Community Service

Rotary channels our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundations of club activity.

One of these is Community Service which encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
District Director  PP Alex Brownlie (Salamanca)


Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania has established a collaboration with Rotary to continue with  the heart health and disease progression.(TasELF ) assistance and to support one of our landmark population studies, The Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH).
CDAH is a unique Australian longitudinal population health study looking at the links between childhood lifestyle, health and physical characteristics and adult disease risk. It is a nation-wide study with international collaborations and relevance. In 2014 the CDAH team will commence a 30 year follow-up of study participants who were first measured as children (7-15 years old).

Read about the MOU established with Rotary in 2015  (download pdf)

 White Ribbon

A MOU was established  with this organisation in  October 2016

Here are some examples of Tasmanian Club activities  —

Top young North West doctors supported by Rotary


Top young doctors, Dr Emma Beddows and Dr Chase Medwin (photo courtesy of the Advocate)

At the awards at the Rural Clinical School in December 2014 , Dr Emma Beddows of Wynyard was announced as Resident Medical Officer of the Year.  Rotary Club of Wynyard sponsored Dr Beddows in her last two years at the Rural Clinical School.
Dr Chase Medwin of Burnie was named as Intern of the Year. He was sponsored by Rotary Club of  Burnie, and is an honorary member of that club.

In December 2013 and again in 2014 , Rotary Club Tamar Sunrise  organised Launceston’s Carols by Candlelight and raised $15,000 for the Examiner Newspaper Empty Stocking Appeal.

CaeolsHeld in City Park  the Carols by Candlelight event provided all local artists to entertain the 7500 strong crowd.

Melissa Carlton then President of Rotary Club Tamar Sunrise expressed her appreciation to all Rotary Club Members in the Northern region who were so supportive in volunteering for the evening. Without the support of close to 90 volunteers helping on the night, the event would not have been so  successful.

Every year, an amazing array of talented artists and craftspeople exhibit and demonstrate their work as part of the Rotary Club of Deloraine’s Tasmanian Craft Fair.It is the largest working display of arts and crafts in Australia. In the past 30 years, more than 12 major projects in the region have benefited from these funds raised by the Rotary Club of Deloraine through their craft fair .More than 200 smaller community projects have been funded through the Tasmanian Craft Fair. CraftFairDeloraine 2013

The benefits to the local community reach far beyond the re-investment of funds raised into development, infrastructure and community-building projects. Every business owner from the local butcher and baker to tourism operator benefits from the influx of more than 30,000 visitors to the Tasmanian Craft Fair each year.

Rotary Club of Scottsdale has embarked on one of the most significant projects ever undertaken by a Rotary club in Tasmania – the conversion of an abandoned railway line into a trail for cycling, walking and riding horses.


The first stage of the North East Rail Trail from Tonganah to Legerwood was launched in 2015. A big crowd of Dorset locals and guests assembled at the old Kamora Railway station for a bbq lunch before the launch of the Rail Trail and a walk along the first section.

Resources available for Clubs

District Community Service Director  PP Alex Brownlie (Salamanca) (2016-17)    is available to help Clubs and  is responsible to the District Governor for supervising the Community Service sub-committees in their endeavour to assist Clubs in supporting our communities both locally and nationally.


Multiple project and community service grants are available through numerous levels of government and private funding organisations throughout Tasmania.  Craig Perkins (Central Launceston) can help guide Clubs towards grants that would assist them Current information is available on this website .


District Supported Community Service Activities



Australian Rotary Health is Australia’s largest non-government funding body of mental illness research. They also fund research in other health related areas.

The genesis of Australian Rotary Health in 1981 was the mystery  of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  The Late Ian Scott, from the Rotary Club of Mornington, established Australian Rotary Health to support research into SIDS.   Supported by Rotarians Australian wide, Australian Rotary Health was soon in a position to sponsor health research in areas that did not readily attract funding  .

CHAIR: PP Biddy Fisk Sandy Bay
Committee:   PP Lindsay Morgan  Ulverstone West     PAG Lorraine Walker  D’Entrecasteaux Channel       Rtn David Annear      West Tamar

ARH Director PDG Kevin Shadbolt


Probus is one of Rotary’s greatest success stories. Over the past 30 years Rotary clubs throughout Tasmania have sponsored the formation of 72 Probus clubs, with membership in excess of 5000 ! Probus are autonomous social clubs of retired/semi-retired business and professional people. Rotary has a statutory obligation to promote the formation of Probus clubs, to provide information and literature to assist clubs and to encourage interaction between Rotary and Probus.

CHAIR: PP Elizabeth Anderson (Ulverstone)|  (M) 0418 323 818V
Southern Coordinator  PP Malcolm Wells (Kingston) (M) 0418 120 436
About Probus
Meetings in Tasmania|


Second Bite is committed to making a positive difference to people by identifying sources of nutritious surplus fresh food
and produce that would otherwise go to waste and facilitating its safe and timely distribution to agencies and people in need.

CHAIR: PP Charles Cook Sandy Bay
COMMITTEE: PAG Graeme Snare Devonport


an awards program  has been established in conjunction with the Tasmanian Police to develop  state wide recognition to sworn and unsworn officers for excellence in the Police Service and Emergency Services.
This is a program that not only provides recognition to officers but also builds a close working relationship between Rotary, Police and Emergency Services which in turn demonstrates the recognition of outstanding service to the community.

More details here

Chair PDG Michael Perkins Spring Bay
Committee Rtn Peter McKenzie Deloraine, Rtn Jillian Freeman Hobart


Rotary Tasmania and the State Government has signed an Memorandum of Understanding for Rotary to be the lead organisation for fodder collection and distribution in the event of a fire or flood disaster as defined by the State Government.

Chair PAG Robin Thompson Scottsdale
Committee PAG Lyndon Isles Longford PP Nigel Pedley Smithton PP James Dunbabin Sorell
PP Graham Dent Westbury, PP Kerry Vincent Sorell


The Rotary Club of South Launceston has taken on the distribution of Street Swags for homeless people in Launceswagsston. They cost about $60 each and are distributed through the Salvation Army who are keeping a register of the people receiving them.They are keen to see this project shared amongst other Rotary Clubs.

More details here.



Updated March 2017