Rotary is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in Australia and New Zealand in 2021, and the combined Rotary clubs in Boroondara are planning some key events to mark the occasion locally. The centrepiece is the installation of a unique Rotary Interactive Play Sculpture at the Yarra Bank Reserve in Hawthorn, part of a new playground being installed there. However there is more than just a playground being planned. A number of events are being scheduled to highlight this significant occasion for Rotary and the unique partnership between Rotary and the local community.
The R100 Playground Committee, led by PP Thelma Hutchison, and comprising PP Don Moore and PP Richard Blakeman from RC Glenferrie, Teresa Molella from RC Camberwell, Denbigh Richards from RC Hawthorn and Bob Lambert from RC Canterbury, have been working with the City of Boroondara and the sculpture designers and builders Agency of Sculpture over the past 18 months to complete the playground rebuild.
The next steps will seek to engage the community directly and leverage the playground to raise the profile of Rotary locally, and attract new active members. The key components are:
  • The Opening Ceremony at Yarra Bank Reserve, in June this year
  • A Business Breakfast under the theme Rotary Means Business at the Hawthorn Arts Centre in the July/August time frame
  • A community End Polio Now Walk around the Yarra Bank pathway in November
  • The installation of bee hotels in the Reserve and surrounds, engaging local school children in the event.
There will be much more information over coming bulletins as the plans progress, and everyone, Rotarians and Friends, is expected to take part in this extraordinary opportunity to celebrate Rotary, the partnership with the community, and coming together to Do Good in the World.