2017/18 President Andrew Gray
Here in Maryport we give support to local Education, Sea Cadets, hospitals, the elderly and those in need. We sometimes do this by giving financial support, in other cases we provide some form of physical help. We encourage self expression by a public speaking contest between Netherhall and Beacon Hill schools. The Primary schools all take part in a literary quiz, which is administered by library services and Rotary. We sponsor Sea Cadets on individuals training and Youth Leadership course. Internationally, in cooperation with other Rotary clubs in the District we are funding provision of facilities for children in deprived areas of Africa.
We do all this with local support as we raise cash from ourselves and the community and we thank you for that support.
Anybody interested in joining this well established organisation is encouraged to make enquiries of Rotarians or the Secretary, care of the Waverley Hotel, Maryport.
The Rotary Club of Maryport, was formed just after the 2nd World war. Inaugural meeting held 10th January, 1946.
Ewan Tait (Bank Manager) our first secretary was instrumental in the Club's formation, having contacted local business and professional men in the area.
Along with the help and advise of The Workington Club, our club was started with 25 Founder Members. Sadly, none survive today.
Our Charter was presented on Thursday the 20th of June of the same year. Entrance fee and annual subscription was fixed at two Guineas, and remained at that figure for six years.
In its early history the club was involved with projects like the Crippled Children's Outings, Holidays at the Allonby Sunshine Home for Deprived and Less fortunate Children. Help with the town's Boys' Club, The Educational Settlement, Old Age Pensioners Clubs in the area. Financial help to William Pit Disaster Fund, The Lynmouth Disaster etc.
We also supported charities like:
The British red Cross, Cancer Research, Cheshire Home Windermere, Hospital Friends League, W.C.Polio Fellowship, C.W.Blind Club. R.N.L.I. Guild, Spastics Home, Boy Scouts, Leukemia Research Fund, Invalid Coach Parties, Bingo Sessions Old Peoples Home, Calvert Trust, Eye Camps, Talking Newspapers. To name but a few.
The club has provided a number of District Officers, including District Governor 1980 John Mitchinson.
District Conferences have always been well attended by this club and in fact, although arguably one of the furthest traveling clubs, from the normal conference venue, we have always gone in large numbers. I must also mention that the fellowship enjoyed at these weekends by our attending teams is probably the main reason for their popularity.
A club bulletin called "Solway Breezes" was introduced in January 1947, published monthly and distributed to Maryport Rotary Club members and other clubs in District 19, as it was then known. It was a very popular news item.
John Lowe that gentleman of darts, World Champion twice was made an Honorary Member of The Rotary Club of Maryport in 1992, in recognition of his efforts over many years in raising funds for the club's charity account.
Our club has also enjoyed visits to overseas Rotary Clubs, one memorable occasion being guests of the Fuengirola Club at the "Oceanic Club" where it is said most of the country's bullion robbers hang out. I can well understand that you need to have loads of ready cash to frequent that lovely place on a regular basis.
Finally ours is a lovely little club with an average membership of 20. Near the Lakes, with a picturesque harbour.
Pay us a visit sometime, you'll be sure of a very warm welcome, and most probably want to return again.
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
Waverley Hotel, Curzon Street, Maryport CA15 6LW 01900 812115