The River Itchen has its headwaters near Alresford and flows south to the mouth on Southampton Water. When the Rotary Clubs of Winchester and Eastleigh decided that another Rotary Club was needed in the area, the name the Rotary Club of Itchen Valley was chosen because the course of the River Itchen lies within the boundaries of the City of Winchester and the Borough of Eastleigh.
The club was chartered as “The Rotary Club of Itchen Valley” in 1983. The Charter was granted on 9 May 1983 and presented at the Charter Meeting in the Winchester Guildhall on 20 June 1983. At the Charter presentations the membership was of 30 local professional or business men. Young in relation to those clubs formed in the first flush of the excitement of Rotary before World War II, yet not so young that they could not emulate or eclipse the exploits of the Rotary founders.
At the end of June 2004 the club changed its name to the Rotary Club of Chandler’s Ford and Itchen Valley to mark the strengthening links with Chandler’s Ford. This has been endorsed by a number of Business Partners in Chandler’s Ford who assist the club in innumerable ways and not least with their own donations. The club draws its members from the people who live or work in the area and now includes ladies as members. The wives of some Rotarians formed the Inner Wheel Club of Itchen Valley that, in addition to assisting with Rotary projects, is part of an international association with its own service objectives. (The Winning Wheel of the World.)