The Crawley branch of one of the largest charitable organisations is losing members, a Rotarian has warned.
Clive Turney, the community services chairman of the Rotary of Crawley (ROC) has been a Rotarian since 1990 and seen the number of members dwindle from 35, to 12.
Clive explained his reason for joining the club was to integrate more with the local community.
He said: “I know this sounds a bit corny but I felt very strongly I wanted to put something back into the community.
“Although I had no idea at the time it turned out to be just what I wanted.
“It gave me opportunities that I just wouldn’t have been able to access as an individual - to be involved in projects and in situations that are quite unique. Like taking Santa round the streets of Crawley seeing all the children come out to see him. Also, hosting a family fun day hog roast which raised £2,500.00 to fund Cleft Palate surgery for Children in Sumatra. And taking the children from Manor Green School on a fun day to Chessington World of Adventure every summer.”
The club has funded wind turbine water wells in Bolivia and ROC is currently involved in funding sand dams in Africa to provide a reservoir of drinkable water.
Clive added: “Something else I have gained from the club which was unexpected is the whole new circle of friends and acquaintances that come with Rotary.
“Not least the social activities. We’ve done days at the races, visited the local micro brewery, inter club bowling, golf, darts and much more.”
ROC meets at The Regency Hotel, The Old Hollow, Worth, on Monday evenings at 6.35pm.
Anyone who would like to become a Rotarian or help in upcoming events, call Clive on 07860 344442 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Internationally, the Rotary has more than 34,000 clubs and one of its aims, which has almost been achieved, is to eradicate Polio.