Rotary Club of Scarborough

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A ‘snap shot’ look at 100 years of The Club - ‘Back to the future’

The first meeting of The Club was held on 25th October 1921 in the now long-forgotten ‘Walter’s Cafe’, in Westborough, the first of many venues at which the Club has meet.

Soon afterwards, the Club admitted probably its most famous member in the person of Scarborough-born Charles Laughton, who went on to find fame as a Hollywood film star.

The Club was granted a Charter on 13th December 1922.

Not long after this, the Club accepted an invitation from the District to promote clubs in Bridlington, Malton and Whitby. These clubs remain today.

Eminent guests of the day to The Club included the England cricketer, Sir John Berry Hobbs (Jack), Miss Margaret Bondfield (the first woman Cabinet Minister) and Sir Henry Lauder (Harry), entertainer.

The breakout of WW2 brought with it many difficulties but The Club refused to suspend its activities and it helped, inter alia, in transporting servicemen on leave, provided collectors for ‘flag days’, helping at makeshift canteens, affording hospitality to Free French soldiers and locally based RAF personnel and initiating correspondence with British prisoners of war.

After the war membership reached a record 91 and much was able to be achieved, with the Club supporting many local and international initiatives both financially and in kind.

1950 saw the introduction of the Club’s, now famous, Christmas Santa collection collecting monies for local good causes. This has, since its inception, raised over £150,000 for local good causes (£7,000 in 2020).

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Joining Our Club - You Are More Than Welcome

more The format of our weekly meeting is a half an hour get together for a pre dinner drink, then a two course meal followed, for most meetings, a talk, given either by a guest speaker or, on occasions, a Club member.

Rotary House, Scarborough

Rotary House

more In 1972 the Club purchased a house overlooking Peasholm Park 'Rotary House'. It is a place offered to Carers for holidays.