Many things are very different when you are up close to them compared to when you are some distance away - Rotary can be one of them.
When I was in my twenties I went along to a Rotary meeting in Walsall with a friend who was then the manager of a local insurance company. It was a lunchtime meeting lasting an hour. All the men (it was all men back then) seemed to be well heeled local business types trying to impress each other. It was obvious that I couldn’t afford to join a group like that.
A number of years later I bumped into an old friend of mine who had been in the Scouts with me and found out that he was a Rotarian so I asked if I could join them. I have now been with them for ten years and have had the pleasure and privilege of being their president for one of those years.
Rotary has changed and is changing – it now takes women (hurrah), it much more relaxed, you don’t have to be as well off as those men appeared to be all those years ago and it’s not so stuffy!
From a personal point of view I enjoy our weekly meetings – there’s a little leg pulling and banter as you would expect and we get a chance to raise substantial amounts of money for local, national and international charities. The charity that I am most impressed with is the Polio Plus campaign. Have a look on the website for more details.
Why not come along to one of our Thursday evening meetings at DHGC you will get a warm welcome and if you ask for Jeremy I promise I’ll buy you a drink!
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The Club works with local schools and youth groups in many ways. We run several Rotary competitions at a local, district & national level but these can be adapted in any way to suit the needs of the group.more
Show your pooch to thousands of people in the community and help to raise money for charity. Upload a photograph of your dog, choose a category to enter and make a minimum donation of £2 for charity.more
The Rotary Shoebox Scheme has been running since 1994. https://www.rotaryshoebox.org/about-us/ Each year the scheme sends around 50,000 boxes or gifts to countries in Eastern Europe. Gifts are sent throughout the year to orphanages, homes and hospitals.more
The Tree of Light stands in the Morrisons' store in Aldridge. Lights on the tree can be sponsored to remember our loved ones at this special time of the year. This is a major fundraiser for the club and helps us to support many projects.more