Welcome to the Rotary Club of Botany Randwick Inc.

Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for combining community service and friendship. Becoming a member of our Club connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
In recognition of the massive challenges that have faced our front line workers over the past twelve months, members of Rotary Clubs across District 9675 are distributing lamingtons to our hardworking hospital staff on Australia Day.  Members of the Rotary Club of Botany Randwick distributed some 1300 lamingtons to staff at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney Children's Hospital and Sydney Women’s Hospital.
 
Here are some of the grateful staff from the Delivery Ward  of the Royal Hospital for Women receiving their lamingtons from Rotary members Christine, June and Greg.
Due to COVID restrictions on interstate travel, it now appears very unlikely that our two Peace Scholars, Rachel and Molly, will be able to travel from Brisbane to Sydney, so unfortunately we have had to cancel this function.  Hopefully alternative arrangements can be made at a later date. Refunds will be made to those who have already made their payment.
 
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The Rotary Club of Botany Randwick Inc. is delighted to announce that a very special dinner will be held in Randwick on the evening of 3 February 2021.  Two Rotary Peace Fellows, as well as a Youth Exchange student currently studying in Brisbane, will be our guests.
 
Rachel and Molly are two Rotary Peace Fellows from the US who are currently undertaking a Master of Peace and Conflict course at the University of Queensland.  This is one of five Rotary International sponsored courses conducted across the globe.
 
Members of Rotary and interested community members are all very welcome to come along and hear their inspirational talks.  For further information and details, read on ...
Five local Rotarians were recognised for their service to Rotary and the Community on the occasion of ou recent Inaugural Dinner.  
 
Recognised as Paul Harris Fellows were:
  • Rotarian Rohan Calvert, for his dedicated service to the former Rotary Club of Randwick over many years.
  • Past Assistant Governor Hilary Lloyd, of the Rotary Club of Iron Cove.  As Assistant Governor for clubs in the Eastern Suburbs Group, Hilary had the challenging task of co-ordinating  the eight Clubs in the Group, to ensure the ongoing viability of Rotary in our part of Sydney.  Her enthusiasm dedication and wise counsel resulted in the amalgamation of the Randwick and Botany Bay Clubs.
  • President Christine Baramilis for her leadership of the Rotary Club of Botany Bay over the past two years and her support and drive of the amalgamation with the Randwick Club.
As they are already Paul Harris Fellows, the following were recognised with Sapphire Pins to their existing awards:
  • Past President Greg Lill, for his leadership and dedication to projects undertaken by the Rotary Club of Randwick.
  • Past President Richard Woodburn for his leadership and involvement in a range of projects undertaken by the Rotary Club of Randwick.
The Rotary Club of Botany Randwick is delighted to support the Little Heroes Swim Academy with a donation of $4,940 for filtration equipment for their new swimming pool.  The Grant was provided in conjunction with The Rotary Foundation, which also provided $4,560.  The joint donation was presented to Little Heroes CEO Tracey Ayton by Rotary District Governor Warwick Richardson on the occasion of the Club's Inaugural Dinner.
 
This Rotary Grant will provide the cleanest and most sanitized water for the health and wellbeing of the students and staff.  This is paramount at all times but with the introduction of COVID to the world it is even more relevant.  Whilst it is important for the chemical composition of the water to be correct, it is equally as important to make sure that the water is not too harsh on skin and also the airways of the students.  The system chosen for the centre allows this to be managed and to find the perfect balance for both.  It is also a system that is constantly monitored and alerts sent out if there is a wrong reading in the pool.
The Inaugural Dinner of the Rotary Club of Botany Randwick Inc. was held on 27 November 2020.  
 
Inaugural President Christine Baramilis was pleased to welcome official guests Rotary District Governor Warwick Richardson, Matt Thistlethwaite, Federal Member for Kingsford Smith, Ron Hoenig, State Member for Heffron, and representatives from a range of community organisations, neighbouring Rotary Clubs, as well as our own members and their guests, to the Inaugural Dinner held at The Randwick Club. 
 
The new Rotary Club resulted from the amalgamation of the Rotary Clubs of Randwick and Botany Bay, both of whom have been active in their local communities for many, many years. With the Randwick Club formed in 1949 and Botany Bay in 1960, those present heard about the wonderful support that these former clubs have provided to both their local and wider communities.  They have laid an impressive foundation on which the new Club can build into the future.
14-Year-old Mourine Kikisia from the remote Solomon Island of Vella Lavella has spent nearly twelve months in Randwick undergoing life saving medical treatment. Mourine had developed a large mass on her neck, the size of a small football and doctors in the Solomon Islands were unable to treat her.  With the support of Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) and local Rotarians she was successfully treated at the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick.
 
Whilst the tumour was found to be benign, it was "strangling" other vital organs, and could well have proved fatal without treatment.  It posed a significant challenge for the medical staff who liaised with international colleagues in search of a cure.  With a maze of blood vessels and nerves throughout, there was a major risk of Mourine being permanently disabled or disfigured.  After nearly six months of chemotheraphy to stop the growth of the mass, it was finally removed in a very successful nine-hour operation.  Then followed several months of radiotheraphy to ensure removal of any remnants.
The Sydney Childrens' Hospital School came to the attention of the Rotary Club of Botany Randwick when it provided significant support to a long term Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) patient from the Solomon Islands who was undergoing long-term treatment at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
 
Over many years, numerous ROMAC children have benefited from attendance at the School at no cost to ROMAC or Rotary. It is a great example of mutual support between Rotary and the School.
 
The School provides education for children undergoing long term treatment at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. The school enrols inpatients, outpatients (unable to attend their census school) and siblings of patients where the whole family have either temporarily relocated to Sydney for their child’s treatments. 
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.