The inaugural meeting of the Rotary Club of Melksham took place at the Assembly Hall Melksham on Tuesday 3 November 1964, around 100 attended the lunch which included the founder members, representatives from District and fellow Rotarians. Of those founder members, only John Baxter, club President in 1975 is still in contact with the club.
The club chartered on 15 June 1965, dinner jackets were the order of the day and the ticket price was 35 shillings. The traditional dinner included Cream of vegetable soup, Lemon Sole and Mornay Sauce, Roast beef with vegetables and new potatoes, Strawberries and cream, cheese and biscuits. The Charter President was Reverent W.A.M Langdon.
Reported in the local paper – During Melksham’ s first year the President, at an informal Ladies’ Night, was presented with his President’s Jewel.
The Community Service Committee arranged a highly successful Christmas concert, the proceeds from which, about £60, were forwarded to the St. George’s Hospital, Semington, Lift Fund Appeal. The Committee also made arrangements to cooperate with other town organisations for the distribution of Christmas parcels to old and infirm folk.
The International Service Committee report that contact had been made with the Rotary Club of Guingamp in Brittany and that as a preliminary, tape messages of goodwill had been sent from the Melksham Club and that Guingamp had accordingly reciprocated. It was hoped that further links would be forged.
The club Service committee have arranged the further comfort of the dining room and arrangements have been made for pendants to be prepared.
In March 1966, the first visitors from Melksham went to Guingamp in France as a twinned Rotary Club, and over the years members from both clubs have regularly visited each other and supported them in joint projects, including this year whereby we are fundraising for a project to provide classrooms, wells and other community needs in Senegal.