Youth Programs

Youth Exchange - RYLA

Youth Exchange is described as the 'Jewel in the Crown' of Rotary. Providing great opportunities to enhance internaational understanding.

RYLA is a world renowned leadership and self development camp.

Community Programs

Disability Support - Homelessness - Health

Through it's Community Connections program Waitara Rotary aims to make a difference in the local community. In particular we support Studio ARTES, The Salvation Army and Hornsby Hospital

Vocational Programs

Vocational Awards and Support

Vocation is the heart of Rotary with membership based around vocations. Waitara Rotary awards and recognises those that excel in their vocation. They have developed strong links with the local Chamber of Commerce and Hornsby TAFE

Do it Once. Do it Right

Rotary International News

  • In his address to convention attendees on Tuesday, 31 May, Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith proclaimed that The Rotary Foundation has never been stronger than it is today. Bolstered by generous contributions from members and robust programs like PolioPlus and the Rotary Peace Centers, the Foundation's good work is drawing public notice, Klinginsmith said: CNBC, a leading consumer and business news outlet in the U.S., ranked Rotary No. 5 among the top 10 charities changing the world in 2015. "Isn't it clear that our Foundation is truly better than ever before?" said Klinginsmith, who reported...

  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was among the first to welcome Rotary members and friends to the 107th Rotary Convention, heralded as one of the largest-ever gatherings of Rotarians and the most multicultural assembly of nonprofit leaders in Korea. He offered a message of gratitude: “Rotarians do remarkable work around the world,” Ban told the thousands of attendees gathered at KINTEX, the Korea International Exhibition and Convention Center in Goyang city, on the outskirts of Seoul. “You help the United Nations reach our goals, and you help the world understand the United...

  • This year's World Water Summit on 27 May in Seoul highlighted the progress being made: Over the last 25 years, more than 2.5 billion people gained access to improved drinking water, and 2 billion who didn't have adequate sanitation now do. Child deaths from water-related diseases dropped from 1.5 million to just over 600,000. The UN Millennium Development Goals' target for clean drinking water was met five years ahead of schedule. But for the 1.8 billion people whose drinking water remains contaminated and the 2.4 billion without access to proper sanitation, progress is still too slow, said...

Rotary Projects

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Wendy 2    Projects are Rotary Clubs ways of giving back and making a difference in the world. Major projects in Rotary International are probably highlighted by the Polio Plus project. Waitara Rotary contributes to these major international projects by donations to the Rotary Foundation

All our members try to be a Rotary Centurion each membership year - a Centurion is a member that has donated $100 or more to the Rotary Foundation in the one membership year.

Helping in the local community, Waitara Rotary worked over the weekend of the Red Shield Appeal to raise funds for the Salvation Army.


Club News

Latest New Member

At the Vocational Awards night, the club inducted the newest member. Kerry Frost, who first visited the club to talk about Team VISTA, her project in Tanzania. Following discussions over the next few months, she has honored us by becoming a member. Seen here receiving her membership pin from the District Governor, Ian Scott.


Two new members in two weeks:

The club has welcomed two new members in the last two weeks, Peter McIntyre is an old friend of Ralf's who decided to join after talking to Ralf about Rotary.

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Our second new member is Gillian Sear, Gillian has been connected with the club since her oldest daughter went on Youth Exchange to Finland, her youngest daughter is now on exchange to Brazil.

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New Paul Harris Fellow

At the first meeting of 2014, PP Arthur Godfrey was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow. The award was for recognition of his contribution to the club, especially as Treasurer and also hsi work with District on the RYLA committee and travelling to East Timor to assist with their RYLA program.

Arthur Godfrey

Arthur was presented with his award by PP Bharat Patel - who himself is a 'Three Sapphire' Paul Harris Fellow

Member Profiles


Simon Bryan

Simon has been President twice now and is lining up again for 2014 - 2015 as part of a Presidential Team. 

His background is in education and over time he added Computing Studies to his teaching subjects and eventually has moved from the classroom to managing the IT infrastructure and system for his school. He currently is the IT Manager at The McDonald College.


Bev Hook

Bev Hook is a nurse working in private practice.  She especially enjoys the youth exchange area of Rotary and has been Youth Exchange Counsellor for approx 7 years.  She is a member of the Willoughby Symphony Choir and lives in Hornsby.

Meeting Location:
We meet at:
Hornsby RSL Club
Meeting Time:
Monday 6pm for 6:30pm
Finish by 8pm