Visitor Guide

About our club.....


The Rotary Club of Penzance is the most Westerly club on the mainland of England and Wales. It was elected as a member of Rotary International in 1923. With the exception of the St. Ives enclave in the East of the area it serves all that part of the Penwith Peninsular from Crowlas to Land's End including the ancient town of Marazion and St. Michael's Mount.

Penzance - Named "Pen Sans" in the ancient Cornish language, meaning "Holy Headland", referring to the headland to the western side of the harbour on which a chapel was established by early Christians well over 1000 years ago, Penzance received Royal Charters for its harbour in 1512, for markets and fairs in 1592 and was formally incorporated by Royal Charter in 1614.

The club has always had a good reputation for welcoming visitors; in fact in 1928 when Penzance was not the easiest place to travel to, there were 21 place names on one page of the Visitors' Book, many overseas such as Nice, Sydney and Massachusetts. Rotarians' husbands , wives or partners are also made very welcome at our lunches. All that we ask is that you give the Secretary at least 24 hours notice of your intentions, together with any special dietary instructions which the hotel will do its best to achieve.

Rtn Anita George MBE

President 2012/13

Daughter Clubs

The club now has two "daughter" clubs. The Isles of Scilly Club was set up in 1971 and meets at 8.00pm on Monday evenings at the Isles of Scilly Golf Club on St Mary's. (Except on Bank Holidays). The Rotary Club of Mounts Bay (not to be confused with the Gentlemen's Club of the same name in Penzance) was set up in 1989.

Lunch Meetings

We start our lunch meetings promptly at 1.00pm (1300 hrs) so please try to be there at least 15 minutes before that time to allow the steward to note your name, take your food order and introduce you to the President. 

Meetings generally finish promptly by 2.00pm (1400 hrs) although on days when a speaker has been invited proceeding may over run by up to 15minutes.

We exchange bannerettes with visiting Rotarians when requested but only with those from overseas. 

Meeting Venue and Contact

We meet at The Queens Hotel, Penzance; or see the information on the home page.

Contacts: Club Secretary:  Des Hosken Tel: 07806 423840


The club currently has 29 members (incl. 2 Hon. Members).

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