The premier Rotary Club in New South Wales
Chartered 21 May 1921
The Rotary Club of Sydney is a part of Rotary International a secular global network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to make a difference on a local, national and international level. Rotary International’s motto is Service Above Self.
- Founding the New South Wales Society for Crippled Children in 1929, now known as the Northcott Society; the first Australian Rotary Project.
- Establishing the Police & Citizens Boys' Clubs in New South Wales.
- Establishing the Mt Eliza Executive School of Business now part of the University of Melbourne.
- Instrumental in the building of an International House to accommodate overseas students at the Universities of Sydney and NSW.
* Brian H Fletcher, Achieving for Others - The Rotary Club of Sydney 1921-2005, Southwood Press 2005.
The Rotary Club of Sydney has an extensive list of current activities and projects.
Members support among many other projects:
Indigenous Education Scholarships through the Rotary Soukup Scholarship Fund.
Vision Beyond Aus (VBA) which provides free eye surgery to the world’s most disadvantaged people.
Opportunity Cambodia providing education & training for Cambodia's most vulnerable children.
The Rotary Club of Sydney Rural Community Support Programme.
- 2015-16 (President Alex Shaw), partnering with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney is educating and improving the dental health of mainly indigenous children.
- 2014-15 (Andrew Laurie), The Rotary Take Charge of Your Life Program helping children leaving foster care in partnership with Wesley Mission.
- 2013-14 (Geoff Wilbow) established The Rotary Life Skills Centre to support the marginalised and homeless in inner city Sydney, to be run by The Salvation Army.
- 2012-13 (James Allen) started a vaccination programme in Timor-Leste (East Timor) to eliminate a preventable mosquito transmitted, parasitic disease that causes elephantiasis in partnership with University of Sydney.
- 2011-12 (Ned Boyce), funded the establishment of a state-of-the-art centre and day program for young adults with significant intellectual and physical disabilities run by the Wesley Mission
- 2010-11(Roslyn McLeod, OAM) provided funds for the internationally acclaimed Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) cancer research team.
- 2009-10 (John Given) assisted a number of existing charities that were interested in expanding their services into a new area including the Australian Children's Music Foundation, Y-Fin, Lou's Place, The Jewish House and Home Hospice.
- 2008-09 (Patricia Harrison) provided funds for Youngcare, a charity devoted to providing high level care for young adults, physically incapacitated through accident or illness such as multiple sclerosis, who would otherwise have to live in aged care facilities.
- 2007-08 (Garry Browne) with a theme of “Education Matters” supported the Inspire Foundation’s Beanbag program to help those with mental illness reconnect with society through different forms of IT; and provided scholarships at the University of New South Wales.
- 2006-07 (Gerry Rihs) supported an innovative, early-childhood educational enrichment program offered at La Perouse PublicSchool, teaching parents of three- to five-year-olds how to develop their childen’s school readiness, communication abilities, and relationship skills before they begin their education in the classroom; as well as financing a micro-credit bank in a very poor region of the northern Philippines to lift some 15,000 working poor up the economic ladder.
- 2005-06 (Adrian Pilton) provided a new Ambulance for NETS which is a clinical component of the PSN (Pregnancy and Newborn Services Network) of NSW.
- 2004-05 (Bruce Edwards) and 2003-04 (Chris Ferris) helped the Salvation Army construct a new building to house the Careline service taking calls from around Australia; a member was the architect. They also ran a two year project to support Wesley’s EQUIP Youth Mentoring Program helping young people, by one to one mentoring, to learn skills for employment and personal development.
- The Youth Committee
- The International Services Committee
- The Service and Awards Committee
- The Peace Building Group
- 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?