The Rotary Club of Parkes was chartered on March 27, 1939. That same year Poland was invaded on 1st September marking the outbreak of World War II.
Rotary clubs are self-governing but also form part of Rotary International. National and international networks enable Rotary clubs and Rotary members to pursue service work not only in their local community but also nationally and internationally. We are fortunate to live in a relatively wealthy country, so our national and international work is usually focussed on helping others less fortunate. However, during the last drought, the Parkes local government area benefitted from over $90,000 of aid provided to distressed farm households. $10,000 was contributed by Parkes Rotary club while the rest came from other Australian Rotary Clubs and the Australian Government. Now Parkes Rotary is involved with other clubs, both national and international, in bushfire recovery efforts.
National and international science schools, leadership programs, a safe driving program, and involvement with the Parkes Police Citizens Youth Club form part of the club's youth service work.
We support - and sometimes partner with - local service groups and charities including Anglicare, Engedi, St Vincent de Paul, CanAssist, Cancer Care Western NSW, the Que  Club, the View Club, the Action Club, and the Lachlan Reconciliation Group to fundraise and organise or support local activities. 
At the national level, we support Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children. More about this further down on this website.
Membership of the Rotary Club of Parkes brings opportunities for both fellowship and service.