Visitor Guide

About our club.....


Welcome

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

email: secretary@penzance.rotary1175.org

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

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'What We Do' Main Pages:

Miles of Hope campaign page

Thank you so much. Thanks to you, Rotary was able to help hundreds of local households with a little financial help at a time when the pandemic lockdown had led to some young families having no immediate source of income.

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Rotary Business Associates support the work of Penzance Rotary which in turn works to deliver events and initiatives that improve the lives of people in the local community.

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To mark the Queen's 70th Jubilee, British cars built in each of the last 70 years, arrived on the Promenade having completed a 70 mile route from Bodmin. The event was organised by Bodmin Rotary.

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The latest activity and the club's forthcoming events are featured on this page. Read the Newsletter here.

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Penzance Rotary has postponed all of their public events planned for 2021 and is directing funds raised through the Rotary Shop, from donations and bequests and from other fundraising initiatives to those in our locality hardest hit by the pandemic.

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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.

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A wide range of Community activities are undertaken, many of which are detailed on the related pages here . . . New club members are always welcome, because with new members come new ideas and new projects to run alongside our existing ones.

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Some of the most rewarding activities carried out by Rotarians are the organisation of Vocation based competitions like 'Young Chef', organising concerts for students and conducting 'Mock Job Interviews' for iminent school leavers.

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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.

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Our overseas work......

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Foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.

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The Rotary Shop raises funds in order to provide financial assistance to local community groups, welfare groups and for the relief of hardship. Charity Commission Number 1194977.

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Supporting ShelterBox.....

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RYLA participant Emma Lainchbury

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards....developing our Young People......

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Membership Inductions, Award Presentations and Appointments

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The club enjoys quarterly social evenings like Pub Quizes, Ten Pin Bowling, Barbeques, Fish & Chip Suppers or other activities with a focus on socialising.

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About our club.....

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'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.

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Privacy and Accessibility Policy of the Rotary Club of Penzance.

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