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The Rotary Club of Dunbar was established in 1964 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014.
At present the Club has 25 members who meet regularly for dinner every
Monday evening at the Hillside Hotel in Dunbar. After the meal there is
normally a short talk by an invited speaker, or the time is given over
to discusss Club business and future projects.
The aim of Rotary is to combine fellowship and fun with service to the community. This may involve anything from fund-raising for local community groups or national/international charities to offering a helping hand to other charities or those in need. Rotary Clubs exists all over the world and Rotarians are made welcome by fellow Rotarians wherever they go.
Anyone is welcome to join us provided they are prepared to enter into the spirit of Rotary.
The Club in The Community
Throughout the year the club provides a tape version of local newspapers for our friends who have eyesight difficulties or for other reasons are unable to read the local newspapers. Each year members visit the sheltered housing complexes of Southfield Court, where they organise a "Games and Cards" afternoon, and Letham Gardens where a Quiz evening is arranged for the residents. At Christmas, club members deliver meals to elderly people in Dunbar who might otherwise not be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner. Members of the Club attend the East Lothian Airshow to help with the "wristbands for children" project, an initiative to enable parents to quickly make contact with any child who may have got lost in the crowds.
Strong links have been forged with our local primary schools. In recent years Club members have visited each of the local primary schools and told pupils about Rotary International's "Purple Pinkie" campaign - an international effort, spearheaded by Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to eradicate polio worldwide. The Club also hosts a Primary Schools Quiz competition where the local schools compete for the honour of representing Dunbar in the local East Lothian competition.
Our Rotary Youth Opportunities Committee work with pupils at Dunbar Grammar School and have helped in the formation of a breakfast club and Peace Group. We also support candidates for Rotary Young Chef, Young Musician and Young Golfer competitions as well as sponsoring pupils to attend the Challenge Enterprise and Rotary Young Leaders Award courses.
As part of our commitment to Rotary International we provide funds for the purchase of Shelter Boxes and Aqua boxes for Disaster Relief. Each year, the Club funds a number of Shelterboxes, which are available for immediate deployment in the event of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, tsunami or major flooding, striking a vulnerable part of the world. We actively support Rotary International's "End polio Now" campaign which together with the Bill Gates Foundation has pledged to raise over $500,000,000 to eradicate polio worldwide. The Club has played a leading role in bringing to fruition a project in Kalimpong, India, to provide help and shelter for vulnerable women In the last year the Club has taken part in such diverse projects as Mary's Meals, Bikes for Africa and, most recently, Edinburgh Direct Aid, a local charity providing help for refugees from the Syrian conflict.
The Rotary Bookstall in the High Street is a familiar sight on Saturday mornings from Easter through to the end of September. In November we operate a Charity Shop where we sell donated goods. These initiatives are generously supported by the people of Dunbar and the surrounding area and enable us ro raise significant amounts of money, all of which is given to worthwhile causes.
At other times the Club organises Music Evenings, Bridge Nights, sponsored walks and other ventures in order to raise funds to support good causes locally, nationally and internationally.
Club members also assist other organisations such as Marie Curie and the RNLI in street collections and other fund raising activities. The Club actively supports the East Lothian Food Bank by helping with collections at Tesco and Asda, as well as providing deliveries to those in need
Meetings and events happening soon
Monday 11th December 18.30
Speaker Meeting - Richard Smeed
Monday 18th December 18.30
Monday 25th December 18.30
No Meeting - Christmas Break
Monday 1st January 18.30
New Year Break - No Meeting
Monday 8th January 18.30
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