Satellite Rotary Club planned for Cranbrook

PUBLISHED: 14:15 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:15 16 January 2014

Vice-president of Exeter club is now asking for community support

The vice-president of Exeter Enterprise Rotary Club, Nigel Harvey, is hoping to create a satellite Rotary Club in Cranbrook – and is appealing for community support to kickstart the process.

Nigel hopes by the end of 2014 to add another club to the 35,000 organisations worldwide that raise money for local and national causes through activities and fundraising ventures.

The idea is to initially create a ‘satellite’ group, which will then, over the next year, grow into a proper functioning Rotary Club with support from the Exeter Enterprise club.

Nigel said: “We want and are really keen to create a club in Cranbrook with a strong lead from people who want to give their time to the cause.

“Rotary clubs are made up of people from a wide background who are interested in giving back their time to their local community.”

The news should be well received by Cranbrook residents, who have rallied together in recent months to host several events.

And Nigel has stressed that when the club is formed, people in the town will have the ultimate decisions on what causes it raises funds for and which events it holds.

“The great thing about a new community club is that this one won’t be regulated by the current ‘old’ rules,” he said. “There is complete flexibility in this process of what this club does.”

Nigel has recently met with Cranbrook’s minister, the Reverend Mark Gilborson, who has expressed his interest in helping get the club up and running.

Now he is asking those living in and around Cranbrook to come forward with their ideas.

He said: “We know that Cranbrook has a great, vibrant community and they have given back to deserving causes in the past.

“This is a hands-on way of making a difference to people’s lives, and a great way to socialise and meet new people in your community – which we know a lot of people are striving to do.

“With the creation of this club, we hope to start making a difference. We just need the people behind us to do so.”

If you can help, or simply want more information, please call Nigel on 07793 817226.

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