The History of
Whitchurch Rotary Club
1938 - 2008

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We meet in the Dodington Lodge Hotel every 1st & 3rd Tuesday evening at 6:30pm for Dinner, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 12:45pm for lunch, and if there's a 5th Tuesday, we meet at 7:00am for Breakfast. Visitors are welcome.

Presidents of Whitchurch Rotary Club


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tom kelly has walked and cycled thousands of miles raising money for Rotary Charities


Born in Leeds in 1940 and worked on a farm while doing his 'A' levels. At University he studied Chemistry and Agriculture. He also has a postgraduate Business Diploma from the University of London.
Has lived in Whitchurch since 1983, before that had spells in Bishop Auckland, Dorset and Newark, - seven different houses since he married in 1970.
Tom retired in Oct. 2000 as Managing Director of the Consultancy Division of Genus plc. Of interest prior to his 27 years with Genus and its predecessors, he had a spell as Inspector of Taxes with the Inland Revenue( 1970-73) and three years in Rhodesia (1964-1966). More recently he spent 4 months in Sudan (Nov '01-Mar '02) teaching at the University of Khartoum, plus a spell in Tanzania
He did not enjoy being 'retired', so he has become self employed as a business consultant, mostly working in and around Wrexham.
Since he joined Rotary in 1988 Tom says it has been his most rewarding and fulfilling interest.. He likes being outdoors, bird watching, walking, cycling and sailing. Tom tries to do one week a year with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. He also likes to do some individual effort for a charity each year and appreciates the financial support from Rotarians and former business contacts. Whitchurch Rotary Club is also very fortunate to have such a keen and indefatigable fund-raiser among its members. The Whitchurch Club has enjoyed a good deal of "reflected glory" from Tom's prodicgious charitable efforts, including long distance walks and a Land's End to John o'Groats cycle ride. He has raised over £30,000 for Rotary's local, national and international charities. Was created a Paul Harris Fellow in 2007