What is the Rotary Club of Chester All About
What Makes Us Tick
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 the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 12:15 for lunch at 12:50 pm. Extra meetings, usually in the evening, are arranged when there is a fifth Monday in the month,
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.
One meeting a month is set aside as a "business meeting" at which projects and activities are discussed. 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.
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.
Prof Simon Burtonshaw-Gunn
President - The Rotary Club of Chester