Rotary Club of Ballarat


Presidents Message

Since it's charter and first meeting in 1925, the Rotary Club of Ballarat has chalked up some major club achievements.

Today we support local relief agencies to help homelessness, Christmas in July appeal, Shine on Awards and Blue Edge Program, as well as local and international community service programs.

We have always been strong supporters of Rotary programs such as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment and Youth Exchange; our club hosting and sponsoring many students over the years. International service and Foundation projects.

Undoubtedly one of the biggest and best examples of our community involvement is the Rotary House Project, which began in the year 2000 as the club's 75th anniversary contribution to Ballarat.  Rotary House was a joint project of the six Ballarat clubs and the Ballan club.

SpringFest is a major fund raising initiative of our Ballarat club, culminating in SpringFest Market Sunday held in November. There are market and craft stalls, displays and events by Sovereign Hill a Wine and Food Fest, vehicle Show and Glow display, Musical entertainment, Dragon Boat Regatta, and the Children's Wunder Fest, providing fun and entertainment for the whole community.  For more information check our website .

SpringFest is not our only major event of the year; we also combine with the other Ballarat Rotary clubs in running the highly successful Ballarat Swap Meet, held at the Ballarat Airport in February each year.

I invite you to come and join us each week for lunch on Thursdays; we meet at 1pm at the Ballarat Golf Club 1800 Sturt Street Ballarat.  Sometimes, we replace our lunchtime meetings with evening social events, which you are also welcome to attend.

We are a busy club and if you are interested in becoming involved, be it as a member or as a volunteer, and wish to attend a Rotary meeting, you can contact me via email at

This year's Rotary International President's theme is "Serve to Change lives", so consider becoming a Rotarian and join the worldwide organisation of Rotary. We guarantee you won't regret the small step that can make such a difference to the world and our community.


Alan Smith

President 2021-2022