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Information on how you can get involved with MKGU Rotary

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

Becoming a Rotarian

We welcome new members at MKGU.

If you’d like to find out more about joining us, contact Preston below or just come to a Rotary breakfast, meet us and have a chat.

Every Thursday we meet in the Mulberry Suite at the Open University from 7 am onwards, sit down to breakfast at 7.30am and finish at 8.30am prompt. Even when we have a speaker, we ensure that we finish on the dot to allow everyone to get on with the rest of Thursday.

Benefits of being a Rotarian

There are many benefits of joining Rotary, including

·        The opportunity to help others in our community and also help others around the world

·        Build friendships with fellow members (and their families) at breakfast meetings, social activities and fund-raising events

·        Hear a wide range of interesting speakers at Thursday breakfast meetings

·        Join a worldwide charitable organisation (with 1.2 million members) and an open invitation to visit any other Rotary club in the world


We make a monthly charge of £11 (to cover an affiliation fee to Rotary International, a contribution to Rotary Foundation – our international charity and club running costs). On top is a charge of £8 for each breakfast meeting attended (this includes a full English breakfast). 

For administrative ease this is collected by a monthly standing order of either £37 or £19 (the amount depends on whether you think you will be able to attend most meetings or more likely once a month). Every six months we adjust your payment to reflect your actual attendance, but no one pays more than £37 per month.

On top of that we each buy a £1 raffle ticket for the weekly raffle – the prize is supplied by the individual on Welcome Duty, which we take in turn.

Get in touch

So if you would like to start Thursday with a smile contact Preston Ayres on 07889 055599 or send him a message using the link below.

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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).

Knife Angel, December 2022

Throughout December 2022, the MKGU Rotary Club supported the Knife Angel project running for a month in Milton Keynes, supported by MK Police and MK Dons.


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


Our MKGU Rotary President for 2022/23 is Chris Hayter. Chris' chosen charities for 2022/23 are The Oasis Project (The Gambia) and Carers MK.


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

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.

One of our annual quiz nights

Some information about our club

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

An intrepid cyclist on the challenge

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


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

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.

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