YOUTH:         The Club has actively supported local and Rotary Youth programs for many years, sponsoring students from local schools.  In addition the Club presents annual Citizenship Awards to students at local Primary and Secondary schools within the State and Catholic education systems

LILYDALE YOUTH CLUB : Locally we have supported the LILYDALE YOUTH CLUB , with on-going representation on the  management committee since the 1990s.

2019 PRIMARY SCHOOLS SPEECH CONTEST:     On Tuesday 27 August we held our inaugural Primary Schools Speech Contest. Wow ! What a night.
The 12 students from 6 local Lilydale Primary Schools – years 5 and 6,  all delivered fantastic speeches. Congratulations to you all.

Lilydale Football Club Girls Under 14 Football Team:  The Rotary Club in 2018, in the inaugural year of the Lilydale Football Club Girls Under 14 Team, has sponsored the girls football jumpers.   The Rotary Club’s sponsorship is clearly displayed on the back of the jumpers.


The girls were very excited to receive their jumpers at a presentation night, well attended by the Rotary Club’s Board and Youth Directors.


Year by year, the Club is actively involved in offering a diverse  range of Rotary Youth Programs.  These include the following:


ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE      is where the Club hosts an, incoming and outgoing international, student who has a once in a lifetime opportunity to live overseas for a year.    The Club  maintains on going contact with returning Exchange students with our local students providing presentations of their experiences during their successful year away.  The incoming student stays with a number of host families over the year, and continues their education at a local secondary college.  2018 – 2019 sees an incoming male student from Germany.  2016 – 2017 saw our incoming male student from France and our female outgoing student going to Belgium.

The incoming students participate in Rotary club activities, including Ride to Conference, Safari trip to central and northern parts of Australia with exchange students hosted by other clubs, as well as immersing themselves in the Australian culture and sporting activities. 
It is great to see how these students have matured during  or following their year away.

Recently the Club assisted a previous exchange student on her trip to from  London to Mongolia to raise funds for the Christina  Noble Children’s Foundation to assist homeless children and disadvantaged  families in Mongolia.  

 SCIENCE LOGONATIONAL  YOUTH  SCIENCE  FORUM  is a year 11 National Youth  Science  Forum  where students are given the opportunity to attend a week long Youth Science Forum in Canberra. After many years of putting students forward for this program, our Club has been successful in 2013, in having our nomination accepted by the scrutinising panel.
 SCIENCE EXPERIENCE  is a year 9 students program who attend a three day hands-on experience at Melbourne University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Latrobe University over the December-January school holidays.
RYPEN-logoROTARY YOUTH ENRICHMENT OF PROGRAM  (RYPEN) is a 3-day seminar for participants aged between 14 and 17 years in a Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment.
 Camp awakeningCAMP AWAKENING  is an Australian youth development program for Year 9 students.The Rotary Club of Aspendale initiative has been running this program for 12 years, held at  Licola Wilderness Village in October, with a second, more recently formed, camp  at Geelong. The organizers of the Camp decided last year to expand the camps to  include a Yarra Ranges Camp Awakenings. With the promised support of eight local clubs, including Lilydale and generous sponsorship by Bendigo Community  Bank ®Branches Including Mt Evelyn Community Bank®, the first Yarra Ranges Camp  Awakenings was held at the Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp in August 2012, over a 3 day period.   Rotary Club of Lilydale has committed its ongoing involvement in this wonderful project.
munaMODEL UNITED NATIONS ASSEMBLY  (MUNA)  is a wonderful opportunity for teams of two Year 11 students to take part in an exceptional experience by representing various countries and debating issues in a parliamentary environment in Parliament house.
 ROTARY 4-WAY SPEECH CONTEST  for Year 10 Students within our Rotary District 9810.

 Rotary 4-Way Speech ContestThis program promotes public speaking in a competition for Year 10  students in District 9810 on the topic of Rotary’s Four Way Test,  supported by sponsoring Rotary Clubs working in partnership with their  local schools and Toastmasters International.  Benefits to participating  students include exposure to the ideals and ethical values of Rotary,  proficiency in the art of public speaking and confidence and self esteem  gained from presenting to large audiences.The speech competition is based on the theme of the Rotary Four-Way  Test:   Of the things we think, say or do

  • Is it the TRUTH
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned

As with all our youth programs, it is very uplifting to  witness our young people developing such skills at an early age.

The Rotary Club of Lilydale has supported Yarra Hills Secondary College for many years by sponsoring the Community Leadership Award.  The Club President usually presents thIS award.
RYLA1ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD (RYLA)  is an intensive leadership training program for 28-30 yr olds so as to develop leadership skills, self­ confidence and meet with community leaders.


Our club is one of five Rotary Clubs in the area which sponsors the Rotaract Club of Yarra Ranges.

The club is made up of energetic and enthusiastic young people from 18 – 30 who want to make a difference in the world, locally and internationally.  More information on Rotaract and our local Yarra Ranges Club can be viewed on the following link: Rotaract Club of Yarra Ranges