Welcome to the Rotary Club of Hadleigh
Welcome to the website of the Rotary
Club of Hadleigh, Suffolk
The Rotary Club of Hadleigh was chartered in 1978. We have 11 members, 8 of whom live in Hadleigh, but 2 come from the surrounding villages of Layham and Claydon. Our newest member lives in Great Horkesley but her business address is in Hadleigh.
Hadleigh is one of Suffolk's finest ancient market towns, with over 250 listed buildings, a strong community and a mix of amenities including independent shops, leisure and recreational activities. Ipswich and Colchester are within 10 and 14 miles respectively, and there are nearby transport links to the A12 and A14 There are mainline rail links to London Liverpool Street from Ipswich, and from Manningtree (approx travel time one hour).
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has over 55,000 Rotarians in 1,855 clubs. It is an integral part of Rotary International, the world's first service organisation.
The good news is that Rotary is changing. Attracting new members in recent years has been adversely affected by the perception that Rotary seeks a high commitment, is formal and selective in membership. This has put off many people whose lives in the 21st century do not allow the luxury of attending weekly meetings, dressing for the occasion, etc.
This applies no longer. Rotary International has at last recognised that all this must change and many rules and regulations have been relaxed. Clubs now have the power to arrange their own operating structure to suit the needs of members. There is flexibility in meeting arrangements, attendance requirements and membership rules, to help attract wider interest. Members may now give just as much time as they are able, without worrying about commitment rules, etc. Our Club is changing considerably, and meetings are now fortnightly at lunchtime, and in Hadleigh. There are no formal attendance rules - just attend when able - dress requirements are completely relaxed. Membership is open to anyone who would like to be involved in a club with both a social and charitable purpose. Help the local community - help international causes, and have fun while doing so. The new arrangements will be trialled for a few months, and changed if they do not suit the majority of members. This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of Rotary in Hadleigh.
Pages last updated 24th January 2017