About Rotary International

A brief description of what the Rotary organisation world wide stands for.


Rotary was established by an American, Paul Harris, in 1905. He and a small group of businessmen decided that they wanted to do something to benefit their local community and their first project was to build local public conveniences in Chicago. The organisation grew from there and the second club to be formed was in Dublin a few years later. Since then it has developed across the world and now has a presence in almost every country worldwide.  However it is organised as a group of small local clubs which have a friendly and welcoming feel. 

Because it’s a global organisation, Rotary is involved in some very ambitious world projects. Rotary’s current major project is to eradicate polio from the world - a daunting challenge! 25 years ago polio was contracted by hundreds of thousands of people in about half the countries of the world every year. Last year there were fewer than 100 cases in just 4 countries. But the final push still requires enormous effort in unfriendly terrain in some troublesome parts of the world.

As well as the ambition to eradicate Polio, the Foundation at the heart of Rotary International, supports many local and cross border community and humanitarian projects, by providing grants to match funds raise by local clubs.  Devlopment is also supported by providing grants for internaional study exchanges and grants for research.

A major and fascinating aspect to the worldwide nature of Rotary is that any member is welcome as a visitor at any other club in the world. On your travels you can seek out a Rotary club to really make friends with the locals. We have two members who almost have a second club in Sydney, Australia! We also get some interesting visitors at MKGU.

There are no barriers based on gender, race or religion.  Just warm firendly people trying to do some good in the world.

You can find out much more about the work of Rotary across the world at https://www.rotary.org/en

To find out more about Rotary in the British Isles go to http://www.rotarygbi.org/

'What We Do' Main Pages:

Recent visit to The Gambia

Work has almost completed on a significant project to reduce Malaria in The Gambia thanks to the Rotary Club of Milton Keynes Grand Union (MKGU).

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The Winning Team of Breege Traynor, Eric Hamilton & John Kelly with MKGU Vice President Chris Duff

The winning team of Breege Traynor, Eric Hamilton and John Kelly with Vice President Chris Duff at the MKGU Rotary'End Polio Now' Golf Day

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The photographic archive for our club is kept on a Flickr account. You can access it using the link below.

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The Crocuses planted at the Open University, our meeting venue, to mark our commitment to Rotary International's fight to eradicate polio

A brief description of what the Rotary organisation world wide stands for.

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One of our annual quiz nights

Some information about our club

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Tabitha Cobb, Ethel Morris and Maureen McColl were inducted as members of the club in January 2018

Information on how you can get involved with MKGU Rotary

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An intrepid cyclist on the challenge

Our biggest charity effort comes through supporting the organisation of the Extra Mile Challenge annual relay cycling event.

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We have fun together in a variety of social events organised by the club

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MKGU Bursary Awards to Catherine Agunede, Shinta Francis & Rochelle Archer

The Bursary Awards are made each year to students studying for careers in the public sector. This year's award of £300 each was made to students at MK University Hospital NHS Trust, Catherine Agunede, Shinta Francis & Rochelle Archer.

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Local workers starting to survey the drainage route

We are putting our funds, together with a grant from the Rotary Foundation to support a drainage improvement project in the Gambia

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