Carnforth Rotarians are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who get together most weeks of the year for dinner, fellowship and professional networking. We have a varied programme of informative guest speakers and enjoy social events such as ladies nights, day trips to local attractions and theatre trips.
Our members give their time and talents to serve the local and international community, in order to help those less fortunate. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self” which conveys the humanitarian spirit of over 1.2 million Rotarians throughout the world.
Rotary is a non-religious, non-political organisation that is one of the largest non-governmental providers of humanitarian, educational and cultural support programmes in the world. Rotarians encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help to build goodwill and peace.
The Carnforth Rotary Club holds weekly meetings at The Longlands Hotel, Tewitfield near the market town of Carnforth, close to Junction 35 of the M6 motorway.
Carnforth Rotary Club has 29 members representing a diverse range of occupations and we welcome all visiting Rotarians. Our club has an active Inner Wheel Club, which female relatives and spouses of Rotarians are encouraged to join.
Membership is by invitation only. Prospective members are adults of good character and good business or professional reputation, who hold or have held a position with discretionary authority in any worthy and recognised business or profession. If you would like to be considered for membership, email our Secretary, Cliff Randall and come join us one Thursday night for dinner. Click here to download an information leaflet.
Our club is one of 1,850 clubs with a total of 55,000 members in Great Britain and Ireland alone. We are part of the Rotary International organisation, which is the world’s first service organisation. Rotarians volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local community and other communities around the world.
We endeavour to give something back to society, while never forgetting Rotary International’s founder Paul Harris, original desire to promote fellowship and fun amongst club members.
In 1985 Rotary International set a goal to help eradicate Polio throughout the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded Rotary International a $100 million grant in November 1997, later increased to $255 million in January 2009. Rotarians were challenged to raise a further $100 million by 30 June 2012. The total combined commitment has now risen to $555 million. There are only 3 countries where the wild poliovirus remains endemic - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Carnforth and it's immediate vicinity has it's own unique charm and appeal. The area has a rich and fascinating history. The town is overlooked by Warton Crag nature reserve and is located near the ancestral home of George Washington, first President of the United States. Carnforth Station has been immortalised by the 1945 film, Brief Encounter that starred Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson and was restored to its 1940’s glory after Carnforth ceased to be a mainline station.