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History of Glenferrie Rotary


The Rotary Club of Glenferrie was granted a charter in October 1975. The Club’s first formal meeting took place a month later in the Hawthorn Town Hall, with 30 people inducted into membership. Glenferrie is the third club to have been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hawthorn, the other two being the Rotary Club of Camberwell and the Rotary Club of Kew.

What makes Rotary so special?

From the beginning, two factors have consistently been identified as primary goals for any Rotary Club and Glenferrie is no different. These are:

  • The development of acquaintance or friendship as an opportunity for service.
  • To provide opportunities for community leadership

Some of the outcomes

In its 40 years to date, the Rotary Club of Glenferrie has carried out countless community service projects, operating on a local, State, National or International basis. Some of the standouts have included:

  • The River Run, a successful fundraiser for Vision Australia for 27 years, taking participants on a 10 km journey along the Yarra River from the city to Hawthorn.
  • Operation of a Coffee Shop at the monthly Hawthorn Craft Market in the Hawthorn Town Hall from 1985 to 2003 serving soup, sandwiches and Devonshire teas.
  • Establishment of the Boroondara Farmers' Market. On the third Saturday of every month up to 70 stall holders and 2000 customers come to Patterson Reserve in Auburn Road, Hawthorn, to buy a great range of fruit and vegetables, meats and prepared foods at this popular market. Club members do the set up and clear away work on a roster basis. Established in 2003, this project is now the Club’s major fundraiser.
  • Sewing machines for East Timor. More than 500 second-hand sewing machines were collected by Club members, serviced and shipped to East Timor in 2001, together with large quantities of fabric and haberdashery.
  • The Boroondara Family Network was established in 2000 to provide support for parents with newborn babies and very young children. Through this program, a team of volunteers is organized to help families meet the often demanding needs of young children.
  • Youth leadership. Glenferrie has hosted and sponsored many young people through the Rotary Youth Exchange program. The Club has also sponsored students to attend the National Youth Science Forum and Youth Leadership camps.

Click other headings in this website to find out more about the Rotary Club of Glenferrie and what it does. Better still, arrange to come to one of our regular meetings and see for yourself. You can be sure of a warm welcome.