Rotary Club of Lymington

Rotary Club of Lymington - a rather hidden gem of good - going on behind the scenes, yet also in the heart of our community!

The Rotary Club of Lymington is part of Rotary International, a world-wide association of local clubs for men and women in business or the professions, all of whom have one purpose in common - they have a desire to contribute something of value to their local community.  Their common ethos is “Service Above Self”, and that’s the driving philosophy behind the Rotary movement, working in local communities for benefit worldwide.

Rotary International

Rotary International was founded in 1905 and now has over 1.2 million members in more than 28,000 clubs in 200 countries. There are 1,800 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland with over 61,000 members.

The aims of Rotary are to:

  • Provide humanitarian service to the community at local, national and international level.
  • Encourage high ethical standards in all vocations.
  • Work for goodwill and peace in the world.

The Rotary Club of Lymington

The Rotary Club of Lymington was inaugurated in 1948 and currently has a membership of 51 business people (including 7 ladies - a growing proportion!) who are elected by personal invitation. Prospective members are encouraged to make several visits to the Club prior to receiving an invitation.

Rotarians meet weekly for lunch at the Lymington Community Centre, often followed by a talk given by a member or guest, on a subject which is always topical and relevant to the local community. Approximately once per quarter there is an evening meeting where Rotarians enjoy the company of friends and family.

The idea is that each member brings his or her various skills to the club, in order to benefit the community. Many members are recently retired professionals and business people who have an enormous combination of skills, experience and expertise to offer, and who also have, possibly for the first time ever, some spare time! Members enjoy the social aspects of meeting up with like minded individuals, as well as the opportunity to combine their knowledge and skills to the benefit of the community. It’s a simple formula, and it works.

Rotary Club of Lymington - organising events and supporting local causesEntry Gate_180.jpg - 30.80 KB

Rotary Club of Lymington organises four major events in Lymington:

  • Spring Charity Market
  • Summer Spectacular Classic Car Show and Family Fun Day
  • Fireworks Extravaganza
  • Appearances throughout the Town by Father Christmas

All proceeds from the events go to charities.

Lymington Rotary Club 2014 Summer Spectacular

This year’s Rotary Club Summer Spectacular and Car Show will be held on Sunday August 3rd 2014 at Woodside Park - watch out for lots more information about this annual extravaganza which has become tremendously popular amongst locals, a great fun day out for all the family.

Pooches on Parade_180.jpg - 31.55 KBThe Summer Spectacular this year promises to be bigger than ever and features the largest Classic Car Show in the South; Flat Track Field Gun Racing and Chinese Lion Dancing plus a host of family friendly activities guaranteed to raise the spirits of all who attend!

Santa at the Quay 2013

This event drew happy crowds on the Sunday before Christmas, and the Rotarians were inundated with children wanting to see Santa who’d arrived at Lymington Quay by boat (despite the weather!). Elves l to r: Colm McCarthy, Larry Anthony, Jim Brenan - the National Elf Service!

Ongoing support

The Rotary Club of Lymington distributes money it raises by events such as the Summer Spectacular to organisations demonstrating a need. Over £25,000 was distributed in the last 12 months alone.

The Rotarians are always ready to listen to any local organisation or deserving cause that has a specific need which they are finding difficult to finance.Summer Spec 2013 Larry and John_180.jpg - 58.17 KB

Get in touch to find out more

If what you have read here makes you want to find out more, whether because you want to make something happen locally or because you’re inspired to join! - then please visit the Rotary Club’s own website http://www.lymingtonrotary.org.uk/ where you can also apply for membership.

Rotary Club of Lymington also has a Facebook page now! https://www.facebook.com/lymingtonrotary

February 2014

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