It is an honour to be the 97th President of the Rotary Club of Salisbury.
Rotary is an international service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. There are more than 34,000 member clubs with a membership of over 1.2 million individuals globally who together make positive and lasting changes in communities at home and abroad.
The Salisbury Rotary Club welcome new members who want to put something back into their community and benefit those who are not so fortunate in life. We simply ask that you use your skills, expertise and knowledge when and where you can – and that you have some fun at the same time.
We currently have 44 members and we meet at the Milford Hall Hotel, Castle Street, Salisbury on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Mondays at 1800hrs for 1830hrs, and on the 2nd Monday at 1230 for 1300hrs.
In concert with our club activities, we work in partnerships with local businesses through the Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Salisbury BID, to raise significant amounts of money for the local community. We also have a “Friends of Salisbury Rotary Club”, for businesses who wish to contribute to their community through Rotary.
When I first joined Rotary in 2008, our single largest fundraiser was the annual charity Swimathon at Godolphin School. Today, we also have major events such as the Clarendon Marathon, The Craft Festival in the Cathedral Close and the annual Rotary Fireworks. We also make significant contributions to Rotary’s international programmes, such as polio eradication and disaster relief.
It seems that the world is becoming an increasingly turbulent place and the efforts of organizations like Rotary are needed more than ever. Rotary has been around for a long time: 112 years. Over that time we have changed tremendously, and have grown, matured and adapted to the changing needs of our members and communities. We are a dynamic organization and I am confident that Salisbury Rotary Club will continue to meet the needs of the local, national and international communities. Our strength is in the friendship and fellowship that can be seen at our meetings, something that is frequently commented on by guests. It was that strength that brought me into Rotary membership nearly ten years ago.
If you are like-minded, and would like to help your community then please get in touch. We are always looking for new Rotarians to join our thriving club. It only takes one phone call or email to us to enable you to put ‘Service above Self’.
Andy Williams, President of Salisbury Rotary Club, 2017-2018