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Your Club's Community Service Contribution for 2016

The 2015-2016 financial contribution by the club to local and District 9800 causes was finalised at the recent board meeting, with funds now in the process of being distributed.

The club board, on the recommendation of the Community Service Committee, has approved the distribution of funds totalling $16,400 to a number of outstanding causes.


Ashburton Primary School starts Green Thumb Program

The Rotary Club of Glenferrie, together with the Rotary Club of Chadstone East Malvern and the Ashburton Primary School Parents Association have commenced work on establishing a herb and vegetable garden for Year 5 students at the school. 


The Boroondara Farmers' Market

The next Boroondara Farmer's Market will be held on Saturday, 16th July 2016.

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



Open Day at the Hawthorn Men's Shed

The Open Day at the Hawthorn Men's Shed on Friday June 10th has been a great success.


Camberwell Blood Service

Save a Life - Give Blood.


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


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

Focus is on Rotary Camp Getaway at June 7th Club Meeting

Rotarian Ken Maxfield of the Rotary Club of North Balwyn entertained the club meeting on Tuesday June 7th with an informative and engaging presentation on  the great work being done at Rotary Camp Getaway in Axedale, near Bendigo. Ken has been a driving force behind the camp since the early 2000s, when the project to redevelop the original Rotary Axedale Youth Camp was commenced. 


Hands on My Rotary Training Program for D9800 Clubs

Rotarians from all over District 9800, including the Rotary Club of Glenferrie, gathered at Swinburne University Hawthorn on Saturday June 4th for a very informative training session on the online website My Rotary. The session was held simultaneously in two locations, enabling regional members to join. The session, hosted by the Rotary E-Club of Melbourne, was professionally run and very informative, highlighting what a powerful tool My Rotary is. Congratulations to the Rotary E-Club of Melbourne for an outstanding event and a very productive morning's work.

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Click on the link below to learn more about the My Rotary website tools.


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.


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.


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! 


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.


Rotary in District 9800

The Rotary Club of Glenferrie is one of 70 clubs in Rotary District 9800 which covers a large part of the state of Victoria, Australia and includes the Rotary Club of Melbourne (the oldest club in Australia).


What is Rotary

We are neighbours, community leaders and global citzens uniting for the common good. 

Rotarians worldwide are inspired by the Rotary theme of "Service Above Self" and are guided by reference to 'The Four-Way Test'. In particular, 'The Four-Way Test' challenges Rotarians, in everything they do, to ask of themselves:

"Of the things we think say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

The Rotary Club of Glenferrie

We meet every Tuesday

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 Bob Carey on 0407-363-270 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 July 5, 2016 - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. 

Greg McDonald 'Air Traffic Control in Australia'

Tuesday July 12, 2016 - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. 

Matt Maudlin 'Servants Community Housing'

Tuesday July 19, 2016 - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.  

Club Changeover Night

Tuesday July 26, 2016 - Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.  

 Ian Fenton 'Hawthorn Men's Shed'

Tuesday August 2, 2016 - Bellezza Restaurant, Malvern