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A Brief History

 

Professor Osborne, the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, and the Extension Officer for Southern Australia, formed our Club at a meeting held on the 24th August, 1923 attended by eleven with four apologies.  The first luncheon was held in the South Australian Hotel on Friday 31st August, 1923.


There were 23 Charter Members with George McEwin, a solicitor, the first President and Rupert Haynes, Secretary. The Club’s Charter was signed by the R.I. President on 4th February 1924 and received by the Club in early March 1924. A strong effort was made to increase membership as after 19 months; over 80 proposal cards had been issued.

 

Our Club has sponsored 13 clubs:

 

1928  Mt. Gambier 1935  Unley 1946  Pt Adelaide
1947  Victor Harbor 1949  Pt Lincoln 1952  Glenelg
1954  Norwood 1954  Thebarton 1958  St Peters
1963  Adelaide West 1966  Adelaide East 1972  North Adelaide
1986  Adelaide Light    


During 1927 Rotary Districts were established in Australia.  Our Club has been a member of Districts 65, 64, 33, 250, 950 – currently 9500.  Eight RCA members have been District Governors.


Our membership has changed over the years:

 

1923 – 23 1929 – 99 1955 – 132 1976 – 194
1985 – 227 1994 – 215 2000 – 222 2016 – 162

           


Many outstanding community and R.I. projects have been undertaken by the Club, as the following more recent activities indicate that to June 2017:

 

  • At least $4.5 million distributed to a wide range of local community organisations.
  • Over $447,400 donated to Australian Rotary Health
  • Over $363,300 contributed to the Rotary Foundation through the Paul Harris Fellowship & EREY programmes.
  • Over $73,000 raised for the Rotary Polio-Plus programme.
  • More than 40 exchange students hosted and a similar number sent abroad
  • Young people sponsored for RYLA, RYPEN, Science Seminars and MUNA assemblies
  • Formation of: Adelaide High School, Annesley College and St Mary’s College Interact Clubs, Rotary Club of Adelaide University, Business- in-the-Community and Bridging the Gap programs, Crippled Children’s Association (now Novita) and Senior Citizens.
  • $140,000 raised for Rotary Wing, Julia Farr Centre (1955) and Rotary House, Helping Hand Centre (1970).
  • Thousands of hours of service provided to community groups by members of the Club.
  • Initiated ROMAC in SA and raised $33,000 towards medical treatment under this programme.
  • Awarded the District 9500 Australian Rotary Health Award and Club Performance Award in 2016-17.

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