About the Rotary Club of Leongatha

Rotary is a service organisation of business and professional people united world wide who conduct humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world.​
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2021 - 2022 President Mary Dortmans

(District Governor Bill Degnan (left)presents Mary with her chain of office)

What is Rotary?

Rotary is surely one of the most remarkable organisations in the world today.  Paul P Harris founded Rotary International on 23 February 1905 in Chicago USA and there are now over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.


All Rotary clubs support the same ideals of service to the community, promotion of high ethical standards in business and the professions, and the cultivation of friendship between individuals and between nations.


Rotary has a unique system of club membership where people with diverse backgrounds exchange ideas and form meaningful and lifelong friendships. The name “Rotary” derived from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.


Each Rotary club seeks to carry out projects of service to the community, whether it is aid to the sick, the under-privileged, the elderly or youth. Our club is very strong in supporting youth, e.g. International Youth Exchange, School debating, National Youth Science Forum, Model United Nations Assembly, Rotary Youth Driver Awareness and so on.


In the international field, a club will sponsor business study groups such as Group Study Exchange. It will finance assistance to the people of underdeveloped countries, e.g. Michael Malone’s Sustainable Kenya Dairy Project, Alan Vaughan’s Chittagong Hill Project in Bangladesh, and seek to promote international understanding and goodwill.             


The badge of a Rotarian is a small cogwheel lapel button and he/she may attend any Rotary club in the world at its weekly dinner meeting and enjoy the hospitality of that club, whatever the country or the language spoken. This is an essential part of Rotary International, a lively, friendly community of people over the last 108 years.

The Four-Way Test


The Four-Way Test is an ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.


Of the things we think, say or do


  1. Is it the TRUTH?

  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

2021-2022 ROTARY THEME

Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has announced the 2021-22 presidential theme – Serve to Change Lives.

He has urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.


The Rotary Club of Leongatha was chertered on 23 November 1953 and is Club Number 18409, District 9820 South West Pacific Area.


The Charter Dinner was presented on 12th February, 1954 in the Memorial Hall; the

Chairman was Ralph Hurst. The Investure of the Charter was done by Bill Birch. The Charter was presented by District Governor W. Eric Stinton to 29 members.