Rotary in Worthing
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All three Rotary clubs, Worthing, Worthing Steyne and West Worthing, are working together to make this year's Carnival the best one ever.
This event has taken place continuously on August Bank Holiday Mondays for very many years (except during the last World War) and is one of the most popular in Worthing's calendar. It is no exaggeration to state that thousands will line the route of the procession which goes from Grand Avenue along the seafront to Steyne Gardens where there will be many attractions including a market, dog show, a fun fayre, live music and refreshments. The public always gives us good support and we hope that our bucket collection along the route will be successful so that we can provide help to those in our community who need it.
Crescendo Rotary Choir was founded in January 2007 to raise money for projects chosen by the Rotary Club of Worthing. Since its inception, the choir has grown and now has around 60 members including a number of Rotarians. It is thought to be the only dedicated Rotary Choir in the country.
The choir presents concerts twice a year, generally towards the end of June and at Christmas to raise funds for local or international good causes. Some of the charities which have recently benefited include ‘eyesee’, a local based international eye sight charity combating blindness, Ferring Country Centre, families and children in crisis in our area, Chestnut Tree House, our local children’s hospice and most recently Worthing Samaritans and Worthing Scope and buying a spirometer (measuring lung function) for Worthing Hospital.
The June concert with a transport theme was very successful and attracted a full house. In addition to the choir's contribution there were solos by our very accomplished pianist, and by her daughter, a very talented violinist and a guitarist who showed his versatility by performing two quite differently styled pieces. There were also several humorous acts by members of the choir. We raised £1350 for the Worthing Hospital spirometer. From feedback we believe that we gave good value for money.
The next concert will take place at the Salvation Army Citadel, Crescent road, Worthing at 7.30pm on Saturday 20th December 2014.
Worthing Rotary Hobbies and Leisure Exhibition
The Worthing Hobbies and Leisure exhibition which takes place every two years was held as usual in the Assembly Hall in February. There was a very good response from local hobbies enthusiasts and from a very diverse range of organisations. There was an excellent attendance from the public and the exhibitors were well pleased with this response. This exhibition is a well-established and very welcome contribution to the social life of the town.
The Three Forts Challenge 4th May
This annual event is organised by local Rotary clubs including ours. It comprises very punishing Marathon and Half-Marathon races which take competitors over a very hilly South Downs course, testing stamina to its limits. There is always a large entry and participants come not only from this area but from many parts of the country, and outside the UK, such is its distinctive and now prestigious character. Net proceeds of the event are shared by Ferring Country Centre which provides support for adults with learning difficulties and other local charities. This year it took place on May 4th and was a sell out, with all available places taken.
Rotary International is the world's oldest service club organisation and is made up of some 31,000 Clubs in more than 166 countries around the world. Our members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their local community and the world. Rotary's motto " Service above Self" exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organisation's more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterise Rotary worldwide. Rotary enjoys a rich and complex tradition and organisational structure with many different programmes of local community and international service and most of these are carried out at club level.
Rotary started in Worthing in 1922 with the formation of the Rotary Club of Worthing on March 1 of that year and by March 5 the new club had agreed and published plans to support Worthing Hospital financially. A great deal of work has been done in the community over the years and this still continues.
Today our club supports and assists many organisations in the town as well as overseas projects, these often in collaboration with other Rotary clubs in the areas concerned, ensuring aid and help gets directly to the place it's needed with local distribution.
The club welcomes men and women of all ages who want to help their community. To find out more please use the contact form on the 'How to Join' page. Come to one of our meetings without any obligation and see what Rotary is about!