February 23 is Rotary's birthday.
We are 116!!!
On 23rd February 1905 four lonely men met in a lawyer’s office in downtown Chicago to form a professional group with the aim of friendship and to further business interests. The meeting was a great success so they decided to meet weekly and rotate the meeting place from one person’s office to another – hence the name Rotary.
The membership grew and spread rapidly so very soon the meetings were held in larger venues, more clubs were formed and the movement spread overseas to become Rotary International. Now after 116 years, with one and a quarter million members in almost every country, Rotary, and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative stand on the brink of eliminating polio from the world.
But Rotarians do more than just fighting polio – its charity, the Rotary Foundation, was voted the number one charity in the world last year and through the Rotary Foundation and their own efforts Rotarians improve health, save the environment, combat illiteracy, provide clean water, stop hunger and provide peace scholars. And so much more.
The Rotary Wheel, the symbol of Rotary, is well recognised throughout the world as are the Rotary colours of blue and gold. At any given moment Rotarians are at work somewhere in the world fulfilling the Rotary motto of Service Above Self by helping those less fortunate than they are, whatever those needs may be.
This year the Rotary Club of Chandler’s Ford and Itchen Valley has been unable to mark the birthday as we would have wished to because of the coronavirus lockdowns. We will though become fully active when we can and then continue local support for the Chandler’s Ford Stroke Support Group, the disadvantaged pupils at Shepherds Down School, Scouts and Guides, etc. While there is a pause in our activities, we would welcome information of other local needs so later we may be able to assist. In the meantime we are investigating how the club may meaningfully become involved in local environmental concerns.
People of action.
For nearly 40 years, the Rotary Club of Chandlers Ford and Itchen Valley has brought together people to have fun
and take action in helping others - from local projects in our community, to eradicating Polio worldwide.
Interested in joining Chandlers Ford and Itchen Valley Rotary Club, or just want to help out for a few hours with one of our projects. Find out more and get in touch via our Membership page.
The valuable work we do for communities locally and internationally often requires financial assistance. You can make a secure online donation to our charity fund via Virgin Money Giving. Thank you!
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Over £1100 donated to the local Scouts and Guides