President Robert Mackey

 Writing Competition awards Night 7th August 2017

The aim of this project is to promote literacy in our schools and is part of our Rotary Youth encouragement program. The format of the project is that Year 6 students from local schools are invited to write a piece in their own words on a nominated topic. Each participating school then submits the 3 best entries and a panel of judges from the Rotary Club then selects the 3 major prizewinners.

An awards night is then held to which all entrants, their parents and teachers are invited as well as local dignitaries. This year this was held at the Australian Brewery and Hotel at Rouse Hill, with over 140 people attending. The venue was most suitable and we have had excellent feedback on the evening.

This was the 13th running of the competition which was initiated in 2005 on the Centenary of Rotary.

It was an honour to promote and support the literacy of our local students. Congratulation to all students who participated in the competition. Thank you to all the teachers and families who supported the students.Thank you also to our generous sponsors Past President Graeme Rohan and Edna Rohan and Five Senses Education.

We had the pleasure of Mark Taylor State Member for Seven Hills and Rotary District 9685 Assistant Governor Robert Bredin in attendance. We thank these gentlemen for joining us and in recognising the wonderful students and teachers in our area.

Twelve Schools participated in this year’s competition, a total of 35 student finalists. All finalists received Certificates recognising their success and a $20 voucher to spend at Five Senses Education. 

The top three students and top three schools received trophies and monetary prizes.

The winners were:

First Place: Freya Scothern - St. Angela's Primary School 

Second Place Jessica Shimmon - Baulkham Hills North Public School

 Third Place Lucy Borg - Kellyville Public School

 Highly Commended Students

Alexandra Milne – Our Lady of Lourdes PS

Lily Jamali – Jasper Road Public School

Alisha Pillay – Baulkham Hills North PS



ยป Club Details

Rotary Club of The Hills - Kellyville meets every Monday for Dinner at the Castle Hill Tavern.
Arrive 6:30 pm  Start 6:45 pm
End 8:45 pm

Victoria Ave
Castle Hill NSW 2154 Australia


Club of The Hills - Kellyville Banner
November 2017

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville  has now expanded with the amalgamation of the Rotary Club of Winston Hills  with this Club.  The amalgamated Club received a new Charter at a function on the 4th July 2015.

 Our expanded and enthusiastic membership will continue to be involved with the many projects both clubs were previously involved with both locally and internationally.

 These include the Hills Garden Competition, Open Gardens, Christmas Tree Sales, Writing Competition for local schools, Christmas for Seniors, schools in Vanuatu, Bourke Public School breakfast programme, Australia Day ceremonies and supporting local causes such as North West Disability Services and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

  If you would like to give something back to the community and enjoy fellowship and fun with like minded individuals you are always welcome at one of our meetings.


Contact   Membership Director Fran Broadbent on 0402 606 064  or Secretary Wilf van Emmerik on 0428  477 000 or



The culmination of  The Sydney Hills Garden Competition was the Awards night which was held of Friday the 22nd September at the Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground.  The competition which was re-started in 2014 after a lapse of some years is held to recognise the excellent gardens in the district and to foster a sense of pride in the community for"The Garden Shire”. 

 The competition is organised by the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville  as  a community service with financial support and encouragement from The Hills Shire Council which recognises it as an Orange Blossom Festival  Associated event.

To ensure as wide a participation as possible the competition has a number of categories and sub-categories to  recognise  gardens ranging from small domestic gardens to large residential gardens and the gardens surrounding apartment complexes, retirement villages and commercial and industrial estates. There are also special sections to recognise the excellent work done by  students and staff at our schools.

 Most of the competition entrants , their families and friends attended the awards evening. After a presentation showing images of all the gardens entered,  they were addressed by the Hon Ray Williams MP, NSW Minister for Multi Cultural Affairs , Hills Shire Councillor Peter Gangemi (representing both the Hon David Elliott MP -NSW Minister for Corrective Services and Mayor Dr  Michelle Byrne), and one of the competition judges, Ross Miller, as well as witnessing the presentation of the awards. This was followed by a light supper provided by the Inner Wheel Clubs of Baulkham Hills and Norwest.

 A listing of category awards is attached. Garden Comp Results Summary 2017 v2.pdf

 Winners of special awards were:  Environmental Awareness award - Kellyville Public School; George Eric Mobbs Award for Excellence in Gardening - Mrs Margaret Pelleri; Champion of Champions - Mrs Elsie Hehir.



Mrs Margaret Pelleri receiving her award
from the Hon Ray Williams MP


Mrs Elsie Hehir receiving her award
from the Hon Ray Williams MP




 Our thanks go to our distinguished guests for their participation and support, the judges  Ross Miller  and Jenny Ring , the Inner Wheel Clubs, our generous sponsors (listed below) and of course  the competition entrants, without whom there would be no event.

 Our sponsors were:

  • The Hills Shire Council
  • Baulkham Hills Landscapes
  • Swanes Nursery Dural
  • Hargraves Nursery Dural
  • Bunnings
  • Sydney Plant Market Annangrove
  • The Fig Coffee House
  • Geranium Cottage
  • Wild Pear Cafe Dural
  • Amgrow Pty Ltd
  • Yates
  • Scotts

District Governor’s Trophy for small Clubs

At the recent changeover for District 9680  this Club was awarded  the District Governor's trophy for small clubs "for outstanding achievement across the five avenues of service by a small club".

President for 2016-17 Jim Sifonios receiving the trophy from then District Governor Bruce Lakin.

Congratulations to all our members who worked so hard during last year. We have Served Humanity and look forward to Making a Difference. Thank you President Jim Sifonios for outstanding leadership through  the year and we look forward to continuing  our efforts under President Robert Mackey. 

If you too would like to Make a Difference and join a winning team contact Fran Broadbent on 0402 606 064 or come to one of our meetings  at the Castle Hill Tavern each Monday night.