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 supports two worldwide projects and a third in Malawi - all designed to help people cope with disaster or live a better life.details
Portobello encourages all young people in the area to reach their full potential.details
Welcome to Portobello!
Hello, and thanks for having a look at this page.
Portobello Rotary is just one club in an international organisation with branches in all parts of the world and it's tremendously reassuring to be able to travel and know that there will be a local branch of Rotary more or less anywhere, where members will be as friendly and welcoming as the Portobello members are.
The Portobello group has got some members who were born and bred here, while others have moved to different parts of the city or even further, but everyone has worked to become part of a community where we can work to try to make things just a little bit better, while having fun and enjoying ourselves at the same time.
There are meetings every week at the King's Manor Hotel in Milton Road East. Meetings give the chance for member to meet in person and share a communal meal. There's time to chat before and after the meal, and there's normally a short talk, which can be on pretty well any subject under the sun.
Not everyone can get to an evening meeting, though, so there's informal gatherings some weekends to chat over a drink and a snack (sometimes in Portobello, sometimes a bit more centrally). And we also go on social events, somewhere a little bit different, like Gilmerton Cove, which is totally out of the ordinary.
Then, about once a month, we meet to check on how the community projects are getting on. One of the major projects this year has been fundraising to help ex-street children at a community called Steka in Malawi. These children are beginning to grow up, and so the aim is to help provide facilities where they can learn the skills they need to support themselves, and, ultimately, their families, to create a better world for their children.
But we're been working on local projects as well and one way these are financed is by hosting car boot sales on the last Sunday of the month from March to October at Newcraighall Station. These are great fun, because every car boot sale is completely different and it's impossible to predict what will be for sale - one sale I came away with 22 nasturtium plants which subsequently climbed all over my front garden hedge, another time there were several back issues of cookery magazines, which have been great inspiration in finding new recipes to try.
It's also great fun to have a table there and de-clutter a bit. I guess everyone must have possessions which haven't been used for months (or years) and it's a great challenge to see how to turn these things into money and test out your sales skills.
Well, that's just a thumbnaill sketch on what the group's like. If you want to know more, just get in touch with Jenny (I'm the one who's currently looking after the club). You can email on firstname.lastname@example.org or message through the Portobello Rotary Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/portobellorotary.
And if you're already Rotarian visiting from another club, you'll always find a warm welcome at Portobello. Remember that cllub 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 24th January 18.15
David Farr on the US, the military and Scotland
David Farr is the US student in Edinburgh to study at the University for a year, sponsored and mentored by Portobello Rotary, and tonight he'll talk about ... well, wait and see.
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