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About the Rotary Club of Collingwood

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The Collingwood Rotary Club has been operating in this neighborhood for over 50 years. From the very beginning, it has been active in support of local causes, early hands-on projects being at the Collingwood Children’s Farm and at just about every school and kindergarten in Collingwood.   A significant contribution in time and money was spent in construction of the Collingwood Community Health Centre

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Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Scheme, now operating widely throughout the country had its humble beginnings as a Collingwood Club project, at the Collingwood College, led by the then Principal, Rotarian Frances Laurino.

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In the 1970’s, Passed Rotarian George Atyeo (AKA Tim the Toyman) started the Rotary Cakes and Puddings Project which continues to this day, now lead by Rotarian Richard Whitehead, helping Rotary clubs throughout Australia raise around $300,000 each year to fund their own local projects.  

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Collingwood Rotary Club has been able to make some quite significant contributions, such as in 2000, a bus for St  Jude’s School in Tanzania and, in partnership with the Carlton Club, the renovation of St Vincent’s Hospital Rehab Unit.

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In recognition of his work in the community, the Club’s 2010/11 President, Meca Ho, was named City of Yarra Citizen of the Year on Australia Day 2011

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In 2009 the club received a citation from Rotary International, recognizing 50 years of dedication to the Object of Rotary and its commitment to the ideal of “Service Above Self”

The Collingwood Rotary Club continues to seek out new members  from amongst men and women engaged in a business or profession, who see their vocation as an opportunity to serve the community.

For information contact the Club by email :collingwood@rotaryd9800.org

At each Lunch and Dinner meeting members make the following commitment:

As we partake of this meal and enjoy the fellowship in this room we remember those who are not so fortunate and remind ourselves of our commitment as Rotarians to the service of the world community

Rotary Four Way Test

Rotarians worldwide are inspired by the Rotary theme of “Service Above Self” and are guided by reference to ‘The Four-Way Test’. In particular, ‘The Four-Way Test’ challenges Rotarians, in everything they do, to ask of themselves:

“Of the things we think say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"