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In the next 30 days...

District Service Committee/District Executive Committee Meeting at Writtle College Sports Centre

Thursday 20th February 2020

District Event:

Annual Charity Quiz Night

Saturday 22nd February 2020

RC Manningtree Stour Valley Quiz Night at The Olgilvie Hall, Lawford 7pm


Rotary Awareness Day

Sunday 23rd February 2020

District Event:

Paul Harris Lunch at Channels Golf Club

Sunday 23rd February 2020

District Event: A lunch for all Paul Harris Fellows and Guests

The Red Brick Barn

Thorpe Bay Showcase

Tuesday 25th February 2020

RC Thorpe Bay A celebration of our years achievements. Presentations of awards to our Youth Competitions winners and Presentations to Charities from our fundraising

Rose Bowl Quiz 2020

Friday 28th February 2020

RC Dunmow Annual Rose Bowl Quiz for local teams to compete for the "Rose Bowl Trophy" or the "Wooden Spoon", if last. To be held at Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow.


District Final of the Rotary Young Musician Competition - at Chelmsford Cathedral

Saturday 29th February 2020

District Event: A chance to experience the excellent young musical talent in the District.


10th - 12th March Mock Interviews at St. Benedict's

Tuesday 10th March 2020

RC Colchester Forum Practice interviews for students

Youth Speaks - Intermediate

Tuesday 10th March 2020

RC Colchester Forum Public speaking competition between students from local schools. This takes place in the prestigious Council Chamber of the Colchester Town Hall

Brick Lane audience Fun and laughter with high tea.

Brick Lane Music Hall

Thursday 12th March 2020

RC Brentwood Starring all your Brick Lane Music Hall favourites. British entertainment at its best Join us for a fun-filled extravaganza at this fabulous venue.


Pelden Wine Night

Saturday 14th March 2020

RC Colchester Forum Wine night in aid of "Food for Thought" and "Water Aid" - Pelden & Wigborough Community Centre

General Knowledge Quiz

Saturday 14th March 2020

RC Braintree Rivers A question of quizzes. Test your knowledge against 13 other teams.

District Forum - Writtle College Main Hall

Tuesday 17th March 2020

District Event:

Youth Speaks - Senior

Tuesday 17th March 2020

RC Colchester Forum Public speaking competition between students from local schools. This takes place in the prestigious Council Chamber of the Colchester Town Hall


Welcome to the Website of Rotary District 1240

Rotary District 1240 covers most of Essex, parts of East London and East Hertfordshire and comprises almost 1600 Rotarians in 63 Rotary Clubs and Satellite Clubs, the latter of which offer much greater flexibility to their members.

Rotary unites more than 1.2 million members in over 200 countries of the world.  Through Rotary clubs, Rotarians from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world.

Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions.

This website and those to be found on the Club List tab above, are open for the public to browse. If you are interested to learn more about Rotary and in the work it does, you will find opportunities to view more of what Rotarians throughout Great Britain and Ireland get up to here.

Join Rotary

Being a member of Rotary can be very rewarding. You can get involved in community projects which make a real difference to people in your own town, city or village. There are the opportunities to serve the people of Essex, North East Hertfordshire and to help with initiatives nationally or internationally. The larger projects can involve Rotarians from other parts of the District, the UK or from other countries around the world. 

Rotary is not only about serving and helping, it is also about having fun and making friends within your own club. A list of clubs in Essex and North East Hertfordshire can be found here along with the days and times that they meet. You can also link to each club's website from the same list of clubs.

You do not have to wait to be invited to join Rotary, if you have read this far then consider yourself invited and get in touch either directly to one of the clubs or by emailing the District Membership Officer via this link who will then be able to give you more information and help you find the right club to join. 

People of Action

Rotary unites problem solvers in Great Britain and Ireland and across the world, transforming our communities one project at a time

Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s own and only charity delivering our vision of a better world. During the past 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects around the world. With 91% of funds spent on the programmes and projects it delivers, The Rotary Foundation is globally recognised for its financial efficiency, accountability and transparency.

Rotary Foundation Grants

Each year, The Rotary Foundation gives $70 million worth of grants to Rotary clubs throughout the world for humanitarian projects, vocational training and scholarships in Rotary’s cause areas. Ranging from small-scale, short term activities to large, international projects, Rotary grants strengthen global partnerships and provide sustainable and measurable benefits to communities. Grants from The Rotary Foundation support over 1,000 projects every year.

The Rotary Foundation of the United Kingdom

The Rotary Foundation of the United Kingdom (RFUK) is an Associate Foundation of The Rotary Foundation. RFUK supports the aims of The Rotary Foundation by providing funding for its programmes and offering a direct service for giving in Great Britain and Ireland. RFUK has recovered over £1 million in Gift Aid since 2001, allowing even more communities to benefit from The Rotary Foundation. 

Rotary on the Brink of Polio History

Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. For more than 30 years Rotary has led the campaign to rid the world of polio, protecting 2.5 billion children from paralysis and death.

With Rotary advocacy and fundraising, we are on the brink of one of the greatest global health achievements ever. Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 polio cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children. Today, the number of cases is down by 99.9%.

Over the last 30 years, Rotary has donated $1.6 billion to the eradication effort and has protected over 2.5 billion children from the disease through vaccination programmes. Rotary members continue to be key players in many aspects of the polio programme including on the ground in a number of countries as well as fundraising and advocacy. More information is here

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