Rotary is the leading service organisation founded more than one hundred years ago to provide excellence in community service. Our membership is made up of a wide variety of men and women who either live or work in Williamstown or have a connection to our local community. The common thread is that we all want to give something back to those in need of help or assistance.
We pride ourselves in making lasting contributions to both local and international communities without the encumbrance of costly agencies that syphon funds for their administration. Rotary is run by committed volunteers who through their annual membership dues pay for all administration costs including the running of the International Head Office.
The Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand is proud to be a part of the Rotary International network which is working on the eradication of Polio as one of its global humanitarian projects.
We focus on supporting local causes which help with disadvantaged youth and others within our community.
We meet each Tuesday evening for dinner (at a cost of approx $25) at the RVMYC where interesting speakers keep us up to date with current affairs and community projects. Members are expected to attend ~50% of meetings, but the participation in club projects and activities (which count as attendance) is where the spirit of the “Gellibabies” is best experienced and the value of Rotary in the community really appreciated.
Our Recent Work includes:-
- Support for Challenge cancer through a Pirates day where upwards of 100 kids and their parents are entertained with a Pirates water fight, face painting, on land entertainment and BBQ. A dad’s weekend away is also included in the annual calendar so that families affected by juvenile cancer get the opportunity to let dad have a respite ‘Up the Bush’ at Mathoura on the Murray.
- Support for ‘Open Family’ through leadership group activities at Camp Getaway near Bendigo. And in co-operation with Williamstown Sport and Game Fishing club a fishing day where young people at risk are entertained for a day’s fishing and fun.
- Focus on literacy through support for the ‘Friends of Williamstown Libraries’ summer writing competition, The Williamstown Literary Festival and a junior school English literacy programme in Nepal.
- Many support programmes and funds to local schools and our ‘adopted’ drought ravaged community in East Loddon near Bendigo.
Other Beneficiaries for our Support Include:-
v Williamstown Lifesaving Club
v Sandridge Lifesaving Club
v Redskins Basketball Club
v Breast Cancer Research
v Floyd Lodge Garden
v Mercy Hospice
v HobsonsBayToy Library
v TS Voyager
Our Fundraising activities
These include a large serve of teamwork and heaps of fun!
Our main fundraising activities include:-
- The Big Bay Swim where local companies sponsor the open water swim from Sandridge to Williamstown. This event is now renowned for its competitor safety and the support from other community organisations which enables the carnival like atmosphere to be enjoyed by all. The Big Bay Swim has been run for more than twenty years and apart from one year where the storms necessitated a change of course the hardened open water swimmers are in for it every year.
- BBQ’s at Bunnings where we get to do something useful and meet the community in a different way
- A Progressive Dinner where members flit across the three venues within Williamstown for a foodie’s night of indulgence and fun.
- The Melbourne Cup Sweep where members and friends have a day of festivities including snail races, and phantom calls, culminating in the draw of the sweep.
- Our expertise in running BBQ’s is known across the City of Williamstown and with our newly commissioned BBQ trailer we are called to many community events to either raise funds or run BBQ’s for others. These include the Williamstown and Victorian Motor Cycle Clubs and their renown Toy Run
- The annual Fort Ball utilising Fort Gellibrand is a calendar fixture.
- And not forgetting our Christmas Raffle which is drawn at the annual Christmas Party.
Membership Enquiries to:-
Membership Director – Mario Vella
Mobile:- 0418 326 610
Charter No 23943
2012-3 President Raimonda Krogmann
Postal AddressPO Box187Williamstown Vic 3016
Weekly Meetings Tuesday 6-45 for 7-00pm
Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club
260 Nelson PlaceWilliamstown
Tel 9397 5036