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Rotary clubs are in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians, and we form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering our time and talents to serve our communities throughout the world.

Interested? Why not come along to one of our meetings and experience the fun and fellowship of the club

The structure of Rotary is as follows:

     bullet  Rotary Club of Whitstable with approximately 25 male and female members is part of:-

     bullet  District 1120 - which consists of 72 Rotary clubs in the SE of England and over

....... 2,000 members - www.rotary1120.org and is a division of:-    

     bullet  Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) - which consists of 29 Districts and over ...... .

        55,000 members - www.ribi.org and is one of 13 'zones' worldwide reporting to:-

     bullet  Rotary International - www.rotary.org 


Our motto, 'Service Above Self', exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide 



Efforts of Rotary are directed toward - our 7 areas of focus:

     bullet  Peace and conflict prevention / resolution

     bullet  Disease prevention and treatment

     bullet  Water and sanitation

     bullet  Maternal and child health

     bullet  Basic education and literacy

     bullet  Economic and community development

    bullet  Environment

All Rotary clubs aim to serve their community and those in need through club service projects, members learn more about local and international issues, and can volunteer their time and talents where they are most needed.

Recent projects that Whitstable Rotary has supported include the Joy Lane swimming pool renovation, Westbere Sailing Opportunities, 5th Whitstable Scout Group, Kiswa education centre in Uganda, Tools With a Mission and Hounds for Heroes.

Our Club meets for an evening meal every Tuesday at 6.15pm for 6.30pm at the Crescent Turner Hotel. This gives members the opportunity to build friendships, enrich their professional and personal knowledge, and meet other business leaders in their community.

Members are welcome to attend meetings at any Rotary club -- a practice that guarantees Rotarians a warm welcome in communities around the world. What Rotarians get out of Rotary depends largely on what they put into it. There are also different types of clubs, i.e. eclubs, satelite clubs available that are more flexible that give other opportunities to the "traditional" club

What are the responsibilities of membership?

     bullet  Attend weekly club meetings whenever possible.

     bullet  Pay annual dues to the Club of £125 ( includes District and International fees)

     bullet  Participate in local and / or international Rotary activities or projects.

     bullet  Aspire to club leadership or committee roles.


By participating in local and international service projects, club members can volunteer their time and talents where they’re most needed.

The Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based. The principal areas which the Whitstable club focuses are listed on our Home Page.

What are the qualifications for membership?

Prospective members must:

     bullet  Hold (or be retired from) a professional, proprietary, executive, managerial, or community position - basically anyone of good character!

     bullet  Have demonstrated a commitment to service through personal involvement.

     bullet  Be able to meet the club's weekly attendance requirements, which is no offical minimum, but we hope for an average of 50% attendance.

     bullet  Live or work within the vicinity of the club or surrounding area.

How do I become a member of Rotary?

Usually a person being considered for membership is invited by a club member to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about how our club works and to meet the other members.

If you are interested in finding out more about Rotary and our club, but don't know any of our members, please contact our Secretary,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and he will organise a suitable date for you to attend one of our meetings, please include your full name, address and contact details.

For further details (or contact one of our members):



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