Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 553 Issue Date: 9 Dec, 2019

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The Rotary Foundation

Guest Speaker Ron Geary introduced by Raj “I've lost my email” Mavath

PDG Ronald G. Geary

Rotary Club of Belmont, W.A., Australia

District 9455


Ron, born in Port Hedland, Western Australia, a graduate of the University of New England in Sydney, founded COR Engineered Cooling in 1985 before selling in 2008. The founder and CEO of Global Heat Transfer since 2003, and the CEO of Tri-Star Safe Company since 2008. Ron is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ron an avid boater is the former Cruising Captain at the South of Perth Yacht Club. Past Commodore of the International Fellowship of Yachting Rotarians, Western Fleet.


Ron joined the Belmont Rotary Club in 1992, became club president in 1996-97, and district Governor in 2003-04. Additionally, at the district level, Ron has fulfilled roles as the District Rotary Foundation Chair (2005-07), District Annual Fund subcommittee chair (2004-05, 2006-07), and the District Permanent Fund subcommittee chair (2004-05, 2006-07, 2010-12). Ron also served as the Health and Hunger Zone 8 coordinator from 2007-10. Then Joined Rotary Australia World Community Service, and served as the Western region Chair 2010-2014 in this time frame also visited Fiji with Intaplas as a Rotary observer, then was invited to be Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (2014-16). Now serving as Endowment and Major Gifts Adviser Zone 8, and Leadership Team member for the Endowment and Major Gifts until 2019. Director of the Rotary Australia Foundation Limited and the incoming Deputy Chair of the Rotary Australia Foundation limited to 2021.

Ron is the recipient of the 'Service Above Self' award in 2008. and has participated in polio eradication National Immunization Days in India, Vizag in Andhra Pradesh and Agra in Uttar Pradesh and after 13 trips to India for National Immunization Days, and taking 9 Rotary Teams for same, received the very prestigious 'Regional Service Award for a Polio Free World' in 2011.


Key Points from Ron's presentation


Ron spoke about the Rotary Foundation organisation and why it is always chasing money.

He introduced us to the Centurion concept, a small device that collects $100 in two dollar coins

He says what you put into Foundation is returned to you in three years.

Foundation funds are always available.

The financial interest on them runs Rotary's Parramatta office.

The Rotary Foundation is one of the top three charities in the world.

One of Rotary's areas of Foundation focus is the $10 billion worth of private ancillory funds.

He is currently working on a Million Dollar Rotary Centenary Project and is looking for ideas.


Ron also spoke about the ongoing battle with polio particularly in Northern Pakistan and Southern Afghanistan. He says Africa is not entirely polio free. He is concerned that people don't immunise against polio and highlighted some recent concerns with pilgrims travelling to Medina and Mecca.

He has led immunisation teams in India and other countries.



Kevin Watson on the Centurion concept.

Kim Stokes: After polio is eradicated what is Rotary's next big project?

Raj Mavath: What are the new positions in Rotary that Ron is now occupying?


Vote of thanks by Hugh Lavery

Author: Grant Woodhams

Published: 25 August, 2019


Meeting Rosters
Setup & Door
Setup & Door
Guest Speaker Host
Invocation & Toast
Raffle & Rotary Cor
Guest Speaker Thanks
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Tony Emmott
Robert Houwen
Kerryn Horo
Peter Svensson
Kevin Watson
Hugh Lavery
Steve Muir
Ian Taylor
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Jason McCarthy
Bruce Ralph
Scott Bennett
Terry Stewart
Raj Mavath
Robert Houwen
Bill Frazer
Viki Fennell
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