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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SpecSort York

SpecSort York

A 'Signature' project for Rotary York Ainsty. Members collect glasses from opticians then sort and grade them, before taking to Africa. RUTH PEROTT awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's honours. Link: https://tinyurl.com/MBESpecSort

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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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Rotary York Ainsty Calendar and Diary Dates

Rotary York Ainsty Calendar and Diary Dates

A varied series of meetings with guest speakers for August, September, and October. Some meetings will be via the Zoom portal; others face to face at the Mercure Hotel. See the Calendar for details or contact club secretary Dick Powell.

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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

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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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RYA's impact in Community and Youth projects

RYA's impact in Community and Youth projects

Team players wanted to join us in our many York community-based projects - with local, national and international benefits. Find out more below.

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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. 


Please note that we have cancelled all normal face-to-face activities for the foreseeable future. However, the club is still meeting 'virtually' and are very active in the local community. 


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, Nov 29th 2021 6:30 pm

Conbined Council and Progress

Last meeting of 2021 since we shall be touring with the Santa Float in December Mercure

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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