A Brief History
Chartered on 16 January 1957 with 31 charter members. The first stage of the formation of a new Club was to convene an organisation meeting. In the case of Box Hill this was held at Tyratt’s, Whitehorse Road, Blackburn at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 11 December 1956, although there had been an earlier, more informal meeting on 30 October 1956. The Governor’s Special Representative, Rotarian, Horace L. Bedggood, of the sponsor Club, Melbourne, presided and outlined the confirmatory resolution required to be passed before the provisional Rotary Club of Box Hill could legally exist. What followed was a series of meetings, searching for prospective members and events culminating in the formation of the Rotary Club of Box Hill.
The club was renamed the Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood on 3 February 2020.
Rotary Club of Box Hill
Wattle Park Chalet 1957
Dinner with Rotarians, Family and Friends
President Eric McPhail
Current membership: 34
30 Active Rotarians and 4 Honorary members
What is Rotary?
Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with 1.4 million members in 46,000+ clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto, Service Above Self.
The Rotary Club of Box Hill Burwood is a group of dedicated, enthusiastic, fun-loving and active Rotarians who give their time and talents to serve communities – locally within the City of Whitehorse, nationally and internationally.
Our membership consists of men and women from a wide range of businesses, professions and cultural backgrounds who all share a common interest in helping others.
The Four Way Test
In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor, who went on to be a president of Rotary International, took on the task of salvaging the nearly bankrupt Club Aluminium Company.
Herb felt that to succeed, they had to be morally and ethically strong. One morning he wrote down twenty-four words that became the guiding principles by which his firm would do business.
Those words became known as the “4-Way Test” and brought Club Aluminium out of the red in five years. In January1943, Rotary International adopted the 4-Way Test as a code of ethics – a call to moral excellence – for all Rotarians.
The 4-Way Test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, obligates every Rotarian to apply four tests to all that they think, say, and do:
- It is the TRUTH?
- It is FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?