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What is Rotary?

Rotary is short for Rotary International - a worldwide association of local clubs for men and women in business or the professions who;

  1. provide humanitarian service to the community at local, national and international level.
  2. encourage high ethical standards in all vocations.
  3. work for goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary was founded in 1905 and now has over 1.3 million members in more than 26,000 clubs in 187 countries and geographical regions.

There are 1800 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland with over 63,000 members.

Service above Self is Rotary's motto.

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster;

  1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
  2. 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.
  3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life.
  4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


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The Rotary Club of Consett

The Rotary Club of Consett was inaugurated during the darkest days of World War Two. Our first meeting took place on the 29th of January 1942 and our inaugural meeting was held on the 9th of April. Our Charter Evening took place on the 25th of June and we received our charter on the 1st of May in that year. Our sponsoring Club was Chester-le-Street who presented to us the bell that we still use today. You can see it on our Home Page. The oak wood mounting for the bell came from some old timbering from the parish church of Chester-le-Street. Our President's desk, which we also still use today, was a gift from the Rotary Club of Gateshead. In June of 1942, some 24 members were inducted into the club. Today, we are a dual gendered club with 33 members. Our first female member was inducted into the club in 1991.

Our club is a very active club and we carry out a wide variety of service and fund raising events. You can see many examples of our activities within this website. You may be interested in our Derwent Valley Challenge Walk. This is our annual sponsored walk where charities and voluntary organisations can raise funds for their own particular causes. Click on our activities page to learn more.

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Rotary Interest

If you are interested in Rotary and our activities, you can obtain further information by writing to:-

The Secretary,

The Rotary Club of Consett,

C/O Consett Golf Club,

Elmfield Road


Co. Durham


Or email us at the address on the home page

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