Rotary Information
James Hamilton gave a very interesting information session on Wollundry Rotary Club's years of fund raising via Sunday Markets. Here is his report:
Sunday Markets – further information
Collections from 1979 to Nov 1996 was equivalent to $1m, then from Nov 1996 to October 2009 the second $1m was raised. Sunday Market was placed into recess in March 2014. The total gross collections of $2,280,270 less total costs of $238,259 resulting in $2,020,167 donated to charitable organisations. 1994 was the best year collection of $102,716 with 250+ stall holders attending each Sunday with stall fee of $8 and entry donation of 50 cents.
Christmas Markets on Baylis street were conducted from 2000 to 2007 in early December which attracted over 10,000 people each year into the main street of Wagga Wagga
Special markets were conducted at Wagga Beach car park on Australia Day for 2016, 2017, & 2018.
Penny the Pig
Penny the pig was constructed in 1996 made from fibre glass and it was motorised by a golf buggy. The idea of Penny the pig was to collect coins from children at schools and elsewhere. The eye lids and tail of Penny would move when coins were placed into the slot and a sound would emanate from Penny. One & two cent coins were no longer used in the community so collecting those coins. The cost to construct was $28,000 and the collections over a couple of years was $26,000. Penny the pig was handed over to Annie St Claire foundation. Presently, Penny is sitting in Rob Vidler’s yard in Mortimer place.
PDG Dr Henry Gardiner
I had a catch up with Henry last week in Merimbula. He has joined Merimbula Rotary club. He sends his regards to all Wollundrians. Henry is PP of Goulburn rotary club (former 9710 district), and he is PP of Kooringal Rotary club (former 9700 district). As both districts have merged recently forming District 9705, as far as we know, Henry is the only Rotarian to be past President in both former districts.
Rotary’s programs are developing the next generation of leaders, providing funding to make the world better place, and making peace a priority. Rotary programs are not just for club members but for general community members.

Seeking dynamic leaders to change themselves and the world?

One of the programs is Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where people develop their skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.


What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:
  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What’s involved?

RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants ages 14-30. Depending on community needs, RYLA may take the form of a one-day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp. Typically, events last 3-10 days and include presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics. Wollundry Club has been organising RYLA at district level for a number of years.
Your community might host a RYLA event for secondary school students to hone their leadership potential, for university students to develop creative problem-solving strategies, or for young professionals to learn ethical business practices.

How can you participate?

RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs. Contact your local Rotary club to find out more about RYLA events in your area, how to apply, and any costs of getting involved.
Examples of Rotary in action
RYLA in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, USA, challenged more than 80 students to participate in outdoor activities that developed team building, problem solving, and communication.
Outside of Warwickshire, England, RYLA participants learned to work together to accomplish a task and build trust.
In Helsingborg, Sweden, students from around the world learned from community leaders how to find solutions to everyday challenges.
Two teams of young leaders in Malawi worked together in a race against other teams to complete challenges that required teamwork and communication.