The Rotary Club of Bournemouth

What we do...

"Service above Self"


The Rotary Club of Bournemouth is part of the worldwide Rotary International network of inspired men and women who translate their passions into relevant social causes, to change lives in communities. Made up of over 1.2 million Rotary members - known as Rotarians - in 33,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas around the world, Rotary International forms a global network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world - and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.

Founded in 1918, we have around 50 members and meet weekly on Mondays (lunchtime) and Wednesdays (evening) in central Bournemouth. For more information, see the Home page or contact us.

Evening Group

A recent Evening Group meeting


Our community and charity work falls in to the following areas:


Community and Vocational Service Committee - The Committee continues to support a number of local charities and other organisations including the following:

Chesthelp Bournemouth

Autism Wessex
Help and Care
Dorset Branch of the Alzheimer's Society
South Coast Cancer Research
Bournemouth Multiple Sclerosis Society
Springbourne Family Centre
Life Education Wessex
Fernheath Play Association
Leukaemia Busters
Bournemouth Town Centre Youth Project
Plus support for our adopted schools:- Bethany and St John's First School, Heathlands Primary School, Bishop of Winchester Secondary School, Jewell Academy and Langside School for Disabled Children.

We will consider any new requests for financial aid either directly or via a Club member (but only for organisations, not individuals).

                        Kids Out On the Vocational front, we will continue to organise occasional relevant visits.
We will continue to help in other Clubs' or organisations' fund raising
efforts by, for example, providing teams for quizzes, helping out at events, marshalling runs/bike rides etc. Also help with the operational aspects of organisations, for example, listening to children read in schools to helping maintain Life Education Wessex mobile classrooms.

We are also looking at getting involved in some 'community type' events such as Stoke Awareness Days, PSA testing for Prostate Cancer and Blood Pressure Testing.



International Committee - Activities are numerous and varied - some small scale, some many-faceted and all focused upon international issues in Third World Countries who do not have the support of a Welfare State. We hope that through our efforts, however small and seemingly insignificant, we may make a difference and in so doing may enhance the quality of life for that individual, group or community. For any society to advance beyond mere existence three elements are essential and our programme is directed towards these elements:

  • The provision of a fresh water supply to address survival and sanitation.

  • The ability for self preservation

  • Education for cultural advancement.

The effectiveness of all our efforts however, is determined by access to funding which most unfortunately is comparatively very limited. We have various fund-raising activities which produce a modest income:

Hunger LunchNepal Collection
Christmas Raffle
Car Boot Sales

Amazon Smile

Give As You Live
Rotary Lunch - surplus

Areas for Support:

  • WaterAid

  • Mary's Meals

  • Vision Aid Overseas

  • Hope & Homes for Children

  • Emergency Boxes - Shelter, Literacy & TradeAid

And finally, we will continue to support the various emergency boxes, for example Shelterbox and WaterAid, which are periodically required following world disasters, by responding quickly to appeals by relief agencies.



We also support Rotary Foundation, Rotary's own humanitarian and educational charity. The Committee's aims during the forthcoming year are as follows:-

1) We will continue to keep the Club up to date on the continuing battle against Polio and encourage the Club to donate to the fund as in previous years,

2) We will work with International Committee and Community and Vocational Committee in connection with any proposals they have for seeking Global or District Grants.

3) We shall ensure all necessary attendance at District Foundation Seminars, feeding back relevant information to the Club.

4) We shall encourage the Club to continue to maintain (and hopefully increase) financial contributions to Foundation.

5) We shall look for the opportunity for fund-raising activities for Foundation but consider that this more effectively done on a Group basis with other local Clubs.

Youth Service Committee -
We support a number of activities designed to help to encourage children and young people develop their skills, self esteem and enjoy themselves in the process. Our aim is to build on our successes with schools in their engagement with Rotary competitions, e.g. Young Chef, Young Musician, Young Photographer, Young Writer and the Technology Tournament. We will continue to support the funding of young people in Rotary support weekends, e.g. Young Carers and Young Leadership Award (RYLA). We will look for ways to diversify our support for children and young people, especially working in partnership with the local authority and charitable organisations.


Membership Committee - Recent years have been dedicated to setting up our new Evening group to encourage new members who would not be able to attend our Monday lunchtime meetings. The Evening group is now up and running.
Many of our new members have applied to join us through the website and the majority of the
Evening members also. However, when a prospective new member applies to join our Rotary Club via the web site it generally means that he/she usually knows no existing member. In these circumstances, a period of attendance is necessary in order to get to know the prospective member and vice versa.



See more pictures of our activities in our Photo Gallery.



For more information about joining the Rotary Club of Bournemouth, please contact us.


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Last Updated: 1 Jul 21