Rotary

After being a participant at both the National Youth Science Forum and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, I was an active Rotaractor for 10 years. During that time, I held every position at club and district level, including a term on the International Rotaract Committee, advising the RI Board on matters relating to Rotaract. In 2003 Simone founded Rotaract’s biggest online community, RotaractNet, and was the first Rotaractor to serve on the board of Rotarians on the Internet.

I joined Rotary after “ageing out” of Rotaract in 2008, becoming a charter member of the first innovative Rotary Club in District 9455. She served as the club’s 2nd President, after which she served two terms as an Assistant Governor and one term as District Membership Chair.

As a web developer who specialises in online communities and social networking, I have dedicated 15 years to help advance Rotary into the digital age. I founded the Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship in 2009, which I was heavily involved with until 2015, and regularly provided training on using the internet to further Rotary service, fellowship and communication around the world.

I was both a member of the International Organizing Committee and Promotions Committee for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney (#ricon14).

Family and work commitments (and general burn out!) have seen me prioritise and reduce my Rotary commitments from 2015, pulling back and choosing to focus at the club level again for now.

Club Membership

Other Rotary Program involvement

  • Attended New Zealand Science Summer School (now NYSF) – 1993
    • Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kelmscott, District 9470
  • RYLA Awardee – 1996
    • Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mill Point, District 9470
  • Handicamp Buddy – 2000
    • Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mill Point, District 9470