District Governor Elect Rosanne Kava

Rosanne started life in Tully, North Queensland where her family was involved in the timber industry.  Rosanne was educated in Sydney and graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.  After a short period in private industry in Sydney Rosanne moved to Canberra to work in a number of Federal Government Departments including those dealing with energy, primary industries, transport and regional services.  During this time Rosanne also spent 3 years in Rome as Counsellor for Agriculture and Minerals including duties as Australia’s representative to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.  On return to Australia Rosanne progressed to  Senior Executive roles in the Department of Transport and Regional Services.
Interested in working more closely with communities, Rosanne moved to the local Government sector in 2002 taking on the role of Deputy CEO at Swan Hill in Victoria.  In 2006 she was appointed as the CEO of Gannawarra Shire, with its main centre in nearby Kerang.   
Since 2013 Rosanne has employed her skills and experience in running her own business as a management consultant, facilitator and executive coach and continues her involvement with the community as a Rotarian and as a Board Member of Swan Hill District Health and Community Leadership Loddon Murray.
Soon after arriving in Swan Hill Rosanne was first introduced to Rotary and became a member of the Rotary Club of Swan Hill in 2004.  Relishing the opportunity to connect with the local community through Rotary Rosanne served as President in 2010-11 and on the Board over the years as Treasurer, in several Director roles and as Vice-President. 
Rosanne became Assistant Governor Clubs for Group 4 in 2015-16 and has enjoyed working with the Club Presidents to build co-operation and explore possible joint projects and activities.  She also enjoys working with others at District level, particularly in contributing to the District 9780 Board. 
The international dimension of Rotary is a particular drawcard for Rosanne who was energised and enthused by the Sydney Rotary International Convention in 2015 where she learned more of what Rotary achieves around the world and enjoyed meeting members of the international family of Rotary. Rosanne and her husband Peter Walsh, who is a Friend of Rotary and the local State Member of Parliament travelled to Cambodia in November 2016 as part of the Rotary Club of Kerang’s 10th Anniversary Alternative Schoolies trip - an unforgettable experience with its very positive impact on Cambodian children and the organisations that care for them.  Importantly it also impacts positively on the Year 12 Student attendees from our local high schools and those from Darwin and the Tiwi Islands who join the group each year.
Rosanne and Peter like to travel in Australia and enjoy walking, reading and relaxing over a meal with friends.  Rosanne has recently taken up golf which she enjoys playing (badly, so far) and Peter enjoys cycling and kayaking on the nearby Murray River, when time permits.
Rosanne believes the secret of Rotary is the connection between serving the local community and the leadership shown by Rotary in developing ideas that can be put into action by Rotarians around the world to help make the world a much better place.   As Paul Harris said in 1945 ‘Rotary must continue to pioneer’.