The opportunity to develop connections was one of the two founding reasons Rotary was started in 1905, and it remains relevant today. More than ever, networking provides vital links in our personal and professional lives. Through Rotary, people come together from all walks of life and businesses to help each other and collectively help others in our communities.
Membership in a Rotary club offers you opportunities to connect with other professionals who aren’t afraid to lead and are dedicated to making a difference. Spending time with your fellow club members — whether to attend a meeting, plan a project, exchange ideas, or just have fun — can lead to lifelong friendships. By getting involved and making connections, members inevitably grow as people and develop new skills along the way.
Through the club, we also connect with our community by learning about its needs and working on long-term solutions. When we work with local leaders and beneficiaries, we strengthen both our community and our ties to it. Participating in a project that positively touches someone else’s life can also be a life-changing experience for us.
Within the Manningham area, we are connected to many local business and community organisations through our various projects. These include
- Manningham Business Network
- Bendigo Community Bank (Doncaster East & Templestowe Village)
- Eleven local Primary Schools
- St Charles Borromeo Primary School
- St Kevin’s Primary School
- Serpell Primary School
- Templestowe Heights Primary School
- Templestowe Park Primary School
- Templestowe Valley Primary School
- St Gregory the Great Primary School
- Birralee Primary School
- Doncaster Primary School
- Doncaster Gardens Primary School
- St Clements of Rome Primary School
- Templestowe College
- Doncaster College
- Manningham City Council
- Victorian Multicultural Commission
- Doncare (Doncaster Community Care and Counselling Centre Inc)
- Odyssey House Victoria
- The Onemda Association
- The mental Health Foundation, Australia
- Rights Employment Accommodation Leisure Inc. (REAL)
Rotary Templestowe formed a facebook page - Connecting Manningham during the Covid epidemic to promote connections online as people were restricted in thier interactions. We extended the program post Covid to enable business groups to engage and promote prodicts and services for the community. We now have more than 2900 members of the page, and it is effectively run by the community, with, now, Rotary manningham City maintaining a governance role to moderate posts.