What is Rotary and why would I join?


Rotary is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

Membership of Rotary develops leadership, public speaking, social, business, personal and vocational skills as well as improving cultural awareness. Clubs organise programmes and weekly meetings to keep members informed about what is going on in the community, the country, and the world.

Rotary is a non-political, non-religious humanitarian organization. Each Rotary club uses its own judgment in conducting its meetings in a manner that reflects Rotary's principle of tolerance and emphasizes shared Rotarian service ideals and projects.

We are a local club of business and professional men and women that is a member of a world-wide organization of similar clubs (Rotary International) devoted to serving the community and promoting world peace.

Please note that membership in a Rotary club is by invitation only. Often, a person being considered for membership is invited by a club member, or sponsor, to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. In this case, the sponsor submits the candidate's name to the club's membership committee.

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    Presentation of a Scanner to the Children’s Unit at Poole Hospital

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    (The principal motto of Rotary International) Service to the Community Service to the World

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    The Rotary Club of Poole supports many of the charitable organisations in our area.

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    Working through schools, Poole Hospital and a wide range of local charities we aim to support local children and young people, especially the sick and disadvantaged, by organising competitions, providing equipment and making financial grants.

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    Poole Rotary helps a number of overseas projects each year.

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    The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International was created in 1917 to "do good in the world." Through the Foundation, Rotarians sponsor international educational and humanitarian programs, investing some £230 million annually.

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    A group of our lovely Friends with their membership certificates.

    Our Friends are persons who have been closely associated with the Club in the past but are no longer members or are widow(er)s of passed members. Friends support us where they can and are always invited to our social events.

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    We are proud of our many Business Partners and grateful for their practical support of our projects and their contribution towards our fund-raising. Several have joined us as full members of the Club.

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    With our German friends at Kingston Lacey

    Kiel-Eider (Germany) and Loches (France) are our twins. We visit, and are visited by, each of them on a four-year cycle.

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    Chinese Evening (pre-Covid)

    Working with like-minded individuals fosters new friendships and opportunities for socialising and having fun.

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