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.


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



Members who volunteer to assist at Sailability at Watermead Country Park spent the morning learning the correct ways of moving and handling handicapped sailors in and out of the special dinghies. Mosaic provides disability services and the Sailability project aims to give disabled people the opportunity to sail a dinghy or learn how to sail a dinghy. The Leicester Club provides volunteers on a weekly basis to help provide this service.






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.



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.


Technology Tournament

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.


Crocus Sunday

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.


Kids Out

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.


Rotary golf

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

The 2016 winners are pictured below.

Winners 2016




And runners up


Golf winners 2016


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.

Weekly Meeting 21st August 2017
Aug 21 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Past President, Mick Marvell, will give a joint talk with his son, Daniel, entitled “Is this and adventure Grandad?” They will tell the story about developing their land in Ratcliffe on Soar. 23 years in 20 minutes!!

No Meeting 28th August. Bank Holiday
Aug 28 all-day
Weekly Meeting 4th September 2017
Sep 4 @ 12:15 – 13:45

Giles Coleman, Community Fundraiser for The Royal British Legion in Leicestershire and
Rutland, about looking after over 1000 volunteers within our area, raising over £600k p.a. The title of his talk will be “Live on”.


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