About Rotary

Rotary is an organisation of business and professional leaders, united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond is a part of a global thriving and dynamic service club organisation where members are proud to join and keen to stay. (1.2 million Rotarians involved in 31,000 Rotary Clubs located in 168 countries.)

The Rotary Club of Ballina-on- Richmond was chartered in July 1986 and has an active membership of 40.

We bring together people who step forward, leaders who take on important issues for our community. We exchange ideas and take action on our identified causes.

Our local club supports a range of projects in the area and local community.  Throughout its 32 year history the Club has maintained a high community and international service profile.

The club has been recognised for outstanding commitment to Rotary projects and local events.

The Ballina Lighthouse, Lismore Surf Lifesaving Club, Riding For The Disabled, Heartfelt House, the Ballina SES and Paradise FM. are some of the beneficiaries. Follow here to explore our causes.

The Four Avenues of Service

The Avenues refer to the four elements of Rotary’s objectives.

  • Club Service:  Involves the activities necessary for the club to function
  • Vocational Service: How each member represents his business or job to the club
  • Community Service: Activities the club performs within the local community
  • International Service: The programs and activities that the members undertakes to advance international understanding, goodwill and peace

Vocational Service

Vocational Service is the Second Avenue of Service. No aspect of Rotary is more closely related to each member than a personal commitment to represent one’s vocation or occupation to fellow Rotarian’s and to exemplify the characteristics of high ethical standards and the dignity of work.

Programs of vocational service are those which seek to improve business relations while improving the quality of trades, industry, commerce and the professions.

Rotarian’s understand that each person makes a valuable contribution to a better society through daily activities in business or profession.

Vocational Service is frequently demonstrated by offering young people career guidance, occupational information and assistance in making vocational choices.  Some clubs sponsor high school career conferences.  Many recognize the dignity of employment by honoring exemplary service of individuals working in their communities.

The 4-Way Test and other ethical and laudable business philosophies are often promoted among young people entering the world of work. Vocational talks and discussions of business issues are also typical vocational service programs offered by most clubs.

Regardless of the ways that Vocational Service is expressed, it is the banner by which Rotarian’s “recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations” and demonstrate a commitment to “high ethical standards in all business and professions.”  That’s why the Second Avenue of Service is fundamental to every Rotary Club.