Rotary is an international organisation formed in Chicago in 1905. It is made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the globe. There are 35,000 clubs across the world with over 1.2 million members. They meet to exchange new ideas, apply expertise and implement improvements that transform communities.
The Rotary Club of Chester started life in 1922 and meets weekly at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity Street, Chester, CH1 2DB. Meetings are on Mondays, 1st and 3rd at 6:30 pm, 2nd and 4th at 12:50 pm.
After a meal we have a speaker at about half our meetings covering a variety of topics. Recent speakers have included a young man who rowed across the Pacific Ocean in 45 days, a speaker who was on Everest when the Nepal earthquake occurred and a Liverpool river pilot.
All members of the Club belong to one or other of the committees set up to manage the Club and raise money for good causes. One meeting a month is set aside as a "business meeting" at which each committee chair reports on its activities.
The Club aims to raise money in various ways to support both local, national and international charities. Regular fund raising events include:
Raft Race on the River Dee each year.
Golf Day at one of the Chester clubs.
Carol singing around Christmas time.
Other events, which are not fundraising, include organising a Stroke Awareness day annually in Chester to invite people to have their blood pressure measured. Student nurses from the University help us with this.
Apart from fundraising we have social events including a formal dinner to celebrate the Chartering (birthday) of the Club in February, Christmas and other socials and a knock out quiz with other clubs in the district.
We have developed links with the Rotary Club of Lorrach in Germany (Chester is twinned with Lorrach) and had exchange visits with them.
Members of Chester club are welcome to attend meetings of other clubs such as when you are away on holiday.
President - The Rotary Club of Chester