Story Originally Appeared in the Cochrane Eagle.

The Rotary Club of Cochrane’s new president Steve Cook has announced that the club will be holding prospective new member meetings for people interested in joining the club.

The meetings will be held every third Tuesday of the month with the first one happening Aug. 19. They will be held at the Cochrane Legion at noon and lunch will be provided.

Cook said they want to create a forum where they are able to tell prospective members a little bit about rotary and showcase what they do in the community, both locally and internationally.

“We have it designed around more of an open house that will showcase Rotary and answer questions they may have and give a little flavour for what we do,” said Cook. “They will have an opportunity to walk around and meet other Rotarians and socialize a bit.”

Cook said this would be the first time that they will have had these types of meetings. He said that their regular weekly meetings usually deal with a specific topic and may not provide an overview of exactly what Rotary is all about for a prospective member.

“Come on down,” urged Cook. “If you’re interested great, we will have you come out to some more meetings. If not, no harm done. You had a free meal on us and you got to hear a little bit about what we do in the community.”

Cook took over the role as Rotary Club of Cochrane president July 1 and has been focusing on growing the club’s membership to 50 or more.

Rotary has been involved in a variety of local youth support and development causes, such as an international exchange program, talent festivals and high school bursaries. They have also taken on projects partnering with local organizations, such as Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and the Nan Boothby Memorial Library.

Some upcoming projects include helping the Cochrane Posse with the RCMP Musical Ride, their dueling pianos event and a casino night.

“We want people that want to give back and want to become involved,” said Cook. “They are looking for a way to share their time or they want to become involved in the community more.”