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Club Council for 2017-18
Sitting: President Keith Otter and 1st Vice President Anne Moriaty. Standing: Frank Tew (Youth Service), Keith Dabbs (Foundation and International), Eddie Cassels (Secretary), Jenny Black (Membership), Stan Keller (Public Image), Janice Goodman (Community and Vocational), Philip Goodman (Immediate Past President). Not shown: Bob Booker (Treasurer)
Our Club President welcomes you to the club website and invites you to join members in the Fellowship of Rotary. We meet on Thursday lunchtime 1pm at the Hampton Leisure Centre (formerly called Marconi Social Club) Beehive Lane, Chelmsford CM2 9RX. If you wish to obtain further information contact the Secretary - Tel. 01245 263133. To discover more about Rotary and Rotarians go to the RIBI website.
Chelmsford Rotary Club is the original club in the city formed way back in 1927. Since this time members have brought a richness of life to many people in the community and moved on with a broader involvement to incorporate numerous local and international projects. Rotarians offer their services in many different ways. If you have recently moved to the Chelmsford district and wish to put something back into the community, we can offer you an enjoyable and stimulating way of doing so.
The club has a major international project ongoing with Girls High Schools in Sahiwal, Pujab, Pakistan. We are helping to build schools with better facilities & improve the quality of life for studentts. It is also financially helping CHESS, who seek to relieve homelessness and related hardship and distress amongst single adults in Chelmsford and Essex, for the next 5 years. These are but two of the many ways that Rotary in Chelmsford has moved forward in offering a Service to Mankind.
You would be very welcome to come along to a meeting to hear more of what Rotary does and how you could be involved. Just phone or complete the contact form on this website.
2 November 2017: Business Meeting
Today was one of our Business Meetings, so we were focused mainly on internal matters. However, we did have a visiting Rotarian, Rtn Adhil Rafaiek of the Rotary Club of Badulla in Sri Lanka, who is here on a short family holiday. I warned him in advance that we did not have an external speaker this week but suggested he might find the proceedings interesting anyway as it would give him an insight into the way we worked. He wasn’t able to come to one of our meetings with a speaker as he is flying home this weekend.
We exchanged Club banners and he gave us his Club’s current directory, which includes a profile of all their members. Among their current projects is one to provide a suspension bridge for a village that is surrounded by rivers.
Chelmsford City Showcase
On Wednesday, 15 Novemmber 2017, the Chelmsford City Council ran a “City Showcase” at Hylands House. This took the form of a day of seminars on business topics with stalls of varoius local businesses and charities in the margquee. there were 40 stalls altogether and all five Chelmsford Rotary Clubs jointly organised one for Rotary in Chelmsford. We divided the day into 1½ hour slots; ours was from 13:00 to 14:30. The photograph shows our members Jenny Black, Keith Otter and Bob Booker at the stall. Graham Furnival was also there; he took the picture.
A large number of people must have passed by, looking at the various stalls, while we were there. We engaged as many as we could in conversation. The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay had provided leaflets and forms for the Baddow Races next May. These proved helpful, as we found “Are you a runner?” a useful opening gambit, even if the most common response was “Do I look as though I can run?”. We did persuade some people to take entry forms for the Races, often with a promise that they would take part themselves or pass the form on to someone interested in running.
We were also able to promote Rotary and the benefits of membership. One person expressed a definite interest in becoming a member of our Club and was subsequently invited to come to a meeting as a guest. Another said her father had been a Rotarian and that she had memories of shaking Rotary collection tins. (She wouldn”t be allowed to shake them these days.) She told us she would definitely consider following his example and becoming a Rotarian herself - once she retired.
One person said he was only looking for freebies. You can’t win them all!
Among those who stopped there was a higher awareness of Rotary than we had expected. We were able to tell people more about it and handed out information and District magazines to some.
From our point of view it was an enjoyable and successful time. Our thanks to the Rotary Club of Chelmsford Rivermead for coordinating the Clubs’ efforts.
Senior Guests’ party
We held our annual Senior Guests’ Party on Saturday, 8 July 2017. This year for the first time it was in the Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter House, which proved a convenient and popular venue. Some forty invited senior citizens enjoyed an excellent and very sociable afternoon tea, hosted by members of the Rotary Club of Chelmsford. Those who were unable to get to the Chapter House under their own steam were given lifts by Club members.
We thank Janice Goodman and all of our Community and Vocational Committee for arranging the party and all those other Rotarians who provided transport for those guests who needed it and helped with the serving and washing up.
90th Anniversary Dinner
As mentioned above, our Rotary Club received its charter in 1927, one of 24 Club charters granted that year. All 24 Clubs are still operating.
On the evening of Friday, 9 June 2017, we celebrated our 90th Anniversary with a black-tie dinner in Chelmsford Cathedral. The nave was converted into a large dining hall. President Philip Goodmand originally told the caterers there would be 90 people dining but in the end it was 92. The dinner was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford and guests from other Rotary Clubs, including some originally sponsored by our own.
When we arrived there was a choice of Proseco or a soft drink to start. Each table had a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine, plus water. Dinner started with grace, said by one of our Club members Alan Sayles, a URC lay minister. Our Immediate Past President, Graham Furnival, acted as Master of Ceremonies.
We all enjoyed an excellent and convivial dinner, with a few short speeches afterwards followed by a talk by one of our guests. Click here for photographs of the evening.
Meetings and events happening soon
Thursday 23rd November 13.00
Rtns John Ali, Keith Dabbs, Stan Keller: Sporting Memorabilia
Thursday 30th November 13.00
Tracy Mackness; Turning My Life Around
Tuesday 5th December 18.00
Thursday 7th December 13.00
Business Meeting and Special AGM
Thursday 14th December 13.00
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(Fifth Thursday of the month is an evening meeting at a different venue - contact the Secretary or Attendance officer for details.)
Hampton Leisure Club (formerly Marconi Sports and Social Club) Beehive Lane, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9RX 01245 269422