Following the retirement of Peter Newton, RCA National President for six years, we welcome our newly appointed President, RORY McEWEN, of South Australia.
In December 2016 Rory McEwen was appointed President of Ryder–Cheshire Australia for a two year term, succeeding Peter Newton. Rory has volunteered at Klibur Domin and plans to visit Raphael this year. He also plans to visit all our Foundations and Support Groups as time allows.
Rory’s wife Diane has been actively involved with Ryder Cheshire in Mount Gambier since 1972 and Rory is currently president of RCF SA.
After achieving degrees in agriculture and management Rory completed his national service, and began a career with the department of TAFE, ultimately becoming manager of TAFE’s Rural and Horticultural Program in South Australia. Active in local government, in 1997 he was elected to the South Australian Parliament as an Independent and this was the start of a challenging and demanding new career in which he remained for six years. He held a range of portfolios including Agriculture Food and Wine, Forestry, Local Government and State Federal Relations.
After retiring, Rory joined a number of boards in private enterprise and government. He is very active in the community, serving as the President of his Lions Club this year, involved in Legacy, Ulysses, and events like Lions Mad Minute and the Christmas Toy Run. Two grandchildren have now added a new dimension to his and Diane’s lives. He is looking forward to working with a talented board to build on the great foundations laid down by Peter Newton and his predecessors, focussing on the relief of suffering.
Covering the first four months since his appointment, Rory gave this report at the recent meeting of the RCA Board.
“As I ease into the role Peter Newton has chosen to step back from after six years, leading us with distinction, it is great to see how well the Board and the team at large perform. Everybody who has a role just seems to get on with it. You will see this in the individual reports presented to the AGM. I am mindful that any successful organisation needs to have an eye on continual renewal and continuous improvement. Both these topics will remain the theme for the Board and I trust equally for our Foundations, Support Groups, Homes and Friends Groups. There is no one right way, we all need to do what suits our specific circumstances, but equally learn from and share ideas with each other. The greatest challenge is always that of raising sufficient funds to support and grow our overseas homes. The Biennial Conference next year will again be a key occasion to share and grow and planning is well underway.
I am certainly looking forward to the year ahead. Di and I are hoping to catch up with as many of you as we can and I plan to visit Raphael in early October.”
Kindest regards to you all.