When Lara Lachello was first invited to a women-only club, she wasn’t too sure. Now she can’t get enough of the good times, team spirit and pledges to give something back.
I’m a pretty sociable person, but convinced the Ladies Circle was probably on a par with other women-only clubs (and not being a jam and Jerusalem fan), it took a lot of persuasion for me to give it a go.
Fast forward nine years: I’m now one of the association’s national executives, telling everyone who’ll listen about our amazing club. Why? Let me count the ways.
I’ve pushed myself way out of my comfort zone and tried loads of different activities. Most recently I’ve been on an extreme watersports night, tried dragon boating and rock climbing – and so much other fun stuff, I’ve lost track.
It’s given me more friends. I’m no Norma no-mates, but by going to events and trying out new activities, I now have friends all across the UK, and further afield, so wherever I go for work/fun, I can call on local members for a night out or, sometimes, a place to stay.
I’ve been away with my Circle friends loads and we’ve been to the Christmas markets, for raucous weekends away and trips overseas to meet up with other international members. It’s just brilliant – we all come from different backgrounds but we all have a passion to do more, get involved and to make a difference.
On that note, I think a big differentiator with Circle clubs is that although we love the social side, we’re keen to get involved with local communities and give our time to make a positive change – we also fundraise for local, national and international charities.
Yes, we’re all time poor these days, but even by doing a little bit, things can change. Last year I got involved in our BBC Children in Need activities and had a blast at CarFest while selling raffle tickets. I also volunteer at our local Mencap centre on a Monday evening (and get so much out of it).
Our rich history stems back to 1936 with early members earning the media title ‘the women who wouldn’t wait’ through their campaigning efforts for cervical cancer screening, among other lobbying initiatives. Today, Ladies Circle is a fantastic and active association still making a difference.
In fact, this year Ladies Circle celebrates its 80th birthday and, aside from the huge party we had in the Midlands at the weekend (I’m still recovering), the stage is set for the club to grow from strength to strength. There are 130 clubs comprising 1,200 members, and internationally there are 13,000 members in 36 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
So what are you waiting for? Give us a try. You never know, we might surprise you and you’ll be the one spreading the word at the next party.
Ladies Circle is a modern, vibrant club for young women. With hundreds of members aged 18 to 45 across Great Britain and Ireland (and many more internationally), our organisation gives women the opportunity to better connect with each other, have a great time, and give something back.
Women join because they want to make new friends, have fun, do things they’ve never done before, and put something back into the community at the same time. They stay because what they find is a ready-made group of friends from all walks of life who allow them to just be themselves.
Whether you’re new to your area, or just looking to broaden your social life, your local Ladies Circle club is the perfect way to get more out of life.11012 Views
Lara Lachello is a supply chain planner, owner of far too many clothes and shoes (how many really is too many, though?) and her bucket list contains all the cocktails she still has to try.