The Rotary Club of Etwall and Hilton was formed in 1987 and currently has 23 members drawn from all walks of life within the local community. The local Rotary covering the Etwall and Hilton area normally meet in the Hilton House Hotel, Back Lane, Hilton, on Tuesday evenings at 6.45pm for dinner at 7:00pm. Please note any visiting Rotarians are always welcome. During the year a wide range of after-dinner speakers are invited and roughly once a month there is a ladies night.
The Club organises a number of fund raising activities, the most important of which is our Christmas tree sale in December. Members, wives and friends man "the shop" in shifts and sell various types of Christmas Trees. Most years the profit on this activity is about £10,000 which is all donated to local, national and international charities.
There are a large number of social activities ranging from "Black tie" dinner-dances to golf days. Etwall and Hilton Rotary Club also belong to Eurotary87, a group of European Rotary clubs that were all founded in the same year as our own. This meets every September for a weekend somewhere in Europe.
Rotary was originally started in 1905 in Chicago USA by Paul Harris, a lawyer. He was used to small town America and on setting up in business in Chicago he found it difficult to get to know the local business community. He started inviting a couple of friends round to his office once a week at lunchtime where they ate their lunch together just for company and a chat. The friends in turn asked other friends to join them for lunch and they then began to rotate the meeting around each other’s offices, hence the term “Rotary”
The Object of your local Rotary follows the exact same principles today and that is to encourage:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
- The advancement of goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
For further information please contact your local President or a Rotarian who will invite you to a meeting where you will be made most welcome by your local Rotary Club.