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.

'What We Do' Main Pages:

Cheque for the Brockenhurst 'Food Rescue Kitchen.

We continue to be make donations to local charitable groups during the Covid pandemic. We show some of them here.

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Extra funds from the Dan Snow Evening, added to the Club Charity funds enabled us to give £4,500 to those in need

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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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Sam gets a present from Tina on behalf of Heartbeat.

One of our great pleasures is handing over cheques or items to our choosen charities and special people. Just a few of dozens each year are shown here.

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President Sam had the pleasure of handing out the dictionaries to Year 6 of Calmore Junior School.

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EVERY YEAR WE SUPPORT AND ASSIST A NUMBER OF CHARITIES AND SIMILAR GROUPS HELPING OTHERS, LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL. THIS PAGE SHOWS THOSE IN RECENT YEARS

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We sponsored Martin in a very successful project at Abbotswood School and he has since reached out to other schools.

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

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HONEYPOT CHARITY. OUR FUNDING AND WORK.

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Cover Note, Covid19 effects, need for risk assessments plus.

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Hosts' Responsibilities.

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Where banners,tabards,buckets, christmas items, bingo kit, booklets, and a host of other items are and who holds them. Items held by Tony R will be passed to Ken G when Tony is on holiday.

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Official Opening Day. June 2015

ROSE ROAD SENSORY GARDEN. At the official opening the sun and the garden looked very serene. A great conclusion to a joint venture..

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The CEO of Wessex Heartbeat made a very special surprise presentation and received one himself.

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Celebrated 100 years of Rotary International

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One of President Lawrie's Charities for 2015-16

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'Alison MacGregor', The Solent Dolphin

Solent Dolphin wins Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

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