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Our tribute to Royce Abbey, 1922-2014, Rotary International Past President (1988-89)


Remembering Royce Abbey

When we look back on our lives, we think about what we have done, what we have achieved, the challenges we have faced and how we have overcome the many adversities on the road to accomplishing our goals and dreams. Importantly, as Rotarians, we think about how we have been of service to others.

With heavy hearts we learnt of the loss of one of our great Rotarians, Rotary International Past President Royce Abbey OAM, on February 20, 2014. Read story >

Add World Water Summit 6 to your Convention itinerary

The Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG) will hold the World Water Summit 6 on May 30, just before the Sydney Rotary International Convention.

Leading Rotarians and world leaders, including Rotary International’s Polio Eradication Committee Chair Bob Scott, will share their learnings on collaborating with organisations around a common goal and working with multi-lateral organisations and governments to address water, sanitation and hygiene needs.  Read story >

Setting sail to serve Western Africa's poorest

Larry Robbins, Past President of the Rotary Club of Takapuna North, NZ, recently returned from the Republic of Congo. The retired Naval Commander was volunteering his seafaring experience for six months as a deck officer onboard the world’s largest civilian hospital ship Africa Mercy, operated by Mercy Ships. The charity, in strategic partnership with The Rotary Foundation, spends 10 months each year providing free health care services in some of the world’s poorest port cities. Read Story >

Syria Refugee Appeal

As the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, ShelterBox is renewing its efforts to help families fleeing the conflict. We have already provided aid to over 4500 families in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraqi Kurdistan. With your help we aim to assist a further 5,000 families. Please DONATE TODAY >

The Lowdown on Rotary Down Under

From humble beginnings, Rotary Down Under was born as a vessel for Rotarians to communicate and connect.

In 1965, Rotary Down Under gained official status as the first Regional Rotary Magazine. Today, 49 years on and 560 editions later, Rotary Down Under remains one of a select group of approved publications that form the Rotary World Magazine Press.
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District Conferences get a one day makeover

Rotary Districts across the country are beginning to question the traditional format of District Conferences and looking at new ways of doing things.

Organised by  District 9675 Governor Garry Browne, Shift2014 saw a dramatic change to the way District Conferences have traditionally been held and proved a great success. Read Story >

Dolly and Rotary bring the gift of literacy to kids across Australia

Anyone who has seen Dolly Parton in concert will agree that the pint-sized singer/songwriter is a gifted story teller. In a bid to share her passion for words, Dolly launched the Imagination Library in 1996. Since then over 56,000,000 books have been gifted to children across the globe.

On her recent visit to Australia, Dolly Parton shared her passion for reading and her dreams as a child of becoming a singer and songwriter. She described how growing up in a highly disadvantaged area where even her family members could not afford books was the impetus for starting the now global Imagination Library. Read story >


How much is a child's life worth?

Like you, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children believes a child’s life is priceless.  That’s one of the many reasons why we take on the ‘difficult’ cases, giving life changing and life saving operations to children from countries where the medical facilities are not accessible and where, sadly, too many children would die or remain outcasts in their often remote villages because of their physical deformities. Read More >

Please DONATE to Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children           

ANZAC Centenary Cruise

Standing the Gallipoli dawn & mark 100 years

Embark the elegant Azamara Journey for a voyage of discovery. Boarding in Athens and cruising to Istanbul, the Epic Cruise follows a 10 day itinerary of archaeological wonders, cultural encounters and battlefield pilgrimage.

The only Anzac Centenary travel endorsed by Australian Geographic, new bookings attract a deposit refund guarantee*.

Priced from $6,990

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Beyond the gift of sight

Small miracles happen every day in Vision Beyond AUS (VBA) clinics. Launched in 2011 as a project of the Rotary Club of Sydney, NSW, VBA is now an Australian-registered charity that provides free eye surgery and clinical care to restore the sight of the impoverished and disadvantaged of the world. Read story >

RDU Magazine Digital Edition

Follow the link to access the full NEW online April issue of Rotary Down Under Online Magazine.  Download the RDU APP from GooglePlay or iTunes to keep each issue up-to-date on your device (Go to step-by-step instructions).

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Life and Leisure Magazine

Marcia Hines: ain't no stoppin' her now | How hormones can affect your sleep | Book Club|  Read Life and Leisure online magazine >

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Traveller Magazine

Lock hopping in Europe | Crete's charming Chania | Set sail for Alaska Read Traveller online magazine here >

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Local publications a global inspiration

Being a Rotarian is a shared experience and, like attending a Rotary club meeting, reading our Rotary magazines is an essential part of that shared experience. Read President's message >

Your guide to what's happening near you

What's what and what's hot throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands this April - May. Download Events >


VIVID:  23 May to 9 June

LIGHT | MUSIC | IDEAS | Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations, a cutting-edge contemporary music program and the spectacular illumination of Sydney’s iconic architecture including the sails of Sydney Opera House. Visit VIVID website >

Ultimate Cruises

Special offer for Rotarians to travel to ALASKA onboard the Silvershadow.

10 night fly/cruise from $7,599pp* - Find out more >>

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