The Rotary Club of Chorley Astley
President Colin Evans
To celebrate the golden anniversary of its formation in 1930, the Rotary Club of Chorley decided to sponsor a new local club and 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 40 members on roll including 13 founder members and three 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 play golf together, tramp the hills, 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 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 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 five 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 plays a key role in sorting and packing many thousands of filled shoe-boxes in the warehouse of International Aid Trust and has received a Presidential Citation for that work. Whenever and wherever disaster or famine strikes, the Club invariably responds with emergency aid such as Shelter Boxes, Aquaboxes or financial grants. This year the Club has helped to coordinate relief projects connected with the flooding disasters in our North West area. The Club provides ongoing support to a primary school in Uganda.
Members give service in the local community in several ways and are involved with and support other voluntary organisations. Club members are often found marshalling and assisting at community events in the streets of Chorley. Each year a needy family is provided with a holiday in Blackpool. Several local organisations are actively supported including Derian House, The Legacy Rainbow House, St Catherine's Hospice and The Chorley Silver Band. 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 was held over three days during October 2015 and raised over Â£9,000 for our Charity Account.
These events and activities are an important stimulus to the ethos of warm fellowship which exists between members. New members are always welcome and if you feel that you would like to learn more about Rotary and it's work, or enquire about membership you are invited to click on the Join Rotary link on the top right of this page.