Community Service is the range of activities which Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community.
Many official Rotary programs are intended to meet community needs, whether it be to promote literacy, help the elderly or disabled, combat urban violence or provide opportunities for local youth.
So what does Rotary do for Astley?
If you are a member of the general public you can be forgiven for thinking that the answer to the above question is "They come round at Christmas on floats and collect money", as this is probably the only time that you come face to face with a Rotarian.
However, the Rotary Club of Astley is working every day of the year in your community without you realising it.
The money that is collected at Christmas and the other fund raising events throughout the year is distributed back into the community on numerous worthy projects.
This year, money raised from the Christmas float meant that 50 elderly people were given Christmas food hampers.
Within the local area the Rotary Club of Astley is noted for the scale of its activity and involvement in local projects.
In the past, the club has been involved in projects in and around the Astley area such as:
All of this work goes on without any fuss or bother, simply as a result of Rotarians being willing to give their time and expertise to help the people of Astley.
more Earlier this winter, we provided flower bulbs to the Leigh Miners Rangers Rugby League Academy. With the assistance of volunteers from the Princes Trust, the bulbs were planted all across the grounds of their club house on Manchester Road, Leigh.
more In association with Tyldesley Centurions Amateur Boxing Club. Friday 7th December 2012
more A terrific day's racing was witnessed by a crowd of around 500, who packed into the Gin Pit arena.
more The Dictionary 4 Life (UK edition) helps Rotary clubs to promote Literacy within local schools.