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


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September 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 Hills are Alive... with award winning gardens


Mrs Elsie Hehir's 2016 Championship winning garden

The Sydney Garden Competition is on again in 2017. Steeped in history and intricately linlked to the Hills Shire, the first competition ran in 1959 as the brain child of Councillor Eric Mobbs. It became the forerunner of the Orange Blossom Festival, so has a significant place in the cultural history of "The Garden Shire"

All residents, businesses, schools and institutions in The Hills are encouraged to register their gardens and start planning now to be ready for judging in September.

Gardens are judged by professional and experienced horticulturists and landscapers. Last year the judges included local gardening guru Ross Miller and Horticulturalist Judith Sleijpen. “The Garden Shire is and has always been about nature, gardens, orchards and bushland. The Sydney Hills Garden Competition is about celebrating the hard work in creating and maintaining great gardens that contribute to our local environment. The culmination of that celebration are awards where the best gardens across many categories are honored as part of the Orange Blossom Festival. "The beauty we saw in 2016 as a result of green thumbs across the Hills district last year was staggering” says Ross Miller who has been invited to judge again in 2017.

The Garden Competition is run each year by The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville and has categories for all types of gardens and gardeners. Categories include gardens of small Town Houses to residential garden, to gardens associated with industrial, commercial and retirement complexes and schools.  

To be eligible to enter this competition, gardens must be located in The Hills Shire or in the adjoining parts of suburbs  including Baulkham Hills, Northmead, North Rocks, Carlingford, West Pennant Hills, Cherrybrook, Glenhaven, Dural, Galston and Arcadia.  

An Awards Night will be held on Friday 22nd September where award winning gardens and their gardeners will be honored and receive prizes.

To download an entry form click here. entry form 2017.pdf

For more information about entering your garden or sponsorship opportunities contact Keith Stapley on 0412 079 014.

The Sydney Hills Garden Competition is an Orange Blossom Festival Event


A project of the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville Inc.


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.