Welcome to the Rotary Club of Leicester!


The Rotary Club of Leicester is one of the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in the United Kingdom, with approximately 70 members, drawn from men and women living in, or whose business serves, the City of Leicester.

In today’s increasingly busy working environment where lunch breaks are rarely taken, it is pleasant to get away to lunch and interact with fellow members of the local business and professional community on a regular weekly basis, for just a short time.


The Club’s accent is on fellowship, and on service projects for the benefit of those less fortunate than ourselves. Directly, and through the worldwide Rotary movement, our Club cares for the local community and for the world through our international service, particularly in developing countries such as water purification and supply projects. Equally, Rotary cares for the people of the world through programmes such as the Rotary Foundation which among many other things provides scholarships for young people to study in other countries.

If you are interested in  coming along to one of our  meetings, which are usually held on Mondays between 12.15 and 13.45, then use the contact us facility to send an e mail and we will respond to make sure you are looked after for your visit. The cost of our lunch time gatherings is £11.00


We regularly receive requests from individuals looking for sponsorship for their own events, or towards them volunteering overseas and seeking financial assistance. The club does not have the financial resources to make grants to individuals and any such requests will receive a polite negative reply. :-(


5th November 2018 . President Colin visited the Leicester High School for girls where he awarded certificates and prizes for the Rotary Club of Leicester’s winners of the Young Chef heats.


On 29th October 2018 President Colin had great pleasure in presenting Past President Adrian Keene with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Adrian has been a member since 1990 and was President in 2000/01. A dedicated member who has given outstanding service as Treasurer over a number of years and particularly during the Club’s Centenary Year and during the recent Gondar Hospital Project.




On 9th July 2018 President Colin welcomed  Ed Cufflin as a new member of the club.


















The President’s chosen charity for this year is Leicester Charity Link. The target is to raise £20,000 via events arranged throughout 2018-2019. Colin is pictured with Sue McEniff of Charity Link and club secretary Clive Smith.



More funds for Gondar Project

Mark Woodland of Leicester de Montfort Rotary Club presented a cheque for £5000 toward our Gondar project. We are most grateful for their contribution towards this ambitious plan.


Past President Richard Power giving a cheque to Tim Beacon of Medical Aid International for £155,950 for the operating theatre equipment for our project in Gondar, Ethiopia. The equipment will be loaded into a container later this month for shipping to Ethiopia ready for installation in October. 


Rotarians Richard Power, John Saunders and Stuart Almond together with LRI surgeon Laurence Wicks visited the premises of Medical Aid International near Bedford to help pack the surgical equipment destined for Gondar, Ethiopia. The £160,000 worth of orthopaedic surgical equipment will shortly be shipped to arrive in Addis Ababa in early October and then on to Gondar by road ready for installation in the new operating theatre in early November, the unit should be ready for orthopaedic surgery in early 2019. Both Richard Power and Laurence Wicks will help with the installation of the equipment and the training of the surgeons and staff in Gondar.



















President’s trip to Portugal

Guimaraes 70th Charter

In March President Richard and partner Trish travelled to Portugal to attend the 70th Birthday celebrations of the Rotary Club of Guimaraes, D1970, our international twin Club. His report follows.

Having stayed overnight in an airport hotel outside Porto, we drove up to Guimaraes via coffee and a visit to the fantastic Thursday market in Barcelos.  We were met in our hotel by Rtns Antonio Pousada (who set up the Leicester/Guimaraes link) and Jacinto Teixeira who took as for a typically Portuguese lunch.  We then went on a brief walking tour of Guimaraes University before attending a tree planting ceremony in central Guimaraes attended by D1970 DG Alberto Carneiro and other dignitaries.

We then went on a tour of the  European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.  With our Orthopaedic backgrounds Trish and I found this very interesting, particularly as it was in English!  I’m not sure what our Portuguese colleagues made of it.

While Trish was taken off to tea with the ladies I attended a Club business meeting which was dominated by the DG and all in Portuguese so of limited value to me other than I was able to talk to them about the Gondar Project.

In the evening the Birthday Party was held in the ‘Pousada’ we were staying in.  It was a mix of formal speeches and otherwise very informal dress, eating etc.  I managed to deliver my piece in Portuguese kindly translated beforehand by Antonio.  We exchanged banners and gifts.  It was a very enjoyable evening despite the language limitations.

The following day was spent in Porto including the obligatory Port tasting prior to Ryan Air (on time) back to Stansted.

As an addendum to the visit Guimaraes have provisionally offered to support the Gondar Project with a $7,500 donation which will also be hopefully supported by a D1970 Grant.



Victorious team in the minor sports

The club beat Grantham Sunrise in the quarter final of the minor sports competition, winning by 45 points to 13.



For details of our collection on behalf of RNIB, see the Charitable Activities page. The sum raised was £234.96.












Forthcoming Public Event.

Weekly Meeting 26th November 2018
Nov 26 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Daniel Martin, Political Correspondent for the Leicester Mercury, will be giving us his take on the trials and tribulations of being a journalist.

This will be a M4B Meeting and members are encouraged to invite a colleague as a guest for the day.

Weekly Meeting 3rd December 2018
Dec 3 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Mick Ventola, Managing director of Ventola Projects, will give a talk entitled ” From Leicester to Las Vegas, Lighting up the world “


Please note this will be an M4B meeting

Weekly meeting 10th December 2018
Dec 10 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Graham Thompson, the President of Kibworth & Fleckney Rotary Club, will speak about “Dealing with dementia, still a stigma”


For Members-Only events see the members calendar by clicking here


Latest Presidents Newsletter

  • President’s Newsletter July 2017

    Welcome to my first news post as your Club President. As we enter a new century as one of the oldest clubs in the UK we can look back with pride over our first 100 years. Our Centenary year was a tremendous success due in large part to all the efforts of Past President David Brunton, who will be a very hard act to follow as President.We live in turbulent times and Rotary is not immune to those pressures. However, using the 17/18 theme of RI President, Ian Riseley, “we know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone.”

    The greatest challenge facing all clubs is that of falling membership. Although our membership numbers have stayed largely unchanged over the last few years, if we are to remain an active club we have to attract new members who are committed to the principles of Service before Self. As well as all members actively recruiting, we will be exploring the option od setting up a Satellite Club and also working more closely with the other two members of the Leicester family, De Montfort and Novus.

    As well as raising and allocating funds to our local Charities, we will be embarking on a major fund-raising campaign to provide equipment for an Orthopaedic Operating Theatre in Gondar, North-west Ethiopia. A number of events are planned for the year, starting with your President running in the footsteps of the legendary Haile Gabrselassie in The Great Ethiopia Run at the end of November. Much training needed!
    As you know Rodney Spokes is moving to a higher plane and Jonathan Kerry will be taking on membership for this year. Nick Thomson will be taking over as Club Secretary—a role he has been carrying out over the last few months in any case.
    If you have any ideas on how to improve the Club or contribute to fundraising activities then please share them with me.
    I look forward to working with you all over the coming year and would encourage you all to both contribute as much as possible to the Club, but also make the most of what Rotary has to offer.


    Richard Power



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