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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Warragul!


Service Above Self

Four Tuesdays per month at 6:00pm
The Warragul Country Club
41 Sutton St
Warragul, VIC  3820
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“With COVID19 restrictions easing a small group of Warragul Rotarians were recently able to plant 1,000 pine tree seedlings” says Sunil Bhatt, president of the Rotary Club of Warragul.
Warragul Rotarians, suitably masked and socially distanced, planting Christmas tree seedlings at the club’s Burke Road Christmas tree plantation. Left to right – Ron Gardner, Geoff Chilver, Chris Major and John Gallienne.

Rotary Exchange student, Martina Navarria arrived last week for her year- long stay in Warragul with the Rotary Club of Warragul.  Martina comes from Italy and lives in Darfo about 100km north east of Milan.

Chris Morris club youth director welcomes Martina Navarria to Melbourne
This year’s Rotary Club of Warragul change-over was a champagne afternoon tea held at Wesley of Warragul. With over fifty people in attendance guests included District Governor Adrian Froggatt and District Governor Elect Mark Humphries and their partners, Ruth mele carlot from the Port Villa (Vanuatu) Rotary Club and 2016 club exchange Dutch student Vivian Eschuis.

Warragul Regional College year 12 captain Kelsey Lubberink reported back to Warragul Rotary on her recent experience attending the National Youth Science Forum. From the left Warragul Rotary President Ross Dawson, Kelsey Lubberink, Lesley Lubberink and Rotary Youth Director Chris Morris.

After attending Rotary’s National Youth Science Forum earlier this year, Warragul Regional College year 12 student Kelsey Lubberink says a career in science is definitely on the cards. In January Kelsey spent 10 days in Brisbane with 200 year 12 students from across Australia looking at the opportunities for a career in science.

The Rotary Club of Warragul recently held their Annual Business and Fund-Raising Dinner with guest speakers Mr Allan Klindworth and Ms Victoria Chantra from consulting firm AECOM speaking on “Building Business Resilience”.  One hundred Warragul business people, Rotarians and partners were treated to an interesting perspective centered around “How well prepared is your business to respond to more frequent and intense extreme weather events, such as extended periods of heat, bushfires and storms”.

One hundred Warragul business people, Rotarians and partners attended the club’s annual business and fund raising dinner to hear Allan Klindworth and Victoria Chantra from AECOM talk about business resilience when confronting natural disasters.

Building business resilience is the focus of an annual fund raising dinner to be held by the Rotary Club of Warragul.  The dinner, to be held on Monday 1st April, will enable businesses attending to network, hear new ideas and contribute funds to a worthy local cause.
The opening of Rotary Park, Warragul
Since the establishment of the Rotary Club of Warragul in Warragul in 1938 the club has raised substantial funds and contributed many hours of work to undertaken projects to support the Warragul community. Through the broader Rotary organization the club has also made significant contributions to projects in Australia and around the world.
Hedley Heighway receives the Warragul club charter in September 1938
This is the second of a series of articles prepared by club president Ross Dawson that will appear in our local paper (the Warragul Gazette) over coming months. Today's article is about the very beginnings of the Rotary Club of Warragul.
Founder of Rotary International, Paul Harris
This is the first of a series of articles prepared by club president Ross Dawson that will appear in our local paper (the Warragul Gazette) over coming months. The initial articles will give some background on Rotary generally and then the establishment of the Rotary Club of Warragul.
Today's article is about the very beginnings of Rotary International; Rotary began because of the public concern of a group of Chicago, business men.
Rotary Club of Warragul Art Show Raffle proceeds presentation.
The Rotary Club of Warragul Art Show Committee presented the Warragul Specialist School with a 
cheque for $6500.00 being the funds raised from their Art Show Raffle this year. 
Pictured above is Alesha Marshall (Assistant Principal Warragul Specialist School), Ross Dawson (President
Rotary Club of Warragul), Chris Giles, Bob Lewis (Art Show Chairman) and 
Janelle Moxey.
Art Show Raffle Winners.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Warragul Rotary Club Art Show Raffle this year all proceeds
are being donated to the Warragul specialist school. Total funds raised for this years raffle was $6500.
1st Prize Graeme Myrteza Painting Narracan Creek - Winner was Jan Ware
2nd Prize Holiday at Beaches Apartments in Merimbula NSW. - Winner was Janelle Moxey
3rd Prize 4 Burner BBQ Donated by Bunnings Warragul - Winner was Betty Wells.
Congratulations to all our winners.
The Warragul Rotary Club Art Show for 2018 finishes today. You still have time to drop in and see some great artwork.
The Art Show is open Today Sunday from 10.00am to 5.00pm. At the Exhibition Hall Howitt Street Warragul.
The Rotary Art Show opening was Thursday Night with Judging complete and the following awards presented.
Best In Show-"Guitar Player" Artist Wei Luo
Best Gippsland Artist: "Chase KelpieX" Artist Gael Smith
Best Oil: "Yellow Still Life with Painting" Artist Sue Jarvis
Best Watercolour: "Landscape from Tyers Lookout" Artist Ken Downs
Best Pastel/Drawing: "Seduced Small Tongue Orchid" Artist Geoff Sargeant
Best Mixed Media: "R&R. I am at a meeting" Artist Lilliana Gilford
Best Digital Painting: "Untitled" Artist Robin Rinehart
Best Ceramics: "As One" Artist Judi Money
Best Other 3D: Wooden Box Artist Patrick Johnson
Best Acrylic: High Country Snow Gums II" Artist Rosalind Godman
Encouragement Awards went to : Jeff Thege, Constance Cox, Skylar Saltness, Keith Blake
Congratulations to All the Winners.
The Art Show is Open Saturday 20th October and Sunday 21st October from 10.ooam to 5pm.
At the Exhibition Hall Howitt Street Warragul.
Rotary Art Show. 
This years Raffle Prize for the Rotary Art Show was donated by Graeme Myrteza of Thorpdale.
All proceeds from this years raffle will be donated to the Warragul Specialist School.
Left to right - Janne Speirs (District Govenor) with past club presidents Don Cumming, Jacquey Turner and Jim Harper
Left to right - Janne Speirs (District Governor), Ross Dawson (current President) and Peter Dell (Past President)
A re-enactment of the Rotary Club of Warragul charter presentation was a highlight of the club’s recent 80th birthday celebration dinner. The dinner was an opportunity for a reunion of past and present members, past club presidents and friends of Rotary.
District Governor Janne Speirs inducts Ross Dawson as Warragul Rotary President. Left to right Vaughan Fox, Janne Speirs and Ross Dawson



The Warragul Rotary Board for 2018/19. Left to right – Rosemary Allica, Diane Carson, Andrea Klindworth, Richard Habgood, Ross Dawson, Lyn Bennett-Colls, Ian Holdsworth, Vaughan Fox, Chris Morris and Andrew Lewis.


The changeover dinner for the Rotary Club of Warragul saw Ross Dawson installed as the President for 2018/19.


In outlining his plans for the upcoming year Ross committed the club to continue its contribution to both the local community and wider Rotary activities. “Fund raising, making donations and initiating new community projects are all strengths of the club” said Ross.

Vaughan Fox thanks his partner and congratulates members for a perfect attendance record for the year. Left to right Roger Colls, Lyn Bennett-Colls, Vaughan Fox, Janet MacDonald and Andrew Lewis.

In opening his report to the club, retiring club President Vaughan Fox reflected proudly and somewhat emotionally on his year as the President of the Rotary Club of Warragul.


Vaughan said the role as President had taken him right out of his comfort zone. “For me this has been a personal journey of self discovery and I rate it as one of the big achievements of my life” said Vaughan. “I would strongly encourage all club members to take on the role of the club President, no matter what your doubts may be.”


Warragul Rotary Club member Anthea Dacy spoke to club members about the important and impressive work of Rotary’s Donations-In-Kind (DIK) program.


DIK is a recycling operation run by Rotary that specialises in collecting reusable goods that are then donated to worthwhile Rotary projects primarily in overseas countries.

Award recipients
Mark Schramm from Small Business Commission with Rotarians Pat O'Brien and Vaughan Fox
Ten local small businesses were recently recognised by the Rotary Club of Warragul for demonstrating outstanding qualities in their operation. Representatives from each of the business received an award certificate at a presentation dinner held at The Black Tie restaurant.
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