Uckfield Rotary Club is seeking new members and held an event last night to raise awareness of the charity and celebrate its contribution to the community.
The club’s first female president Karen Kemp told guests at Uckfield Rugby Club that the organisation is gradually evolving but its motto remains Service Above Self.
Karen said Rotary members would be seen later this year collecting for charity next to the town’s Christmas tree but she wondered whether people knew what the money was used for.
Rotary events include the Kit Car Grand Prix held during the Uckfield Festival and her chosen charities were Girl Guiding Uckfield, and the Chevasse Recovery Centre at Colchester which helped rehabilitate injured soldiers.
Rotary runs an award, Making Dreams Come True, in memory of Private Daniel Gamble, from Uckfield, who died in Afghanistan. The aim is to help a number of young people to fulfill a dream.
One of those to benefit from the £1,000 award was Ailsa Jones, who put her money towards the £6,000 she needed to gain qualifications which would enable her to start her own business as a dog groomer.
She attended last night’s event and told Uckfield News how she won the award in 2013, completed City and Guilds Level 2 and 3 in Professional Dog Grooming, and with further help from the Prince’s Trust started her business, based in Maresfield, in July.
Rotary president Karen, who lives on Manor Park, who is also a Guide leader, said that in order for the organisation to continue with its good works it needed young members to help it grow and thrive.
She joined eight years ago and became president this year.
She said: “I have always like to be involved and do my bit and I enjoy what Rotary does in the community, it is really rewarding, and the social side of it is a spin-off from the fund-raising. Everybody is lovely and friendly. It is a nice organisation to belong to.”
Earlier she told guests that Rotary was evolving. Not all members were retired, nine of them were working, and there was no commitment to attend weekly meetings. It was recognised that people led busy lives.
She said: “There is so much to gain from volunteering, so much fun and satisfaction from doing your bit and getting involved helping your community and the wider global community.”
If you are interested in joining Rotary please contact Karen by email at email@example.com or secretary Kayleigh Fear by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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