Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames
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Maidenhead Thames Rotary Club is an active, thriving and vibrant Club, made up of local businessmen and professionals several of whom are retired from working life though still active!
We have 40 members. Turnover of membership is around 4 % per year. Although there is no longer a rule on the levels of attendance, our Club meets on Monday evenings at the Holiday Inn, with average weekly meetings attendance generally around 50%, reflecting the interest, enthusiasm and commitment of our membership at large.
For a few years now, Rotary worldwide has been dual gender, and Maidenhead Thames welcomed its first two Lady Rotarians last year.
So, what do we do on Mondays? Well, 2-3 times a month, we have speakers. The first Monday of the month, we have a Committee meeting when we review what we have done, and agree what we would like and have to do. On the last Monday of the month, the chairman of each committee advises the membership at large what we have done and propose to do, thus seeking the support and endorsement of the Club for the way forward.
We maintain a good programme of events and activities. This not only includes social activities and visits but also fundraising for charitable and deserving organisations and individuals. In addition to supporting charities, we are also involved in support programmes to the local schools through reading at schools, school governorship, essay and poetry competitions, etc. We raise around £7,500 to £15,000 annually for good causes.
Our Club is one of 31,000 clubs worldwide, with membership among 1.1 million Rotarians worldwide, who have pledged to:
̃ serve the community locally, nationally and globally
̃ promote the highest ethical standards in all areas of working life
̃ apply the ideal of service in our personal, business and community life
̃ work for peace and goodwill in the ideal of service worldwide.
We are twinned with a Dutch Club in Hengelo and a French Club in Paris. We exchange reciprocal annual visits and sometimes share resources in undertaking overseas projects such as an orphanage in Russia or a hydro scheme in Nepal.
So why join Rotary? Well, it's a good way of meeting likeminded people for fellowship, networking and for putting something back into the community, both locally and internationally, and it is extremely satisfying and fun! We pay a small annual subscription fee and then about £12 on Mondays for a three course or buffet meal.
Why not pay us a visit or two to find out more about our Club, and see if Rotary is for you? There is no obligation or pressure from us to join. You can contact me by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org,
Yours in Rotary
Chairman, Membership Committee