President Kevin Finan
Rotary is a truly international organisation, comprising men and women of all ages, occupations and professions, with around 1.2 million members worldwide. It aims to use the skills of its individual members to assist where practical help is needed, to raise funds where money is needed and to react to situations such as global disasters. Whatever the needs - locally, nationally or internationally - Rotary may be able to help and its members derive a great deal of satisfaction in doing so.
In the year to 30th June 2017, over £20,000 had been raised by various means to fund projects which ranged from the ‘Ready, Steady, Read’ initiative, which helps children with reading difficulties in four local primary schools, to sponsoring a young Ugandan girl from a problem family at the Kira Farm Development Centre there.
The Club has sponsored four young students in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award scheme (testing their skills in a challenging few days on Dartmoor) while Rotarian Ivan Godfrey’s Dartmoor Letterbox Trail again provided children (and parents) with a different kind of challenge as well as raising funds for the Topic of Cancer charity, which also benefitted from the Christmas Cryptic Quiz devised by another Tiverton Rotarian. The Club has sponsored a further quiz which benefitted the Devon Air Ambulance Trust by almost £1400 (including Gift Aid). The current quiz, with matched funding by Barclays Bank up to £750, is in aid of Children's Hospice South West. Donations have also been made to Exeter Hospicecare and Mercy Ships.
Shelterbox, the disaster charity, which was originated by a Cornish Rotarian, has also received funds from us as has the Sampford Peverell Play Area and Rotary Way in Tiverton, the latter as part of the Tiverton in Bloom initiative.
Help in a more ‘hands on’ way has been provided to the Exmoor Rotary Club who organised its annual and successful Exmoor Challenge while the purple crocuses which appeared around the town earlier in the year (purple being the colour of the finger dye indicating children who have received the oral immunisation) evidenced the continuing drive to eradicate polio from the world with the assistance of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With only a few recorded cases in one or two countries, Rotary internationally is now so close to that objective.
With the highly energised Interact team (young Rotarians aged 11-16) at Tiverton High School raising around £2500 for their own nominated charities, it is clear that Rotary is making its mark in this area. The Club’s reaction to the Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster meant that over £300 was raised in a few hours of collecting and is a good example of its adapting to current needs. London Rotarians near to the scene were on hand within a few hours and continued to assess what was required.
Members of the Club transformed a former shop premises in Tiverton into a Christmas Grotto and over 300 children visited before Christmas 2017 to see Santa Claus and his helpers including Olaf the snowman.
For more information on some of the above click on the 'What we do' tab at the top of the page and then 'Helping our Community & Raising Funds'.The Rotary Community Fun Day of 2017 was called ‘Music in the Park’ on Sunday 6th August in People’s Park when there was free admission. The main feature was the return of the outstanding Devon based Big Band ‘The Locked Horns’. The Club is looking to run another Community Day in 2018 but we do not know yet what form it will take.
An increasing membership will help Tiverton Rotarians to keep working for the benefit of the community and to follow the Rotary motto of ‘Service above Self’.
Interested in joining? Then click on the red 'Membership Enquiry' box at the foot of this page.
Contact Andrea Rowe on
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Meetings and events happening soon
Monday 19th February 12.30
An opportunity for members to discuss current and future projects and other issues informally and in groups. There will be another opportunity to speak to Denise Dearden of Devon Trading Standards about scams and other activities.
Monday 26th February 12.30
Laura Cowie, Cyber Protect Officer, Devon & Cornwall Police will be talking about her role and the various criminal activities she has to contend with.
Monday 5th March 12.30
The monthly meeting of all Club members when projects are reviewed, fundraising activities discussed, donations determined, social activities planned and agreed plus membership possibilities debated.
Monday 12th March 12.30
Julia Neville will be speaking about the hospitals in Devon during the First World War which ended 100 years ago this year.
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(Exceptions: 5th Monday 19.30)
Tiverton Hotel, Blundell's Road, Tiverton EX16 4DB (01884) 256120