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 (24), Ella (23), and Grace (16).

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 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.


Mark Anderson

Senior Coordinator, Fund Development for The Rotary Foundation at the South Pacific and Philippines Office in Parramatta, Sydney

Mark has been a Rotarian for over 30 years, being a member in Clubs in Victoria, New South Wales and South Africa.

His involvement in Rotary began in 1972, as Secretary of the Corinda High School Interact Club in Queensland, then as a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Canada, He was a Rotaractor, a RYLArian and a GSE team member to California.

Since joining Rotary in 1987, he has been President of two Clubs, has lead a GSE Team to Germany and held many District leadership positions.

During his career, Mark has had broad ranging experience in Sales and Marketing, working with Johnson & Johnson, Mars Petcare and Bayer. A career highlight was a seven-year assignment in South Africa, as launch manager for Mars Petcare. It was during that assignment that he had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela.

Mark is married to Lynne and they have three children and two grandchildren. He lives in West Pennant Hills and is a member of the Rotary Club of Beecroft. He is also a member of the Paul Harris Society and a Foundation Major Donor.


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 27 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.


Rebecca Fry

Rebecca’s involvement in Rotary began in 2005 when she decided to apply for the Rotary-sponsored National Youth Science Forum. Over the last 13 years, she has had significant involvement in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Rotaract at a club, district and national level. Rebecca recently founded the National RYLA Forum for RYLA Leaders in Australia and is currently serving as the Immediate Past Chair for the Rotaract Australia MDIO. Rebecca spent 18 months to decide which Rotary Club to join and has been a member of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley since March 2018. She enjoys the flexibility provided by an eClub and the initiatives provided by the club to foster connections remotely. . 

Rebecca attended International RYLA in Sydney (2014) and the Young Leaders Summit in South Korea (2016). In 2017, Rebecca was recognised as one of Rotary’s ‘Youth All-Stars’ and has worked on various initiatives to promote and foster collaboration and ultimately help to bridge the gap between Rotaract and Rotary. 

Professionally, Rebecca works in Corporate Social Responsibility for Johnson & Johnson. She is particularly passionate about intergenerational collaboration and leveraging strategic partnerships for greater social impact. Rebecca’s mission is to inspire and empower more people to take action, using Rotary as a vehicle to create positive change. 


Andy Rajapakse

District Governor Nominee of D9640 from Gold Coast, Australia.

District Governor Nominee 2020/2021 of District 9640 from Gold Coast Australia, Andy Rajapakse is the current District Public Image Chairman and a former District Membership Chairman.

Introduced to Rotary 24 years ago in Sri Lanka during the District Governorship of Past RI President Ravi Ravindran of Sri Lanka, Andy was a Charter Member and a past President of the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan. Since migrating to Australia 6 years ago he transferred to Burleigh Heads Rotary and championed the club’s aggressive membership growth from 22 to today’s 43, to be the second largest club in the district.

Andy is a recipient of Rotary International’s highest honour to a Rotarian, “Service Above Self Award” for his work in Public Relations to attract new members to Rotary & Youth Exchange Programs between Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan. A strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation, Andy is a Benefactor, 5* PHF, Paul Harris Society Member and had led a Rotary GSE Team to Denmark.

He is a specialist in using smart public image strategies to attract young professionals to Rotary. Over the past 20 years he has introduced 62 new members to Rotary. In 2018 he initiated and formed a new Rotary Club within 6 months in Varsity Lakes, the corporate hub of Gold Coast with 23 corporate leaders who were all new to Rotary. The average age of the club is 36. This success story is featured in RDU February 2019.

Andy is an International Marketing & Public Image Professional, an active member of the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Company Directors. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of Presidential Classroom Ltd, an Australian marketing company recruiting promising high school students from Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific nations for career focused leadership programs at the Harvard University in USA. (


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 and has served on the District Foundation Committee. He has been a RANZSE student counsellor and hosted GSE team members. 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.


Barbara Mifsud

Barbara Mifsud was appointed as Rotary International’s Regional Membership Officer for Zones 7B and 8 in August 2018. Located in the South Pacific and Philippines Office in  Parramatta, Australia, Barbara supports zone, district and club leaders throughout Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands and their membership initiatives by promoting membership resources and tools, club flexibility and meaningful club experiences.

Barbara joined Rotary International in 2011 as Coordinator – Club and District Support for Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Philippines. In this role she trained and supported club and district leaders using Rotary online resources, was subject matter expert on RI Board policy and RI constitutional documents, and worked on administrative procedures such as chartering new clubs, club merges and processing district governor expenses.

Barbara has more than 15 years’ experience working in various not for profit organizations including a leading Australian blindness agency and refugee resettlement program. She has post graduate qualifications in international studies. She has volunteered for a number of community projects including literacy, architectural and Latin American film projects. Barbara is happy to be a part of Rotary International and is constantly impressed by the way Rotarians donate their time and energy to life changing social causes.


Andrew Best

Andrew Best is the Club & District Supervisor in at the Rotary International office, based in Parramatta, Australia. This office supports 62,500 Rotarians from Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands and the Philippines with training and education of Club Officers, District Leaders and Zone Directors. The office also provides resources and support for The Rotary Foundation and finances. Andrew has been a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra since April 2017 and is a proud Paul Harris Society Member.

Andrews exposure with a local Rotary Club in 2014 provided him with the opportunity to participate in D9670 Group Study Exchange program to D7570 where he experienced the passion, support, and belief in the Rotary ways by the amazing Rotarians in Western Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee.


For profiles on the 6 District Governors Elect, please click on the ‘Administration’ tag and from the drop box select ‘District Governors Elect’