Message from the Club President
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The Rotary Club of Swaffham has about 25 members at present. We are a diverse group of men and women who come together to provide service and raise money for good causes locally, nationally and internationally, and to share one another’s company.
We are part of Rotary International, a worldwide organisation of 35,000 Clubs and more than 1.2 million members in 170 countries. Rotary International has its own charity, the Rotary Foundation, which provides grants to support the charitable activities of Rotary Clubs. Rotary International is also leading a programme to eradicate polio worldwide. With backing from Bill and Melinda Gates, of Microsoft, this programme has almost achieved its aim. Our Club raises funds for both the Rotary Foundation and the End Polio campaign, as well as contributing to other international charities and disaster relief organisations.
More locally, we arrange events for the benefit of the community, such as:
- a Christmas Fayre where local voluntary organisations can raise funds and publicise their activities,
- a strawberry tea for elderly residents, and
- a “Stroke Awareness Day” that gives people the chance to have their blood pressure tested.
And we raise funds that can be applied to benefit charities and organisations. Alongside other fund-raising events, we organise a Charity Golf Day in July, and a month-long Visual Arts Festival in October, which culminates in an art Exhibition and Sale. The funds raised are applied locally or further afield. In the last year we have made donations or supplied equipment for, among others:
- East Anglia Air Ambulance
- Merle Boddy Centre (Swaffham and District Mental Health Association), and
- Médecins sans Frontières
And while doing this we have fun. We meet weekly for a meal, and to discuss Club business or hear speakers who entertain us and tell us about local or international issues and needs.
Our Club was established in 1969, so we will celebrate our 50th “birthday” in 2019. We are planning to arrange a series of events throughout our 50th year.
We welcome new members. If you want to know more about Rotary, speak to any of our members or contact us via the link below. We would love to hear from you.
There is no such thing as a typical Rotary member, nor a typical club. Each one of the 1,850 Rotary clubs in Britain and Ireland has its own unique personality. Clubs meet on different days of the week, at different times of the day – morning, lunchtime and in the evenings – and are involved in a vast range of different projects and activities.