Welcome to the Rotary Club of Athlone Website.
As President of The Rotary Club of Athlone for 2018/2019 it is my pleasure to welcome you to Our Club Website.
July sees the start of the Rotary Year and my wish is that it will be an interesting, rewarding and enjoyable year for all involved.
We are a busy club of 26 likeminded people all striving to commit to the Rotary philosophy of "Service Above Self", whilst at the same time having a bit of fun in the process.
We raise around €22,000 each year, the majority of which goes into our local community helping the most vulnerable.
This year our flagship project will be a Gala Cabaret called A Broadway Cabaret - Encore, What Dreams Are Made Of, in aid of Athlone Special Olympics Club on Friday 31st August 2018 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone.
Again like last year it will be in aid of Athlone Special Olympics Club, the reason for this is that the money from last year's concert went towards sending 12 athletes to the Irish Summer Special Olympic Games which were held in Dublin in June of this year.
I am happy to tell you that the Athlone Team took home 8 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze Medals along with 2 very cherished Ribbons from the Irish Games. Some of these athletes will be picked to travel to the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March 2019, and this year's concert funding will be used for that along with supporting the week to week running of the local club and for the development of other sports within the club.
The Concert also has the goal of showcasing emerging Midlands Musical talent and helping these young people meet their goals of becoming full-time professionals.
Below are some other local charities that we are supporting this year in
Our Annual Tree of Remembrance Christmas Collection
We are also big supporters of International Charities such as
We meet at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath, N37 A8X9 on a Monday (Expect a Public Holiday) at 1pm for our weekly Meeting and Luncheon. We are always delighted to welcome any visiting Rotarians from another club to join us.
There will always be a need for organisations like Rotary, because unfortunately, there will always be people needing help, that is why Rotary will always need new members. In that respect nothing has changed. If you would be interested in becoming a member of Rotary then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rotary Club of Athlone 2018/2019.
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History of The Rotary Club of Athlone
The Rotary Club of Athlone was established in 1985 and now has nearly thirty members who meet weekly at 1pm in the Radisson Hotel in the centre of the town.
We give our time and talents to serve our local community and enjoy business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate.
Our projects that benefit local Community include an Annual Tree of Remembrance at Christmas which has raised over €60,000 for local charities since 2011. We have also raised in the region of €70,000 for causes including St. Hilda's Services, The Open Door Project, The Order of Malta and those affected by the floods in Athlone in recent years.
Our youth programmes include an all-Ireland Rotary's Youth Leadership competition where the prize is a week-long trip to Stormont, the Dail and the European Parliament. Rotary's Youth Exchange enables young people from abroad and Ireland to spend time in each other's homes during the summer holidays. Rotary's Young Writer Competition is a well established and successful competition organised to encourage young people to use their writing skills and write with imagination and creativity. Rotary Young Chef, this competition aims to encourage young people to learn how to cook a healthy meal, develop food presentation skills, consider food hygiene, organisation and time planning and develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation.
We meet for lunch every Monday (except for Bank Holidays) and have regular speakers on a wide range of topics. Our social activities include trips to the Abbey Theatre, boat trips on the Shannon and some fine dining evenings in local restaurants.
Watch the video below from Rotary International president, Barry Rassin to learn more about Rotary and explore the other pages on this website to learn more about our Club. The theme for 2018 - 2019 is " "Be The Inspiration"
If you are interested in joining Rotary Club of Athlone or just looking for information please contact the Secretary or any member of the club.
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