What is Rotary?

Rotary is an organisation of service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world. The stated purpose of the organisation is to bring together community and business leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 33,976 clubs and over 1.22 million members worldwide. The members of Rotary Clubs are known as Rotarians. Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organise work on their service goals.

Rotary's primary motto is "Service above Self", and its secondary motto is "One profits most who serves best".

Which Rotary Club operates this Rotary Recycle Op Shop?

The Rotary Recycle Op Shop is operated by the Box Hill Central Rotary Club. The club was established in 1990 and its members come from all over the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. We meet on Wednesdays at 7:30am at the Tudor Motor Inn, 1101 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill. The Club is always looking for new, community minded members - if you are interested in joining please see the "Contact Us" tab above.

Where does the Op Shop profits go?

The income from the Rotary Recycle Shop is added to the other fundraising income of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central and is then distributed to various charities both locally and overseas. We distribute around $100,000 per year - recent beneficiaries include:

  • Kara House - a secure accommodation provider for women and children escaping family violence;

  • Operation Cleft - a Rotary charity which repairs cleft lip and cleft palettes for children in Bangladesh;

  • Love Your Sister - everyday Aussies committed to vanquishing cancer with hard science and the best new technologies;

  • SALT (Sports and Life Training) - targeting cultural change by create an enjoyable, non-judgemental environment which generates open and honest discussions in sports clubs:

  • TAFE Scholarships for local students attending Box Hill Institute of TAFE and Deakin University; and

  • Supporting the Whitehorse Men’s Shed providing support for elderly men.