OUR ACTIVITIES FOCUS ON SUPPORTING
THE LOCAL AND WIDER COMMUNITY.
THE ROTARY MOTTO IS: “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.”
Our service includes:
For the Young
Chichester Boys' Club
The boys club is the main youth club for Chichester. It welcomes both boys and girls as members. The Rotary Club of Chichester gives financial support and provides the overall management of the youth club.
Chichester Children's Poetry Competition
The competition is is held annually and is open to children living or attending schools in Chichester and West Sussex.The competition has been running successfully for many years and always attracts over one hundred entries.
The Youth Speaks Public Speaking Competition for School Children is held annually in the Chichester area and forms part of a national competition organised by The Rotary Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland. It helps to develop this vital skill in the young.
For the Elderly and the community in general
The Christmas Tree of Goodwill at the Chichester Cross each Year.
Outings for the elderly from care homes.
Grocery vouchers and food hampers for the needy at Christmas time.
Stroke awareness day where we arrange blood pressure measurements.
Support to International Disaster relief through our Worldwide network of Rotary Clubs.
Raising funds from our members and the public
to support local and international good causes.
For our Members
Regular Lunches and Dinners with guest speakers
on a wide variety of subjects.
Club outings to Places of Interest.
Social Events with our partners and friends.
Exchange visits with other clubs in UK and abroad.
Fellowship is an important part of the Rotary Ethos.
ARE YOU NEWLY RETIRED AND LOOKING FOR AN OUTLET THAT COULD USE YOUR ACQUIRED BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS TO BENEFIT THE WORLD, YOUR COUNTRY AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY?
If you are, why not consider joining an organisation that has been in existence since 1905 and has really helped to make the world a better place. Would you also be prepared to help, with other like-minded men and women, to make a real difference in the area in which you have lived and worked?
If the answer is yes, why not consider coming along to one of our lunchtime meetings in Chichester, we meet every Tuesday, to find out what we do and how we do it. The Rotary Club of Chichester would look forward to meeting you and you can be sure of a very warm welcome.
To find out more, please email to this address:
Dereck R. Double
President, Rotary Club of Chichester
Our collections provide support and funding for local charities, the elderly, disabled and homeless, hospitals, hospices and small grants for individuals.
We liaise closely with several charitable trusts for funding, Abbeyfield and the Citizens Advice Bureau.
With the support of the Chichester Model Engineers, we have for many years organised Steam Day for children from St Anthony and Fordwater special schools. This is our form of Rotary’s Kids Out, where children and their teachers can enjoy train rides and picnic lunches provided by Inner Wheel. We continue to work with Central School on their swimming trips.
We provide marshals for the Chichester Half Marathon, assist at the District Disabled Sports and help the Priory Rotary Club with their 10K and Dragon Boat Races.
Each year, with support from the Stroke Association and Boots Chemists, our volunteers run Stroke Awareness and Blood Pressure Testing days. For several years we have organised outings for elderly people. Contact 88 provide the transport.
Our Rotary Marquee is well used. For a minimum donation of £25, the 4m x 8m marquee is available for Club and private events, seating 24 or up to 40 people standing.
The major areas in which we work are set out below.
International Service Committee
The work of the International Committee includes the support of international charities, disasters and projects. We support individuals undertaking voluntary work overseas, we foster the Club’s link with the Rotary Club of Chartres, and we organise an annual poetry competition with an international theme.
We respond to international disasters such as earthquakes and floods, and we support other worthwhile overseas charitable projects. We buy aquaboxes and write to many local companies encouraging them to buy an aquabox. We also buy shelterboxes for people who have lost their homes as a result of earthquakes or tsunamis. We take part in Rotary street collections when there are major international disasters. We support Children on the Edge, a Chichester-based charity that helps orphaned and other disadvantaged children in the Middle East and elsewhere. In conjunction with the other Chichester Rotary Clubs we help with the equipping of a school in a very poor area near Capetown. Since hearing an inspiring talk by a local young man, Jamie Proctor, who, with friends of his, took part in the building of Mlambe School in Malawi, which is built in an experimental way with earth bricks, we support the construction of the school and we help to pay for one meal per day for the children in a famine.
We consider requests for financial support from individuals aged over 18 undertaking voluntary work overseas, such as with International Citizen Service for 18-25 year olds.
The Club has an excellent relationship with our French “twin” club, the Rotary Club of Chartres. The City of Chichester’s twinning with the cathedral city of Chartres was signed in 1959 and the twinning of our Club with the Chartres Rotary Club was established a year later. Since then innumerable visits have taken place to each other’s cities, in alternate years, with members staying in one another’s homes.
For several years the committee has run a Poetry Competition with an international theme, which has been a great success with over 100 entries in recent years. This continues to be an excellent public relations initiative. Details of the theme and the rules of the competition are sent to fifty local schools. We receive sponsorship from the Trefoil Trust, John Wiley and Sons, Woods Travel and Waterstone’s. These grants enable us to give gift voucher prizes to the top three winners in each of three age categories.
For more details see www.rotarypoetry.info
Rotarians invest their time and expertise into challenging poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, health and conflict with sustainable solutions, giving a lasting impact. Rotary’s largest current international project is Polio Plus where, working with World Health, we have eliminated this crippling disease in all but two countries. The Bill Gates Foundation has now joined us in raising funds.
As a Committee, we persuade the Club to make a large annual donation to Polio Plus and we organise social events to reduce this cost to the Club. We also encourage annual giving to Foundation by members, ensuring Gift Aid.
Through longstanding personal contacts, we support a children’s club extending across three towns and smaller villages in the Prahova Valley of Romania. Our donations enable the extra-curricular teaching of arts, crafts, foreign languages, computer studies, electronics etc.
We are currently seeking another sustainable project where we can involve members’ skills and time. Local projects can receive matching grants from Rotary Foundation through our District organisation and partnership with overseas Clubs can more than double our own contributions. There are no administration or running costs taken out of these donations and local Rotary Clubs ensure accurate and cost effective project placement as well as continuing involvement to ensure the project’s sustaining success. Rotary Foundation is a breathtaking success, making Rotarians all over the world proud of our organisation.
The Chairman of this committee is usually the incoming president for the next Rotary Year, which gives him/her an opportunity to acquire a good grounding of what is planned for the forthcoming Presidential Year.
All Rotary Club members are volunteers, and consist of men and women who want to dedicate their time and effort by using their acquired working professional skills, experience and knowledge for the benefit of the local community and which can also extend outside the local area to national and international levels.
Being part of this particular Rotary Club Service Committee also means encouraging members to interact with each other by way of organising entertaining outings, special event evenings and/or weekends away. Or it could be a simple barbeque which helps to galvanise everyone in a common cause, giving them a sort of esprit de corps to help new and long serving members to work together.
The Club Service Committee will encourage regular attendance at our weekly meetings, because without regular attendance by all members the goals of the Club would be difficult to reach.
The programme of events within the Club calendar year is also the responsibility of the Service Committee. At the beginning of the Rotary Year, in July, the committee will publish a full programme of weekly meetings with guest speakers and events highlighted throughout the year. It will also provide a forum for new members of the club who would be asked, after a few months, to address the Club outlining their profession or business, their family and any areas in which they might excel in and how they might contribute to the organisation of the Club.
Our Club meets weekly, at the Chichester Park Hotel, Westhampnett, 12.30 for 1.00pm. Our Service Committee is responsible for liaising with the hotel management team to ensure not only the smooth running of the meetings but also to monitor the quality of the lunches provided. Although our Club meets regularly on a Tuesday for lunch we also meet in the evening when we have a fifth Tuesday in the month. This not only gives variety to our meetings but it also gives an opportunity for family, wives/partners to enjoy a relaxed evening together and would normally break away from the formal and business-like agenda of our weekly lunch time meetings.
After lunch we are invariably have a presentation. These presentations cover a wide range of subjects and are given by speakers who are recognised authorities in their relevant fields.
We are also privileged to serve the local and international community through our charitable activities. The club is a good way to have fun and friendship and to give something back to the community
Our club meets at 12.30 for 1pm at the Chichester Park Hotel on most Tuesdays throughout the year with occasional evening events to which our partners are also invited.
Because of the lunchtime meetings our club is particularly suitable for prospective members who have flexible business hours or those who are retired. Applications for membership are welcomed and should be made initially by contacting the club secretary via this website.
If you would like to have a taste, why not come to lunch one Tuesday. All you need to do is to use this website to indicate this to the secretary. Consulting the programme will give you an idea of the accompanying activity to the lunch, which for you would be free. Why not bring a spouse or a friend at the same time who would also enjoy a free lunch!