The Rotary Club of Sydney

List of regular weekly and monthly activities



As a multi-dimensional club the Rotary Club of Sydney has a Weekly Club Lunchtime Guest Speaker’s programme plus a wide range of monthly meetings.This enables members to network and socialise with fellow Rotarians as well as engage with one or more of the Club’s extensive list of activities or community service projects at times that fit their work, social and family life.


Weekly Club Lunchtime Meeting for members and guests to network and listen to an outstanding line-up of guest speakers Every Tuesday 12.30pm for1.45pm to 2.00pm Cello Room, 4th Floor, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street (between Market and Park Street) Sydney. Chair and contact for meeting: President Alex Shaw. For cost and bookings:
The Peace Building Group is composed of a group of Rotarians committed to promoting peace. The meeting often includes a guest speaker. 1st Thursday of the month 6.00pm to 7.30pm Find out more about this group (Link) Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. See notice in foyer on arrival. Chair and contact for meeting: Vice President Chris McDiven AM There is no cost to attend. Drinks can be purchased at the bar. Meals are available from the bar for those who wish to stay after the meeting.
Business Breakfasts, generally with modern business practices, business technology or social media as the theme. The meeting usually includes a guest speaker. 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30am to 8.45am Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. See notice in foyer on arrival. Chair and contact for meeting: Director Tony Benner. For cost and bookings:
Rotary Means Business is the premier networking event in Sydney for Rotarians, their friends and business associates. The Last Tuesday of the month at 6.00pm to 7.30pm Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. See notice in foyer on arrival. Chair and contact for meeting: Director Tony Benner. There is no cost to attend. Drinks can be purchased at the bar. Meals are available from the bar for those who wish to stay after the meeting.
Service and Awards Committee 2nd Wednesday of the month 7.45am to 8.45am. Find out more about this committee (Link) Shaw Partners, Level 15, 60 Castlereagh Street, Sydney Chair and contact for meeting: Director Rob Clifton Steele. There is no cost to attend.
Youth Committee 1st Wednesday of the month 5.30pm to 7.00pm Find out more about this committee (Link) Level 10, 65 York Street, Sydney Chair and contact for meeting: Director Brigette Sancho. There is no cost to attend.
International Service Committee 1st Tuesday of the month 11.30am to 12.30pm (before the Weekly Club Lunchtime Meeting) Find out more about this committee (Link) Board Room, 1st Floor, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Chair and contact for meeting: Director Carolyn Fletcher AM There is no cost to attend.

A stellar line-up of guest speakers
The Rotary Club of Sydney meets for Lunch on Tuesdays 12.30pm to 2.00pm at
The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel Cello Room, 4th Floor, 169 Castlereagh Street
(between Market and Park Street) Sydney NSW 2000.
Guests are always welcome. 
Past speakers at club events have included:
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC, DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales
The Honourable Mike Baird MP, Premier of New South Wales, the Minister for Infrastructure, & Western Sydney
The Honourable Thomas Bathurst QC, Chief Justice NSW
Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO, Governor of New South Wales
The Honourable Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer of Australia
The Honourable Arthur Sinodinos AO on migration to Australia the values of Australian citizenship
The Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition
The Honourable James Spigelman AC QC, Chair of the ABC and former Chief Justice and Lieutenant Governor of NSW
His Excellency José Ramos-Horta, former President and Prime Minister of East Timor
Commissioner Andrew Scipione APM, NSW Police Service
Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM, NSW Rural Fire Service
Ron D Burton Rotary International President 2013-14 at the opening of the Rotary Life Skills Centre.
Jan Utzon, Architect, celebrating The Opera House's 40th Anniversary
Deng Thiak Adut, 2017 NSW Australian Of The Year
Gail Kelly, CEO of Westpac
Wal King AO, on A Life in Construction and Engineering - Myths and Reality"
Paul Scurrah, CEO and Managing Director of DP World Australia, Australia’s largest Port container handling company
Jim McIlvenny, Senior Vice President, Dow Chemicals
Bernie Brookes, CEO of Myer
Catherine Livingstone, AO President of the Business Council of Australia
Dr Ziggy Switkowsk, Chairman of the NBN, Chancellor of RMIT, Chairman of Suncorp and past CEO of Telstra & Optus.
Dr Charlie Teo AM Neurosurgeon, Sons and Daughters evening
Cameron Kerr, Chief Executive Taronga Zoo at the Australiana Dinner
The Honourable Justice Tricia Kavanagh former Justice of the Industrial Court of NSW and Deputy President of the IRC
Air Marshall Geoff Brown AO, Head of the Royal Australian Air Force
The Hon Michael Kirby, AC, former Justice of the High Court
Dr Elizabeth Coombs, NSW Privacy Commissioner
Stephen Page, Bangarra Dance Company
Professor Larissa Behrendt, Prof of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS
Dr Mark Westman, Founder of Pets in the Park
Nick Farr-Jones, captain of the Wallaby side who won the World Cup in 1991 on The Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup
Prof Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission
David Levine Inspector, Police Integrity Comm & NSW ICAC
Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, President of the Anti-Discrimination Board
Belinda Hutchinson AM, Chancellor of the University of Sydney
David Gonski AC, Chancellor, University of NSW
Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney
Professor Barney Glover, Vice Chancellor of University Western Sydney
Professor Attila Brungs, Vice Chancellor UTS
Professor Shane Houston Deputy Vice-Chancellor Sydney University, Indigenous Strategy and Services
Professor Michael McDaniel, Pro-Vice- Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership and Engagement, UTS
Professor Peter McMinn, Bosch Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Jennifer Burn, on Slavery and Human Trafficking
Associate Professor Dr Melissa Green on Schizophrenia
The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, NSW Treasurer, and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Jillian Skinner MP, NSW Minister for Health
The Honourable Adrian Piccoli MP NSW Minister for Education
Charles Tarbey, Chairman of Century 21 Australia
Professor Stephen Simpson, Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney
Clyde McConaghy was one of the founders of the Global Peace Index; the leading measure of national peacefulness. 
Her Excellency Kirsty Sword Gusmão, Timor-Leste’s Ambassador for Education and wife of the Prime Minister
Catherine Burn, Deputy Commissioner of Police
The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, the NSW Minister for Communities and Citizenship
Caroline O’Hare Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics Command
Harkan Harman CEO Community Relations Commission
Mark Tedeschi AM, QC Senior Crown Prosecutor, Academic, Author
Craig Laundy MP, Business and Politics
Phillip Adams AO Broadcaster - Vocational Service Award
The Honourable Jason Clare MP on The Mateship Treks
The Honourable Nick Greiner AC, Infrastructure NSW
The Honourable Kevin Humphries MP, Minister for Natural Resources Land and Water; and Minister for Western NSW
The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson MBBS, MRACGP, FRACP (Hon.), FAMA, Director of the Australian War Memorial
John Brogden AM Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Rear Admiral Ian Crawford AO AM (Mil) RAN (Rtd)
Margaret Cunneen SC Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor in NSW
Jihad Dib Lakemba MP and formerly principal of Punchbowl Boys High School.
Lucy Brogden on both Womens’ Issues and on Mental Health
John Barilaro, MP, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business 
Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review
Michael Knight, former NSW Minister for the Olympics
Frank Howarth, Director, Australian Museum
Jim Maxwell, ABC journalist
Tanya Hosch, Deputy Campaign Director RECOGNISE & Chair, Bangarra Dance Theatre
Jane Singleton, CEO of Sydney Peace Foundation Mongolian Ambassador
Tim Wilson Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner
Dr Chris Bourke MLA, First Indigenous Australian Dentist
Dr Michael Schaper Deputy Chairman ACCC
Peter Debnam Soils for Life Board Member
Carol Cooke AM, Gold Medal winner at the 2012 London Paralympics
Hugo Llorens, Consul General of the USA
Les Murray AM, Australian Sports journalist and broadcaster
Ann Knight, Honorary Secretary and member of Management Board of NSW Rape Crisis Service
David Williams, President NSW Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Veterans Services Association
Steve Price, announcer radio station 2GB
Professor Jack Beetson, Aboriginal philosopher, teacher & only Australian to receive the UN’s "Unsung Hero" Award, 2001
Sam Romaniuk, CEO, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
Luke Naish, CEO, BBQs Galore
Tracey McCann, Head of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children's Teleschool
John Winning, CEO of The Winning Group and Founder of Appliances Online
Holly Kramer, CEO of Best & Less
The Honourable Pat Farmer AM, multiple world record holder for endurance running and former Federal MP 
Ros Strong, Chair, Sydney Community Foundation
Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert, Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Schizophrenia Research, University of NSW
The Honourable Shaoquett Moselmane MLC
Simon Balderstone, Chairman Australian Himalayan Foundation
Julie McKay, Executive Director, Australian National Committee for UN Women
Richard Woolcott AC, former Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Mike Chilcott, Linchpin Environmental
Professor Mary O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Angela Vithoulkas, Councillor, City of Sydney
Wendy Machin, President NRMA
Pastor Ray Minniecon, Indigenous School Council member, St Andrew's Cathedral School
Martin Holzberger CSC, Warrant Officer of the Royal Australian Navy
Dr Andrew Young, Director, Centre for Social Impact, University of NSW
John Skinner Director, Centre for Oral Health Strategy Justice
Alex Greenwich, member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Sydney
David Morris, National Director Australian Republican Movement
Norman Gillespie, CEO UNICEF Australia
Dr Kim Jaggar, Principal Sydney Boys High School
Cheryl Bart, on The Explorers Grand Slam
Vic Ahladeff, Chair of Community Relations Commission NSW on journalism in South Africa during Apartheid
Dr Simon Longstaff, Executive Director St James Ethics Centre
Dr Wayne Johnson, Archaeologist, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
Professor James Weirick on the design of Canberra
Major Paul Moulds AM, The Salvation Army , on partnering with the club to support the marginalised and homeless
Kel Gleeson, President UNAA NSW on his role in UN Peacekeeping Operations in Rwanda,
Patrick Winston Medway AM CEO and Honorary Secretary of the Australian Wildlife Society
Noel Trevaskis OAM, an Australian-based Board Member of Rotary International.
Mike Dureau AM, on Future Energy Security - Options And Trends"
Dr Happy! AKA Dr Tim Sharp at the Rotary Hat Day Launch
Annette Edis, author of ‘Retire and Live the Dream’
Bill Salter, District Governor Rotary International District 9675
H.E. Mr. Gian Ludovico De Martino di Montegiordano, Ambassador of Italy to Australia
H.E.Dr Milan Balazic, Ambassador of Slovenia to Australia and New Zealand
Gloria Carter, on Parkinson's disease
Keith Jones, Affinity Wealth
Robin de Crespigny, author 'The People Smuggler';
Martin Welsh, New Zealand Consul-General
Donald Hector, President The Royal Society of NSW
Niels Marquardt, US Consul General
Jackie Gambrell, National Stroke Foundation
Ryan Bulger, Indigenous Sports teacher, St Andrew's Cathedral School
Rob Laurie AM, former Australian High Commissioner to India
Lynda Ben-Menashe, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
Barry Antees, District Governor Rotary International District 9675
Tracy Howe, CEO of NSW Council of Social Services of NSW
His Excellency Mr. Ravdan Bold, Ambassador of Mongolia to Australia
Kylie Gwynne Director, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Peter Wilkinson, television journalist
Michael Noetel, Sport and Exercise Psychologist
Amanda Doring, YMCA’s ‘Heartmoves’ preventative health
John Bale, Founder of ‘Soldier On’
Michael Smith, radio journalist
Jesper Lowgren, author
Julian Todd, Wine merchant & business model.
Brad Manera, Historian & Curator, ANZAC Memorial
Maha Abdo OAM, President Muslim Women’s Association
Andrew & Renata Kaldor & Melanie Noden, Centre for International Refugee Law
Louise Walsh, CEO Philanthropy Australia
Darren Black, CEO PCYC
Reg Richardson AM, Philanthropist
Mark Anderson, Rotary Foundation
Dr Jamal Rifi, Muslim community leader
David Schwartz MD & Founder, Board Direction
Dorothy Hoddinott AO Education
Dr Keith Suter, Terrorism, technology & regional power
Hans-Dieter Steinbach, Consul General of Germany His Ex, Gen,
Brad Copelin Services stories from a Veteran
Dr Stavros Kyrimis Greek Consul General
Carolyn Fletcher, AM on Opportunity Cambodia
David Holm, Architect, Churchill Fellowship
Paul McPhun, Executive Director of Medecins sans Frontières
Mathias Kopp on ‘Business Angels’
Craig Carter on the Resilient Landscapes Project
Troy Grant MP, Deputy Premier of NSW, Minister for Justice and Police, Minister for the Arts
Her Excellency Ambassador Belen F. Anota, Ambassador of the Philippines
Miss Gulseren Celik Consul General of Turkey
Professor Dr. Floricel-Paul Mocanu, Consul General of Romania
Abel Guterres,  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Timor-Leste
Garry Browne AM, District Governor, Rotary International District 9675
Martin Butterworth, Managing Director, Space Syntax Australia
Claire Moffat, CEO of Connected Media
Stephen Humphreys, District Governor Rotary International District 9675
Professor Shirley Kaye Randell AO On Rwanda’s first Economic Development and Poverty Reduction
Rabbi Zalman Kastel Directo Together for Humanity Foundation
Dr Dana Cordell from Institute for Sustainable Futures UTS
Professor Peter Schofield, Executive Director and CEO of NeuRA and Prof of Medicine at UNSW.
Ted Plummer, Head of Government and Community Relations at Sydney Airport
Professor Joerg Eberhard MME, Chair of Lifespan Oral Health in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Charles Perkins Centre
Ron Delezio founded of Day of Difference Foundation
Peter Lazar AM, on How to Reach People with a Message
Geoff Hukker; Founder and CEO, Beyond the Orphanage
Heath Ducker CEO of Youth Insearch
Dr. Raji Ambikairajah, COO of Women in Banking and Finance and Sydney Chapter Leader for Room to Read 
James Castrission, an Aussie Explorer constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance
Carole Schlessinger, co-founder and director of Kids Giving Back
Tim Power, CEO of 3P Learning 
Roxy Lee, Music Photographer & Founder of the Blue Guitar Project
Graham Wilson, District Governer Rotary International District 9675
Kristian Kolding and members of Australia's Skillaroos team
Ric Smith AO PSM on China Today: Politics and Economics
Dan Blatch, founder of Blatchy's Blues
Michele Rumsey, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development at UTS
Prof Caroline Homer, Director of the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health & an Assoc Dean Faculty of Health, UTS  
Peter Price OAM, Vice-President Crime Stoppers International
Fayez Nour, Australian Rotary Health
Nick Harrington, Sustainable development
Laurie Glanfield, NSW Department of Finance and Services, NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General
Ellissa Nolan, Synergising business, technology and communities



The Rotary Club of Sydney meets for Lunch on Tuesdays 12.30pm to 2.00pm at
The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel Cello Room, 4th Floor, 169 Castlereagh Street
(between Market and Park Street) Sydney NSW 2000.
Guests are always welcome. 

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Lunch Meeting: Sydney Rotary Club's Annual Citizenship Ceremony
Tuesday 28th February 
The Hon. Philip Ruddock will be the guest speaker at Sydney Rotary Club's annual Citizenship Ceremony at 12:30pm on Tuesday 28th February at the Castlereagh Hotel.
Philip Ruddock was a Liberal member of the House of Representatives from 1973 to 2016. He was first elected in a 1973 by-election and by the time of his retirement, he was the last parliamentary survivor of the Whitlam and Fraser Governments. 
He was both the Father of the House and the Father of the Parliament from 1998 to his retirement. He is the second longest-serving parliamentarian in the history of the Australian Parliament.
Philip Ruddock served continuously in federal cabinet during the Howard Government, as Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs from 1996 to 2003, and then Attorney-General from 2003 to 2007.

Lunch Meeting: Wake up to the Power of Women
Tuesday 7th March
To mark International Women’s Day, the Rotary Club of Sydney will hold a special luncheon on Tuesday, 7th March featuring an address by Pallavi Sinha on “Wake up to the Power of Women.”
Pallavi Sinha is Principal of Lawyers with Solutions and was selected in the prestigious AFR & Westpac 100 Women of Influence winner list. She currently serves on the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity & the White Ribbon Diversity Committee.
She is a former People of Australia Ambassador and has presented submissions before a Senate Committee on Domestic Violence on behalf of FECCA & some of her recommendations were adopted. She was also involved in meetings with the former Minister for Immigration which led to changes to migration policy aimed to increase DV survivors’ access to justice.
Pallavi was the first Indian Australian woman to be invited to join Saxton Speakers Bureau. She has spoken at Global, National and Conferences. An Award winner for Excellence in Law, Journalism & Community Services, Pallavi is regularly interviewed by the media & is a popular and well-known speaker & writer, especially on topics such as DV and social cohesion. She has appeared on ABC TV Q & A, the 7.30 Report & The Drum. She also participated in the Ethics Centre Celebrity debate on Racism along with Stan Grant & Jack Thompson. Her opinion pieces have been widely published, including by the SMH, ABC & SBS.
Her website is and you can follow her on Facebook & LinkedIn Pallavi Sinha & on Twitter & Instagram mspallavisinha