Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley and his wife, Juliet Riseley (a past district governor), will be joining us on Friday, May 4 as we kickoff our 2018 Rotary Summit. It is a special occasion when Rotarians from New England and Quebec have an opportunity to hear RI's president speak live. His charm, wit, and incredible ability to engage the audience will be a highlight of the weekend.
Be sure to register early, as Friday's dinner will sell out. Riseley will share his vision for Rotary, his goals for this Rotary year, and how we, as Rotarians, and friends of Rotarians, can increase the positive impact we have in the world.
Riseley emphasizes that meaningful partnerships with corporations and other organizations are crucial to Rotary’s future. “We have the programs and personnel and others have available resources,” he says. “Doing good in the world is everyone’s goal. We must learn from the experience of the polio-eradication program to maximize our public-awareness exposure for future partnerships.”
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. His firm specializes in income-tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a master’s degree in taxation law and graduate diplomas in accounting and income tax.
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 involved in Sea Scouts and sporting groups, as well as honorary auditor or adviser for a number of charitable organizations. His 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, the Distinguished Service Award 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 Juliet 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.