Are You a Perennial?

Thank you for taking the time to look at our website. We have prepared some information to explain a little more about who we are and what we do and attempt to answer questions you might have.

Why Join Rotary?

To make a difference in your community.There are so many projects and activities for you to get involved in as part of Rotary. Our impact starts with you. Rotary needs more members.

What will I gain?

Social networking – Rotary is a great way to expand your social circles, meet new people and make lasting friendships, all the while having fun and making a difference. For example we have a Battlefield Tour of Normandy next Spring to which you would be most welcome. Click here for details.

Develop your skills – You can share your personal and vocational skills, take up leadership roles, as well as learning from fellow members on activities such as project planning, communications and service delivery.

Enhance your understanding – Events such as the annual Rotary Showcase and the District, National and International Conventions offer opportunities to be inspired by excellent guest speakers and develop your global understanding of Rotary and issues it tries to address. 

Business opportunities – Rotary was founded as a business networking group, and this still plays a part in Rotary today. Making connections with other members or through other members can enhance your professional life.

Work with leading organisations – Rotary’s reputation has allowed us to establish relationships with leading national and international charities, putting us at the forefront of change.

Be part of a global community – With 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries, Rotary is a global network of neighbours, friends and problem solvers making a difference in our communities. You will be made welcome as a fellow Rotarian at any club you choose to visit.

Why The Forest of Blean Rotary Club?

There are a number of clubs in the area of Canterbury each with their own unique character. We meet regularly on Monday evenings at a time when most people can attend, even if they are in fulltime employment, and we have a full and interesting speakers programme. We are very active in both the areas of community service and fundraising and feel that we really do make a difference in supporting local charities. We pride ourselves in having the most active social programme of all clubs in the area and this year hope to introduce regular walks and cycling activities for those who wish to maintain or improve their fitness – nothing too strenuous though! We have members from Canterbury, Faversham, Whitstable, Hampton, Wingham, Elham and other local villages.

What does the programme look like?

Please click here to view our future programme.

What’s it likely to cost?

Apart from a monthly membership fee of £9.17, members meet their own costs for dining and social activities. A 2-course dinner at Boughton golf Club is £15 and this is the same for partners and guests when invited. Most members operate a standing order of £55 per month, but we stress you only pay for what you attend. Our aim is to raise money for charity by our fundraising activities and not by members’ direct contributions.

What are your members like and what do they think of their Rotary experience?

Click here to read the profiles of some of our members and their views on the club.

How do I take things forward?

Click on to send an email and our current Membership Secretary, Steve Howe, will be delighted to contact you and arrange for you to visit the Club as our guest. After that visit, if you like what you see, then we suggest that you attend a number of member events, where you meet your own costs and a social event of your choosing, before making your mind up. This period can be completely flexible to suit your needs and if at any point you feel that the club is not for you then just let us know. We promise that if you contact us there will be 

No Heavy Sell.

So what is a perennial?

Ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology, and have friends of all ages. They get involved, stay curious, mentor others, are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded, risk takers who continue to push against their growing edge. They comprise an inclusive enduring mindset, not a divisive demographic.

Gail Pell editor of The What.