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 over 1400 members in 63 clubs throughout Cumbria and Lancashire. Rotarians solve real problems through their commitment and vision. Since 1905, 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.
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.
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.
District Conference 2022
District Governor Ian McTurk and his conference team invite fellow Rotarians and guests to join them on Saturday 19 March 2022 for a one day conference to be held at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Lindale Road, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6EN. Cost per delegateis £37.50 to include a bacon butty prior to the start of teh conference, mid morning refreshments and a buffet lunch.
Featured speakers include Amanda Owen, "the Yorkshire Shepherdess"; Emma and Mike Clayon who took part in the 2018 Thailand rescue; Adam Day from the Farmers Netwrok and Paul Littlewood from the Woodland Trust.
Click here for further details and to download a booking form.
Volunteer Expo 2022
The postponed Volunteer Expo will now take place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6 - 7 May 2022, Full details to follow.
Rotary International President Elect Shekhar Mehta Announces 2021-2022 Rotary Theme
Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.
Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to incoming district governors on 1 February during the Rotary International Assembly. The assembly, a yearly training event for district governors-elect, was originally set to take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, but was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mehta spoke about how participating in service projects through Rotary changed him as a person and made him empathize more with the needs of others. Soon after joining his club, he helped carry out projects that benefited rural communities in India.
Some of the poor conditions he saw in those communities strengthened his commitment to service. “I truly understood the plight of my brethren,” he said.
Mehta participated in initiatives that brought artificial limbs to children, clean water and sanitation to homes, and better health care facilities to communities.
“Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity,” he said. “Service became a way of life for me and I, like many others, adopted the guiding philosophy that ‘Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of this earth.’”
Mehta encouraged district governors-elect to lead by example during their term and inspire Rotary and Rotaract members to participate in projects that have measurable and sustainable impacts. He’s asking each club to conduct a Rotary Day of Service.
“At the end of your term as district governor, you should feel that because of your leadership, because of your inspiration to Rotarians and Rotaractors, the world has changed for the better because of the service done by them during the year,” he said.
Focusing on diversity, membership
For the 2021-22 Rotary year, Mehta wants members to focus their efforts on empowering girls and ensuring their access to education, resources, services, and opportunities so that future generations of women leaders will have the tools they need to succeed. Mehta asked members to use Rotary’s belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical in all we do as a compass to guide this work.
Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity.
“There are many issues that girls face in different parts of the world, and you as leaders will ensure that we try and mitigate the disadvantage of the girl that they may have,” he said.
To be able to do more through service, Rotary needs to increase membership, Mehta said. Membership has hovered around 1.2 million for the past two decades. He challenged the incoming governors to be catalysts in their districts to help increase membership to 1.3 million by 1 July 2022. Mehta’s Each One, Bring One initiative asks every member to bring one person to join Rotary within the next 17 months.
Increasing membership while also continuing our commitment to eradicating polio, fighting COVID-19, and serving our communities is an ambitious goal. “And that should excite you,” Mehta said. “Rotarians love challenges.”