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 newer clubs were created representative of people and businesses in Pennant Hills (1960), Turramurra in (1968), Berowra in (1977) and Waitara in (1986). These clubs further supported other clubs in the North Shore.
In 2005, the Club inducted its first woman President, Heather Hogan.
In 2017, the Rotary Club of Hornsby and Waitara merged to form the Rotary Club of Hornsby district.
Rotary 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 6 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.
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.
The Rotary Club of Hornsby District is an amalgamation of two clubs of Hornsby and Waitara to collate resources, streamline work and collaborate to affect greater change. Our members are accomplished and experienced individuals, with distinguished careers from different walks of society, who bring in their experience, training and skills into the different projects supported by the club.
The Rotary Club of Hornsby District is involved with numerous charities, directly supporting their work by donations coupled with 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.
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
The Rotary Club of Hornsby District is also involved in a number of overseas projects in the developing countries of Nepal, Kenya, South Africa and Malaysia.
“We are grateful for the love and support of the Rotary Club of Hornsby District that allows us to provide monthly allowance to families affected by the COVID crisis. We believe this empowers people to make their own decisions, rather than giving away food packages, that makes them dependent on welfare doles.”
MITRATAA FOUNDATION, NEPAL
Koto - Hospitality Training centre in Hanoi, Vietnam where youth is taken off the streets and trained
Mitrataa Foundation aims to care for women and children in Nepal.
Team Vista Our main project is to assist those living in poverty in a community in Moshi/Tanzania - Click on the 'Projects' link to find out more.
Australia has seen unprecedented devastation in recent years. In the three years to January 2020, some 36% of Australia and 96% of New South Wales had serious or severe rainfall deficiencies. The prolonged droughts of the last few years have meant risks of climate variability, farm productivity and increase in commodity prices. This has affected thousands of people, pushing many into penury and a life of little means. The ravaging Bushfires earlier this year, gutted large tracts of land and lives. The fires were the worst ever in the history of New South Wales.
The Hornsby Shire, with the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby district were identified as red areas, with bushfires destroying large swathes of land in Northern NSW. It was a terrifying time for all of us, but also a time for us to pledge our support to our brethren.