As a local estate agent, we are very proud to support the local community and worthy organisations raising funds for charity and volunteering. Established in 1970, Eastwood Rotary Club is a vibrant and growing club with a great mix of members united in maintaining a busy timetable of charitable and social activities. The club’s aim is simple – enjoy socialising while seeking fun ways to raise money that can be used to help the community.
This week we have invited Steve Malloy, Secretary of the Eastwood Rotary Club to answer a few questions about the club’s local activity.
What is Eastwood Rotary all about?
Rotary is a worldwide organisation of like-minded men and women who meet regularly to work plan and execute various fundraising activities to support local, national and international causes and charities. In our case, these include working with local charities to support disabled youngsters, raising £5,000 to help build and fit out the new Glasgow hospice and contributing over £1,000 per annum to a help eradicate polio worldwide. But, it’s not just that. We meet for a meal, invite a speaker recent ones have been on travels round France, the DEBRA charity and we have two Americans later this month talking about ragtime music!
We also have regular outings such as a Christmas panto, meals, factory visits (Tunnocks was popular) and we have a twinning arrangement with a French Rotary club who we exchange visits with annually.
What is your role within the organization?
I am currently club secretary for the club but will take on the role of treasurer from 1st July. I also look after our website and social media I.e. Twitter and Facebook… important tools in my role as PR to encourage new members. I also edit the Rotary magazine covering the 50 or so clubs in the West of Scotland.
What are your most recent projects/upcoming events?
We’re heading into the summer recess so things will be a bit quiet but as noted above, an American could visit at the end of June, we’re looking to host our French friends in August and we have two youngsters from local schools about to attend our RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camp for 5 days. That’s about helping them build up their team building and leadership skills. It’s great to meet them before and after and see what a difference the camp has made to their confidence. We also have a charity fashion show coming up in October.
How can people get involved?
Hopefully, by looking at our website, and reading things like this. Best thing to do is to come along to a club night and experience it, meet the members. You can get involved as a club member or simply offer to be a supporter. And if you have an interesting hobby or story to tell, we always welcome new speakers.
If you feel that you want to put something back into the community while gaining a whole new group of like-minded friends, then go pay our friends at Eastwood Rotary a visit. There are over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide and Eastwood is one of over 50 Rotary clubs in the West of Scotland alone.