Pandora’s Box

We need your Rotary stories!

Pandora’s Box contains hidden treasures. Like a box discovered in the attic you open it and see what you find. It is a collection of stories about people, projects and events: important, trivial, funny or serious.

It is a work in progress. It contains information from all eras but especially events and activities occurring since the publication of Achieving for Others * in 2005. It is a method of collecting, telling and recording our collective knowledge before it disappears. (*Brian Fletcher The Rotary Club of Sydney 1921-2005 Achieving for Others)

Please don’t only read the contents of Pandora’s Box, submit a treasure; generally one page with one photo (maybe two) but it may need to be longer if it records details of club activities spanning a number of years.

Email a word document draft to gillean.wilbow@gmail.com. If possible photos separate as a jpg image.

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games were “the best Olympic Games ever” according to IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, in large part due to the community spirit.

The Home Host Program As Sydney prepared for the Games the Rotary Club of Sydney (RCS) worked with the Sydney Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (SOCOG) to develop a community program offering free bed and breakfast in homes for families of athletes. Athletes and their families from many countries needed this support to be able to be part of...

An Association going back 100 years! The University of Sydney and Rotary Club of Sydney

The Rotary Club of Sydney’s association with The University predates the Club’s inaugural meeting which was held on the 17 May 1921 via Sir T.W. Edgeworth David; a worldwide acclaimed geologist and Professor of Geology at the University. He had served as the scientific officer on the Shackleton Antarctic Expedition and later led the party that first reached the southern magnetic...

Intriguing start of the Soukup Indigenous Australian Scholarships

The sale of a Prague Hotel is supporting Indigenous Australian University Students. Hotel Meteor Prague Czechoslovakia George Soukup returned to Prague after 43 years in Australia when ownership of the Hotel Meteor was restituted to the family. The hotel had been confiscated after the communist government seized control in Czechoslovakia following the Second World War; George’s family had been involved...

Vision Beyond Aus: If you can give the gift of eyesight, you can give new life.

In  2011, the then President of the Rotary Club of Sydney, Roslyn McLeod OAM asked Indy Singh OAM  to find a project that would build “international bridges of friendship”; this focused Indy Singh’s support for the Rotary Club of Sydney and its charitable projects into a passion to help some of the poorest people on the planet. The Vision Beyond Aus...