Welcome to the Rotary Club of Eltham

 
                                     
 
 
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back. 
President:  Jill Ramsay
 
 

Rotary Club of Eltham

Eltham

Service Above Self

Thursdays 6.15pm for 6.45pm start
Enquiries: Secretary Erita Songahid 0410 520 324
Heidelberg Golf Club
8 Main Road
Lower Plenty, VIC  3093
Australia
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Rotary is a global network of over 1.2 million volunteers who share common interests in helping to create sustainable change – across the globe and within our own communities.
 
Locally, the Rotary Club of Eltham is an active and inclusive group of people committed to supporting those in need. We work on projects that support our local community, we support young people through education, self-development and student exchange programs and we also support international projects that address poverty, disadvantage and disasters. 
 
In 2017-18 our club members completed over 3,000 hours of volunteer service. With funds raised, we supported over 40 organisations financially or in-kind and donated in excess of $70,000 to local and international programs. 
 
Our club has 60 members, comprising men and women of all ages from a diverse range of backgrounds. We meet weekly for dinner at the Heidelberg Golf Club, have an active and stimulating program of guest speakers along with a number of projects on the go at any one time. And it’s not all hard work as we have plenty of friendship and fun too!   
 
If you would like to find out more about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Eltham, please contact us as we would be delighted to chat with you and invite you to a weekly meeting where you can meet others, enjoy a meal and learn more about what Rotarians do. 
 
President:       Jill Ramsay         0421 318 580
Secretary:       Ernita Songahid 0407 535 042
Membership: Jules Aussems   0415 108 440 
Treasurer:       Michael Martin   0416 238 640
 
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P.O.Box 134
Eltham, 3095
 
Located in the heart of the Eltham Lower Park children’s playground is the Rotary Club of Eltham’s latest club project, a children’s cubby house.  As children arrive and explore, voices are raised in delight, as they find the new wheelchair friendly addition, Butterfly Cottage. With large open windows to look inside, a seat to join others in play, a beautiful Eltham Copper butterfly on the outside and ants crawling up the roof line; the children are happy in simple outdoor play.  Rotary Club members, partners and other Friends of Rotary similarly enjoyed joining together over several days to lay concrete and matting, build the cubby frame and walls, then paint it in bright colours.  Butterfly Cottage has joined earlier Rotary projects in the ELP including the BBQ shelters, public seating near the Rotary Sunday sausage BBQ and the shade sails.
Donated by the Rotary Club of Eltham, in cooperation with a Rotary Foundation District Grant, to the Eltham Community.  With thanks to designer Ali Coster, Home Timber and Hardware, local artists Paul and Barb Rushton (donated the butterfly) and Nillumbik Shire Council.
 
 
 
A single mother of three children living in St Helena contacted the Club. Her middle child, Chloe, a nine year old, has autism, cerebral palsy, suffers from epilepsy and is non-verbal. To attend the Diamond Valley Special School her mother has had to carry her and she currently weighs 20 kilos. Her Occupational Therapist recommended that they get a DoBuggy to wheel her to and from school. A friend at the school suggested that the mother should contact a Rotary Club to see if they would help.
 
The request was taken up by our Community Service Director, Paul Kelly, and a DoBuggy obtained, it is capable of carrying a person of up to 60 kilos and so should last her until she is 16 or 17. The DoBuggy was delivered to Chloe and her mother by President Jill and Paul Kelly. When they bent down to talk to Chloe who was sitting in the DoBuggy she held their hands, which her mother said was most unusual as she did not normally make tactile actions.
 

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