2004/2005 PDG Katina Jones


Since 1991 when Katina developed and trained South Australia's most successful sales and marketing team for a leading international company, Katina recognised the need for a development and training centre focusing on the skills required for a sustainable future in a rapidly changing world, thus founding EQUALS International Pty Ltd.

Having established productive and profitable businesses throughout Australia, Katina is now focusing on furthering the international expansion of EQUALS as she continues to lead her dynamic and professional team into new and innovative consulting areas. 

Among other appointments, Katina has served on Australia's Executive Committee for UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) for three years. Over the past 8 years, Katina has represented Australia at the United Nations in New York on several occasions in the area of Human Rights, and more recently was appointed as a delegate to the Commission for the Status of Women 2004 at the UN, NY. She currently serves as an adviser to the Australian Bah?'? Community's Baha'i Office for Equality and she chairs the South Australian Baha'i Council.

In 1996, Katina was invited to join the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light as their first female member. Since that time Katina has served on various Rotary Committees (Newsletter Editor, Vocational Committee, International Committee, Club President, and Assistant Governor) and greatly values the opportunity to continue to serve Rotary International.

Katina and Jeffrey have been married for over 30 years and together they have four children and one grandchild. Katina says this is her greatest achievement.

To all Rotarians & Partners in D9500

To serve Rotary as District Governor during the centennial year is indeed an honour and privilege, and I aim to serve you to the best of my ability. It is going to be an exciting, challenging and unique year for all of us.

The beginning of the second century gives us the opportunity to create our own history. In the words of Paul Harris "The future of Rotary is shrouded in expectant mystery. It is for you, my new Rotarian friends, to aid in the unfurling of the Rotarian destiny." What is our destiny? What will the next 100 years look like? Will we have the vision and wisdom to keep one step ahead and create a second century of service and success, grow our membership and continue to alleviate human suffering? Will we achieve world peace?

2004-05 marks the beginning of a new cycle in the history of Rotary International. For our district, it also marks the beginning of a new way of operating. This year we will be managed by a Consultative Group, which includes the five Standing Coordinators, Assistant Governors and the District Administrative team. (see pages 23 - 28) We will operate and make decisions through the process of Consultation. Our organisational chart has a circular management system with no top or bottom. This means that we will have a more fluid, flexible management structure with the District Governor in the middle looking across - not at the top looking down. We will be mission focused and values based. We will promote innovation and creativity, and build partnerships with the community. We will work to build a cohesive district that embraces and values all our members in a spirit of love and unity.

The goal of the district team is to serve the clubs: to have a transparent process of management, improve communication between clubs and district committees and to work collaboratively to achieve our Rotary goals in a spirit of fun, fellowship and generosity, unity and diversity. We want to develop the leadership potential of our Rotarians and inspire their vision of a Rotary that will live on for the next 100 years. To achieve this, we need to unite our hearts and minds.

We, as a district, have identified our values: Service - generosity of spirit & action towards others; High Ethical Standards - honesty, integrity & fairness; Fellowship & Unity - built upon humility, mutual support & diversity. Let's continuously monitor our thoughts, words and actions to reflect our values in everything we do - everyday. Without unity, we can achieve nothing. This is the first step. Unity in Diversity is the Foundation of Peace - and this starts with us.

Please join me in what I hope will be a memorable year as we........... CELEBRATE ROTARY! 

Katina Jones