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Just what is Rotary?

The Rotary movement began in Chicago in February 1905.  A businessman called Paul Harris had just acquired a new position there but he knew no-one and felt his social life needed a boost so he invited three business colleagues round to his office after work for a meal and a chat.  All four of them got on extremely well so they repeated the exercise every week, meeting in their various offices so their venues rotated, which is why, yes, it’s called Rotary....

Like all worthwhile and rewarding ventures Rotary has grown to be the largest non government organisation in the world, spanning over 200 countries with more than one million two hundred thousand members in 33,000 clubs.  In Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI for short) we have 1800 clubs.

But who are the Rotarians?  We're volunteers who give our time, talents, professional skills and energy into both community and international projects.

An important part of our weekly meetings is enjoying fellowship and fun with like-minded business or professional people over a drink and breakfast, lunch or supper depending on the on the time we meet.  Rotary's eternal motto is 'Service above self' because we recognise that life is so much more rewarding when we engage in helping others.

To find out more log on to and locate the nearest Rotary Club in your neck of the woods.