Ah! What a year 2020 has been! The Rotarians of Lymington are utterly devastated, that under current restrictions it's simply not feasible for Santa to visit Lymington in his Sleigh this Christmas.
And with all this year's events cancelled Rotary has been unable to raise the funds as custodians of which they then pass on to local deserving causes. Its two big community events the Lymington Spectacular and Santa on the Quay have both been cancelled due to Covid.
However in typical un-hyped fashion some lovely things have nevertheless happened this year and indeed including this Christmas, thanks to the Rotary team.
In the autumn, crocuses were planted with the help of local schools particularly Lymington Junior School - before and after photos in the gallery below are a reminder to us all in dark days, how much joy the fruits of the garden can bring!
Ongoing Rotary supported activities for local schools include the presentation of dictionaries for the local Junior Schools, and Prizegiving at Priestlands. Again see photos in the Gallery below.
For Christmas, trees have been provided where people can see and enjoy them, inside St Thomas Church (a small compensation for the also cancelled St Thomas Christmas Tree Festival) and outside the United Reform Church in the centre of town.
Rotary is a wonderful, inclusive, social network for like minded individuals who feel able to "give something back" and serve their community, and who value the friendship of fellow members too.
Charitable organisation Rotary International is one of the world’s largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries.
It was founded by Paul Harris, a Chicago Lawyer, in 1905 and now has members in over 200 countries worlwide.
Rotary’s mission worldwide is based on the premise of serving others to give something back, and advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace by utilising the skills, talents and energy of its members collectively.
Rotary Club of Lymington has been serving the Lymington Community since 1948.
It organises two major community events each year, raising enormous funds which are then carefully reinvested back into local communities and international causes which sit with the overall aims of the Rotary movement.
In August: the fantastically successful and far reaching Lymington Spectacular & Classic Car Show held in Woodside Park and...
In December: Father Christmas - including appearances at the various light switching on and other local community events and the pinnacle of the season, the increasingly popular "Santa on the Quay" when the Lymington RNLI bring Father Christmas to the quay by boat for a very special visit to all the assembled children.
All the money collected goes to local and international charities.
There are lots of other committments for Rotarians including Bingo at a local care home, collecting on the street for international disasters and so on.
There are also many membership activities such as inter Rotary club sports, theatre outings, local walks, formal events such as Presidents night, and eating out together.
Rotarians come from a diverse range of occupations and background and Rotary does not discriminate on gender, race or belief. Those who are working and and those who have retired are welcomed alike.
Meetings are held on Wednesday lunch time 12.45 for 1pm in the Robert Hole Room at the Lymington Centre, except for the last Wednesday in the month when the meeting is held in the evening to make the Club more accessible to working Rotarians. The caterer at the Lymington Centre is well known local chef Fiona Hill of Real Food Catering who provides an excellent menu.
Evening meetings are held at the South Lawn Hotel in Milford on Sea: 6.30 for 7pm finishing by 8.30pm. South Lawn Hotel has an excellent reputation and is a well recommended hotel for visitors from other parts of the country. Several times a year Friends and Family are invited to evening meetings too.
The tried and tested Rotary motto is "Service above Self". If you feel you would like put something back into the community either locally or internationally Rotary can an enjoyable way of achieving it. The best way better to understand is to attend a meeting! Find out more information about membership here.