Week 23 – Rotary past, present and future

As we head towards Christmas, my thoughts turn towards the future, and the role of Rotary in Sherborne – as well as to mince pies and turkey.

Rotary’s global network of volunteers has been changing lives for 113 years – 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Rotary in Sherborne has been part of that global network for more than 80 years supporting our community as appropriate for that time.
This photo taken in 1967 shows president Frank Indge of the original Sherborne club handing over the keys to a new £500 van to the ladies of the WRVS for the Sherborne Meals on Wheels service.  The original Sherborne club closed in 2017.

Sherborne Castles Rotary (daughter of the orginal Sherborne club) is an active and fun club, and we are always delighted to welcome new members.  Often our members are newly retired, frequently new to Sherborne, and looking to meet like minded people and to be involved in our community both socially and through volunteering.


In 2019 we plan to start a new satellite group.  We recognise that the world has changed, and the future of Rotary lies with younger people, who are likely to be interested in business networking and meeting like minded people, as well as wishing to be involved with our community, and in the national and international networking opportunities which Rotary provides.

This young Rotary group will need to fit in with the busy lifestyles of 30 – 40 years olds, so will need to be family friendly and social media savvy, using technologies such as WhatsApp to organise themselves.   Flexibility and involving friends and family is likely to be a key to the success of this group.   The group will benefit from being part of the Rotary network, but without the constraints of traditional Rotary clubs.

If you would like to know more about this new initiative in Sherborne please contact us for more information.  

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