Welcome to Rotary Club of Emerald and District Inc.

The Rotary Club of Emerald & District is one of 34,000 clubs world-wide.   Members enjoy the friendships and opportunities that being a part of a global Community Service Organisation brings.

The village of Emerald is located 45 km East of Melbourne in the bucolic Dandenong Ranges, and is the home of the Rotary Club of Emerald & District.Chartered on March 28th 1980, the Rotary Club of Emerald and District has become an integral part of the Emerald Community.  In 2020 the club celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

Members of the Rotary Club of Emerald and District enjoy great friendships, and by combining their unique skills, experience the satisfaction of running a number of very successful events.

The iconic Kids Fun Run with Thomas is the Rotary Club of Emerald and Districts signature event. The annual fundraiser has raised over $671,250 since it started in 2002.

The Clubs annual All American Car Display and Man Cave Alley, along with the Annual Debutante Ball and the Great Community Raffle, all contribute to the fund raising effort that enables the Rotary Club of Emerald & District to make a difference both locally and globally.

To view a quick video about activities in the 2020-2021 year please click  here and we invite you to browse through our website that has up-to-date information on current activities.

Hills Storm Recovery

For information on the Hills Storm Recovery Initiatives by the Rotary Club of Emerald and District please CLICK HERE.

Our Vision Statement

Thriving and resilient local and global communities.

Our Mission Statement

Working together to create positive change in the wellbeing of our community and beyond.

Find Out More About Membership

We are all aware of the tragic circumstances that people in our community face through no fault of their own. Drought, bushfire, covid and just bad luck. 
People asked “what can I do to help” because that's what we want to do.
Our Rotary Club creates "help projects” that meet those needs.
Consider becoming a member, it's fun, friendly and very worthwhile knowing that your effort will make an enormous difference.
Interested in becoming a member?

Call us on 0408 769 491

or email info@emeraldrotary.org.au

Trash 2 Treasure Market

Come and join us!
Every 2nd Saturday of the Month
Stallholders - please access booking form HERE.

Emerald Village Association Community Meeting

Climate Change and the Adaption Strategy For the Emerald District

Guest Speaker: Aruna Dias,

Environment Officer, Cardinia Shire Council Hills Hub, Emerald @ 7.30pm

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

Whitehorse Rotaract is once again running our Giant Monopoly Night and we would love to see you there!
It will be a fun filled night with lots of mini games as well as the Giant Monopoly. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle.
All of the profits will go towards Days For Girls, the DG's partner's project this year. Our club is hoping to also volunteer our time and host a packing night with them later this year.
The details are as follows, tickets are limited so book early to make sure that you don't miss out!
When: Saturday April 23rd
Time: 6pm
Where: Box Hill Town Hall
Facebook eventhttps://fb.me/e/233Rd3e4p
Congratulations, Paul from the RC of Emerald & District
Certificate of Recognition – Help the Hills
Paul Yandle is the brains behind Help for the Hills – Dandenong Ranges Taskforce.
Paul is the CFA Captain in Emerald, a role he has held for 21 years of his 36 volunteering with fire brigades.
An active member of the community, Paul used his leadership, CFA and community knowledge to gather a huge and skilled workforce (eventually numbering 200) and coordinate an emergency response effort, Help for the Hills.
The group included people with chainsaw experience, donations of truck and machinery use, funding via Rotary Club of Emerald and District and those donating time to help significant quantities of timber. As a result, 125 storm-impacted properties were cleared over 3500 volunteer hours.
There are already plans to bring Help for the Hills back together ahead of the fire season, and we know the efforts undertaken to date have made a world of difference for people impacted by the June storms.
We’ve seen over the years that disaster can bring out the best in people – a willingness to lend a hand, listen and help, putting others ahead of yourself and creating a safety net to catch those going through some of the worst times of their lives. Paul’s work and the wider Help for the Hills group is a perfect example of this.
On behalf of Yarra Ranges Council, thank you so much for your work. We’d like to award this effort with our Certificate of Recognition.
Tonga Appeal
The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano that lies about 60 kilometres north of Tonga's main island was one of the most powerful seen in recent times. Satellite images as spectular, but the aftermath is shocking.
Now the pacific island in blanketed in a layer of volcanic ash and the tsunami waves devasted coastal areas tearing down trees and ripping buildings apart.
The international phone line has been severed leaving the island cut off and crippling communications. Dust has hampered relief planes delivering much needed water and food supplies. However emergency efforts are rallying and if you feel able, you can donate via Rotary to assist in the support efforts.
Our club has donated $1,000 towards Christmas hampers and vouchers to bring some festive cheer to local families in need. An amount of $500 will go to both St Mark’s Church in Emerald and St Luke’s Church in Cockatoo, to support a Christmas hamper initiative they’ve been running for the last 12 years.
Club President Shalini Penny said, “In the past year or so, our club has distributed more than $15,000 in vouchers to locals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $1,000 donation to the local churches extends our commitment to supporting the local community during these challenging times so that those less fortunate can have the Christmas they deserve”.
The churches work in partnership with local schools which distribute the hampers to local families. This year, 80 hampers containing a variety of festive goodies, including a ham, cake, pudding, custard, mince pies, nuts, pretzels and biscuits, and $1,100 in Christmas vouchers will be given out.
The food items, as well as some financial assistance, were generously donated by the local IGA supermarkets and other businesses, local service clubs such as Rotary and Lions, the Cockatoo Market and local citizens.
Anyone in need of food can obtain some essentials for free from The Food Store, which operates out of St Luke’s Church in Cockatoo every Monday from 10am to 2pm.
Photo: (l-r) Nicole Lane of St Mark’s Church, Emerald; Rotary Club of Emerald and District President Shalini Penny; and Sue Barbieri of St Luke’s Church of Cockatoo.


The Rotary Club of Emerald & District has been awarded the Emerald Village Association’s inaugural Community Group of the Year award at the EVA’s annual community meeting held at the Hills Hub on 24 November. 
In accepting the award, President of the Rotary Club of Emerald and District Shalini Penny said she was thrilled the club had been acknowledged for its work in supporting the local community.
“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of our members, many of whom dedicate many hours each week making a positive difference in the lives of people who live in Emerald and surrounding suburbs,” Shalini said.
“It is wonderful to be recognised for our work which is vast, covering the young, the elderly, schools and the community as a whole.
“While we haven’t been able to run many of our programs and signature fund-raising events during the past two years because of COVID restrictions, we have continued to support the community during these challenging times, in particular, helping those impacted by the pandemic and recent storms.”
When a local service club, a local business, a local community house and local residents join forces, wonderful things happen!
Thanks to the generosity of the people of Emerald and surrounds, a financial contribution from Woolworths in Emerald, and the efforts of the Rotary Club of Emerald and District and Emerald Community House, local residents doing it tough will benefit from the distribution of more than 200 donated food items.
President of the Rotary Club of Emerald and District Shalini Penny said people of the Hills’ community are renowned for working together for the benefit of all.
“Our community has banded together after fires and storms, and throughout the pandemic. That same unwavering community spirit has come to the fore again with our Rotary club partnering with Emerald Woolworths and Emerald Community House to distribute food donated by members of the community to those in need,” Shalini said.
“Many of the food items were donated by shoppers who placed them into a dedicated ‘Rotary trolley’ set up at the front of the store in the first week of November. Additional food items were also selected by our Rotary Club with a $250 donation from Woolies.
“We thank the people of the Emerald and surrounds for contributing to the initiative, and to Woolies for their support.”
The food items will now be distributed to people in the community via the Emerald Community House.
Rotary Club of Emerald and District President Shalini Penny and Emerald Woolworths Manager Mark Doffetter load up the food items
Rotary Club of Emerald and District President Shalini Penny delivers the food to Emerald Community House Co-Manager Donna Asling ready for distribution to the community.

The Rotary Club of Emerald & District is one of 34,000 clubs world-wide.   Members enjoy the friendships and opportunities that being a part of a global Community Service Organisation brings.

If you are interested in joining our Club, or attending a meeting as a guest or as a Visiting Rotarian – please phone a Club Representative on 0408 769 491 or email info@emeraldrotary.org.au

Photo by Henk Van den Bergen
The Hills Photography Society, the local camera club, is set to stage an Exhibition of eclectic photographs at the Hills Hub, Main St Emerald from Friday 13th August until Friday 17th September. The club is proud to be a member of the very active Emerald and district arts movement, and excited to be staging this exhibition at the state-of-the-art Hills Hub.
Items on display are the works of club members and cover portraiture, landscapes, architecture and nature, including award-winning macro images. This is a free entry exhibition.
Hills Photographic Society, established in 2016 has members of all ages, with a range of  photography experience, and we always welcome new members. Check out Hills Photography Society Facebook page.
For details of exhibition opening times and of workshops you may wish to attend, visit www.hillsphotographicsociety.org.au.
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