Rotary Club of York

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Our Club meets every Friday at 12.40 pm at the Novotel, Fishergate, York. Lunch is normally followed by a guest speaker. The meeting finishes promptly at 2.00 pm.


We are one of  over 80 clubs in District 1040, which includes large parts of North and West Yorkshire and N Lincolnshire. The club was inaugurated in 1921 and has around 90 members.  There are two other Rotary Clubs in York – the Rotary Clubs of York Ainsty and York Vikings
















About us

About the Rotary Club of York

We currently have over 90 members, male and female, and are a friendly, welcoming Club, with a range of events for Fellowship as well as our weekly lunch meetings.


We are very active in the York community, and along with many other community and fundraising activities we are the organisers of the annual York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge on the River Ouse, which have raised over £1million for charity since they were started in 2003.


The Rotary Club of York was inaugurated in 1921.   And we're already looking forward to the celebration of our centenary year, 2021!

Interested in joining?

More about Rotary, and the York Club

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To read more about the 97-year history of our Club,

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You'll make firm friends as well as worthwhile business contacts;  you'll  learn  valuable new  skills and grow as a person; and you'll be sure of a warm welcome from other Rotarians around the world whenever you're on your travels.


As a Rotarian, there's a vast array of things you can get involved in, from organising events and competitions, supporting local charities and developing   young   people,

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We are always keen to welcome new members...


Click below for information on how to join our Club.




The videos below show Rotarians from Great Britain and Ireland, and (second video) within Yorkshire,  explaining

the perceptions and the reality of being a member of Rotary.

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Rotary is the world's largest service organisation with 1.2 million members, in 32,000 clubs, in over 200 countries of the world. Rotary membership is open to business and professional people.


The objectives of Rotary are the same throughout the world. They include the promotion of community service, the maintenance of high standards in business and professional practices,  the advancement of international understanding, and the development of fellowship.  


Each club is autonomous in its activities and has the freedom to select the local, national, or international projects it wishes to support.  Members attend regularly at the weekly meetings of their own club but are also welcome as  visitors at  other clubs.

To learn more about Rotary Basics

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DBR 2011 Final Finish

Video - "Why Rotary?"

Video - "Why Rotary in Yorkshire?"

to assisting with disaster relief and fighting diseases and poverty worldwide.


Many of our charitable activities are detailed on other pages notably the annual York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge but in addition to the wide range of local charities supported the Club has also contributed to many overseas projects including the eradication of polio, bringing clean water to villages, and many disaster appeals.


Through our various activities, fellowship and friendship is developed. Our social events are many and varied, formal and informal, sporting and otherwise; please consult our diary page for examples.


We have recently introduced a new category of membership - Associate Membership - to allow potential members to get to know us, and Rotary, better. More details here

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