So many ways to be of service

American Rotarians took part in a smoke detector scheme
American Rotarians took part in a smoke detector scheme
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Many people see the word Rotary and think they know what it means but they may not know about all the things the group does in our local communities, nationally and across the world.

People see Rotarians directing traffic at the Dragon Boats event at Wicksteed Park and they see Rotarians on the streets collecting for Marie Curie or another worthy cause.

They know that some Rotarians will be doing good works at Christmas – but what about the other things Rotarians do?

If you read this column regularly you will have noticed that Rotary has been very active in our community supporting young musicians, chefs and public speakers, looking after disabled men and women through Sailability and MIND for example, raising awareness of the plight of disadvantaged and disabled people and playing a leading part in the eradication of that killer disease Polio.

Looking into the work of the organisation across the world recently I came across a project in America that Rotarians had set up. The Rotary Club of Tehachapi will hold its 11th Annual Seniors Smoke Alarm Battery Replacement Program next month.

Across the world over a million Rotarians live up to their motto of Service Before Self by giving their time and skills to enjoy the opportunity to give something back to communities at home and abroad, learn new skills, expand their social network and enjoy themselves doing it.

If you think Rotary is the kind of organisation you would like to work with contact John Garley by emailing