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Happy Birthday Rotary!

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On February 23rd 1905, a man called Paul Harris, a lawyer in Chicago Illinois, arranged to meet up with some of his business acquaintances from the city to see what they could do to help the local community.

And so Rotary was born.

One hundred and sixteen years later, it now numbers over 1.2 million members in more than 35,000 clubs covering virtually every country of the world. And as we celebrate its birthday today, it has probably never been more relevant, supporting its local community and projects around the world through its seven areas of focus and helping to make the world a better place.

And what better way to demonstrate that in our own group than through the help that members of Swanage Rotary are providing to the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The picture above shows two members of our group – Maggie Hardy and Sue Whitton – at the Wareham Hospital vaccination centre where they have been supporting the incredible rollout to our community.

Rotary is open to anyone over the age of 18, so if you are interested in finding out more about us, what we do, the projects we’re involved in and how you can get involved, take a look at the Volunteer’ page on this website or contact our secretary.

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Spring has Sprung for Polio Awareness

While most people have been huddling up at home during the cold and dark winter months, hardy Swanage Rotarians have been busy trying to add a splash of colour around the area.

Hundreds of crocus corms have been planted, and despite the unwelcome visit of the ‘Beast from the East’ (twice!), they are now in bloom and adding a riot of purple to many areas of the town.

It’s all part of the ‘Purple for Polio’ campaign, an International Rotary project aimed at raising both awareness and much needed funds to help eradicate this terrible disease from the world. We are so close now, only two countries still have the disease uncontrolled, and a final push is required to complete the job.


More details of the campaign can be found here.

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Merry Christmas!

As 2017 draws to a close, we would like to thank everyone who has supported, attended, bought from or donated to Swanage & Purbeck Rotary’s activities over the course of the last year.

We have been so delighted with the support that we have received and continue to receive from the local community, which enables us in turn to use the power of Rotary to help as many people and causes as possible.

From all of us to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Year 2018.