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Christmas Joy for Disadvantaged Kids

Ray White Real Estate at Tumbi Umbi began collecting Christmas gifts in 2014 to support of the club's 'Tree of Joy' project. This is in addition to the gifts provided with the co-operation of the management of Charter Hall, Bateau Bay Square, where Rotary's "Tree of Joy" is installed each November at this centre. Members of the community are asked to take a card from the tree and purchase a gift for a needy child living in our local area. All the gifts were presented to Samaritans on the Coast and distributed prior to Christmas to families in need.

Lynn Hilton and Paul Denny (L) of Ray White, Tumbi Umbi, present gifts to Rotarians Torben Nielsen (C) and Rob Unwin (R) Ray White's office at Tumbi Umbi was filled with Christmas gifts provided by patrons Samaritans on the Coast representatives, Renee and Kip (C) collected the gifts to bring joy to children of struggling families

Currently, our main projects are:

Combined Community Raffle

This annual event is designed to assist all local sporting, cultural, school and similar non-profit organisations and groups interesting in raising funds for themselves.

The Rotary Club of The Entrance has, since 1984, organised the raffle, provided the tickets free of charge and organised a substantial prize.

Each organisation is rewarded with the total value (100%) of its ticket sales.

Since its inception, the raffle has "earned" about $760 000 locally.

This year, the main prize was a $3 000 travel voucher, Flight Centre Bateau Bay, courtesy of Mingara Recreation Club, with the minor prizes donated by Pullman Magenta Shores Resort, Gem Design Jewellers, The Entrance, and Water's Edge Seafood Restaurant, The Entrance. Sponsors also included McDonalds. The raffle was drawn at the Rotary Club meeting at Mingara Recreation Club on Tuesday, 21 February 2017.

Winners were:

First Prize Lee Wilde Ticket 15600
Second Prize Wayne King Ticket 19821
Third Prize Wayne King Ticket 19822
Fourth Prize Karen Wilton Ticket 8053


Any worthy non-profit organisation wishing to know more about this self-help fundraiser should contact Con Bartsos on 9056 9151.

Tickets for the 2017-2018 raffle will be available from September through to December, 2017.

Pride of Workmanship

Pride of Workmanship Awards

In March or April each year The Rotary Club of The Entrance participates in an Australian Rotary program entitled "Pride of Workmanship" in which the efforts and achievements of local employees from a wide variety of vocations are recognised and applauded. The program seeks to promote pride of workmanship by honouring these people irrespective of age or vocation, who in the eyes of their employers show a distinct quality in their approach, attitude, commitment, responsibility and dedication to their work.

The 2013 Pride of Workmanship Award Winners

The theme of the program is "Do it once, do it well. Build a better Australia".

At an awards dinner which is held by the club each year, the presentation of a citation and an especially designed plaque is made to each of the awardees. Recipients in 2013 - 2014 were Sharon Kennedy (Shelly Beach Golf Club), Jarred O'Brien (Bay Sports Club), Sam Scobie (Mingara Club), Carrol Coats (TAFE) and Errol Smith (Advocate Express).

Employers wishing to nominate an employee for such an award are invited to contact the club (PO Box 8173, Tumbi Umbi, 2261).



For fourteen years, Rotary has operated Bowelscan (now known as BowelCare), a cancer detection programme involving a simple self-administered test which can be done at home.

BowelCare is conducted each year during August, and is supported by our club.

It is recommended for both men and women over forty. The kits cost $15 and are available at most local pharmacies.

Over the years, BowelCare has detected cancer and polyps that could potentially become cancer, in more than six hundred people on the Central Coast.

Yarran Early Intervention Centre

The Rotary team at
Yarran Early Intervention Centre

The Rotary Club of The Entrance has supported Yarran Early Intervention Centre for many years. We have provided donations to the centre which help with the purchase of special equipment and other resources for the children.

The Director, staff and families of Yarran are most grateful for our ongoing support.

As recognition of Rotary's support for the children, Yarran awards an annual trophy to acknowledge a Rotarian who demonstrates a high level of social responsibility.




Spin 'n' Win

One of our major projects is our number wheel activity which we call "Spin 'n' Win". Held each month on the second and fourth Saturday mornings at Charter Hall, Bateau Bay Square, we offer prizes of meat and fruit/vegetable trays with special trays at Easter and Christmas.  The event is popular with patrons of Bateau Bay Square, and helps us to raise funds which are used to assist local charitable organisations.

Mardi Gras

On occasion, the club has supported the Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras held at The Entrance in December.  We have entered a float in the street parade and sponsored two entrants in recent Mardi Gras Queen Competitions.

Lucky Envelopes

The age-old "Lucky Envelopes" is held occasionally.  For the outlay of two dollars, a secretly numbered envelope can be purchased with the chance to win cash prizes up to $50.  This new/old fundraiser has provided about
$1 500 annually for our charity funds.

The Spin 'n Win team spinning the wheel
for Christmas hams
Rotary's community involvement - preparing the float for The Entrance Mardi Gra Selling tickets in Lucky Envelopes at The Entrance
Achievements of the club since its Charter in 1972
The club has made substantial donations to
many organisations

Supported Yarran Early Intervention Centre

Conducted "Tree of Joy" - a Christmas collection of toys to brighten the lives of children helped by the Salvation Army and Central Coast Samaritans

Supported RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme for Senior High School students)

Supported MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly, for Senior High School students).  Several of our newer members whilst members of the former Ourimbah Rotary Club were instrumental in inaugurating both of the above programmes on the Central Coast.

Sponsored several Rotary Youth Leadership Awardees (RYLA)

Sponsored many Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment students (RYPEN)

Cooked BBQs at local events for Charities

Hosted overseas students and sponsored outbound students

Supported International Group Study Exchange Teams

Presented Pride of Workmanship Awards to deserving employees of local businesses and services

Sponsored Youth Leadership and Enrichment Courses and Science Seminars

Organised Community Bowel Scan Project

Initiated the formation of several Probus clubs in the local area

  The Rotary Wing at Westmead Hospital
Midwives for East Timor
Central Coast Community Care Services
Grandparents for Grandchildren
National Science Forum
Child Abuse Protection Society
Queensland Cyclone Appeal
Victorian Bush Fire Appeal
Shelter Box Australia
the Haiti Earthquake Appeal
Australian Red Cross
Norah Head Search and Rescue
Terrigal Sea Rescue, Local Surf Clubs
Wyong District Hospital, Long Jetty Hospital
The Smith Family
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Camp Breakaway
Operation Hope
The Children's Hospital
Killarney Vale Pre School
Inner Wheel Australia's Cord Blood Research Project
Voluntary Fire Brigade
Australian Health Fund
Leukaemia Fund
Child Flight, Care Flight, Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service
The Rotary Foundation
Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)
Wheelchair Foundation Australia
Salvation Army
Glen Centre
Plastic Surgery in Nepal
Biblioteka Emera Library in East Timor
Central Coast Suicide Network
Life Education
Yarran Early Intervention Centre
Police and Community Youth Centre
Norah Head Lighthouse Trust
The Entrance Police Community Youth Club
Central Coast Shirley Shuttle and many other worthwhile charities.
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Supported by
Storage King
Mingara Recreation Club
Tumbi Umbi
Storage King
Blade Close, Berkeley Vale
Shelly Beach Golf Club