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North Carlton Railway House Fundraiser with Tony Birch

Railway House would like to invite you to a very special fundraiser on June 8th. 

Join us to hear renowned local Indigenous author Tony Birch talk about his prize-winning books, his inspiration for fiction, and about the writing life. Moderated by Bec Kavanagh. 

Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl; winner of the 2020 NSW Premier's Award for Indigenous‚Äč Writing and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s DayThe Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. In 2021 Tony released two new books, a poetry collection, Whisper Songs, and a new short story collection, Dark as Last Night

Tony Birch is also an activist, historian, and essayist. His website is: 

 Bec Kavanagh is a writer, literary critic and academic. She has had fiction and non-fiction published in a variety of publications including MeanjinOverlandThe Big Issue and The Guardian. Bec is the Youth Programming Manager at the Wheeler Centre, and a sessional tutor at LaTrobe University. 

Date: Wednesday, June 8th 
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Location: Bagung Magali Community Room - Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
Address: 182 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy 
Cost: $40 per ticket (includes entry, a raffle ticket and a welcome drink)  



Paul Carlin Outstanding Community Leadership Award

The Rotary Club of Carlton recognises the outstanding work of these dedicated leaders:

2017-2018      Natalie Warren, Kathleem Syme Community Centre

2018-2019      Maree Rabach 

2019-2020      Khanya Ibrahim, Harari Womens Group

2020-2021      Alison Beck, Carlton North Railway House

Rotary Club of Carlton Community Award

The Rotary Club of Carlton recognises the outstanding work of these dedicated leaders:

2010-2011      Leading Senior Constable Nick Parissis

2011-2012      Mary Parfrey, Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre

2012-2013       Rev. Dr John Evans, Chuch of All Nations and

              Julie Large, Principal Carlton Primary School

2013-2014       Brian Falconer

2014-2015       Bichhoa Ha

2015-2016       Maria Ibrahim

2016-2017       Peter Behrendorff, Carlton Aus Kick

Rotary Club of Carlton Vocational Award

The Rotary Club of Carlton recognises the outstanding work of these dedicated leaders:

2017-2018       Mary Galea, Dept of Medicine, RMH, Melb Uni.

Rotary Foundation- Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation and Clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthroprists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.


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Who are we?

Members of a Rotary Club are part of a diverse group of professional leaders working to address community and international service needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world.


Rotary Peace Fellowships



Rotary is now accepting applications for the world competitive Rotary Peace Fellowships program. The application deadline for submissions through local rotary clubs in District 9800.
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Presidents Message

President's Message 2021-22

The Rotary Club of Carlton has been serving the community since 1985. We have many service activities that benefit the Carlton community, as well as national and international projects. We are often called the ‘friendly club’, as our club promotes friendship among our members and builds relationships through service in our immediate community and across the world. If you would like to join us as a member or as a volunteer, you will find a warm welcome. 

From July 1 2021, In Person Lunch Meetings will be held at Graduate House on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month with a Zoom Meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month-all subject to COVID19 regulations. 

Club Events

District Assembly (Virtual)

District Assembly is a must attend forum for club officers, directors, committee chairs and project leaders.
Collaborate, be inspired and take action with other club leaders at the upcoming online District Assembly.
The sessions give all participants valuable new ideas to take back to their clubs and clusters. Some of the most experienced district leaders will conduct informative discussions on all phases of Rotary administration and service projects.


District Changeover

Hyatt Place
1 English Street
Essendon Fields, VIC 3041

Rotary Food Waste Event 2022

The Rotary Club of Melbourne is honouring World Environment Day with its partners, the Sofitel & the City of Melbourne.  Rotarians across Districts 9800 and 9801 are warmly invited to attend this showcase event which raises funds for the non-profit food rescue charity Second Bite.  In addition, the luncheon highlights the 7th Pillar of Rotary International – the Environment – and emphasises how Rotary is working with community groups and government organisations to make a difference for a more sustainable world.

You and your colleagues are warmly invited to attend this fundraising luncheon which features a celebrity panel discussion to raise awareness of how we can reduce food waste to benefit the environment. The 100% carbon offset menu will be co-designed by celebrity chef Matt Preston.  Panellists include Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Dr Sandro Demaio, Ms Abiola Atejomobi, Second Bite CEO Steve Clifford.  The event will be moderated by the very distinguished Professor John Thwaites, former Deputy Premier of the State of Victoria.

A portion of the ticket price plus the proceeds of the raffle will support the vital work of SecondBite.  The raffle features a bottle of Grange, a night for two at the Sofitel, a high tea for two at Chateau Yering, and other prizes. All raffle proceeds will go to Second Bite while each event ticket purchased will provide 75 meals for vulnerable Victorians.  You may purchase tickets for individuals or consider sponsoring a table of 10.  The website is:


2021/22 Paul Carlin Outstanding Leadership Award

Nominations are now open (closing 30 May 2022) for this year's recipient of the Paul Carlin Award.  If you know someone who through their paid or voluntary work are contributing to the Carlton community, consider making  nomination.  Nomination criteria is attached.


Speakers Program

Antonia Kent

Global Grant Scholar

Changeover Dinner

Rotary Club of Carlton

Tuesday at 12:30pm for 1:00 pm

Graduate House,
University of Melbourne,
220 Leicester Street Carlton 3053

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DG Dale Hoy

Rotarians worldwide are inspired by the Rotary theme of “Service Above Self” and are guided by reference to ‘The Four-Way Test’. In particular, ‘The Four-Way Test’ challenges Rotarians, in everything they do, to ask of themselves:

“Of the things we think say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"