About Rotary and Our Club

Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905, and is the oldest and biggest international service organization in the world. Coming to Australia in 1921, Rotary International is now represented by 30,000 Clubs in more than 160 countries, with 1200 Clubs and 33,000 members in Australia.


Rotary Clubs provide community service in many ways, including financial assistance to worthy projects. All funds contributed and raised by Rotary reach their goal: no Rotarian accepts a salary for what they do. International projects are undertaken in conjunction with Rotary Clubs in the countries involved, ensuring effective local oversight of how resources are used.


The Rotary Club of Armidale Central is one of four Rotary Clubs in Armidale, New South Wales. Our Club, Armidale Central 21562, was originally chartered on 25th January 1984. Having around forty members, we meet weekly, usually from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Thursdays in the Armidale Ex-Services Club.


Our Club is involved in helping members of the local community in many ways through supporting several local projects and organisations. These currently include Autumn Lodge retirement home, the New England Conservatory of Music, Armidale and New England Hospital, and Anglicare.


As with most Rotary Clubs, we work to help younger people through various international student exchanges, as well as by supporting local students who wish to attend courses in science, agriculture, leadership, and safe driving.


We run the annual Armidale Book Fair, and maintain the gardens on and near the northern roundabout of the Armidale by-pass. We also organise various social events, and enjoy much good fellowship while working to help others.


The Rotary Foundation is Rotary International’s service arm. Supported by all Rotary Clubs, it provides grants and runs programs that help change the world. Biggest of many programs at present is a major project aiming to totally eradicate from the world the crippling disease poliomyelitis. Other programs involve such things as the provision of clean water supplies, construction of schools and hospitals, and giving Peace and Conflict Resolution scholarships. The Rotary Club of Armidale Central has been closely involved in several such projects, with a particular association at present with the School of St Jude in Tanzania, the APS Down Association for people with Down's Syndrome in Londrina, Brazil, and the Paddy Bali project to conserve the Subak culture of Bali.


Rotary welcomes further members. If you would like to join us in our work to assist our local and international community, please get in touch, or attend one of our meetings. There is always room in Rotary for anyone wanting to enjoy helping others.