Meet our members – Dick Mattick

Dick joined Rotary in 2004 finding a replacement for the camaraderie of the staff room he had enjoyed as a full time teacher. Still active as a magistrate and in several other fields he sometimes wonders how he found time to go to work but in Rotary has found an organisation that has done much to improve his social life without encroaching on his life style.

A keen golfer Rotary enables him to enjoy playing on a wide range of courses at Rotary events and knows besides getting golf at a competitive rate he is helping to do some good for the many charities that benefit from Rotary Golf Days.

A supporter of Somerset County Cricket Club and Swindon Town he has a keen interest in the history of cricket and football particularly of the Victorian and Edwardian periods which has led him to do W. G. Grace impersonations for charity and Cricketer’s benefits and been active in Swindon Town’s Hall of Fame Project which seeks to recognise and honour players from the Club’s past.

Asked for his proudest moment in Rotary, Dick recalled an event towards the end of his Presidential Year. “My mother was a victim of Breast Cancer and I had decided to give some of the money were raised that year to funding booklets entitled ‘Mummy’s Lump’, a booklet which sought to explain the disease to children. Thanks to the hard work of the club in selling ducks for our Duck Race, I was able to hand over a cheque for double what the lady expected and she burst in to tears. That left me in tears too.”

As to the unearthly hour that the Club meets Dick thinks it great. “Getting up on a Wednesday makes me think I am having a lie in during the rest of the week!