Welcome to the Rotary Club of York Ainsty. Please scroll / swipe down through this page to find out more about us.

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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.

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.

High-Level Active Projects

High-Level Active Projects

The main projects supported by Rotary York Ainsty as at January 2022...

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.

MBE honour for York SpecSort specialist

MBE honour for York SpecSort specialist

York optometrist Ruth Perrott was honoured with the award of an MBE in the Queen's New Year's 2021 list for her work in supporting visually impaired patients in Africa. She recently attended a ceremony where she received her award from Prince William.

Yorkits now active in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia

Yorkits now active in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia

Working in partnership with the Saltergate Children's Homes charity, Yorkits is now active in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia


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. 

Since the beginning of August 2021 we have meeting alternately by ZOOM and face-to-face at the Mercuré. However, we may revert to all ZOOM meetings because of the Omicron version of the virus. A decision will be made in the first week of January 2022. Please check with this page. 

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: 07870 544 448

 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...

Mon, May 16th 2022 6:30 pm


Thought for the Day: Martin

Mon, May 23rd 2022 6:30 pm

SpecSort in Action at the Mercure

A video will demonstrate how donated specs are sorted, cleaned and measured. Members will be be provided with piles of specs to match actions to words. TfD Stewart

Visit to York Minster followed by Lunch

Mon, May 30th 2022 10:00 am

Visit to York Minster followed by Lunch

Tour of the Minster followed by 2 course lunch at Cote.
Total cost £25 (inc £10 donation to the Minster)


Mon, May 30th 2022 10:15 am

Visit to York Minster followed by Lunch

Tour organised by RYA member and Minster tour guide Mike Rawnsley

Mon, Jun 6th 2022 6:30 pm

Talk: Escape from Ukraine...Richard Perry

This talk has been postponed from 23rd May
Thought for the Day: Chris True

Mon, Jun 13th 2022 6:30 pm

Speaker: Richard Goodacre JP Being a magistrate

Following Mike Rawnsley's recent talk about being Clerk to a Magistrate's Court, Richard's talk will help us appreciate what it is like to be a magistrate.

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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