Friends of York Rotary ("FoYR") was established in 2018, as a means of involving the York community in the aims and activities of Rotary in York.
As well as getting information, members can become involved, working alongside York Rotary members within the local community by supporting projects and activities.
In addition, a key objective of FoYR is to enable networking and friendship amongst its members; through meetings on topics of interest, and enjoying "Friends" social and networking events.
We also hope that some members may also develop an interest in developing a deeper interest in Rotary and exploring Rotary membership.
"Friends" can join either as an individual or as a representative of a local charity, business or other organisation.
There are no membership fees.
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.
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."
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 - see our "joining" page here
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
HOW DO I REGISTER MY INTEREST IN BECOMING A ‘FRIEND OF YORK ROTARY’?
More details here