Welcome to the Rotary Club of Whitehaven web site

Formation: The parent Club was the Rotary Club of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the inaugural dinner was held on 19th June 1923. Rotarian Leo Reid, President of the Newcastle club attended together with Rotarian J Leadbitter, Secretary of the Tyneside section of Rotary International. Sir John Russell was guest speaker.

Meeting Places: The original meeting place was Batty’s Café until the café closed in 1958 whence meetings transferred to the present establishment, Oak Lea Hotel Inkerman Terrace since re-named The Chase Hotel. Family Tree: Organization Chart The Whitehaven Probus Club was formed by the Rotary Club of Whitehaven in 1971 and presently enjoys a full and active membership. The Whitehaven Rotaract Club was formed in 1982 which flourished throughout the ‘80’s but regrettably went into demise by 2000.

Membership: This is a dual gender club, an active Membership Committee has steadily recruited new members. Our longest serving Rotarian is PHF Frank Todhunter who joined in 1955 and was Club President in 1967/68. Prior to that Robert Lyon-Wylie CBE joined the Club in 1926 and passed onto higher office in 1996 after 70 years service albeit as an Honorary Member during latter years.

Club Presidents: The first President of inaugural year 1923/24 was Rotarian W H Wandless who continued as President in 1924/25 whilst also serving as Mayor of Whitehaven. The only other Rotarian to hold two Rotary years in office was President Joe Partington in 1946/47 and again during the 50th Anniversary year 1973/74. After Joe’s death a sandstone font was placed in St Nicholas Gardens to his memory.

Meeting Information...

We meet on Tuesdays at 12:30 or 19:00 (1st & 3rd Tuesday are Evening Meetings; 7pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesday are Lunchtime 12:30pm. If there is a 5th Tuesday in the month, this is a social Evening) Chase Hotel, Inkerman Terrace, Whitehaven CA28 8AA tel: 01946 693656

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