Lions District T1 Tasmania

District Governor ROBERT MANTACH 2021-22

District Governor Robert Mantach and Wanda

Robert was raised in Launceston, Tasmania, the youngest of four (4) children. His parents, both of whom served during World War 2, had a trade background and strived to see that their children did not have to struggle in life as they had to after the war.

Rob gained a cadetship within the aluminum industry to gain a mechanical engineering qualification. Whilst working full time, Rob has also gained academic qualifications in computing, management and business administration.

Rob met Wanda, the daughter of Polish displaced persons, at a local dance and they were married in 1972 and moved to their new home in Riverside and after forty-five (45) years downsized to a house in Legana. Rob and Wanda have two daughters and one granddaughter.

Rob worked in the aluminum industry for over twenty years and was able to travel overseas to gain greater knowledge about equipment for the benefit of the company. Apart from the aluminum industry, Rob was instrumental in establishing the galvanizing industry in Northern Tasmania. Rob has also worked in the fibreglass industry, precision manufacturing, metal fabrication and as an engineering manager for consultant firms in Mackay, Queensland, and Portland, Victoria.

Rob’s latest employment has been as club secretary for a yacht club in Beauty Point, Tasmania, a role that he has recently given up to devote more time to his Lion’s commitment.

Rob has fulfilled leadership roles within school, industry and professional organizations as well as his own Lions club. Rob’s recreation is sailing and has competed in many club races as well as local offshore races such as the Melbourne to Devonport and Launceston to Hobart yacht races. Rob, in conjunction with a sailing friend, has his own yacht, an ex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race competitor, and they are refurbishing the yacht back to being a competitive force in local waters.   Rob, under Wanda’s direction, also maintains a healthy garden that they can enjoy with family and friends. 

Rob joined the Riverside Lions Club in 1992 and has fulfilled the roles of 3rd, 2nd and 1st vice presidents, club president twice (2002/2003 and 2016/2017).  He has also been a member of the Port Sorell Lions Club and the Mackay Host Lions Club, whilst he was working in those areas. Rob was appointed as a Zone Chairman for 2017/18 and has proceeded on to be Regional chairman, 2nd Vice District Governor, 1st Vice District Governor and District Governor for 2021/22.

Rob has been involved with many of the projects within the Riverside Lions Club including as chairman of the committee that hosted the Launceston Carols by Candlelight event. Rob is also frequently seen either flipping hamburgers, dishing out buckets of chips or making coffee for customers at one of the many catering events that the Riverside Lions Club is involved with.

Rob was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship in 2016 for his dedicated humanitarian services to the local community and represented Australian Lions in England through Operation Friendship hosted by the Haverhill Lions Club for District 105EA.

During his time as District Governor Rob is keen to see the 201T1 clubs focus on the Lion’s global causes in their local area to the benefit of the community. Lions are great at being able to raise funds and provide manpower and he doesn’t want to see those efforts wasted by expenditure on administration by other organizations. Rob is proud that he was the club president during a period that saw his club contribute a significant donation to the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. He has also seen firsthand the assistance provided to children with mobility issues and people that are blind.

Rob’s theme for 2021/22 is 'Change a Life – Today', as we do give people hope and improve their lives when we are able to either fund medical research, provide equipment or financial assistance, or just be a friendly face and provide moral support over a ‘cuppa’. The assistance that we are able to provide is appreciated greatly by the recipients whilst giving ourselves a warm inner glow that we have helped them in some manner.

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