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90th Anniversary Dinner

Photographs from our 90th Anniversary Dinner in 2017


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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.

16 November 2017: Cherished Memories

Suzette and David Abbott of Cherished Memories were our speakers today. Suzette established this charity over 20 years ago after her father suffered from cancer. She was determined that he should have some memorable experiences that would give both of them “cherished memories”. She decided to work so that the families of children with life-limiting illnesses should have cherished memories as well. David is the charity’s film maker.

A hot air balloonIt is run entirely from their home in Kent but they have numerous volunteers, such as doctors. They try to think “outside the box” to give children and their families days to remember. Thanks to the contacts they have built up they can arrange days that are impossible to book commercially, such as flights with the RAF and trips on Royal Navy ships. Sailing is always a popular activity, in which the children take a full part even though some of them have to be lifted into the boats on hoists.

David films the whole of each event. The families taking part are each given a “family folder” and an edited video highlighting their own family and lasting about 30 minutes.

They showed us a video lasting just a few minutes. That showed an RAF fighter in flight, a Thames Flotilla day, landing craft and HMS Bulwark, an assault ship.

Chelmsford City Showcase

On Wednesday, 15 November 2017, the Chelmsford City Council organised a “City Showcase” at Hylands Park. This was a day of business seminars with stalls in the marquee publicising local business and charities. The five Chelmsford Rotary Clubs jointly ran one for Rotary. Each Club took a 1&fract12; slot; ours was from 13:00 to 14:30.

Each Club was asked to provide two people but in the event four of our members turned up to help.Three people standing behind a table with a Rotary cloth on it The picture shows Jenny Black, Keith Otter and Bob Booker. Graham Furnival took the picture.

We were able to engage a number of those looking at the stalls in conversation. The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay had provided some leaflets on next May’s Baddow Races. “Are you a runner?” proved a useful opening gambit, even if the reply was usually on the lines of “Do I look as though I can run?” Some did take away entry forms, often with a promise to take part themselves or pass the forms on to someone interested in running.

One person did admit “I’m only looking for freebies.” You can’t win them all!

It was encouraging to discover that most of those who stopped had at least heard of Rotary and had some idea what we were about. We gave out some information leaflets and District magazines. One person told us that her father had been a Rotarian and some of her early memories were of rattling collection tins. (She wouldn’t be allowed to rattle them these days.) We tried to persuade her to follow her father’s footsteps and become a Rotarian herself. She said she would definitely think about it - once she had retired.

However, we did sign up one potential member, who has already been invited to come to a meeting as a guest. Hopefully some of those who took information away will make further enquiries as well.

From our point of view it was an enjoyable and useful 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.

A mayor and mayoress sitting at a dining table with another guestOn 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.

Happening soon...

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

Council Meeting

Thursday 7th December 13.00

Business Meeting and Special AGM

Thursday 14th December 13.00

Christmas Party

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Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Thursdays at 12.45 for 13.00
(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

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