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Disaster Aid Australia

President Suzanne Zammit and club member Jama Farah attended the Disaster Aid Australia Conference on May 4th. Disaster Aid Australia is a project of the Rotary Club of Endeavor Hills in District 9820.

Suzanne commented it was “truly inspiring to hear of the difference this small dedicated team of people make in the world.” Jama is pictured with John O'Reilly,Director/Secretary of the Disaster Aid Australia Board of Directors and Dr Madenjit Sing, founder of AHHA Education which had educated over 2000 students in Cambodia, Laos, East Timor, Thailand and India.

Donations in Kind

Donations in Kind last Thursday.
Shueb (9th from L), one of our two RYLA candidates was there volunteering as was our fellow Rotarian Jama
Jama (6th from L) They are among many tireless workers at Donations in Kind (D.I.K.) As a result of Jama's efforts 2 containers of medical/hospital supplies have gone to Somaliland and one to Ethiopia.

"It is really inspiring to meet the people who turn up every week to make sure that others lives are made easier and that they receive many things that we take for granted." President Suzanne Zammit.

Rotary Convention

News of the successful bid by Melbourne for 2023 Rotary International Convention as seen on Channel 9.

2023 RI Convention

Save the Date

As part of the Footscray Art Prize the club will hold a Dinner and Auction on June 22nd to raise funds for our community programs.The dinner will be held at VenU on VU's Nicholson Strret Campus.Bookings will commence in April.

Rotary Women's Breakfast

Women in Rotary International Women's Day Breakfast 2019.

March 7th 7-9am


 Next Meeting

Next meeting: Thursday at 12.30 pm

Speakers: Florisse and Luana (pictured) our exchange students from France and Brazil.

All welcome to this lunch meeting

Croatia House, 72 Whitehall Street, Footscray.



Date From : Thu Mar 21, 2019 : 12:30
Date To : Thu Mar 21, 2019 : 13:45


Community Trust

The Rotary Club of Footscray - Community Service &House of Friendship Fund Inc.


History of the Fund

The Fund was formed out by amalgamating two separate funds operated by the Rotary Club of Footscray. The “House ofFriendship”(HOF) provided the elderly a meeting place & recreational facility in addition to daily hot meals at nominal cost. For those who were house bound meals were provided at home.

The concept was so successful that it became a prototype for many similar schemes in Australia and in 1975 became one of the Footscray Council's community welfare programs.

The Rotary Club of Footscray Community Service Trust

was formed in 1977 to provide financial assistance to designated not-for-profit charities which have Deductible Gift Receipts (DGR) status from the Australian Taxation Office.

In 1994 the assets were combined to form the “Rotary Club of Footscray

Community Service & House of Friendship Fund Inc”.


How the Fund Supports Local Communities?

Rotarians are committed to serving the community. This Fund provides vital grants to not-for-profit grassroots charitable organisations with DGR status. Grants are made to a diverse range of local projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged people throughout the locality. We are proud to have made a difference to many important services within the community.


How can you help?

If you would like to assist those that are disadvantaged, people who have a disability, the elderly and those in need in our community, please consider making a donation. This may be done by sending a cheque payable to:

The Rotary Club Footscray
Community Service & House of Friendship Fund Inc
PO Box 469, Ascot Vale, Vic 3032

All donations over $2.00 are Tax Deductible & a receipt will be issued.

How can organisations apply for a grant?

Organisations wishing to apply for a grant from the Trust should express interest by contacting Elizabeth Drozd( or Darcy Brennan (

Application forms are sent to interested organisation around April-May each year. 

Footscray Art Prize

Our club is proud to be a partner in the 2019 Footscray Art Prize.


BBQ Trailer

At our lunch meeting on 12thJuly Ron Hunt demonstrated the improvements in the club’s BBQ trailer.

A video of the demonstration is available on YouTube:

Instructions are also available in PDF form:

Anna Gadd

The club farewelled Anna Gadd, our exchange student from Finland, last Friday. Club members Maria Silber Emmanuel Tumino and Elia Andriotis were there at the airport today to say goodbye along with Danish Exchange Student Andrea. It has been a pleasure hosting Anna - au revoir.


At changeover night Elia Androtis received a Paul Harris Award and Roiger Batrouney a Paul Harris Award with two sapphires Congratulation to both for their outstanding work for the club, District 9800 and Rotary International. The wawaerds were presented by incoming AG Ian Ada.

New President

A great "Changover Night" on June 21st when Elia Andriotis handed over the presidential reins to Suzanne Zammit, after his two year stint. Great effort by Elia who received a Paul Harris Fellow award. Congratulations to Suzanne.

Footscray Community Bike Shed

In 2014 the Rotary Club of Footscray, in partnership with the Maribyrnong City Council established the Footscray Community Bike Shed. The aim was to service/repair pre-loved bikes, donated from the community, and then give to refugees, asylum seekers and other adults and kids who are in need. Helmets, lights and locks are also provided so that recipients are fully prepared. This program is meeting a community need by providing cheap and sustainable form of transport and aiding the physical and mental Health for refugee & asylum seeker. The Bike Shed provides a site for socialising and meeting / visiting new friends. The success of the program has been largely due to a band of enthusiastic volunteers providing over 1000 hours of work per year.

Over the period 2014-18 over 500 bikes have been distributed to recipients from 28 different countries

The program supports various agencies including: NewHope/Micare, Cohealth, the ASRC, AMES, Shine4 kids, Welcome West Wagon, Red Cross, BaptCare, Amnesty International.



Last weekend our club sponsored four students from Braybrook College to attend the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment camp at DOXA Malmsbury. This program is designed to develop the potential of youth using a blend of discussions, lectures and physical activity.