The Rotary Club of Gosport (or, as it is generally called : Gosport Rotary Club) was founded in 1919, so we are fast approaching our centenary year. We were an early creation, as the Rotary movement itself was only started in 1905, and we owe thanks to Portsmouth and Southsea Rotary Club for their enthusiasm and assistance in helping our founder-members to get started.
The Rotary Motto : ‘Service above Self’
What’s it all about? Our Club is one of 35,000 around the world, where the total membership is 1.2 million. All Rotarians follow the same principle of service to others, joining together to help make a difference by improving the situation in health, education, quality of life and living standards, supporting youth and giving help in emergencies, anywhere in our communities, whether local, national or international. This is achieved by raising funds for distribution and in some cases giving hands-on help.
Who are we? Anyone, male or female, can seek to become a Rotarian if they are keen to help to carry out the aims of Rotary, and can bring with them some skills in management or administration or show a record of achievement in help in the community. Our members come from many different walks in life; some own their businesses or are employed, but because of the many calls on people’s time when they are working, the majority are retired.
What do we do? We meet weekly for dinner at The Old Lodge Hotel, Alverstoke, but it certainly isn’t ‘a businessmen’s dining club’. We enjoy our meals in the company of our friends, but at meetings we are also discussing plans and arrangements for fundraising and special events, appeals made to us, and charitable giving. For instance, the Alverstoke Michaelmas Fayre (which we organise jointly with St. Mary’s Church) and bringing Santa’s sleigh to residential roads in the Town in December require a lot of planning as well as members’ participation on the day. Gosport Rotary Club is not a charity, but we are the managers of the Rotary Club of Gosport Benevolent Fund, a registered charity set up by trust deed. All money which we collect is paid directly into that Fund before donations are paid out. Also, out of legacy money left to us we offer an annual bursary of £500 to a student living locally who is in or is entering university education.
What does it cost? Each Member pays a subscription of £100 every 6 months, plus the cost of dinners and social events on a pay-as-you-go basis. The subscriptions go to support the running of Rotary’s regional and national administration and the making of an annual donation to the Rotary Foundation, which is the Rotary movement’s international charity, with a small balance for the administration of our own club.
Does this interest you? If you would like to explore joining Gosport Rotary Club, just make a call to our Secretary, Graham Collins, on 07900 112189