Welcome to the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay

Rotary members are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities both at home and overseas. We are dedicated people, men and women from business and professions, who share a common interest in helping others.

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has over 55,000 members in 1,855 clubs. It is an integral part of Rotary International, the world's first service organisation.

Each member enjoys business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate, learning new skills and having a huge amount of fun!

The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay organises community events and projects each year including the St Michaels Way Walk in May, the Penwith Peninsula Cycle Ride in September and the Senior Citizens' Christmas Party in December. We run competitions and schemes for young people. We support  International aid projects, and campaign for the eradication of Polio.

Being a Rotarian is very fulfilling. You can do as much as your time allows, have fun and enjoy fellowship with others.  

The club is always keen to welcome new members. Please contact the Membership Officer Rtn. George Hawken on 01736 366187 or email membership@mountsbay.rotary1290.org

 

Current fundraising events ...

The Rotary Shop

A joint venture between the Rotary Club of Penzance and the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay

 

This is a true community effort: the Shop accepts goods donated for resale from the community,  members of the community volunteer and man the Shop, and profits from the Shop are ploughed back into the local community.

Penzance and Mounts Bay Rotary Clubs are combining forces in this project, and both clubs have a long history of supporting the community, having helped the Fishermen’s Mission, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Penlee Judo Club, the Trelya Project, Sea Cadets, Scouts, Pengarth Day Centre, Merlin MS Centre, and many, many others.

There is a huge selection of goods for sale!

The Rotary Shop

1 Market Place, Penzance.

"£10 a year, it's a no brainer, must be the best lottery in town!"  

 (quote from a joining member of the 200 Club)

The 200 club has 200 members who make a modest payment of £10 per annum. This creates a monthly 'pot' of £166 of which our 200 Club members win £100 every month! The remaining £66 goes towards MBRC supported charities.

 

Supporting our local community

 

The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay continued with its support of local good causes when Club President Graham Calderwood and Chairman of Community Services Russell Whitlock met with the Penzance Sea Cadets and presented Lieutenant Rob James with a cheque for £1,000. The money goes towards the cost of two new Topper Sailing Dinghies which are an integral part of teaching the enthusiastic sea cadets how to sail.

Part of the cost of the new dinghies was donated by the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay with the remainder awarded under a Rotary District grant.

Mounts Bay President Graham Calderwood said "members of our Rotary Club are so impressed with the work and training offered by TS Grenville that we are very pleased to be able to offer our support to an organisation that offers young people in our local community amazing opportunities for personal development"


Young Carers

Did you know that we have 450 young people in Cornwall who have a caring role with their families?

After a very informative talk given to Club members by Ms Dawn Maddern, the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay made a public collection and raised £200 to help support these young people.

We give a big THANK YOU to all the Sainsburys customers who contributed to the collection. The young man receiving the £200 cheque, outside the Rotary Shop in Penzance, is Andrew Wynne, who cares for his brother and sister.

The presentation was made by Club President Graham Calderwood accompanied by Alun Howells, Chair Person of the Club's Youth Committee and Dawn Maddern from Young Carers.

League of Friends

Caroline Rowe, Chair of the The League of Friends of West Cornwall Hospital and Marcus Wilkinson their Treasurer, gave a talk on the work funded by them over the past few years at the Hospital

During the last five years the League has provided more than £600,000 in funding for a whole range of facilities and equipment including a grant that allowed one of the previously closed medical Wards to be re-opened to provide care for older patients and those suffering from Dementia.

The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay President Graham Calderwood presented a cheque for £3,000 from the money raised by this year's St Michaels Way Sponsored Walk.
Pictured left to right are Marcus Wilkinson, MBRC President Graham Calderwood and Caroline Rowe.

Penzance Sea Cadets

Continuing our support for young people and the community in Penzance, the Club was able to present a cheque to Tristan Lane of the Penzance Sea Cadets for £1,000 to enable them to buy two “Topper Class” dinghies so they can learn skills of seamanship. 

Rotary in the South West

 

Recent events ...

Third World Supper

The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay held its annual Third World Supper on 16 October at Landithy Hall, Madron.  80 Rotarians and guests attended the evening and enjoyed a wide variety of dishes from around the world, such as African Bobotee, Bombay potatoes, Indian Dhal and Mexican Hotpot. 

The main speaker was Peter Reid, a member of the Rotary Club of Plympton. Peter spent 3 years in Kathmandu, Nepal working with VSO in the Nepal Ministry of Education. He spoke about the use of data to improve understanding of the world and to dispel preconceptions about population, health and education issues. He emphasized the huge changes that had taken place during the last 50 years. Except in Sub-Saharan Africa, incomes, infant mortality rates and birth rates had all improved dramatically and improved education meant that 80% of the world population was now literate.

The evening raised about £1,000 towards the £6,000 needed to complete the rebuilding of 4 classrooms at a school in Nepal.  The school was a good example of the advances made in education in that part of Asia having started in 1998 as a small primary school and grown to secondary level with over 300 students and 17 teachers covering 10 year grades. The original 4 classrooms had become so dilapidated that they needed replacing and the money raised would enable a new block to be built that would be more substantial, earthquake proof and capable of expansion as the school continues to grow.

 


Having fun and raising money towards the life saving work of Cancer Research UK and West Cornwall Hospital League of Friends

SUPPORTING THE NEWLYN FISH FESTIVAL 2014
It was a very wet start especially for those erecting our gazebo at 8am, however the sun came out and the usual large crowd attended. Lots of interest in the work we carry out in the local community and further afield.

 

Regular activities

The Penzance Memory Cafe was opened in June 2009 to enhance the well being and quality of life of those who have memory problems. diagnosed or undiagnosed together with those who are carers.

The Cafe offers opportunities through activities such as Music, Dance, Entertainment, Exercise, Paper Therapies and the all important social time together.

The Memory Cafe is Fun, Friendly and Free.

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The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay provides drivers each month to take groups of people to Sunday afternoon tea parties.

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

Contact Rotarian Ed Bufton at info@laidback-trails.co.uk for more information.

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