We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. (Rotary International)
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. (Rotary International)a
About Our Club
The Rotary Club of Hornsby District is involved with numerous charities, directly supporting their work by donations; increasing awareness of a range of issues through campaigns and promotions and indirectly collaborating with other Rotary clubs and International Rotary programs to advance humanitarian work across the globe.
Members are accomplished and experienced individuals, with distinguished careers from different walks of society. They bring in their experience, training and skills into the different projects supported by the club.
The Rotary Club of Hornsby District is also involved in a number of local, national and international projects in developing countries such as Nepal, Kenya, South Africa and Malaysia.
The club is part of Rotary District 9685, which is one of two districts covering the Sydney metropolitan area in Australia. The District covers an area of almost 4,500 square miles (11,650 square kilometres). Its boundaries stretch from the Blue Mountains to the Sea north of Sydney Harbour, reaching across the Hawkesbury River and north to Toukley on the Central Coast. Within its boundaries are the business districts of North Sydney, Chatswood, Gosford, Penrith, and the Ryde industrial area. Learn more about the District .
The Rotary Club of Hornsby was chartered on 29 August 1949 as the fourth Rotary club on the north shore of Sydney. The first President of the club was Charles Turnball.
In the beginning, the boundaries of the Rotary Club of Hornsby included all of the Hornsby Shire and part of the Municipality of Ku-ring-gai. Over time and in keeping with the ethos of our Four Way Test, newer clubs were created representative of people and businesses. These clubs were Pennant Hills (1960), Turramurra (1968), Berowra (1977) and Waitara (1986).
In 2005, the Rotary Club of Hornsby inducted its first woman President, Heather Hogan.
In 2017, the Rotary Club of Hornsby and the Rotary Club of Waitara merged to form the Rotary Club of Hornsby District to collate resources, streamline work and collaborate to affect greater change.
The Rotary Club of Hornsby District supports a number of charities and causes, across issues of preventive disease control, homelessness and violence, art for a cause, aged care and disaster relief and rehabilitation. The club’s commitment to Rotary’s vision of promoting brotherhood and helping communities in crisis shines through the club’s programs. Some of the organisations we support in Australia include:
- Shelter Box
- Rotary Foundation
- Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)
- Studio Artes
- Rotary Club of Goolwa, South Australia
- Rotary Club of Victoria
- Rotary Clubs of Western Australia
- Act for Kids
- Rotary Club of Turramurra
- Rotary Club of Wahroonga
- The Cancer Council
- Vocational support for students of Tottenham Central School, Tottenham, NSW
- Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
- Epilepsy Foundation
- Prostate Cancer Foundation
- Dementia Australia
- Leukemia Foundation
- Kidney Health Australia
- Australian Melanoma Research
- Children’s Medical Research Institute
Some of the organisations we support outside of Australia include:
- Nkosi Haven
- Know One, Teach One (KOTO)
- Mitrataa Foundation
- Rotary Club of Port Klang
- Team Vista
- Shamida Bright Vision
Rotary International is an international service organisation whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all. There are over 35,000 member clubs worldwide in six continents, with a membership of 1.2 million individuals, known as Rotarians.
Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.
Rotary Foundation transforms gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust operates very much in line with the mission of the Rotary Foundation. Their goal is to enable Rotarians and other caring people to advanced world understanding, goodwill and peace, through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
Australian Rotary clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. Through Rotary, the reward of "paying it forward" unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.