Fifty plus years in journalism and media management – 27 of which were spent ‘flying the flag’ as managing editor of Rotary Down Under – saw Bob well prepared to enjoy the role of Executive Director of Rotary Down Under Inc, specialising in public relations and corporate development in his final three years as leader of the Rotary region’s premier media organisation.
Bob retired from Rotary Down Under on July 1, 2014, and immediately launched his own small media company, Bob Aitken Media, to ensure his retirement was well motivated.
In 2015/16, Bob was chairman of District 9685 Public Relations and Polio committees, project manager of Rotary’s NSW Graffiti Removal Day project – in partnership with the NSW Government, and assisted with promotion of favourite Rotary projects in Australian Rotary Health and Dream Cricket.
In 2016/17, Bob continues his role as Chairman of District 9685 Polio Committee; and that of Chairman of Graffiti Removal Australia Ltd. RI President John Germ has invited Bob to serve as END OF POLIO Coordinator in Zone 7B and part of Zone 8 in 2016/17.
He completed his term as Chairman of the Rotary World Magazine Press Advisory Group and advisor to the RI Communications Committee on July 1, 2016 – and he previously served as Chairman of the RI Communications Committee (two terms) and General Coordinator of the RI Public Image Resource Group (four terms) – along with many other RI special committees/Groups. Bob was Moderator of the Rotary World Magazine Press Seminar in Montreal in 2009 and is the proud recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and the Australian Rotary Health Medal. He is a Past Governor of District 9685 and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He has served as the RI President’s personal representative on numerous occasions and served as Vice Chairman of the Host Organising Committee that delivered the outstanding Sydney 2014 Convention.
Bob joined the Rotary Club of Parkes, NSW, in 1975 and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains in District 9685, NSW, since 1984. He was Governor of District 9690 in 1996/97.
Married to Ann for 49 years, they enjoy theatre, music and quality time with family – especially grandchildren Jordan, Annie and Max. He is a Life Member of the NSW Parents and Citizens Association.