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



Another hugely enjoyable and successful event was held on 17 May, with over 70 walkers taking part......and even a team from Mounts Bay Harriers who managed to run the main 12 mile route!   

This has been one of the highlights of the club's calendar since its inception in 2003, and over those years has raised upwards of £100,000 for good causes. In essence the walk is what Rotary is all about......having a great time and raising money in the process. What could be better!

As with last year's event we were raising funds for The League of Friends of West Cornwall Hospital and Rotary causes both locally and internationally.


The Rotary Shop is a joint venture between the Rotary Club of Penzance and the Rotary Club of Mount's 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 at The Rotary Shop, 1 Market Place, Penzance. Why not come and take a look .......

We support a wide variety of projects in the local community, through fund-raising and direct involvement. Here's just a few......


In October, John James, a member of the Rotary Club of Mounts Bay returned from Kosovo, where he helped deliver three fire engines and an ambulance to the hard-pressed emergency services out there. The ambulance, which had been prepared for it's trip by local Rotarians in St Ives Bay was filled with redundant school uniforms, an operating table, stretchers, an inspection bed and other medical equipment. "It was quite a journey" said John on his return. We had a number of breakdowns on the way, but the mechanics we took with us were fantastic!" The journey from Cornwall to Kosovo took six days and then the team split into four, each group delivering their vehicle to where it was required, in different parts of the country.

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, 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 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 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.

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.


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 for more information.


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