What Is Rotary?

Service Above Self!

This is the proud motto of 1.25 million Rotary members in Clubs in nearly every country worldwide. Rotary International is the only service club to have been given a United Nations Award for services to humanity.

Our purpose is built around the Object Of Rotary.

Who Are Channel Rotary?

‘We are serious about what we do but don’t take ourselves too seriously.
Our foundations are strong fellowship, common purpose and a lot of pleasure’.

We are nearly 50 like-minded people from all walks of life, active and retired, who work together to support our community in South East Kent with funds and many hours of hands on expertise.

Our President:             Edwin Beddy
Vice President:            Malcom Stewart
Secretary:                     Bill Flavell
Treasurer:                    Tim Cowell

We are also proud of our close ties with the Royal Gurkha Rifles based at Shorncliffe Barracks in Folkestone. Their Commanding Officer is an Honorary Club Member.


So Why Not Join Us?

We’re sure you’ll enjoy it and get a great deal of satisfaction from helping people and good causes in this area and further afield. You could be a member or a sponsor. Just call our Secretary Bill Flavell on 01303 893804 or use the contact email on this website.

A Little Bit Of Our Club History

We were chartered on 5 June 1980 with 28 Founder members led by President David Jarvis and were sponsored by Folkestone Rotary Club (chartered 1923).

Currently we have nearly 50 members drawn from all walks of life mostly in the Folkestone and Hythe community and representing a wide range of working backgrounds. The Club is proud to have 8 Paul Harris Fellows. This is the highest honour awarded by Rotary and it recognises Rotarians and non- Rotarians alike for their outstanding contribution to Rotary and its humanitarian mission and/or to the society and community in which we live. Fittingly. it is named after our founder, Paul Harris, whose vision transformed Rotary into the world’s first and largest Service Club with 1.25 million members in nearly every country.

Age is no barrier if people have something to contribute. Our two oldest members are in their 80’s! and still contribute significantly to Club activities.

The Club is proud to have Lt Col Charlie Crowe Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles as an Honorary Member. The club has close ties to this Gurkha regiment based at Sir John Moore Barracks Folkestone.


Click HERE to see a list of all our Past Presidents