What is Rotary?


People of Action

Rotary is one of the world’s leading membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members in over 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries. There are 66 clubs comprising over 1600 members in our District which covers covers Cumbria and most of Lancashire.

 Check HERE for a list of clubs

Through membership of their local club, individuals volunteer on community and humanitarian projects and activities which make a difference locally, nationally and globally.

Rotary members are People of Action, ready to turn their ideas and vision into lasting change, by creating opportunities, supporting those who need it most and transforming their lives.

Where others see problems, Rotary members see solutions: tapping into their professional skills, expertise and knowledge to make a difference. People of Action use their time, energy and passion to mobilise their communities to get the job done.

In Great Britain and Ireland, there are around 45,000 members in 1,700 clubs.

Rotary members are determined to tackle some of the world’s biggest humanitarian challenges through Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus: 


  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
  •  Disease prevention and treatment
  •  Water, sanitation and hygiene
  •  Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Community economic development

 These areas underpin all of Rotary’s projects, activities and initiatives.

 The greatest example of this is Rotary’s campaign to eradicate the world of polio, a paralysing disease affecting children. In 1985, Rotary pledged to rid the world of the disease, at a time when there were 1,000 cases per day in 125 countries. In 2024, Polio remains endemic in only 2 countries - Afghamistan and Pakistan.

 Over three decades later, with the tireless volunteering and fundraising efforts from Rotary members, in collaboration with international partners, the number of cases worldwide has reduced by 99.9%, with over 2.5 billion children receiving a potentially life-saving vaccination. 

 Other international projects include supporting victims of environmental disasters with shelter, facilitating the building of sand dams to give communities access to safe drinking water or building schools to educate communities out of poverty.

 Closer to home, one of Rotary’s other leading commitments is to offer young people the platforms and opportunities for them to unlock their potential, develop their skills and broaden their horizons.

 Through RotaKids, Interact and Rotaract, the junior branches of Rotary for young people aged 8 – 30, enthusiastic young people have the chance to engage in social action and volunteering in safe and supportive environments.

 Thousands of young people also take part each year in Rotary’s Youth Competitions. Hosted in a range of creative and academic subjects, the competitions provide young people with an opportunity to develop their skills and showcase their talents.

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Meeting of mascots at Heartbeat

The first Pitch4Pounds awards have been made to Leyland Barracudas, Heartbeat, Drumming for Dementia, Leyland SEN Disco, and Leyland Dementia Music and Memories. Each of these organisations is doing valuable work in our community.

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Are you a local charity/community group looking for support for a project? Are you located within the PR25 or PR26 postcode area? Then read on! CLOSING DATE - 30 SEPTEMBER 2024.


President Jim was delighted to visit one of the successful Pitch4Pounds good causes to see the enjoyment Rotary’s donation has provided.


Sponsorship will help to fund prizes and set-up costs and allow us to donate more of the money raised to worthy causes. Click on ‘Details’ for further information.

Certificate presentation

Leyland Rotary was delighted to nominate 18 year old EVE PEDLEY of Leyland Barracudas as a person who has made a significant contribution to the swimming community of Leyland.

President Jim

At the start of his presidential year, Rotarian Jim Costello outlined his hopes that in our 70th year we in Leyland Rotary will be able to expand our involvement with the local community.

Leyland Rotary Virtual Duck Race 2021

These are some of the local projects we are involved in.


A sample of some of the national programmes/organisations we support.


As part of an international organisation, Leyland Rotary supports the following: