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.


Lilydale Farmers Produce Market  was a joint initiative of the Rotary Clubs of Montrose & District, Chirnside Park and Lilydale, which started in March 2009.LFPM Joint Project

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 stall numbers averaging 25+, covering fresh vegetable produce, seasonal fruits,  small goods, jams/chutneys, olive oil products, spices, breads & cakes.

Gold coin entry plus stallholder site fee have contributed to raising over  $146,000.00, as at February 2017.  These funds have been distributed back into the local and international communities via various Rotary projects.

The initial distribution were following the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday bushfires, with funds goingt to the  [4] local CFA brigades to assist with upgrading or replacement of necessary equipment.

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 catchup 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



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.

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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 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
            to the LCSC to purchase a specially built boat.

*         Pre June 2014, donation by daughter club, RC of Chirnside Park
          of a sailing boat;

*        2016 – 2017 saw allocation of $1,000.00 to LCSC for the
           construction of boat racking within their Club Storage Facilities.

*        2017 – 2018 saw allocation of $1,000.00 to LCSC for the purchase
          of larger life jackets

*        2018 – 2019   saw allocation of $13,000.00 to LCSC for the purchase
          of a 303 Hansa Dinghy specially designed for larger individuals,
          many of who have a disability.
          The dinghy was named the “Jim Sawyer” after local identity
          and former Rotarian of 50+years  Jim Sawyer. The majority of these
          funds came from the Estate of Jim Sawyer who was a Charter
          Member of the Rotary Club of Lilydale.
          The dinghy was launched on the 28th January 2019, with a full front-
          page covering the launch in the Mt Evelyn Mail newspaper of
          05/02/2019.  To read refer to the following link :
           Jim Sawyer Boat Launch – Mt Evelyn Mail      



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



As of the beginning of February 2019, the Rotary Club of Lilydale has delivered hay, as well as grain, dog food and food vouchers to the Bairnsdale Community.  The Club’s initial distribution of $10,000.00 for hay, has grown to a value of circa $54,000.00,  all from donations to the Club.   Following local press coverage, the Club has received from local community members, farmers and businesses, not only donations of cash, but food and other items, including hay bales plus the critical transport of these items to Bairnsdale.  The latest hay donation has been 100 bales of hay from a Gruyere Farmer.  This will bring us to our 8th delivery trip to be organised.  A big thank you to the local communities, the farmers and the generous trucking companies in providing some relief in the Bairnsdale area.  Subsequent to the above further hay has been donated by local farmers, bringing the total to 400 bales.
In addition 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.

This brings a joint effort by the two Clubs, totalling well in excess of $100,000.00


AUST ROTARY HEALTH LOGOAUSTRALIAN 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.





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 Bowel Scanfacilitate 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.

bowel scan 2 - age groupsBowelscan 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.








Sharon Chuck is coordinating the ‘Share the Dignity’ donation box appeal through the Lilydale Rotary.

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 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.

MENS  Meet on the SECOND THURSDAY of the month at 9.30am
Secretary:  Doug Mackie Tel 03 9737 6470
Mail:  PO Box 238 Lilydale 3140
LADIES Meet on FIRST TUESDAY of the Month at 10.00am
Secretary:   Peggy Smith  Tel 03 9735 1502
Mail:  PO Box  353 Lilydale 3140