HAVING dinner with members of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven was an enjoyable evening full of banter and good food.
I decided to go along to one of the club’s weekly meetings at Grantham’s Ramada Hotel to find out what members get up to when they’re not holding fund-raisers or packing Trade Aid boxes.
The Rotarians were such a lovely bunch of people and it was evident from the outset that they are passionate about supporting charities, both local and international.
Following a welcoming address by club president Marion Strange, Tom Lamin gave a talk about his recent fund-raising trip to join the Nijmegen Marches. The focus continued to be centred upon charitable causes throughout the dinner, from a raffle to the passing along of a donation box.
But it was clear that there is more to the club than fund-raising, important though that is - it is a support network of friends who enjoy dinner once a week, go on trips together and get to know people in the community through their fund-raising work.
Marion said: “The club is perfect for people who are interested in serving their community and who are interested in fellowship.
“Rotarians come from all walks of life and you meet so many new friends here. It doesn’t matter where you go, you always know someone and that’s one of the great things about being a Rotarian, alongside being able to do something for others and give something back.”
Treasurer Bob McKinlay added: “If you want to help people and do good in the world, Rotary is a very good way of doing it, there’s no doubt about that.”
A highlight of my evening with the Rotarians was a talk by Neil Woodmansey, technical rescue manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, who was joined by search dog Holly. It was fascinating to hear about the pair’s work and to meet the adorable black labrador.
The club is treated to talks every so often, which many said they look forward to.
l If you feel you would enjoy becoming a Rotarian, call secretary David Burr on 01664 464234. The club meets at the Ramada Hotel on Wednesday evenings from 7pm.