Welcome To The Rotary Club of Tamworth West Inc.

General Welcome.

What is Rotary? Rotary is an organisation of business and professional people united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build peace and goodwill in the world. Rotary’s aim is to make the world a better place for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Rotary Club of Tamworth West is fortunate to have a sound and diverse active membership of some 70 plus members. These members are united in their dedication to raising funds and providing services to assist and help those in the local and surrounding communities less fortunate than themselves.

To this end Rotary Club of Tamworth West organises and participates in a number of local projects and fundraising services including, Midnight Basketball, Shannons Classic Motor Show and The Art Show. Funds raised are contributed toward many local and national causes including Youth Insearch, Billabong Clubhouse and Royal Far West to name a few.

As part of the process of serving the community the Club also fosters a great deal of fellowship within those members participating in the services and fundraising projects undertaken. The Club meets every Monday at 6:30 pm at the West Tamworth Bowling Club where members partake in an enjoyable evening which generally includes a meal, fellowship, volunteering for projects and tasks for the coming week/s and an interesting speaker from outside of the Club. Lifelong friendships are made within the organisation of Rotary.

Club History

In 2006 Rotary Club of Tamworth West celebrated 50 years of service to the Tamworth Community. In recognition of this milestone Club Members Bill Forrest and George Hombsch created a video of some of the memories and activities undertaken by the Club over this period. To take a walk through some of the history of the Club please take the opportunity to watch the video below.


Club News

27 January 2019 – Catering for Macca at the Country Music Festival

Rotary Club Tamworth West were in full swing cooking at Macca’s Sunday Morning of 27 January 2019 in Bicentennial Park. Those participating in the Park were able to enjoy a coffee or tea and bacon and egg sandwich while they listened to Macca.

President Richard Chaffey with OAM Gordon Austin and radio celebrity Ian McNamara (alias Macca)

02 September 2018 – 21st AED donated to Tamworth Pony Club 

On 2 September we donated our 21st AED into the Tamworth Community. Following the Tamworth Pony Club undertaking a Battery Drive and raising 150 expired vehicle and equipment batteries to recycle (fantastic effort) Past President James Hindmarsh visited the Fathers Day event at the Pony Club grounds today to officially hand over the AED.

Hopefully it will never be required, but given their location out of town at Hallsville, it will provide peace of mind that they now have an AED on hand in need.

Thanks to the Pony Club for all their efforts in raising the Batteries, Especially Laura Salkeld and Club President Victor Collett for their efforts. Fantastic to see so many kids and their fathers having a great time today.

18 June 2018 – Rotary Club Tamworth West Changeover Dinner.

Rotary Club of Tamworth West celebrated their 62nd Changeover dinner tonight. Outgoing President Simon Guest put on a very enjoyable evening for some 90 or so guests as we welcomed in our new President Richard Chaffey and his new board. Debbie Loveday was the DG Nominee Designate for the evening.

Simon gave an really engaging outgoing speech working his way around the venue before giving away a number of disbursements on the evening. These including the Tamworth Parkinsons Group ($3000), Youth Insearch ($10,000), Tamworth Can Assist ($5000) and One of a Kind ($1000).  Total distributions this year totalling just in excess of $62,000, a fantastic effort for the year.

This was followed by the presentation of the John Rodgers Memorial Award Presented by Audria Rogers for Clubman of the Year which this year was awarded to Geoff Galloway.


Congrats Geoff.

Two Paul Harris Fellowships were also awarded to Elaine Hombsch and James Hindmarsh for services to the club.


The evening then culminated with the outgoing board receiving their present from Simon and induction of the new President and Board. Plus it wouldn’t have been the same without a funny story from our Club comedian Brian Cox who as usual never disappoints.

Congratulations to Simon Guest on a very successful year as president. We wish Richard all the best in his term as President this year.

Outgoing President Simon Guest to incoming President Richard Chaffey

Outgoing President Simon Guest to incoming President Richard Chaffey

5 & 6 May 2018 – Rotary Club Tamworth West Shannons Tamworth Motor Show 8th Annual Motor Show another resounding success.

The 2018 Shannons Tamworth Motor Show was another resounding success this year with an estimated 5000 peTople coming through the doors of the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Community Centre (TRECC) to take in the show.

Over a hundred vehicles, bikes, hearses, and Holdens filled the TRECC for the weekend in the eighth annual Shannons Tamworth Motor Show, organised by members of the Tamworth West Rotary Club.

Thanks to the size of the TRECC it remains one of the largest indoor motor shows in Australia. This year’s special exhibit featured more than 40 Holden’s, commemorating 70 years of Holden since the 1948 start to the recent end of manufacturing in Australia. Of course the name Peter Brock and the number 05 rated high in the display, even including one of Peter’s early Austin’s. Peter’s brother Phil Brock was also present over the weekend.

“Best of Show” award at Shannons Tamworth Motor Show for 2018 was awarded to  Robert Lovell from Lismore and the 1925 Vauxhall, number 1115 of exactly 1303 built in the Vauxhall factory in Luton, London. Found in Western Australia and restored over 26 years, the polished aluminium shone in the eyes of the judges to take out the top award this year. Congratulations to the entire Lovell family on a stirling effort to win the ‘Charles Latter’ award, in memory of one of the original motor show organisers, the late Charlie Latter, a member of the Rotary Club of Tamworth West.

Best of Show 2018

Brock 05 Replica Holden

14 March 2018 – Rotary Club Tamworth West Donate a Battery to Jump Start a Heart AED Campaign coming to a close with 20 AED’s to be donated into the Tamworth Community. 

Our Donate a Battery to Jump Start a Heart campaign has officially been running over 18 months and, following on from our initial goal of donating 15 AED’s into the Tamworth Community our Club will end up donating 20 AED’s into the community as we head into April.

All 16 recipients come together to emphasise the importance of AED's in Tamworth.

All 16 recipients come together to emphasise the importance of AED’s in Tamworth.

To find out more about the recipients of  our Mission Heart Start project Donate a Battery to Jump Start a Heart visit our Mission Heart Start project page.

It was especially satisfying at the recent District Conference this month in Armidale that our Club received the District Foundation (PDG Albert Brand) Trophy for the Rotary 9650 District in recognition of the success of this community project.

Please continue to donate your expired vehicle and equipment batteries to our Bearfast drop off point as the contribution Year to Date of recycled batteries has been phenominal. The recycling of these environmental headaches can then continue to be put toward needy local community causes.


50 Barnes St, Tamworth NSW 2340

Phone 02 6765 4822

email: bearfast@bigpond.com

2 – 4  March 2018 – Japanese Vintage Motorcycle Club event in Tamworth great success.

A big thank you to all of our members who helped cater for the Vintage Japanese Motor Cycle Cub annual rally earlier this month.

Everyone pitched in despite the early starts and worked well together to help make this event a success.

Some stats on the weekend courtesy of our Catering expert Gordon Austin on the catering for the weekend:
. We produce over 400 individual meals
. The participants of the rally consumed 40kg of scotch fillet steak, 35kg of sausages,20kg of bacon,15kg of chicken kebabs, 50kg of salads and over 500 eggs.

The positive feedback from the participants on the high quality of the meals was very satisfying but would not have been possible the dedication of those members involved.

Special call out of thanks to Gordon and Rosemary Austin, Wendy Bennet and LIz Willis for their hours spent preparing salads for the event. Also to Frank Henry for his efforts in co-ordinating the event and Noel Bennet who assisted with a lot of the behind the scenes tasks.

Also a big thankyou to Bede Burke for donating the eggs for the event.

Fantastic effort to all involved.

 VJMC 2 at Lookout 3.3.18 VJMC at Lookout 3.3.18 VJMC Catering at Lookout 3.3.18

Upcoming Events

March 8-10 2019 ….. District 9650 Conference Armidale
April 3-6 2019 …… RYLA at Armidale
May 18-19 2019 ….. Rotary Shannon’s Motor Show

RCTW Meeting Venue:


West Tamworth Bowling Club,
103B Belmore St
West Tamworth NSW 2340

Time – Monday Evenings:

6:00 for 6:30 – 8 pm meeting

Contact RCTW

Email: rotamwest@yahoo.com.au

Members contact options for Meeting Meal Apology

  Email:  rctwapologies@gmail.com

  to 6pm Sunday of the preceding Monday

  Late Notice Phone Glen on 0408668476 to

  3pm on day of meeting.

RCTW Quick Links:


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