Ian Riseley, RIP 2017-18

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Rotary International President-Elect Ian Riseley's 2017-18 Presidential Theme - Rotary: Making a Difference
Riseley says 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,” says Riseley. “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.”
“Governments see Rotary as positive representatives of a civil society,” he says. “We should work with them to advocate for peace and conflict resolution, just as we are advocating for polio eradication.” [1]
Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.
Riseley added, “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern.”

The president-elect challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.[2]



Ian H.S. Riseley is a practicing chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co. which specializes in advising local and international businesses, and has a strong interest in international affairs.


Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia.

Club Service

International Service

Rotary International President 2017-18

A Rotarian since 1978, Riseley has served RI as treasurer, director, task force member, RI Board Executive Committee member, committee member and vice chair, and district governor.

Riseley is a former member of the Australian Polio Eradication Private Sector Campaign and a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World.

Community Service

Riseley received an Australian government’s Peacebuilder award in 2002 in recognition of his work in East Timor. He also received the Order of Australia medal in 2006 for services to the Australian community.


He and his wife, Juliet, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation.


Juliet Riseley became a Rotarian in 1995 as the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Hampton, although her association with Rotary started much earlier as a host mum to a number of Exchange Students and as editor of OZlines the District’s YE newsletter. She has held many positions in the club including Club Secretary for a number of years, International and Foundation Director, eNews and web blog editor and club Treasurer. She has served the District on a number of New Generations, Vocational and Marketing Committees, was District webmaster from 2002–2005 and has served as a District Governor’s Representative 1996-97 and as a District Governor’s Special Representative in 2003-04. (Juliet was also a District Governor of District 9810 in 2011-2012. This is the first time that a PDG will be the spouse of a sitting RI President.)
As a passionate advocate of ‘Literacy for all’ Juliet coordinated Literacy Resources for the District in 2006-09. Juliet admits that her professional life as a Librarian was a true delight as it brought together 3 of her favorite things: people, beautiful books and information. With a Master’s degree in Information Management, Juliet has directed, developed and consulted to library and information services across the Corporate, Research and Educational sectors. She has lectured at tertiary level and currently works as an Information Consultant through Riseley Consulting and as a director of the family business Peninsula Organics.
Juliet is married to Ian, a Past Rotary International Director and Treasurer. They are both multiple Paul Harris Fellows, members of the Paul Harris and Bequest Societies and joint Major Donors. Ian and Juliet have 2 children, and 3 grandchildren. When not writing and illustrating small books for the smaller members of her family; Juliet is a gardener and actively involved in local environmental groups. Ian and Juliet live on 7 hectares at Moorooduc where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living.

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