Rotary Club of York

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What is ‘Friends of York Rotary’?


Friends of York Rotary are people interested in keeping in touch and assisting the work of Rotary but who are unable to commit to full membership. As well as getting information, they can become involved, working alongside York Rotary members within the local community by supporting projects and activities.


They can join either as an individual or as a representative of a local charity, business or other organisation.

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The Patron of Friends of York Rotary (FoYR) is BBC Radio York's well-known  Elly Fiorentini.  Elly is an Honorary Member and great supporter of our Rotary Club, She is also well-known for providing the commentary every year at our major fundraising event, the York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge.

"I am delighted to introduce you to Friends of York Rotary.


York Rotary is all about being involved in the community from the schools technology tournament to helping support international disasters and of course there is my favourite, The Dragon Boat Race, which has raised over a million pounds for charities.


There is a lot of hard work and commitment from current members who have now decided that we are missing out on those who could help us out at the odd event.


This is a great opportunity to use any spare time you have to help enhance and support the community you live in.


York Rotary has some great events coming up and we would love you to be able to help at one or more of them.


I have loved every minute of supporting them even though, like many of you, I have a full on job.


I hope that we can encourage you to get involved in some way."








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Other FAQ's

What are ‘Friends of York Rotary’ expected

to do?


They will be invited to assist in current projects and also invited to attend specific meetings or events where they will get a closer understanding of what our Rotary Club is currently doing and hear plans of future activities. This will also give an opportunity to meet other Friends and the club members.


How will I know of forthcoming events or projects where I can help and contribute?


A regular newsletter will be circulated to all our registered Friends, this will contain details of current and future projects and events with details of how to become involved.


Do I need to pay anything to become a Friend?


No, this is a voluntary effort and we make no direct charge on Friends. Attendance at FoYR meetings, rather than project work, may attract a small charge to cover refreshments if they are required, typically around £10.


What can I bring to Rotary through the Friends programme?


Friends can bring extra skills and experience to our service projects which will strengthen our ability to support those in the local community who require assistance.


What will I gain through membership of the Friends programme?


New friends, an opportunity to make a difference in the community and have fun doing it.


Can I upgrade from Friend to full membership?


Yes, as a valued Friend you would be welcomed into the Rotary organisation





Please email our coordinator, Brian Joscelyne, on expressing your interest in becoming a ‘Friend’ and we will contact you!

Data Protection

The words on everyone's lips at the moment in GDPR !  Our Rotary Club will be  fully compliant with the new law, and will ensure any personal information given to us by Friends of York Rotary members is held securely and not used by nor shared with anyone outside of the Rotary Club of York



Our Launch Party!


The Friends of York Rotary was "launched" at an evening event at the Novotel, York on Tuesday May 29th.    Around 50 attended to hear the BBC's Elly Fiorentini - who is the Patron of the new group - express her strong support for the work  that Rotary does

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Rotary Signage at the 2018 Dragon Boat event in York


Kaminari Japanese Drummers performing at a fundraiser concert in February 2018 - organised as a "joint venture" between Rotary Club of York and York Against Cancer


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Judging at the February 2018 Technology Tournament run by York Rotary Clubs and attended by teams from 12 local schools


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Presentation of funds raised for Refugee Action York




You can catch up with all the news of what the Rotary Club of York is doing in our community on our News pages here


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Friends of York Rotary, an informal organisation recently formed by our Rotary Club, are a group of people who support our Club’s objectives and work, want to stay in touch with Rotary and what we are doing, and volunteer help occasionally.  


The group also provides an opportunity for members (many of whom are in the charity sector in York) to network with each other.  


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 "Friends of York Rotary" was launched on May 29th at a social event held at the Novotel, York.


 Over 50 attended the launch and participated in discussions about the future of his new initiative.


Interested in joining "Friends of York Rotary?









If you are interested in hearing more about how you can support Rotary's work in York and further afield.  and are looking for an opportunity to contribute to our community and network with like-minded people, please contact us at 

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in the local community.  Elly is an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of York.  After an explanation of what Rotary is, and the background and aspirations of the "Friends" initiative from Club President Brian Joscelyne, some lively "break-out group" discussions and "brainstorming" took place, where many ideas were put forward by participants, from how they might contribute to the new venture and the benefits they are looking from from participation..  


Our thanks go to all who came - it was a high-energy and positive event and a great start for this new group.

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