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The Boroondara Farmers' Market

The next Boroondara Farmer's Market will be held on Saturday, 18th June 2016.

Patterson Reserve, Auburn Road, Hawthorn East.(Melways 59 E4)



Camcare is a welcome friend in times of need

In  times of adversity, including ill health, unemployment, relationship difficulties, financial stress and homelessness, the world can be a cold and friendless place. Camcare has been playing a vital role in helping those facing adversity in the City of Boroondara and surrounding areas since 1976. Providing companionship, support networks, counselling and emergency relief, Camcare provides a service that is probably not seen by the majority of Boroondara residents. To those in the city helped in times of need, however, Camcare is light and warmth when all else seems lost.

The Rotary Club of Glenferrie, together with other Rotary clubs in the city, has strongly supported the work of Camcare over many years. The CEO of Camcare will address the club meeting on Tuesday May 17th, as part of the club's community service forum, to outline current programs and to talk with members about how the club can continue to help.


Glenferrie Rotary renews commitment to the Boroondara Family Network on Mother's Day

The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has renewed its historical commitment to the Boroondara Family Network, citing the important work being done by the network and its volunteers to support new mothers in the municipality.

The coming of a first child can be a stressful event for families, especially for mothers who are remote from the support of close family and friends. The Boroondara Family Network coordinates volunteers who make regular home visits to new mothers, providing friendship, support with parenting, common sense advice and helping with problems that may arise.

The Co-ordinator of Volunteers for the Boroondara Family Network, Ms. Patricia McNally, will address the club dinner meeting on Tuesday May 17th at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, outlining the successes the Network has had, and providing an update on its current work.  All members of Rotary and of the public are welcome. Non club members wishing to attend should advise Cheryl Pisterman at


A Dance with a Difference

The City of Boroondara, Life Activities Clubs and Basscare will host A Dance with a Difference at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn on Friday 27 May 2016 at 1:00pm and you're invited. $20 per person 


Glenferrie Rotary Supports Camp Getaway

The Club met this week to confirm its Community Service financial commitments for the current financial year and has renewed its enthusiastic support for Rotary Camp Getaway in Axedale Victoria. Founded in 1947 as Axedale Youth Camp, the camp has played host to tens of thousands of children and groups from throughout Victoria and beyond in its 70 year history. To mark the relationship, the club meeting on June 7th 2016 will be addressed by Rotarian Ken Maxfield, representing Camp Getaway, who will bring the club up to date on latest improvements and plans for the camp.



Glenferrie Rotary Community Service Guidelines

The Rotary Club of Glenferrie has agreed upon a set of criteria to help guide decisions on which community service projects to support.


Rotary News

Farmers' Market funds put to good use in Boroondara

The club dedicated the meeting on Tuesday May 17th  to two valued service supported by the club in the City of Boroondara.

The meeting was addressed by Patricia McNally, Organiser at the Boroondara Family Network and by Jane Broadhead, Chief Executive Officer of Camcare. Glenferrie Rotary has been associated with both organisations for many years.


Latest Edition of the Glenferrie Rotarian

This weeks' edition reports on the eye-opening presentation at the last club meeting by Mark Balla of We Can't Wait', news of upcoming community events,  a report from the International Service Director, the President's report and more...


Lack of Toilets leads to new life focus for Mark Balla of 'We Can't Wait'

When visiting a school during a business trip to India some years ago, Rotarian Mark Balla noticed that there were primary school age children of both sexes, and young teenage males, but no teenage female students at all. When asked why, students explained that it was because there were no toilets for them.

In India, over 100 million students go to schools that do not have toilets. Lack of toilets prevents girls from attending school. Lack of education of girls perpetuates poverty.

Up to 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to proper toilets. 4000 children die every day due to diseases caused by poor sanitation, that's one child every 2 and a half minutes.

'We Can't Wait' founder Mark Balla explained to the club meeting on May 3rd how this realisation changed his life, and how addressing this basic need for people in the developing world became his life's mission.


Showcasing our Young People at the Club Meeting April 5th

Students from Westall Secondary College and Auburn High School addressed the club meeting on Tuesday April 5th, when the theme of the evening was 'Showcasing our Young People'. Organised by the Youth Committee, the evening focused on the achievements of two promising students, Franz Delos Santos of Westall Secondary College and Matthew Schipper of Auburn High School.

From left to right: Charles Tran, Thelma Hutchison, Georgia Staikos, Franz Delos Santos, Matthew Schipper and Maria Karvouni


Rotary Dinner Speaker Explains Life in the Blind Lane

The guest speaker at the club's dinner meeting on March 29th was blind recruiter David Hume. From the joys of the sense of freedom he first experienced when he got his first guide dog, to the challenges of sailing in two Sydney- Hobart races, to the first time he asked a girl to dance, David's story of courage and inspiration was enthralling, entertaining and a life lesson for all who were privileged to hear it.


Rotary District 9800 - Riverside Cluster Projects 2015

View the Riverside Cluster video shown at the recent District 9800 Conference in Bendigo, highlighting the service projects undertaken in 2015 by the Rotary Clubs of Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Yarra Bend and Kew, and the Rotaract Club of Swinburne.


Rotary Foundation Celebrates 100 Years of Giving

The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and be inspired to join us in meeting humanity’s greatest challenges! 


Rotary Theme for 2016-2017

Rotary International President-Elect John Germ has announced his Presidential Theme for 2016-2017


Be a Gift to the World

In 2015, we worked together to create smiles around the world. We provided clean water, health, education and improved lives. Lets do even more in 2016. Give:


End Polio Now

Up-to-date news from BBC on the eradication of polio in Nigeria.  Big news indeed.


The Rotary Club of Glenferrie

We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of every month (and the fifth Tuesday if there is one)

6:00pm for 6:30pm at:

Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Road Kooyong, VIC 3144
Melways Map Ref: 59 C3

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For bookings, phone Cheryl Pisterman on 0419 757866 or contact us at   Meetings conclude around 7:30pm. We promise a warm welcome for guests and visiting Rotarians, so why not do a make-up with us. view map

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Glenferrie is part of the inner eastern suburb of Hawthorn, 6km from the centre of Melbourne.

Upcoming Club Meetings

Tuesday May 31, 2016 - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
Club Forum

Tuesday June 7, 2016 - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.     
'The Club in Action: Community Service Program' 
Camp Getaway - Ken Maxfield

Tuesday June 21, 2016 - Venue TBA.
Club Changeover Night.