When it comes to giving back to the community there can be few more committed organisation than the Rotary Club.
Kirkby in Ashfield Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Sutton-in-Ashfield raise thousands of pounds for charity every year.
They sponsor deserving causes and enable people young and old to fufill their ambitions in a variety of endeavours.
Ron Walker has been a member of the The Kirkby club for 28 years and his enthusiasm for the Rotary Club shines through.
He is keen to attract new members to experience what it means to be a committed Rotarian.
Mr Walker, 86 said: “One part of the philosophy of Rotary is to put back into the community what we have been able to obtain from it .
“The other is to have fun. We are not stuck in the mud, we have a laugh.
“Our meetings are well structured but we don’t take ourselves too seriously we have plenty of social events in the Social Club and elsewhere.
“It’s great fun getting out to schools, youth organisations and helping older peoples’ charities.
“It proves A small group of people can do something to help people. It is very worthwhile and satisfying.
“What more could you ask?”
It seems hardly a week goes by without people in Ashfield benefiting from a Rotary event.
To name but a few, regular beneficiaries are Cancer Research and the Air ambulance. in Kirkby. A recent a ferret race was held with donations going to local food banks.
From Christmas events like Santa’s grotto and sleighride the Kirkby club donated several thousand pounds to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Kirkby Rotary Club sponsors four young people each year to go on Outwood Bound courses.
In its latest donation, The Rotary Club has given cheques of £100 each to Kirkby junior gymnasts, brothers Jacob and Joseph Ward.
Jacob, 11 and Jospeh, 9 both attend the Nottinghamshire Gymnastics Academy at West Bridgford.
Ron said: “They are elite gymnasts and best in their age group in the East Midlands. They compete nationally now after coming first in the regional competitions.
“Their need for funds is for entry fees and travel costs.
“We were only too pleased to help.”
Ron said: “It is what Rotary does. It is dedicated to the community. It’s a Worldwide organisation - in this district Notts an Derbyshire, we have 57 clubs with thousands of members, men and women of all ages and occupations.”
The Kirkby club has been going for more than 65 years.
Now it has started a recruitment campaign, relaxing its rules to attract new members.
Ron Walker said: “We are all getting older and we need new members to help us in our community work. On Tuesday we took on seven new members, bringing our membership to 24.
“We have introduced a new kind of membership where people can come in when they like and join in community events and fundraisers.”
The Kirkby in Ashfield Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays at Coxmoor Golf Club, Coxmoor Road, 7 for 7.15pm. To become a member, contact Rotarian Philip Hurt on 0784952245. For full club details, calendar, activity reports and photographs, see their website at www.rotary1220.org/kia
The Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield meets every Monday at 6.30 pm (Excepting Bank Holidays) at The St. Joseph’s Social Club on High Pavement, Sutton-in-Ashfield. The website is http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1330
Captions: nmac-rotaryfeature: Junior gymnasts Jacob and Joseph Ward, sponsored for £100 each, pictured with Rotarian John McEwen.
nmac-rotary-ron walker2: Ron Walker of The Kirkby in Ashfield Rotary Club.
nmac-rotaryfeature2: The first, local stage of the Rotary Young Chef national competition, hosted at Ashfield School by the club.
nmac-rotaryfeature3: TV antiques star Charles Hanson valued 250 items for members of the public at St Wilfird’s Church, Kirkby for church funds.