Dear fellow Rotarians:
Ask any Rotarian what led them to Rotary, and you’ll usually get different answers. Why? Because joining Rotary is a personal journey. For me, it all began as a way to expand my business. My accounting practice was new and I was looking to network, so I joined a local Rotary club. Soon, I was making more than just business contacts, I was making friends and, most importantly, I was making a difference in my community and beyond.
No matter the path that took you to Rotary, we all have one thing in common: the belief in putting Service Above Self. It is because of this commitment to serving others that we are able to confront some of the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges. But we all know that our work isn’t finished yet. It can’t be, as long as polio still affects any children anywhere, as long as water is still scarce for some, and as long as education is still treated as a privilege rather than a right. After 110+ years, our work is just getting started.
I hope you will continue your journey with us, as we continue to serve our communities so that future generations can thrive through Rotary: Making A Difference.
Ian H.S. Riseley President 2017-18 Rotary Club of Sandringham Victoria,Australia
Ian H.S. Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.
Riseley has been a member of the boards of both a private and a public school, a member of the Community Advisory Group for the City of Sandringham, and president of Beaumaris Sea Scouts Group. He has been president of Langi-Taan
Ski Club as well as honorary auditor or adviser for a number of charitable organizations.
Riseley’s honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, and the Regional Service
Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.
A Rotarian since 1978, Riseley has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees.
He and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation. They live on seven hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living. They have two children and four grandchildren.