Rayleigh Mill Rotary Event at Rayleigh Museum 28th February 2017 – Posted in: News and Events, Uncategorised – Tags: , , , , , ,

Rayleigh museum

Rayleigh Museum

Last week Rayleigh Mill Rotary Club held an awareness event at the museum in the High Street.

Running over several days it was part of a nation wide awareness drive to raise the profile of Rotary Clubs within local towns. As Rayleigh is lucky to have a local museum it was felt that it would be the perfect location to hold this as much of the display explained the history of Rotary itself which is a huge international organisation. From its humble beginnings back in 1905, when it was set up by Paul Harris a lawyer in Chicago for like minded business people to give something back to their local community, to the huge organisation that we know it as today with over approximately 35,000 clubs and 1.2 million members world wide.

An interesting fact as to why the name Rotary came to be is that the early members used to literally ‘rotate’ their meetings at each others offices and whilst today clubs are based in a specific location any member can freely attend meetings at any other clubs.

Our local group is called The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill and whilst they used to hold their meetings here they are now held at The Rayleigh Club on The Hullbridge Road on Monday evenings.The group hold many charitable events and campaigns helping to raise vital funds for both large scale charities and in particular small local ones.

Past activities have included The concert in Priory Park in Southend, Purple pinkie week which has helped to eradicate Polio, Shelter Boxes and Dictionaries for schools where all local year six children In the seven Rayleigh schools have received a Dictionary totally funded by the club as an acknowledgement of their support of education and literacy skills in young children plus monetary donations to the Todman Centre, Southend and Basildon Hospitals and The RNLI to name just a few. The guys are also always out in the High Street for the Christmas light switch on

If you are curious about Rotary and may be thinking of joining, the club welcomes both make and female members. Traditionally partners and ladies have joined Inner Wheel clubs but increasingly clubs are seeing a rise in clubs becoming open to both sexes and Rayleigh Mill proudly welcomed their first lady member last year, Jackie Welman seen in the photo below on the left.

Awareness Event

Awareness event

The photo shows Jackie Welman, Mike Lodge from Holy Trinity Church, Bill Farmer the current Rotary President and on the far right Mike Davies from the museum itself, amongst others assembled on the opening night last week.

Why Join Rotary?
If you are thinking of joining then you wont be disappointed. It is a great club with a fun loving and youthful outlook. There are numerous social events including BBQs, theatre trips, days out and of course the annual ladies night.

Do I have to commit to many hours every week?
Meetings are held every Monday evening at half seven at The Rayleigh Club and a meal is included but you do not have to attend each week or even the meal itself just the meeting is commuting back form work is difficult. Whilst members are encouraged to take on active roles for specific duties there is no requirement and you can simply attend as many or as few meetings and events as you wish to with or without your partners!!!!

Check out their membership info at www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1797

or email them at members@rayleighmillrotary.club

or speak to Carl Watson at Squires Coffee Shop in The High Street if you want any further information.