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SpecSort expands its area of operation

SpecSort expands its area of operation

The highly-regarded SpecSort initiative - a flagship project of Rotary York Ainsty - is expanding its sphere of operation by delivering sorted and graded pre-owned glasses to more countries across the globe.

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Membership opportunities

Membership opportunities

Rotary York Ainsty membership opportunities are listed and detailed here - click on the image to advance to the detail.

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Join Rotary's 1.2 million volunteers world-wide

Join Rotary's 1.2 million volunteers world-wide

Team players wanted to join us to assist us in our many community initiatives - with INTERNATIONAL benefits... Find out more here.

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Sow, Grow and Share is RYA's latest project

Sow, Grow and Share is RYA's latest project

Sow, Grow and Share is a project whereby Rotary York Ainsty provides growing kits to produce fresh food for participants in the York locale.

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Rotary York Ainsty is developing a project to bring medical aid to a remote region in Albania - in partnership with two other Rotary Clubs

Rotary York Ainsty is developing a project to bring medical aid to a remote region in Albania - in partnership with two other Rotary Clubs

Rotary York Ainsty, working in cooperation with two other Rotary Clubs in different countries, is developing a project which will bring medical aid to a remote region of Albania - Fushë Arrëz.

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Rotary York Ainsty Calendar and Diary Dates

Rotary York Ainsty Calendar and Diary Dates

A varied series of meetings with guest speakers for May to June. See the Calendar for details or contact club secretary Dick Powell.

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About us

 Welcome to Rotary York Ainsty


Welcome to Rotary York Ainsty. We were founded in 1960 to give an opportunity for local people to get involved with York and its many communities. RYA is part of a world-wide network of 1.2 million volunteers and encompasses a healthy York-based volunteer community.


Rotary York Ainsty meets regularly to to discuss projects, activities and for social fellowship. 


Following the relaxation of Covid restrictions we have reverted to meeting at the Mercure Hotel. Occasionally, we may meet at other venues. Please check this web site for details of our programme.

Becoming a member of a club or society is one of the most gratifying things one can do. It is the epitome of social interaction, business networking and personal fulfilment. Each club has their own requirements and regulations. 


There are so many advantages of becoming a member of a club, such as learning new skills, developing a passion for something specific, creating a bond with people that share the same interests and, most of all, inspiration of change through mentorship and guidance. 


At Rotary York Ainsty you will find people who care about both our local community and disadvantaged people across the world. Care and support is either through fund-raising / charitable collections or the investment of time and talent in specific projects and activities. Rotarians are PEOPLE of ACTION.

INTERESTED? Please contact us at:

E-mail: rcyorkainsty@gmail.com

Telephone: 075 0087 8998

 Rotary York Ainsty's 'privacy' policy and procedures

Rotary York Ainsty has a strict policy regarding the storage of data and the RYA's full GDPR Club Privacy Statement is available to download here.

 What Rotary York Ainsty is, what it does, where it does it, who it helps - how to join

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT, AINSTY: Rotary York Ainsty's Niche Statement tells you what it is all about and the work in the communities it serves. NOTE: The text is copyright: stewart.gilbert@icloud.com. Ask if you would like to utilise. Download a copy by clicking here. 

What is Ainsty? What was Ainsty? The Geographical significance of the ancient Yorkshire Wapentake

The Ainsty is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 (in the form Ainestig), when it was a wapentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire. It was named from Ainsty Cliff at Bilbrough, presumably the original meeting place of the wapentake. Click here to find out more from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainsty

 What is Rotary?

Rotary is a network of women and men who support their local communities and international projects, to improve the lives of people in these communities. 

Over the years RYA along with its volunteer supporters have raised and distributed many thousands of pounds and instigated many home and overseas projects. 

There are almost 50,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland and 1.2 million world-wide.

BELOW: Rotary York Ainsty in Action... Maintaining the Cancer Care and Bereavement garden at York Hospital. Copyright photograph by Rotary York Ainsty


Happening soon...

Huby and Sutton Show, Sutton Park, YO61 1DP

Sun, Jul 3rd 2022 10:00 am

Huby and Sutton Show, Sutton Park, YO61 1DP

Come and join President Dudley at the show, an opportunity to promote Rotary Ainsty and have a good day out

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Air-rifle shooting and meal, Snowball Plantation

Mon, Jul 4th 2022 6:00 pm

Air-rifle shooting and meal, Snowball Plantation

Test your markmanship followed by a meal.

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Healthwatch York

Mon, Jul 11th 2022 6:30 pm

Healthwatch York

​We welcome Olivia Cadman.
Olivia is the Volunteering & Engagement Officer at Healthwatch York

Mon, Jul 18th 2022 6:30 pm

Progress & Project Updates

Update from Council and current Projects

Mon, Jul 25th 2022 6:30 pm

Interact and Rotakid Clubs

Talk by D1040 District Youth Lead, Pat Taylor, to help RYA understand how to set up Interact and Rotakids Clubs

Meetings & Venue

Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 18:15 for 18:30

(No meeting on Bank Holiday Mondays) Mercure Fairfield Manor Hotel, Shipton Road, YORK


YO30 1XW  01904 670222

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Be part of a global network of volunteers, trying to make the world a better place. Please also see the 'links & news' page for information from the local district and live feeds from Rotary International and Rotary International in GB&I.

Rotary serving communities through supporting foodbanks

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