Melbourne Rotary Showcase


It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do, Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility

Most Rotary Clubs meet weekly. We Rotarians enjoy the social side of catching up, socialising and trying to make the world a better place. Of course, we are at our best without a knife and fork in our hand, when we are setting out to do good in the world.

In 2017, our Rotary District 9800 will be showcasing the very best of Rotary with 3 separate roadshows featuring key projects and programs across our Rotary District. On Australia Day at Lake Weeroona in Bendigo, February 25 at the Atrium in Federations Square, Melbourne, and on the Queen’s Birthday weekend at Rotary Park in Echuca, our Rotary Showcases will promote Rotary’s “Doing Good in the World” to the general public.

All 3 Showcases will cover the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus:

  • Disease prevention & treatment
  • Water & sanitation
  • Maternal & child health
  • Basic education & literacy
  • Economic & community development
  • Promoting peace

Our youth, community and international programs will be highlighted and promoted. There will be hands-on, interactive displays, such as ShelterBox and Disaster Aid Australia who will demonstrate how we take action when natural disasters occur. In the two regional showcases, we will have additional focus on some of our regional projects, including Operation Dog Food in Bendigo.

The Bendigo Showcase is part of a greater annual Australia Day celebration around Lake Weeroona. The day regularly attracts tens of thousands and features award presentations by the local council, food, entertainment, and the engagement of many different community bodies. This year our Rotary involvement with marquees set up around the lake will add to the carnival atmosphere. If you don’t live in Bendigo, it’s a great opportunity for a day trip (or more) to enjoy a special event in their local calendar.

In February, on the weekend nearest to the birthday of Rotary, our major metropolitan showcase will be held in the Atrium at Federation Square. This Melbourne Showcase will feature entertainment including the Choir of Hard Knocks, plus a special birthday cake cutting ceremony. Using the multimedia displays within the Atrium, you will experience first-hand some of Rotary’s best programs and projects. It is a unique opportunity to invite people you know to see the very best of Rotary. Rotary is at its best when we promote our action-oriented service.

Towards the end of our Rotary year, over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, our third showcase will coincide with the annual Echuca Steam Rally at Rotary Park. This event also attracts thousands each year, so will be an additional way to highlight Rotary. Book this weekend away in your diaries now.

The Showcases are designed to increase the visibility and promotion of Rotary Clubs in our District. At each event, we will also be setup to assist potential new members and identify new potential Rotarians for your club. In the Rotary Foundation’s 100th year, we will include programs and projects of the Foundation. We will be focusing upon Rotary’s unique ability to do amazing things to change the lives of others through networking and taking action.

See you at the Showcase!

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