What is Rotary

Rotary is an organisation of business and professional leaders united world-wide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help  build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 and now has some 1.2 million service minded men and women belonging to over 30,000 Rotary  clubs in virtually every nation in the world.

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Rotary’s Major Project is to achieve the elimination of Polio world-wide. In 1988 over 350,000 cases of Polio were reported (1000 per day). In 2015 just 74 cases were reported. Only 3 countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) remain endemic and a major effort is underway to complete the elimination as soon as possible. The good news is that it is nearly a year since the last case in Africa. The bad news is that cases in Pakistan are still occuring. Funds are still required to continue the programme and the Gates Foundation wil treble amounts raised by Rotarians.

The Rotary Club of Margate which has 32 members (both ladies and men), was founded in 1921 and is the oldest club in District 1120 which has 85 clubs covering Kent, East Sussex and parts of London. We meet weekly with fellow business ans professional people, for fellowship, interesting and informative programmes dealing with topics of local and global importance. Membership reflects a wide cross-section of community representation.Many lifelong friendships are formed. We get great enjoyment from our membership & we learn more about each others occupations.We use our skills and vocations to help our local communities both at home and abroad. We have contact clubs in Europe – Gent (Belgium), Lille Sud (France), Worms (Germany) and Zutphen (Holland) as we pursue our aim of global peace and understanding of different nations. We have a varied social programme of events not only locally but nationally and internationally.

LOCALLY we visit local houses with Santa and give out dinners to lonely people on Christmas Day. We also run the SWIMATHON as our main fundraising event. Donations have been made to Cancer Research UK, Oasis the Women’s refuge, the Polio Eradication programme and to our Youth Opportunities Fund

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES We support young people (aged 12 to 24) in Thanet with our awards to assist them in a variety of projects which will enhance their sporting,artistic and general educational opportunities. 200 young people have benefited including Rotary Youth Leadership Awards; drama lessons; music equipment; Expedition to Kenya; Hairdressing equipment; Holidays for asthmatics; St Andrews Junior Church Youth & Sure start. We also run an annual Young Artists Competition. More details here
If any business or individual would like to get involved with the 2015/16 Awards, please contact Rotary Club of Margate, 6 St Peters Road Broadstairs CT10 2AQ. Application form here.

INTERNATIONALLY: Recently we have supported the Mercy Ships “Africa Mercy” to help fund the new Ophthalmic Theatre. We have also supplied Shelter boxes and Aquaboxes

MEMBERSHIP – If you think this might suit you, why not come along and see us -for further details please call Mike 01843 861504.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS – see News and Events

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