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.
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.
Nik McKiernan and James Mason, both of Severn Trent, are coming to talk about ‘Water Aid UK’, which looks to transform millions of lives across the world by improving access to safe water, toilets and hygiene.
Sarah Levitt, head of Arts and Museums in Leicester, will shortly be retiring and will be speaking to us about ‘ Leicester City Arts and Museums over the last twenty years’
Latest Presidents Newsletter
- President’s Newsletter November 2016
It is now four months since I took over from Immediate Past President Paul Bonnett, and what an exciting four months it has been! Being President of the Rotary Club of Leicester is always a great honour but to have been invited to be President in the Centenary year is particularly special.
During my first four months we saw the culmination of three years of planning and fundraising to create a Visitor Centre in Bradgate Park, when on 22nd September Sir David Attenborough officially opened the new facility. The Visitor Centre unofficially opened in July and by the official opening, 25,000 people had passed through its doors.
The Visitor Centre is a great example of Rotary Serving Humanity and Rotarians are encouraged to visit and see what has been achieved.
Shortly after the official opening of the Visitor Centre we held our Centenary Dinner at the Grand Hotel.
The event took place on the 10th October, with 230 Rotarians and guests attending. Over 40 Clubs were represented on the night, including the Edinburgh Club, which is the mother Club of Leicester, and the Rotary Club of Guimaraes, Leicester’s twin Club in Portugal.
Guests included the RIBI President Eve Conway and her husband, and District Governor John Dehnel, both of whom spoke and proposed toasts on the night. Responding on behalf of the guests was antiques expert Lars Tharp who was interesting and stimulating and recounted his memories of his Grandfather as a member of the Leicester Club and his Father who is still a member of the Oadby Club. It was a splendid evening of fellowship enjoyed by everyone.
Our most recent celebration took place at Leicester Cathedral when over 50 Rotarians and guests attended a special Evensong service on 16th October to celebrate the Centenary of the Club and the achievements of Rotary worldwide. The service was conducted by the Dean, David Monteith. The Bishop, Martyn Snow, spoke of the great achievements of Rotary locally, nationally and internationally.
Looking forward to the rest of our Centenary year we already have plans in place to deliver all the events we support. These events include numerous young person’s competitions, RYLA, Kids Out and blood pressure awareness, Christmas lunches and many more. I hope we can organise another theatre trip similar to last year’s visit to The Curve and another special Centenary event towards the end of my term as President.
I am grateful for all the support I have received from the Club members during my four months in office, and with continuing support I will continue to do my best in leading the Club for the remainder of my year.