Rotary District 1290
THE HISTORY OF DISTRICT 1290
A District of England in Europe
Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History
District 1290 includes West Devon, including Plymouth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The 39 Clubs in the District are grouped into 3 geographical areas.
The clubs vary greatly in size ranging from the smallest with approximately 8 members to the largest with 65, and about 1200 Rotarians within the District.
District 1290 was one of the 6 RIBI districts originally comprising District 10 which in turn, was responsible for one of the biggest community service projects of that period.
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A proposal to open a Rotary Boys House at Weston-super-Mare was made at District level in February 1923. By May, this large house in South Road had been purchased by money raised by the Clubs of District 10, and opened for holidays for socially disadvantaged children aged between 9 and 14 from Bristol and the Midlands. A per capita levy of 2/6d was made by each Rotarian member of the District. The House was a splendid example of service to the community, and continued until 1976 , when inflation, social changes and legislation and the need for extensive repairs made it impossible to continue its work. In all, almost 30,000 boys benefited from holidays from the scheme. The proceeds from the sale of the House are now held by the Rotary Holidays for Children Trust, administered by one Trustee from each of the original participating Districts (now known as 1060, 1100, 1170, 1200, 1210 and 1290).
acknowledgements to the District Board, Clubs, Members and Webmaster of the District
posted by RGHF Webmaster Greg Barlow. September 2008