Rotary 100 Years in Australia and New Zealand
It’s a special time. Rotary in Australia and NZ celebrates the First 100 years of Service in 2021. In 1921, four Rotary clubs were created, the Rotary clubs of Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Sydney. From there, Rotary and Rotaract clubs were created everywhere across Australia and NZ. In the past 100 years, Rotary in Australia and New Zealand has grown to more than 1,400 clubs throughout Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, and over 36,000 clubs worldwide.
In 2021 clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand will unite to celebrate 100 years of Doing Good in the World, and launch Rotary into the next 100 years of service. Projects of lasting benefit to the community will be completed as part of those celebrations
Rotary Club of Glenferrie Rotary 100 Project
The Rotary Club of Glenferrie will lead a consortium of  Rotary clubs in the City of Boroondara comprising the Rotary clubs of  Camberwell, Canterbury, Glenferrie and Hawthorn to build a special interactive playground feature at Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn as part of commemorations of Rotary's 100 years Down Under.  The playground will be close to the site of the of the original ferry which crossed the Yarra at this point, connecting Richmond with the Parish of Boroondara.  The site has considerable significance for the local indigenous people. The consortium is partnering with The City of Boroondara in the construction of a new all-abilities playground at the site. Rotary will contribute a unique interactive play sculpture that will capture the spirit of place and celebrate 100 years of service in partnership with the local community. Planning is currently underway with the objective of commencing construction early in 2021, well in time for the Rotary 100 Down Under celebrations.
The reserve is beautifully located on the banks of the Yarra River and is an ideal family picnic and play site. Through the City of Boroondara, residents are being surveyed on their preferences for the park, the sorts of features it includes and their expectations of the new landscaping. The Rotary interactive sculpture will be spectacular and unique to this park, making it a destination site. Community engagement at the reserve will be actively promoted through Rotary organised events, engaging with schools, parent groups and other community organisations through links with the Council.
The historic significance of the park offers another dimension, engaging with local historical societies in promoting the city’s history. The project will leave a lasting legacy in the local community, fittingly commemorating 100 years of Rotary service.
The Rotary contribution is being supported with a District Local Grant from The Rotary Foundation, a Four Star Charity as rated by Charity Navigator. The Rotary Foundation funds community projects throughout the world, now totalling more than US$4 billion in grants. The major global grant is the Rotary inspired program to wipe Polio from the face of the Earth.
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The first steps towards the implementation of our combined project to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary Down Under has commenced, with the removal of the existing playground at Yarra Bank Reserve on Wednesday.
The RORP Team, comprising members of the Rotary Clubs of Camberwell, Glenferrie, Hawthorn and the Rotary e-Club of Melbourne and led by RC Glenferrie International Service Director Mark Howlett and Rotary Camberwell member John Walmsley dismantled and removed the playground, transferring it to Rotary Donations in Kind in West Footscray where it was loaded into a container bound for Nepal. Our major project for 2021 is now well underway.
District Governor Philip Archer has announced that the Royal Australian Mint and Australia Post will issue a special coin and stamp collection in 2021 to mark Rotary's 100th anniversary in Australia and New Zealand. The announcement was made at the 'Happy as Larry Lunch' event on November 19th, broadcast online from the Royal Brighton Yacht Club by the Rotary clubs of Melbourne and Brighton North.  The collection will be launched at two special breakfasts on February 4th, 2021, one in Melbourne and one in Sydney. The Rotary 100 Years Downunder celebrations are sure to be high profile next year, including in the City of Boroondara, where a number of events are planned to leverage the special Rotary themed interactive playground sculpture at Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn.
To review the recording of the Happy as Larry Lunch 2020 featuring comedian Shane Jacobson and Toilet Warrior Mark Ballard click on this link. Both presentations are simultaneously highly entertaining, and thought provoking. Look out for the funniest joke in the world!
The Rotary interactive play sculpture at Yarra Bank Reserve, Hawthorn will capture the spirit of place, defining the new playground to be constructed there in early 2021.  Situated in Glenferrie Ward in the City of Boroondara, and on the banks of the lazy ol' Yarra River, the playground will be a gift to the community from the Rotary Clubs of Glenferrie, Camberwell, Hawthorn and Canterbury with a grant from The Rotary Foundation, marking a fruitful community partnership that has existed for 100 years.
The key message of the all-abilities play feature will mark the theme: "When people work together they can create something magnificent"
To see what the playground will look like when opened in 2021, Rotary ANZ's Centenary Year, click on "Read more..."
The celebration of 100 Years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand got of to a spectacular start Friday, with an event broadcast via YouTube from Government House, Canberra featuring His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia, and a litany of stars. The signature project for the event Give Every Child a Future was spotlighted during an online event that celebrated Rotary, Rotarians and the wonderful work done over the past 100 years.
The project led by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie as part of nationwide celebrations of Rotary's 100th anniversary in Australia and New Zealand has been awarded a District Local Grant from The Rotary Foundation. The project consortium, comprising the Rotary Clubs of Camberwell, Canterbury, Glenferrie and Hawthorn will build a unique interactive playground feature as part of the new all-abilities playground being erected by the City of Boroondara at Yarra Bank Reserve Hawthorn.