A new English-speaking International Rotary Club is to open in Mijas Costa in January 2017.
Rotary International is an organisation whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services.
The goal of the individual clubs is to promote service to the community, but their first guiding principle is to develop friendships as an opportunity to help those in need.
The Mijas Rotary Club will operate on an international level, but it will also focus on local issues and charity organisations that need assistance.
The club was promoted by Nina Jarlov, a long-serving Rotarian who saw the need to start a new branch on the coast.
Nina was a founding member of the Rotary Club in Guadalmina, which opened in January 2010, and because of the success of this branch, she was commissioned to coordinate the formation of the new club.
“I have been a member of a Spanish Rotary for many years, and many foreigners are interested in the club, but because many of them do not understand Spanish, it was difficult,” Nina told SUR in English.
The Rotary Club welcomes people from all professions and members are asked to use their professional skills to help those who cannot help themselves. Rotary offers support in education and job training, health and sanitation, and the ongoing fight against world hunger.
Rotary International has 1.2 million members and 34,000 clubs worldwide, but until now, there were only two English clubs in Spain: Guadalmina and Mallorca.
Anita Noordzij, sergeant at arms of the new branch, said: “Since many Rotarians from all over the globe are visiting the Costa del Sol, there is a need for a second English-speaking club in the area.”
“An international English speaking club increases the possibility of international fellowship combined with local community service,” she continued.
People who appreciate the principles of the Rotary can apply for an introductory meeting with the committee members, although membership is by invitation of a current Rotarian.