Rotary Chelmsford Phoenix - welcome! Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left.
The Rotary Clubs of Chelmsford have a 2 hour slot from 10.00am to 12.00pm every third Sunday of the month on Chelmsford Community Radio. You can listen live in the Chelmsford area on 104.4 FMdetails
Rotary - eradicating polio.
One of the main projects spearheaded by Rotary Foundation is the eradication of Polio through its support of a global vaccination programme.details
Welcome to the Chelmsford Phoenix Website
We hope that you find all the information you need.
About Chelmsford Phoenix
The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Phoenix is Chelmsford's newest Rotary club in England's newest city. It is a fairly informal club which welcomes both men and women as Rotary members from all backgrounds and all age groups. The mixed demographics of the members makes it an ideal portal to Rotary membership for older members of Rotaract or indeed people who have never previously had any involvement with Rotary before.
Chelmsford Phoenix was established and granted its charter on 23rd July 2009. The club is a twilight club which meets on a Thursday evening 6.30 for 7.00pm. During college term times It meets at the Princes Room Restaurant at the Chelmsford College of Further Education. This is our way of putting something back into the community at a local level by allowing the young people the opportunity to get work experience in preparing, cooking and service a meal as well as running the bar. A very worthy cause. The current cost of the meal is £14.00 per week for an excellent 3 course meal. The venue for meetings during college holidays varies so please check for latest details which can always be found on this website.
Rotary also has its own charity - The Rotary Foundation - which throughout the world, funds improvements in health, supports education and helps to alleviate poverty. One of the main projects spearheaded by Rotary Foundation is the eradication of Polio through its support of a global vaccination programme. From a staggering 125 polio endemic countries in 1988, Rotary's efforts have reduced this to just 3 in 2015. Eradication of polio from Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan would rid the world of this crippling disease forever. More information is here.
Walk for Water
Walk for Water in Chelmsford
Walk for Water is an awareness and fundraising initiative. School children aged 10-15 are sponsored by friends and family to walk 6 kilometres while carrying 6 litres of water in a backpack. Kids learn about global water issues, and raise funds to help solve them. The club organizes an annual walk around central Chelmsford, this years event was on Saturday 6th May. More information is here.
InterAct is an innovative, enterprising and is President Richard's chosen charity of the year. A local Essex based charity that delivers support where needed most – in the heart of the community, they are forward-thinking and fast-paced. Their work is challenging and the environment can be pressurised but… they enjoy it!
Promoting creativity and empowerment InterAct is dedicated to improving the emotional well-being and opportunities of young people and young adults with disabilities, primarily learning disabilities/difficulties and autism, and individuals, families and communities who experience barriers through disability, challenging mental health, other disadvantage and social difficulties.
The club has been helping InterAct to create a garden at the charity's premises behind Moulsham Mill in Chelmsford. Photos can be found here.
In addition to Foundation and Walk for Water, there are also all the international causes such as Mary's Meals and Shelterbox which are being supported. We should not forget of course, Youth, Community, Vocational and Environmental projects nearer home.
The club is supporting youth projects in the Chelmsford area including the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. For more details click here.
The Rotary Family
Being part of Rotary is not just being part of a club, but being part of a family - with a district and a national side to it. There are four district meetings a year, normally held at Writtle College. There are also both district and national Rotary Conferences which are fabulous events. The District website can be found here.
A varied programme of events and activities is organized. Many events raise money for a range of charities but the aim also is for them to be fun! There is also and extensive programme of social events. Full details can be found under the 'Programme' tab at the top of this page.
Rotary describes itself as the world's first service organisation, as exemplified in the motto "Service above Self". In this context the word "service" has nothing to do with the armed forces, but refers to a non-profit organisation where members meet to perform charitable works, either by direct efforts or by raising money for other organisations. Rotarians are volunteers who give their time and talents to serve communities at home and overseas, men and women from business and the professions who share a common interest in helping others. A large part of Rotary is the fellowship and friendship which results from the shared enjoyment of business and social networking opportunities.
Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (known as RIBI) has over 55,000 members in over 1850 clubs and is an integral part of Rotary International, which has about 1.2 million members world-wide in over 200 countries and geographical regions.
Meetings and events happening soon
Thursday 26th October 18.30
Tracy Wise talking to us on Nursery Crimes at the Rose and Crown
Thursday 2nd November 18.30
Tony Dunn on the Red Balloon Learner Centre at The College
Red Balloon supports young people who self-exclude from school and are missing education because of bullying or other trauma. They provide an academic and therapeutic programme to enable students to get back on track and reconnect with society.
Thursday 9th November 18.30
'Why I came to England' a talk by Brita Junker Smith at The College
Brita will talk about her life as a young girl living in Denmark under German occupation, her father in the resistance smuggling Jews to England and much more.
Monday 13th November 19.30
Thursday 16th November 18.30
Visit by DG Nick Sillitoe
Nick will set out his aims for this Rotary year
Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.
Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
We normally meet in the restaurant inside Chelmsford College where catering students cook us a delicious three course meal for £14. When the college is closed we generally meet at The Rose and Crown in Writtle. Please check the programme for details.