Ladies who may be interested in volunteering at a local, national or international level should head to the Cochrane Public Library this afternoon (April 22).
A 'Women in Rotary' event will be occurring as the international organization is hoping to attract more female members to increase diversity. Trying to do away with the misnomer that it is a men-only club, the hope is for women to realize that Rotary is an option.
Rotarian Anita McDonald believes many women would be interested in joining the service club if they knew more about it. "Women only began being members in clubs in 1987. Even though that was 30 years ago, we still find a lot of women don't realize that Rotary is an option for them when it comes to volunteering and expanding themselves."
Having a more female presence within the club would bring a different dynamic, shares, McDonald. "Because of the lower amount of women we have in the club, the reason to try and get more women involved is to bring new ideas and different perspectives in; if we have a good split of men and women we could work to fulfil the needs of our community better."
McDonald stresses the event is just to make women aware of what the Rotary can offer. "When some club members say we need more women, it can come across the wrong way. The point is we want to make it known as an option just like a lot of other community groups in town. The more people that know about Rotary I think they would really see the benefits of a club, such as Rotary."
The free event is open to all community members who would like to learn more. Guest speaker, Christine Rendell - Rotary District 5360 Governor Nominee 2019-2020 will kick off the event which runs from 2 to 4 pm.