Rotary expanded their project to completely eradicate polio across the globe by partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary International is the world’s largest charitable organisation with almost 34,000 clubs in 200 countries and more than 1.2 million members.
As well as actively contributing within their local communities and international communities the men and women of Rotary share a full and varied social life and put fun as high on the agenda as helping others in need.
Helping can be fun
Probably Rotary’s most prominent honorary member is Microsoft President Bill Gates who said:
“Rotary provides the infrastructure for scaling up one of the best ideas that human beings ever had: that helping others is not just a duty - it’s fun and rewarding.”
Fun and friendship
The three Marlow Rotary Clubs meet on a regular basis to enjoy a good meal, great company and be entertained by guest speakers. The programme of activities can be anything from a visit to the Houses of Parliament, Segway racing or running a fashion show.
A great social life in the company of fun loving and like minded friends is the key to any Rotary club’s success.
...... and good causes
Part of the satisfaction for Rotary members is to use and develop their skills and expertise to undertake community projects as well as raise funds to support charitable causes.
Santa’s Fun Run which donated over £35,000 in 2016 is a good example of Rotary members’ commitment. It provides the local community with an enjoyable event, charities with welcome funds, and the members themselves with great personal satisfaction.
A Rotary Club near you
Rotary clubs exist in most towns across the UK, in Marlow we now have 3 clubs -Marlow,Marlow Thames and the Marlow Bridge Club GOOGLE Rotary Marlow
To find out more
In his partnership address Bill Gates announced that his Foundation would award US$355 million to Rotary International to bring the total committed funding for the Rotary Polio Eradication Project to US$555 million.