New Rotary year, new President at the helm
The new Rotary year commenced on 1st July with the Club welcoming David Wadeson into his year as President. Ably supported by his wife Dorothy, we are sure he will have a fantastic year with the full support of the Club membership that has grown tremendously in the last year.
A big "thank you" to Roger Hampton for leading us superbly for the last twelve months to achive the increase in membership, raising our profile locally and setting out a programme of activites and speakers to suit everyone's taste.
If you would like to know more about becoming a Rotarian, then contact Clive Sills, our Secretary - but first check out our Membership page
SUMMER CHARITY BALL 2018
Well, what a night! 130 guests enjoyed the Club's 2nd Annual Charity Summer Ball, this year in support of St Margaret's Hospice (Somerset) and other local charities. A champagne reception was followed by a 4-course dinner, then dancing to the internationally renowned 1970's icons The Tremeloes, afterwhich a raffle and auction took place creating a wonderful profit of over £2800.
The Club would like to thank everyone who supported us, including many with no direct affilation to Rotary, and look forward to seeing similar support at next year's event. Thank you also to our sponsors, George James Estate Agents and Higos Insurance
Have a look below to see the rogues gallery from the very special evening
(photos courtesy of Stuart Cave)
Who would have thought that being 70 could be such fun?
We have just 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
After the 70th festivities have died down, Rotarians will get back to their "day job" of doing great things for the communities of Langport & Somerton - and having fun while doing it!
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.
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