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The Rotary Club of Dumbarton, which marked the 50th anniversary of our charter in 2011, is part of a huge network of clubs all over the world. Our parent organisation, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI), has more that 55,000 members in 1855 clubs and is an integral part of Rotary International, the world’s first service organisation.
The club, which meets weekly currently in the Abbotsford Hotel, Dumbarton, brings together people of all backgrounds to work together for the good of the local community and causes overseas. Members enjoy business as well as social networking opportunities, while giving something back to those less fortunate. Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects locally, nationally and internationally, and also partners with many charities worldwide. Members organise community projects tackling issues such as violence, drug abuse, health, hunger, the environment and illiteracy. They work for and with young people with similar clubs for younger members.
The Dumbarton club has played a major part in Rotary’s international drive to wipe out polio from the world. Since 1985, its efforts have helped reduce the number of reported cases from 350,000 a year to just 1000 and protected two billion children from the disease.
In local communities, each club raises thousands of pounds for projects and charities. Members also volunteer their time, supervising community events, promoting the achievements of young people, coordinating educational programmes and supporting local businesses.
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