Rotary Club of Carlton welcomes new leader

Rotary Club of Carlton welcomes new leader
Brendan Rees

The Rotary Club of Carlton has welcomed the installation of its new president, Professor Mile Terziovski.

The dedicated Rotarian said he was honoured to accept the position during a changeover dinner held at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate House on June 27, during which he vowed to the lead the club forward with a range of projects to “inform, inspire and provide impact”.

“Strategy is about making choices: it’s not how good we are, it’s how much better we can become. I will lead the club, with support from the board and the membership in the spirit of Rotary and District 9800,” he said in his inaugural speech.

Prof. Terziovski, who is the department chair of business technology and entrepreneurship at Swinburne University, expressed his gratitude to members and emphasised the importance of working together to make a positive difference to the community.

He also acknowledged and thanked immediate past president Ian Ada for his services and support.

During the ceremony, Prof. Terziovski shared his vision for the upcoming year, with a commitment to continue running current projects such as driving membership, running a second-hand book fair as part of a major fund-raising effort in partnership with Albert Park Rotary, and funding an Afghan women and girls’ education program. 

He also unveiled an exciting plan of establishing a Lygon St farmers’ market in partnership with Carlton Inc., with feasibility studies already begun through the help of five Swinburne University of Technology multidisciplinary student groups. 

More details on the proposed market are revealed in Prof. Terziovski’s column on page 13. 

In addition, Prof. Terziovski said the Rotary Club of Carlton would continue its “Caring for Carlton” initiative by providing small grants to make a “big difference” in the community, while also identifying any means to assist in mental health programs and continuing to prioritise to end polio.  

The installation ceremony was attended by Rotary members, including outgoing district governor Amanda Wendt. 

In his concluding remarks, Prof. Terziovski thanked the district chair for community service Casey Tan who has accepted the role of deputy president, and to all members of the club “for their ongoing commitment and members of the new RCC board”.

“Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”

Dr Aron Perenyi was announced as the club’s president-elect for 2024-25. •

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