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Young Carers

The Club has for a number of years supported young people who for many reasons have to provide care for parents. This is a demanding role for these young persons.

We have successfully obtained a grant from WDDC Markets Committee to help with  this years project.

Autumn Fair  3rd November 2018

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HMS Heron Volunteer Band Event 12th April 2018

               Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition of Allen Knott                

          The Rotary Club of Dorchester at the Corn Exchange

                    on Thursday 12th April 2018 recognised   the  significant

                    Community work of Allen Knott to the Dorchester and District 


                   The award is a special recognition of an individuals work in line with the

                                                         ideals of   Rotary

Dorchester Carnival 2018  - 16th June

The Dorchester Rotary Club (together with the other two Dorchester Clubs) is (and has been) pivotal in keeping the Dorchester Carnival alive. This year at last night's committee three members of the Club and an Honorary Member were half the Management team for this year's day.

Grand Draw Presentation

The presentation evening for the draw was on 10th January at the Colliton Club, when the cheques were  presented to the participating organisations by The Mayor of Dorchester.

Grand Draw Result

Thank you all for another successful Draw which has helped to raise money for 38 organisations.  

The Draw was made on 20th December 2017 

The winning tickets were sold by:

Dorchester Community Nursery, Charminster Pre-School Playgroup, Manor Park First School and our Rotary sales.

All winners have been informed and the cheques sent.


                                          Purple Polio Crocus!!

Members of the Dorchester Club have planted as feature at the eastern entrance to Dorchester on the junction of Kings Road and London Road crocus corms on World Polio Day 24th October 2016. Keep a look out in the spring to see the Purple flowers The significance of the colour is that children given the vacine in immunizaton days worldwide have a finger marked with purple ink.

Club Meeting    

The club now meets on the 1st. Wednesday at 17.30 for one hour and on the 3rd. Wednesday for a social meeting - Please contact the Secretary for details

The usual venue is the Colliton Club although the  Social meeting is likely to be at various venues. The 1st Wednesday meeting will be a new style meeting without a meal, although coffee/tea or bar refreshments will be available at cost. Anyone wishing to eat will be able to stay on after the meeting and choose from the bar menu.

 For further information especially on the Social evening meetings contact the Club Secretary using the Contact Page and also see the Website Front page for the month ahead. 

Additional information can also be found by going to the club diary - tabs are at the foot of the front page.

What is Rotary  - An Invitation!


Rotary is changing, and an information meeting for invited people from Dorchester proved that the changes are exciting for potential new members.

 As with so many organisations, change is often resisted and the public is often misplaced. A small number of people who were specially invited gathered recently to hear all about the changes to membership options and also the amazing range of activity that clubs get involved in.

Pauline Camm described how her small Rotary team had been working to give some respite and fun to many young carers for the past few years. Young carers, as young as five, care for their adult family members unable to do the work themselves and in so doing lose a lot of their childhood. The club put in effort to secure funds and arrange to take the youngsters out for a day or weekend to somewhere they are unlikely to get to on their own, and being all together they understand the issues of their fellow carers. This effort personifies the ‘service above self’ motto of Rotary.

 Ian Dominy talked about very many activities, from the Big Draw which helps over 30 local charities and organisations, to assisting the women’s refuge, the disabled club, young leaders, the Air Ambulance, and so many more. On a larger scale the club has worked alongside other clubs locally to provide rapid help for disaster areas; Haiti, Nepal, Sri Lanka and a number of overseas crises, as well as the Somerset floods and storm damage, such as helping local fishermen get back to sea – and their livelihood.

 The largest effort globally has been the thirty year project to eradicate Polio from the planet, reducing the annual 300,000 global casualties to this year with just 52 cases, against 264 at the same time last year. Started by Rotary in 1985, and joined by the World health Organisation, (WHO), in 1988, and then UNESCO, CDC and later still the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary has acted as a catalyst for this global task. And thousands of Rotarians have travelled to many parts of the world to take part in national immunisation days. In India 120 million children protected in a couple of days. Many governments donate and the total spend is around £5 billion, with a saving in cost globally when eradicated estimated to be £50 billion.

 So, who are these people, Rotarians, and how do they join?                

 That is where things have changed, with options for companies and partnerships to join, and for up to four of their senior staff/directors to become Rotarians and share their work – in turn reducing individual commitment. Associate members are welcome, and although not ‘full’ Rotarians they can join in everything and if they like it, can then join and play a full part within the club. And of course, just join.

 When this was explained every non Rotarian present asked about joining, and it is hoped that some will indeed join in one form or another.

Another invitation will be going out in February/March from all the clubs in Dorchester.


For more, information email -:         rotaryclubofdorchester@gmail.com

For more information Click on What we do Tab at the top of the page

Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Tuesday 11th December 10.00

Grand Draw

Tickets sales at Wyevale (Galton's)

Wednesday 12th December 10.00

Carol Float, Barclays, South Street

Sleigh Collection Barclays South Street

Friday 14th December 10.00

Carol Float, Barclays, South Street

Sleigh Collection Barclays South Street

Tuesday 18th December 10.00

Grand Draw

Tickets sales at Wyevale (Galton's)

Wednesday 19th December 10.00

Carol Float, Barclays, South Street

Annual Carol Float fundraising for charitable causes

Wednesday 19th December 19.00

Christmas Meeting and Grand Draw

Club Christmas meeting and grand Draw - Partners and Guests
Venue TBC

Friday 21st December 10.00

Carol Float, Barclays, South Street

Sleigh Collection Barclays South Street

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Rotary News

Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.

Family Rotary club use skills to kick-start local charities

Rotary members unite to tackle world hunger

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Wednesdays at 17.30
(The venue being the Colliton Club Colliton Park Dorchester. )
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