Rotaract - having fun while helping others

Young professionals ' club still going strong after 40 years

Jackie Markham


Jackie Markham

The Newbury branch of Rotaract came into being in March 1975.

 23 people attended the first meeting at the Old London Apprentice pub. The first president  of the local branch was Hugo Shipley, with Roger James as vice-president and Kelvin Etheridge as secretary. The new club was sponsored by Newbury Rotary Club, and its aims then were just the same as its aims now - providing an opportunity for young men and women to socialise and further their personal development, whilst helping their local communities in the process. They also promote better relationships between people worldwide, through a framework of friendship and service.

Rotaract offers a wide range of activities, enabling young people aged 18-30 to try something new, whilst having a great time and meeting others. What’s not to like? Click through our gallery of photographs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Were you one of the young people having fun? Or do you have reasons to be grateful for their good deeds and assistance to good causes?

Share your memories with us here and on our facebook page.

The West Berkshire Rotaract club continues to meet on the first Monday of the month at 8pm in the Diamond Tap in Newbury. RG14 5BX.

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