Rotary Club of Geelong Inc.   A0017435H  Club No 18228 - est. 1925

The Rotary Club of Geelong Inc

Reg No: A0017435H  ABN: 31 215 074 938   Club No: 18228

Chartered October 19th, 1925 No 2144

Rotary District 9780

President   Frank Thompson Email (Click here)
Secretary   Leslie Hatton 03 5229 1683  Email (Click here)
District Governor   Stephen Lamont District Web Site (Click here)
International President   John F. Germ International Web Site (Click here)

Our Club

Our Club is the oldest club in the Geelong Region dating back to 1925.

We are strongly committed to community service be that locally or internationally where in recent times we have supported improving the quality of life for village people in Nabavatu Fiji, Sariri Papua New Guinea, Northern Sri Lanka following the 2006 tsunami, schools in Samoa and a hospital in Viqueque in East Timor.

Locally the focus has been on supporting children and families, including, Bethany Father of the Year, Rotary Golf Day raising funds for Barwon Health, Read the Play , an activity for youth with mental health , drug and alcohol issues, and building a sandpit for a Kinder to achieve their accreditation.

Among our many activities is the management of the Old Geelong Gaol, where our Rotarians act as tour guides enabling locals and visitors to experience its atmosphere and follow its history. Recently Tony Robinson from UK TV Time Team filmed part of a series in the Old Gaol in which our members played the "tour group" being shown around this historic building. Tourism event companies provide additional attractions at the Gaol, one of the most successful being the Ghost Tours.

At June 2015 we have some 72 members from a broad age group and a wide range of professions and businesses including a number of Corporate members who join as a corporate team and rotate their members weekly as an opportunity to engage in community service and for personal development"

About Rotary

Friendship and Business Development
The two reasons Paul Harris began Rotary in 1905:
  • Personal Growth
  • You mix with members who are as committed as you and a sharing of ideas to continue your personal and professional development through a well-respected organisation.
Leadership Development
We can benefit from the development of your ideas.
Serving our local community rates highly in our outlook.

Continuing Education
Each week we invite guests who are chosen to inform and enlighten.

Public Speaking Skills
Geelong Rotary allows the opportunity to enhance and develop your confidence and skill in public communication.

Worldwide Organisation
Contacts around the world.

Our club uses activities that provide social interaction and camaraderie.

Develop Social Skills
Every week and at various events and functions, we aim to develop one's personality, social and people skills.

Next Generation Programs
Rotary provides one of the world's largest youth exchange programs and youth leadership programs. We actively engage in developing the youth of our area.

Vocational Skills
Rotary fosters growth and development in each person's profession, vocation or interest and encourages sharing this development with others.

Ethics Reinforcement
As Rotarians, we practice a 4-way Test which governs ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

Cultural Awareness
Geelong Rotary is a cross section of the prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians learn to love and work with people everywhere.

The People
Rotarians are people who adhere to the policy that while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.

Rotary is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

The Opportunity to Serve
Geelong Rotary is a service club.  This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else.

If you would like to find out more about membership in our club Click here.


We meet each Tuesday (public holidays excluded) for lunch at the Karingal Eastern Hub, 285A McKillop Street, East Geelong, 12:30 for 12:45. Meetings close at 2 pm.

Rotarians from any club, business people and professionals are welcome to join us at any meeting. Bookings and apologies can be made by phone or email to Karingal reception prior to 4.00 pm on the Monday preceding the meeting:

Phone: 03 5249 8900

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