Community Service
 
Community Service encourages Rotarians to serve others by sharing their professional skills gained over many years with the wider community.
 
Our community services initiatives have proved popular with our members and usually include some lively fellowship.
 
Visiting local universities, schools, councils, and charitable organisations increase our knowledge and helps to build our network so that we can best assist and support people in our local community.
 
Link to Activities
 
(1)  Christmas lunch
 
Each year Rotary Hawthorn holds a Christmas Lunch for the socially disadvantaged at the Camberwell High School on the Sunday prior to Christmas.  This function requires our willing Rotarians to peel, chop, wash and cook the food, then serve roast turkey meals to around 250 of our community’s most disadvantaged or isolated people. After dessert, we then clean up!
 
The carols and musical presentations are superb, and gifts distributed by a beaming Santa are much appreciated by the guests.
 
This Christmas event is a key Club initiative and the one our members enjoy the most.  It is a truly festive and joyful afternoon.  link  photos
 
 
(2)  Salvo Hawks Football
 
This is a heart-warming community program, run in conjunction with Salvation Army, which brings together disadvantaged men and women to play Australian Rules football each week during winter. 
 
Our Rotary Club provided the new uniforms, which are worn so proudly by the players. Each home game our volunteers run the scoreboard, buy and serve the post-match pizzas and drinks, and meet and mingle with the group.
 
The players love it – they feel included, valued, and thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie, the shared meal, the stories, and laughter.  
 
We feel privileged to be a part of such a worthwhile program.  link post photos.
 
(3) Public Speaking Programs
 
Rotary Club of Hawthorn has developed a strong partnership with Swinburne University, coordinating vocational visits to the University and Astrology departments, and attending various award events.
 
Our Public Speaking Programs, run over 3 years at Swinburne, has proved hugely successful in helping the students, mostly international, develop confidence and poise in their presentations. link  post/photo 
As a follow-up, several of the students have joined us on our monthly evening membership night held at the Auburn Hotel which has been a real bonus for these younger and newer members of our community.
 
We also have a developing relationship with the staff and pupils at Auburn High School, which has involved mentoring, simulated job interviews and a Public Speaking program and coaching, all highly appreciated by both teachers and students.
 
(4) Servants Community Housing
 
Over the years Rotary Hawthorn has developed a strong relationship with Servants Community Housing.  We have collected clothes for the residents, donated books and music to their libraries, delivered food to their kitchens, eaten Saturday night dinner with them and joined them in their Christmas Carols and Award evenings.
 
We donated a large commercial freezer to Servants Community house at Carical, and food to stock it.  Pre-loved furniture has ended up there as have new heaters to ease the winter chills in the big draughty building. We donated two greenhouses to Romana for the residents’ cultivation and care of plants, some of them edible. 
 
Various projects have involved gardening, cleaning and painting the different properties. Most memorable was the Rotary Cluster project which involved the back-breaking removal of tiles from old bathrooms prior to the renovation of Romana, a new accommodation property in Kew. The end result was well worth the labour and Rotary Hawthorn was proud to be part of the combined Rotary effort.
 
(5)  Tree Planting  link flyer
 
In August Rotary Hawthorn participated in its second tree planting day of the year, this one at Fritzch Holzer Park.  This was a significant event, celebrating the 22 years anniversary of the completion of 1995-6 project coordinated by the club.  link post  More than 200 citizens accepted our invitation to plant shrubs and grasses throughout the park.  The weather wasn’t kind but the job was completed in record time.
 
Boroondara Council provided the BBQ food which was cooked to perfection by our Master Class team.
 
VIP guests included Hon Josh Frydenberg, Federal MP for Kooyong, John Pesutto, State Member for Hawthorn, Mayor Jim Parke and past Mayor Coral Ross.  link photo
 
(6)  Boab Project link text Noel
 
(7) New Citizens Welcome Lunch link invitation
 
On 16 September Rotary Hawthorn hosts a New Citizens Lunch at the Auburn Bowls Club.  This event involves the guests bringing a national meal to share at communal tables.   More news Katrina …  photos