About our club

Some information about our club

A brief history

MKGU (as it is affectionately known) was formed in 1993. There are many decades of history of Rotarian activity in Milton Keynes but MKGU was formed to create the only Rotary breakfast club here. This attracts people who are interested in the Rotary ideals of service and fellowship and find the early morning meeting the easiest way to get involved without impinging on a busy day.

After 20 years, the Club has developed and become extremely active. We take great pride in our success and the work that we have done to help local (and not-so-local) communities. Don't fall for the stereotype of Rotary being a group of staid old men attending boring meetings following strict protocols and always stumping up more and more of their own money to support this or that cause. Rest assured – this is not MKGU! Our meetings are light-hearted, informal and friendly. When raising money through our active programme of events, we look far beyond our own members!

We get to know each other fairly well, because we meet at breakfast on a Thursday and at other functions.  The very best way to test the atmosphere and feel of the club is to come along and join us one Thursday morning.

What we do

Quite simply, the Rotary ideal is service and fellowship (and having fun at the same time).

Our programme of Thursday morning speakers and other social and community activities is shown on this website.Speakers are invited on two or three Thursdays in a month covering a wide range of topics including business, local charities, sports and many general activities.

Many of the members come every week, but it’s not compulsory. We recognise that people are so busy these days that they come when they can. And those who turn up irregularly are welcomed whenever they’re able to join us.

MKGU supports a variety of activities and organisations with the objective of raising funds for local , national and international charities. The club president chooses a charity to support each year.Charitable events include Quiz Nights, Golf Days, Barn Dances, Wine Tastings. We will also sponsor members taking on challenges such as a loop the loop in a glider or swimathons.

1.       One of our biggest events is the Extra Mile cycle challenge that occurs in September each year with 200 cyclists taking part in rides in Europe. Our event in 2017 is the Brittany Challenge and to date £1,400,000 has been donated to over 250 different charities.

Money raised at our events and activities, is donated to a wide range of local charities and organisations including Willen Hospice, MK Snap, AYME and of course to the Worldwide Rotary objective to eradicate polio everywhere.

We give our time to other community events, for example marshalling at the MK marathon and Midnight Moo walk, lending a hand to community projects or local charities.Often this will be with other local Rotary clubs, for example, in the annual Lend-a-Hand day, which supports local elderly and disabled people with a wide variety of domestic chores.

We also have some fun together at purely social events organised by members of the club, such as nature and pub walks, theatre trips and meals in local restaurants.