Rotary could be the club for you
Would you like to meet new people, give something back to your local community and help improve the lives of others – all while having fun at the same time? If so, have you considered becoming a Rotarian?
South Holland Rotary Club is keen to welcome new - male and female - members to get involved in a whole range of exciting projects and fundraising activities across the district and beyond.
Rotary is the biggest service organisation in the world – with a network of 35,000 clubs globally, 500 of which are in Great Britain. Its members work together to promote peace, fight disease and provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene. They support education and help grow local economies too.
The South Holland Rotary Club, founded in 1983, currently has 29 members, who meet weekly at the Woodlands Hotel, in Pinchbeck Road, Spalding.
Club press officer Steve Colby has been a Rotarian since 1988. After living in other parts of the county he decided on his return to South Holland that he wanted to meet up with old and new friends and do something for the community outside his working life.
“Rotary was the perfect club to join,” he says. “It’s just about meeting like-minded people who want to do a bit of good for the area as well as nationally and internationally – and we do have great fun.
“Although we’re primarily a service organisation I’ve generally been involved in the fundraising activities and other projects including Santa’s sleigh, sponsored events, school wildlife gardens and helping with car parking at various public events in the town.”
Steve, who has been the club’s president twice, said members are very sociable and enjoy quizzes, car rallies, treasure hunts, theatre trips and more outside of their rotary work.
During the past 30 years the club has helped raise more than £230,000 for Rotary charities through its Santa’s Sleigh, it has sponsored disabled candidates to take part in outdoor activity holidays, organised Christmas shoe box appeals and supported and helped at other events including charity golf days, the town’s Remembrance Parade and organising Music in the Gardens at Springfields and other venues.
Rotarians from South Holland have also been instrumental in helping to eradicate polio – taking part in immunisation programmes overseas and funding vehicles to make those journeys possible. Thanks to the effort of Rotary and its partners more than 16 million people who otherwise might have been paralysed are walking today.
“We’re always on the lookout for new members - both men and women are welcome to join us,” Steve added. “If you’re new to the area, it’s a great way of meeting new people. Our meetings are incredibly varied, we have speakers to entertain and educate us and we get involved in various projects. After all, it’s much better to work with a number of people rather than alone.”
Members are required to pay club dues, attend meetings and events and use their professional skills and talents to make a difference.
* To find out more about South Holland Rotary Club contact club secretary Ian Smee on 01775 714722 or visit the website www.rotary-ribi.org
It's not just for men!
Joining South Holland Rotary Club gave Sue Wray the opportunity to meet new people and get involved in a variety of projects that would benefit her community.
Now retired, Sue who previously started the Butterfly Hospice Trust and Spalding Hospice Foundation charities, was looking for a new challenge that would enable her to continue helping people.
When a friend suggested she become a Rotarian earlier this year she decided to give it a go.
“Walking into a room of strangers was quite daunting, but knowing a couple of others made it easier and everyone was so friendly and welcoming which gave me the encouragement to do it,” says Sue.
“For me I wanted to be able to help other people in the wider community as part of a group and make a difference by doing practical things.
“Everybody has different skills, and the club is a very sociable and friendly one, although I was really surprised to find there weren’t more female members.
“For anyone else considering getting involved, I’d definitely recommend it, but I would say you can’t just come along for a couple of weeks – you’ve got to give it a chance and get involved in the projects to see what it’s all about.”