Frequently Asked Questions

This Website

Why are some pages password protected?

These are 'Members Only' pages and contain sensitive information like email addresses and telephone numbers which are protected under the Data protection Act

What do I do if I've forgotten my password?

Contact the webmaster who will email you your password to access the Members Only pages.

Why does the site look 'out of date'?

Possibly because it hasn't been 'refreshed' in your browser. It's easy to do. Either press the F5 key on your keyboard or click the 'curly arrow' ↻ at the top of the page.

What is the project list all about?

Starting in the new Rotary Year 2016, we are trialling a new way of organising club activities. As with all things new, it is likely to look strange and, possibly, complicated at first but we hope that members will become used to it with familiarity. Before going to the list of projects here, you may like to view this video to remind yourself that we are not alone in finding computers confusing and frustrating! (Please be aware that, like in real life, the air can turn blue when your PC starts misbehaving).

We're all in this together and we want to make life as simple as possible but with the immediacy of being able to get all the latest information for your club right here, right now. So, please take a look at the list but don't be intimidated by it. It's there to show you all the activities that this club has done or is doing and it's an invitation to you to get involved in any that take your fancy.

In the unlikely event that nothing in the list appeals, why not come up with an idea of your own? Put it to club on an evening where we're having a business meeting and, if there is enough interest, we'll add it as a new project and help you get it off the ground.

Any queries? Contact Nic or Steve or Clive Bradburn who will be only too happy to offer advice.

Why can't I hear anything?

There could be a number of reasons. Firstly, do you have speakers (either freestanding or built in to your monitor, laptop or tablet? If you have, are they muted? (Look in the bottom right hand corner of your screen and see if you can see the speaker icon. Does it have a cross alongside or through it? If so, click on it and you should be able to unmute it.

Can I add something to this list?

Absolutely! Just email us with your question and it will be added. We'll even add your name to it if you so desire!

Rotary International

Isn't Rotary "male, pale and stale"?

A recent survey revealed that this is the perception of many members of the public but the reality is often very different. As a club, our only criterion is, 'will this person make a good Rotarian?' The answer to that question may be found by asking any prospective member what they think Rotary can do for them. Depending on their answer, it is quite possible that Rotary is the perfect fit for them.

Where can I find a history of Rotary?

Rotary was founded by attorney Paul Harris in Chicago in February 1905. It was called Rotary after the practice of rotating meeting locations and, had it been formed today, it would probably have been called a networking organisation as membership was restricted to one profession per club. Read more about Rotary's history here

Who was Paul Harris?

Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary. Read more about him here.

How do I Join?

Although membership is by invitation, we welcome all members of the community who are perhaps looking to put something back into society whilst enjoying good camaraderie and fellowship at the same time. If you would like to attend one of our meetings and see what we are all about, why not fill in the form on our webpage?

Why should I join?

Are you the sort of person that wants to give something back to the community but doesn’t know how? Do you feel that by simply giving a donation to a deserving cause doesn’t feel personal enough? Are you looking for a more fulfilling way of serving the community on a voluntary basis? Are you looking a fresh goal in life – a new sense of achievement?

If the answer to any of those questions is “Yes” then maybe being a member of our club will help you with these ambitions.

Whether it’s helping a local charity or project in the Maidstone, a wider national cause, or even having the opportunity to venture overseas and take part in Rotary’s International programmes like “End Polio Now” or our own club’s international projects – the scope is endless. Like all things being a Rotarian is very much a case of “You get out of being a member what you put in” – the more active you are the rewarding the experience will be.

That’s why you should consider being a member of Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club! – but don’t just take our word why not come along to one of our meetings and see for yourself! You’ll meet a whole team of like-minded men and women all dedicated to serving those less fortunate than ourselves.

Why not read some of our own members' stories and see what made them join Rotary? just click here.


How is Riverside different?

We like to think that we are forward thinking and young enough to remember why we first became Rotarians. Service Above Self is still our motto but we like to think we have balanced that with having fun and willing to try new things. Why not come and see for yourself? Just click here.

Where do you meet?

We meet at Oakwood House Hotel, a Victorian mansion once owned by the Wigan family and set in the grounds of Oakwood Park. There is ample free parking and we enjoy a 2 course meal on most of our club evenings. We ask you to arrive by 7pm so that our meal can start promptly at 7.30.

Do I have to attend every week?

Whilst we encourage all our members to attend as often as possible so they feel engaged in the club and its activities, we recognise that pressure of work, family commitments and holidays will often be a call on your time. Consequently, like most forward-thinking clubs, we have relaxed our rules regarding weekly attendance. For us, it is much more important that any member contributes fully when he can.

What sort of things do you do?

Our club is 'project led' and, over the years we've taken part in a multitude of activities. Visit our project list to get an idea of all we do.

What's coming up at future meetings?

Our diary page will show you all the plans we have for the next few months.