Rotarians unite the power of one with the power of many to bring about exceptional change. Made up of men and women across all vocations and cultures, Rotary is a non-political, non-religious organisation focused on improving the well being of local and international communities in need.
To be a Rotarian is simply to have a desire to do something to help others. To be a Rotarian is to develop your skills, broaden your networks, grow your knowledge, enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded people and build life-long friendships.
The Rotary Club of Essendon is part of a global network of 32,000+ clubs and over 1.2 million motivated volunteers. We pride ourselves on our 75+ year track record of completing enduring relevant community service projects and the fact that 100% of all funds we raise are distributed directly to the causes we support.
We were Chartered in 1935 as the first suburban Rotary Club in Australia. Our club has produced six (6) District Governors and a President of Rotary International, Royce Abbey, in 1988/89.
The Rotary Club of Essendon meets every Tuesday, 12.45pm for 1.00pm at the Anglers Tavern, 2 Raleigh Road, Maribyrnong, 3032. Lunch is served and each meeting finishes promptly at 2.00pm. (Note: Third Tuesday of each month is a dinner meeting from 7pm - 8pm). Meetings usually include a guest speaker with a broad range of topics covered. Recent guest speakers have included: Jan Chantry (Mayor - City of Moonee Valley); Stephen Mayne (Journalist and Corporate Governance activist); Ross Stevenson (3AW morning radio); Dr Bridie O'Donnell (Champion cyclist and rower, media commentator and specialist in Men's Health at Epworth Hospital); and Holly Ransom (Corporate Strategist and Australian Prime Minister's appointment to G20 Youth Summit).
In 2014/15, our Club received the following awards:
Rotary International Presidential Citation
Vance Hilton Community Service Recognition for our work with the Rotary Clubs of Essendon North, Strathmore and Moonee Valley City Council in the building and establishment of the Moonee Valley Strathmore Community Men’s Shed,
Jack Nankervis International Service Recognition for the donation of a vehicle for the Hope for Myanmar Children’s Centre in Myanmar .