About Rotary

Rotary is a global network of clubs with 1.2 million members who unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and our clubs.

Our Mission 

We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.


Our Guiding Principles

("The 4 Way Test")

Of the things we think, say or do:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

Members have an opportunity to collaborate with men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things. 


The first chartered Rotary Club was in 1905 in Chicago USA and since then has expanded to now have more than 35,000 clubs all over the world. Rotary was established in Australia in 1921 and now has over 1,100 clubs and 30,000 members

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ABOUT US

The Rotary Club of Balgowlah

Balgowlah Rotary has been active in our community since 1974.  

We are a community charity organisation.
We respond to needs wherever they arise by raising funds and providing practical, hands on assistance where possible to ensure all have the opportunity to thrive in our community.

WHAT WE DO

We respond to disasters


We recognise local excellence with small business, community and pride of workmanship awards
We run community health programs
We assist at Dalwood jumble sales
We support local and International charities and communities in need


We organise local fundraising activities


We ensure children in our community get a good start

Markets
Business Week
Environmental Sustainability
National Youth Science Forum
Education
Dalwood Spilstead
WE HAVE FUN

We offer our members friendship and companionship with regular social activities ensuring members enjoy being Rotarians.

It’s not all work!

Come along and meet us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Balgowlah RSL Club, Ethel Street Balgowlah for dinner at 6pm and our meeting at 7pm. During COVID-19 we are meeting via Zoom.

We finish by 8.30pm

WHAT COMMITMENT IS INVOLVED?
  • The Balgowlah Rotary Club meets at 7pm, 1st & 3rd Tuesday night of the month. Many come earlier to share dinner.
  •  Members attend as often as they can, keeping them up to date with the happenings of the club.
  •  Some members bring partners and friends for special occasions and guest speakers
  • Throughout the year we have a variety of activities which members always enjoy, such as participation in youth projects, assisting at fundraising events and an occasional combined District Rotary Seminar.
  • We take fun seriously having a “Minister for Fun” who organizes social events and outings, including local bushwalks, coffee or lunch gatherings.
  • A yearly fee is paid, some of which goes to Rotary International to support their Global projects, such as the End Polio Campaign, Clean Water and Disaster Relief programs.
DO YOU HAVE AT LEAST 90 MINUTES A WEEK?


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What can I contribute?
  • Rotarians bring an amazing array of life skills! Member’s interests, hobbies and varying vocations come together to make wonderful contributions.
  • Discussions about projects and charities are always open to member’s – their opinions and ideas are always welcome.
  • Various roles in the club are rotated each year and members may like to join a committee of their interest or even take on a leadership role.
  • There are always hands on jobs to do.



Gift Giving
There are many ways for you to participate with us:

We have 5 areas of focus which include

  • Services - Community, Vocational, Youth and International Projects to propose, develop and contribute, as needed to support programs for each of these services areas
  • Membership - Encourage member involvement and retention and to attract new members and friends to join and contribute to the club’s programs and projects
  • Fundraising - Projects & Events
  • Communications - Publicity, Newsletter, Website, Social media
  • Club governance & support (Finance, club service, District/RI liaison, insurance


WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS AND THEIR FRESH IDEAS


YOU ARE JOINING A GLOBAL NETWORK OF LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

WE ALL SHARE THE SAME GOALS AND IDEALS AS YOU,

TO HELP MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE


Other Benefits of Membership Include:

Rotary Fellowships

Gives members the chance to join international groups of people who share similar interests, hobbies, or vocations. Some groups use their fellowship to make a positive difference.

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Rotarian Action Groups

Unite Rotary members, family members, program participants and alumni who share their expertise in particular fields by collaborating with clubs and districts on projects.

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Rotary Global Rewards

Our member benefits program, which offers discounts on products and services. It's Rotary's way of helping our members spend less so they can do more.

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The Rotary International Convention

Our biggest event of the year. Rotary members from more than 130 countries meet at the convention each year to celebrate our successes and make plans for the future.

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Types of Membership

Club Member

You will get more out of Rotary than you give

Lifelong Friendship, Camaraderie and Social Events

Business Development

Business Networking

Involvement in Local Community Needs

Involvement in International Community Projects

Helping through our Youth Programs & Youth Exchange

Fundraising for a Variety of Causes

Join as a Club Member

Volunteer

We also need volunteers now...
call us and get involved

If you cannot commit to being a full member but would like to help we welcome you to volunteer:

A few hours at a chosen event or for a project

Help with obtaining Businesses goods and services

Find a Sponsor for the club at our Charity events




Join as a Volunteer

Corporate Membership

There are several ways you can become a corporate member:

Sponsor our major Fundraiser

Volunteer your businesses services

Provide staff to volunteer at our fundraising events

Donate Products for our fundraising raffles & giveaways

Donate Cash towards our Rotary projects

We are open to suggestions as to how we can also promote our corporate sponsors via links to our website and inclusion in our social media activities

Join as a Corporate Member

Rewarding Experience


"Joined Balgowlah Rotary in 2003 at the invitation of then member and an old friend, Malcolm Bush.

I had just retired from ANSTO and Helen and I had moved to Fairlight from Lindfield, where we and our three sons had lived for more than 30 years.

Rotary has been a rewarding experience in a number of ways. We got to know great people in Rotary and in our local community; As Community Service and Vocational Director I gained a much better understanding of the Dalwood Spilstead Centre, Lifeline and other community organisations and schools based in our Local community and, over the years, and as a recent Past President, I have gained a much clearer appreciation of the wonderful work of Rotary around the world. Finally, for those who would wish to have these same experiences, come and join us."

Roger Gray

Invaluable Support


"Rotary Balgowlah provides invaluable support to Mackellar Girls Campus and our students. For over 13 years, it has sponsored and supported a gamut of truly memorable experiences each year for our youth, including:

National Youth Science Forum, Rypen (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment), MUNA (Model United Nations), RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness), Australian Business Week as Mentors, United Nations Youth Sponsorship, Comedy Nights for school fundraising and annual student recognition awards.

Mackellar is extremely grateful for the ongoing support for our students that is provided in so many ways by Rotary. It is because of this generosity that students are able to attend such valuable and enriching learning experiences and develop their potential, self-confidence, knowledge and leadership."

Christine Del Gallo, Principal, Northern Beaches Secondary College Mackellar Girls Campus

A Wonderful Journey


" I was initially attracted to Rotary when I was invited to join by John Emmett and Dr Brian Hanley in 1992 because of both its local and International involvement.

Over the years I feel that Rotary has done more for me than I have done for Rotary.

  • I have been a Charter President, Assistant District Governor, Community Service Advisor and International Adviser for our District.
  • I have travelled to Nepal with the Plastic Surgery team, repairing cleft lips and palates
  • I have participated in a National Polio Immunisation Day in India.
  • I participated in a Good Will trip to Myanmar where our Hand Surgery Team were training their surgeons and invited their head surgeon to AMA National Conference.
  • I was on the Eastern Region Rotarians Against Malaria Committee and George McClelland and I did a joint project with Australian Doctors International, supplying Bed Nets and Filariasis treatment to a remote area in Papua New Guinea. Rotary’s original malaria bed netting was a project conceived by Dr Brian Hanley, where Rotary Clubs were encouraged to ‘Adopt a Village’ and supply bed nets for that village at A$10 each.

It has been a wonderful journey and continues to be."

Diana Hart OAM

Good Friends


"In 1994, I Tony Hill joined Balgowlah Rotary Club to be involved in activities in the local Community. I have held many positions including being President in 1997 – 1998. I have made many good friends and a sense of belonging to an excellent Club. It has given me great pleasure to participate in meetings, fund raising and fellowship which as a member I have enjoyed in this friendly Balgowlah Rotary Club."

Tony Hill

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