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An Elephant in Bayswater

They saw an elephant in the room  - no one knew about the great stories in other Rotary Clubs, the inspiring projects, the great achievements - and wondered, "How do we get rid of it?"

Local monthly Rotary magazine, "Rotary Down Under", would probably not exist without the leadership and persistence of some visionary Bayswater members in the 60s. It was their insistence on better sharing of stories and ideas with other Rotarians throughout Australia that lead to the founding of RDU.


A Life-Changing Experience

Youth Exchange is a life-changing experience for the young people who participant in this renowned Rotary program. Chiara Zwickl, our latest incoming Youth Exchange student, arrived recently from Austria to a warm welcome from Bayswater members.


Knox Art Show 2017

The 2017 Knox Art Show will be held on:

Friday Night 3  March 2017 - Opening Night by ticket only

Saturday 4 March 2017 - open to the public

Sunday 28 February 2017 - open to the public

In addition to the Art Show, there will be a primary school children's art competition and quilting exhibition.

All art on display will be for sale.


Our History

The Rotary Club of Bayswater Inc was chartered on 7th April 1961.   

Members are community minded business and professional people who believe in the ideals of Rotary, which involves “Service above Self”. Numerous fundraising projects over the years have allowed us to raise over $500,000 to assist deserving individuals, families, schools and needy causes both locally and internationally.


Club Meetings

Rotary Bayswater

Meetings are held every Wednesday night
6:00pm for a 6:30pm start


Bayswater Rotary Clubrooms
Marie Wallace Reserve

Cnr Mountain Highway and King Street, Bayswater.


Community News

Critically Ill Children Saved

Many children living in poor countries do not have access to medical treatment for deformities and life-threatening illnesses - conditions like a herniated brain or complex heart problem. Without the right treatment, many would die or be ostracised by their communities.

Since 1988, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) has brought over 400 children from the Oceania Region to Australia or New Zealand for the life-saving or dignity- restoring treatment that has restored their health and self-esteem.


105,000 Homeless in Australia

"More than 105,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, and we have strong indications from our members that each day this number is climbing, particularly due to the crisis in housing affordability ..." says Glenda Stevens, CEO of Homelessness Australia.

Swags for Homeless, an Australian not-for-profit charity, aims to provide emergency relief backpack beds for every homeless person turned away from shelter. The award-winning design provides shelter in all weather conditions - and saves lives.


120 Million Children in Slavery

Over 120 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 years live in slavery, according to the International Labour Organisation. The Rotarians Against Child Slavery Rotarian Action Group (RACSRAG) aims to raise awareness of this world-wide issue and support projects to help children free themselves from slavery.


Manure and Water Make a Difference

What a difference manure and water make.

Children and villagers in the Kenyan village of Kariakomo will soon have further improvements to their diet and living standards, with the first crop of bananas and maize about to mature.

With the help of a Rotary Australia World Community Service project, in early 2015 the villagers planted the first 2 acres of bananas in the village and have now turned a 30 acre plot that was bare without water and manure into a thriving food source.

The bananas and maize will further improve the diet of the children and villagers, adding to the benefits from the milking cows and goats project that has operated since 2009.

Violence Is Not Okay

Family violence is a major problem in our community. Every person needs to speak up when they observe family violence and let perpetrators know that it is not okay to abuse others in a family situation. Rotary aims to assist in dealing with this issue and is supporting organisations such as Safe Futures Foundation, whose mission is:

“Every child, young person and adult has the right to live in a safe family, within a safe community, to have stability and the opportunity to reach their potential.”


Furniture Stresses Autistic Children

Conventional furniture, with its sharp angles, can stress children on the autism spectrum. One school that is solving this is the Eastern Ranges School in Fern Tree Gully, Melbourne. With funds from local Rotary Clubs, the school has been able to purchase furniture designed specially for these children. Of the 31 classrooms in the school, four have been furnished to date.


Kenyan Village Goes Bananas

Children and villagers in the Kenyan village of Kariakomo have gone bananas. With the help of a Rotary Australia World Community Service project, they have planted the first five acres of bananas in the village. These will further improve the diet of the children and villagers, adding to the benefits from the milking cows and goats project that has operated since 2009.


Volunteers Get Cancer

Bowel cancer is one of the major causes of death in Australia. Regular testing is a key preventative measure. Each year, many lives have been saved through the Rotary Bowelscan project.


Dolly Parton Comes to Australia

Children with access to good books from an early age develop much better literacy skills, research has shown. Children from birth to 5 years of age living in The Basin, Melbourne, can now receive a free book every month through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a Rotary project in partnership with United Way, Australia.


Goats Help Kids Learn

Access to nutritious food has improved the lives and learning of children in Kariakomo, Kenya dramatically. Milking goats and cows provided through a Rotary Australia World Community Service Project have lifted the children from the lowest preformers at school to some of the highest in the country. By products of the goats and cows have also made the villagers more self-sufficient.



Days for Girls Kit Packing

Date: Wednesday Jun 15, 2016, 7:30 pm

This is a Monash Rotaract hosted event.

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Literacy Program for Newborns

Date: Saturday Jul 9, 2016, 6:30 pm

Free books every month for newborns to 5 years olds - that's what the Dolly Parton Imagination Library offers to young children. By reading to young children, it's a program that all the family can join in on.

The Rotary Club of Bayswater is one of the first Clubs in Victoria to support this program.

A fundraiser on 9 July 2016 will help to continue and grow this remarkable program in the community.


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43rd Knox Art Show

Date: Saturday Mar 4, 2017, 10:00 am

The Knox Art Show is one of the premier events of the Rotary Club of Bayswater. In the 43 years it has been running, well over $300,000 has been raised to support people in need in the local community.

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