In praise of service clubs

Recently I visited my brother Russell in Queensland. It was Tuesday evening and he needed an early night. Wednesday mornings, bleary eyed, he’s off to his breakfast meeting with Rockhampton Rotary Club. As treasurer, he handles assistance abroad, in this case to a community in Vietnam. Russ is now retired and I think Rotary has been a timely new experience for him.

So, ‘service’ clubs, what are they for and why should we support them? The clue, of course, is in the key word ‘service’ to others. There seem to be two main service clubs in the Ripples area – Rotary and Lions. My apologies if I have missed any.

Some readers who are in Rotary or Lions tell me it is difficult to attract members nowadays. There are so many competing activities and, somehow, our lives seem to be busier than ever. Yet, it is well known that our rural communities offer a lonely existence for many. So if that’s you, perhaps you might consider the camaraderie and satisfaction of helping others that the service clubs offer. Yes, the service clubs welcome both men and women.

Rotary's motto is ‘service above self’ and that is the bond which ties together the members of the Club. Members give their time to a range of fundraising activities enabling Rotary to support charities in the local area and to help people abroad when disaster strikes.

Cirencester Rotary meets on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 6.15pm for tea and business meeting, 2nd Wednesdays at 7.30pm for evening meal with guests and speaker and 4th Wednesdays at 7.30pm member’s dinner with speaker. Meetings are at Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester. Membership enquiries via the Rotary website: www.rotarygbi.org.

Cricklade Rotary meets on Thursdays at 7.45pm at The White Hart Hotel, Cricklade. Membership enquiries via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lions are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to help others and support good causes. Lions clubs serve local communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.

Lechlade and District Lions meet on 2nd and 4th Thursday, 8.00 pm at The Riverside Inn, Lechlade. Membership enquiries to Brian Ellis: 01285 712516, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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