Rotary Club changes meeting times, hopes to stimulate participation

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake’s Rotary Club is shaking things up a bit. Instead of the weekly 7:00 a.m. Tuesday meetings, it is going to have half its meetings at lunchtime, starting in March.
So from the second week in March on, every other meeting will be at noon on Tuesday. The others will continue as usual. All are to be held at the Holiday Inn Express boardroom in Slave Lake.
Says Rotarian Harry Bartlett: “We’re trying to attract new members. Maybe 7:00 a.m. meetings all the time aren’t the most workable.”
Evening meetings were considered, but rejected, Bartlett says. So the luncheon option has been adopted, for a six-month trial period.
“If some can only make some of the meetings, that’s fine,” he says.
The Rotary Club, which has a reputation in Slave Lake for being quite active and raising money for a lot of good causes, is under 20 members at the moment. It would like to get back to 20 and above. Contact any member if you’re interested and they will become your sponsor, Bartlett says.
The Rotary puts on several events each year or (in the case of the 777 Reverse Car Raffle) every other year. It also pitches in and helps other groups run community events or charitable functions. The club also has donated many thousands of dollars to projects and groups in the community over its 20-year history and continues to keep up with Rotary’s international commitments. These include the Polio Plus program, the Rotary Foundation, ‘shelter’ boxes for Nepal earthquake relief and a water well project in Kenya.
Here at home, Rotary contributed $400,000 to the new library project, $200,000 to the community trails, $160,000 to the Legacy Centre, $100,000 for the new animal shelter and much more.

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