Welcome to The Rotary Club of Athlone
President Joanne O' Connor 2017/2018
As President of The Rotary Club of Athlone for 2017/2018 it is my pleasure to welcome you to our Club Website.
July sees the start of the Rotary Year and my wish is that it will be an interesting, rewarding and enjoyable year for all.
Our year starts out with the preparations for our Broadway Cabaret Concert in aid of The Athlone Special Olympics Club. The Cabaret is directed by local man, Darren O’Hara, and takes place in the Radisson Hotel at 8pm on Friday 8th September. The audience will be treated to an extravaganza of singing, dancing and glamour, inspired by some of Irelands finest Musical Theatre talent who have come together from all over the midlands to bring Broadway home for One night only. Everything that makes a spectacular Theatre night will be on show on the September 8th in Aid of Athlone Special Olympics’.
The Athlone Special Olympics Club was founded in 2004 as a direct result of Ireland’s great success in hosting the Special Olympics World Games in 2003. At the time, these games captured the imagination of the entire country and continue to do so. The Club is dedicated to offering a fantastic sporting & social outlet for all its 43 members, who participate and compete in a broad range of sports such as Swimming, Basketball, Floor-ball, Football, Athletics, Golf, and Bowling.
All of the proceeds of our concert fundraiser will go to Athlone Special Olympics to support their athletes in competing for a place in the National finals which will take place in Dublin in 2018. Rotary Club of Athlone wish them the very best in this and that some of their members will also qualify to represent Ireland in the Summer World Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
Click on “What we Do” to see what our activities are in relation to Community and Youth such as our Christmas Tree of Remembrance in aid of local charities, Bikes4Africa and more community and vocational projects. We are proud of our involvement with local schools through the Rotary Youth projects, including Young Chef, Young Writer, Youth leader and Youth Exchange programmes. All of these programmes are designed to encourage young people of second level age to grow and develop their talents and self esteem by participating in programmes with other young people (link to touth projects can be found here).
You may not be aware that Polio Plus is a Rotary Foundation programme and has helped to make the world almost totally free of polio today.
Fellowship or developing friendship and having fun is an important part of Rotary. Our weekly Monday lunch meeting in the Radisson Blu Hotel is part of that. In addition, theatre and other social events and visits are organised on a regular basis. We like to keep ourselves informed, so we encourage speakers from business and community organisations to join us at our lunch meetings. This is a way for both them and us to share our stories and find ways to work together for the better of community. We also run with one evening meeting per month to support members lifestyles and commitments.
Our theme this coming year is “Making a Difference” so, if you are not already a member, why not consider joining Rotary and doing your bit. You won’t regret it!
Athlone Rotary Club 2017/2018
History of The Rotary Club of Athlone
The Rotary Club of Athlone was established in 1985 and now has nearly thirty members who meet weekly at 1pm in the Radisson Hotel in the centre of the town.
We give our time and talents to serve our local community and enjoy business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate.
Our projects that benefit local Community include an annual Tree of Remembrance at Christmas which has raised over â‚¬40,000 for local charities since 2011. We have also raised â‚¬55,000 for causes including St. Hilda's Services, The Open Door Project, The Order of Malta and those affected by the floods in Athlone in recent years.
Our youth programmes include an all-Ireland Rotary's Youth Leadership competition where the prize is a week-long trip to Stormont, the Dail and the European Parliament. Rotary's Youth Exchange enables young people from abroad and Ireland to spend time in each other's homes during the summer holidays. Rotary's Young Writer Competition is a well established and successful competition organised to encourage young people to use their writing skills and write with imagination and creativity. Rotary Young Chef, this competition aims to encourage young people to learn how to cook a healthy meal, develop food presentation skills, consider food hygiene, organisation and time planning and develop an ability to cope in a demanding situation.
We meet for lunch every Monday (except for Bank Holidays) and have regular speakers on a wide range of topics. Our social activities include trips to the Abbey Theatre, boat trips on the Shannon and some fine dining evenings in local restaurants.
Watch the video below to learn more about Rotary and explore the other pages on this website to learn more about our Club. The theme for 2017 - 2018 is "ROTARY - Making a Difference".
If you are interested in joining Rotary Club of Athlone or just looking for information please contact the Secretary or any member of the club.
Meetings and events happening soon
Monday 23rd October 13.00
Luncheon Weekly Club Meeting
Luncheon Weekly Club Meeting
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