The Rotary Club of Thornbury
Meetings at Eastwood Park. Falfield, Gloucestershire
Rotary Rotary International - Around The World
Thornbury Club International Chairman: Ben Bradley
As a constituent Club of Rotary International, we participate in and contribute to many of its projects. This is an introduction to RI's past and present history and activities. For further information visit www.rotary.org, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland's website at www.rotarygbi.org, or District 1100 (nearby Club information)
Introduction and Brief History
To quote Wikipedia's main Rotary entry:
"Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is 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 is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference."
The first Rotary Club was formed in Chicago in 1906. Its meeting place rotated between offices of the initial members - hence the name and the "Rotary Wheel" symbol, which has appeared in many pictorial forms. The basic design - 24 cogs, 6 spokes and a central "keyway" - was standardised in 1923, and it is reputedly one of the world's best-recognised and trusted brands.
The idea (and ideals) spread rapidly through the USA - a National Association was soon formed, and clubs were established in Canada, England and elsewhere. With the club count approaching 200, the governing association became Rotary International in 1922, headquartered in north Chicago where it remains today.
The movement's growth has continued ever since. RI's website currently reports over 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries with1.2 million members - all subscribing to the same objectives and participating in common projects.
In the remainder of this section you can find more information about Thornbury Rotary's Aims and Objectives, its charitable Rotary Foundation and some of the many co-operative projects in which clubs participate in addition to their own local service activities.
Sandra's Baby Clothes
WANTED! BABY CLOTHES
Sandra’s Baby Clothes, a Rotary Charity, has been sending clothes and shoes for children to North East Romania for at least ten years. To date clothes to the value of approx. £250,000 have been sent to Romania and Moldova.
Thornbury Rotary Club continue to support this simple but effective charity and once more are seeking good quality, clean clothes for infants age up to 2 years and bedding for cots and clothes for use for up to 11 years old. These could be knitted or crocheted.
If you are able to contribute to this very worthwhile project we can arrange collection.
Please call David Thomas on 01454 613962

Also see Thornbury Rotary on "My Thornbury" local website, Face Book and Twitter. Thank You. Santa Maria Romania
Tools For Self Reliance
Tools For Self Reliance
Thornbury Rotary Club are pleased to continue supporting this charity by collecting small tools for onward shipment to Africa where local charitable organisations provide support, in a practical way, to artisans and craft workers in some of the poorest parts of the world. We are looking for simple tools for carpentry, building, engineering and electrical repair work. Also included in this list are Kitchen ware such as cake tins and cooking utensils

If you can help please contact Rotarian Nigel Dawes on 01454418673 to arrange collection or delivery.
Also see Thornbury Rotary on "My Thornbury" local website, Face Book and Twitter. Thank You.
Vocational Training Opportunity (V.T.O.)
In parts of Europe young people, particularly state care leavers and Roma, are forced to become prostitutes, drug suppliers and criminals due to a lack of work. The Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion runs the "House of Opportunity" programme in Bulgaria. Providing those leaving care with two years of life skill training, employment support and accommodation in a family style group home.
Thornbury Rotary want to help develop the programme to expand the Social Entrepreneurial side of the training by putting together a small "Vocational Training" team to explore, develop and help pilot a Social Enterprise Model that could be included in the "House of Opportunity" programme. This could be expanded on a franchise basis to include other business development opportunities.
The current cohort of young people leaving state care are interested in developing a Fast Food Outlet as a Social Enterprise, so the initial model would include training them in business planning, market research, customer and management skills etc. to achieve this.
Have you the skills and passion to help Thornbury Rotary develop this proposal further? Are you ready for the challenge to help bring this enterprise to life? If the answer to both questions is YES, please contact Rotarian Allan Taylor 01454260070
Vocational Training