Rotary is an international service organisation with over a million members in 33,000 clubs throughout the world which was formed in 1905 in Chicago by a man called Paul Harris bringing together business and professional people with community leaders to work for the benefit of their community.
It was named rotary after the rotation of meeting places of the first club to the various offices of the members.
There are three clubs in Stafford, a club which meets at breakfast time called Stafford Knot, a club which meets at lunch time called The Stafford Club and an evening club called Stafford Castle. Between them they have around 150 members.
Service above self has been the organisations theme for over 100 years enabling clubs and members to give something back to their communities.
You get more done with Friendship and Fun
Every club has its share of social events that provide a welcome distraction from a hectic business life and the chance to forge new friendships with like minded men and women.
Rotary supports many local charities and has its own worldwide charity called Foundation which.
The wide variety of support that clubs give is matched only by the enthusiasm of the members who combine their skills and resources to make a real contribution to the world wide community.
In 1985 Rotary International made the eradication of Polio its top priority and since then the UK organisation has raised £10.5 million pounds and $1000 million throughout the world and enabled the immunisation of two billion children and averting the deaths of 250,000.
A symbol of the fight to end polio is the purple crocus campaign when clubs plant tens of thousands of crocus bulbs throughout the country. School children in primary and secondary schools are planting crocus bulbs as part of the project.
If you might be interested in joining our Rotary Club why not give our secretary Peter Jones a call on 01785 851381 or 07815 419166 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You would be welcome to visit our club as a visitor and our guest to see if you like what we do!
A Little of our Club’s History
The Stafford Rotary Club was formed in 1924 by members of the business community of Stafford and its first president was John Wheeldon who now has a school named after him in Stafford.