WHAT IS ROTARY?

What is Rotary? Who are we? What on earth do we do?
Do we enjoy ourselves? (definitely yes!!)


WHAT IS ROTARY?

The Rotary motto is 'Service Above Self'

 Rotary is an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical  standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The above sentence could look a bit solemn but we really do enjoy ourselves - Rotary is fun! It is enjoyable to be a member of Rotary International, not only for the fellowship and the many social events and get-togethers we have, but also for the satisfaction of contributing to worthwhile projects both local and international, helping those in need and working towards world understanding and peace. 

Rotary is the world's largest service organisation with about 1,200,000 members in  over 160 countries and in 30,000 Rotary Clubs.

There are nearly 59,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland in 1,816 clubs.  Each Club is independently run and has on average about thirty members who have a variety of occupations. 

The New Forest Rotary Club has 36 male and female members working and/or living in the New Forest area, including Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst, Burley, Romsey, Lymington, Ashurst, Netley Marsh,  and Totton.

ROTARY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are non-political, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. 

The main objective of Rotary is service in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.

POLIO ERADICATION. Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised US$240 million (£160 million) to immunise the children of the world. By 2005, Rotary's centenary year the PolioPlus program has contributed US$ 500 million ( £300 million) to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunisation days in polio-endemic countries around the world. In recent yearsthere has been a massive effort to raise funds for 'the final push' and every Club throughout the world has been involved.

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programmes and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion (£660 million) in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.

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Presentation by Tina Richardson of Wessex Heartbeat to President Ian Frame of Certificate of Support on completion of pledge to raise £1,500.

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Some of the treasure with Viv from Honeypot and our George.

'Treasure gathered by our Rotary Club from Rotarians, schools and scouts for children who are carers for their loved ones.

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Gateway Annual Games-press article attached

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A splendid day out for children organised by Rotary

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Sponsored by New Forest Rotary & Wessex Heartbeat with Meon Valley Heart Start. FREE although you may wish to donate on the day. Maximum places 30. Visit www.heartbeat.co.uk to book & for information. Starts 9:45am.

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We look after the plant 'creche' and raise money too.

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Supported by New Forest Rotary the Annual Gateway Games at Brockenhurst College attracted over 40 competitors with learning difficulties. Eastleigh won with New Milton 'M Chicks' winning the annual Rotary trophy for team spirit.

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Clive Rutland handing over eggs.

We assisted the Totton Spiritualist Church in their project to give an Easter Egg to all children being supported through the Churches food bank. Also additional food and clothing for the Food Bank itself.

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Flyer shows some charities supported recently.

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What is Rotary? Who are we? What on earth do we do? Do we enjoy ourselves? (definitely yes!!)

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The following document by Laura Luff, the Senior Development Manager, sets out the LifeLab initiative.

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