Centenary of Rotary in Wales

Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones was delighted to sponsor an event at the Senedd recently to celebrate 100 years of Rotary service in Wales. There was a great turnout with lots of Rotary Clubs represented including his own– the Rotary Club of Bridgend of which he is an Honorary member. Mr Jones knows from first-hand experience the good work that Rotary members do and over the years so many members have been involved in changing lives and improving communities- making that difference.

The celebration at the Senedd included a showcase of the Rotary International projects that have been supported in Wales such as distributing small filtration units, ‘Lifestraws’, to areas where there is contaminated water and the Rotary Doctor Bank initiative and a number of community projects such as the Rotary Young Carers project. Rotarians are also working with partner organisations in their local communities to make them ‘dementia friendly’.

As part of the special event, Mr Jones was also invited to present framed certificates to Rotarians and people in the community who are working to make a difference in their area.

The first Welsh Rotary Club was the Rotary Club of Cardiff set up in 1917- the 17th Rotary Club in the UK. Other Rotary Clubs then followed and so began a journey of Rotary service in Wales.

Mr Jones said “I am honoured to be part of the Rotary of Bridgend. Bridgend Rotary has a little way to go before it celebrates its own specific centenary as it was founded in 1925. Bridgend Rotary has always been hugely active and its members have been involved in a wide range of community, youth and charitable activities. Here’s to another 100 years of Rotary in Wales.”