Club History

Rotary Club of Medway

The need for an evening Rotary Club in the Medway Towns was identified by Rochester and Chatham Rotary Clubs (at that time both lunchtime clubs) and so, under their guidance, the Rotary Club of Medway was conceived.

On the 2nd July 1881 the Rotary Club of Medway was formerly chartered and initial meetings were , at various venues in the area but have been permenly based at Gillingham Golf Club. for many years

The Club has always been very active with fun events such as Strictly Come Dancing Night; Annual Santa Fun Run; Annual Beer and Cider Festival; Fashion Shows; Charity Auctions; Wine & Wisdom quizzes; Sponsored Walks; Pig Race Nights; Pub Quiz Marathons; Annual President's Ball; Charity Variety Show; This is just a small sample of activities that we have engaged in over the years. In the course of all this fun we have raised close to £200,000 for our own projects, charities and organisations such as Demelza and Wisdom Hospices along with a host of other deserving causes in our community. Funds have also gone to national and international charities including, Shelter Box, LifeStraw Project, Sri Lankan Tsunami Relief Project, Polio Plus, a water aid project in Kwazulu Natal and many, many more.

In 2008 ladies were elected to membership of our Club for the first time and not before time. Since then we have had two lady Presidents and will no doubt have more in the future.

In 2010 the District Governor for our District 1120 (Kent, part of E. Sussex and part of South London) was a member of our club - Euan Eddie.

Now the membership is at a solid level of around 30 members, and the Club is still very active in carrying out the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’.