So successful is the Rotary movement in Grantham that a third club has been established.
A breakfast club has been launched by the Rotary Club of Grantham, for people who want to be a Rotarian but cannot make lunchtime or evening meetings because of work and family commitments.
The group will meet at the Kings Hotel (soon to become Eden House Hotel) fortnightly on Thursday mornings, from 7.15am to 8.15am, allowing members to make meetings before work.
And although the new club will follow in the footsteps of other Rotary clubs, primarily supporting community projects, many of the formal elements have been dropped to create a more relaxed, informal atmosphere.
Roger Graves, well known for his work with the Rotary Swimarathon, said: “People see Rotary as one of the most recognised community groups around the world but they also see it as too big a commitment, and many times too formal. This may have been the case years ago but more recently the movement has changed.
“The Rotary Breakfast Club is designed for all walks of life; it will have informal fortnightly meetings, people can come to it and then straight off to work, and it will also be attractive to younger family people. It doesn’t interfere with work or family life and it is more economical on the pocket.”
Supporting community projects will be more the focus than simply raising money for good causes, said Roger. And already, a project has been chosen, and equipment, cash and labour sourced. Thanks to the new club, Grantham Foodbank will soon have brand new kitchen facilities in its new Conduit Lane premises. Not only are Rotary members offering their services as tradesmen, but Roger has helped to secure a £4,800 community grant from his employer, HSBC.
Behind the setting up of the breakfast club is a steering group, chaired by Rotarian Irvin Metcalf.
He said: “We want to use our skills and expertise to help the community.
“This is not all about fund-raising, so whether you are an accountant, painter, engineer, farmer, electrician, plasterer or business person who feels that they want to put something back into the community, we would love to hear from you.”
The steering group is aiming to sign at least 20 new members to ensure it meets the minimum membership before it can be chartered as a Rotary club.
It is hoped the charter will be in place by spring of next year.
** Anyone interested in joining the breakfast club can call Irvin on 07974 798933 or Roger on 07454 941349, or email firstname.lastname@example.org