Club History

The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond has a strong history in supporting the local community. We are proud of our achievements and have been pioneers in a number of activities.  Formed in 1986 with 26 members, the Charter President was Alex Arrighi and was sponsored by the RC of Ballina.

We have had very close ties with Ballina Tidy Towns Committee and 3 were instrumental through working bees helping Ballina gain the NSW Tidy Towns Award in 2008.  In 1990 the club engaged in clearing a large overgrown block of land at the entrance to Ballina transforming it into a safe beautiful place rest-stop for motorists to revive on their journey.

We also cleared the sections of the road to the Ballina Airport, planting trees and beautifying the area providing a pleasant entrance to the airport for tourists.Ballina Airport

The club has always had a close affiliation with the Airport and catered for the opening, which was one of the biggest events in Ballina Shire.

The airport project earned our club the coveted Sydney Morning Herald Regional Community Award for NSW, the Ballina Shire Community Award and Rotary District 9640 Community Award for 1990.

Ballina-on-Richmond was the 1st functioning club in District 9640 to allow female members.

We are also the first club to initiate a new form of business/organisation membership as a pilot scheme to attract new members and to benefit their organisation through our leadership programs.  This initiative is specific to Ballina-on-Richmond and is not in conflict with the Corporate Membership scheme that RI is currently trialing.

Ballina-on-Richmond Club Mission Statement

To foster the development of community service and integrity through Rotary Service.

To encourage a common belief for International understanding, peace and compassion for a world that encourages unselfish attitudes that support equality, harmony and unity from all in our midst

To develop new avenues of service within our community setting new standards of excellence for others to follow by our example. 

To engage in charitable projects both locally and internationally providing aid for those less fortunate than ourselves

To promote Rotary within our district and lead by example relying on the principals of the Four Way Test as our measure of excellence and achievement.

The message should be known and followed by all Rotarians of the things that we think, say and do:

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

To exceed the goals that we set out to achieve which are to ensure that our club continues to do good work within our local community and provides financial help and assistance where it is most needed.

To encourage youth awareness programs and sponsor youth development leadership activities as well as to focus on membership growth which is paramount for the future of our club.