About Us

Who are we?

Carnforth Rotarians are enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers who get together most weeks of the year (currently via Zoom) 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. We are an equal opportunities, diverse group of men and women who work to an agreed set of standards.

All Carnforth Rotarians agree to comply with the following policy statements on payment of their annual membership subscription to Rotary International:

Who can join?

Carnforth Rotary Club is looking for men and women of all ages from all walks of life to join the network of Rotary clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland by contributing their energy, talents and professional skills to make a real difference to the lives of others.


What do we do?

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.

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.

Volunteering with Rotary could be the most important thing you ever do. Your skills and experience are invaluable in our drive to help communities at home and around the world through our volunteer work. Whether you become a member of Rotary or volunteer your time and abilities to your local club, you will be helping to make people’s lives better. Rotarians endeavour to give something back to society, while never forgetting the original desire of Rotary International’s founder Paul Harris, to promote friendship and fun amongst club members.

Rotary clubs get involved with hundreds of projects every year, championing good causes in their communities. 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.

When do we meet?

Carnforth Rotary Club currently holds face to face meetings on the first and third week of each month and via Zoom on the second and fourth week of each month, with a special event on any fifth week. Please see our calendar for up to date details. Our club has 26 active members who represent a diverse range of occupations and is one of 1,700 clubs with over 45,000 members in Great Britain and Ireland alone.

Guests and visiting Rotarians are always welcome. Please contact our secretary, Cliff Randall (secretary@carnforthrotary1190.org) if you would like to visit or join our club. We would be delighted to invite local companies to sponsor corporate members from their team.

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.

Club History

The inaugural meeting of the Carnforth Rotary Club was held on 21 May 1946 at the Carnforth Hotel and was attended by 26 prospective members. The Charter Presentation Dinner was held at the County Hotel, Carnforth on 15 October 1946. In 1977 due to a change in the availability of businessmen at lunchtime, we decided to hold our meetings in the evening, and from then on the club has been one of the best attended in the area. The Club is twinned with the Rotary Club of Altena, Netherlands and has bi-annual reciprocal Club visits.

In December 2007, following a change of management at the County Hotel, the members decided to change our weekly meeting venue after 62 years and moved to a new home at the Longlands Hotel in Tewitfield just outside Carnforth.

County Hotel, Carnforth

After a 15 year gap, the members voted to return to the County Hotel in Carnforth as the refurbishment of the Longlands reduced the size and suitability of our old meeting room.

Rotary International

Our club is part of Rotary International (RI), a global network of service volunteers. The world’s first service club was the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA. The club was formed 23 February 1905 by lawyer Paul P. Harris and three friends who were Hiram E. Shorey, a merchant tailor; Silvester Schiele, a coal dealer; and Gustavus Loehr, a mining engineer. Harris wished to recapture the friendly spirit he had felt in the small town where he had grown up. The name “Rotary” was derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey & Paul P. Harris

The first Rotary club was formed to promote fellowship among its members. Word of the club soon spread and other businessmen were invited to join. By the end of 1905, the Rotary Club of Chicago had 30 members. Three years later, a second club was formed in San Francisco, California, USA.

As Rotary grew, its focus shifted to service and civic obligations. Early service projects included building public “comfort stations” near Chicago’s City Hall and delivering food to needy families. In 1913, the 50 Rotary clubs then in existence contributed US$25,000 for flood relief in two US Midwestern states. By the end of its first decade, Rotary had grown so large (nearly 200 clubs and more than 20,000 members) that a district structure was required. During Rotary’s second decade, clubs were launched in South and Central America, India, Cuba, Europe, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

During World War I, Rotary discovered new areas of service — at home in war relief and peace-fund drives as well as in active service and overseas in emergency efforts. After World War II, many clubs disbanded during the war were re-established, initiating a new era of service. Clubs in Switzerland and elsewhere organised relief efforts for refugees and prisoners of war. Forty-nine Rotarians participated in the 1945 United Nations Charter Conference in San Francisco.

Rotary International has now grown to become the world’s largest service organisation for business and professional people, and now boasts 1,210,905 members operating in 168 countries world-wide. The Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) represents 55,000 Rotarians in 1,840 clubs, helping those in need and working towards world understanding and peace. Rotarians in every club are encouraged to get involved as much or as little as their time will allow.

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation was established in 1917 as an endowment fund and became The Rotary Foundation in 1928. When Paul Harris died in 1947, Rotarians donated generously to the Foundation as a memorial. The Rotary Foundation’s first program was Graduate Fellowships (now called Ambassadorial Scholarships), which sent 18 students abroad to seven countries in 1947.

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International was created for the purpose of “doing good in the world.” It supports Rotary’s efforts to further world understanding and peace. Through the Foundation, Rotarians sponsor international educational and humanitarian programs, where some US$90 million is invested annually.

PolioPlus is Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio. Through the efforts of Rotary and its partners in the fight against polio, more than one billion children worldwide have been immunised since 1985. By 2005, Rotary’s financial commitment had reached a half billion US dollars. Of equal significance is the huge volunteer army mobilised by Rotary International for social mobilisation, vaccine transport and immunisation activities.

Rotary’s international network helps link people in need with Rotarians in other countries who can provide resources. The Foundation’s humanitarian programs improve health care systems, support sustainable sources of food and water, and provide literacy and vocational training — particularly in developing countries.  The Rotary Foundation’s educational programs include Ambassadorial Scholarships, the world’s largest privately funded source of international scholarships. More than 1,300 scholarships are awarded annually for study in another land. Grants are also awarded for university teachers to serve in developing countries and for international exchanges of professionals.

End Polio Now Campaign

For more than 30 years Rotary has led the campaign to rid the world of polio, protecting 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from paralysis and death. With Rotary advocacy and fundraising, we are on the brink of one of the greatest global health achievements ever. Get involved with Rotary and tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

Visit https://www.rotarygbi.org/enquire/ #PeopleofAction #Community #Volunteering #EndPolio.

Working in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication is being matched two-to-one by Foundation up to $35 million a year through to 2018. The only two countries in the world which are now endemic to Polio are Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Code of Conduct

In 1989 a Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions was adopted to provide more specific guidelines for the high ethical standards called for in the Object of Rotary. In 2013 the Declaration was amended and re-named “Rotary Code Of Conduct”. It now states:

As a Rotarian I will:

1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviours and activities.

2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary.

3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others.

4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings.

5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society.

6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community.

7. Honour the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavour or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians.

8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.

The Object of Rotary

To encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life;
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four Way Test

One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary Four-Way Test. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 (later RI President in 1954-55) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives.

“Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the truth?

2. Is it fair to all concerned?

3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The Four-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, it has been translated into more than a hundred languages.