Welcome to the Rotary Club of Essendon

Make a difference and enhance your professional network

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 6:45 pm
Windy Hill Function Room
cnr Napier & Brewster Streets
Essendon, VIC 3040
*************************** ONLY 2 MEETINGS per MONTH **************************** 1st Tuesday of the month 6:45 PM & 3rd Tuesday of Month 6:45 PM
The story of one man's journey as an ANZAC
Guest speaker on Tuesday 16th April
Bill Anderson recalled his experience as an infantryman deployed to the Vietnam war in 1970.
He emigrated from the United Kingdom in his teens but drew the lucky draw of being conscripted into the army by the birthday lottery of the times.
After training at Singleton Army Base he was posted to Vietnam for a 12 month stint as a radio operator and served in the 7th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment.
Life was spartan with extreme temperatures and open air living under tents and outside showers. Regular patrols were the order of the day with transport either by foot (tedious), personel carriers (stifling heat in the enclosed troop space) or helicopter (much preferred). Often on entering villages they were ordered to check on the quantity of rice with a measuring stick and if exceeding an arbitrary limit the excess was confiscated to prevent the possibility of feeding the Viet Kong.
Food and supplies would be dropped by helicopter and often they would be short of troops in their platoons. They preferred the Australian to American rations as the former were more compact with more variety and weight was an issue when carried on patrol. Amongst several skirmishes 8 comrades were lost.
Spare time at base was boring and after cleaning their weapons on return from patrol would entertain themselves with beer and cigarettes. Beer was only 15c and coke 10c. There were several R&R leaves and Bill managed to get himself to Melbourne and back on a 5 day leave.
The aftermath of deployment in military zones left many comrades in dire trouble with PTSD and suicides. The military would only recognise those if manifested in the first 3 years of return. Subsequent representations at the Court of Inquiry has improved  but veterans still have an uphill battle to have their injuries recognised.
Although trained as a teacher and an active Boy Scout leader Bill feels that, as he says a pen pusher, the experience in the war zone with the infantry was worth while.
Guest at Rotary Meeting Tues 16 April 2024.
It was a pleasure to welcome Raj, a Royce Abbey Scholarship recipient, from the Rotary Club of Katmandu Nepal, being hosted by the Rotary Club Macedon Ranges on his stay in Australia. Raj is heavily involved in establishing toilet facilities especially for female students in rural Nepal and is here to gain experience with youth projects to take back to his homeland.

Raj presenting his Club's flag to President Michael.
We wish him well with his endeavours.

Support for Bahay Tuluyan


Bahay Tuluyan is a children’s rights organisation based in the Philippines which the Rotary Club of Essendon has proudly supported for many years.

It’s four major goals are to enable resilient children, empower youth, support safe families and build child-friendly communities.

Extracted from their 2023 Annual report is the marvellous work they achieved and annotated in red the contribution of various Rotary Clubs .

Visit our Facebook page for further details 




Upcoming Events
Art Show 2024
Keep these Dates Free
   Marvellous Raffle
Enter $11 raffle to win a 5 day accomodation package for two
 on beautiful Taveuni Island, Fiji
(flights not included)
Proceeds of the raffle support 
 the Rotary Club of Essendon's community projects.


Please visit our facebook page for photos from recent events