About Rotary Castlebar
Castlebar Rotary Club is in existence over 30 years. A number of the club's founder members, John Kilkelly, Jim Finan, Seamus Cashin and John McHugh are still active members.
The club was chartered on the 23rd May 1978. Many of the members are well-known business owners and professionals working in Castlebar and the surrounding region. Rotary Castlebar has five lady members. The club is run by a council of members who meet once a month.
Club President for 2013-2014 is John O'Donnell, Castlebar Flowers, Spencer St, Castlebar. Immediate Past President is Breda Gilvarry, Mayo Leisure Point.
|Last two Club Presidents - President Fred Flynn and President Breda Gilvarry|
Current President John O'Donnell
The club meets once a week over dinner on a Tuesday at 1.15pm or at 6.30pm (depending on the season) in Breaffy House Hotel evenings to facilitate members that have difficulty leaving work during the day.
The club has supported many charities over the years, including Mayo Autism, Pink Ribbon Appeal, Womens Refugee Centre, Rape Crisis centre, Social Service Centre, Irish Association of Suicidology, St Vincent de Paul, St Brids Special School, Sacred Heart Home, Emigration Liaison Committee, Foroige, St Vincent de Paul, Mayo Mental Helth, Kopo South Africa, Lets Move/St Pats National School, Youth Leadership Competitions, Mock Interviews for Youth, Ambassadorial Scholars, Free blood tests, RNLI, Turkish Earthquake, Tsunami relief. Emergency relief - aqua boxes, shoebox appeal, shelter boxes. The club aslso works with the Schools in the area.
Rotary has four principal programme areas:
Rotary Foundation, Rotary's own charity (see link at top of page).
Rotary also organises social and fun events for its members, family and friends. Social evenings or a day out such as golf, sailing, bowling, Italian nights, murder mystery, quizzes, Jigs and Reels, Caribbean night, Wild West party even a weekend to Paris! Fellowship is a very strong ethos within Rotary.