Club History

History of the Rotary Club of Easington & Peterlee.

The Rotary Club of Easington was founded in July, 1953 when Tom Siddle, a butcher from Easington Village and five other business and professional men met together at the Kings Head in Easington and encompassed the principles of Rotary originally proposed by the American Paul Harris.

The Rotary motto of 'Service above Self' was at the heart of the Rotary movement in Easington and the Club gradually grew in strength. With the emergence of new town of Peterlee the Club became known as the Rotary Club of Easington and Peterlee. with its membership reaching a peak of around 40 during the 1970's and 1980's. Today we have in our club15 hard-working and enthusiastic Rotarians and are urgently seeking to enlarge our membership. We are looking for the support of all those in our community who wish to improve our local facilities within the global network of Rotary - our organisation comprising more than 1.2 million people.

Over the past 55 years the Rotary Club of Easington & Peterlee has, in real terms, raised in the order of 550,000, which it has been able to donate to worthwhile and charitable causes. Money which has been obtained by organising events such as the following:

  • Santa Claus Scheme
  • Rotate with Rotary
  • Tree of Remembrance
  • Swimathon
  • Tombolas at ASDA
  • Market Day Collections
  • Raffle Pack
  • Race Nights