Rotary club members’ sense of community spirit

Rotary club members with, front, from left, David Staples, Steve Buffery, Jo Sunner and Graham Anderson     Photo: SG22011-62MD
Rotary club members with, front, from left, David Staples, Steve Buffery, Jo Sunner and Graham Anderson Photo: SG22011-62MD

WITH members from all walks of life, it is an overwhelming sense of community spirit that unites those who make up The Rotary Club of Bourne.

It’s a unique organisation that brings together the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine over lunch while learning about everything from polio eradication to the challenges faced by a prison officer.

Rotary clubs around the world sell themselves on offering an environment where you can laugh, learn and support your community with a bunch of like-minded people and the one based in Bourne is no exception.

The club has achieved great things, earning it a place in our I Love Bourne campaign and the chance to shout about why new recruits should give it a go.

Club president Jo Sunner, of King Street, West Deeping, said: “Rotary is much more than just a social club. It’s a national and international organisation and that is what excites our members. It is a chance to know you have made a difference to people across the world.”

Mr Sunner, 54, has been a member for nine years and one of his personal highlights is when the club became one of the first in the country to provide a solar oven for a disadvantaged Argentinian community. He also enjoys the fundraising events like swimathons and fun runs.

He said: “We start the year with nothing, can raise up to £17,000 and then end the year by handing it over to local and international good causes which is very satisfying.”

Although the fundraising efforts set Rotary apart from other organisations, it is the variety which attracts most members.

Each week the 26-strong group meets for lunch at The Wishing Well Inn at Dyke and often enjoys guest speakers. Topics are varied, from occupations to hobbies, and anything goes. There are also evening meetings on the fifth Tuesday of the month and regular social events.

Rotarian Bob Brown, of Elder Close, Bourne, said: “I joined 10 years ago when I was looking around to give something back to the community. Our members get a lot of satisfaction from the charity work but they also get a lot of laughs from the social events and I have learnt all sorts of things that I wouldn’t otherwise have known.”

Anyone interested in joining the group is urged to get in touch and go along to a few taster meetings before signing up.

Club facts...

Club: Rotary Club of Bourne

Launched: 1968

Meetings: Every Tuesday from 1-2pm at The Wishing Well Inn, Dyke and on the fifth Tuesday of the month for an evening event

Club aims: Members give their time and talents to serve communities at home and overseas alongside regular social and fundraising events

Membership profile: Men and women aged 18+

Number of members: 26

Membership cost: £120 per year

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