Chair portfolios

Site: Rotary District 9675 My Learning
Course: Club management
Book: Chair portfolios
Printed by: Guest user
Date: Thursday, 30 November 2023, 5:36 PM

1. Club governance

Watch the following presentation by Ron Browne, District Director for Club Governance, on the importance of governance for Clubs. Ron Browne's PowerPoint Presentation on Governance.

The Club Governance Team is available to advise Clubs on issues pertaining to governance issues.

2. Community projects

Community projects involve a number of different areas. Take the time to learn what is available for clubs to access in this portfolio.

Watch the Team talk about some projects

Organisational chart

Community projects

2.1. Environment and sustainability

Rotary International has introduced Environmental Sustainability as a 7th Area of Focus. This enables applications for Rotary projects worldwide, qualifying for Global and District Grants. Our District has established its own Environment and Sustainability Committee to encourage and support Club projects throughout and beyond the District. These projects could include:

    • Planting trees and restoring forests,
    • Reducing plastic pollution and carbon footprints, 
    • Initiating renewable energy projects,
    • Building community gardens, and
    • Advocating for a low-carbon future. 

The Committee is making an inventory of the environment and sustainability projects already underway in the District. It will also make presentations and suggest how individual Clubs can contribute to this newest Area of Focus, with District Enviro Club Awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold level that Clubs can achieve, along with Club Citations.

We also believe that this will enable Clubs to attract new members who see Rotarians addressing climate and environmental issues with commitment.

Watch the following video clip to find out more:

2.2. Adopt a Town

The Rotary Adopt-A-Town Project began as a way of City Rotary Clubs reaching out to our country cousins to support the farmers and their towns.  

It involves:

  • Working Rotary to Rotary, Town to Town
  • Reaching further through Rotary Clubs 4 hours away who can reach further
  • Visit the town and stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, shop in shops
  • Sit down and talk to the Rotary Club and the farmers to find out what they want and how Rotary can help
  • What Projects can be done together?
  • Look at bringing families to the city for a holiday
The devastating bush fires along the East Coast of Australia, South Australia and Western Australia have promoted the expansion of the Project to now include all natural disasters:

  • Rotary will be there for the recovery
  • Form long term links to provide financial, material and emotional support
  • Run joint projects with multiple city Rotary Clubs to help areas affected
  • Look at running events in drought stricken and fire torn areas to attract tourists
Find out more

2.3. Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Australia is a free book gifting program devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Each month, enrolled children receive a high-quality, age-appropriate book in the mail, free of charge. Children receive books from birth to age five.

Find out more


Dolly Parton Imagination Library

2.4. Dream cricket

DreamCricket was initiated by Dr Roly Bigg of the Movement Disorder Foundation in concert with the Rotary Clubs of the Southern Highlands and the Bradman Foundation. The aim was to provide primary school students with special needs an opportunity to play cricket activities on Bradman Oval. The DreamCricket program has grown to encompass schools and children throughout Australia and internationally.

Find out more


Children playing

2.5. Graffiti removal day

Graffiti vandalism costs the NSW Government and residents more than $300 million every year. The aim of Graffiti Removal Day is to highlight the problem of graffiti across NSW and encourage people to volunteer their time to remove and prevent graffiti. Since Graffiti Removal Day was established in 2012, volunteers have removed 141,000 sqm of graffiti, saving our community about $10.40 million.

Rotary Clubs across the District support Graffiti Removal Day and some Clubs have a local Graffiti Removal Team which is in action throughout the year.

Find out more


Graffiti Removal

2.6. Probus

Probus provides people with the opportunity to join together in Clubs and to progress healthy minds and active bodies through social interaction and activities with retirees in your community. Probus opens the door to new experiences and friendships, hear wonderful guest speakers, stay active by participating in a wide range of activities and explore your community, your country or the world.  Probus offers a range of member benefits and to quote a recent Probus Club member “the day I joined my Probus Club, I instantly had 100 new friends”.

Find out more



2.7. Solar lights

The aim of the project is to provide solar lights to people of the world who don’t have the benefit of being on an electricity grid and do not have access to clean lighting.

Listen to Jay Thorogood talk about Solar Lights

Find out more

Solar lights

Solar lights

2.8. City2Surf and fun run volunteers

Rotary organises volunteers for events, in particular the City2  Surf which is organised every year. 

City to Surf

2.9. Australian Rotary Health

Greg Lill is the Director of Australian Rotary Heath. The programs under Greg's portfolio are Indigenous Health, Lift the Lid Fundraiser and Rural Mental Health.

Find out more about Australian Rotary Health:

Australian Rotary Health

2.10. Rotary Inspirational Women's Awards - RIWA

These awards recognise service to the community across all sectors. Directed at the non-Rotary community, it is about commitment, dedication, perseverance and proactivity in improving the lives of others across NSW and the ACT.

Often women, especially in country and regional NSW and ACT, are the "quiet achievers" whose actions inspire others and make a difference in their communities.

The Awards cover 2 key categories inclusive of Rural, City Urban and Volunteer for each category:

  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 18-30 years 
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year for the 30+ years 

Finalists are selected from each category, resulting in 2 overall winners:

  • Young Inspirational Woman of the Year
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year

An exemplary number of applications ensures the panel of independent judges from Rotary Districts are challenged as they assess the three key criteria:

  • Community service which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self 
  • Achievements
  • Personal attributes

Rotary Inspirational Women's Award

3. International

International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the world; through Rotary's avenues of services and aligning with the Rotary Foundations areas of focus, the clubs in our district are supported to research, design, implement and review projects globally.

The Chair of International service is Tonia Barnes. The portfolio includes International Special Projects, Shelter box, Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd (RAWCS) and Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).

Rotarian at work

3.1. International special projects

International Special Projects

Special Projects is working to lift the profile of our District in the international arena.  We are aware of a number of Clubs who have undertaken work internationally and we want to expand this effort. 

The first step is to develop a strategic plan or map, in consultation with Clubs.  This will include a list of projects (international or within Australia) which we can develop, support and encourage to apply for grants.

Our District is following the RI platform for both international work and those projects chosen to benefit the Australian population, particularly in our Indigenous population.  The team will concentrate on the seven areas of focus:  

    • Clean water, sanitation and hygiene
    • Fighting disease
    • Savings mothers and children
    • Supporting education
    • Growing local economies
    • Promoting peace
    • Environment and sustainability
We would encourage Clubs and individual Rotarians to get in contact with us to capture any ideas they believe have merit in any of these areas. Those who are interested in exploring Global and District Grants from our Foundation can follow the link below:

3.2. Shelterbox

ShelterBox teams work with disaster-hit families  around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives. 

Every disaster is different and so is every community, so we spend time with those affected to make sure we can offer the right support at the right time to help them recover

Find out more



3.3. RAWCS

Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd. (RAWCS) was formed to enable Australian Rotarians, Rotary Districts and Rotary Clubs to assist disadvantaged communities and individuals through humanitarian aid projects.

RAWCS has a financial infrastructure system that facilitates fundraising for projects that deliver humanitarian aid and charitable support in Australia and overseas. Projects are registered through Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (RAOAF), Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) incorporating Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG), Rotary Australia Relief Fund (RARF), Donations in Kind (DIK) and Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM).

Find out more



3.4. ROMAC

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) provides surgical treatment for children in Australia and New Zealand from developing countries from our Pacific region in the form of life giving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.

Find out more



How to donate

4. Learning and development

The Learning and Development Directorate continues to work hard to change our focus to being more learner-centred. This is a work in progress and we will be continually asking for your input to help us build MyLearning and redevelop our programs to better meet your needs.

Learning and development_2022-23

5. Mentoring

Vice District Governor Warwick Richardson heads up the Mentoring team.

Mentoring basics

If you would like to know more about Mentoring, go to the course in the Rotary International Learning Centre (you will need to log into the Learning Centre using your MyRotary account). Mentoring basics


6. Membership

Renga Rajan and Stephen Knightly head up the Membership and New Style Clubs membership team.  Contact then (through the District website if you are seeking advice and strategies for attracting and retaining members).

We need more Rotarians

6.1. Membership committee

MembershipClubs have different Board structures, however, it is important to have a Director on your Board responsible for Membership. Growing membership and retaining existing membership is vital for your Club. 

The following guide explains the process of creating a membership plan and provides strategies and tools you can use to attract and engage new members. It also includes information about  sponsoring new clubs and reviews the membership resources that are available from Rotary. As you work through this guide, you will evaluate your club’s membership trends, create strategies for attracting new members and develop ways to make your club meetings more engaging to improve your club’s member retention rate. Finally, we’ve included a worksheet that has concrete steps your club can take to build a plan to strengthen its membership.


A guide for download:

Strengthening Your Membership "Creating your membership plan"

Learning centre courses

There is a wealth of resources on building your club membership in the Rotary International Learning Centre. To access these courses you first need to log into My Rotary and then the Learning Centre (instructions are available in the topic 'Introduction and overview of the the program' in this course). Be patient as the Learning Centre takes some time to open. 

Go to the Learning Centre and search for the following courses.

Club membership Committee

Developing club membership strategies

6.2. Developing your membership plan

PlanningTo develop your membership plan, you should first evaluate your club's readiness to attract new and retain members, then focus on the particular steps that address your club’s toughest challenges. When you’ve completed the steps, you will have identified challenges and opportunities, developed a vision, and generated strategies for prospective new and established members. 


Strengthening your membership: Creating your membership plan

Your membership plan worksheet

Learning centre courses

Developing your membership plan 

Please note: You will need to log in using your My Rotary username and password.

6.3. Membership leads

Membership leads route prospective members to you to help you grow your membership. By signing in to your My Rotary account, you can see a list of your prospective, referred, and relocating or returning members all in one  place! It’s one way we’re helping clubs connect with prospective members in their community who want to create positive change.

Bharathi Rengarajan is the District membership leads contact. Bharathi will email Clubs to provide details of membership leads. It is important to follow these up as they are from people requesting contact as they would like to join a Rotary club.


Connect to membership leads

How to manage membership leads-Clubs

How to manage membership leads-District

6.4. New members

Asking your fellow members about people they know in the community who would be assets to the club is an important step in membership growth. Prospective members are likely to rely on the experiences and  opinions of their friends, family or colleagues when considering joining an organisation like Rotary. Encourage others to invite prospective members to club meetings, service projects and events so they can see how your club helps the community and provides opportunities to form connections and friendships. It may take a few conversations or several visits for prospective members to get a full understanding of Rotary and how they could benefit from membership. It’s important to allow that time to make sure that it’s a good fit for everyone involved.


Prospective member exercise

Introducing new members to Rotary

Rotary basics

Creating a positive experience for prospective members

6.5. Diversity

Group of diverse peopleDiversity refers to inclusion of people from many groups. It is a source of innovation as well as one of Rotary’s core values. Having members with different backgrounds and viewpoints gives your club a broader understanding of the community, its problems and possible solutions. Strive to have a group of members who offer the club diverse skills, talents and experiences. If your club includes different ethnicities, ages and cultures, as well as a good gender balance, it will have greater capacity to serve your community and communities around the world. Equally important is creating a culture of inclusion, where these differences are respected, supported and valued.


Diversifying your club

Representing your community professions

Learning centre courses

Go to the Rotary International Learning centre and login using your My Rotary username and password (be patient the site is a bit slow to load) and search for the following courses:

    • Committing to diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Building a diverse club

6.6. Club extension

Do you want to start a Rotary club but don’t have enough members? Are you in a Rotary club that isn’t meeting your or your members’ expectations? Are there members who love your club but can’t keep attending when it meets? Would you like to start a new club with a small, energetic group committed to community service? Then you might want to start a new club.

Types of clubs

    • Traditional Rotary club: Professionals and aspiring leaders who meet regularly for service, connections and personal growth
    • Next-Gen: Rotary's long heritage is blended into the new, information-rich world in which we live. The result is a new generation of Clubs that embrace the demands of a faster-paced environment and create the opportunity for more people to become involved in Rotary service to the community
    • Satellite club: A Rotary club sponsored by a traditional club but with its own meetings, projects, bylaws, and board
    • E-club: A Rotary club that meets primarily online
    • Passport club: A Rotary club that allows members to attend other Rotary club meetings as long as they attend a specified number of meetings in their own club each year
    • Corporate club: A club whose members (or most of them) work for the same employer
    • Cause-based club: A club whose members are passionate about a particular cause and focus their service efforts in that area
    • Alumni-based club: A club whose members (or most of them) are former Rotary or Rotary Foundation program participants
    • Rotaract club: A club of members ages 18-30 that is sponsored by a Rotary club and often works with that club on projects

My Rotary - a wealth of resources on types of clubs and guides to starting new club

Starting a Rotary Club

Club types matrix

Starting a Satellite Club

Learning centre course

Go to the Rotary International Learning centre login using your My Rotary username and password (be patient as the site is a bit slow to load) and search for the following course (it is a video about starting a club):

    • Starting a Rotary Club

Group of people

7. Marketing and public relations

Jeremy Wright is Director, Marketing and Public Communications. 

Marketing and public relations

7.1. Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a not for profit training organisation that focuses on communication and leadership development.

There are around 800 Toastmasters clubs with over 15,000 members throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea. These clubs are grouped into 5 Districts, forming part of Toastmasters Region 12.

Toastmasters and Rotary
Find out more


Learning centre courses

Go to the topic on Presentations skills. There are links to the Courses available in the Learning Centre.

8. New generations and youth

Meet the New generations and youth team and find out what they can do for your Club.

New generations

8.1. Interact

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

    • Take action to make a difference in your school and community
    • Discover new cultures and promote international understanding
    • Become a leader in your school and community
    • Have fun and make new friends from around the world
Find out more

Interact: Guide for Rotary Club Sponsors and Advisors



8.2. MUNA

The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is a significant international Rotary youth program. Senior high school students develop an awareness of the United Nations and the countries they represent at a simulated UN Assembly. The event provides an excellent forum for students to develop and practise their public speaking skills whilst debating on topical world issues.

Each participating team is sponsored by a Rotary Club or District.  Teams are made up of two or three Year 11 or 12 students, with each team representing a nation at a simulated Model United Nations Assembly. Teams debate topics of international concern such as world peace, environmental issues and human rights.

Before attending, students will have familiarised themselves with the nation they represent by studying its history, politics, economics, people, geography, international alignment and real life stance on world affairs. 

Benefits: - The students develop an awareness of the working of the United Nations and of the country that they are representing. They have an opportunity to practise and develop their public speaking and debating skills and gain a better understanding of the international positions of other countries.

Model Unite Nations

8.3. NYSF

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. Our programs show the wide variety of engaging, rewarding and inspiring study and career options available in science, technology and engineering fields.

The flagship program is the NYSF Year 12 Program, which runs in January each year for students about to enter year 12. Since 1984, more than 12,000 young Australians have progressed through the NYSF Year 12 Program (including those run under the organisation’s previous banner, the National Science Summer School (NSSS)).

Rotary is the Founding Partner of NYSF and today the 21 local Rotary districts across Australia continue to conduct selections for the NYSF Year 12 Program on behalf of the NYSF.

Find out more


NYSF Website

8.4. Science & engineering

The project was instigated due to the identified chronic shortage of scientists and engineers in Australia. Rotary supports and encourages young people who have started into a science oriented career via the well known Science and Engineering Forums. This program is aimed at Year 9/10 students and its objective is to encourage young people to consider adding science subjects to their courses for Years 11 & 12. This is achieved in an environment that involves fun, excitement and competition.

The Challenge was conceived at Newcastle University and has been developed, in conjunction with Rotary clubs, over the last five years. It has spread widely throughout country New South Wales and has spread interstate as far as Tasmania, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Schools are invited to send classes, on a chosen day, to a suitable venue where they compete, in teams of three or four classmates, against teams from up to seven other schools. They are assigned to take part in one or two of a large range of scientific or engineering projects during a specified time. All the materials and equipment are supplied. The Challenges are all hands-on. They require common sense and logic and, while all are based on basic scientific principles, students do not require scientific knowledge to complete them. All are measurable, so winners can be identified.

At the end of the day, school scores are totalled and the regional winner is announced. Later in the year, the 56 Regional winners are invited to attend and compete in a Super Challenge and the winning teams from this are then invited to take part in a Grand Challenge.

Adapted from District 9865

Science and engineering logo

8.5. Rotaract

Rotaract is a global organisation that empowers students and young professionals to create positive and lasting change in themselves, their local community and around the world. Rotaractors help, learn, and enjoy. They help those in need, learn through professional development opportunities, and enjoy social activities.

Partnering with Rotary International, the over 70 Rotaract Clubs across Australia are part of a worldwide organisation of 250,792 individuals in 10,904 clubs covering 184 countries.

Rotaract Clubs are sponsored by a Rotary Club.

Rotaract Members share a unique passion for taking action through not only ideas but planning and execution of projects and events. Where others see problems, we see solutions.

Find out more


Rotaract website

8.6. RYDA

RYDA is more than a program, it’s partnership which supports teachers on the journey as they provide their students with the tools and understanding they need to see themselves as active, responsible road citizens. Taking, largely, a student inquiry learning approach, RYDA becomes part of the school culture from the first to last day of a young person’s high school life. Beyond that, RYDA provides students with the tools, habits and motivation to take action and stay safe on our roads as both drivers and passengers throughout their lives.

Long term change will only be realised where educational materials support each other and key messages are repeated over time. RYDA, a program professionally developed by leading learning organisation, Road Safety Education Limited (RSE), is designed to complement the high school curriculum.

RYDA features a highly engaging and memorable one-day workshop which front-loads students’ understanding of road safety. The workshop sessions are designed to be held in small classroom sized groups (approximately 25 students) and are led by a team of trained facilitators including Police, driving instructors and other community sector specialists.

The RYDA Program is coordinated locally through our community partner Rotary. 

Find out more

RYDA website

RYDA and Rotary 

RYDA website

8.7. Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange Australia provides an opportunity of a lifetime for Australian high school students to live & study abroad.

They spend up to 12 months living and studying in a foreign country, learning a lot about themselves and the culture of their adopted host families.

Find out more


Rotary Youth Exchange Website

8.8. RYLA

RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 19-25 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee.

It is all about Rotarians working with youth in leadership development. It is an intensive training program for young people who are chosen for their proven or potential leadership abilities.

Find out more


RYLA website

8.9. RYPEN

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is for young people aged 14 to 16 years and caters for teenagers who have shown qualities of decency, courage, persistence, sincerity and application in everyday life, which deserve further development.

RYPEN uses the common bonds of learning, co-operation and friendship to design activities which facilitate trust and self esteem. RYPEN seeks to broaden each participant’s horizons culturally, socially and academically, providing the inner foundations for a strong future.

Find out more

District 9675 Website


8.10. U Turn the Wheel

The "U Turn the Wheel" program is a one-day in-school road safety program that is delivered to Year 11 students in High School. "U Turn the Wheel" is coordinated by local Rotary Clubs. Expert presenters talk to students about the issues facing young drivers, and discuss strategies to deal with them. The program reinforces the messages that parents are trying to get their young drivers to heed – that the decisions and actions made by drivers on the roads are their responsibility alone, and can often lead to unforeseen and tragic consequences.

U Turn the Wheel graphic

9. Rotary Foundation

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

Find out more

History of the Rotary Foundation

The Australian Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation Reference Guide

Understanding Foundation Recognition Points

Learning centre

Go to the Learning Centre and search for 'Rotary Foundation Basics'. Please note: you will need to logon using your MyRotary username and password.

9.1. District Grants

Watch the following presentation by Past District Governor Keith Roffey, Grants Committee Chair Lyn Gibson and District Governor Elect Tonia Barnes about district grants for the following year.



10. Strategic planning

Past District Governor Stephen Humphreys is the Director of Strategic Planning. Listen to Stephen discuss the role of the committee and the importance of Strategic Planning for Clubs.

Strategic planning

There are a number of resources in the Governance Topic on Strategic Planning. Please make sure you access this information as it will help Clubs developed a Strategic Plan which, as Stephen Humphreys has indicated, makes a significant difference to Club activities and outcomes for the year.

Strategic planning

11. Vocational service

Vocational service is a large portfolio lead by Shane Burette. There area number of major projects, learn about them in this topic.

Listen to the Vocational team present on their projects.

Copy of the presentation

Organisational chart

Vocational services

11.1. Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards - RESCA

Rotary District of NSW Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) is the only time all Emergency Services personnel, both paid and volunteer, are recognised in a combined awards program.

The Awards are open to all Emergency Service Agency (ESA) Personnel stationed in NSW, serving in either a paid capacity or as a volunteer:

    • Fire and Rescue NSW
    • Marine Rescue NSW
    • Surf Life Saving NSW
    • NSW Ambulance
    • NSW Rural Fire Service
    • NSW State Emergency Service
    • NSW Volunteer Rescue Association

These awards were developed in 2009 by a few dedicated and passionate Rotarians in the Illawarra who recognised the value of not only our paid, but also our volunteer Emergency Services Personnel. A pilot was hosted by 9 Illawarra Clubs over 3 years, moving to a State Project in 2015.

Find out more

RESCA website


11.2. Services Officer of the Year - SOOTY

This program is supported by Clubs and recognises the work of local Police, Fire, Emergency Service, Ambulance and St John members.


11.3. Police Officer of the Year - POOTY

The Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards is the most prestigious event in the NSW Police Force calendar year. The program recognises the NSW Police Officers under the major categories of:

    • Metropolitan Field Operations Police Officer of the Year, which recognises policing excellence for sworn officers performing duties within the Metropolitan Field Operations Commands
    • Regional NSW Field Operations Police Officer of the Year, which recognises policing excellence for sworn officers performing duties within the Regional Field Operations Commands
    • Investigations and Counter Terrorism Police Officer of the Year, which recognises policing excellence for sworn officers performing duties within the Investigations and Counter Terrorism Commands
    • Corporate Services Police Officer of the Year, which recognises policing excellence for sworn officers performing duties within the Corporate Services Commands and Youth Capability and Performance Commands
Find out more

Police Officer of the Year

Police Officer of the Year

11.4. WorldSkills Australia Vocational Training Awards - VET

WorldSkills Australia is a social enterprise that passionately believes skills drive the future of young people and of Australia. The organisation is part of an international WorldSkills movement. The organisation has been enabling young people to showcase their trade and skills talents since 1981.

The skills-based competitions operate at regional, national and international levels, and are aligned to National Training Packages, Apprenticeships Australia and Jobs Australia schemes. The National Championship is Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition.

WorldSkills promotes and builds a skills culture, celebrates excellence and showcases vocational education and training. They achieve this by engaging in research, promoting skills, building careers, focusing on education and skills training in Australia, fostering international cooperation and development, and running skills competitions and leadership programs.

Find out more

WorldSkills Website

WorldSkills Australia

11.5. Police Citizens Youth Clubs - PCYC

PCYC NSW is a not-for-profit organisation delivering a broad range of youth and community activities and support. We focus on empowering young people to be the best that they can be through personal development programs in partnership with NSW Police Youth and Crime Prevention Command. Offering over 15 Youth development programs and over 100 sport, educational, vocational, creative and recreational activities, our clubs are welcoming and accessible, reflecting the community they serve by offering classes and programs to suit all ages and lifestyles.

Founded in 1937, and with more than 63 clubs and centres across the state, PCYC NSW is one of Australia’s leading youth organisations.

Listen to the CEO of PCYC talks about the importance of the program

Find out more

PCYC website

11.6. Supporting & Linking Tradeswomen - SALT

Since the organisation Supporting And Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) started in 2009, it has become slightly easier for women to gain apprenticeships, but there is still a long way to go until there are equal opportunities for women in the trades. SALT is a non-profit incorporated organisation, which began to provide a support network for tradeswomen, apprentices and women who wish to enter the trades.

Find out more

SALT Website


11.7. Vocational Training Team - VTT

Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own. Teams can be funded by district grants and global grants.

In 2017, District 9675 sponsored an Emergency Services VTT to Vanuatu. This project increased the capacity of Vanuatu Emergency Service Agencies through training and maintenance of donated rescue equipment

Planning is underway for a VTT to Tonga: Emergency Services. Partnerships being established with South Australia Emergency Services, Tongan Government and Rotary, Rotary Districts in NZ & Japan. The Grant applications are being developed.

Benefits of VTTs

VTTs build on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training. Activities vary from one team to the next but may include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers. A successful VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.

Find out more

Facts about vocational training teams

My Rotary

Vocational training teams