The Rotary Club of Chorley Astley
President David Holland
In 1980 the Rotary Club of Chorley decided to mark the golden anniversary of the granting of its founding Charter by sponsoring the formation of a new Club to be named The Rotary Club of Chorley Astley. Accordingly in June 1981 Rotary District 1190 Governor John Mitchinson presented Chorley Astley Rotary Club with its Charter of Incorporation to Rotary International. The Club began life with a membership of 41 charter (founder) members led by our Founder President Mike Meadley. The Club presently has 35 members on roll including12 founder members and 3 honorary members.
The Club meets at 7.30 pm each Monday at the Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard. Members enjoy a pleasant meal together usually followed by a visiting speaker. The first Monday in each month is designated a business meeting. Fellowship is at the heart of the Club and this does much to ensure our 80% average attendance record. Members tramp the hills together, enjoy theatre and cricket trips, visit other clubs, compete in the District Quiz, give service to the community and work on Rotary projects to raise funds for charity.
The Club is supported by an enthusiastic ladies’ Inner Wheel Club which is very much a part of our fraternity and gives much valued assistance in helping out with our various fund raising initiatives.
Chorley Astley is keen to support Rotary District 1190 projects and for several years our club has regularly supported The Calvert Trust, RYLA, RYPEN, Youth Speaks, Technology Tournaments and the Young Musicain/Writer/Photographer/Chef competitions. The Club values the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and to date fourteen members and six non-Rotarians have been honoured for services to Rotary and the local community respectively
International service is diverse. Most years a group of members make a visit to a foreign Club, usually in Europe. Each year we provide several hundred Rotary shoe-boxes for filling by local school pupils and community organisations. The Club has received a Presidential Citation for the key role undertaken each year of sorting and packing many thousands of filled shoe-boxes in the warehouse of International Aid Trust.
Whenever and wherever disaster or famine strikes, the Club invariably responds with emergency aid such as Shelter Boxes, Aquaboxes or financial grants. We provide ongoing support to The Zuri Project Uganda which supports the education of school children. Also Rotary’s own Polio Plus project which is on the verge of eradicating polio worldwide.
In addition to the work done for international aid projects, members give service to the local community in several ways and are involved with and support other voluntary organisations. Each year the Club provides significant financial support to numerous local and national charities amounting to several thousand pounds. Local youngsters are chosen to benefit from our Youth Services programme, and good relationships are established with the Chorley schools. The Club has founded a Rotakids Club based at one of the local primary schools, and is presently pursuing the opening of a second Club.
Fundraising is achieved through several events spaced through the Rotary year. Important projects are the Santa's Sleigh at Christmastime and a grand Oktober Bierfest which is held over three days during each October.
These events and activities are an important stimulus to the ethos of warm fellowship which exists between members. New members are always welcome and you can find out how to join here. You can learn more about Rotary and its work here.
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