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.


Age Concern 2017

An arresting moment as Bob Rawlinson, Babs Marson, and Colin Derrick of Leicester Rotary, join members of the City police force, who together are eagerly waiting to serve excited senior Citizens, who have gathered at AgeUk’s Clarence House, in Humberstone Gate for a special Christmas Lunch.
 There was a band playing Carols, everyone singing along, crackers, decorations, and mince pies, along with a Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and followed by a scrumptious Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.
 Pensioners,Police, and Rotarians all had a jolly good time, and left full of Christmas cheer.
 An excellent day!




Visit to the Caterpillar plant at Desford

On 29th November 2017,  18 members of the club went on a visit to the Caterpillar plant at Desford. This proved to be a really interesting trip which included a tour of the production line and a demonstration of the power and versatility of several of the vehicles.




Clean sweep for the club at RIBI golf championship Final


The Leicester club collected the main trophies at this year’s event in September 2017. Mike Piper is seen receiving the winning team trophy, and Clive Smith won the individual competition.

More photos and full details may be found on the RIBI championship page under the ‘About the club’ section.


Thursday 14th December 2017 at 7.00pm

Dick Whittington Pantomime at the Little Theatre Dover Street

This will be a fund raising evening, with the proceeds from ticket sales going to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary.

Tickets cost £13 – a saving on the cost of tickets for other performances.

If you would like to take a party along, e mail rotaryleicester1070@gmail.com or telephone

0116 241 5895



Presidential handover

David Brunton handed over the position of President of the club to Richard Power at the club meeting on 3rd July.


Colin Derrick was installed as President elect.

Recently appointed Area 7 Assistant Governor, Nigel Aaron with Richard Power.



DMU hosts Rotary contest spotlighting designers of the future

A canny invention for the motorsport world scooped the top prize in a young designers’ showdown hosted by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

A-level student Oliver Warner was named ‘Young Designer of the Year’ at the competition organised by District 1070 Rotary Clubs, after impressing the judges with his neat idea for a maintenance lift to make it easier to service go-karts.

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.



Rotary golf

For the RIBI National Championships go to the About the Club button and RIBI Golf Championships page.



If you wish to enter a team in 2018, the rules and entry form for 2017 can be found below.

In all probability the format for 2018 will be very similar and updates forms will be uploaded in due course.





Forthcoming Public Event.

No meeting on 25th December 2017
Dec 25 all-day
Weekly Meeting Monday 8th January 2018
Jan 8 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Rabbi Shmuli Pink, Head of Leicester’s Jewish Orthodox Community, will give his alternative New Year’s message

Weekly Meeting on Monday 15th January 2018
Jan 15 @ 12:15 – 13:45

The Very Reverend David Monteith, Dean of Leicester Cathedral, will provide us with the more traditional New Year message


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



For previous versions of the Presidents Newsletter please click here