History of Rotary in Maroubra

HISTORY OF ROTARY IN MAROUBRA

 

Rotary Club of Maroubra

Inaugural Meeting 19 January 1960

Charter Granted 12 February 1960

Charter Presented 5 May 1960

 

On 12 February 1960, Rotary Club of Maroubra was chartered with 22 members, each representing an individual industry in the local area. The first Rotary Club project was to assist the fledgling South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club.

 

During the early years, community projects included improving local parks, local schools and pre-school centres. The most significant project was the commitment of each Rotarian to the building at Prince Henry Hospital the first motel unit type of accommodation for the relatives of seriously ill country patients. Since then, many local and international causes have been helped with generous donations of money and time.

 

Many youth programs, including Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) and National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) have been an integral part of the annual Rotary programs. National and International projects to which this club is committed, include Australian Rotary Health Research Fund, The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus.

 

Since 1987, Rotary Clubs of Randwick and Maroubra have combined to conduct the successful Rotary Markets at Kingsford every Sunday. The funds from this initiative have benefited the local community as well as financially assisting medical teams and many educational projects in disadvantaged countries. The last market was held on 27 December 2015 at the Kingsford Roundabout market site, which is now being used for the CBD and South East Light Rail project.