Who are the Stourbridge Centurions?
Rotary in the UK was 100 years old in 2005. The then President of the Stourbridge Rotary Club - Mike Clarke - decided to celebrate this by starting a new breakfast rotary club for which the Stourbridge Centurions name was chosen.
Part of the idea behind the club was to cater for those interested in Rotary who could not make the main club's lunchtime meetings - a breakfast meeting might suit some people better. As Mike Clarke said: “Rotary is 100 year old and so to celebrate we wanted to start a new Club at a more convenient time for business people, which still retains the motto of service above self.” Mike added: “If you are like me you will enjoy the lively and light-hearted meetings and feel that we have achieved a great deal – and you can still be at your desk for nine!”
Starting in November 2005, the club first met fortnightly on Wednesdays at The Bell in Market Street, but from May 2006 has met weekly at The Well in High Street - also on a Wednesday.
The Breakfast Club is still deciding how they want to operate and are looking for new people to help in these decisions. At their meetings the Club:
·Arranges social events
·Discusses ideas for helping
·Organises fund raising
·Has breakfast, and
·Makes business contacts
The Breakfast Club meets at 07.30 each Wednesday and the meetings last for about an hour. Breakfast is the main focus - the organic bacon baguettes at The Well being a major draw. Once a month, on the first Wednesday, we also aim to have a guest speaker. Through this we have all made new contacts and learned more about things that have been happening in the town.