CLUB ACTIVITIES & SERVICE PROJECTS
Club Service Projects
The Leongatha Rotary Club organises a range of projects and activities to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation and district projects. We also support the local community through youth vocations, targeted donations, and volunteering. From the wood raffle, art show, dinner dance and garden party to the Show & Shine, Landcare Projects, Schools Debate and Youth Exchange Program, Rotary members are always at work in Leongatha and further afield.
Our current projects and activities
Show'N'Shine & Swap Meet Leongatha Recreation Reserve
42nd Annual Art & Photography Show Leongatha Mesley Hall
Art & Photography Show
Now in its 40th year, the Leongatha Art and Photography show is one of the region’s major events now to be held in Leongatha's Mesley Hall.
The high quality entries come from all over South Gippsland, Victoria and interstate to compete in various award categories including a large junior section. This major show attracts many visitors, who come to view the works, all of which are for sale.
Show'N'Shine & Swap Meet
Now incorporating a Craft and Produce Market, the next Show'N'Shine will be on Sunday 6 March 2016 at the Leongatha Velodrome. Australia’s best motor show commentator Pinky will delight you with his informative commentary and interviews. Great coffee, good food, and children’s activities will all be catered for. Our Judges will have a busy day with some 21 Categories to be judged.
Kenya Orphanage Project
Leongatha Rotarian Michael Malone is improving the lives of Kenyan orphans. He worked with the charity OrphFund to create a viable dairy farm, poultry operation and flour mill that now support an orphanage in the Kenyan village of Kager.
Over three years, Mr Malone inspired the Rotary clubs of Leongatha, Wonthaggi and San Remo-Phillip Island, plus schools and friends, to raise $35,000 to bring the three farming operations to fruition.
Whether it's a masquerade ball or 70s Abba themed extravaganza, nothing stops Rotarians and friends from getting together and having some fun. The Annual Dinner Dance generally raises over $10,000 for Rotary Projects
Students from Leongatha Secondary and Mary MacKillop College practice their public speaking in two rounds of debates in front of parents, teachers and Rotarians. The best speaker receives the Ross Pearson Memorial encouragement award.
Rotary Youth Projects
Our club is proud of its record in supporting youth in our area. Over the course of the last year many students from our local schools have benefitted from Rotary organised activities, such as:
NYSF – the club sponsors a student to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra
RYPEN - Rotary Program for Youth Enrichment where four students attend a weekend camp at Forest Edge campsite near Neerim South
MUNA - Model United Nations Assembly
Our club sponsored a team from Leongatha Secondary College in 2014. Each team gets to represent a country and, after doing research around what that country's stance is on a number of resolutions, debates those resolutions in the same way that the United Nations would debate them in New York.
RAIC - Rotary Adventure in Citizenship - We sponsor a student to attend which involves spending a week in Canberra learning about our parliamentary system and citizenship.
RYDA - Rotary Youth Driver Awareness
Road Safety Education Victoria, in partnership with the Leongatha Rotary Club, runs full day RYDA sessions at the Leongatha TAFE. It is attended by Year 11 students from secondary schools from Foster, Mirboo Nth, Korumburra and Leongatha. The programme is designed for students who either have, or are about to get, their Learners permit to drive and is an awareness programme of the responsibilities involved in driving a car.
This year, in April, we sent a team of six students and two chaperones, being Sue Dutton and Greg Elt, to Turkey for the annual short term exchange. This project is a collaboration between the Club, the RSL, Leongatha Secondary College and Mary MacKillop Regional Catholic College.
Ride to Conference
The Ride to Conference, now in its fifteenth year, is a 600km ride in six days by around 55 riders and 15 support crew to raise a minimum of $60,000 for Rotary projects during the year. To date the Ride has raised over $800,000 for Rotary charities.