Our President's Message

Kathy Hobson, Highworth based accountant and long-time member of the Kentwood Choir, is our President for a second term

Kathy Hobson, Club President 2021-22 says:

It is my pleasure, in my second year as President, to say that The Rotary Clubs of Swindon North and Thamesdown have merged and so we are looking forward to 2020-2021 with a stronger membership. Unfortunately, due to Covid, fundraising events and humanitarian service projects which were scheduled for the last Rotary Year had to be postponed. With the pandemic coming under control we very much hope that it will be possible for us to organise a good number of events this year to help local and international charities.

Both Clubs have an excellent record of fundraising and programmes and together as one we will work to maintain this record. As separate Clubs we have raised thousands of pounds each year to support various charities that address many of today's most critical issues. Every penny raised is donated to charity - nothing is deducted for administrative costs. We also volunteer our time and skills to organise projects and events, not only to raise funds but also to do practical things to help young people develop and achieve their ambitions.

We meet on the first and third Monday of the month (excluding Bank Holidays) over a meal and often have a guest speaker. Details of our meetings are on this website.

Rotary was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a lawyer in Chicago. Today there are 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas committed to Service Above Self.


Rotary International President 2021-2022 Shekhar Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar in India, urges members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.


He wants members to focus their efforts on empowering girls and ensuring their access to education, resources, services, and opportunities so that future generations of women leaders will have the tools they need to succeed.

Click here to read RI President Shekar Mehta’s message in full

He asks members to use Rotary’s belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical in all we do as a compass to guide this work. Increasing membership while also continuing our commitment to eradicating polio, fighting COVID-19, and serving our communities is an ambitious goal. “And that should excite you,” he says, “Rotarians love challenges.”

A personal quote from Shekhar Mehta “Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity.

Our President's Message sub-pages:

Rotary Opens Opportunities

more Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather an invitation to endless opportunities. It creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects

Rotary Connects the World

more In 2019/20 Rotary International President Mark Maloney selected "Rotary Connects the World" as his theme.

Rotary: Be the Inspiration

more Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Rotary: Making a Difference

more Protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service

Rotary Serving Humanity

more Service to humanity has been the cornerstone of Rotary since its earliest days and it is our privilege to carry forth that tradition

Be a Gift to the World

more Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world the 2015-16 Rotary year

Light Up Rotary

more RI President Gary C.K. Huang's theme for 2014-15 is Light Up Rotary.