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.

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The Rotary Foundation is the charitable trust fund of Rotary International.  It is Rotary’s own charity and belongs to every member world-wide.  The creation of the fund was proposed at the 1917 convention of Rotary International held in Atlanta, Georgia by RI President Arch Klumph “for the purpose of doing good in the world in charitable, educational and other avenues of community progress”.

The objective of the Rotary Foundation is the achievement of world understanding and peace through international charitable humanitarian and educational programmes.  It is the responsibility of local clubs to sponsor applicants for scholarships; provide candidates for Group Study Exchange (GSE) teams; offer hospitality and plan programmes for visiting scholars and GSE teams.  Rotarians in clubs throughout the world provide the funds necessary to finance the increasing range and size of Rotary Foundation activities, grants and awards.

Carnforth Rotarians supported the Thanks for Life program and distributed purple crocus bulbs in October 2010 to local primary schools to plant timed to flower to celebrate Rotary International’s 106th birthday on 23 February and to raise funds to help eradicate Polio world-wide.

Crocuses have been planted at Carnforth Station and at the town markers in 2011. Purple was chosen to symbolise the dying purple of the little finger (pinkie) of each child in Polio endemic areas of Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan to indicate receipt of the vaccine.

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Chris Maddox PHF

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