Serving our Communities for Over Eight Decades – and Counting!

Supporting people in their communities on National and International levels has been the driving force behind each Rotary Club since Rotary International was founded. The Rotary Club of Haslemere was inaugurated on 27th February 1935. 2015 marks our 80th Charter Anniversary.

What is Rotary?

The Rotary Club of Haslemere is part of Rotary International, a worldwide association of local clubs for women and men over the age of 18. Rotary provides humanitarian service to the community at local, national and international level. Currently Rotary has over 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries. There are over 1,800 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland with over 50,000 members of all ages from all walks of life sharing a commitment to helping and improving communities both locally and across the world.

We are an active supporter of local charities and get involved in many Trusts and Associations. In recent years the club has raised over £100,000 which we have donated to good causes both local and international. This year our chosen Charities are:

  • CHASE Hospice Care for Children
  • Alzheimer’s Society

The Club will be organising many fund raising activities and events during the year, in support of these worthwhile causes. So what does that mean for you as a member of our community and how can you get involved?

End of November we will be again hosting the Youth Speaks Competition at Haslemere Museum. To give youngsters the opportunity to practice public speaking produces amazing results. Most recent events have not disappointed and local schools were to be congratulated with their strong presence and incredibly mature presentations.

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Father Christmas spotted in Haslemere

With Christmas just around the corner it is time for Father Christmas to get his sleigh up and running. This month you will be seeing Rotary’s Santa Sleigh out and about to bring smiles to everyone when passing. Santa’s little helpers will be collecting any small change that you can spare. Be on the lookout for our Sleigh in Liphook (15th Dec), Haslemere High Lane (19th Dec) and Haslemere Border Road / Woolmer Hill (21st Dec). You can also meet us at Haslemere Christmas Market on 6th December or chat with us during one of our many collections at local shops.

The year draws to a close with a Christmas walk on 31st December. A fun and entertaining walk followed by lunch & a pint in a local pub.

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Rotary’s popular Race Night in Chiddingfold returns in March 2016

On 5th March we are again hosting the very popular Race Night in Chiddingfold, Alongside very engaging races we will serve supper and offer drinks from a licensed bar. We are very excited to be featuring very competitive elephants in the hall and will look for clever jockeys to drive them towards victory. The Race Night will be raising funds for our International Charity – The Guildford Eye Project.

Talking of visiting – we are out and about on a regular basis. We always look forward to the Annual Afternoon Tea with the Stroke Club. It is a lively meeting of chatter over tea and cake. We also explore local businesses and venues to learn about their area of expertise and how we can team up to give back something to the community. The club members have visited Langham Brewery, Basingstoke Canal and Rural Life Centre just to name a few. Needless to say that we are in close contact with other local Rotary Clubs to exchange ideas and cooperate outside Haslemere and its district.

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Moving at snail’s pace at Chiddingfold Summer Fair

Summer 2015 is certainly over but we already planning our strong presence at local Summer Fairs and Events, such as Haslemere Charter Fair (2nd May), Classic Car Show (29th May), Brook Fete (May, date tbc) and Chiddingfold Summer Fair (12th June).

Please check the Programme on our website for more details.

We would be pleased to welcome members of Haslemere and District communities to our regular meetings. If you would like to get involved and become part of the Rotary Family – come along to either the Georgian House Hotel on Haslemere High Street, on Thursdays at 7.30pm or to one of our many other events. Please contact Terry or Peter to ensure your place at one of our meetings.

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