For the second year running, a donation was made to the St. Petroc's Society to help fund the Penzance Breadline Centre. The centre provides accommodation, support and advice to those that are homeless.

Pictured above are Rotarians Graham and Di Hickman who's Christmas Grotto initiative made the presentation of this £1,200 cheque possible.

Thanks are extended to Rotarians (especially the Santas and Elves) and to friends of Rotary who manned the Grotto on two Saturdays before Christmas, to the Wharfside Shopping Centre for providing the venue, to Penwith College for construction and supply of Santa's Grotto, to local supermarkets for contribution towards the children's presents and not least - to all those who supported this cause by bringing their children to see Santa. 

A Service of thanksgiving for the life of Rtn. John Willday took place on Saturday 14th January following John's passing away just before Christmas.

John was a twice President of the club, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Rotarian for well over twenty years and will be greatly missed by all.

Rotarian Mark makes it 10 in twelve months

Seen here, Club President Prue Willday welcomes new Rotarian Mark Sharma to the ranks of the club at our Friday lunchtime meeting (6th January), the tenth new member to join the club in the past twelve months.

Mark recently moved to the area with his young family although Mark's wife Camilla originally hailed from St. Buryan.

On joining Rotary, Mark said "I am absolutely amazed by how much is achieved by Penzance Rotary and the care for others in and around the community by all the members. I only hope I can make adifference albeit a small one with the rest of the team."

Well Mark already is making a difference, he has helped out at the town's Community Fireworks display which takes place each year at the Magpies Football Ground and he was recently on hand to help with the street collection at the Santa's Grotto staged in aid of ' the homeless ' at the Wharfside Shopping Centre.

The Rotary Ramble

- Your Walk for Your Community -

Seen here, Club President Prue Willday at the 2016 Sponsored Walk 

The annual Rotary Ramble took place as usual on the last Sunday in September.  Around 120 participants raised almost £6,000 in the name of 22 different good causes. The Rotary share (25%) enabled the club to make donations to:

St Teresa's Cheshire Home at Longrock.
The Pengarth Day Centre.
The Huntington's Disease Association. 
The National Autistic Society. 

A huge thanks to all that took part - planning will shortly begin for the next Rotary Ramble.

Provisional date of next event: Sunday 24th September 2017

Have you considered joining Rotary?  You will make lifelong friends and at the same time you will help us to make a difference in communities near and far. We are ordinary people with a track record of achievement. Working together, donating time, skills, experience and fundraising for communities everywhere.

The Rotary Club of Penzance, the most westerly in mainland England & Wales, draws membership from Penzance and West Penwith. The club is always on the look for new members - women or men, working or recently retired, usually with leadership experience from their business or community work.

Rotarians volunteer a little of their time, talents & resources to address community needs. Rotary Clubs mobilise members and with community support reach their goals. New members enjoy new friendships, bring new energy and fresh ideas and help the Club achieve much more.

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We meet on Fridays at 12.45 (Lunchtime Meetings on the first four Fridays of each month, 5th Friday details on request.) Lunch meetings are held at The Queens Hotel, The Promenade, Penzance. TR18 4HG tel: 01736 362371

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