Scroll to learn about Daylesford Rotary and how you can get involved
Discover what Daylesford Rotary is doing to support your local community...and the world.
Don't miss the Rotary Daylesford Farmers Market on the 4th Saturday of each month.
Do you want to make positive changes in our community and the world? Please join us!
Upcoming Rotary Events
Aug 12, 2021 6:30 PM 8:15 PM
Aug 14, 2021 10:00 AM Aug 15, 2021 3:00 PM
Aug 19, 2021 6:30 PM 8:15 PM
Aug 26, 2021 6:30 PM 8:15 PM
Latest News
The Rotary Daylesford Art Show and the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa are joining forces in 2021 to provide even greater exposure to our region’s talented artists! 
 
Here’s what’s happening:
 
21 – 24 October: The Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa Central Victorian Landscape Prize and sale will take place in Daylesford Town Hall.
 
29 October – 2 November: All Swiss Italian Festa landscape entries remain in the Town Hall and are automatically entered into the Daylesford Art Show and sale taking place in the Town Hall over the Melbourne Cup Long Weekend.
 
Artists are encouraged to enter up to a total of four paintings across six categories for the Rotary Daylesford Art Show. Prize money will be offered for the best painting in each category and ‘Overall Best in Show’, ‘Best Traditional’ and ‘Best Non-Traditional’. All entries will be included in an online show to further increase promotion and potential sales.

Full details and Entry Form for artists are  available at: www.daylesfordartshow.com.au and www.swissitalianfesta.com.
 
Rotarians Jenny Hopkins and Alan Harrison cooking at the monthly Rotary Daylesford Farmers Market held the fourth Saturday at Daylesford Primary School
 Opening of the Rotary Daylesford Art Show in the Daylesford Town Hall. The Annual Art Show features paintings from artists from across the region and beyond
 
Rotary Clubs across Australia are celebrating the Centenary of Rotary service in Australia. The first Rotary Club in Australia met in Melbourne on 21st April 1921. There are now more than 1,100 Clubs across the nation with more than 30,000 members dedicated to community service. Daylesford Rotary Club was established in 1953.
 
President of Daylesford Rotary, David Stagg stated: “We are a team of twenty volunteers who support many community groups and projects each year. Recent local projects have included: supporting the Good Grub Club; restoring the picnic shelter at the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens; funding and other support for Friends of Cornish Hill; works at the Daylesford Dharma School and providing funding towards the Dja Dja Wurrung Six Seasons Mural at Daylesford Primary School.”
 
“Our Club also supports a number of projects elsewhere in Australia and overseas. Days for Girls is a project through which our members and others in the community have been making washable, reusable sanitary care kits. These kits are distributed to those in need and we also provide reproductive and hygiene education.”
 

David added: “We raise around $30,000 each year with the major portion going to local causes and some to national and international projects such as disaster relief when cyclones and other events devastate communities. The monthly Farmers Market and our annual Daylesford Art Show provide our main fundraising opportunities."

As part of the Centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, the key project across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific is the regional ‘Rotary Give Every Child a Future’ Pacific immunisation project. Its aim is to vaccinate 100,000 children across nine Pacific Island countries against rotavirus, pneumococcal and cervical cancer and establish sustainable vaccination programmes in each country.

David Stagg commented: “The Australian Mint and Australia Post have commemorated Rotary’s Centenary by releasing a special one dollar coin and also a postage stamp. Our Club members are dedicated to supporting our community and welcome people who are interested in what we do."

For or more information about Daylesford Rotary please contact incoming President, Patrick Groenhout, on 0402 159 314.

Daylesford Rotary President, David Stagg (right), welcoming new Rotarian, Andrew Littlejohn.
 
Andrew became a member of Daylesford Rotary on 19 May 2021. If you are interested in Rotary or wish to join us in serving our local community, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you! 

One of Daylesford Rotary's newest members, Andrew Littlejohn, shares his story ...

"I was Born 1960, and my parents were both academics. I grew up mostly in Camberwell except for a couple of stints in the USA when my father was working at the University of Texas and University of Michigan. I have a brother who has a PhD in Molecular Genetics and now works for IBM.

I have 3 children, Abi an accountant, Hannah a post graduate student and Archie, a first-year university student.

My partner Anne and I have been together for 9 years and we moved to Daylesford with an eye to eventual retirement up here whilst spending as much time as we could up here in the interim.

I originally studied electrical engineering at the University of Melbourne, then worked for a few years as an engineer. From engineering moved into sales and marketing, mostly in product management working for ICT companies which I did for the next 30 or so years.

Over those years I studied part time and completed amongst other qualifications a business degree and a Master of Professional Accounting. Companies I worked for include NEC, Fujitsu, MYOB and Telstra. I left Telstra in 2019. After leaving Telstra I worked for a midsized accounting firm for 12 months to gain experience and now am a registered BAS Agent.

My passions include art, listening to jazz and cycling. I used to enjoy rock climbing, some mountaineering and running. I was introduced into art in 2012 when Anne and I completed a CAE mosaic course. I loved it and that led to water colour and oil painting. I attend classes at the Victorian Artists Society every week and show in various exhibitions.

I currently enjoying Rotary and the chance to get to know compatible local people and give something back to the community as well."

 
 
The Daylesford Good Grub Club provides much-needed support for members of the Hepburn Shire community who may be struggling to make ends meet by providing a free community lunch every Thursday at the Uniting Church hall at the corner of Central Springs Road and Camp Street, Daylesford, from 11.30am - 12.45pm.
 
Daylesford Rotary has provided significant monthly financial support to the Good Grub Club during COVID-19, enabling the distribution of food hampers, providing fresh fruit and vegetables and up to 350 cooked meals in a week to struggling community members in our community.
 
Please call 0475 430 326 if you would like to join Rotarians and other community members in volunteering to support the Good Grub Club or if you would like more information on the community meals provided.