MORE than £50,000 was raised recently by the Rotary Global Swimarathon, which spread around the world after being discussed at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Grantham.
So I decided to go along to one of its lunch-time meetings to see what other inspirational ideas were being formulated.
When I first arrived I was greeted at the door by Roger Graves, who dreamt up the idea of the global swim.
He showed me to my seat ready for lunch where I was welcomed by everyone from the club.
It was clear to me from the very start just how friendly the group were, you could never feel lonely as a Rotarian here.
Formal introductions were given for each guest and I found out that two of them are taking part in a Rotary Youth Exchange Programme, which gives them the chance to travel across the world to learn about different cultures while teaching others about their lives, ideas and culture. Sadly I’m two years too old!
We were then served a two-course lunch which allowed everyone the time to have a chat with the rest of the people on their table.
Susanne Rea, who is a Rotarian from Australia, was on my table. She only found out about Grantham when she started talking to the club’s social media expert, Paul Wilson, on Facebook about the Rotary Global Swimarathon. She then set about spreading the word and in fact arranged one of the biggest events worldwide.
It really showed me how much the club does, not just locally but also on the other side of the world to fund-raise and help people.
If you want to get involved the members are always ready to welcome new people.
For more information about the club and becoming a member contact Irvin Metcalf on 01476 570800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org