Rotary Club of Portobello - welcome! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.
The club works with groups like Portobello Timebank or the Friends of various parks to help improve the local community.details
The club supports two worldwide projects and a third in Malawi - all designed to help people cope with disaster or live a better life.details
Welcome to Portobello!
There's 14 members in the Portobello Rotary club - a mixture of ordinary women and men who have adopted the Rotary motto of "Service above Self" to do their bit to help their local community.
Some members are born and bred in Portobello while others have moved to different parts of the city, but we're all part of a community which meets on Wedneday evenings at the reception from 6.15 for 6.30 at the King's Manor Hotel, 100 Milton Road East, EH15 2NP. A normal meeting will include a communal meal and a talk which can be on any subject under the sun, then more chat while we plan out what to do next.
But it's not all work: we meet at the weekend every month for coffee, chat and cake. It's fun exploring the Portobello cafes. The next one is 10am at Espy on Saturday 26th August - the same day as the craft fair at the Town Hall starting 11am and the Portobello Beach Busk starting at noon, so it will be good to have something to get everyone's strength up.
As well as that, club members love exploring new places as well as meeting socially or for fundraising (if you see someonein a tiger suit or, more noticeably, a brightly coloured toucan all in one outside Fort Kinnaird or at Ocean Terminal, it's a club member).
As well as supporting local projects, the club works on three international projects. One is shared by all Rotary clubs - the work to eradicate the paralysing disease of polio from the whole world. It's pretty ambitious, but this has done wonders to protect children all over the world, and Rotary is determined to keep going until there are no cases at all reported anywhere (at the moment, six cases have been reported in 2017 in Afghanistan and Pakistan, though there also seem to be some cases in Syria - more news to come about those).
This year, there's been a series of natural disasters, fire, flood and mud slides, so the club supports Shelterbox, which provides equipment for people who've lost everything. A Shelterbox contains shelter, essential items and - perhaps most important - crayons and paper for children.
The third international project is for a charity in Malawi called Steka, where one man has adopted just over 60 ex-street children and looks after them. But they're growing up now, so his aim is to provide facilities where they can gain the skills they need to support themselves as adults, and the club is fundraising to help him.
At the club, we always welcome new members. If you're reading this and want to know a bit more, contact Jenny by email on email@example.com or message through the Portobello Rotary Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/portobellorotary.
If you're a Rotarian visiting from another club, you'll always find a warm welcome at Portobello. Club members will be pleased to suggest places of interest to visit in and around Edinburgh - we know all the hidden gems which aren't in the usual guidebooks!
So, please come and join us ... you won't regret it.
Meetings and events happening soon
Wednesday 23rd August 18.15
Club Project Status Check
This is a monthly meeting to catch up with the status of current projects and to discuss projects for the next months.details
Saturday 26th August 10.00
Rotary Kaffeeklatch or just relax with a coffee
If you want to know about Rotary or just relax in congenial coffee with a coffee or a snack, come to Espy!details
Wednesday 30th August 19.00
Alcohol and the Young
Emma Wood, from Queen Margaret's University, has been involved with an alcohol project with six Edinburgh secondary schools.
This AlcoLoLs project has been a great success and demonstrates young people’s attitudes to the teenage drinking culture.
Wednesday 6th September 18.15
Project catch up meeting
This is a monthly opportunity to assess the progress of club projects.details
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