Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad
The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad (led this year by our President, Tim Wadsworth) is a friendly, informal group of 23 or so people from all walks of life and is one of two Rotary clubs in Lichfield.
The Club has served the community of Lichfield for over thirty-six years, raising much needed funds for many local charities and running projects to foster community spirit and to encourage the talents of our young people. In addition, we also support Rotary's international causes which make change on a global scale - the eradication of Polio through Rotary's Polio-Plus campaign being just one example of many. The Club organises a number of local fund raising and social activities throughout the year, the most prominent of which is the well established ‘Cars in the Park’ event that in 2016 raised over £32,000 for Rotary charities and the other main charities involved in the event. In addition we have the Cathedral to Castle Run and the Ride4Health events which although relatively new to the club's calendar have successfully raised even more funds for our good causes.
We are also pleased to have a thriving Interact Club (one of over 20,000 round the world), based at the Friary School. This enthusiastic group of young people meets regularly and arranges various activities throughout the year to raise funds for good causes.
You can be assured of a very warm welcome if you come along to one of our weekly meetings (listed under the 'Events' button at the top left-hand of this page) where you can find out more about who we are and what we do and, more importantly, experience the fellowship of a unique group of people who put a lot into their Rotary life and also get a lot out of it.
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Lichfield St Chad Rotary proposes setting up a new branch of Rotary in the Lichfield area. Currently a number of suitable venues are being assessed, where informal fortnightly meeting could be held.
Among the guests at Lichfield St Chad's Christmas dinner was a contingent from Staffordshire Police Cadets, who were present for a very special reason. The club is pleased to be supporting the Cadets as Platinum Patrons for the next three years, which is a big commitment. President Tim Wadsworth presented Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold with a cheque for £5,000 for the first year.
St Chad's annual Ten-pin bowling championship competition took place this year at Uttoxeter Cinebowl, followed by a fellowship feast at the Dapple Grey. President Tim presented the trophies, and this year's winner of the Gents' cup was David Stainsby. By way of keeping it in the family, his daughter Hannah won the Ladies' trophy, and 'winner' of the wooden spoon was Sue Cross.
Our now, annual Ride 4 Health run in association with the Heart Foundation and Freedom Cycles was a great success this year with over 50 riders aged from 2 to 85!
The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad annually makes an award to a person or persons who have made significant contributions to the community over a period of time. We are delighted to announce that this year’s recipient is Mr. Terry Finn. Terry was born in Fradley and has lived all his life in Lichfield. He has been Mayor and Sheriff of the city and leader of the City Council, a District Councillor and Chairman of the District Council.
We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Lichfield, Tamworth and Tamworth Anker, Lichfield St Chad is organising the second annual 10 mile multi-terrain running event starting at the Cathedral and finishing at Tamworth Castle on 9th April 2018.
The route over multiple types of terrain, actually starts in Beacon Park, Lichfield, and finishes in the grounds of Tamworth Castle. Online booking is now open on the website at www.c2crun.co.uk.
President Tim's summer barbecue (summer?) was very well attended today, and we were royally entertained by Roger Reading and the Ukulele Allsorts. The event was hosted by Rod and Lou Cooper and we enjoyed good food (courtesy of Chef de Cuisine Rod!) and very pleasant company.
Our Facebook presence has recently changed from a public group to a fully-fledged Facebook page which will keep everyone updated with our latest activities and is available from the button on the right of this home page. Please "like" our new page so that the news will spread all the faster.
At our regular meeting last night we were treated to a visit from the Free Spirit Horse Memorial charity, presented by Tracy Francis from the Gartmore Riding School, who was ably assisted by her young volunteers. We were brought up to date with the project to establish a memorial to the horse at the National Memorial Arboretum in September 2018 and we also enjoyed a performance of a special song written and performed by Dominic who was accompanied by the youngsters.
Rotary Cars in the Park (now in its 21st year) is a huge success story, raising over £32,000 every year for good causes by attracting thousands of car enthusiasts, with their treasured classic cars, from all over the UK. This of course doesn't happen on its own - it takes a whole army of volunteers led by Lichfield St Chad Rotarians to ensure the success that the event has become.
One of the landmarks in the Rotary year is the changeover of presidents and this year, it was David Ratcliffe who handed over to incoming President Tim Wadsworth in the presence of a packed house of Rotarians and their guests at the George Hotel. In addition, David also welcomed our newest member to the club, Trevor Hancock who was introduced by Rotarian Andrew Sims.
Whilst Rotary prides itself in being ‘for’ and helping local communities in which the Club is based, Rotary also is involved with many International Projects helping countries and people less fortunate than ourselves here in the UK.
Polio Eradication ‘This Close’
Unless you are of a certain age or ethnicity, you may not be aware that the crippling disease of Polio is still active and a threat to us all, ‘only a flight away’.