The Club continues to be involved in our local Communities, having representation on Lilydale Youth Club Committee, Mount Evelyn Township Improvement Committee [METIC], the Lilydale CCTV Camera Safe Project Committee and local police.
ROTARY CLUB OF LILYDALE’S CRAFT & PRODUCE MARKET [as of July 2016] – [formerly LILYDALE FARMERS PRODUCE MARKET]
Lilydale Farmers Produce Market was a joint initiative of the Rotary Clubs of Montrose & District, Chirnside Park and Lilydale, which started in March 2009.
The goal of setting up the market was two fold:
1. to help support the regional producers. and
2. at the same time raise money for club local and international projects.
The market and its stalls continue to evolve, with stallholder positions much in demand and now in excess of 50 per market. Stallholders cover fresh vegetable produce, seasonal fruits, small goods, jams/chutneys, olive oil products, spices, breads & cakes, range of food vendors, plus craft, jewellery, woodworks and nursery plant items.
Gold coin entry plus stallholder site fee have contributed to raising over $170,000.00, as at April 2019. These funds have been distributed back into the local and international communities via various Rotary projects.
Located adjacent to the popular Lillydale Lake, and very visible from Swansea Road, the market is becoming a focal Community meeting place for locals, many with their dogs, to catch-up with one another and have a coffee and chat in under cover facilities.
The popular market is held on the first Sunday of the month at Bellbird Park, adjacent to Lillydale Lake from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Customer comments can be viewed at http://www.weekendnotes.com/lilydale-farmers-market/
COMMUNITY POLICING VEHICLE
In Rotary year 2012 – 2103, The Rotary Clubs of Healesville, Wandin, Upper Yarra and Lilydale jointly funded a community policing vehicle which is used throughout the Yarra Valley by our Community Policing Officers. The vehicle and its drivers are out and about in the Community for year 10 driver education programs and road safety, conducting Mental Health First Aid Courses, attending seminars on Elder Abuse, and meeting with Yarra Ranges Council Youth Services Officers. Additionally, the car is used to assist Community Police Officers in visiting the elderly, and providing information about safety and security in helping older persons on how to live confidently in the community. The Rotary Club of Lilydale continues its financial support for this vehicle.
Example of the use of the Community Policing Vehicle during the past year [2018 -2019] can be viewed on the following link: Community Policing Vehicle – Rotary report 2019
Over the years the Club has taken an active involvement in the Bi-centennial Lillydale Lake development. Club members have been actively involved in projects that have provided a range of infrastructure facilities for public use as well as planting out Arboretum areas in May 1996 to commemorate 30 years of Rotary service to the local Communities . Facilities include a number of shelters, jetty near wetlands, seating around the Lake, water tank for toilet facilities, fun and fitness track and more recently a large Gazebo in the nearby Bellbird Park area.
LILYDALE COMMUNITY SAILING CLUB
Lilydale Community Sailing Club exists to introduce people of all ages and abilities to the joys of sailing in an easy to understand, fun and inexpensive way within a supportive environment.
Rotary Club of Lilydale’s involvement with the Lilydale Community Sailing Club [LCSC] dates back to:
* 1999 – 2000 Rotary year, where $4,000.00 in funds was allocated
* Pre June 2014, donation by daughter club, RC of Chirnside Park
* 2016 – 2017 saw allocation of $1,000.00 to LCSC for the
* 2017 – 2018 saw allocation of $1,000.00 to LCSC for the purchase
* 2018 – 2019 saw allocation of $13,000.00 to LCSC for the purchase
LILYDALE YOUTH CLUB
The Club has had committee representation on the Youth Club management Committee for the past 15 years, providing assistance in the direction of youth programs. Additionally the Club has provided much needed equipment facilities for use within the Club. During 2016 Club members undertook a major refurbishment of the gymnasium and boxing facilities within the Club rooms. Full particulars of this can be viewed on the following link https://www.rotarylilydale.org.au/2016/03/lilydale-youth-club-refurbishment/.
2018 – 2019 ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT RAVAGED FARMERS IN THE BAIRNSDALE REGION OF VICTORIA
In August 2018, the Rotary Club of Lilydale became involved in providing some relief to the drought ravaged community of Bairnsdale via the delivery of hay, as well as grain, dog food to the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale for distribution to the needy East Gippsland farming community. The Club’s initial distribution of $10,000.00 came from the estate of a past Club member who was a local farmer.
Following local Yarra Valley press coverage, the Club received support from local community members, farmers and businesses, in not only donations of cash, but also food and other items, including hay bales plus the critical transport of these items to Bairnsdale.
Additionally, this has been the catalyst for the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale to become pro-active, with their local community getting behind them and assisting with fund raising in dollars and kind, as well as other Rotary Clubs assisting. The partnership formed with the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale, on May 2019 figures, has seen a total of 800 bales of hay, delivered to farmers in East Gippsland, which on today’s current prices represents a total dollar value in excess of $104,000.00. The hay has been sourced from across the state, with approximately 460 bales sourced from the Yarra Valley with one Gruyere farmer donating 100 bales. At least 8 delivery trips took place from our local area, not to mention those trips organised by the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale, with transport often subsidized or donated by very generous trucking companies.
The May 2019 report for this Drought Relief Operation, indicates that in addition to the hay bales, a further $78,000.00 has been spent on transport, molofos (liquid feed), grain [$6,000.00 worth from RC Lilydale] and vouchers. Additional donations in kind by way of transport of $20,000.00, brings the joint effort by the two Clubs, to total over $200,000.00 of value.
In addition to the above over 100 large bags of dog food, plus several thousand dollars of dog-care products has been sent to the CFA Buchan for distribution to farmers.
This activity has been co-ordinated through CFA Officer Tanya from the CFA Lilydale.
The Rotary Club of Lilydale expresses a big thank you to the Lilydale and Yarra Valley communities, the local farmers and trucking companies that have been so generous with donations and support in providing some relief in the East Gippsland area. In addition, a big thank you to Rotary Bairnsdale, who have and are doing a brilliant job in raising funds and distributing hay and produce to drought affected farmers in their area.
This project has been embraced within the true meaning of Rotary: “Service above Self”
AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH (ARH) is a national, not-for-profit organisation which funds health research and provides community education about health in Australia. The organization supports work on a broad range of health problems, but specializes in mental health. Our Club has been an active supporter of Australian Rotary Health through regular funding contributions and also via running Mental Health Forums to promote these issues and treatment to the local community.
COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAMS
Bowel Scan is a public awareness program seeking to increase community knowledge of bowel cancer and its symptoms as well as the distribution of faecal occult blood testing kits to facilitate early diagnosis.
The Club supports the annual Rotary sponsored Bowel Scan month, by initially co-opting pharmacies into the program, co-ordinating local publicity and then arranging the collection and despatch of used kits for testing.
The aims of the Bowel Scan program are to:
• enhance public awareness of the need of bowel cancer screening;
• promote and coordinate the Bowelscan program annually;
• emphasise the importance of bowel cancer screening for both men and women over 40 years.
Bowelscan is a not-for-profit initiative. The successful operation of Bowelscan, and its accessibility to a wide range of people, is made possible by the voluntary support of a large number of pharmacies, pathology laboratories and Rotary members. We thank all involved for their contribution.
MAY IS BOWELSCAN MONTH – SAVE YOUR LIFE JUST FOR $8.00
2017 – OCTOBER – DECEMBER “SHARE THE DIGNITY” PROGRAM
The aim of the project is to collect items that women require for daily use. Once collected they will be put in a handbag and given to needy people such as in refuge centres in time for Christmas. This will co-ordinated through local pharmacy shops.
Items that Sharon is collecting are handbags, general personal women’s products, small jewellery items etc
– as seen in the photo – if you can help please contact Sharon….0430 339 554
This is a great local community project – helping needy people in our own backyard. A very successful Club Project.
OUTCOMES : 163 full “Share The Dignity” Bags assembled, and
delivered to 17 Safe Houses, resulting in many surprised and grateful recipients.
Additional Community activities include:
|FUND RAISING||Club members, working in teams, have been involved in the annual Salvation Army and Red Cross Door knock appeals.|
|SCHOOL SUPPORT||Club members are involved in community planting programs at local schools, along with the Club financially assisting in travel costs associated with the school participating in music/band competitions.
Over the last couple of years the Club has been actively involved in the promoting and providing assistance with the successful Yarra Hills Annual Art Show.
|MELBA SUPPORT SERVICES||Club members are involved in garden projects, as well as providing BBQ / Sausage Sizzle facilities at Annual Fairs.|
|BBQ / SAUSAGE SIZZLES||The Club regularly supports Council and school initiatives with the supply of well-cooked sausages etc. Additionally we use these as a source of revenue raising, via participation at Bunnings etc.|
|MT. EVELYN STREET PARTY||A Biennial event in which the Club assists with Event Planning, Traffic Control, and providing a food vendor outlet.|
|PARTNERSHIPS||Assisting other Rotary Clubs and Community Groups, with provision of resources to assist with their projects and fund raising activities. e.g Installation of a light box for the night-time illumination of the Australian Flag in the recently refurbished Mt. Evelyn War Memorial, for the Mt. Evelyn RSL. The Club was actively involved in obtaining government grants http://issuu.com/starnewsgroup/docs/2014-02-04_mte_341/1?e=0.to instal commerative storyline displays concerning ANZAC Centenary milestone events in the area eg MilitiaTraining Camp under control of General John Monash at Lillydale Lake and mock battles at Mt. Mary Coldstream.
Our Club continues to support the development of public CCTV coverage within the local communities to assist police in making our communities safer.
|PROBUS CLUBS||Our Club has sponsored local Probus Clubs in order to provide regular opportunities for active retirees to meet and keep their mind active, as well as expanding their interests and enjoying the fellowship of new friends.|
|Local PROBUS Club/s meet at The Lillydale Lake Community Rooms.
MEETING DATES AND CONTACT DETAILS