People of Action – Margate Rotary Club
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation exists to promote international peace and understanding through educational, cultural exchange and humanitarian programmes. It is Rotary’s only charity and is funded by donations from clubs and individual Rotarians, either during their lifetime or by bequests.
Margate Rotary has recently secured the purchase of a school bus, enabling primary school children in Sri Lanka to use the mobile library and get to and from school safely.
One of the most successful programmes is End Polio Now. Thanks to the efforts of the Polio Eradication Initiative which Rotary International spearheads, the incidence of polio has reduced by 99.9%. Vaccinations have prevented an estimated 2.5 billion children from contracting polio and only three countries are now polio endemic.
Serving Communities Overseas
International activities are probably the most enjoyable as well the most rewarding events which take place within Rotary. We at Margate have four contact clubs, Worms (Germany), Zutphen (Holland), Lille Sud (France) and Ghent (Belgium).
We organise reciprocal visits on an annual basis with each of the clubs. These contacts have been established over many years and have just celebrated 60 yearsoffriendship with the Worms Club.
The club also organises international events which have proved to be very successful, particularly in raising money to support international charities such as ‘Mercy Ships’ in Africa, Shelter Box and ‘Jaipur Limbs’ in India’.
Over the years any Shelter Boxes have been sent to many parts of the world following cyclones, earthquakes and tsunami.
The ROTARY CLUB of MARGATE meets every Wednesday at 6pm for 6.30pm at Northdown House. Dinner is followed usually by a speaker with questions on a variety of topics. The meeting is finished soon after 8pm. All visitors are most welcome.
The Rotary Club in Margate was formed on the 5th May 1921 as part of Rotary International which was founded by Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, in 1905. Rotary is a worldwide service organisation of business and professional people united to help those in need, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work towards world understanding and peace. These principles have proved so successful that Rotary is now represented by over 1.2 million men and women in over 35,000 clubs in 168 countries throughout the World.
Margate Rotary Club is involved in service projects at home including the provision of youth opportunities through our Millennium Fund, supporting the local hospital and charities caring for the sick and elderly and many other community ventures. We also support international projects for clean water, Polio eradication, Mercy Ships and Hope & Homes to name but a few. Our members are drawn from a wide variety of occupations locally and gain fellowship through an active social programme and links with contact clubs in Europe which are an important part of Rotary life. Our Club has supported the older population for a long time, delivering Christmas Meals to lonely people on Christmas Day and taking a coach on a Blossom Tour in the springtime. We also take Father Christmas out on the sleigh to various housing estates in the weeks running up to Christmas. Various fundraising events take place such as a Charity Dinner and Boot Fairs. On 6 October 2018 we are organising our 11th Annual Swimathon in aid of various charities including Oasis which supports our local communities www.oasisuk.org. Over £60,000 has been raised for various Charities in the first ten events. We organised the first Thanet Schools Art Competition in June 2010. This years event will be held on 22- 28 April 2018 with over 30 participating schools and colleges.
The Millennium Fund (Youth Opportunities)
The fund was set up by the club to mark the new millennium with a project of some substance. It provides grant aids to young people in Thanet to help them to enlarge their opportunities in education, the arts, sport, travel or leisure activities. The fund makes grants under three categories;
- Youth Opportunities Grants make small financial gifts to individuals aged from 10 to 24 who have particular projects they wish to pursue.
- Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) pay for a weekend leadership course for young people aged 16 to 17 at Bowles Rock Outdoor Centre, Tunbridge Wells.
- Group Grants which offer support for groups fostering youth activities such as Sea Cadet Corps, Youth Sports Teams, and Scout Troops
Since the first grants were made in February 2002 we have spent well over £30,000 under the auspices of the fund and have sent 30 young people on a RYLA Weekend, made grants to 14 groups or organisations and given 100 Youth Opportunity grants. We have benefited over 200 young people from the fund so far.
During this Rotary year we aim to spend at least £4,000 on suitable grants.
Details of the scheme and an application form can be found on: www.rotaryclubmargate.com