Zions and Rotary International

Over the years we have supported local charities and organizations.  Our CEO John Given is strongly involved in the Rotary Club of Sydney. Read on to see the great achievements the Rotary Club of Sydney has provided year after year, and continues to do so.


Community graphic main webThe Rotary Club of Sydney is the premier Rotary Club in New South Wales.

Every Tuesday there is a lunchtime meeting for members to network and listen to a stellar line-up of guest speakers: Premiers, Governors, ambassadors and consuls, engineers, scientists, journalists, business leaders and many more. There are also breakfasts, international theme dinners, balls, dances, vocational evenings and other social activities in members’ homes, art galleries and function centres.

The Rotary Club of Sydney is part of a secular global network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to make a difference on a local, national and international level.

92 years on members will continue The Rotary Club of Sydney’s outstanding record of Achieving for Others.


The Rotary Club of Sydney has an outstanding history of initiating solutions to community needs by:

  •  Founding the New South Wales Society for Crippled Children in 1929, now known as the NorthcottSCommunity graphic - Rotaryociety.
  •  Establishing the Police & Citizens Boys’ Clubs in New South Wales and continuing to support fundraising for the Woolloomooloo PCYC.
  •  Establishing the Mt Eliza Executive School of Business now part of the University of Melbourne.
  •  Being instrumental in the building of an International House to accommodate overseas students at the Universities of Sydney and NSW.

Each year the president of The Club spearheads fundraising for a major project or projects. Recent projects:

  •   2011-12 (President Ned Boyce) opened a state-of-the-art centre and day program for young adults with significant intellectual and physical disabilities to be run by the Wesley Mission.
  •  2010-11 (Roslyn McLeod, OAM) provided funds for the internationally acclaimed Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) cancer research team
  •  2009-10 (John Given) assisted a number of existing charities that are interested in expanding their services into a new area including the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, Y-Fin, Lou’s Place, The Jewish House and Home Hospice.
  •  2008-09 (Patricia Harrison) provided funds for Youngcare, a charity devoted to providing high level care for young adults, physically incapacitated through accident or illness such as multiple sclerosis, who would otherwise have to live in aged care facilities.
  •  2007-08 (Garry Browne) with a theme of “Education Matters” supported the Inspire Foundation’s Beanbag program to help those with mental illness reconnect with society through different forms of IT; and provided scholarships at the University of New South Wales.
  •  2006-07 (Gerry Rihs) supported an innovative, early-childhood educational enrichment program offered atLa Perouse PublicSchool, teaching parents of three- to five-year-olds how to develop their child’s school readiness, communication abilities, and relationship skills before they begin their education in the classroom; as well as financing a micro-credit bank in a very poor region of the northern Philippines to lift some 15,000 working poor up the economic ladder.
  •  2005-06 (Adrian Pilton) provided a new Ambulance for NETS which is a clinical component of the PSN (Pregnancy and Newborn Services Network) of NSW.
  • 2004-05 (Bruce Edwards) and 2003-04 (Chris Ferris) helped the Salvation Army construct a new building to house the Careline service taking calls from around Australia; a member was the architect. They also ran a two year project to support Wesley’s EQUIP Youth Mentoring Program helping young people, by one to one mentoring, to learn skills for employment and personal development.

Ethics is a hallmark of Rotary

Rotarians experience personal growth in an organisation that is respected worldwide for its high values and standards and at the same time develop business networking opportunities and build lifelong friendships. Clubs are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races and creeds.

Rotarians abide by The Four-Way Test:

Of the things we think, say or do:

Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Thinking of joining The Rotary Club of Sydney?

Joining Rotary is a richly rewarding experience. For more one than hundred years it has allowed ordinary people to achieve the most extraordinary things by making a positive impact and giving to humanity.

Why wouldn’t you want to be part of an organisation that gives you the opportunity to achieve global change?


If you would like to know more about the Club or are a visiting Rotarian, we would be delighted to welcome you to a weekly luncheon meeting. More information on The Rotary Club of Sydney:www.sydneyrotary.com/www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=4814Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter Contact The Rotary Club of Sydney:The Rotary Club of SydneyGPO Box 1523 Sydney NSW Australia 2001Ph: + 02 80148073; office@sydneyrotary.com




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