Our Club

We are a group which regularly meets in North Sydney for fellowship, networking and breakfast! It's a great way to make new friends. We come from many walks of life and backgrounds with a common goal - service to the worldwide community through fellowship.

We raise funds through an annual World Festival of Magic event, BBQs and other activities to support a diverse range of causes aligned with Rotary’s objectives. In recent years, our efforts have assisted the following undertakings, among many others:

  • Australian Rotary Health Research Foundation
  • Crows Nest Community Centre
  • Greenwich & Waverton Community Hubs
  • Hands Across the Water, Thailand
  • Help Orphans Now, Sri Lanka
  • Highlands School, Mittagong
  • Jane Kennedy’s A Girl in Her World, Fiji
  • Mary’s House, North Sydney
  • MacKillop Today’s Indigenous Scholarship Fund, North Sydney
  • National Youth Science Forum, Canberra
  • Nusa Tenggara Association, Eastern Indonesia
  • Rotary’s International Polio Eradication Campaign
  • Talamunde youth refuge, North Shore
  • YourSide Young Carers’ Program, Chatswood
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Sydney

Our Club presented to the Rotary Organisation about what we accomplished in 2020  - The Presentation

While continuing to support a diverse range of projects, our plans usually focus on a few.

Royal Far West Children’s Health Scheme, Manly

The Royal Far West charitable organisation was founded in 1924. It has been a constant source of support for rural and remote children across Australia. Programs based in Manly include video links for specialist care; assessments and early interventions for the disabled; and camps for socially isolated children.

Stuart Town Public School ‘Books in Homes’, rural NSW

Once again this year, we visited Stuart Town near Molong in Rural NSW, continuing our support for the end of term ‘Books in Homes’ presentation. It has been a great project, with mothers telling us that this program has demonstrably improved NAPLAN reading scores!

A music festival for school children on Semau Island in Eastern Indonesia

Capitalising on benefits arising from our recently completed ‘Living Fences’ project, we continue to provide assistance through the Nusa Tenggara Association for an annual children’s festival of traditional music and dance and associated teacher training.


President: Trent Zimmerman
Secretary: Andrew Harvey 
Immediate Past President: Allen Colburt
Treasurer: Don Napper
Foundation: Iain Clark
Community Service: Cathie Glinka
Youth & Child Protection: Allan Coates
Administration & Meeting Program: Ken Preshaw 
World Festival of Magic: Allan Coates
International: Iain Clark
Webmaster: Greg Blainey 
Public Image: Cathie Glinka
Membership: Allan Coates


We have fun!

Zoom Breakfast Meeting

A typical Breakfast Meeting

We currently run Zoom Meeting while COVID-19 restrictions 

Xmas Dinner

A Social Dinner

We hold many dinners with partners and friends

District Conference

District Conference

Equal first out of the 58 clubs at the 2019 conference in Newcastle in the best dressed competition as the Village People at Saturday’s evening dinner / dance.

Our History

Our Club was originally chartered on 2 October 1986 as the Rotary Club of Wollstonecraft, an offshoot of the Rotary Club of North Sydney. The name of the club was changed to the Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise on 28 November 2000. Our meeting venue settled in Lavender Bay at Piato Restaurant in Blues Point Road, after periods at the 729 Club in St Leonards and the Sydney Flying Squadron at Milsons Point. The 25 members were all men and it was not until 1989 that women were admitted as members. Weekly meetings were initially held at the Crows Nest Business Men’s Club in Hayberry Street. 

Wollstonecraft Badge

Rotary Club of Wollstonecraft Banner

John Howard

A project starting in 1988 to raise funds was the assembly and sale of Sydney Harbour Tunnel Rocks to commemorate the opening of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel which took place in 1992. The instigator of this project, PP Barry Clark presented a fine specimen to the future Prime Minister, The Hon John Howard.

Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Wollstonecraft
  • Kevin Whelpton
  • Gordon Lukies
  • Barry Clark
  • Craig Bannister
  • Ron Withey
  • Denis Hole
  • Brian Buckett
  • Iain Clark
  • Phil Okill
  • John Winton
  • Warren Greig
  • Jennifer Lalor
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Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise Banner

Magic Show

Since 2018, we have hosted the World Festival of Magic at a Sydney Theatre. This highly successful project that has generated funds for us to make significant donations to worthy causes based in Northern Sydney.

Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of North Sydney Sunrise
  • Gordon Lukies
  • Randall Jones
  • Martin Shanny
  • Geoffrey Little
  • Simon Fuller
  • Warren Greig
  • Ken Preshaw
  • Ted Sheedy
  • Moira de Vos
  • Anne Henderson
  • Iain Clark
  • Lindy Hunt
  • Trent Zimmerman
  • Allan Coates
  • Cathie Glinka
  • Allen Colburt       


The Club

We look forward to welcoming you.


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