Start of Rotary

Rotary was started in 1905 by a Paul Harris and two of his attorney friends in Chicago. The movement slowly grew and they began helping local people. Today there are 1.2 million members in 120 Countries all linked back to Rotary International in the USA. All Rotary Clubs are organised independently.

All members are Professional Business people with a commitment to helping others who are less fortunate.

Rotary were the front runners in the eradication of Polio. This started in 1984 when Polio Plus was launched and at that time there were thousands of new cases per year so far this year there have been only 22 cases reported in two countries.

Shelter Box and Water Aid are just two other activities started by Rotary.

Gillingham Rotary.

Gillingham have 22 members who meet on a Wednesday at the Olive Bowl, each month we have speaker and invite guests. We raise money to help people and the local communities. Shake tins outside supermarkets to collect money.

We participate in various sports against other Rotary Clubs, Social events are organised on a regular basis. Events such as Burns Night, Duck Race, Race Night and Quiz Evenings are held to raise funds.

We have many requests for help and each one is investigated before committing time and resources.

Locally we have supported the Somerset Flood relief in 2014, Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal, A local Student who worked in Africa teaching, Birthing chambers in Nepal, Shoeboxes and Tools for self Reliance. We helped young Alfie who required an operation in the USA to help improve his mobility.

We support local Schools. Each Primary pupil in year 6 will be given a “Dictionary 4 Life” when the leave to go to the senior school and last year we gave each Primary School £200 to improve the facilities for the pupils.

Rotary organise Youth Competitions. Youth Speaks , Young Musician of the year, Young Photographer of the year and Young Chef of the year.

Anyone who helps with or at an event organised by Rotary will be covered by our insurance.

All administration costs are covered by the Rotarians

If you are in business in or around Gillingham and wish to help there are various ways in which this can be achieved. Please use the contact link above.

For information contact our secretary at 01747 860809 or

We're a small, friendly, club - men and women from Gillingham and the surrounds. Please look round the site to find out more about what we do. We are a part of Rotary International, which is the world's largest service organisation for business, professional and community minded people.

Gillingham Rotary are looking for men and women of all ages and backgrounds to join us either as volunteers, members or both. You can use your time, talents, professional skills and energy to improve the lives of people in our local communities and around the world.

You can enjoy business networking, personal development, meeting new friends, having a great deal of fun and experiencing the fulfilment that comes from achieving something worthwhile.

If you wish to know more about Rotary please use the contact below.

Gillingham Rotary Future Activities 2017

16th August – We will have a stall at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show as well as helping in general.

7th October – Selling Ducks, at the Town Bridge for the Duck Race on the 14th October.

14th October – Carnival Day Duck Race.

10th November - Race Night at the Olive Bowl. 

For further details please contact the Secretary at or use the "Contact us" at the top of this page.

Meeting Information...

We meet on Wednesdays at 19.15 (For further information contact Secretary on 01747 860809 or email The Olive Bowl, Gillingham Events Centre, 23 Brickfields Bus Pk, New Rd Gillingham, Dorset.
SP8 4PX tel:  01747 822775

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In the next 30 days...

Raising Funds for local charities, at the Three Rivers Leisure Centre.