Club History

The Rotary Club of Seaford was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Frankston and received its Charter from Rotary International on the 1st of June, 1971. In early 1969 the Rotary Club of Frankston discussed various ways in which a new club could be formed in the Frankston area. In November 1970 its members voted to cede territory for the formation of two new clubs; a Rotary Club of Mount Eliza to be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mornington and a Rotary Club of Seaford by the Rotary Club of Frankston. In January 1971 the District Governor, John Emerton of the Rotary Club of Frankston then asked Past President, Alan Bredin of the Rotary Club of Chelsea to be his special representative for the formation of the Seaford Club.

 

 
The inaugural meeting was held at the Long Island Country Club on the 11th of March, 1971. The Club became provisional on the 1st of May, 1971. The Rotary Club of Seaford received its Charter on the 1st of June, 1971. A joint charter night was held with the Mount Eliza Club at the Prince Mark Hotel, Dandenong on the 15th of June, 1971. After Charter President, Tony Gunn received the Charter from District Governor John Emerton he introduced 24 fellow Rotarians.
The Rotary Club of Carrum Downs was chartered in 1990 as a spin-off of the Rotary Club of Seaford, with the inaugural President being Brett Naylor. Many projects, both local and overseas were undertaken over the next few years. Being a relatively young membership, over the ensuing years numbers slowly dwindled owing to both business and family commitments. At this time, as Seaford Rotary Club was also experiencing a loss of membership and both clubs vying for members in the same business area it was decided to amalgamate the two Clubs to form the Rotary Club of Seaford – Carrum Downs. This occurred on the 1st of July, 1998, with Roger Griffiths being the President.