Welcome to Rotary in Cumbria & Lancashire
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Rotary in Cumbria and Lancashire comprises approximately 1600 members in 65 clubs throughout Cumbria and Lancashire. Rotarians solve real problems through their commitment and vision. For more than 115 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and experience in order to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to tackle our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to promote peace; fight disease; provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene; save mothers and children; support education and grow local economies.
We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
We are constantly on the look out for new members of all ages to help support our local and international community projects.
Click on this link for details of clubs in our district.
2021 Virtual District Conference
Due to ongoing Covid-19 Restrictions, DG Welma Robinson and her Conference Team have taken the decision to hold the 2021 District Conference as a Zoom Virtual Webinar.
In keeping with the innovative format of the District Conference, Rotarians and their guests are invited to take part in an online gin tasting session hosted by Manchester Gin at 7pm on Saturday 20 March. The session will include a virtual tour of the distillery plus a selection of 3 Gins and paired tonics with 2 commemorative glasses per order for £35 which will be sent our prior to the event. Single sets may be purchased for £24. Booking is essential and the last date for orders is 31 January 2021. Please download the booking form and send with full payment to Jacquie Baldwin.
Volunteer Expo is the new, national event to harness the power of volunteering. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 7-9 May 2021, Volunteer Expo will connect, educate and inspire volunteers, organisations and charities to change lives and take action in their communities.
For visitors who are keen to volunteer, or already do so, there will be the opportunity to network with peers, develop your personal skills and turn your passion for change into action.
Taking the Sting Out of Polio
Rotarians can help eradicate polio while enjoying unique craft gins. Working with Salford with Swinton Rotary, "Passionately Purple Gin", already a firm favourite, symbolising the Polio Campaign Colour, is now joined by the exciting “A Taste of Honey”, a delicately spiced gin which is simply the Bees Knees. A slightly sweeter twist on the Classic Purple Gin, it is infused with Worsley Honey, so you have more choice and more opportunities to help End Polio Now.
Passionately Purple Gin costs £35 for a 70cl bottle plus £4.95 p&p, a donation of £6.20 per bottle going to End Polio Now campaign. A Taste of Honey costs £30 per 50cl bottle plus £4.95 p&p, a donation of £5 going to the End Polio Now campaign. As a special offer, order a case of 6 bottles for free delivery!
Click on this link to download an order form.
Welma Robinson Take The Helm
On Sunday 28 June, District Governor Miles Leadbeater handed over the chain of office to Welma Robinson from Furness Peninsula Rotary at Junction 36 Conference Centre, near Kendal. The day was nothing like a Summer day in flaming June, but was very wet and windy. The socially distanced handover was attended by District Governor Elect Ian McTurk and District Governor Nominee Kath Bromilow who were both presented with their chains of office. Sporting Rotary face masks the District Governor team appeared to be ready for action.
Ian McTurk, Welma Robinson, Miles Leadbeater & Kath Bromilow
Welma thanked Miles for his Rotary service as District Governor and presented him with his Past District jewel. Miles' year was unfortunately blighted by the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions for the last 3 months of his term in office. The annual District Conference at Barton Grange in April had to be cancelled together with a number of Club Spring Charter celebrations. For the first time, the rebadged "#ThinkDifferently" District Assembly was held online across 3 evening and proved to be very successful with a good attendance each night.
We wish Welma a successful year in office and look forward to resuming some form of normality in the near future. A video was made of the handover ceremony, but unfortunately the noise of the wind in the background made it impossible to hear the voices.