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
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.
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.
Contacts: Club Secretary: Des Hosken Tel: 07806 423840
The club currently has 29 members (incl. 2 Hon. Members).
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Over £40,000 distributed by local Rotary Clubs during the pandemic for the relief of local hardship. This Newsletter provides some of the most recent information about the activities of the club.more
Thanks to heartwarming public support, almost £10,000 has been donated to relieve food-poverty and general deprivation here in the far south-west of Cornwall. But please keep on giving - more funds will mean more relief for more young families.more
The Rotary Club of Penzance is currently meeting via Zoom until normal meetings can resume. Rotary events planned for 2020 have been postponed and we are directing funds to those suffering hardship. Please make contact if you are interested in Rotary.more
The club meets each Friday lunchtime and up to twice each month members and guests enjoy a talk by a speaker. Talks cover a wide range of subjects with most being community focussed. Others may cover a speaker's special interests.more
A wide range of Community activities are undertaken, many of which are detailed on the related pages here . . . New club members are always welcome. With new members come new ideas and new projects to run alongside our existing ones.more
Some of the most rewarding activities carried out by Rotarians are Young Chef Competitions, Concerts by School and College Students and conducting 'Mock Job Interviews' for soon to be school leavers.more
The club undertakes fundraising through a variety of activities and through the Rotary Community Shop at the top of Market Jew Street. Funds are donated to a wide range of community groups & charities. Request a Grant Application Form through this page.more
The Rotary Community Shop is staffed exclusively by volunteers and all profits benefit local charities and good causes. The Shop is a joint venture between both of the town's Rotary Clubs instigated by the RC of Mount's Bay.more
'Thank you' to the regulars and visitors at the Logan Rock Inn at St. Levan for continuing to help Rotary with the PolioPlus campaign. Rotarians around the world have been raising funds for the eradication of polio for over twenty five years.more