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.
The Odom Bowl match
The annual golf match between the club and the Leicestershire golf club took place on Tuesday 27th June. This fixture, played for the Odom Bowl, has been contested for many years. The club won (a rare occasion) in 2016 and this year the result was a halved match, 2 1/2 – 2 1/2 but the Rotary club retains the trophy by virtue of being the holders.
Chris Saul, Rotary captain for this year, is pictured receiving the trophy from LGC Captain, Francis Lobo.
Vocational Community Award
From time to time, the Rotary club of Leicester presents its Vocational Community Award to someone who has made a significant contribution to Leicester and Leicestershire. On 19 June, President, David Brunton, presented the Award to Mike Kapur for his numerous roles in charities and organisations in Leicestershire. In particular Mike’s chairmanship of the National Space Centre since 2009 has seen the Centre go from strength to strength with more visitors than ever passing through its doors.
For the record Mike is also A Deputy Lieutenant for the County, Pro Chancellor and Deputy Chairman at De Montfort University, Chairman of Leicester City Football Club Trust, Trustee of Warning Zone, and was recently awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
This years Technology Tournament was held at the Leicester Grammar School on Friday 24th February 2017. Colin Derrick and Derek Sadd managed the event in which 28 teams of children from around the county took part. The teams were divided into three age groups, the older participants being set a more difficult task. The winners were Leicester Grammar School, Oakham School and Manor High School. More details will follow.
This event on Sunday 27th February, in Aid of the Stop polio campaign, took place at the Botanic Gardens in Oadby.On a cold and windy day,Rotarian volunteers stood for an hour at a time, with collection buckets, raising funds for the End Polio Now campaign. Entry to the event was free, but visitors contributed generously and donated £522 on the day. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute double everything we raised, so the event has provided £1,566 towards the campaign. There have been just 35 cases of polio diagnosed in 2016, compared to 380,000 cases in 1985 when the eradication programme began. Fortunately the crocus were in full bloom and made a superb display.
Young Musician Final
Moira Bartlett did a fine job organising this event held at the Leicester Grammar School on Sunday 19th March 2017. There were children aged from 7 up to 17 singing or playing a variety of instruments and displaying a high degree of competence and confidence throughout the day. Katie Marshall closed the event with a superb Senior Vocal Solo, singing Mozart’s Voi Che Sapete followed by Bach/Gounod’s Ave Maria.
This years outing to Wicksteed Park will tale place on 14th June 2017. Over 2,000 children will be entertained by Rotary clubs from all over the UK . We hope the weather will be warm and sunny and the children have a great day out.
For the RIBI National Championships go to the About the Club button and RIBI Golf Championships page.
The 2016 winners are pictured below.
And runners up
If you wish to enter a team in 2017, the rules and entry form can be found below.
Bluebell Service in Swithland Woods
Planning well ahead, next year’s service will be on Sunday 7th May 2017, also at 3.00pm
Forthcoming Public Event.
Handover Day – our new President, Richard Power, will present his plans for the upcoming year.
V.W. Bro Peter Kinder, Assistant Provincial Grand Master will talk about 300 years of Freemasonry in England and Wales.
Latest Presidents Newsletter
- President’s newsletter May 2017
With just over a month to go to the end of my presidential year I thought it was time I updated my President’s Message.
My last message in November summarised various events we had arranged to celebrate our Centenary. All were successful and well appreciated by those who attended. Thank you to everybody who helped with those celebrations.
Since November we have returned to what could be considered a more normal Rotary year. In December we enjoyed our Christmas lunch with family and friends and were entertained by our speaker, Ian Stringer of Radio Leicester football fame. We also saw three new members join us in December.
In February we were invited to collect at the Botanical Gardens in aid of polio eradication. This was appropriate as the Botanical Gardens were celebrating their crocus weekend and the symbol of polio eradication is the crocus. We raised over £500 which when added to the matched donations by the Gates Foundation will be almost £1600.
I attended the Technology Challenge which took place at Leicester Grammar School in February. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the young people and the engineering and science skills they demonstrated in completing their task. Hopefully many of them will go on to have a STEM career.
Other young people’s events included various local, district and national competitions. Young Musician saw many pupils competing in various categories. Our solo violinist went through to the national finals in Cardiff and did very well.
We had one of our most successful years in the Minor Sports competition, reaching the semi-final. Maybe it was just coincidence but the first time I participated we were knocked out! Let’s hope we can go one better next year.
President Elect Richard Power is looking forward to his year in office and has been researching a project to provide equipment to hospitals currently being constructed in Ethiopia. No doubt we will hear more about this project when Richard takes over the presidency.
Though it has been a challenge, it has been an honour to be President in our Centenary year. I am grateful to those in the Club and beyond who have supported me this year. It would have been an impossible task without their help.