About us

We are a club of about 50 men and women sharing the Rotary vision with 35,000 Rotary clubs around the world.

Our home

Our area includes the part of the Sydney Northern Beaches area stretching from Collaroy to Palm Beach. The area is virtually surrounded by water, bordered by the Tasman Sea to the east, Dee Why to the south and Pittwater to the west and north. Check it out here.

Each Rotary Club is part of a district. The Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches is part of District 9685, one of two districts covering the Sydney metropolitan area. The district includes 79 Rotary clubs in the area stretching from the Blue Mountains to the sea north of Sydney Harbour, reaching across the Hawkesbury River and north to Toukley on the Central Coast.

About Rotary

The first four Rotarians

Rotary was founded in in 1905 by Chicago lawyer Paul Harris.

Today, Rotary is 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders in more than 200 countries who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

The objectives of Rotary are:

  • Forming friendships and engaging through a group as a way to perform community service.
  • Practising high ethical standards in business, professional and individual conduct, whatever our occupation or role in life.
  • Applying the ideal of service to our personal and community lives.
  • Advancing international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship united in the ideal of service.

You can learn more about the history of Rotary here.

Rotary acronyms

Over more than 100 years, Rotary has developed a large number of acronyms describing its organisation, practices and programs. As a handy reference, some of them are listed here.

Club Directors 2019-20


Elizabeth Lovell, President

  • Past President: Simon Masman
  • President-elect (2020-21): Rob Haines
  • Secretary: Robwyn Miller
  • Treasurer: Tony Durbin
  • Membership: Angela Cohen
  • Club Service: John Power
  • International Service: Des Walsh
  • Rotary Foundation: Des Walsh
  • Youth Service: Debbie McMurran
  • Community Service: Raylene Jarvis
  • Vocational Service: Debbie McMurran
  • Marketing/Public relations: Tamara Sloper-Harding
  • Sponsorships: TBD
  • Fundraising: Annette Baggie
Project Managers
  • The Big Dig: Elizabeth Lovell
  • Car raffle: Mark Lawrie & Patrick Chidambaram
  • Palliative Care: Gail Carew
  • Australia Day breakfast: Tony James
  • Christmas Carols in the Park: Annette Baggie
  • Christmas tree sales:Steve Peam
  • Golf Day: Annette Baggie
  • Pub2pub: TBD
  • BowelCare: Ron Perry
  • Christmas hampers (at Blackmore's): Larraine Hall
  • Clean Up Australia Day: TBD
  • Tree of Joy: Bev Yakich
  • Club program coordination: Anthony Jenkins
  • Club bulletin: Bev Yakich & Jean Beveridge
  • Build Your Future Today (Cambodia): Tony James
  • Soibada village (Timor Leste): Tamara Sloper-Harding
  • Web & Facebook administrator: Doug Elliott

As you can see, we are a very active club! Find out about our projects and activities... Here »

Pittwater Life Magazine recently published a full-page article about us.
Read it here »

A project status update at an Upper Northern Beaches Rotary meeting