FROM PRESIDENT PAUL EDWARDS
Welcome to our webpage!
We are part of the world-wide family of Rotary which, with 1.2 million members in over 185 countries, is the largest non-governmental humanitarian organisation in the world and one of the top three in respect of governance.
There is a misconception that Rotary is for old professional men; NO! Rotarians, of all ages, male and female, come from all sections of society. They share a desire to make life better for people in the local community, the country and the world.
In Tiverton our Ready Steady Read programme has helped many primary school children improve their reading skills by funding specialist teachers. At Tiverton High School, there is a flourishing Interact Club (a junior Rotary Club) which raises money for local and international charities. Have you ever thought of twinning your toilet with one in Africa?
Rotary Young Leaders: two young people are selected every year to join others on a week’s leadership course. We also partner with Exmoor Rotary to organise the Exmoor Junior challenge. Teams of children, many as young as ten, navigate a fifteen-mile cross-country course, demonstrating that they are fit and capable........as are our Rotarian marshals. We help with the Mid Devon Messenger the audible newspaper for sight impaired folk, we litter pick on the outskirts of Tiverton, we run a Christmas Grotto in the town and organize a Fun Day and Family Dog Show each year. We financially support local charities and have recently donated over £3500 to Devon Air Ambulance.
Internationally Rotary has much to be proud of: Shelterbox has provided support for thousands at times of disaster. Peace Scholars are funded worldwide and many third world projects are generously funded. For instance, in Uganda, we support students at Kira Farm where they can learn a range of skills from agriculture to metal work. Many of these young people come from communities where the older population has been devastated by disease and skills cannot be cascaded to the younger generation.
Perhaps Rotary’s biggest international challenge has been its determination to eradicate Polio. In 1985 Rotarians took the amazing decision to immunise every child in the world in order to end this scourge. Subsequently the World Health Organisation has participated and more recently the Bill Gates Foundation has matched every penny raised by Rotary. Today, thanks to the pioneering work of Rotary, Polio is almost eradicated.
I have been a Rotarian for twenty-five years, but even before that, as a University student, Rotary gave me a scholarship to study abroad. That experience changed my life. I cannot imagine not being a Rotarian. It has brought me friends throughout the world, given me the opportunity to give something back and by working with others achieve things I could never have done alone
If I have sparked your interest, join us at one of our get-togethers and see what we have to offer.
Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(Exceptions: 5th Monday 19.30)
Tiverton Hotel, Blundell's Road, Tiverton EX16 4DB (01884) 256120