Improving life in our own community since 1997
Community service encourages Rotarians to offer service to their communities. The Community Service Committee develops and manages the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its own community. These projects & activities are designed to:-
- Encourage and foster the ideal of service to the personal, business and community life of every Rotarian.
- Offer the opportunity for every Rotarian to exemplify 'Service Above Self'.
- Respond to the needs of a local community.
- Be relevant to the community.
- Serve as a learning experience for Rotarians.
- Identify a Rotary Club’s role in its community.
- Determine how Rotarians can help with the resources at hand.
The following are some examples of community projects undertaken by our club or the joint Rotary Clubs of Port Macquarie
The Big Dig - A treasure hunt on Town Beach for children and parents.
Hastings Sports Awards - Annual recognition of best sports players
Lifeguard Towers at five Port Macquarie Hastings Beaches (Towers of Strength)
Rotary Lodge - affordable accommodation for families of patients at Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Rotary Community Centre - an affordable community centre available to individuals or groups
Expanding Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace
International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
Polio Plus: After 25 years of hard work, Rotary International and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease. Our Club continuously supports this global challenge donating over $50,000 in the last 10 years
The Club has been involved in a number of ongoing activities in Nepal particularly a Women’s Literacy Program in Damauil and the Mera School in Kharakhola Village
Advancing and supporting vocations in our community
Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to :-:
Aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation
Recognise the worthiness of all useful occupations
Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
One of the central goals of Vocational Service is to promote and advance Rotary’s high ethical standards. Two useful tools Rotarians have to assess these standards are The Four-Way Test and the Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions.
New Generations - Youth
Supporting the fundamental needs of our Youth: health, human values, education, and self-development.
Our club's New Generations Committee organises many youth related activities including:
Long Term Youth Exchange (YEP): Rotary Youth Exchange students, spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. Our club has been involved in Youth Exchange since its inception. Click here to visit our Youth Exchange page and see how to apply.
Interact: Interact is a Rotary sponsored international program for service minded young people between 15 and 18 years or in the final four years of their secondary schooling. The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise has partnered with St. Columba Anglican School (SCAS) to support an Interact Club in that school. In return SCAS provides tuition for our annual inbound Youth Exchange Student.
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) simulates the workings of the United Nations. The aim of MUNA is to build bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding in the minds of youth as they research, debate and speak to a wide range of contemporary world issues. (Rotary International is the only non-governmental organisation holding a seat at the United Nations).
Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA): Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.
Strengthening our fellowship through effective functioning of the Club
Our Club Service team handle just about everything to do with serving the needs of our own members. This includes:
- routine communication with and care for members and their families
- efficiently managing meetings and organising social activities of our Club
- coordinating speakers and catering
- hospitality and protocol for speakers, guests and visiting Rotarians, and RI officers
- attracting, inducting and developing members
Club Service is often described as the most important function because all other avenues of service rely on an efficiently managed club.