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Our meetings follow a formal yet relaxed structure

Although Rotary is a very sociable and friendly organisation, it is understandably based on a degree of formality and protocol in order to ensure that things get done properly, safely and on time. The weekly club meetings are no exception, although some end up more relaxed in nature than others, depending on what is scheduled to take place. Members dress in a smart/casual fashion, with our club preferring sports jackets or suits to jeans and tee-shirts.

The hotel's main function room is comfortable and private enough
to serve our members well.

The president is the figurehead of the club and serves as chairman, spokesperson and official representative of the club for the Rotary year, which runs from 1st July to 30 June each calendar year. The president controls and steers each meeting, using a table-bell to call the meeting to order. If anyone wishes to address the club, they will normally stand up and signal to the president that they wish to speak. This might sound very formal if you are not used to such things, but in practice it works very well, especially if you have a good joke to share towards the end of the meeting. Friendly banter is the thread that runs through most meetings, balancing out any over-formality in an instant.

Ultimately, the weekly meetings are about fellowship, and very often our meetings, with or without a speaker, can go well into the evening – sharing stories, debating current issues and generally having a good time.

Identifying the club's officers

The president usually wears a chain of office a bit like a Town Mayor's but not as prominent. This jewel or 'gong' as it is known more informally, shows the age of the club as each president's name is engraved on a metal bar supported either side of the Rotary wheel. As The Rotary Club of Ruthin is over 50 years old, and the name bars can add up in weight, our president's jewel features a single '50 years' bar in the centre, above which are the individual presidents' bars from the fiftieth year onwards. On formal occasions the club's secretary and treasurer also wear a jewel of particular colours so that visiting Rotarians can identify the club officers that they might need to speak to.