What Is Rotary?

Australian Rotary Clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. Through Rotary International, the reward of “paying it forward” unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Want to know what we’re about in a nutshell? Our Four-Way test is a simple ethical framework to help us in our lives every day. Feel welcome to use it yourself

Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



Eric Van Leeuwen Scholarship

Secondary School Leadership Bursaries

Rotary Youth Exchange

John Guilfoyle Community Leadership Award

NYSF National Youth Science Forum

RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Award


Community Raffle

Rotarians Against Malaria

International Project with RHYL Rotary Club Wales United Kingdom

Local Project on Environment with Rotary Club of Milawa-Oxley

ANZAC DAY King George Garden BBQ

New Rotunda for our Cemetery

Lift The Lid On Mental Health

Community Service Awards

Peter Toomey Award (Police)

Community Ambulance Award

And more….

About Our Club

The Rotary Club of Appin Park (no Wangaratta ) in the name at this time, as a result of the then District Governor, Bill Purtell in February 1972, seeking the viability of a second Rotary Club in Wangaratta,

May 18th 1972 a Provisional Rotary Club, the second in the City of Wangaratta , was formed at a meeting chaired by Eric Van Leeuwen and held at the Wangaratta Club

May 29th 1972 the Rotary Club of Appin Park was admitted to the membership of Rotary International

22nd of June 1973 the club’s Charter was presented by the District Governor Bill Purtell to the inaugural club President Max Bussell, at the Wangaratta Town Hall. Twenty charter members. Seven of whom were former members of the Rotary Club of Wangaratta.Three were previously Presidents of other Rotary clubs.

The name Appin Park was adopted after the property “Appin Park” in the area then known as the western suburb of Wangaratta.

The newly formed Rotary Club of Appin Park prevailed on the Education Department to name the new Primary School Appin Park in lieu of the suggested name of “Wangaratta Heights”

Interested In Rotary?

Become A Private Member

Whether you have a personal passion that needs the support of like-minded people to make it into a reality, a desire to engage with other business and community leaders, or whether you just want to give something back to the community and the world, Rotary provides a way to make dreams real.

There are 2 stages to joining the Club and the first stage is to attend a meeting to learn about the Club and meet the members.

The second stage is to apply for membership.


We meet every Wednesday at
The Wangaratta Club @ 630pm and you are welcome to join us.

Simply go to the CONTACT page and send us an email.


If you wish to proceed to become a member, please complete our Membership Application

Become A Corporate Member

Benefits of membership

• Promote your business to members and the local community
• Raise your local awareness
• Connect and contribute to the local community
• Professional development and Rotary International training
• Develop collaborative professional relationships
• Access to Wangaratta Business group
• Use your skills to help others & learn new skills
• Public Speaking
• Help worthwhile causes
• Volunteer opportunities
• Support your local community
• Event development and Event management
• Assist with National and International Aid programs
• Fellowship opportunities