What is Rotary?
Rotary clubs are based within local communities, with their members meeting on a regular basis to enjoy friendship, networking, and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others, both locally and abroad.
What are they? The official description - Rotary International is a global network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world - and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.
Rotary clubs are based within local communities, with their members meeting on a regular basis to enjoy friendship, networking, and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others. I'm a member of Motherwell & Wishaw Rotary Club and Past President of Clyde Valley Rotary Club. I'm also District Webmaster for District 1020 (Southern Scotland)
What do we do?
Where do you start?
Rotary is based round local clubs with local people, who meet regularly to enjoyeach other's company and decide on their own projects. These can be local community projects or international ones.
We organise a local primary schools quiz, and at secondary level we run a young musician competition, with the local winner going on to regional heats and a UK final. At Motherwell & Wishaw we're keeping these going, along with the other local and international projects that Motherwell & Wishaw organise.
Young Musician competition
Primary Schools Quiz
Motherwell & Wishaw are strong supporters of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and support local and international projects ranging from Furniture for Families, suppplying free furniture to referred families in need, to the WishWell project, recovering and maintaining water wells in Malawi.
We're very proud of the fact that it was three Rotarians who put the initial case for reopening the local railway line to Larkhall, closed in the 60s, which came to fruition several years later. We've supported Shelterbox, sponsored youngsters through business challenge weekends, got schools to sponsor Aquaboxes, taken stands at local gala days, and collected on behalf of End Polio Now, the international campaign to eradicate polio. You may have seen Bill gates talk about this, but it was started by Rotary.