District Governor Anthony Ohlsen

Anthony was born and raised in Maryborough, schooled at Maryborough Technical College before attending the Bendigo Institute of Technology graduating in 1974 with a Diploma of Civil Engineering. Anthony worked for the City of Maryborough, the Maryborough Water Trust and Maryborough Sewage Authority. Anthony remained with the City until 1994, when he transferred to Central Highlands Regional Water Authority (CHW) based in Maryborough as Manager of the northern area, 18 months into that role Anthony moved to head office in Ballarat and remained with CHW until 2012. Anthony was involved in water and wastewater treatment and water quality. Anthony was heavily involved in CHW WaterAid including 4 years as President.

Anthony joined Rotary in October 1994. Early in 1995, he was appointed the Youth Services Director for 1994/1995, 95/96 and 96/97. Other roles included Community Chair, 1999/2001, President 2002/2003, Secretary 2005/09 and 2013/16 and Conference Treasurer 2014/2015. Anthony was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010.
At District level, Anthony was a GSE Committee member, 2005/06, Alumni Committee member, 2006/07 and Assistant Governor International 2015/16 and an invited attendee at the Future Leaders seminar at Zone Institute

In 1995, Anthony and Kerrie, purchased a Video Hire business and ran this until closing the store in 2007 after leasing the building to REPCO.

Outside of family and Rotary, Anthony’s interests include motor sport, V8’s, race cars of any sort as long as they’re Holden, early Holden’s, with an FJ panel van (to restore someday), a 48-215 sitting in the shed and would love to have his 1972 GTS Monaro back. Helicopters are also an interest, having first flown in an Esso Huey in 1968 at Lakes Entrance and more recently at the controls of a R22 over Melbourne. Anthony also has interest in football and was a member of the local CFA for 17years and was on school council.
Anthony is married to Kerrie, they have two adult children, daughter Tenille, a qualified hairdresser and son, Tyson, a self-employed electrician. Tenille and partner Barry have two boys, Wil 7 and Archie, 3. Kerrie and Anthony are keen caravaners but don’t get time to do the extended trips they wish to do. They enjoy going to the movies and the company of good friends.
Anthony joined Rotary with some knowledge of Rotary programs as his late father-in-law was a Rotarian. Anthony soon came to realise that whilst being a member Rotary gave the opportunity for fellowship with likeminded persons, even more, was the opportunity of being a member of an International organisation that gave the opportunity to improve the lifestyle of those less fortunate, both Internationally and locally. Travelling to India on Rotary Friendship Exchange and seeing how the End Polio program has been embraced, how Global Grants are changing the lifestyles of the less fortunate, by providing improved sanitation/toilets at schools allows 10 to 13 year old female students to continue their education. Rotarians in these countries know that the future of their country is in the children. Rotary worldwide is helping them to achieve that.
To paraphrase John F. Kennedy — 'It’s not what the Rotary world can do for you; but what you can do for the world through Rotary”