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RIBI President's view of Rotary

In addition, the following article from the national press on 28 July marking the appontment of Nan McCredie as President of RIBI is a very good description of how and what Rotary does today.

Take a fresh look at Rotary

Rotary International has been established in Great Britain and Ireland for over 100 years, carrying out volunteering work, helping local communities and raising money for good causes. It can easily be described as something that is Best of British yet research suggests that whilst most people have heard of Rotary many are not sure what it actually does.

What is Rotary?

Rotary International began originally as business networking group but quickly espanded its focus to voluntary community service, helping others and humanitarian projects at home and overseas. These are still major part of Rotary's activities and its members are drawn from all walks of business professional life. So by joining Rotary, not only are you helping your community, but you benefitting your business and social life too.

Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) has come a long way since the first club opened back in 1911. It has evolved and moved with' the times adapting  to the modern world and this year appointed its first ever female president, Nan McCreadie. During her year in office, Nan will be focusing on attracting new members, especially women and young people who are interested in volunteering.

Nan McCreadie says: "We know that there are people who would like to get involved in volunteering so this year we are looking at how we can facilitate this by working flexibly around busy lifestyles. Many clubs have already moved away from the. traditional lunchtime or evening meetings, which can be incompatible with busy lives. Instead, some have breakfast meetings; others are. forming clubs that meet online and those where members have young children, meet in each other's homes. With clubs in. virtually every city and town in Great Britain and Ireland, there are numerous ways in which people can join Rotary and get involved in the many exciting local, national international community projects we carry out each year."

We're for Communities

All of our work is about helping communities. Whether organising a charity fun run or helping with disaster relief anywhere in the world, our club life is very diverse.

From making your local community a better place to live, to the global network dedicated to eradicating polio from the world, RIBI supports all types of communities. We seek: out and champion life's doers, joiners-up and muckers-in, then we work with them to make sure that their skills are put to good use.

We're for making a difference

Join Rotary and you join a group of people who are making a difference in all sorts of communities. We believe that society and people are at their best when they work together. That way we can help our cities, towns and villages become better places in which to live, through supporting a wide range of causes, events and individuals.

We're looking for like-minded people to join us so that they can help us to help others, whilst making friends along the way. If that sounds like you, we'd love to have you with us.

We're for encouraging young people

We believe in .encouraging young people and our annual Young Chef, Young Musician and Young Citizen competitions are just some of the activities you could get involved in.

We're for socialising

Outside their community work our 53,000 members in Great Britain and Ireland share an interest in friendship and having a good time. Every club organises social events and activities that provide a welcome break from hectic business life and the chance to forge new friendships.. Visit any of our clubs and feel the sense of camaraderie. You'll be in good company.

We’re a global community

When you join Rotary, you become a member of our global family which has over 1.2 million Rotarians around the world. So wherever you are on your travels, one of 34,000 clubs in almost 200 countries will be nearby to give you a warm welcome and .help you out if needed. .

The following article also puts Rotary in perspective

What does Rotary do?

It is said that every minute of every day Rotary will touch the lives of millions somewhere in the world. By combining their skills and resources, members of Rotary are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.

In local communities alone, each club raises tens of thousands of pounds for community projects and local charities, often more. Members also volunteer their time - supervising community events, running a host of projects aimed at promoting the achievements of young people, coordinating educational programmes, and supporting local businesses.

Because Rotary is found in more than 200 countries and regions worldwide, we are in the unique position of being able to reach people in need all over the planet, from running life-changing projects in developing countries to making an immediate response to disaster-hit regions.

In addition, Rotary also has its own charity - The Rotary Foundation - which funds the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty throughout the world. Anyone wishing to donate to this charity can do so and if they pay income tax can claim gift aid which increases the value of the donation. These donations require a specific form which can be accessed from this page

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