WHAT IS ROTARY?
The Rotary Club has existed for over 110 years, has 35,000+ clubs and over 1.2 million members across the globe. Rotary's Global Vision is:
"Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves"
The aim of the clubs is to work together to:
Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
Save mothers and children
Grow local economies
Rotary Great Britain and Ireland has a unique position of being rooted within it's own communities, yet has a global outlook.
Rotary’s 47,000 members in over 1,700 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland are volunteering their time and talents to tackle challenges at home and abroad in the above and other cause areas. One example of where Rotary has made a real difference is the project to rid the world of polio. Having stepped up to one of the world's biggest challenges and after three decades, Rotary is on the brink of ending polio now and forever.
Winchcombe Rotary Club is a relatively new club in Rotary terms having been chartered as recently as 2015. However is a short space of time it has grown it's membership to around 30 members and taken an active role in providing support for local needy causes and community projects. Some examples of this work includes: food bank collections, bikeathon in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, Male Voice Choir concert to raise funds for Sue Ryder, running Santa's grotto at the Winchcombe Christmas Fair and decorating Winchcombe with 70+ Christmas trees, support for Winchcombe Day Care Centre etc. In 2017 the club became involved in supporting Cleeve Vale Club in the running of the Classic Car event at Prescott.
The club meets on the second and forth Thursday of each month at Wesley House, Winchcombe.
Since its formation in 1980 Cleeve Vale Rotary Club has raised in the region of £1million for charities by means of significant fund-raising events. Initially this was the Cheltenham Circular Challenge, but for the past 15 years the focus has been the Classic Car Event at Prescott.
This has become a very popular, enjoyable and worthwhile event both locally and nationally and is the major source of funding for support charities for those less fortunate in the wide community. Since 2017 Winchcombe Rotary Club has shared the organisation of this iconic event, such that with the two clubs working together the event will become more successful.
Money raised has allowed the Rotary Club to support a very wide spectrum of Charities and good causes locally, nationally and internationally. Locally the focus has been on the young, the old and infirm, and those disadvantaged. Major charities supported include Acorns Hospices, Sue Ryder Care, LINC, the Cobalt Unit, the Willow Trust, and the Butterfly Garden . Nationally, large organisations addressing the blind, cancer, heart disease and dementia have been supported. Internationally the Club has supported health problems in under-developed countries in Africa and Asia, helping to eradicate Polio, and supporting Shelter Box in cases of emergencies.
Latterly Cleeve Vale Rotary Club has led the District 1100 Rotary Saving Lives Project in close partnership with the South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, whereby Heart defibrillators together with training in life-saving techniques have been installed in schools, colleges and rural communities.
Cleeve Vale Rotary meets on the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month at Cheltenham Town Football Club.