Welcome from our President

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:  Frank Lynch
Rotary Club of Eltham

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 6:45 PM
Enquiries: Secretary Denese Billings 0438 704 983
Heidelberg Golf Club
8 Main Road
Lower Plenty, VIC 3093
Club Stories
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 2019-20 our club members completed over 2,500 hours of volunteer service. With funds raised, we supported over 80 organisations financially or in-kind and donated in excess of $65,000 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:       Frank Lynch        0412 416 546
Secretary:       Denese Billings   0438 704 983
Membership:  Jules Aussems    0415 108 440 
Treasurer:       Lou Bolzonello    0411 885 600
P.O. Box 134
Eltham, 3095



The Rotary Club of Eltham has compiled a listing of Community Organisations in Nillumbik and Environs.

If you are a prospective or new resident looking for ways to participate in the community? An existing resident seeking new community, sporting or recreational interests? A community organisation wanting to contact other groups with similar or complementary objectives? Then click on this link to download a copy with included web links to the organisations.


The Rotary Club of Eltham adopted the EndTrachoma toiletry kits project as a Covid Safe activity in the lead-up to NAIDOC week 2020. PP Kevin Hadingham encouraged members to participate. We had Dr Jim Poulter guest speaker to the club on the subject of "Marn Grook", the tribal aboriginal game which was a pre-cursor to Australian Rules football and some club members also subsequently accessed the online screening of "Homeland Story"
Some members purchased their own toiletries, whilst others wanted to support the project, but without doing the shopping exercise! P.E. Sally Squires offered to do some bulk buying and those members made a payment to cover the toiletries, bags and estimated shipping costs.  Sally sacrificed her lounge and dining rooms for a while to sort the kit components.
The sewing production team of Chris Field, Ann Lynch and Irene Cant rolled out 35 toiletry bags in one day!
Jan Aitken of the NRG (Nillumbik Reconciliation Group) and C.A.V.E. (Community and Volunteers of Eltham) delivered 15 completed toiletry kits. A great contribution, with every bag a different colour and pattern. This coincided with Irene delivering her contribution to Kevin's place.
The iron-on Rotary labels duly arrived in the mail and Ann ironed them onto the 50 bags without any burns or bubbles in the process!
All that was left then was to transfer Sally's contents packs into the completed and badged bags. Ann again led the charge one Saturday evening with the help of Brenda Ibels, Jill Ramsay and some bubbly to add sparkle to the process!
Kevin's garage then became the holding bay for the bags, while he arranged the final step of transport to Alice Springs.
The 50 kits were packed into 4 x 100 litre HD Bunnings containers, providing protection in transport and handy storage containers for subsequent use by the school. A good quote was obtained from Pack and Send, Eltham. 
They offer excellent service and have given us great support with a significant discount on the transport and warranty costs. The kits will arrive at the Education Stores office in Alice Springs (as instructed) when staff are back on deck after 18 January 2021. They will subsequently be forwarded to the Harts Range School (Atitijere).
Below are the most recent photos and a short video of the training facility under construction in Nepal, a joint project of the Rotary Club of Eltham, Aussie Action Abroad and Global Action Nepal (see earlier story below).
Video of the work: Nepal Project.mov

The Diamond Valley Community Support (DVCS) 'Food Collective' project is supporting individuals and families in Nillumbik who are facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To support the Food Collective, the Rotary Club of Eltham launched the 'Rotary CAN' appeal, with the aim of collecting canned food items from households in the Nillumbik area. Flyers were distributed to homes requesting cans be left at the front of the property for safe collection. On the 26th of September 2020, the Club collected 3140 canned and other food items from households in Eltham and surrounds. The food was subsequently transported to DVCS for distribution to the needy in the area.
After the food was delivered, the following response was received from Kerri Wellington, Client Programs and Volunteer Coordinator at DVCS:

We are absolutely gob-smacked by the generosity of your group and the community and blown away by your outcome!! From all of the organisations in the Food Collective Project, I want to say a very sincere thank you and that you have helped in an enormous way to sustain the food service delivery and support given to the community in this region.    
......please pass on our deepest gratitude and appreciation for all those involved – at the present time it is so heart-warming to see so many amazing people doing such great work to help others in need. We are so grateful to be working together with you in this cause.


The DVCS Food Collective is managed by Diamond Valley Community Support. It is a collective of local service delivery partners and donation partners, community organisations and individuals working together, initially for the Coronavirus crisis period, to address food security challenges for vulnerable and disadvantaged community members in the Diamond Valley Region. This is done by sourcing and supplying basic non-perishable food parcels of everyday necessities to those who are experiencing financial crisis and needing emergency relief assistance. The DVCS Food Collective relies on volunteers to create pre-packed parcels and distribute these, and other volunteers to deliver to those more isolated community members. The DVCS Food Collective also fundraises to subsidise the cost of purchasing food, like key staples, to make sure these products are available more consistently.
On the 9th of June 2020, the Rotary Club of Eltham's Community Service director, Paul Kelly (below) presented Kerri Wellington from the DVCS Food Collective with a donation cheque for $5000 from the Club to assist them in continuing to provide this vital service.
If you are able to help the DVCS Food Collective with food or financial donations, please visit the DVCS website at www.dvsupport.org.au

Having successfully completed a school building project in Timor Leste several years ago, I was looking for a new International venture. 
As the Club’s International Director I approached my friend Graeme Kent OAM, CEO of NGO Aussie Action Abroad (AAA).  I had been to Nepal several times with him in his previous role as CEO of the Duke of Edinburgh Program Victoria. He suggested partnering with AAA and a Nepalese educational organisation, Global Action Nepal (GAN), dedicated to improving the standard of basic education nationwide as a privately funded in-service teacher training facility.
Negotiations were conducted, funds committed and a team of ten assembled, which I took to Nepal in September last year to work alongside local Nepalese tradesmen on the foundations for a new two storey training hall at the GAN compound in Lalitpur, some 20 kms from the Kathmandu CBD. Prior to departure, the Interact Club of Montmorency Secondary College conducted a community dinner dance at the College and raised $4000 for the project. The Rotary Club of Eltham has committed $35,000 over three years.
The team of nine bonded quickly, working well with the Nepalese crew, supervised by a Nepalese construction engineer contracted for the build. The monsoon rains came back after a week working on the foundations, so we repainted the dining hall of the accommodation block. GAN staff were most appreciative to see the building have a ‘face lift.’  
The 18 day stay was not all work. Apart from two days travelling to and from Nepal, six days were taken up being tourists, shopping, visiting schools and donating supplies, exploring Lalitpur, visiting the ancient capital Baktapur, partaking of local restaurant cuisine and dining with the Rotary Club of Mahabouddha. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by its president, the CEO’s of GAN and AAA, together with Rotary Club of Eltham’s President, John Skinner.
John said, “Meeting many Nepalese was a great experience. All were very appreciative of the work we did and treated us with kindness wherever we went. The relationship that was established between the RC of Eltham and the other three parties was strengthened by our visit and bodes well for the future of the project once the pandemic crisis is over.”
All team members returned home with lasting memories of a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the trip planned for September 2020 has had to be postponed until sometime late in 2021. Applications are welcome.
However, the Nepalese contractors have not been idle in our absence. Up until the country was locked down in late March, work on the project had continued with Eltham Club funds. Foundations had been completed and work above ground started. The total cost of the facility to completion is estimated at AUD60,000. The project has been approved by Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) and is eligible for tax deductible donations. To donate to this project now, go to https://donations.rawcs.com.au/1-2020-21.
Ian Toohill RFD PHF
International Director 
Nepal Project Manager
Rotary Club of Eltham
0414 359 365
Bending steel Nepalese style. Team member Sergio impresses the Nepalese workers with his strength.
RCE President John Skinner exchanges banners with the President of Mahabouddha Rotary Club as they sign the MOU.
 Erecting the steel pylons in preparation for boxing and concrete pouring.
Bidding a fond farewell to the team.
Completed foundations ready, for building the brick wall of the ground floor.


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