Member Profile – Katherine Brown
Katherine Brown, joined Kingston Riverside Rotary May 2015, and acts as Treasurer for the club. She has worked for independent charitable grant funders for the past 11 years, and is currently making a transition to a new charity where she will be working on planning and performance management.
What first interested you in Rotary? I really didn’t know much about Rotary when I was first invited to visit my local club, but thought it was probably targeted at somebody who had a lot more free time than I do. I was really interested to hear about the development of this new flexible club and I was excited by the idea of building something new. I have lived in the area for many years now, but up to this point, had not really connected with the community and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to learn about and contribute to my area.
What have you enjoyed to most so far? My favourite part so far is getting to know my fellow club members and creating a club with room for lots of different personalities and interests. I don’t think I have been part of something like this since I was a child and had forgotten how much fun it is.
What has made you most proud so far? Watching my fellow club members rowing 21.6 miles down the Thames in the Great River Race. The last few miles were really tough for them, but we were cheering them across the line
What activities are you currently taking part in for the club? A group of us are currently talking to a local homelessness shelter to see if we could usefully volunteer our time as a group. I am also looking into arranging a coffee morning for later in the year to raise funds for a local group.
What do you think that you most contribute to the club? I have recently been studying charity financial management, and this has been a great opportunity for me to put this into practice and I think I have set up some really useful systems which will enable us to scale up over time.