Welcome to Rotary in the Thames Valley
We are people of action, making a difference in our communities.
Rotary is one of the world’s largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. Our very lively District, which covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire, South Buckinghamshire and West Middlesex has 58 clubs and approximately 1860 active members all serving their communities and having great fun at the same time. See more
GIVE SOMETHING BACK: If you enjoy helping others, connecting with Rotary gives you the chance to do something really worthwhile.
FUN AND FRIENDSHIP: Rotary membership is a lot of fun. We arrange activities which provide a welcome distraction from busy lives and the opportunity to make new friends who share common values.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Rotary was founded over 100 years ago as a business networking club and this is still part of Rotary life. Ethical practice is encouraged and, with members drawn from all walks of life, the opportunities to network are endless.
New members are always welcome, and with the unique character of each Rotary Club, the opportunities are endless. Clubs meet for breakfast, lunch, in the evening and even at the weekend. So what are you waiting for? Start your Rotary journey today...
Being the Inspiration
Rotarians throughout the Thames Valley have been inspiring communities both at home and overseas in the last six months, giving up their time and talents to make the world a better place.
Here’s a quick run-down of some of their activities:
- The Rotary Club of Haddenham & District worked with the Rotary Club of Source of the Nile in Egypt and has successfully installed water and sanitation in 14 primary schools in Kamuli District in Uganda.
- On a chilly morning in November the Rotary Club of Easthampstead planted more than 100 trees at Lily Hill Park Bracknell. Club members were joined by members of Garth Hill College, Pupils from Holly Springs Junior School, 2nd Easthampstead Scouts, 1st Warfield Guides and families and friends, to plant their trees under the expert guidance of the park wardens/ Rangers. Even the dog had a go at planting. A wonderful fun mornings work.
- The Rotary Club of Reading were delighted to announce that The Mayor of Reading, Deb Edwards, kindly agreed to start the runners off at their 5th Annual Reading Charity Santa Run from Forbury Gardens back in December. Each year Rotary members select two charities that they wish to highlight for their funding and this event supported Macmillan Cancer Support and the Footsteps Foundation. Over the last 5 years the club has raised more than £100,000 for charity.
- Due to the generosity of Pinner residents, The Rotary Club of Pinner’s Santa's Sleigh raised over £4,400 for Alzheimer's Research UK and other Rotary supported charities during December. This is the largest sum they have collected since they started the sleigh in 2014.
- Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club have continued their ongoing support to FoodShare, the towns food bank, by volunteering each week to collect donated food and take to the storage unit, and also sorting food, stacking shelves and being there each week to help distribute the food to families in need in the area.
- Rotary has a very special partnership with BBC Children in Need, supporting their fundraising efforts each year. Here in the Thames Valley clubs joined forces and spent the day at Heathrow Airport, in all terminals, with collection buckets and of course Pudsey Bear in tow too! This was an amazing year which saw us raise more than £133,319.87, smashing our target of £125,000!
- One source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. We have made incredible progress in the past three decades: In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralysed by the wild poliovirus; in 2017, just 22 cases were reported and announced recently was that Nigeria, the last country on the African content to be an endemic country, hasn’t seen a reported case of the wild polio virus for almost 3 years. This is monumental as it is hoped that in just a few months Nigeria, and the whole African continent, will be declared polio free, leaving just 2 countries where polio still exists. We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication, a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last and as Rotarians we are at the forefront of this world-changing moment.
So if any of the above inspires you to get involved, get in touch with us today and become a Rotarian.
Rotary members unite to tackle world hunger
Two days, 29 Rotary clubs, hundreds of volunteers and 100,000 meals packed to feed hungry school children in Kenya. Together, we unite to make a difference.
Thames Valley e-Rotary is a new venture, introducing a different set of opportunities for those wishing to support their local community but unable to participate regularly though pressures of work, family or travel. This new group operates online with regular discussions, interesting speakers and support for local communities.
The aim is to offer Rotary 24/7 so you can keep informed of the latest developments and projects and offer what time you can to participate in activities undertaken by ordinary people just like yourself. Find out more on Facebook
Thames Valley e-Rotary could offer a solution. No matter your background, age, experience or skills, Rotary can bring a new dimension into your life. Why not connect with us and find out for yourself? http://thamesvalleyerotary.org/
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Spanning the counties of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, South Buckinghamshire and West Middlesex
Winners of the RIBI Best District Bulletin Award 2017
Winners of Vernon Schwartz Interact Development Award 2017