Away meeting

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Bill Van Dijk Postgraduate Award


Bill Van Dijk Post Graduate Education Award recipients announced.

The Rotary Education Fund Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Bill Van Dijk Postgraduate Awards:
Jason Wilmott received the Post Graduate Award.
Leah Heritage received an encouragement award.
Congratulations to Jason and Leah. The Rotary Club of Alice Springs wishes them well in the studies.
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Desert Nats weekend July 2021

Central Australian Drag Racing Association
Desert Nats 24th - 25th July 2021

The Rotary Club of Alice Springs, working alongside Men's Shed Alice Springs, was proud to support the Desert Nats competition , held at the iconic Alice Springs Inland Dragway (ASID).
The Dragway was built by volunteers passionate about motor sports.
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EndTrachoma by 2020 Story

Posted on Aug 25, 2020
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Rotary’s 2017-18 International President, Australia’s Ian Riseley, wants a trachoma-free Australia by 2021, Rotary’s 100th year in Australia. The World Health Organisation has a global goal to eliminate trachoma by 2020. Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that can be prevented with good hygiene practices. But it is still present in remote Aboriginal communities and can lead to permanent blindness. The work of the Australian Government, the Fred Hollows Foundation and Indigenous Eye Health to treat trachoma infections has seen rates in affected communities reduced substantially. But now, we need to ensure that hygiene practices and the community environments are improved to completely eliminate the disease.
EndTrachoma by 2020 Story Graham Fussen 2020-08-24 14:30:00Z 0


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L to R: Rotarians Precy, Suellen, Clive and Virginia from the Rotary Education Fund committee, John Hawkins Memorial Scholarship recipient Jordyn Kindness and Bill van Dijk encouragement award recipient Amy Wilson with Rotarian Mardi from the Rotary Education Fund committee.

The Rotary Club of Alice Springs presented the John Hawkins Memorial Scholarship to Jordyn Kindness and the Bill van Dijk encouragement award to Amy Wilson, both very worthy recipients, at our meeting on January 22nd.
Jordyn will study Medicine at James Cook University in Townsville and Amy will study Primary Education by distance.
Jordyn and Amy: Well done and best of luck with your studies and careers!

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Bill van Dijk Postgraduate Education Award 2019

Bill Van Dijk

Post Graduate Education Award

In recognition of the late Bill van Dijk’s

Contribution to the field of education in Central Australia, the Rotary Club of Alice Springs has established the Bill van Dijk Post-Graduate Education Award.


The Rotary Club of Alice Springs invites Centralians  

Completing post graduate studies to apply.

The applicants' field of study must be relevant to the Central Australia region.

The value is a one off payment to the value of $3000.


Written applications close 21 June  2019

Applicants must be available for an interview Saturday 13 July 2019


For further information on selection criteria


Visit, also, our Bill van Dijk Postgraduate Education Award page

Mail to: Rotary Club of Alice Springs, PO Box 87, Alice Springs NT 0871

Bill van Dijk Postgraduate Education Award 2019 Nick Tyllis 2019-06-05 14:30:00Z 0

41st annual AGFR tournament Alice Springs 2019

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For the first time in its 40+-year history, the AGFR tournament flag is, this week, standing sentinel and gently flying over the Alice Springs golf course.
Around 90 golfing Rotarians and 30 non-golfing partners  from around Australia have come to the Red Centre for a week of golf, fellowship and service above self, generously supporting Rotary, the John Hood Memorial Scholarship, Palliative Care NT, Central Australia and the Western Desert Dialysis service.
As the old saying goes "If you don't like the weather, move to Central Australia". The forecast for this week is perfect for golf and just being outdoors.
Check out, also, the photos on our Facebook page:
In 2020, the 42nd AGFR tournament will be hosted by the Highton Rotary Club and held on the 13th Beach Golf Course, Barwon Heads, Victoria between April 19th to the 24th.
Click on the link to the website for more information and registration details:

The 41st AGFR tournament delegates and partners on the Alice Springs golf course on the first day of competition, Monday May 13th, 2019

The generous sponsors, once again, working with Rotary to help make the tournament possible and fostering the ethic of Service Above Self

Sunrise as seen from the 19th hole. The gathering of the battle chariots!

Three Presidents at the Rotary make-up meeting: Rotary Club of Alice Springs President Mike Potts, AGFR President Leigh Iles and Rotary Club of Mbantua Alice Springs President Bill Palmer and MC Ron Saint.

Rotarians having fun at the make-up meeting at the Alice Springs Turf Club house. ​

Sargeant Dominic Miller at the microphone - coaxed over $1,100 in fines which were donated to the Purple House, Western Desert Dialysis Service

Two of the house elves behind the scenes 

41st Tournament Director Roger Ahwah handing the AGFR flag over to Barry Stokes, the 42nd Tournament Director 

Sunset behind Mt. Gillen
41st annual AGFR tournament Alice Springs 2019 Nick Tyllis 2019-05-14 14:30:00Z 0

Did you know that Rotary could be so much fun?

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Opening of "Tjungunutja: from having come together"
Museum and Art Gallery NT exhibition "Tjungunutja: from having come together", highlighting the Western Desert Art movement, opened on Saturday, March 16th at the Araluen Arts Centre.
Some of the pioneers of the movement, such as its curator, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamara, Michael Nelson Jagamarra AM and Bobby West Tjupurrula and their families had travelled from far and wide to attend the exhibition opening.
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Alice Springs cooked a BBQ lunch for the artists and their families.
Alice Springs Australian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (AGFR)
Team ParTee
Action on the Alice Springs Golf Course
On Friday, March 15th, Rotarians from Alice Springs hosted a golf day at the Alice Springs Golf Course.
14 teams of four players played 9 holes under Ambrose rules.
The weather was kind and allowed participants to have a fun Friday afternoon of golf and fellowship.
Roll of the dice - the number rolled is deducted off the score.
The "Gardener's Union" - won the best score, after the roll of the dice. 
Check out the photo bomber in the back!
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Ochre Cards

Please advise Suellen (via email) if you hold a current Ochre Card.
Please include the card number and expiry date in your email.

Old Rotary Down Under magazines

Please give your old RDU magazines to Steve Peers.
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Viking Farewell

The Valkyries have finally taken the old Henley-On-Todd Viking Boat to Valhalla up there in Asgard.
She got a fitting send-off on Sunday, July 1st to the background sound of the Territory Day fireworks.
May she carry the Viking warriors of old, who'd valiantly fought  the Pirates and the Navy, to join Odin the Allfather's army on the final battle at Ragnarök.
(Photo credit: Neil Ross).
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Combined District 9500 & District 9520 Conference 2018 Nick Tyllis 2018-01-05 14:30:00Z 0

Our beginnings

Posted by Nick Tyllis on Jan 05, 2018
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Rotary exists because people, wherever they are, want to feel connected to others around them, to their community and to the world at large.
The photo shows charter President Dan Conway holding the Club Charter, while DG Charles Butler (D255) looks on.
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Meetings for 2018

We wish you a prosperous and peaceful New Year!
Please be advised that regular Club meetings for 2018 resume on Wednesday, January 24th.:
Venue: The Todd Tavern,
Location: 1 Todd street, Alice Springs, NT 0870.
Time: 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start.
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District Governor hosts RI President in Alice Springs

Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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Peter Schaefer has just shared a most amazing three-day experience, hosting the RI President Ian Riseley in Alice Springs on his official visit to the Central Australia region. The weather was marvellous throughout his visit and Ian commented daily on the ‘horizon to horizon’ expanse of blue skies.
District Governor hosts RI President in Alice Springs Graham Fussen 2017-07-30 14:30:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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