Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Warragul!
Warragul

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Railway Hotel
81 Queen Street,
Warragul, VIC 3820
Australia
First four Tuesdays of the month (no meeting on a fifth Tuesday). Meet at 6:00pm for dinner at 6.30pm. For more info. contact via secretary@warragulrotary.org.au
Home Page Stories
The new President of the Rotary Club of Warragul, Teresa Mitchell was inducted Rotary District Governor Paul Mee on 13 July at the Smith and Albert restaurant. Full story and more photos below.
 
 
Warragul Rotary Club President for 2022/23 Teresa Mitchell (front left) with new board members (from left) Diane Carson, Alan Tatlow, Fluer Craig, Rosemary Allica and Sunil Bhatt.
Excellence in Small Business Awards - 2022
 
Four Warragul small businesses were recently presented with business excellence awards by the Rotary Club of Warragul at a club dinner meeting. In presenting certificates to the proprietors of Rowe’s Nursery, Choo Choo’s Coffee, Gifts and Glamour and The Press Cellars, Warragul Rotary President Diane Carson said these businesses represent both outstanding customer service and a support for their local community.
 
 
Warragul Rotary President Diane Carson was pleased to present “Excellence in Small Business” awards to four outstanding Warragul businesses. 
 
Top row, left to right – Steve Rowe (Rowe’s Nursery), Diane Carson (President, Warragul Rotary), Stewart Hay (The Press Cellars) and Coral Smith (Gifts and Glamour). Bottom row, left to right – Alan Tatlow (Vocational Director, Warragul Rotary), Saffron Hay (The Press Cellars), Deb Green (Choo Choo’s Coffee) and Jenny King (Gifts and Glamour).
The Rotary Club of Warragul, our Indigenous community and Baw Baw Shire Council are working together to create a new garden of local cultural significance.
 
Works began on Friday 3rd June with excavation of the centre piece for stage one of the Indigenous Art Garden at Rotary Park, Warragul.
 
“Would you like to recognise a small business in the Warragul district for their outstanding service?” asks Warragul Rotary President Diane Carson. With this in mind the Rotary Club of Warragul is now calling for nominations for their annual “Excellence in Small Business”. 
 
 
Staff at Suzie’s Fine Jewellery was one of 100 small businesses in the Warragul CBD to receive a “welcome back from lockdown” gift bag from the Rotary Club of Warragul.
 
Rotary Club of Warragul handed out over 100 bags to small businesses in the CBD that had been forced to close during the recent COVID 19 lockdown. Each bag contained: 
  • a pamphlet entitled "Rotary. Humanity in Motion" with the question "What in the world does Rotary do? The fold out provided information on Rotary projects world wide; and
  • a Moccona coffee sachet and two high quality chocolates
  • a sticker on the front with the Rotary logos and the message "The Rotary Club of Warragul welcomes you back from lockdown and thanks you for your service to the community. Take a break and have a coffee on us!"
The immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Warragul, Sunil Bhatt, has released the club’s annual report for 2020/21 (see Home Page Download Files below left for access to the full report.
 
In his president’s report Sunil Bhatt reported that despite the pandemic, we still went ahead with some of our important, planned projects and created some new ones along the way. We held a successful Art Show at the Logan Park Exhibition Hall along with the Baw Baw Arts Alliance. Our sale of Christmas trees was particularly successful, in a year where festive spirit was particularly important to our local community.
 
 
Sunil Bhatt congratulated as he becomes 2020/21 president of the Rotary Club of Warragul at the Zoom change over meeting.
“Rapid access to a defibrillator (also known as an AED or Automatic External Defibrillator) can save the life of someone experiencing a cardiac arrest. This makes the installation of a defibrillator at the Warragul Police Station which is accessible to the general public 24 hours a day a welcome addition to communities health and safety” said Warragul Rotary President Sunil Bhatt.
 
 
Left to right – Constable Joshua Weaver, Alan Tatlow (Warragul Rotary), Paul Lewis (Neerim South Men’s Shed), Sunil Bhatt (President Warragul Rotary), Ross Salathiel (Paramedic Community Support Coordinator) and Alison Crombie (Local Area Commander)
“It was with great pleasure I was able to present “Excellence in Small Business” certificates to five small businesses in Warragul” said Warragul Rotary President Sunil Bhatt. “Despite difficult trading conditions over the last twelve months or so these businesses continued to provide outstanding service to the public in terms of value for money, customer service, business ethics and reliability” continued Sunil.
 
Proprietor of specialist wool shop Baa Baa Wool, Sandra Roberts (centre) receives her award from Warragul Rotary President Sunil Bhatt (left) and Alan Tatlow (right).
Between Covid 19 lockdowns the Rotary Club of Warragul was able to squeeze in its change over dinner in mid July 2021. It was an opportunity to thank outgoing president Sunil Bhatt and his team for a great job in leading the club in difficult times and welcome incoming president Dianne Carson and her team. It was also an opportunity to recognise the outstanding service of four club members each with a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
 
“Would you like to recognise a small business in the Warragul district for their outstanding service?” asks Warragul Rotary President Sunil Bhatt. With this in mind the Rotary Club of Warragul is now calling for nominations for their annual “Excellence in Small Business”. 
“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.
Club Executives & Directors
President
Treasurer
Immediate Past President
Vocational Services
Rotary Foundation
International Service
Public Relations
Membership
Club Protection Officer
End Trachoma
Dream Cricket