Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lilydale

 Are you a motivated local member of Yarra Ranges who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
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Another example of why it is irresistible being a Rotarian, and the diversity of activities you can choose to be engaged in.
Today’s activity was a multi-district, multi-club, and multi-organisational activity serving those that have food scarcity issues in the Lilydale area.
It started Tuesday night, when members of the E-Club of Melbourne and the Rotary Club of Lilydale had an E-Meals cook up at the No. 1 Events commercial kitchen. We used donated ingredients via the nourish program, and additional ingredients purchased via the Rotary Club of Lilydale to cook up some delicious meals.
On Wednesday, members of the E-Club of Melbourne and the Rotary Club of Lilydale met members of the Holy Fools team at Melba Park Lilydale. We served 20+ guests to a warm meal (on a cold day) and had a good chat under the beautiful oak trees in Melba Park.
An example of small actions making a BIG DIFFERENCE.

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Volunteers spent the morning decommissioning a redundant play ground in Badgers Creek.
In the past, these redundant play grounds typically ended up as landfill. But via the ‘Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds’ (RORP) program, they are diverted from landfill by being dismantled, shipped, and rebuilt at an overseas location that would typically not have access to this type of equipment.
Today’s activity is a great example of Rotarians taking relatively small actions while making a BIG DIFFERENCE!
Please contact us if you would like to be involved in this project
Today, members of Rotary Lilydale volunteered at a Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) session at the Box Hill Institute of TAFE (Lilydale Lakeside Campus).
RYDA is a partnership which supports students and teachers with the tools and understanding they need to see themselves as active, responsible road citizens. Taking, largely, a student inquiry learning approach, RYDA provides students with the tools, habits and motivation to take action and stay safe on our roads as both drivers and passengers throughout their lives.
If the RYDA program, and/or volunteering via Rotary is of interest to you please contact Rotary Lilydale or Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) web site: https://rse.org.au/
A wonderful afternoon at the First Impressions Clothing Exchange (FICE) Fundraiser & High Tea, raising funds to continue their programs assisting local women to re-engage with employment and achieve their goals.
FICE trainers provide ongoing support, programs and networking events to instil confidence and help women enter the paid workforce, including through their clothing exchange.
Lilydale Rotary Volunteers provided the High Tea for this event for a second year.
Thank you to Renee and all FICE participants, mentors and community members for making this fundraiser such a success, allowing FICE to continue their important work in our community.
Again this year, Lilydale’s Rotary Club was on hand to supply breakfast to the Dawn Service attendees and RSL members as they looked to warm up back at the Anderson Street clubrooms.
It followed yet another beautiful dawn service at the Lilydale cenotaph, seeing thousands choosing to commemorate the day on Main Street, with emergency services, school students and community members laying wreaths in tribute.
Project Lead Barb Lawrence said it was a honour for the Club members to volunteer their time to help raise money for returned servicemen and women.
“Whilst the sausages are ‘gold coin donation’ it was really heart-warming to receive generous donations in memory of loved ones from local community members,” Barb said.
The Rotary Club of Lilydale will continue its partnership with Lilydale RSL in 2025 which will be the 110 years anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli.
“Your efforts are transformative and brighten the paths of many who deserve kindness and care in their lives. Seeing the Wishing Tree Project continue to grow reminds me that we work in a very caring and compassionate community….
with the help of all of you we have manages to keep the magic alive at Christmas. I would like to acknowledge this incredible achievement ---making a difference, one young person at a time” Heidi Tucker CEO, Anchor
This Christmas (2023) thirty-two Businesses and the local community participated in our 3rd annual wishing tree project.
Over 1,300 gifts for children ranging from 0-18yrs and $2,600 in gift cards were collected over November and early December from participating businesses and local donors.
The dream of the project was to make Christmas brighter for Children and families doing it tough in our local area.
Gift cards and presents were distributed through Anchor and the Lilydale Proactive Policing unit, with some donations also going to Dandenong Ranges Emergency relief service, Anglicare family services and Boorndawan William Aboriginal Healing Centre.
Anchor was able to give every child accessing their services a gift – with the message that the gifts had come from people in their local community.
The Lilydale Proactive Policing unit visited community housing, local caravan parks, individual families. Officers found the experience of bringing joy (with gifts) on their visits very positive and moving.
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
York on Lilydale
Function Room
138 York Road
Mt Evelyn, VIC 3796
0423 558 833
We meet every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month when appearing in our Events Calendar 6.30pm for dinner (meals purchased at the Bistro) Meeting 7-8pm $10 Room Hire Surcharge RSVP Judith 0438 389 695 or via Zoom (see below)


Change your community with us by volunteering on a local project.
- Volunteer at the Lilydale Craft and Produce Market
a couple of hours a month.
- Collect and deliver children's books
-knit or crochet knee rugs for Wheelchairs 4 Kids


We work with groups and organisations of all sizes to accomplish even more.


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