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Don't miss the Rotary Daylesford Farmers Market on the 4th Saturday of each month.
Do you want to make positive changes in our community and the world? Please join us!
Upcoming Rotary Events
Nov 03, 2021 12:00 PM Nov 30, 2021 5:00 PM
Vincent Street
Dec 02, 2021 6:00 PM 8:30 PM
Dec 09, 2021 6:30 PM 8:15 PM
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Disability Information Night – Victoria Park Pavilion - 02 December
The Rotary Club of Daylesford is pleased to invite interested community members to a Disability Information Session to be held at the Victoria Park Pavilion on Thursday 02 December.
Living with a disability can be challenging enough. Those living with a disability in a small regional community like ours are presented with even bigger barriers, whether that’s access to affordable services, physical access to facilities and venues or even the availability of toilets!
The Rotary Club of Daylesford has convened a panel of speakers, including:
  • Katrina Kavanagh, a disability support coordinator with Pathway Connect, who will discuss the challenges of living with a disability in small regional communities.
  • Peter Waters a local resident who lives with cerebral palsy and will talk about his inspirational wheelchair trip from Melbourne to Sydney, as well as the challenges of growing up as a child with a disability.
  • Dale Hoy, District Governor of Rotary District 9800, who will talk about the role of services clubs such as Rotary working to improve disability outcomes.
  • Pat Groenhout, President of the Rotary Club of Daylesford will host a Q&A session.
Event details
6:00 PM - Gourmet BBQ and drinks: 6.00PM ($20 for the meal and a drink)
7:00 PM – Presentations from speakers
8:00 PM - Q&A
8:30 PM – Close
Victoria Park Pavilion, Victoria Park (entry at the corner of Burrall St and Ballan-Daylesford Rd, Daylesford
Pat Groenhout at or 0402 159 314 by 5:00PM Monday 29 November 2021
The Rotary Daylesford Art Show and the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa joined forces in 2021 to provide even greater exposure to our region’s talented artists! 
More than 50 artists entered over 175 original paintings across seven categories.
All entries are also included in an online show to further increase promotion and potential sales.
23 – 24 October: The Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa Central Victorian Landscape Prize and sale took place in Daylesford Town Hall.
29 October – 2 November: All Swiss Italian Festa landscape entries remained in the Town Hall and were automatically entered into the Daylesford Art Show and sale which took place in the Town Hall over the Melbourne Cup Long Weekend. 
3 - 30 November: 'Art on Vincent' -  a selection of this year's Daylesford Art Show and Central Victorian Landscape Prize entries are hosted in shops along Vincent and Albert Street, and at The Farmers Arms Hotel. Art on Vincent includes an audio tour incorporating 26 artists and their painting.

Full details, including the 2021 prize winners and online gallery and shop, are available at:
Daylesford Rotary is holding a Great Book Swap as part of the Daylesford Farmers Market on Saturday 27 November.
Come along and swap a gold coin for a book. What a deal! And at the same time help support the work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to make a difference to the lives of Indigenous families by not only gifting thousands of new, culturally appropriate books - with a focus on early literacy and first language - but also by running programs to inspire the communities to tell and publish their own stories, in the languages they choose.
For information, call Lesley on 0407843928 or go to:
Rotarians Jenny Hopkins and Alan Harrison cooking at the monthly Rotary Daylesford Farmers Market held the fourth Saturday at Daylesford Primary School
 Opening of the Rotary Daylesford Art Show in the Daylesford Town Hall. The Annual Art Show features paintings from artists from across the region and beyond
Rotary Clubs across Australia are celebrating the Centenary of Rotary service in Australia. The first Rotary Club in Australia met in Melbourne on 21st April 1921. There are now more than 1,100 Clubs across the nation with more than 30,000 members dedicated to community service. Daylesford Rotary Club was established in 1953.
President of Daylesford Rotary, David Stagg stated: “We are a team of twenty volunteers who support many community groups and projects each year. Recent local projects have included: supporting the Good Grub Club; restoring the picnic shelter at the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens; funding and other support for Friends of Cornish Hill; works at the Daylesford Dharma School and providing funding towards the Dja Dja Wurrung Six Seasons Mural at Daylesford Primary School.”
“Our Club also supports a number of projects elsewhere in Australia and overseas. Days for Girls is a project through which our members and others in the community have been making washable, reusable sanitary care kits. These kits are distributed to those in need and we also provide reproductive and hygiene education.”

David added: “We raise around $30,000 each year with the major portion going to local causes and some to national and international projects such as disaster relief when cyclones and other events devastate communities. The monthly Farmers Market and our annual Daylesford Art Show provide our main fundraising opportunities."

As part of the Centenary of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, the key project across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific is the regional ‘Rotary Give Every Child a Future’ Pacific immunisation project. Its aim is to vaccinate 100,000 children across nine Pacific Island countries against rotavirus, pneumococcal and cervical cancer and establish sustainable vaccination programmes in each country.

David Stagg commented: “The Australian Mint and Australia Post have commemorated Rotary’s Centenary by releasing a special one dollar coin and also a postage stamp. Our Club members are dedicated to supporting our community and welcome people who are interested in what we do."

For or more information about Daylesford Rotary please contact incoming President, Patrick Groenhout, on 0402 159 314.