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"People sometimes ask me 'Why are you in Rotary?  What is it all about?'

There are many reasons I enjoy Rotary, but primarily it's

- to have fun and fellowship, making new friends

- to enjoy social activities

- but above all, to do some good, and 'give something back' by supporting humanitarian causes and taking part in projects."

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York Rotary members administering Polio vaccines in India

Read more about some of the projects and causes that we support as Rotarians.....


Rotary is an international organisation of 3.2 million people, and Rotary Foundation is one of the largest charity organisations in the world.  Rotary International has six key areas of focus. 


Rotary has several projects currently to support the people of Ukraine and the thousand of refugees from that country.

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Supporting our Local Community

In York and the local vicinity, we are active in the local community as well as helping international projects.  Our local projects include several in Youth Development; helping local charities through fundraising / grant donations and hands-on assistance; environmental projects; and community support

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Military Wives Choir concert - York Rotary Fundraiser for "Help the Heroes"

Specific projects and annual events include...

York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge

Our flagship fundraising event has raised c.  £1.5M

Mock interviews for schools - York Rotary has carried out

mock interviews for school pupils prior to them having university interviews,

this help has been found to be of significant benefit to the candidates. 

Originally interviews were held in person, but over the last three years they

have been carried out virtually, with 90 interviews carried out in autumn 2022




York Rotary, in conjunction with the other two York 

Rotary clubs, supports the annual Rotary

Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) courses.  The application process for 2024 is closed, applications for 2025 will open January 2025

York Rotary Tree Planting Partnership

Celebrating newborns in York through tree planting


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Family picnic - Rotary Tree Partnership project

York District Hospital Peace and Well Being garden

During the first Covid lockdown in 2020 York Rotary held a Virtual Dragon Boat Challenge to replace the annual Dragon Boat Challenge which raised £20,000, the funds were used to support the development of a much needed Peace and well Being garden at York District Hospital

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A Lasting Legacy

York Rotary has, over the years, had several projects that help the environment and the cityscape of York.  The results of these projects will leave a lasting physical legacy for future generations to enjoy

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photo courtesy of Deb Cammish

Tactile Model in front of York Minster

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