Followed by Rotarians worldwide in their business and professional lives,

The Four-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932.

It has since been translated into more than 100 languages and is used

by organizations and individuals throughout the world.




Paul Harris

Rotary started with the vision of one man, Paul Harris 

After setting up his law practice in Chicago, Harris gathered several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals. He envisioned a place where professionals of diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.

On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting.

“I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago ... Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it.”

In February 1907, Harris was elected the third president of the Rotary Club of Chicago, a position he held until the fall of 1908. Toward the end of his club presidency, Harris worked to expand Rotary beyond Chicago. Some club members resisted, not wanting to take on the additional financial burden. But Harris persisted and by 1910 Rotary had expanded to several other major U.S. cities.

Harris died on 27 January 1947 in Chicago at age 78 after a prolonged illness.

His death prompted an outpouring of contributions from around the world and his name continues to evoke the passion and support of Rotarians and friends of Rotary.

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Rotary Club of Cairns West meets every Tuesday for Dinner at the Balaclava Hotel .
Arrive 6:15pm  Start 6:30pm
End 8:00pm

423 Mulgrave Rd
Earlville QLD 4870 Australia

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2015-16 Jeff Haynes

2016-17 Peter Cornelius

2017-18 Col Craig

2018-19 Chris Curtis

2019-20 Shane Moes

2020-21 Angela Blain

2021-22 Mel Craig


Hi I'm Melanie Craig, a third generation of Rotary and pleased to be club president 2021-2022.

Rotary International

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all. There are over 35,000 member clubs worldwide, with a membership of 1.2 million individuals, known as Rotarians.

District 9550 

Rotary International District 9550 is one of the most diverse Rotary Districts in the world, covering 1.5 million square klms north of the 21st parallel in the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia, and East Timor (Timor Leste).

The District is vastly diverse, and includes the world heritage areas of Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests, tropics and the outback.

The District is renowned for its agriculture, cattle, fishing, horticulture, mining, sugar cane, tropical fruits, and tourism. District 955O has 45 clubs and about 1100 members.


About Cairns West Club 

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Cairns City (Queensland Australia) 

Cairns is a city in the Cairns RegionQueensland, Australia. It is on the east coast of Far North Queensland

Cairns was founded in 1876 and named after Sir William Wellington CairnsGovernor of Queensland from 1875 to 1877. It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but declined when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. It later developed into a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region.

The population of the Cairns urban area at June 2018 was 152,729, having grown on average 1.1% year-on-year over the preceding five years. Based on 2015 data, the associated local government area had experienced an average annual growth rate of 2.3% over the previous 10 years. According to Cairns Regional Council in February 2020, Cairns had experienced an annual growth rate of 1.9% over the previous ten years. Cairns is a popular tourist destination because of its tropical climate and access to both nearby tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.


Rotary International President Theme 

2020-21: Rotary Opens Opportunities

RI President 2020-21, Holger Knaack’s theme

Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.



2021-22: Rotary Serve to Change Lives