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The Rotary Club of Godalming

 President 2018 - 2019    Clive Graham

Venue for Club Meetings  

Our venue for our weekly Tuesday lunchtime meeting is at the West Surrey Golf Club. Members should note that the Sat Nav directions take you down Water Lane where there is NO entrance to the Club. If you have guests or a speaker you should alert them to IGNORE turning into Water Lane but to continue a short distance past the turning where the Entrance will be found.. 


Satellite Meeting   We have a Breakfast Meeting once per month, on the third Friday.  This is currently held at Hectors on the Wey (Farncombe Boathouse cafe)  and is at 7.15 for 7.30. Meetings are finished by 8.30 to enable participants to get to work by 9 am. If you wish to find out more, please see Membership page under "What We Do". 


Community and Vocational.We have a strong ComVoc Committee leading  all Club Members in service opportunities.  Please see "What We Do" for more information.


International   We take on various projects in the International field and are proud of some of our past projects which have been adopted worldwide, such as help for the Jaipur Limb organisation. See the "What We Do" page for more information.

Rotary In Godalming

Rotary has flourished in Godalming for 80 years and the community work of the Rotary Clubs is an integral part of life in the town. Originally Godalming had just the one club, the Rotary Club of Godalming, which meets on Tuesday lunchtimes. However, the changes in the way of work and life saw the formation of the Rotary Club of Godalming Woolsack who meet on Monday evenings.

No matter whether it is Rotary at lunchtime or in the evening, both clubs welcome men and women members and share the same common desire to do something worthwhile in the community, with a priority being community service and the support of local charities.  However, both Godalming Rotary Clubs also support charitable organisations involved in vital humanitarian work in many parts of the world. Godalming Rotary Clubs have raised money for international projects, the primary ones being the End Polio Now and Shelterbox campaigns. Thanks to Rotary and its partners, the world has seen polio cases plummet. When Rotary began its eradication work, polio infected more than 350,000 children annually. In 2010, fewer than 1,350 cases were reported worldwide, and now there are omly two countries with new cases of Polio, and we are "this close" to total eradication.  We must not stop the campaign now - as has been said so many times- polio is only a plane or a train ride away.  Shelterbox is an International Disaster relief Charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth, lifesaving supplies and dignity for families around the world who are affected by disasters, at the time when they need it the most. The most recent cases of need being the humanitarian crises in Haiti and the famine in the Horn of Africa, Haiti, Vanuatu and in 2016 - in central Italy after the earthquakes.

Locally both Godalming Rotary clubs have supported the Samson Centre, which supports over 140 Multiple Sclerosis suffers and their carers both practically and emotionally.   The clubs have both also supported Skillway, a Godalming based charity whose aim is to raise the self-esteem and motivation of teenagers through apprentice-style teaching of manual skills by skilled craftsmen in its own workshops. The individual clubs also support many other dedicated local charities and causes, including the Meath in Godalming, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, and most recently Hydon Hill, which is a Leonard Cheshire Home just outside Godalming. . Woolsack  purchased a Powerheart G3 defibrillator for the Godalming Community Responder. You will also see the Rotarians supporting town events arranged by other organisations such as the Town Festivals,  Fireworks evening, and the Live Local Love Winkworth day in September.

We like to support the Youth  in the local area and regularly host Rotary competitions  such as Young Chef,  Youth Speaks and Young Musician.

We also enjoy a strong social propgramme including visits to and by our twin Rotary Clubs - Aire sur la Lys in northern France  and Oostburg in the southern Netherlands.

There is far more to Godalming Rotary clubs than can be shown here, so why not have a look at all the pages of our websites:

Rotary Club of Godalming Woolsack www.woolsack.org.uk

Rotary Club of Godalming www.godalmingrotary.org

or e-mail colin.swait@btinternet.com  Tel:01483 425380

Inner Wheel

Back in 1924 wives of Manchester Rotarians decided to form a complementary club, which they called the Inner Wheel. The Inner Wheel shared the same International, National, District and Club structure as the Rotary and is based on the principles of friendship, fellowship and service to others. Now the largest women organisation in the world with over 100,000 members in 103 countries, 21,000 of whom live in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Here in Godalming there are two Inner Wheel Clubs, whose membership is drawn from a Rotary extended family.

Each year the Inner Wheel Clubs of Godalming support their chosen charities, for example this year the Woolsack Club supported the Citizens Advice Bureau.  However they also provide assistance and support in cases of Local, National or International need.

If you would like further information about Inner Wheel clubs, then please ring 01428 683161 for the Inner Wheel of Godalming.


  


Happening soon...

Meetings and events happening soon

Tuesday 21st August 12.30

Lunch plus Committees and Fellowship


Tuesday 28th August 11.00

Club Council


Tuesday 28th August 12.30

Lunch and Business Meeting


Lunchwith Speaker Dickson Ntwiga on Human Rights in Kenya

Tuesday 4th September 12.30

Lunchwith Speaker Dickson Ntwiga on Human Rights in Kenya


I have been a human rights advocate since 1998. Concerned that refugees and migrants were among the most vulnerable groups in Thailand, I volunteered at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) as a legal assistant. I later joined the National Catholic Commission

Lunch  with Speaker Julie Milton from The Clockhouse

Tuesday 11th September 12.30

Lunch with Speaker Julie Milton from The Clockhouse


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Rotary News

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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 Tuesdays at 13:00
(Breakfast Meeting 3rd Friday of month. Hectors at Farncombe Boat House Catteshall Lane GU7 1NH 7.15 for 7.30 am. Contact Joy in advance joy_poulter@sky.com )
West Surrey Golf Club Enton Green
Station Lane Godalming Surrey
If you are using Sat Nav, DO NOT turn into Water Lane BUT continue past Water Lane and the ENTRANCE will be found 50 metres on.** http://www.wsgc.co.uk/Location.aspx
GU8 5AF  01483 421275

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