Club History

Rotary Club of Medway

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

Early meetings were held at Dodgers Diner in Rochester High Street and then The Rose Public House, Cecil Road, Rochester. Subsequently several meeting venues have been used including The Gordon Hotel, Rochester, The Roffen Club, Rochester, The Holiday Inn Hotel also in Rochester and, currently, Gillingham Golf Club.

On 2nd July 1981 the Rotary Club of Medway was formerly chartered with 26 members – Tony Rix was elected Founder President. Within our membership today there are still three founder members – Stan Cokayne, Chris Stedman and Tony Rix.

In 1983 Medway twinned with Roubaix Rotary Club from France – a contact and friendship that continues today.

The Club has always been very active with fun events such as Strictly 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’.

    The Club has granted twelve Paul Harris Fellowships which is an award for outstanding service to Rotary and the local community to:
  • Jack Denness
  • Andrew Harwood
  • David Hatcher
  • Terry Spice
  • Madeleine Spice
  • Dai Liyanage
  • Mary Liyanage
  • Chris Stedman
  • Keith Powell
  • Bob Curtis
  • Jim Foad
  • Stan Cokayne
    Rotary District 1120 has also presented Paul Harris Fellowships to:
  • Euan Eddie
  • Clive Lawrence
    The Rotary Club of Rochester has also presented a Paul Harris Fellowships to:
  • Geoff Waters