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 Watch this short video to hear about our major centenary events and projects.

The Rotary Club of Adelaide is turning 100. That means 100 years of Rotary in South Australia – something for all South Australian and District 9510 Rotarians to celebrate!

Rotary Adelaide has a proud history of doing good work in communities locally and internationally. Over our 100 year journey we have seen the sponsoring of more than 100 Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Clubs. It’s time to now reflect, celebrate and blast into the next 100 years of collective impact.

Our centenary is a unique opportunity for all Rotarians to do what we do best, and that’s to be people of action, working together to create a better place for our community and the world, through purpose, fellowship and fun. We will do this by remaining true to our values of service, integrity, diversity, fellowship and leadership.

We are ready to create a lasting legacy for our future generations.

We are honoured to have as Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia.

The dates are set, the service projects are underway!

Let’s do this together, because as people of action we know that together we’ll achieve more than we ever will alone. 

Centenary projects

Aboriginal Chronic Disease Prevention Project

Photo 1This project has been developed as an enduring and worthwhile legacy to mark the Centenary of Rotary in South Australia.

The project will fund two Aboriginal PhD scholars over 3 ½ years to undertake research to establish a capability development program that supports the upskilling of an Aboriginal healthcare workforce in chronic disease prevention.

The successful candidates will work within Aboriginal communities to develop culturally appropriate models for improving health outcomes.

To deliver this important project, Rotary Adelaide, Rotary District 9510 and Australian Rotary Health are working in partnership The School of Public Health at The University of Adelaide and the Wardliparinggi Aboriginal Health Equity team at SAHMRI.

How to support the project

The Aboriginal Chronic Disease Prevention Project is an opportunity to contribute to an enduring legacy for future generations. Tax deductible donations to fund the project can be made by visiting  australianrotaryhealth.org.au/donate-now/  Make sure to include ‘CENT100’ in the comments section. 

Our aim is to raise $280,000 over 31/2 years.

For more information email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


100 Peace Poles for 100 Years of Rotary in SA


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We are distributing 100 Peace Poles in recognition of the 100 years of Rotary in South Australia.

Peace poles are a universal symbol of peace, with over 300,000 peace poles located in over 200 countries around the world. They are placed in the earth and stand as a silent vigil as a reminder of the importance of peace in our hearts, homes and in communities.

Each pole will be delivered complete and will be numbered from 1 to 100.

Schools, individuals, Rotary Clubs, community organisations and businesses are invited to help spread the message of peace across our state and throughout the world by sponsoring a peace pole.

Please contact us for more information about how to get involved.


 History of the Rotary Club of Adelaide 1924-2024

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A display of the historical activities and the people of the Rotary Club of Adelaide will be on show at various events throughout the centenary year




History Books



An opportunity to purchase 2 Rotary Club of Adelaide history books, watch a short film of Rotary Club of Adelaide members’ stories and be provided with a Rotary Club of Adelaide family tree are all available.

 Contact us to get your history books and to watch the videos.




2 significant celebratory events are to be held during the centenary.

Founders Day Luncheon - Rotary Club of Adelaide

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Thursday 24 August 2023
Ian McLachlan Room
Adelaide Oval

To launch the centenary year, Rotary Adelaide held its Founder’s Day Lunch exactly 100 years from the date the club held its first meeting in Adelaide on 24 August in 1923.

The lunch included current and past Rotary members, families and friends with guests from across Australia and the world, plus many of our service recipients and representatives from organisations we have supported over the past 100 years.

The Reverend Dr Lynn Arnold and Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia were just two of the guest speakers, with entertainment from Jyoti Singh, Lex Jones and the Rotary Adelaide Choir. Our MC was Mike Smithson from Channel 7.

Watch the videos from the Founders Day Lunch at https://www.youtube.com/@rotaryclubadelaide


Centenary of Rotary in South Australia Luncheon

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Sunday 4 February 2024
William Magarey Room
Adelaide Oval

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This very special lunch will be a celebration of the people of Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs that have made up the rich and diverse tapestry of Rotary in South Australia and the current District 9510. Guest will include District Governors and Rotary members past and present from around Australia and the world. Everyone is invited to come and hear about the story of Rotary in South Australia.

This luncheon will be held 100 years to the day from when the first Rotary Club in South Australia was officially chartered by Rotary International on 4 February 1924.


Sponsorship, communications and marketing

The Centenary Organising Committee is available to support clubs with any marketing, branding, sponsorship or communication requirements.

A centenary logo has been designed and approved by Rotary International. We can help you with its use. 

Contacting the Centenary Organising Committee

To make enquiries about any of the centenary events or projects, please contact Heidi Unferdorben, Chair, Centenary Organising Committee

Phone: 0427 479 498         Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We gratefully acknowledge the enthusiasm and support of our partner organisations