Welcome to the Rotary Club of Swaffham

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Malcolm Whittley, President 2018

Message from the Club President

Welcome to our website. Have a look around it.

The Rotary Club of Swaffham has 27 members, a group of men and women from Swaffham and District who give service locally and internationally for those in need. We raise money for local good causes as well as those Internationally. We have fun whilst enjoying fellowship, friendship and enjoying each other’s company.

This year our theme is the Environment and we wish to highlight ways we can all contribute to the challenges facing us and future generations.

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.

Malcolm Whittley
President

Rotary: Making a Difference

Discover Rotary in Swaffham

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.

Here in Swaffham we meet on a Monday evening, except the first Monday in the month when we meet at lunchtime.  Currently we have 25 members and we are engaged in a number of activities locally, nationally and internationally. You will find details of our meetings and activities elsewhere on this site.

You can see the details of our current Rotary Programme here.