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Ebola Treatment and Prevention

When the deadly Ebola virus was killing thousands of people in West Africa, Brian Jonson and Marlow Rotary club sprung into action partnering with RC Monrovia in Liberia. Lives were saved and the partnership endures to address the aftermath of the crisis.


A talk about strengthening Rotary membership

A talk given by Brad Howard on Zoom from Californian on 21 January 2021 to help us Sustain, Evolve and Adapt by recruiting new members for the long term survival and growth of our Clubs and the creation of new Clubs.



Rotakids: What, Why? How?


A talk by John Hewko the General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International and Rotary Foundation

Wed 17th February John leads a diverse staff of 800 at Rotary International’s World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and seven international offices.

The talk will focus on Rotary’s vision for a post-Covid world.


Rotary in the Thames Valley and BBC Children in Need

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland is a partner with BBC Children in Need, working to help disadvantaged children across the UK.


In the next 30 days...

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Rotary Unplugged

Thursday 24th June 2021

District Event: Meet our very own Marius Hopley, the District Governor of Rotary District 1090 in the Thames Valley. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Rotary, how we give back to the community and how you can join our team today.


Endurance race

Friday 2nd July 2021

RC Ascot 6 clubs helping to steward the Endurance Horse Race through Windsor Great Park

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District Handover

Friday 2nd July 2021

District Event: Handover provides DG Marius with the opportunity to review his year, thank his team and handover a thriving District 1090 to DGE Karen who will outline her plans for the coming Rotary year.

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Broughton Castle Sportive Sunday 11th July 2021

Sunday 11th July 2021

RC Banbury Cherwell The Sportive starts and finishes in the picturesque grounds of Broughton Castle. Sunday 11th July 2021. "REGISTRATION NOW OPEN" Visit our website www.broughtoncastlesportive.co.uk for more details.


Boules in the Square 2021

Sunday 18th July 2021

RC Newbury Sunday 18th July. To be held in Newbury Market Place. Please click on the DETAILS button for more information.



Rotary in the Thames Valley

We are people of action, making a difference in our communities.

Rotary is one of the world’s largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. Our very lively District, which covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire, South Buckinghamshire and West Middlesex has 58 clubs and approximately 1860 active members all serving their communities and having great fun at the same time. See more

GIVE SOMETHING BACK: If you enjoy helping others, connecting with Rotary gives you the chance to do something really worthwhile.

FUN AND FRIENDSHIP: Rotary membership is a lot of fun. We arrange activities which provide a welcome distraction from busy lives and the opportunity to make new friends who share common values.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Rotary was founded over 100 years ago as a business networking club and this is still part of Rotary life. Ethical practice is encouraged and, with members drawn from all walks of life, the opportunities to network are endless.



New members are always welcome, and with the unique character of each Rotary Club, the opportunities are endless. Clubs meet for breakfast, lunch, in the evening and even at the weekend. So what are you waiting for?

There are also Rotarian Action Groups which are involved in making a difference in their community.



District 1090 Conference


 Last chance to register for an exciting and unique conference https://www.rotary-ribi.org/districts/page.php?PgID=838989&DistrictNo=1090 

 District Handover 2020

The first virtual District Handover



Calling All Rotary Clubs!


Are you interested in making a difference to your environment? Well there are clubs and Rotary supported organisations who are. One of them is Rotary End Plastic Soup 

Rotary End Plastic Soup initiative


Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle (Cleanup, collecting, recycling) actions
School & Sport challenge: awareness, reduction, plastic waste separation & management
Event Challenge: Plastic-free events
Supermarket and food market challenge
Restaurant and Hotel challenge
Expected impact
Reduce the use of plastic, change the industry to use less different kinds of plastic, more recycling, no plastic pollution in our environment by 2050.

 The District has its own Ambassador for this initiative. The Rotary Club of Marlow is the Ambassador Club for Rotary End Plastic Soup. More details can be obtained from rotarymarlow20@gmail.com 

Zoom Session on Rotary Radio UK
 Saturday, 24th April at 10am,

Has your club got a story to tell?

Rotary Radio UK are doing a Rotary TV: Zoom Talks session on 24th April and they would like to hear your clubs' stories and they could be broadcasting your story.

So please contact Gillian Pearce publicimage@rotary1090.org if you would like your club to be presented.

Register for this event by clicking this text





Welcome to Marius Hopley- District Governor 2020/2021


Rotary Opens Opportunities and Marius' journey as District Governor has started. There are a few different challenges this year but although the situation is unprecedented, Rotary Clubs have been showing their community spirit and adaptability. 

 Purple 4 Polio Crocuses for 2021

 Following the success of our crocus planting over the last two years, find out how your Rotary Club or RHS Group can help paint District 1090 in the Thames Valley even more Purple4Polio in the Spring of 2021.

Spring is here

Public image would love to see the photos of the corms that have been planted and what they look like now.

Polio and Covid-19 are each classified by the World Health Organisation as a public health emergency of international concern.  The world is now only too aware that a virus can literally be just a plane ride away.  Thankfully for the Poliovirus there is a safe and effective vaccine but we still have to ensure every single child across the globe receives their polio immunisation.

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years, and we’ve made incredible progress in the fight to rid the world of it forever. As a founding partner of the , we've helped to reduced polio cases by more than 99.9 percent. It’s crucial to eradicate polio from the last two countries where it remains endemic and to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. 

Creating awareness of Rotary's number one goal of eradicating Polio from the world is a great way to support the Polioplus initiative; and what better way to raise awareness than turning our towns purple in spring?


R.I.P Mr Meena by Rotary Club Haddenham and District

Our friend in Tanzania

Every once in a while in Rotary, you come across someone who is truly inspiring. This happened to Haddenham & District Rotary at the turn of the century when we met Mr Bartholomew Meena in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Since then, we were privileged to work with him many times.

Read more about Mr. Meena who died in February 2021

Does your club have a story you want to share to the world? If so contact us via publicimager@rotary1090.org


OK Our Kids



Proudly supported by Rotary in the Thames Valley


A new initiative has been launched across Rotary in the Thames Valley in partnership with "OK Our Kids". It is hoped that all primary school children across Thames Valley see a copy of the book Watch Out, published by OK Our Kids, to help them navigate through the dangers in the world out there which all children face these days.

Without exception, the response from the teachers in the schools so far approached by our Rotary Clubs has been very positive.

The Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches (RCBB) is the host club for OK Our Kids. The Club has been very successful in obtaining outside funding to help fund the cost of free books. Outside organisations are very supportive and are aware of the challenges that young people are facing in the community today. They want to help!!

Frances Habgood Thames Valley Police Speaking about OK Our Kids.

The Way Forward

If you would like to support OK Our Kids, then the first stage is to purchase a small number of books to give to head teachers in the schools in your area. They are £1 per book.

The Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches is managing the process for ordering books and payments. To order books please contact Ian Griffith via email or phone. Contact details: Tel: 01753-644151


District Governor's Updates


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Kicking off from 7th-9th May 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham, Volunteer Expo will connect, educate and inspire volunteers, organisations and charities to change lives and take action in their communities.
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