There are many myths and misunderstandings of Rotary and who “Rotarians” are.

One of the myths is that Rotary is a group of wealthy businessmen who get together regularly to self-promote and meet their own needs, and who once in a while give a large donation to the community.

While it may have been true in Rotary’s beginning stages that clubs were made up of only businessmen, today this could not be further from the truth.

Each Club’s membership represents a cross-section of the local community and is open to men and women within an apolitical, non-religious environment. 

There are over 35,000 member clubs worldwide, with a membership of 1.2 million members with the first club being established on the 23 February 1905, in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

One of Rotary International’s biggest achievement is its 2.1 billion contribution to polio eradication since it launched the PolioPlus programme in 1985, and it’s committed to raising $50 million each year for polio eradication activities.

There are of course many other incredible projects that can be listed and this we will try to do.  

Being a Rotarian means having the opportunity to experience the warm fellowship of a Rotary Club which can greatly expand one’s circle of acquaintance and foster lifelong friendships, and help one do for his or her community what he or she might never accomplish alone.

Rotarians are individuals who are willing to voluntarily contribute some of their precious time and sometimes valuable expertise to make a difference in their local community and internationally.

Becoming a Rotarian opens up a new world around you whilst having fun along the way and making a positive contribution to improving the lives of fellow human beings.

It means you are a person who is willing at times to put ‘Service above Self’ a motto that most Rotarians try hard to live by. 

Rotarians have many opportunities to become involved in many of their club’s projects and numerous social events.

Moreover, you can be sure of a warm welcome from other Rotarians wherever you travel across the world and visit other clubs.

“ I have been a Rotarian since 2011, the friendships that I have made as a Rotarian over those years, has given me much joy.  The fellowship and fun that I have shared with my fellow Rotarians by doing good for our International and local communities have been the factors in my being a Rotarian.” Faiza Shafeek President of the Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign and Assistant District Governor of Rotary District 1120. 

If you wish to know more or are interested in becoming a Rotarian please contact: Louise Cheeseman, Club Secretary for the Rotary Club of Eastbourne Sovereign, at: cheesemanlouise071@gmail.com