The Black Rock Connecticut Rotary Club is unlike any other in our district. At first glance one could almost mistake this Rotary Club as a Community based Rotaract Club given their energy level and youthful make-up. All of the members are young professionals or they are young at heart.
At about 5 years young, this is one of the newer clubs in our district. The majority of the Black Rock Rotarians have the honor of wearing the ‘Charter Member’ badge. One of the nice things about his Club is that they don’t have to encounter the typical ‘This is the way we have always done it’ roadblocks, as they don’t have 50-95 years of legacy to contend with. History and legacy can be a good thing but not having it certainly frees up the Black Rock Rotarians up to be nimble and entrepreneurial in many ways, which other Clubs cannot easily do.
Meetings are interesting while being far less formal than most others that I’ve been to. Members sit around a large table facing each other and engage interesting conversation about their goals, projects and fundraisers. Also no typical heavy expensive meal is part of their meeting as the fare consists of basically wine, water and Tapas. This allows the Club to keep the dues, the calories and the meeting length manageable (they meet from 6pm-7pm).
For a Rotary Club of 11 members this group has accomplishments that would rival Clubs 2 to 3 times their size. They support numerous local community projects including: The Black Rock Food Pantry, Black Rock School, and the Black Rock Library.
While they are looking to increase their membership to a more comfortable number, which they affectionately deem ‘the sweet spot’, they know themselves well enough to recognize that adding the right kind of member is far more important than adding just anyone for the sake of making membership goal numbers. Kudos to them!!
This official visit was much less formal than most of the others. Stimulating casual conversation crowded out the opportunity for The DG Talk on this evening, there will be other nights for that.
This is a small but likable group of Rotarians that are a pure joy to be around and I highly recommend attending as a make-up. I also recommend that you consider sending any youthful professionals here as possible members as this group is the real deal. I’m looking forward to returning soon.
The Black Rock Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays from 6-7pm at The Field Restaurant at 3001 Fairfield Ave in Bridgeport CT.