The Rotary Club of Neston is part of Rotary International which was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris in Chicago and is the largest humanitarian service organisation of business and professional men and women in the world with some 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs operating in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
The Rotary motto is ‘Service above Self’ and its objects are:
- Provide humanitarian service to the local, national and international community
- Encourage high ethical standards
- Work for goodwill and peace in the world.
Community service is the traditional and well known face of Rotary. It covers help and advice to the aged, the infirm, young people and all those in need either directly or through local charitable organisations. In general Rotary encourages clubs to focus on community projects on fighting hunger, environmental concerns, illiteracy, drug abuse and helping young and the elderly.
On the international front Rotary sponsors a wide range of programmes. One of the most successful projects is the Polio Eradication Project where Rotarians worldwide raised over £300 million resulting in only a few hundred cases of polio worldwide, when in 1988 polio paralysed more than 350,000 children.
Membership of Rotary is by invitation linked to a vocational category and is offered to owners, senior managers, partners etc in all types of businesses and professions. In an increasingly complex world Rotary offers two of the most basic human needs – friendship and fellowship.
The Rotary Club of Neston meets once a week, each Tuesday evening except when it follows a bank holiday, at The Hinderton Arms, Chester High Road, Neston CH64 7TA at 6 for 6.30 p.m.
Any person interested in becoming a Rotarian should contact 07825 373 045, or email or ask any Rotarian.
Traditionally each year prior to Christmas the Rotary Club collects money by touring Neston, Little Neston and Ness with Father Christmas in their illuminated float, much to the delight of the local children.
The Rotary Club also plays an important part with Father Christmas in attending the Lights ‘n’ Lantern Parade and listening to the wishes of several hundred children
The club also organizes charitable collections at Sainsbury’s and Gordale