Service above Self
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are held at the Royal Hotel, St Peter Street, Winchester SO23 8BS
Our club Programme is available to download:
1st and 3rd Mondays at
12.45 – 1.45pm
2nd and 4th (and sometimes 5th) Mondays
7.00 for 7.30pm
3rd Wednesdays (not August)
If you would like more information about Rotary Membership please contact our Membership Director, Anthony Arkwright:
For a broader picture of Rotary nationally and internationally follow the links below:
Please remember: For late apologies and for no shows at Evening Meetings, regretfully members will be charged for missed meals.
There are no birthdays today
We are one of the oldest, largest and most active clubs in the South. We were formed in 1926 and currently have over 80 members with a good balance of working and retired men and women. Our age does not reflect our membership and we can boast Rotarians in their twenties in our midst. We meet at the Royal Hotel in St Peter Street in the centre of the city. What is unusual about our club is that we have meetings at lunch time, in the evenings and over breakfast to meet the needs of our diverse membership. Other clubs have split to keep to fixed meetings. We believe our size gives us greater flexibility and makes it possible for us to undertake a wider range of activities.
We are, of course, part of the world wide organisation of Rotary with some 33,000 clubs in 200 countries around the word with a total membership in excess of 1,200,000. Our international work includes the End Polio Now project, work with a number of clubs in India and an ongoing relationship with twin clubs in Germany (Oberhausen Antony-Hütte) and France (Le Havre de Grâce). We also have a close connection with the Rotary Club of Calcutta with whom we recently engaged in an exchange. As a consequence of these connections we engage in many overseas projects on which the Clubs work together in Uganda, India and the poorer areas of Eastern Europe
We are part of Rotary Wessex (Rotary District 1110) which is our local district. With them we run a major event each year for some 1,300 special needs children in the South at Paulton’s Park known as Kids Out. Clubs work collaboratively together but our principal interest is the community of Winchester. We have neighbouring clubs in Basingstoke, Andover, Chandler’s Ford, Bishop’s Waltham and Alresford.
The concept of Rotary is to make new friends who can enjoy each other’s company socially and in working on projects. These aim to help those whose needs are greater than ours, here in the city of Winchester or in the wider world and to do so in the company of like minded people. You can find more details about our programme and our meetings on this website. Our fund raising events include organising the Clarendon Way Marathon from Salisbury to Winchester in October, Carol Singing in the High Street in December and a Swimathon at St Swithuns School in February as well as a number of smaller events throughout the Year. We also organise events for the community and as well as Kids Out we organise a Senior Citizens Party in March, a Theatre Trip for the elderly in November, a Dementia Club that meets on a monthly basis and several projects with young people including local schools. We are also involved in a Christmas shoe box appeal. Our primary aim is to have fun while helping others as that way we find far more gets done and achieved!!
To find out more, browse this site, don’t hesitate to contact our Club Secretary: Gill Russell, on 01962 855615 - or email the club:
President, Winchester Rotary
Winchester Rotary JustGiving site: Winchester Rotary - JustGiving
Rotarians pledge to put service above self, their motto, but they have no specific global health mandate. They are not polio experts. They are regular people who go to work and spend time with their families. For three decades, they have also spent time advocating for polio eradication, raising money to support vaccination, and giving kids polio drops all over the world - Bill Gates.
On Saturday 26 October, Winchester Rotary and Winchester University Rotaract took part in a street collection in the city for End Polio Now. The British Polio Fellowship joined us to highlight the difficulties faced by polio survivors at home and overseas. The Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester were there too:
The 2013 event took place on Sunday 6 October. Click here for full details: www.clarendon-marathon.co.uk
The picture below shows Winchester Rotary President Nick Bell at the finish line:
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