The Rotary Club of Thornbury
Meetings at Eastwood Park. Falfield, Gloucestershire
Graham Cook
Club Meetings
Regular weekly meetings - and regular attendance by each member - have always been a cornerstone of Rotary. For most of the 20th century, clubs met for lunch at a venue close to the work-places of members. In the United Kingdom a few city-centre clubs still "lunch", but changing work patterns now make it impractical, and many members' work is not near to their homes.
Today, Club meetings are generally in the evening, though an increasing number meet for breakfast. Evening meetings may or may not include a meal, and may or may not have a featured fuest speaker, but every meeting includes club business, and the social interaction between members is a vital factor.
The Club's Meetings
Thornbury's meetings follow a regular pattern of two dinner meetings with speaker, two shorter early-evening meetings primarily for club business, and occasional social dinner meeting with partners, also with speaker.
Our speakers come from many backgrounds. Typical examples include representatives of charities talking about their work, professionals talking about their company's services, and anyone with a particular hobby or pass-time with something of interest to say. Over the years we have hosted MPs and local politicians, medical professional of every speciality, workers in international aid projects, aircraft and railway enthusiasts - the list is endless.
Business meetings - every meeting, in fact - involve discussion of current projects, such as organising fund-raising or social events, working with other clubs to organise and manage donations, or assisting local schools and organisations.
The Club meets every Wednesday except where there is a Bank Holiday in the week. Business meetings are in the first and third weeks at 6:30pm, dinner meetings in the second and fourth at 7:30pm and social meetings are in the fifth week, usually at 7:00pm. Pre-meeting social exchanges and discussion are a key part of every meeting.
Visitors are always welcome at our meetings, and one of our members is the designated visitor host for the evening. Non-Rotarian visitors with an interest in the movement should first contact the secretary. Forthcoming meetings are as follows - click here for the full programme.
October 23th. 7.30pm  Cabot, The Matthew and it's history   Host: Chris Fairhead   Eastwood Park
October 30th. 7.30pm  Guest Evening - The Sealed Knot or What to do in Retirement   Host: Paul Glover   Gables Hotel
November 6th. 6:30pm  Committees EE Meeting + Presentation by Paige Warr   Host: Tom Grey   Eastwood Park
November 13th. 7:30pm  Alternative realities – the future impact of Artificial Intelligence on society.   Host: Stuart Hill   Eastwood Park