Wednesday, April 28, 2010
If you are content with life and want to give something back to the world the Rotary Club of Yatton and District could be the group to join.
The 19 members give up their own time to lend a hand to good causes, whether in North Somerset or thousands of miles away.
The Rotarians recently put on an event at the Precinct, in Yatton, to display a product called shelterbox, which was invented by a group of Cornish Rotarians and now provides relief in disaster situations all over the world.
International committee chairman Tony Wilcox said: "Whether it's a small village in Africa or the huge area affected by the Asian tsunami, we will help out and there's always a branch nearby to carry out our work at the other end.
"Every penny we raise at our events will end up with the cause and nobody takes expenses."
The club also does a lot of work for local charities and often seeks out good causes to support, as well as accepting requests for help.
They have recently sponsored a Yatton netball project and carry out fund-raising for charities in their area.
Tony said: "People come to us with requests for help, but we also hear about things going on in the area and may then seek them out to offer out services."
But it is not all charity work because Yatton Rotarians also take part in more leisurely pursuits.
These include recent tours of Butcombe Brewery and the cheese factory at Alvis Farm Stores.
The club also receives regular guest speakers, from policemen to charity workers and members of the clergy.
Although the club started with a group of white-collar professionals, members now come from all walks of life.
People from all backgrounds are welcome to join the club and, unlike many rotary clubs, women are welcome.
Tony said: "It doesn't make us unique, but I think we're a pretty special club."
* Name of club: Rotary Club of Yatton and District.
* Founded: 1995.
* Membership: 19.
* Who the club caters for: Everyone.
* Meeting place and time: Cadbury House Hotel and Country Club on Monday nights at 7.15pm.
* Who to contact for more details: Club Secretary Stan Cumbel 01934 833616.