The Rotary Club of Emerald & District is delighted to be part of a number of celebrations marking the 100th year of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand.  From Rotary celebrations to fundraising activities we are a very busy group at the moment!    in the 2020-2021 Rotary year we also celebrating 40 years of service to the local community and supporting many international project including Polio eradication.
Look out for us as we are out an about in the next few months as we enjoy this momentous occasion.


100kms for 100 Years

Why not join our fundraising challenge during March and April to walk 100kms whilst raising funds for the Rotary Club?  You can even walk with your dog!!  This is an opportunity for the Rotary Club of Emerald and District to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand whilst having some fun and raising much need funds along the way.
Click HERE to donate to the team of active walkers clocking up the kms to raise funds that will assist in supporting local projects.

Baton Celebration

On March 22 the members of the Rotary Club of Emerald & District and Belgrave will combine for a special trip on Puffing Billy to commemorate 100 years.  Thoughout our local district, District 9810 there are many baton handing over events and we are delighted to be taking part as well.
Below is some information on our special, invitation only event.
May 22nd ( Saturday ) 2021 – commencing 11.00am at Belgrave station.
11.00am – depart Belgrave
11.25 am – arrive Menzies Creek – 15-20 minute stop over to view the new Museum facility
11.50am – Dept Menzies Creek
12.10pm – arrive Emerald Station. – 10 Minute with a Band or music playing.
12.20 – arrive Nobelius Nursery Packing Shed.
12. 25- Baton Change , speeches, presentations etc.
          -  Lunch  and look around -  say 1.0 - 1.5 hours   ( Lunch  type to be sorted ) 
2.05 pm – depart for return to Belgrave (3.08pm arrival)
Belgrave about 2.45pm.
We plan to have Music playing at the Stations and have a local artist playing music at the Packing Shed.  
Watch this space for further information and come as wave to us as we exchange the baton from the past 100 years to a future generation taking up the baton to make a difference in the world through our focus areas of Community, International support, Sustainability and the Environment, Vocational Service and last but definitely not least, Youth.

District Event at Jells Park - The Waggle Dance

Rotary District 9810, the district the Rotary Club of Emerald & District belongs to is organising an attempt to break the world record for Waggle Dancing on 15 March in Jells Park.  If we get there  you may see some dancing Rotarians on the news!!! 
the Waggle Dance is a dance bees undertake by returning bees to the hive to tell fellow workers where the nectar is as they return to the hive.  Linking with one of our focus areas, sustainability and the environment, it is hoped the event will raise awareness about how important bees are in our food chain.

Rotarian's Stories

Shalini Penny - President Elect

Joining Emerald & District Rotary on 5th July 2016 seems quite a long time ago however really just under 5 years, which is not long in the life of a Rotary member. Becoming a Rotarian coincided with giving up work and looking to move house into Emerald.  I looked at the huge range of Community groups available, checked out a couple and decided that Rotary was the best fit for me as it covered ages from 30’s – 80’s, male and female and was progressive and fun – just what I was looking for as I wanted to keep my brain ticking over, keep up with technology, mix with the Community and take part in activities that I had never been involved with previously.  
Until joining Rotary I had never worked with Children however I now have several Kids Fun Runs with Thomas behind me, attended School Speech Contests for Primary Schools,  assisted at the Driver Awareness Days at Sandown Race Course, been part of the Pride of Workmanship Awards and run a Debutante Ball.  
Then the list of Fundraising activities is endless – some of the activities are: Sausage Sizzles,  Cocktails on the Catwalk,  All American Car Show & Man Cave Ally, a Car Rally, Great Community Raffle, Wine tasting evenings,  Cup Day and our latest event the Trash2Treasure Market, which is held monthly on the 1st Saturday of the month.
On top of this we undertake site visits such as a privately owned car museum, CPEC (Cerebral Palsy) in Glen Waverley Monash Children’s Hospital and “Insight” the School for the Blind in Berwick.
Being part of the Rotary family has brought a different dimension to my life, there will always be someone in the group that I can turn to if I needed help. Which is just as well as from July I embark on 12 months as President.  
Shalini Penny