Rotary Club of Canterbury – Who are we?

Rotary Club of Canterbury is located in Victoria Australia. Our members are female and male aged 25 years or greater who enjoy combining community service and having fun together. We meet weekly on a Monday night for dinner 6:00pm at Bass Care Centre, 2 Rochester Rd, Canterbury. Check out our Upcoming Events calendar on this page.

The Rotary Club of Canterbury have been serving our local & international communities since 1987. We have an active social and project program. Our members love being part of our Club and enjoy participating in all our activities.

Rotary’s main aim is giving to the community, in the workplace, and supporting those in need in our home country and throughout the world. The magic of Rotary is that it allows ordinary people to achieve the most extraordinary things. By using the powerful synergy of one, people unite to achieve exceptional global change. Many ordinary member of Rotary have developed projects that have brought significant change to the world. We participate in local and international projects such as Hosting Rotary Group Study Exchange teams from other countries, travelling to Philippines to screen locals for cataracts and other eye conditions, sponsoring local community health education, helping our mates in country Victoria. We even have our own Radio show – see the Radio Show tab above.

Rotary funds great programs that you can apply to be part of at zero or minimal cost to you: Youth Exchange (16 yrs); Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (18-25); Model United Nations Assembly (16-18yrs); National Youth Science Forum in Canberra (Year 11); Rotaract (18-30Yrs); Group Study Exchange (25-40 yrs); Peace Scholar – Many more, contact us for more info


Interested in getting involved?

Are you passionate about your local, business and international community? Have you participated in a Rotary program and want to re-connect with Rotary?

Do you have an interest in helping others locally and around the world with the opportunity to meet a diverse range of like-minded people?

We’d love to hear from you. We invite you to contact us about joining our Club. The Rotary Club of Canterbury is vibrant and active in our Community – Locally and Internationally. Click here to Contact the Club about Rotary or joining Rotary or to find a Club near you.

As a member of the Rotary Club of Canterbury, you become more involved in the local community and you get involved in providing aid to other parts of Australia and the world. This is the essence of what the club and Rotary International offers to you, the opportunity to be involved, and this is the key to getting the most out of membership. New members are always welcome – we seek community members who want to make a difference in their community, locally and globally.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Rotary contact us by sending a message to Phone us on 0416 661 321 or email us from the contact us page.

Click Here for a brochure about Rotary

Click Here for some info about some projects in which Canterbury Rotary is engaged.

Click on the Projects tab at the top of the page to jump to our Projects Page.

What is Rotary

Members of a Rotary Club are part of a diverse group of professional leaders working to address community and international service needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world.

  • Rotary clubs receive a charter from the worldwide organisation – Rotary International.
  • A Rotarian belongs to a particular Rotary club after being invited to join that club.
  • Rotary districts are a way of grouping a number of clubs in a particular geographic area. The area covered quite often crosses state and even national boundaries.
  • Rotary District 9800 encompasses the City of Melbourne, the Melbourne CBD, surrounding and bay side suburbs and country clubs that stretch as far as Echuca Moama on the Murray River in northern Victoria.

For more detailed information about District 9800, its organisation, and area of coverage, please Click here

Rotary International’s Beginnings

Founded by Paul Harris in 1905 Rotary International has become one of the most successful service organisations in the world. Raised in a rural village in Vermont, Paul had a vision of a club for professionals that would rekindle the fellowship he had known in his youth. Harris could never have known what a huge impact this first club would have on the world. He met up with three friends – a coal dealer, a merchant tailor and a mining engineer. At this first meeting the men committed to growing the group and decided that the business leaders they would attract should meet regularly to enjoy camaraderie. Meetings were rotated among their places of business and so ……..the name “Rotary” emerged and so too did the commitment to improve the lives of the less fortunate.

When this first Rotary Club of Chicago donated a horse to a preacher in 1907, the Rotary commitment to service was born and Rotary became the world’s first service club organisation. By 1910, the International Association of Rotary Clubs was established (later renamed Rotary International).

In 1916, witnessing the growing popularity of the clubs in various regions worldwide, Rotary set up a district system. The organisation became truly global transcending national boundaries, race, language, and religion. Clubs mushroomed throughout Europe, South and Central America, Australia, Africa, and Asia. Rotary was represented on six continents by 1921. To reflect this worldwide presence, the name Rotary International was adopted one year later.

Click here to learn more about why people join Rotary.