The Rotary Club of Thanet is pleased to be part of World Polio Day. 

24th October 2023

When you have read how The Rotary Club of Thanet can support International causes and local charities as well as having fun,and would like to become involved    then click on the THREE YELLOW BARS at the top right of this webpage, click on -MORE- then on CONTACT- and chose MEMBERSHIP and come along to one of our meetings.


How Rotary International has managed to reduce worldwide Polio by 99.9% since 1979... Go to the two links below for further informaion directly from Rotary International.

Staying up to date on routine immunizations is important for protecting children against a variety of dangerous and deadly diseases. It is also a key strategy in the fight to EndPolio for good.

We’re on a mission to find the 12.5 million unvaccinated children around the world.

Strong routine immunization systems everywhere are critical to stopping transmission of polio, sustaining eradication, and eliminating and better controlling other vaccine-preventable diseases.

When @Rotary formed PolioPlus 1985 to #EndPolio, polio paralyzed 1,000+ children every single day in 125 polio-endemic countries

Because VaccinesWork, just 2 countries remain wild polio-endemic.

Rotary members have contributed more than USD$2.6 billion dollars and countless volunteer hours to the fight to EndPolio. Together with our partners we immunize over 400 million children every year.  

As the first organization to envision a polio-free world through mass immunization of children, Rotary International believes the decision to vaccinate is a humanitarian imperative.

Just 2 polio drops can make a world of difference in the life of a child. A donation to @EndPolioNow helps @Rotary and partners obtain the vaccines, transport, and personnel needed in the fight to #EndPolio for good:

Want to triple your impact to #EndPolio? Thanks to a 2 to 1 match from the @gatesfoundation, every donation made to @Rotary to @EndPolioNow will be tripled. Donate today:

A polio-free world is possible, but we can achieve it only by taking action together. Join with @Rotary and together, we will #EndPolio.                               

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

                      Explore the history of Rotary and polio eradication

By the numbers                            

$3 Average cost to fully protect a child against polio.

$430million children in total vaccinated in 39 countries in 2017

$100 million cost to conduct polio surveillance worldwide                         

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The Rotary Club of Thanet has raised £636.50 through Graham Channon who was last year’s Master at Arms. At Grahams discretion this amount was donated to The MS Society, a charity close to his and our members hearts.


The Rotary Club of Thanet launches New Literacy Competition

Venessa Barnes from TESCO presents Jim Nicholson from The Rotary Club of Thanet with the Bookshelf cheque.

Tesco at Westwood allowed us to use their 'Bookshelf' for July and August

Our guest of honour Sir Henry Cooper OBE, KSG. Our Enery. Flanked by some notable Rotarians Neal Elliott, David Mirsky, John Reid, Roger Rook (sadly now deceased) and (Hon member of our club) Frank Thornley.

Rotary Club of Thanet, in partnership with Ramsgate Boxing Club, organised hugely successful boxing nights raising almost £450,000. A substantial sum which was deployed to good effect.

The Rotary Club of Thanet's Past President Jim Nicholson admires one of the new Re-cycling points

The Rotary clubs of Thanet have got together to provide Rubbish Re-Cycling collection points for a number of Thanet beaches. Open the link below for more details of this ambitious project.

Rotarians meet at Greenwich

The Rotary club of Thanet held an International weekend which started on Friday 19th May to Sunday 21st May 2013

2023 Pantomime

The Rotary Club of Thanet once again organise a trip to the Pantomime...Oh yes they have!!!


The Freda Carr Hospital in Ngora Uganda A hospital restored


The Rotary Club of Thanet responds to the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Rotary Club of Thanet 40th Anniversary

The 40th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Thanet was held on the 7th August 2023

Ramsgate Harbour

As well as the many deaths and much suffering, Covid has raised many societal issues which have demanded a response.

Past President Jim Nicholson pins the President Badge to new incoming president John Reid

The club held their handover meeting on the 4th July 2022

David Mirsky RIP

It was with great sadness to our club members on hearing of the death of David Mirsky

President Brett Dennis shows off the new Harriers Strip

The Rotary club of Thanet is pleased to support Herne Bay Harriers football team


Our Band Concert was a great on

President John Reid greets Janis Buckley from The Cheerful Sparrows charity.

Janis Buckley Chair of The Cheerful Sparrows came to speak to our members on Monday 30th January 2023

Club members, partners and friends at the end of their walk

Social walk the Rotary Club of Thanet.


Eye treatments delivered by boat along the Mekon river in Cambodia in collaboration with Rotary Clubs in Phnom Penh, France and Belgium. And now Rotary club of Thanet


Rotary Club of Thanet along with Broadstairs Town Team Garden Group plant purple crocus bulbs in support of World Polio Day

President John Reid with Junior Rugby medal

Our club has been busy in the local community



The 'Cinderella Bucket' Rotary Club members with guests and members of the public enjoying the concert.

Our Band Concert held at The Pavilion Broadstairs on the 10th April 2022 was a great success.


The Rotary club of Thanet held a fundraising event at 'G' Casino Westwood Cross

President John Reid and his family and guests at the President's Lunch

The Rotary Club of Thanet is please to announce three new Paul Harris Fellowships


Rotary club of Thanet members enjoy private visit to theonetoone collection.

Dorothy and John Reid, Frances and David Ward on parade at Viking beach

We were pleased to support Broadstairs Town Team's beach clean in Viking and Stone Bays. And we were at it again, this time helping with the repainting of the jetty in May 2021.