Introducing the Club
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 oursleves. 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 Foundation is also leading PolioPlus – a 30 year campaign started in 1985 in partnership with international and national bodies with the aim of totally eliminating the scourge of polio. Over 75 million children and adults at risk were immunised on a single day as part of the Polio Plus campaign.
In addition to the Club’s work in practical community, vocational and international assistance and fund-raising, throughout the year there are a range of social events such as visits to firms and other places of interest to which partners and friends are invited. There are also many opportunities to join with Rotarians from other Clubs who share similar outside interests. The Club also has an active golf section.
What is Rotary?
Rotarians are business and professional people who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary Club contains a diverse group of local businesses,services,community organisations and professions from the community that the club serves.
Founded in 1905 by Chicago attorney Paul P. Harris, Rotary International is a world-wide, non-political, non-religous and non-sectarian organisation for business and professional men and women. From that original Chicago Club – called Rotary, because originally the meetings rotatated from the business premises of one member to another each week – today the movement has over 30,000 Rotary Clubs with over 1.2 million members in over 160 countries.
Membership in a Rotary Club offers the opportunity for effecting change within the community, for meeting other business and professional people, and to advance understanding of – and have an impact on – international humanitarian issues.
Every Rotarian is a welcome visitor at meetings of any other Rotary Club worldwide – a particular attraction for those who travel, locally, nationally or internationally, whether on business or for pleasure.
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
FIFTH. New Opportunities: Rotary recognises the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programmes that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
Our weekly meetings:
Members meet each Monday lunchtime (except on Bank Holidays) in the city centre at The Leicester Grand Mercure Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 6ES, tel. 0844-815.9012. (Click here for location and travel directions)
Visiting Rotarians and guests meet from 12.15pm, with a two course lunch available, with a vegetarian option, or cold buffet, for collection from the Servery from 12.30 pm onwards (last serving of main course at 1. 00 pm). At 1.10 pm we usually have a speaker who gives us an insight into many and varied aspects of our community. The formal close of the meeting is at 1.45 pm, though members and guests are encouraged remain for fellowship until 2 pm, if business or professional commitments permit.
To assist with the catering, will visiting Rotarians and Leicester Club Members, who intend to bring one or more guests, please inform the Club by 10 am. on our Visitors and Apologies Telephone Line: 0116-223-3950
If you are not a Rotarian but are interested in finding out more about Rotary and would like to attend a meeting, please use the Contact Us facility and a member will be chosen to welcome you and introduce you to other members