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Now in its 36th year and probably the largest of its kind in Southern England this year's event will again be held on the August Bank Holiday in the grounds of Wilton House. more
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This Sturminster Newton Rotary event has become a permanent feature bringing over 1500 visitors from all over the county and beyond into our town to enjoy a prestigious show celebrating the craft of the cheesemakers. more

Welcome to Rotary Wessex  District 1110

Covers most of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands, and parts of Dorset and Wiltshire

Welcome to the New Rotary Year which began on 1st July 2018

What is Rotary

Rotary is about helping communities, both local and internationally through our network of clubs. It is
a non-religious and non-political organization comprised of both men and women. There are 77
clubs in our area and they do some fantastic work each year. We raise approximately £2.2million
each year and spend around 100,000 hours helping the less fortunate in our communities, true to
our motto – ‘Service Above Self’.

Rotary Clubs in our Communities

Our clubs meet as and when they need, in order to progress their events and projects. We are
ordinary people from our communities wanting to put something back into them. By working together we achieve extraordinary results for the communities in which we live and work

Rotary International Service

We are a world-wide player; with 1.2 million Rotarians in over 200 countries we assisted in forming
UNICEF and have a seat on the United Nations. We have partnered with the World Health
Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and together we’ve been working tirelessly to eradicate the crippling disease of Polio from the world. When we started this mission, back in 1985, there were over 350,000 cases a year but in 2017 (for example) there were just 22 cases world-wide To give you a current example each year Rotarians in India organise the immunisation of 170 million children under the age of 5 years in just four days!

We regularly help communities in developing countries with water and sanitation projects, basic
education and literacy, prevention and treatment of disease, maternal and child health, and
prevention of hunger initiatives. In addition we also give economic and community development assistance.
We also raise funds for and distribute Disaster Boxes to help families displaced by e.g. earthquakes. Beyond all of that with the help of the community we fill around 26,000 Christmas Boxes each year and distribute them to needy children overseas, many of whom do not receive any other Christmas gifts.

We have our own charity - The Rotary Foundation - which receives and spends $1million a day
supporting sustainable projects around the world and has only an 8% administration overhead - very low by any charity standard. All our clubs’ project money is handled through partnering with other Rotary clubs in the areas of need where their projects are carried out - meaning 100% goes to the project.

Rotary Youth Services

We support young people with our youth competitions - Young Chef, Young Writer, Young Musician,
Young Technologist, Young Photographer, Youth Speaks - and those who win in the local competitions
progress to regional and national finals. We encourage and support young people to undertake projects in their communities through ‘Rotakids’ (7-11 year olds in school), then ‘Interact’ (12-18 years old also in schools) and finally through Rotaract (18 – 30 year olds in University and beyond. Each of these age groups run community projects and additionally Interact is a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme approved provider.

The minimum age to join a Rotary club is 18. If you can't find time to join a club and go to a meeting there is the option of joining as an e-member, where you can contribute electronically. 

Business Partners

Clubs are actively looking to partner with Businesses and Community Organizations in order to help
make their communities better places in which to live. Businesses can deliver their Corporate Social
Responsibility through Rotary by becoming a business partner which allows them to tick the ‘CSR’
box when tendering for government work.

Businesses can contribute by giving money, time or goods and/or services to help a project, from as
little as £50-£150 per annum (set by individual clubs) to become a business partner.

Benefits of Rotary Membership

When we are doing projects or events all our community activities are fully insured nationally as part
of our membership fees which are only just under £10 per month, or in equivalent terms, 4 cups of
Americano at a reputable coffee house.

So what else do members gain? Public speaking skills, project management skills, self-confidence, and
leadership skills - all courses that business pay thousands of pounds for, and of course you also gain new friends and have a whole load of fun.

Members are also entitled to visit any other Rotary club anywhere in the world, whether away on business or just on holiday, often resulting in new friends and help, if needed, all over the world.

Why not join us? E-mail me for further details.
 

Allan Smith


District Governor 2018/19
allansmithjsy@outlook.com




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Join Allan Smith at our 2018 District Conference in Jersey and be Inspired to Succeed.  Follow our link to the Conference Website and Register early to avoid disappointment as many events will fill up quickly. Join Allan Smith at our 2018 District Conference in Jersey and be Inspired to Succeed. Follow our link to the Conference Website and Register early to avoid disappointment as many events will fill up quickly.more

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.more

Rotarians across Great Britain and Ireland are leaping into action to help the aid effort in the Horn of Africa. Rotarians across Great Britain and Ireland are leaping into action to help the aid effort in the Horn of Africa.more

Dentaid is an international dental charity committed to improving oral health around the world and in the UK. By donating equipment, providing oral health education and training, and running volunteering programmes Dentaid improves access to safe, su Dentaid is an international dental charity committed to improving oral health around the world and in the UK. By donating equipment, providing oral health education and training, and running volunteering programmes Dentaid improves access to safe, sumore

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