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Dolly Parton Imagination Library - Register Here


Giving all young children - newborn until they turn 5 - the opportunity to learn to read - that is the aim of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Now, with the generous support of the Bendigo Bank, the Rotary Club of Bayswater funds the program in The Basin and Bayswater.

To register children, use the Sign Up form.

Helping Dads Helping Families

Becoming a dad for the first time can be a daunting experience. Many struggle to adjust. Learning from others can help. 

Marie Wallace Reserve in Bayswater is the venue for the launch of the new Knox Dad's Group on 27 August.

The launch, to be supported by the Rotary Club of Bayswater, will start at 10.30 am.

The Dads Group aims to help and support dads and families, in an informal and family-friendly environment. It's a chance to share experiences and learn from other dads, new ones, in particular.

Meetings are informal and fun, and are usually held around a BBQ or over a coffee.

Come along and see for yourself.


1 Million Free Books for Kids

What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?

It's a program started by Dolly Parton that provides free books to children from newborn until they turn 5 years of age - one book per child every month. In 2016, the number of books distributed around the world passed the 1 million mark.

Rotary International President, John Germ, a keen supporter of the program, sees it as one way to help reduce world poverty - and recognises a lot more needs to be done.

Since 2014, the Rotary Club of Bayswater has supported the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in The Basin.

With the generous support of the Bendigo Bank, in August 2016 the Club expanded the program Bayswater..


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 2018

The 2018 Knox Art Show will be held on:

Friday Night 16  March 2018 - Opening Night by ticket only

Saturday 17 March 2018 - open to the public

Sunday 18 March 2017 - open to the public

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

All artwork, quilts and woodwork 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.


Volunteers Wanted

If you're a busy person wanting to "Make A Difference", volunteering through Rotary could be just what you're looking for.

Volunteering is serving humanity
Volunteering is fun
Volunteering is satisfying

Becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Bayswater 
is very easy:

Membership is open to men and women of all ages
People from all areas, not just Bayswater, are welcome

Want to 'Make a Difference' or 'Give Something Back'? Contact us and attend one of our meetings. Find out more about what we do and stand for.

If it is what you want - Join Us.

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

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.

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.


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.


1.2 Million Volunteers Serve Humanity

Ordinary people working together can achieve extraordinary things.

Food for the hungry, promoting health, reducing poverty, encouraging literacy and peacemaking  - these are just a few of the areas where the 1.2 million Rotary International volunteers serving humanity around the world are making a difference.


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.



Red Faces Night

Date: Saturday Aug 19, 2017, 7:00 pm

Want a really fun night? See Rotaractors and Rotarians make fools of themselves - all in a good cause.

Red Faces is a night of fun and frivolity being organised by Knox Rotaractors to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia.

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