Reaching out in the community
THE Rotary Club of Grimsby St James – which was founded in 1993 and amalgamated with the former Immingham club last year – is very proud of its heritage.
A spokesman for the 46-strong club said: "During the past 19 years we have supported financially and practically, many local, national and international charities.
"We pride ourselves in offering members and their families many opportunities to extend their social friendships, while making a massive difference to their local and international communities.
"As a snapshot period, the past five years' activities demonstrate the nature of our charitable work. During that time we have raised over £55,000 and redistributed this to more than 54 appeals and causes. The funds we need to donate to these important charities have been given by the generous people of North East Lincolnshire during several fun-runs, a golf tournament and an annual Christmas street and supermarket collection.
"We have also supported over 12 small local charities – plus five local schools – in addition to international support in Columbia, India, Ukraine, Thailand, Burma, East and South Africa.
The club meets on Thursdays at 5.45pm at the Sidewalk Restaurant, Bull Ring Lane, Grimsby. To find out more, visit www.grimsby-stjames-rotary. co.uk
Over at the Rotary Club of Grimsby Havelok, sisters are doing it for themselves – 70 per cent of the members are women. The smallest and youngest of the four local clubs was chartered in 1999, but has already established a strong connection to the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Rotaract club.
A spokeswoman for the group said: "Walking is popular, with history walks in Louth and Grimsby, including a ghost walk and treasure hunts around the town, raising money for Louth museum and Grimsby Civic Society.
"Lots of social events appear in Havelok's calendar, from quizzes and games nights to ceilidhs. The popular annual Valentine's dance has now been replaced by a 1940s style swing dance, which in March raised nearly £600 for the President's charity – The Big Red Heart Appeal.
"One of the club's other focuses has been raising funds for the wheelchair foundation – a non-profit organisation which aims to create international awareness of the needs of people with physical disabilities and provide a wheelchair to everyone who needs one, but cannot afford one. A club member has just returned from Namibia where she was involved with wheelchair distribution.
"Funds raised have included the Diana, Princess of Wales hospital children's ward, goats for India, and the rotary Foundation – Rotary's own charity – which all clubs raise funds for."
The club meets at Millfield's Hotel Bargate, every Wednesday evening. To find out more, call 01472 750300 or visit havelokrotary.org.uk
In tomorrow's Telegraph, the work of the Rotary Club of Cleethorpes and the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Rotaract club.