President's Message

Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Chislehurst, a very lively, active club of which I have the honour of being President during the year 2023-2024.

Ken Smith

Welcome to the Chislehurst Rotary website and I hope you will enjoy reading about who we are and what we do. 

Most people will have an idea of the charitable work we do and our fund raising activities locally, but we are so much more than that, and we have a full schedule of social activities too. Our mantra is service above self, but all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so we make sure that we enjoy ourselves along the way!

There are over 35,000 Rotary Clubs world-wide and more than 1.2 million members. In the UK, close to 1,700 clubs and 50,000 members. “Rotary” is a very open and diverse organisation of men and women from all walks of society, who together enjoy putting something back into the Community. Important though that is, we also gain from improving our own skills and working alongside similar-minded people in our activities.

We have a great track record in raising funds locally where our projects include the Chislehurst Fireworks Display, Summer Fair and of course, the Santa collections at Christmas. All the money raised is used to support local and international causes and charities. 

Locally, it is used via projects and donations to promote the endeavours of enterprising young people, help those of all ages who are disadvantaged, and encourage deserving activities.

Internationally, we also support - via our Rotarian connections - many projects, regularly responding to disasters caused by events such as war or severe climatic episodes and financing health and education programmes in less fortunate communities than our own.

Fighting disease worldwide is one of Rotary’s main goals, and our members already support efforts to promote ways to stay healthy, supply training, and provide vital medical equipment. More recently, we sent vital aid to Ukraine and Turkey.

We meet twice a month at the Chislehurst Golf Club, where we have a programme of interesting and varied speakers, and visitors and potential members are always welcome. I encourage you to explore our website where you will see the details and to learn more about our Club. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where you will be able to see our members and volunteers hard at work!

Hopefully we’ll see you again soon and if you would like to come along to one of our meetings or events, or to speak to one of us to find out more, please get in touch via the contact details below.

Ken Smith

President 2023-2024


 
 

 

'What We Do' Main Pages:

Ken Smith

Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Chislehurst, a very lively, active club of which I have the honour of being President during the year 2023-2024.

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The Safeguarding regulations that are observed by Chislehurst Rotary

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Since 1967, the Chislehurst Rotary Club has been a source of enjoyment to its members and the local community.

Our members enjoy an active social programme and the opportunity to help others. The Rotary Club encourages service to the community both locally and internationally.

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Rotary Clubs operate within areas of service - to their local, national and international communities and to the Club itself. The service areas within our Club are: Community; International; Foundation (Rotary"™s charity organisation); Club; and Social.

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Community Service is the Club's link with the local community. Emphasis is placed on links within the immediate Chislehurst area, where substantial efforts and contributions are made to help local charities and to undertake projects to help those in need.

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We are a small, but enthusiastic, Club with a strong commitment to helping those less fortunate overseas; ensuring that any aid is provided where it is needed and managed locally so that all funds are used wisely and effectively.

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The Rotary Foundation is a world wide charity whose aim is to support the efforts of Rotary International in its mission to achieve worldwide understanding and peace through local and national humanitarian, educational and cultural support programmes.

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The Club Service Committee works with our elected Club Council to ensure, as far as possible, the smooth running of the Club

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The Social team (a sub-committee of Club Service) deals with all the social aspects of the Club. If we can raise some money for charity, then that is an extra bonus!!

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Becoming part of the Rotary family.

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