What have your Rotary members been up to this year?

In January we held a Burns Night which is now an annual event, this raised £600 which has been given to the organisation known as “Mercy Ships”. Mercy Ships are hospital ships that provide free lifesaving surgeries for people where medical care is nearly non-existent.

On Father’s Day the members organised a charity cycle ride to raise money for eradicating Prostate Cancer. An additional ride took place by two Rotarians who rode from Gillingham to Stone Henge. This ride raised over £3400 for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust a charity chosen by one of our members Cliff Shean.

At the end of June our outgoing President reflected on his year, before handing over the reins of the club to the incoming President, outlining the good causes that had been supported during the past 12 months. The primary charity was the Stars Appeal at Salisbury District Hospital when £1300 was raised at the previous Race Night and the Christmas Raffle in support of the ENT Department and Cancer wards.

During October we collected Shoe Boxes that had been filled with educational items, small articles of clothing, gloves and scarves etc, games and personal toiletries. Last year over 600 were dispatched from Gillingham with over 24000 distributed to children in developing countries.

 As Gillingham Senior School is 500 years old this year £500, raised at the Christmas Draw, was given to them. It was also decided to give our four Primary Schools £200 each to be used to improve facilities directly used by the children. We also presented each year 6 child with a Dictionary 4 Life, this has been well received.

We had a stall at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show where we had a Skittle Alley for members of the public to have a go at knocking down the 9 pins and they also had the opportunity to spend £1.00 with the possibility of winning £15.00. As well as advertising Gillingham Rotary we raised over £200 which will be used to support local good causes.

What’s next? On August 24th the Rotary Club of Gillingham will be 50 years old and this will be celebrated at the meeting at the Olive Bowl.

We will be running the annual Duck Race at the town carnival and any money raised will be divided equally between The Carnival Committee, the Hot Rock Carnival Club and Gillingham Rotary.

November 4th will see the annual Race Night, where we race Hobby Horses. The profit on the evening will be donated to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and local good causes, charities nominated by our President. We will again collecting for local good causes at Christmas.

For further information contact our secretary at 01747 860809 or secretary@gillingham.rotary1110.org

We're a small, friendly, club - men and women from Gillingham and the surrounds. Please look round the site to find out more about what we do. We are a part of Rotary International, which is the world's largest service organisation for business, professional and community minded people. 

Are you aware what Rotary Members do?

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How they support your local community?

How they help with International Disasters?

There are educational programmes that support young people?

If you cannot answer yes to the above questions then read on. Rotarians are business, professional and community engaged individuals within this locality who meet regularly. We choose to work together to Support both local and international charities and have a lot of fun doing so. Rotarians participate in a wide range of educational, intercultural and humanitarian activities designed to improve the lives of others. We help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Gillingham Rotary are looking for men and women of all ages and backgrounds to join us either as volunteers, members or both. You can use your time, talents, professional skills and energy to improve the lives of people in our local communities and around the world.

You can enjoy business networking, personal development, meeting new friends, having a great deal of fun and experiencing the fulfilment that comes from achieving something worthwhile.

If you wish to know more about Rotary please use the contact below.

Gillingham Rotary Future Activities 2016

5th June – We will have a Skittle Alley at the Party in the Rec

18th/19th June – Cycle Ride in support of Prostate Cancer

3rd July – Helping Shaftesbury Rotary with Car Parking at Gold Hill Fair

17th August – We will have a stall at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show as well as helping in general.

16th – We will be having a Quiz Night, at the Olive Bowl, to raise fund for local good causes.

1st October – Selling Ducks, at the Town Bridge for the Duck Race on the 8th October.

8th October – Carnival Day Duck Race.


For further details please contact the Secretary at secretary@gillingham.rotary1110.org or use the "Contact us" at the top of this page.

Meeting Information...

We meet on Wednesdays at 19.15 (For further information contact Secretary on 01747 860809 or email secretary@gillingham.rotary1110.org) The Olive Bowl, Gillingham Events Centre, 23 Brickfields Bus Pk, New Rd Gillingham, Dorset.
SP8 4PX tel:  01747 822775

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