Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago and it has grown into a worldwide organisation with over 1.2 million members in 162 countries.
Over the years Rotary International has provided humanitarian aid for crisis stricken countries, given $356 million for 32,000 scholarship grants, provided $76 million for humanitarian projects and has spear-headed the Polio Plus programme by raising over $500 million to eradicate Polio.
The Rotary Club of Southwold and District is part of Rotary International and was formed in 1960 and currently has 25 members from all professions and walks of life. We cover towns and villages in the Blyth Valley including Halesworth, Wrentham, Wangford,Reydon, Walberswick, Blythburgh and of course Southwold.
We have supported many local charities in the past and completed a number of service projects such as the allotment for MENCAP and facilities at the Henham Diabetic camp. The Rotary Club of Southwold and District sponsors an annual environmental award for school children at Southwold and Reydon Primary Schools named after our founder President, Nelson Field.
We have also supported many overseas projects as part of our International committee such as Hope and Homes for Children and the sponsoring of a child in Ghana. We have been able to support the relief effort for victims of the 2005 earthquake/tsunami disaster in Asia by sending three Rotary Shelter Boxes. These boxes provide a ten man tent, water purification equipment and other essentials for a stricken family. Donations were also sent to the appeal. The International Committee is also supporting the push to finally eradicate polio throughout the world.
For the 100th anniversary of the founding of Rotary international the club has sponsored a commemorative clock for the new Millennium Hall in Southwold. Another commemorative clock was purchased for Reydon Village Hall to celebrate the club’s 50th Anniversary year.
Like any organisation we can do nothing without our members. The more members we have the more we can do. If Rotary and what we do is something you might be interested in then please get in touch using the contact details on this website. We look forward to hearing from you.