Rotary Bundaberg

Our rich history

The first Rotary Club was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1905 by Paul P. Harris as a means of linking professionals to promote goodwill and deliver humanitarian service. From one small group of civic-minded acquaintances, the concept spread with new clubs popping up throughout the United States and around the world.

In August 1928, the Rotary Club of Brisbane sponsored the establishment of the Rotary Club of Bundaberg continuing the global mission of service before self. Our club in turn sponsored the following clubs:

Maryborough
– 1931 –

Gayndah
– 1948 –
Monto
– 1950 –
Childers
– 1961 –
Bundaberg East
– 1962 –
Bundaberg West
– 1969 –
Numerous Interact
& Rotaract Clubs
Inner Wheel
– 19 54 –

Our Club’s early activities included:

  • Hosting Christmas parties for underprivileged children until 1952.
  • Support of the Boy Scouts’ Movement with Rotary members serving as Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers.
  • Tree planting in Branyan and Takalvan Streets and Bourbong Street as far as the Mater Hospital.
  • Establishment of ANZAC Park after consultation with the Returned Servicemen’s League
  • Extensive follow-up work on the park including levelling the site, painting and installation of children’s play equipment.
  • Provision of the pool’s first springboard.
  • Regular events at ANZAC Park, Bus Park and the Showground including carnivals, Junk Auctions and Queen Shows with proceeds going to charitable causes.

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