About Us

Our Club History

It was in January 1986 that the President of The Rotary Club of Southport North asked Laurie Buckley to survey the area of Runaway Bay and Paradise Point to establish if a Rotary Club could be formed. The reply was yes. On the 15th February 1986 Laurie received a letter from District Governor Ian Telfer to be his Special Representative to form a new club.

One week later the first of three interest meetings were called after which we had 25 definite members, allowing a application to RI to call our first Provisional meeting of The Rotary Club of Runaway Bay on May 5th 1986 at the Runaway Bay Marina Yacht Club. 46 people attended as per the attendance book, which included 9 members from other clubs wishing to join 25 intending members and 12 visitors. At the Second Provisional meeting Laurie Buckley was able to announce the First Board of Directors. Every one that was asked to nominate did not hesitate and the club started with a well balanced board of experienced and new Rotarians.

Over many years the club has given much to the community through fundraising and other activities bringing a small amount of happiness to many who could not afford to enjoy some of the pleasures.

The Runaway Bay logo of a seagull flying into the sun, holds special significance to the members of the Club, who live and work in the area. Following the club’s charter in 1986, it was adopted as the clubs logo. Many members came for the lifestyle, others have businesses in the area. Runaway Bay, as an official Gold Coast suburb, had its beginnings in 1968, the first houses being sold in 1971.


Thanks to Charter President Laurie Buckley.