For many years, the Chislehurst Rotary Club has been a source of enjoyment to its members and encourages service to the community both locally and internationally. Members enjoy an active social programme and the opportunity to help others. The Club normally maintains a membership of around 35 to 40. Currently, nearly a third of the members are women, the Club having elected to move to dual gender membership some years ago.
Fellowship is the keystone of Rotary and hence weekly meetings (on a Monday evening) are the focus of their activities. Members attend regularly and share a meal. This is followed by a short presentation from a speaker most weeks. Once a month they hold a business meeting after the meal to ensure their activities on fund raising and their various avenues of service are on track. Several times a year they hold guest dining evenings when members invite partners or friends to join them.
Their main fundraising events over the year are:-
- Chislehurst Fireworks
- Father Christmas Sleigh street collection
- Summer Fair on Chislehurst Common (a community fundraising event for other local voluntary groups & worthy causes)
They normally raise at least £20,000 each year.
They support the ‘Friends of Rotary’ initiative and currently have thirteen ‘Friends’, as well as three Honorary Members.
Chislehurst Rotary Club was founded in 1967 as the Daughter club of Sidcup Rotary Club, by their Founder President, the late Len Cross.
Membership of the Club is by invitation only, generally to those who live or work in Chislehurst or an adjacent community. They are multicultural and non-denominational. If you think you may be the sort of person who could both contribute to and benefit from Rotary membership, please contact them to arrange for a number of visits to the Club as their guest so that they may explore this further.