The club was chartered by Rotary International on the 30th of June 1975 and with male and female membership has been serving in the community of Warners Bay and around Lake Macquarie ever since.
Historically the club raised tens of thousands of dollars through it’s annual Loop the Lake cycle ride around Lake Macquarie until worsening traffic conditions conspired to abandon the project forever.
In its place, Warners Bay Club now leads a wider Rotary project which every year stages the Autumn Fair at Spears Point Park. Other Lake Mac clubs assist in organising and presenting this great family day, where entertainment on the stage combined with market stalls a huge vintage cars display, food and drink stalls, sideshows, kids’ playground and rides make for a great community event. All put together by volunteer Rotarians.
The Club has another major project: ‘mherv’ This is the ‘Men’s Health Educational Rural Health Van‘. On 2 tours per year it travels with a Registered Nurse aboard, around rural and regional NSW., stopping to run around 100 clinics per year offering free health checks. The Heart Foundation says “someone in Australia dies from heart disease every 30 minutes”… Heart attacks and strokes happen without warning, but can often be averted if a timely test can bring about urgent treatment. Since 2017 mherv has probably saved around 450 lives.
Warners Bay club also assists other local charities like Survivors Are Us, not only with occasional donations, but club members regularly give their time to prepare breakfasts for homeless and people down on their luck, to get a good hearty free breakfast cooked on Survivors Are Us premises in Cardiff.
In September this year our president, Toni McLean using her own talent and connections, arranged a great concert at the Warners Bay theatre. Members of the club prepared a morning tea for booked guests who sat at tables in the theatre while being entertained from the stage by artists who donated their time and talent to raise over two and a half thousand dollars for Australian Rotary Health.
In recent years, Warners Bay club started what is known as a satellite club, this part of the club meets at different venues and has its own projects and timetable of events. This offers potential new members an alternative ‘club style’ in addition to the option of a traditional fortnightly meeting for dinner at Brown Sugar Restaurant down on the esplanade.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering should consider Rotary as a great avenue for community service, and new friendships. So many different skills and abilities are needed, and ‘giving back’ using the talent and experience people already have, makes for a great team that does good stuff around Warners Bay, the regions and even internationally…
For more membership information please call Glenys Tomkins on 0416 059 655 or