Community Service

Community Services Committee Report 2018


The purpose of the Community Services Committee continues to be to provide assistance to local initiatives, organisations and clubs operating in the Blackwood and surrounding areas, and in some instances, initiatives that operate in the southern region that may have an impact on the local community.


Our committee is focusing on developing and maintaining our relationships with local community organisations by providing financial assistance that assists in a meaningful manner and to increase the profile of Rotary Club of Blackwood throughout our region.


Our committee currently consists of Martin Rowe, Helen Henbest, John Lewis, Peter Geer, John Walters, Tom Davenport and Lillian Ross.  Our committee works on having a consensus of agreement through discussion prior to agreeing to assist with a project.  At the present time we are concentrating on assisting organisations rather than individuals as this provides assistance to the broadest range of people.



This year’s projects include


Belleview Heights Primary School

Blackwood Memorial Hall

Rotary Health .

Eden Hill CFS

Beacon Emergency Support

Food Bank

The Eden Hills Scout Group

Hawthorndene Primary School


During the year our committee assisted with the purchase of eskies to allow the Club to participate in fund raising B-B-Q’s and paid the entry fee to enter the Polio Plus Ute in to the Blackwood Christmas Pageant.


When the committee allocates funds at the beginning of the Rotary year we allow $2,000 to provide assistance in the case of a local major bushfire or other natural disaster.  Fortunately this money was not required this year and the money was paid to Kick Start for Kids as this is a project that is being supported by the Rotary Club of Blackwood both financially and by club members providing assistance with a school based breakfast program.    


In the 2018- 2019 Rotary year we will continue to disperse as many of our donations at the Rotary Christmas Fair as possible, this will provide much needed publicity at an event attended by local residents.


Our committee is looking at the possibility of working with the local SES unit stationed in Coromandel Valley.  We are hoping to assist with funding courses that will assist to develop younger members of the service  


Our committee is continuing to distribute key rings that allow .02% of a purchase made at Foodland Blackwood to be paid back to Blackwood Rotary.  The gift cards will continue to be paid to Beacon Emergency Services.  We are continuing to provide Emergency Medical Information Booklets to people residing in the Blackwood area and they are available through local doctor surgeries and chemist shops.


Committee Chairman

Martin Rowe