People with a purpose


Rotary Club of Bendigo

Every Tuesday 12:30pm for 1pm

Bendigo Club
22 Park St, Bendigo VIC 3552

All visitors welcome, please contact us.


US Consulate in Melbourne

October 17

Michele Woonacott visits us today from the US Consolate in Melbourne.

Michele's LinkeIn page descibes her as a globally-minded public policy professional with nearly 20 years of experience in economic development, international trade, federal and state government operations and non-profit management. Maintain a wide network of government, business, policy and economic development professionals in California and beyond.

Specialties: International trade, public policy analysis and development, networking, small business development, renewable energy industry, strategy development, outreach and communications.


AFLW's Emma Grant

October 24

Emma Grant, Collingwood FC AFLW Player

Emma is a PE and Grade 1-2 teacher at Bendigo Violet Street Primary School and was drafted into the inaugural season of the Australian Football League Womens competition  by Collingwood from the Bendigo Thunder, with whom she was a foundation player with in the Victorian Women’s Football League in 2011.

The 27-year-old utility captained the Thunder in 2016 – the side was unbeaten until losing the VWFL premier division grand final to Deer Park – and she was a runaway winner by 10 votes of the competition’s best and fairest, capturing the attention of the Magpies. 

“We were very excited when we got the opportunity to select Emma with our 12th pick,” Collingwood coach Wayne Siekman told the club’s website.

“Not only does Emma bring great leadership, but her football knowledge and reading of the play is something that will benefit this club in season one.

Emma most recently lined up for Diamond Creek in the VFL Women's Grand Final against Darebin.


Margot Falconer

October 31

The Jayco Bendigo Cup 2017

This week we are fortunate to have Margot Falconer, chair of the Bendigo Jockey Club, come along and speak on the history of the Bendigo Cup and give us an insight into this great Bendigo tradition. 

The Jayco Bendigo Cup is arguably the Jewell in Country Racing's Cup Days. Set in the heart of spring, backdropped by the historical and iconic Grandstand, with sweeping views and brightly coloured roses that line the mounting yard; you could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived at Flemington.

Margot is no stranger to our club so I know you will all make her feel welcome.



Mayor of Bendigo to visit

October 10

Margaret O'Rourke, Greater City of Bendigo Mayor

Twighlight Meeting, 6.00 for 6.30 pm with RC Bendigo Strathdale.

Past member of the Rotary Club of Bendigo, Margaret O'Rourke, will visit the club today in her role as Mayor of Bendigo.

Cr Margaret O’Rourke is an accomplished business woman with extensive leadership experience. She is a former manager of Telstra Countrywide and is currently a Deputy Director at the Bendigo Kangan Institute and Director at Goulburn Murray Water and Bendigo Health Care Group. Her previous roles include Chair of Bendigo TAFE and a Director for the Tasmanian Ports Corporation and Bendigo Business Council.

Cr O’Rourke looks forward to focusing on improving the retail sector and developing a strategy to drive growth, and believes this work will position Greater Bendigo as a key art and retail destination in regional Australia.