“Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” – Paul Harris
World Peace and Understanding Day 2021 commemorates 116 years of Rotary International. On February 23, 1905, four men met in a downtown office building in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting was organized because Attorney Paul Harris wanted to create a professional group representing the friendly smiles and small-town values he had known in his youth. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvestor Schiele, and Hiram Shorey decided to call their club Rotary, because their meeting locations would “Rotate.” The name Rotary International was officially adopted in 1922, as they encountered fellow professionals around the world who also craved friendly smiles and humanitarian values. Over a century later, World Peace and Understanding Day marks the founding of one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world.
The founding Rotary club grew rapidly from its grassroots core in Chicago. The Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Canada, formed in 1910, and by 1922 Rotary clubs existed on six continents. Rotary quickly became international. Chicago businessman and Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor conceived the 4-Way Test in 1932, and it was adopted as a guiding writ by Rotary International in 1943. These 4 Rotary principles served to expand the organization into 1.2 million members, in nearly every country on earth, 114 years after the first Rotary club meeting.
Rotary International’s growing humanitarian mission would not go unnoticed by 20th-century world leaders. In fact, forty-nine Rotarians helped draft the United Nations Charter. Paul Harris and fellow Rotarians championed the UN as a viable alternative to war. “It is true that the way to war is a well-paved highway and that the way to peace is still a wilderness,” said Harris in 1949. Read the interview. Early Rotarians determined that Rotary International would remain a non-religious, non-political, non-partisan organization, bonded only by a simple creed: “service above self.”
Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan, and Spain were forced to disband during World War II. The humanitarian work of Rotary International was also banned in Indonesia in 1942 and 1961. Yet, Rotarians in each country continued the vision of meeting basic needs in their communities. The simple idea of professionals uniting for community service could not be extinguished. Today, Rotary International not only thrives in each of these countries, but defines successful modern philanthropic organizations globally.
RI President James L. Bomar Jr. introduced the Philippine poliomyelitis immunization effort in 1969, and Rotary International moved center stage of world history.
Polio Plus, launched officially in 1979, became Rotary International’s assault on polio. Rotary clubs worldwide declared an outright eradication of this disease “in their lifetimes.” Literally, billions of Polio vaccines were ordered and distributed to medical professionals around the world.
Global cases of polio were reduced by 99.9% and over 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated since Rotarians began this project. Words like, “modern philanthropic miracle” have even been uttered by celebrity professionals such as Bill Gates. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined Rotary International’s efforts to End Polio Now with a pledge of roughly $500 million in matching funds.
Only 3 countries currently report new cases of polio.
Ending polio is Rotary International’s most famous humanitarian effort. Rotary International and its 1.2 million members in over 33,000 Rotary club’s around the globe, also engage in six specific areas of philanthropic focus. These include: Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, and Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.
Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvestor Schiele, and Hiram Shorey. The first Rotary club meeting was held in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago
more Along the Fleet. Organised by Poundbury Rotary Club. A beautiful day and a beautiful walk!
more We are delighted that it was such a successful Table Top Sale
more We may have lost our skittles match against Bridport club by quite a large number but we all had a great evening of friendship, played at The Swan in Abbotsbury.
more We are collecting at Tesco Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March 10:00 to 16:00 to support the relief programme via Rotary Disaster Response Fund and ShelterBox
more Thank you to everyone on Portland for your support and for the huge amount of £2011 donated in two days. Thank you to Tesco for allowing us to collect on your premises.
more Our New Honorary Member
more A successful evening both for those that attended and for the charities supported by this event
more We are delighted to announce that winner Jonathan Powney Group Leader 1st Portland Scouts has won our award and has received a cheque for £150 for his nominated charity
more We are very happy to welcome Dave Hayes and Val MC Gowan to our Club!
more On the Silk Road Mountain Bike Race
more Father Christmas out and about on his sleigh
more Jennifer imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. She urges members to engage more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that change the world.
more Rotary Clubs of Portland, Poundbury and Casterbridge with the Okhle Village Trust have completed a water supply system to Madkina
more To raise money for Foundation. here are some pictures
more Thank you to everyone on Portland for your donations that raised £628 to enable us to be able to purchase a ShelterBox to send to Haiti
more President Celia and Janet visited the entries. All four were brilliant and it was deemed the choir at St John’s church the winner. Well done!
more August 2021
more By Elizabeth
more Say Thank You and Nominate a Deserving Person
more Our first Presidents Night for nearly three years! Congratulations to Celia, Elizabeth and Garry and a wonderful celebration. Here are afew photos for reminders. Plus £367 from the raffle for Nepal!
more Our own Rotary Charity known as The Rotary Foundation funds projects around the world costing millions of pounds every year. Celia and Chris organised a Tea at their home to raise funds.
more Portland Rotary Club is organising a Scarecrow competition. Entry is free!
more Members of Portland Rotary Club collected to help the people of Haiti who have suffered first the eartquake then the flood. Money will go to send a ShelterBox. Thank you to Portland Tesco and the people of Portland.
more The weather was good and the chain of office was passed to President Celia by Past President Elizabeth at an afternoon reception in Carolyn's garden
more Completed February 2021 Construction of a water storage and distribution system in the village of Samjur in a rural area of central Nepal.
more Members of Portland and Casterbridge Rotary, from Haylands preschool and with friends who visted Nepal walked Colmers Hill and Golden Cap. Very wet, very muddy but great fun!
more 2.6 tons of rice and other food supplies sent to villages in Nepal to help alleviate poverty during Covid-19
more David perkins, District Foundation Chair
more A small group from Portland and Casterbridge walked through the bluebells at Hardys and had a picnic by the lake at Bridehead.
more An update by Hugh Deed
more At the Portland Academy many appreciative pupils would welcome the receipt of a donated laptop
more Thank you to the Weymouth Pavilion for lighting up the theatre this week in the Rotary Colours of blue and gold
more Shekhar Mehta Rotary International President-elect
more Picture thanks to Debbie Mckay
more No 2 - January 2021
more No 1 - December 2020
more Changes to the Funding Model
more “Masters of Mirth – Music Hall laughter makers” January 2021
more Richard Backwell from the Okhle Village Trust looks back and summarizes what has been achieved in Nepal over the last 19 years
more Well done, Kamala. We are proud of you January 2021
more Congratulations!!! ICA has won Portland Rotary’s Community Group Award 2020 and we have also awarded Andy McNally an individual award for his wonderful hard work during Covid.
more Visit by President Elizabeth December 2020
more A couple of walks whilst allowed in Tier 2 restrictions. Six maximum and well distanced outdoors. The walks were around Rodden and langton Herring
more President Elizabeth cycled round Portland in gale force winds to judge the 14 entries! Well done to everyon ethat entered! Thank you to HGH for their sponsorship. Here are some pictures.
more Nepal Okhle Village Trust, Portland and Casterbridge Rotary members and the water projects undertaken
more Twenty members of the club were delighted to help Royal Manor Health Care with marshalling duties whilst the annual flu jabs were administered at the Heliport
more By Keith Barnard-Jones
more Our friends visit from the Rotary Club of Vire et le Bocage Click on a thumbnail to enlarge and scroll through with the arrows
more Tribute to Garry President 2018-2020
more We organised two evenings around the subject of travelling round Japan. we are delighted that we raised £570 plus an amazing anonymous donation! Big thank you to everyone who attended/assisted.
more Elizabeth went on a RIFE (Rotary International Fellowship Exchange) in February Click on an image to enlarge then scroll through Or download as a Powerpoint
more Portland Rotary Club action
more Raised £1110.50 for Charities supported by Rotary
more Portland Rotary Club action
more Party at St Georges and the Sleigh
more A big thank you to the residents of Portland who so generously donated £378.36 at the Rotary Collection at Tesco. This will make such a difference to those who lost everything.
more Portland Rotary and year 2 children from the Atlantic academy planting purple crocuses for the Rotary Polio plus. Children are given a purple pinky for helping Victoria Square September 2019
more A social club evening to replace our regular one
more Richard is our latest member and was inducted into the club by President Garry
more A great walk with those who have been or going to Nepal this year. Barrie (Casterbridge) Richard (OVT) Cliff, Kathy, Chris Jo and Celia(Portland) Joyce, Jane (Poundbury) Elizabeth(Portland) Ruth Richard (Casterbridge) and Andy sat
more For International Service in Eradication of Polio well done Keith!
more The 2019 team took over on July 1 Garry handed over to Garry as President! Elizabeth President Elect Celia Vice President
more Many club members joined Elizabeth in fancy dress for her 60th birthday. What a wonderful evening!
more AT Rodwell Manor What a fantastic evening. Here are some photos
more A lovely walk through Cerne past the Cerne Giant to Sydling St Nicholas and the Forcey Bell Joined by President Richard from Caterbridge were Elizabeth, Robert, Mark, Ruth and Kathy from Wareham
more Robert Grigsby is inducted into the club by President Garry.
more Presenting banner to president Garry
more The Nationwide Family Planning Campaign
more Burton Bradstock and Shipton Gorge
more Members of Rotary throughout D1200 were able to visit the new Radiotherapy Centre at DCH. With the aid of a Global Grant Rotary was able to make a significant contribution to clinical equipment for the consulting rooms
more Wynford Eagle and Compton Vallence & bluebells. Beautiful weather after the storm Delighted to be joined by Rachel Front Rachel, Ruth, Elizabeth, Kathy Back Mark. Who is hiding behind Ruth? Robert & Celia
more Dr Paul Mason gave an excellent talk on his charity bike ride form Gibraltar to Portland to support Osprey. Rotary gave a donation to buy equipment for the Osprey Leisure Centre. Presented to John, the manager
more Stan Jones from District presented cheques for Projects in Nepal and Life Education and Lorraine Beckett, Jenny Williams talked about Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal Also we had a Race Night at Pilgrim House to raise funds for Foundation. Some pictures:
more Mark Visited Kanazawa Minato Club in Ishikawa, Japan Picture with president Kayotko Fujii
more A few pictures of this years cup Peter with Joan and Julia
more Our latest member inducted by president Garry (Urwin!)
more A few Photos
more Santa visited Southwell and Westcliff to the delight of children See calendar here or Facebook for next weeks tours
more A few pictures
more The last for this year. members from Portland Casterbridge and Poundbury against the odds with the weather but a good pub lunch!
more incredible, beautiful model sailing ship HMAV Bounty built by John It took nearly a year to construct, working almost every day. The hull double planked then over 800 copper tiles were cut and fixed. The rigging an extraordinary achievement of detail
more Beautiful weather. Ringstead to Lulworth. Jane from Poundbury Rotary, Mark Ruth Elizabeth Jo Sue Cliff and Joyce from Portland and Richard from OVT
more Florence from the Rotary Club of Mombasa is visiting locally and took time out to visit our club
more Ruth and Mark walk the Kerry Way
more Mark visited this interesting project on behalf of TRF and is pictured with District Governor Joan Goldsmith (District 1100) and President Martin Groombridge (Swindon)
more A beautiful walk from Symmondsbury to Colmers Hill and Golden Cap. Richard (Casterbruidge) Jane (Poundbury) Richard (Okhle village trust) and mark Ruth Liz Steve Jo Elizabeth Sue. Most of the team going to Nepal!
more Some pictures of the tour of the 2018 B side
more A few pictures from Janet
more Well done to Elizabeth for organising a Treasure Hunt around Portland. a fun evening for everyone followed by an excellent buffet at the Aqua. And lots raised for Foundation!
more Raised £1321.59
more Members from Portland and Dorchester Poundbury walked around Hampton stone circle, Kingston Russell stone circle, The Mare and her Colts, the Valley of the Stones and a picnic at the lake at Little Bredy
more Ian hands over the reins to Garry Community award presented to Dave Darby
more We were delighted to have Jo Way and Sue Leach join our club
more President Ian McPheat has been busy today giving away lots of money! £200.00 to St George’s school to go towards an all weather sports pitch. Also Ian’s nominated charity for his year Coastwatch a wonderful £500.00
more Rotarians helping with the beach clean along the Chesil Bank
more Members of Portland with Jane from Dorchester Poundbury. a 12 mile walk with beautiful weather
more Please see poster, and also a list of previous winners. We want as much publicity and nominations as we can get in 2018.
more Celebrated at the Con Club Janet was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow
more Purple for Polio
more Bingo at Julia's with the help of Margaret Stone. A fun evening with lots of prizes and raised £210 for Foundation
more On Saturday eleven of us, past and present members of Portland Rotary along with Poundbury and the Okhle Village Trust walked over the hills and through the valleys in beautiful sunshine past snowdrops for an excellent pub lunch. the walk was 8.5 miles
more At Tesco
more Celebration Dinner at the Conservative Club
more It was received by Martin Blundell, who had given a presentation about the Portland Archaeological Society They are in need of a new roof to protect the site at Portland Bill
more Several current and old members of the club were joined by Jane form Poundbury for a walk from Hardy's Monument along the South Dorset Ridgeway
more At Friday's (27th October 2017) Poundbury meeting three clubs received their Foundation grants that support projects in Nepal,
more Baspani water project completed and Payaswara given the go ahead
more A meal at Yates followed by 10 pin bowling Stan won!
more A few pictures from Tuesday
more We were delighted last night to welcome Elizabeth to become our newest member of Portland Rotary
more Portland Rotary Club's annual award is nominated by members of the public and presented to a deserving individual who has helped the Portland Community.
more Raising money for Rotary Charities
more Raised £168.00 thanks to everyone who attended and especially Sarah and Jayne for organising. as always an excellent buffet provided by the Aqua
more Members of Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs along with Richard and Judy from the Okhle Village Trust were walking in preparation for our visit to Nepal for Water Projects in Local Villages
more Water Project in Nepal
more The cup this year was for Darts and the winning team was Julia & Paul after a hard and closely fought match
more And Lin and Ozzie become Honorary Members Here are a few pictures! Click on the Thumbnails
more The annual exchange between Vire Rotary and Portland This year it was our turn to go to Vire
more Projects in Addis Ababa and Mekelle
more Rebuilding in Ashrang after the earthquake
more A couple of pictures from our Saturday Rotary Walk
more The new water project at Tutepani completed 2015
more President Mark handed over the reigns to President Elect Dave Ian became President Elect Garry became Vice President Rachel became a Paul Harris Fellow Paul Merry won the Community Award for his charitable work and support for the local community
more Visit to Crealy Park was enjoyed by all the children here are some thank yous
more An article by Gillian about our visit
more Here are a few pictures from Saturday night
more Fantastic trip to London to see 42nd street. £726.00 was raised which is being shared between the Nepal project and Breast cancer care. Many thanks to everyone that supported this event and also for the raffle prizes. Janet
more There was no meeting arranged so Sarah stepped in and everyone dressed up for a sea themed evening and fish and chips!
more At St Georges Centre
more Our sixth walk from Burton Bradstock to Shipton Hill
more An annual event, this year held at the Colliton Club Dorchester. Dorchester Casterbridge along with Portland Rotary clubs. Our side organised by Sheila Sutherland. A successful and enjoyable afternoon for everyone
more The Christmas sleigh tours have started on Portland
more Members of the club collected at Tesco, courtesy of the management, to provide a ShelterBox to aid victims of the recent hurricanes that have devastated the Carribean
more Was presented to Anna Eveleigh
more Dave handed over the reigns to incoming President Ian, Gary as President Elect and Gillian becomes Vice President
more For equipment pesented by President Ian
more on its stay at Portland
more President Dave making a presentation!
more Mark Townsend Visited Enugu on behalf of The Rotary Foundation to see a project on Maternal and Child Health in March 2015
more We were delighted for President Dave to induct Celia back into the club!
more For outstanding charitable work
more Santa and his Elves tour Portland
more We are delighted to welcome Liz as a member of Portland Rotary She was inducted into the club on the 27th September
more President Dave's Diary
more Members from Portland and Casterbridge walked up Colmer's Hill and Golden Cap
more John Butler visited the club
more An excellent presentation to the club by Andrew Harvey
more This money was raised from our 2015 Burn's Night Party, and will go towards providing an outdoor canopy, so that children can enjoy being outside all year round, especially in the windy Portland weather.
more Hilda was welcomed into the club on our guest night on 16th August 2015
more Tuesday 8th September an historic occasion
more Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Rotary Clubs with help of RIBI Donations Trust, District 1200 and Okhle Village Trust
more Nepal water project - Portland Rotary in conjunction with Dorchester Casterbridge, Poundbury and the Okhle Village Trust
more Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs with help of District Grant
more Project to provide water to villages in Nepal
more Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs with help of District Grant and Okhle Village Trust November 2018 - Work virtually completed
more Nepal water project - Portland Rotary in conjunction with Dorchester Casterbridge, Poundbury and the Okhle Village Trust and RIBI Donations Trust
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