is the current club President and determined to stay put for a while yet. As one of our younger Rotary leaders, she is determined to show us how we can evolve and remain relevant in an age where, despite technology and innovation, most of us still long for connection.

  • 2015/16 President Elect Takapuna: Awarded Paul Harris Fellow
  • WWI Memorial Gates Refurbishment Project Lead (awarded Rotary Profile Award – Roger Manuel Trophy 2016)
  • 2013/14 Joined Rotary Club of Takapuna
  • 2011/12 Joined Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown (UK)
  • 2010/11 Regular guest at Rotary Club of Devonport
  • 2009/10 Membership Director, Rotary Club of Wellington North
  • 2008 Joined Rotary Club of Wellington North


Sam Camporeale

Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator

Rotary Club of Mitcham, South Australia           

Sam was a member of Apex from 1987-1995, initially in Adelaide and then in Tasmania. Sam and his wife Lee lived in Tasmania from 1988 until 1998, when they moved back to Adelaide as a result of a work transfer.

Sam joined the Rotary Club of Glen Osmond in 1998. He served as President in 2004/5, as well as holding a variety of different Board positions during his time at that Club. When the Glen Osmond Club decided to return its Charter in 2009, Sam joined the Rotary Club of Mitcham, SA. He was President of Mitcham Club in 2013/14.

Sam was District 9520 Governor in 2016-17. He has also been Chair of District Community Service, has been a member of the District Information Systems Committee and Chair of that Committee for several years. Sam has also been a member of the District Membership Committee. He has been a RANZSE student counsellor and hosted GSE team members. Sam is currently the Grants Chairperson for District 9520 Foundation Committee. He is also a Paul Harris Society member.

He joined Rotary for the simple reason that he wanted to be a part of helping his local community. He is still a member of Rotary because he believes that, in today’s world, what Rotary does is even more critical – developing Peace scholars, improving health, providing clean water are just some examples of the essential needs of our local and international communities.

Sam’s professional career has been predominantly in the Information and Communications Technology industry. He has worked in various roles for some niche consulting organisations as well as the larger multinationals.



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