WELCOME TO PRESIDENT JOHN SIMPSON
John was inaugurated as our new President on June 26th 2018 and gives a warm welcome with this following report
It is such a privelege to take on the role of President of the Rotary Club of Truro for 2018/19 and as we approach our Centenary Year in 2022 it is possibly an appropriate time to look back and reflect on the impact which Rotary International has had upon the World
On 23rd February 1905, Attorney Paul Harris met up with three Business acquaIntancies at Unity Buildings, Dearborn Street, Chicago to form the first Rotary Club and from here the movement quickly gathered speed and very soon Clubs were springing up all over the world. The Rotary Club of Truro was formed in 1922 and was the first club to be chartered in Cornwall.
Rotary International is an International Service to bring together business and professional leaders, in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.
It was the Rotary organisation which took the first steps towards eradicating Polio from the world in 1979 by immunising six million children in the Phillipines. This was so successful that in 1985 RI launched "Polio Plus" which raised millions of dollars worlwide to fund the campaign and send out Doctors and Nurses to immunise children in all effected countries. From 125 countries in 1988 with endemic polio, we are now down to only three and more than $1 billion has been raised together with WHO and the Bill Gates Foundation.
Although all clubs donate to the Rotary International Charity for high profile aid projects around the world, at a local level we have always been a staunch supporter of LOCAL CHARITIES, in fact this is where the bulk of our donations go.
As well as giving financial aid locally we give voluntary help to Truro Memory Cafe, Truro Disabled Club,Truro Food Bank, Parkinsons Society ,Marie Curie, the Royal British Legion selling poppies in Sainsbury's to name but a few.
We are particularly busy at Christmas time with our Barrel Organ collecting for our Charities, so if you see us, please be generous.
Like so many organisations we never have enough people to give the service to our community that we would like, so if you think you have what it takes to be a Rotarian please get in touch with us via this web site