Our Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Unley meets weekly at the Damien on Fisher restaurant, 123 Fisher Street, Fullarton, South Australia. Members of the club are encouraged to attend as many meetings as they can so that they can keep abreast of the club's activities, projects and plans, and to maintain fellowship with other Rotarians.

Each year we elect our officers. These officers conduct the general business of our Club. Our President, with the approval of our Board of Directors, makes committee appointments based upon the following Avenues of Service and key committees:

Avenues of Service Committees

  • Club Service
  • Community Service
  • Vocational & Youth Service
  • International Service

Other Key Committees

  • Membership
  • Fundraising
  • Fellowship
  • The Rotary Foundation

Each Rotarian is expected to participate in one of the Avenues of Service or key committees.

Club Service

The club Service committee is responsible for the smooth operations of the club and deals with:

  • Membership and member development
  • Attendance
  • Care for sick and injured Rotarians
  • Rotary information
  • Meeting management
  • Catering
  • Communications: Weekly Bulletin, meeting program, publicity, website and social media
  • Fellowship activities
  • Club records
  • Audit

Vocational & Youth Service

The role of the Vocational & Youth Service Committee is to promote the ideal of service through vocation, i.e.:

  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations.
  • Recognition of the worthiness to society of all useful occupations.
  • Contribution of one's vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
    • Career Development
    • Vocational Awareness
    • Vocation at Work
    • Vocational Awards (SA Police Officer of the Year)

One of the most rewarding opportunities available to Rotarians is that of working closely with the youth of our community:

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
  • Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
  • Rotary Youth Wellbeing (RYWELL)
  • Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)
  • Youth Exchange Students
  • National Science / Engineering Schools / Forums
  • Rotaract - Interact - Rotex

Community Service

A club effort to improve the quality of life within the community through:

  • Community Projects
  • Community Grants
  • Environmental Protection

International Service

The promotion of many efforts to advance understanding, goodwill and the quality of life throughout the world:

  • International Youth Projects
  • World Fellowship Activities
  • The Rotary Foundation
  • World Community Service

The Rotary Foundation

The goal of the Foundation is to further understanding and friendly relations among the world's people by funding educational and humanitarian programs including:

  • Ambassadorial Scholarships
  • Matching Grants
  • Group Study Exchange
  • Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants
  • Rotary Grants for university teachers to serve in developing countries
  • Grants for Rotary Volunteers
  • PolioPlus program to eradicate polio from the face of the earth
  • Rotary Peace Programs

Several of these programs send scholars and volunteer workers abroad to study, learn about other cultures, offer assistance and promote goodwill within a host country.

Your Privileges in Rotary

  • The privilege of friendship with leaders in your community, in neighbouring cities, all over Australia and around the world.
  • The privilege of giving service to your community.
  • The privilege of developing international goodwill and understanding.
  • The privilege of helping build higher ethical standards within your vocation.

Your Obligations in Rotary

To be a Rotarian you must give of your time and talents:

  • in community work
  • in social functions
  • in Club and District activities

Your Financial Commitment as a Member of Unley Rotary

The Rotary financial year runs from 1 July 1 to 30 June.

Joining Fee:
Annual Subscription:
$120 per half year
Weekly Bulletin By Email:
$1 to $2 per week
$1 to $5
Social Events (Optional):
$25 to $65 per head per event

How Members of Rotary are Chosen

1. A member of this Rotary Club sponsors your membership.

2. Our membership Committee verifies your personal reputation both in your business and in the community and assigns you a vocational classification.

3. Our Board of Directors approves your proposed Rotary membership.

4. Our entire membership also approves you as a new Rotarian.

Types of Membership

There are two types of membership in a Rotary Club:

Active members selected for their leadership in the business or profession for which they are classified.

Honorary non-voting members are elected because of distinguished service in furthering Rotary ideals. Ineligible to hold office, they must be re-elected annually for membership.

Rotary Publications

Rotary International publishes a monthly regional newsletter called Rotary Down Under. It is well worth reading and contains the following:

  • News of Rotary around the world.
  • Interesting articles by outstanding writers on a variety of important subjects.

Our Rotary Club publishes a weekly bulletin called "The Unley Rotarian", which is distributed by email. Our bulletin reports the weekly news of our members, club activities and Rotary internationally. It also provides details of forthcoming programs and rosters. You can sign-up to receive the bulletin each week and view back issues of the newsletter by following the Weekly Bulletins link under News and Business in the menu above.

Our Club Activities

At our weekly meetings we have interesting speakers on diverse subjects, and occasionally we visit actual sites to enable fuller understanding and appreciation of the topic.

We raise many thousands of dollars each year which is dispersed in service to needy in our community and overseas. Our major fund raising activity is the Unley Rotary Thrift Shop at 130 Unley Road, Unley.

We contribute to international programs such as Rotary's International's program to eradicate Polio world-wide. We support programs such as Rotary Youth Exchanges, Vocational Study Teams and many others. Opportunities exist for members of our club to visit other countries and work as volunteers in the Rotary Australia World Community Service projects and programs.

For more information, follow the Club Projects and Activities link in the menu above.

To enquire about membership of Unley Rotary, send us an email and we'll get in touch with you.