‘Together we see a world where people unite
and take action to create lasting change
across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves'
“WHATEVER ROTARY MAY MEAN TO US, TO THE WORLD IT WILL BE KNOWN BY THE RESULTS IT ACHIEVES.” —PAUL P. HARRIS
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
Who We Are
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Our Own Beginnings
FOUNDATION OF THE CLUB
From July 1961 the District Governor's Special Representative, J M (Morrie) Gibb, assisted by Rotarian D R (Doug) Downing, visited 60 potential members. Sleath Lowrey, District Governor of District 275, had requested the Rotary Club of Parramatta act as a sponsoring Club for a new Club in the Wentworthville - Blacktown area. The territorial boundaries, ceded by Parramatta, had Wentworthville to the east and Blacktown to the west. Although Blacktown was the larger of the two major centres, Wentworthville was chosen as the visitations had shown that 22 of the 24 Charter members were from the eastern side of the Club's territory.
COMMENCEMENT OF THE CLUB
The organisational meeting of the Provisional Rotary Club of Wentworthville was held on 2 nd November 1961, under the chairmanship of Past President Morrie Gibb, the District Governor's Special Representative. This meeting, at Belhaven in Wentworthville, was attended by DG Sleath Lowrey, President of the Parramatta Club Les Genner, a number of Parramatta Rotarians and potential members of the new Club. The first meeting as a Provisional Club was held on 9th November 1961. At this meeting 24 prospective members paid their joining fee and semi-annual dues. Club Officers and Directors were elected, and documents containing the Club's application for admission into Rotary International were signed. It was a matter of pride that the first issue of the Club Bulletin was published and distributed at this meeting.
The notification of the granting of a Charter was received by cable on 16th November 1961. The General Secretary of Rotary International George Means, wrote letters congratulating and welcoming the Rotary Club of Wentworthville upon its admission to the membership of Rotary International.
The Charter Night was held at the Commodore Restaurant, Grace Bros. in Parramatta, on Saturday, 9th December 1961.
WENTWORTHVILLE TO BLACKTOWN
At a meeting held on 16th August 1964, a resolution submitted by the Club's Board, recommending the name of the Club be changed to the Rotary Club of Blacktown was finally and unanimously adopted. It is worth recording that ‘this motion was accomplished not without a great deal of controversy.’ Rotary International ratified the change of name on 28th September 1964.
BLACKTOWN TO BLACKTOWN CITY
When Blacktown was made a City in 1979, the Board recommended the name of the Club be changed to the Rotary Club of Blacktown City. This proposal was accepted by the Club and, on this occasion, the Board of Rotary International accepted the proposal.
What we do
Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:
Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
Save mothers and children
Grow local economies
However we all work differently
We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.
We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues — and find unique solutions.
We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.
We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.
Most importantly however we make a difference in our own local community.
A Message from
Rotary International President Mark Maloney
“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”