John Clayton

John Clayton

John Clayton is a contributor to Writers on the Range,, an independent nonprofit that promotes lively dialogue about the West. He lives in Montana and is the author of several books including "Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands."

A banner at a Rotary Club luncheon in 2016 at Nashua Country Club in Nashua, New Hampshire. (Getty Images)

Lessons from Rotarians and other ‘joiners’: Setting aside differences to get things done

By: - April 17, 2023

Although I’ve lived in a small Western town for 30 years now, I have never known much about one of its fundamental institutions, the service club. Many small-town residents still center their lives on Lions, Elks, Rotary or similar organizations.  Not me: I’m not a joiner. Yet as our national culture moves further away from […]