Aug 12, 2021
Dee Buckland - Rotary District Govenor

Dee’s Rotary experience commenced in 2002 when she joined the North Berwick Rotary Club in Scotland. Getting involved with numerous hands-on community projects, with dedicated club members, Dee experienced the Objects of Rotary in practice. Encouraged by members to attend the Rotary International British Isles (RIBI) Conference in 2003 was a real turning point, which started her on a life changing Rotary journey.

Returning to Australia in 2009, after 8 years working overseas, Dee joined the Rockingham Rotary club. She authored and implemented the inaugural Rotary Rockingham Community Grants program which is now in its 10th year in Rockingham, with 43 organisations making applications in 2018-19.

After moving to Perth in 2011, Dee joined the Kalamunda Rotary Club. Taking on numerous club roles she also introduced the Rotary Kalamunda Community Grants program, which has helped a huge range of organisations.

As President of Kalamunda Rotary Club in 2016-17, assisted by DG Charles Johnson, she implemented the club Strategic Plan. Doing away with many traditions, including sergeants fines and grace, which helped to modernize the club and make it more relevant to new members. The highlight of that year was the charter of the inspirational Kalamunda Rotaract Club and receiving the District 9455 Club of the Year award.

Dee enjoyed being a Rotary Youth Exchange host parent in 2017 and 2018 and was an Assistant Governor from 2018-2020. With a passion for Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Aboriginal reconciliation and Protecting our Environment, Dee is excited about the opportunities to expand Rotary membership, to increase the impact in our communities and across the globe.

Professionally Dee has spent her career in Technology, commencing as a Computer Programmer with Wesfarmers in 1968 and later as CIO in Financial services. Setting up her own business in 2002, she was awarded numerous Project Management contracts in Australia, England, Scotland and India.

Married to Rotarian Jonathan Weir they have 6 children and 10 grandchildren between them. Jonathan is a keen golfer and Dee enjoys Book club and choral singing, having sung in the Perth Concert Hall, Northampton Cathedral UK, the Ulster Hall Belfast Northern Ireland and the Usher Hall Edinburgh, Scotland.