President 2022-23 Ian Pascoe


Sydney Hills Gardening Competition 2022-

An Orange Blossom Event

It's on again this year


The first Garden competition ran in 1959 as the brainchild 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” and continues to be supported by The Hills Shire Council as part of that Festival.

This is a call out to all gardeners …. register your gardens by 5PM on Friday the 9th September 2022 for judging which will start on the 12th of September.

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

 Entry forms can be downloaded here or on or on The Hills Shire Council’s website and contain more details for the competition.

Download an Entry Form  entry form 2022 v2.pdf

Gardens are judged by professional and experienced horticulturists and landscapers. In the past judges have included local gardening gurus Judy Horton, Ross Miller, the late Bruce Pike as well as Horticulturalist Lucia Fowler. “We’ve never seen so many beautiful gardens around than the last few years. So many people have become house and garden proud while working from home and through lockdowns making the very best of their surrounds and especially enjoying their gardens despite all the weather challenges. More than ever, this is a time to celebrate the fine gardens of the Hills District this spring” said gardening expert Lucia Fowler after last year’s competition.

The Awards Presentation Night will be held on Friday 23rd September, in the Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground starting at 7.00 pm. Photos of the gardens will be shown from 7pm with the presentations beginning at 7.30. A light supper will be served at the conclusion of the presentations.

As well as providing a showcase for gardeners the competition also provides an opportunity for local businesses to connect to gardeners via sponsorship of the competition. For more information contact Keith Stapley on 0412 079 014.

The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville has had a long association with gardeners in The Hills, having run the Garden Competition since early 2000’s and the Hills Open Gardens. The Club proudly opened a Community Garden in March 2021 to mark the 100th year of Rotary in Australia. All the garden plots were quickly snapped up by keen gardeners and planting began. Within weeks it became a vegetable oasis amidst apartment blocks right in the centre of Baulkham Hills. The Rotary Club of the Hills-Kellyville established and built this garden for the community in conjunction with the Hills Shire Council. Other works of the Club include local community events and the raising of funds for numerous programs far and wide, from the Hills area to outback Australia to overseas communities with specific needs. To be part of an inspired group that are making a difference, contact the club though our website or Facebook page.

ยป Club Details

Rotary Club of The Hills - Kellyville meets every Monday for Dinner at the St Joseph's Conference Centre.
Arrive 6:30 pm  Start 7:00 pm
End 8:45 pm

St Joseph's Rd
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 Australia


Club of The Hills - Kellyville Banner


Each year the Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville invites local primary schools to enter our Writing Competition for year 6 students. The project was initiated in 2005 to celebrate Rotary International’s centenary and was designed to promote literacy in our community.  Each school selects the best three entries and these are then judged by the Rotary Club’s judges. The finalists and prize winners are then recognised at a special Awards function.

This year 15 schools entered the competition with the 44 finalists, their parents and school representatives being invited to the Awards function at the Castle Hill RSL Club on the 5th September. 

Schools competing in this year’s event were:

Baulkham Hills North PS, Beaumont Hills PS, Bella Vista PS

Excelsior PS, Ironbark Ridge PS, Kellyville PS,

Matthew Pearce PS, Our Lady of The Lourdes CPS, Our Lady of The Angels CPS

Our Lady of The Rosary CPS, Rouse Hill Anglican College, Rouse Hill PS

Sherwood Ridge PS, St. Angela’s CPS St. Michaels CPS.

The following students were awarded Highly Commended Certificates:

- Xylia Yang (Ironbark Ridge Public School)

- Tahlia Abou Alnasr (Kellyville Public School)

- Abir Barkale (Rouse Hill Anglican College)

- Grace Diaz (St Angelas Primary School)

The Top Three Awards were presented as follows:

2022 Student awards:

1st place student: Eva Murkins (Bella Vista PS)- Trophy + prize to the value of $100

2nd place student: Nathan Woo (Excelsior PS)- Silver medal + prize to the value of $75

3rd place student: Ahana Nayak (Ironbark Ridge PS)- Bronze medal + prize to the value of $50

2022 School Awards:

1st place school: Ironbark Ridge Public School- Trophy + prize to the value of $500

2nd place school: Bella Vista Public School- Prize to the value of $200

3rd place school: Sherwood Ridge Public School- Prize to the value of $110

We were honoured that Mayor Dr Peter Gangemi, Deputy Mayor Mark Hodges and Councillor Frank de Masi attended to support our Finalists, Principals and other teachers from the 13 schools that attended the Presentation Dinner at the Castle Hill RSL Club.

Congratulation to all the Finalists and the award winners. Thank you to the Principals and Teachers who encouraged the students to participate.

Special thanks goes to our hard working Judges Gordon & Robyn Scoble and our Competition Patrons, Graeme & Edna Rohan, who have sponsored this event since its inception in 2005.

All 169 attendees had a very enjoyable evening and we are grateful to the Castle Hills RSL for their support and to the staff for looking after us.



September 2022

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville  is an active and enthusiastic Club which was formed from the amalgamation of the Rotary Clubs of Baulkham Hills, Kellyville (2009) and Winston Hills (2015).

Our Club is involved in many activities at both a local and international level covering aspects such as community service, international service, vocational service and youth. 

 Some of our current and recent projects are The Sydney Hills Garden Competition, Jazz at the Pines , Christmas Tree Sales, Writing Competition for local schools, Australia Day ceremony,  sponsorship of the Bourke Public School breakfast programme,   Youth Exchange students, Rotary Youth Leadership, numerous partnership projects in India and Sri Lanka and supporting local causes such as North West Disability Services and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

To give you some idea of what Rotary is involved in have a look at a video of some of our activities on this link

Of course while our projects do provide good fellowship as well as good service we also also like to have fun and fellowship at our social events.

  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 John Collignon on 0409 841 281  or Secretary Wilf van Emmerik on 0428  477 000 or

JAZZ at the Pines 2022-23 season






Thank you to all our patrons for your support for the concerts from February to May (and weren't we lucky with the weather). 

In September we kick of the new season with our concert on the 18th of September with the Mike Hallam Hot Six. This band is always a crowd favourite and we do look forward to hearing Mike and the band again.

Tell your friends & family and book a table.

General Information for our Jazz Concerts

The band starts playing at 12:30 PM and finishes at 4:00 PM with a few breaks for the band and audience

Payments are at the gate either by cash or card.

$25 Adults $20 Concession $50 Family

 Jazz at the Pines is a project of The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville with the support of The Hills Shire Council.

The Net proceeds from Jazz are all put back into our Rotary projects.

Contact us at

Book online by clicking here

(Please remember to Click on the "I am Not a Robot" box.)

Our Venue

Enjoy an afternoon of live jazz within the grounds of the historic Roughley House at Dural, bring your picnic and relax under the beautiful pine trees. Tables can be booked in advance or set up your own chairs or a picnic rug.




The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville – Flood Relief                    May 2022

In 2019/20 it was all about Bushfire relief. Rotary Club of the Hills Kellyville members assisted Blaze Aid and also assisted in Cobargo with recovery. In conjunction with Rheem Australia and Dural Men’s Shed, the Club organised two loads of water heaters for the bush fire rebuild on the South Coast.

So from bush fires to floods, the club shifted gears. Our small club worked with a much larger group – The Indian Hindu Community who had 60 young members from around Blacktown and Hills LGA, to reach out to the flood victims in the Hawkesbury LGA.  The volunteers helped clean up affected households along with homeowners and provided survival kits containing essentials items such as fresh fruits, canned food items as well as cleaning equipment.  The volunteers also helped clean up affected homes working alongside homeowners and arranged volunteers with removalist trucks to help transport large items.  Above all, they demonstrated that the community cared in these most challenging times. The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International granted a Disaster Response grant used to purchase Bunnings and Woolworths gift cards and 20 of these cards were provided to families in need of immediate financial support. The Club recognised Pankaj Patel from the Indian Hindu Community on May 2nd with a Community Service Award for this work.

The Club also sprang into action using it’s connections to assist flood victims on the north coast of NSW. In conjunction with The Dural Men’s Shed and Rheem Australia, the Club managed to source water heaters for flood victims, but a new problem emerged – how to get a semi-trailer load of water heaters valued at around one hundred thousand dollars transported and into the Lismore Flood Relief Centre with all that was going on. A simple answer arrived via a group that the Club was introduced to – Turbans4Australia. This group has connections, transport, warehousing and is already active in flood relief. They also represent the values that Rotary holds …… in their own words “The practice of equality, respect, benevolence and help extended irrespective of caste & creed”.

On Saturday 14th May, The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville was invited to a Turbans4Australia open day at their warehouse and office facility in the suburb of Clyde in Sydney. There, Ian Pascoe, Club President met with the founder of Turbans4Australia and many volunteers, along with dignitaries from Disaster Relief Australia, Ernst & Young and Rheem Australia who were there as part of the celebrations.

To cap off May, funds that were raised at “Jazz at The Pines” Community events run by the Club created a donation of over $2,000 to help the Wisemans Ferry Men’s Shed get re-established after losing everything in the floods.

The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville has just 15 members but works with like minded organisations to “serve to change lives”. The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville raises funds for numerous programs far and wide throughout parts of Australia as well as overseas communities with specific needs. Local programs include a local Australia Day Ceremony and Literacy Initiatives for students. Further afield the club continues its Bourke Public School Breakfast Club project, helping school attendance. The Children’s Hospital at Westmead purchased new state of the art equipment for their Eye Clinic with funds organised by the Club. On the international front, the Club is also involved in major humanitarian projects in Sri Lanka and India.