Ray Herbert. District Governor 2017 - 2018 

Ray was born in Adelaide and with his family moved to Mount Gambier in 1951.  Schooling was at Mount Gambier High School where he excelled in athletics and other sports as well as being Head Prefect.  From there Ray gained a "Hawkesbury Diploma" in Dairy Technology (HDDT).  With the dairy industry in a state of change and rationalisation, Ray managed factories producing cheese and packaged milk.  He was President of the Society of Dairy Technology (SA Div) in 1990.
 
In 1994 Ray, Diedre and family became co-proprietors of  Kalganyi Holiday Park which they sold in 2015.  Ray chaired the tourism industry, chairing local and regional tourism organisations.  After caravanning to the north and west of Australia, Ray was a supervisor at Mitre 10 and then as a specialist for Masters Home Improvement Store.
 
Ray joined the Mount Gambier West Rotary Club in 1994 and has held many positions within the Club - Secretary, Publicity Officer, Vocational Chair, Community Chair, Bulletin Editor and served as President in 2009 - 2010.  He has been recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire.  Ray has also served as an Assistant Governor to the Group 1 Clubs.
 
Ray has always been involved in the community through the YMCA at local, state and national levels, even serving as a National Board Member under the stewardship of Royce Abbey.  He was also Chairman for 2 local School Councils.  Ray has been a Board Member of the local Group Training Employment (GTE) since 1993.
 
Ray is married to Diedre and they have 3 adult children in Perth and Adelaide and have 1 granddaughter.  In his spare time he enjoys gardening, cooking and dining, shed activities, caravanning, travel and movies.  Apart from Ray as a full time challenge, Diedre shares her spare time with her granddaughter, Lifeline, Red Cross, Tele-cross, Meals on Wheels and social care for the elderly.  Rays Mother (OAM in 2015) and his stepfather are in Mount Gambier and are all locals.
 
Part of Ray's Rotary philosophy is "Enjoy Rotary, then the rest will follow".