Days for Girls

Woodend Rotary conducted a session for the ‘Days for Girls’ project today supported by Bev Sofra and a team from North Balwyn Rotary who conduct monthly sessions. We also had great support from Woodend locals with 30 people attending the event. The photos show the activity and fun had by all who attended.
Days for Girls produces sanitary kits for girls in developing countries with kits containing underwear, reusable pads, soap, and washcloth. Kits are delivered to girls along with education and support. Girls who normally have nothing and are culturally stigmatised are able to remain attending school.

Today we made enough kits to save 3,600 school days.
Great effort and thanks to all who supported the event including St Marys who allowed us to use the Norma Richardson Hall.


Woodend Changeover Function 2018

Woodend Rotary changeover today at Glen Erin winery. Incoming DG Bronwyn Stephens and Mark attended along with members from several other clubs from local cluster and Melbourne. Rosemary did a great job as MC as we celebrated the past year as President and welcomed in Tony Waters as incoming president. Josephine Falzarano received a well deserved Paul Harris Fellow recognition and we celebrated 21 years of Service above self on The New Woodend Star by Barry Napthine.


Blankets – Share the Warmth

Woodend Rotary Blanket Collection for the Homeless

You would have noticed its getting a little colder over the last few weeks. Many of you may have your wood fires burning to take the edge off the cold. Have you thought about those that are doing it a little harder over the winter months?

You may recall last year that Woodend Rotary coordinated a blanket drive and had great support from you, the Woodend Community which saw 5 cubic metres of blankets and other items donated.

Woodend Rotarians were very pleased with the fantastic response from the community last year and we know it made a real difference.

Your support is required again this year as Woodend Rotary is coordinating the blanket drive for 2017. We are looking for blankets but will accept sleeping bags, coats, scarves and hats to be donated.

Items must be clean and in good order.

Drop off points have been established at Woodend Library and Mort & Pestle in Woodend.

Collection will continue until the end of June.

Items will then be transported to the Project centre in Hosier Lane Melbourne for distribution to those in need. This facility provides health, outreach, community, employment and education services to those experiencing disadvantage.  This project has real immediate impact to improve the conditions of so many people.

I hope the Woodend community again gets behind this project and look forward once again to being overwhelmed with the generosity of spirit shown by so many in our community.



2017 Kyneton Air Show –‘Spread Your Wings’

On April 2017 the Kyneton Aero Club will be hosting a local event, specifically a community air show on Sunday the 23rd of April. Supported by the Rotary Club of Kyneton, the Rotary Club of Woodend and Macedon Ranges Shire Council this promises to be a great day out for the family. Tickets can be purchased online via

Ticket prices are:
Adults: $25
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children under 16): $60
Student (Children between ages 5 and 16): $10
Senior/Pensioner/Concession: $20
Children under 5: Free

Gates open to the public at 8:30AM with flying displays commencing from 10:30AM. Flying displays will include vintage and rare aircraft and a visit by the RAAF Roulettes. There will also be entertainment for children, a vintage car display and lots of vendors with great food.

The theme for this air show is ‘Spread Your Wings’ and there will be information on site about careers in aviation. This is a significant event for the Kyneton Aero Club the Macedon Ranges and for the history of aviation in Australia. People from all over Australia will be visiting the Macedon Ranges and joining with the locals for this fun day of family entertainment and celebration.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Grant Hocking at 0407681474/0411408252 or visit

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Woodend Railway Fence

Merry Xmas Woodend from Woodend Rotary

Unfortunately the fence had become damaged with pickets being damaged and weeds/grass overgrown behind the fence so it didnt look to well.

To the rescue—Woodend Rotary who had a fantastic morning of cleaning up the site around the railway fence at the entrance to Woodend. Plenty of helpers on the slashers, weeding and painting. The broken pickets were replaced and it looks a million times better.

Special thanks to Malcolm, Preeti, Daniel, Howard Burville, Grant, Tony, Allan, Josephine, Paul, and Peter Whitelaw from the RSL and walking group.

The community and visitors can look forward to a better looking entrance and welcome to Woodend just before Xmas.

Lovely pics after the work was completed.

Merry Xmas.