Rotary in Worthing
Worthing Rotary Hobbies and Leisure Exhibition
Our club is pleased to announce that this event will again take place at Worthing Assembly Rooms on Saturday 22nd February 2014. We would like to invite all clubs, associations and groups to promote their hobbies and leisure activities at this event. This exhibition takes place every two years and gives organisations the opportunity to meet the public and to promote what they do and importantly to gain new members. There will undoubtedly be some members of the public who may be new to the town and would like to make new friends and there will be others seeking a new interest or hobby. Members of the public are of course very welcome to attend this free event as it is being held especially for you too!
The exhibition is being presented in association with Northbrook College, the Worthing Herald and Worthing Borough Council. If you wish to reserve a position at the exhibition or to learn more please contact Rotarian Val Turner on 01903 203451. Ideally entries should be reserved by January 24th so time is limited.
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.
Another excellent concert took place on the 14th December. The Salvation Army Band and the Choir delighted the packed Citadel. Over £1600 was raised and will go to to Basic Needs, an overseas Mental Health Charity. Apparently there are only two mental health charities overseas.
The Summer Crescendo Concert will be held on Saturday 28th June at the Sion School, Gratwicke Road.
Presentation to the Salvation Army on 2nd Dec.
President Tony Sayers presents a cheque for £2500 to the head of the Salvation Army in Worthing Rotarian David Howarth, accompanied by Rotarian Maria Ventura-Paul also of the Salvation Army. The money will be used to pay for parcels for needy families and individuals in the district.
This is a custom which has been followed by Worthing Rotary Club for many years and is a very practical way of helping those less fortunate in our community. The money is collected each Christmas by club members and friends at the Christmas Tree in Montague Street. We are grateful to those businesses who sponsor this activity and the public for their generosity.
In case you may be confused the money is collected for the following Christmas so last year's pays for this Christmas's parcels and the money collected this December will fund the parcels distributed in Christmas 2014!
Helping in Rwanda
Grateful widows who lost their husbands during the conflict in that country pose for photos. Our Rotary Club donated money to help these villagers set up a business to sell their wares and members from a local church visited the community recently.
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!