An Evening with Johnny Mars - SOLD OUT
We are delighted to welcome the wonderful Johnny Mars to our Club for a fantastic summer charity event
on 10th May 2019 at Jimmy's Cider Shack, Bere, near Langport.
Priced at only £15, this a great opportunity to see and hear one of the worlds most established R&B, Rock and Jazz musicians while helping Rotarains raised much-needed funds for a plethora of local, national and international projects.
Songwriter, harmonica player and singer Johnny Mars was raised in a sharecropping family. He was given his first harmonica at age nine. His family lived in various places around the South, including North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. When Mars' mother died in 1958, the older family members settled in Florida, while Johnny and his younger brother went to live in New Paltz, N.Y. After he graduated from high school, he played club shows around New York and recorded with his band 'Burning Bush' for Mercury Records.
We love the Langport & Somerton area which is why we strive to support those within our community who need help.
This includes the elderly, the young, and in the case of this picture, those on the Somerset Levels affected by the devastating floods of 2014.
Want to know more about our community work? Click HERE
Some say charity begins at home, and while it might, it does not mean we ignore those in strife overseas.
With Rotary featuring in over 200 nations across the globe, the Rotary network is hugely influential so can really make a difference in times of trouble such as through the work of Worldwide Waterboxes.
Have a look HERE at our latest support for an international project.
Rotary is not all about hard work! Whatever we do, we do with a smile on our faces as seen from these likely lads & lass working on the Rotary stall at the 2017 Drayton Street Fair.
We forge friendships with likeminded people and the work we do together fosters life-long bonds.
Wondering what Rotarians get up to?
Have a look at our calendar of activities HERE
The objective of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis
of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:.....
1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the
worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s
occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business,
and community life;
4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace
through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in
the ideal of service.
Rotary's Four-way Test
The "day job" of Rotarians is all about doing great things for the communities of Langport & Somerton - and having fun while doing it!
We keep the fun in fundraising
We put service above self
And we've being doing it for over 70 years!
Who would have thought that being 70 could be such fun?
We celebrated in style with an action packed Dinner, Dance & Entertainment with a smattering of presentations along the way.
Not only did we celebrate being 70, we also recognised some stalwarts of the Club past & present including a 30-year recognition of Stan Jones' membership, where he also received a special commendation from our District Governor for his fine work driving forward Foundation in the District.
We then recognised the 25 years membership of Roger Chadbourne who also received a well-earned Paul Harris Fellowship for his commitment to Rotary at home and overseas over a quarter of a century.
Finally we gave a special award to Roger Cox who, on his 89th birthday, is the oldest surviving President of the Club from 1979, having first joined Yeovil Rotary Club as a 21-year-old, then as a member of Bridgwater, before moving to Long Sutton in 1974 when he joined Langport & Somerton.
We ate; we danced; and were entertained by Honorary Rotarian Tank Sherman, the well known west country comedian from Exeter.
Pictures of the presentations are set out below, with more from the 70th "Rogues Gallery" HERE