Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in over 30,000 clubs worldwide.
Winchester Rotary Club
We are one of the oldest, largest and most active clubs in the South. We were formed in 1926 and currently have over 90 members with a good balance of working and retired men and women. Our age does not reflect our membership and we can boast Rotarians in their twenties in our midst. We meet at the Royal Hotel in St Peter Street in the Centre of the city. What is unusual about our club is that we have meetings at lunch time, in the evenings and over breakfast to meet the needs of our diverse membership. Other clubs have split to keep to fixed meetings. We believe our size gives us greater flexibility and makes it possible for us to undertake a wider range of activities.
We are, of course, part of the worldwide organisation of Rotary with over 30,000 clubs in 200 countries around the word with a total membership in excess of 1,200,000. Our international work includes the End Polio Now project, work with a number of clubs in India and an ongoing relationship with twin clubs in Germany (Oberhausen Antony-Hütte) and France (Le Havre de Grâce). We also have a close connection with the Rotary Club of Calcutta with whom we recently engaged in an exchange. As a consequence of these connections we engage in many overseas projects on which the Clubs work together in Uganda, India and the poorer areas of Eastern Europe.
We are part of Rotary Wessex (Rotary District 1110) which is our local district. With them we run a major event each year for some 1,300 special needs children in the South at Paulton’s Park known as Kids Out. Clubs work collaboratively together but our principal interest is the community of Winchester. We have neighbouring clubs in Basingstoke, Andover, Chandler’s Ford, Bishop’s Waltham and Alresford.
The concept of Rotary is to make new friends who can enjoy each other’s company socially and in working on projects. These aim to help those whose needs are greater than ours, here in the city of Winchester or in the wider world and to do so in the company of likeminded people. You can find more details about our programme and our meetings on this website. Our fund raising events include organising the Clarendon Way Marathon from Salisbury to Winchester in October, Carol Singing in the High Street in December and a Swimathon in February as well as a number of smaller events throughout the Year. We also organise events for the community and as well as Kids Out we organise a Senior Citizens Party in March, a Theatre Trip for the elderly in November, a Dementia Club that meets on a monthly basis and several projects with young people including local schools. We are also involved in a Christmas shoe box appeal. Our primary aim is to have fun while helping others as that way we find far more gets done and achieved!!
If you wish to join a vibrant network of local business people and help those less fortunate than us at home and abroad - then Winchester Rotary will warmly welcome you.