The Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire is the world’s first, and only, corporate Rotary group.
Since establishing on 2nd May 2017, the club’s welcomed a founding membership of 24 Rotarians who hold weekly meetings, rotating between a location at the Bentley Motors factory in Crewe and off site in a less formal setting every other week.
The Rotary Club of Bentley Cheshire was formed in 2016 as a satellite arm of the Crewe and Nantwich Weaver Rotary Club, and then became an independent club when it received its official Rotary charter.
The club’s original – and ongoing – support from Bentley Motors means that it is considered to be the first corporate Rotary club in the world.
Rotarians and Bentley board members came together to celebrate the club’s Charter Night.
Also in attendance were: Eve Conway, president of Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI); Molly Youd, district governor of Rotary district 1180; Tony Cotton, Rotary GO champion & formation of new clubs; plus other local dignitaries.
A spokesperson said: “Bentley Cheshire wishes to thank their sponsor club of Crewe & Nantwich Weaver for all their help and support and in particular a massive ‘thank you’ to Mike Constable for all his guidance.
“Mike has invested so much time in setting this club up and it wouldn’t have gotten to this point without him.
“There are others who have also given so much time and had patience with us – too many to mention personally – but they know who they are and we thanks all of you deeply for helping make this happen.
“We hope we can make you all proud.”
Since then, the group has given countless volunteering hours marshalling at charity events, raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities, supported homeless people with the creation of a pop-up street kitchen and even won several awards for its work.
Bentley Rotarians have climbed the national three peaks in 24 hours, held two balls, organised a family fun day, overhauled and landscaped the garden at their local MacMillan unit.
They’ve also decorated charity offices and schools, donated food and clothing to local food banks, organised a 5km fun run, arranged a local craft fair, undertaken litter picking around the outside of the Bentley factory plus local park and river – all in all, not bad for just over two years!
If you’re interested in finding out more about Bentley Rotary, please contact: [email protected]
You can also visit the Bentley Rotary website, at: www.bentleycheshirerotary.org.uk