Welcoming new members

If you are new to the area, or haven't been in a position to meet any of our members, please contact our membership officer to arrange a visit to one of our meetings. You will be warmly welcomed by our members



Our Rotary club is a living thing - new members join and other members move away from the area, decide to retire from the hurly-burly of Rotary life, or just move on. If, like us, you enjoy good fellowship, having a laugh and a meal with like-minded people, don't take yourself too seriously, want to make a difference, and enjoy rolling up your sleeves and getting on with it, then maybe you should get in touch with us.

Membership is normally by invitation only, but don't let that deter you. If you are new to the area, or haven't been in a position to meet any of our members, please contact our membership officer to arrange a visit to one of our meetings. You will be warmly welcomed by our members..

By joining Rotary you will become a member of the world's most respected humanitarian organisation, with 58,000 members in Great Britain and Ireland and 1.2 million worldwide.

Please contact our membership officer by email at membership@mountsbayrotary.org.uk or via our Contact us 

What do Rotarian's do?

May we introduce ourselves
We would like to introduce ourselves and what we do.

So, who are we?
Men and women who live or work in and around Penzance. All walks of life; young, old, working, retired.

We enjoy meeting up and having a lot of fun but we also want to make a difference.

Quotation from a new member....
"In all my years of working, I had NEVER before enjoyed a meeting as much as the first meeting of the club that I went to. I was in stitches! I joined and I've enjoyed myself ever since."

So, what do we do? 
We invite speakers on all kinds of topics. That is, local, international, serious, lighthearted, sometimes controversial, but ALWAYS interesting.

We have social evenings with our families. Visits to local places of interest; breweries, barbecues, skittles evenings, museums, local firms, local pubs, etc....

And we get serious
Organising fund-raising events, local projects, helping young people, local and national charities, older people in the local community, and internationally through charities and projects.    

Please contact us if you are interested in joining Rotary.



1. Friendship / Fellowship / Community: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross¬section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.

3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary ensures continuing growth and education in human relations and personal development.

4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership is all about learning how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.

5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club helps develop better community citizens. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of

any community.


6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary, there is a program designed to keep members informed about what is going on in the community, nation and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers on a variety of timely topics.


7. Fun: Rotary is a fun and exciting place to be.


8. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, and professionals - people who make decisions and influence policy.

9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says "Rotary International." There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome - even encouraged - to attend any of the 30,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This encourages new friendships in both local and world communities.


10. Assistance When Traveling: Traveling Rotarians can secure medical and professional assistance as well as services and advice from fellow Rotarians throughout the world.


11. Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who joined Rotary were uncomfortable about speaking in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.


12. Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district has parties and activities that contribute to a diverse, yet professional business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information,


13. Development of Social Skills: Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one's personality, social skills and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.


14. Family Programmes: Rotary provides one of the world's largest youth exchange programmes; school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.


15. Vocational Skills: Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about jobs or vocations. Rotary helps to make each individual a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.

16. The Development of Ethics: Rotarians practice a 4¬Way Test that governs their ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.


17. Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, colour and ethnic identity is represented among members of Rotary. Rotary is a cross section of the world's most prominent citizens who are aware of their cultures and have developed a love of working with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.


18. Nice People: Rotarians are the nicest people on the face of the earth!


19. Absence of an Official Creed: Rotary has no secret handshake, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.


20. Opportunity to Serve: As a service club, Rotary's business is mankind and its product is service. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do good.

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