We're for Communities! Do you think Rotary is just for old semi/retired businessmen? You couldn't be more mistaken. Today more and more young men and women join the world's largest service organisation.

We're for Communities!

Do you think Rotary is just for old semi/retired businessmen?  You couldn't be more mistaken.  Although this decsription does apply to many Rotarians, over the past few years we have seen a change with younger men and women joining the worlds largest service organisation.

  • Do you want to join the fight to see an end to Polio in the world?
  • Do you want to meet like minded people who want to make a difference in their community?
  • Do you want to explore business networking opportunities?
  • Do you want to help provide opportunities for youngsters to develop new skills or show off existing skills/talent?
  • Do you want the chance to enrich your social life?

If the answer to any of these is "yes", then as this video shows, Rotary could be for you.

How to become a Rotarian

If Rotary sounds like the organisation for you, we'd like to hear from you!  Simply send an email to us giving your name, address and postcode and we will get in touch.

When you join Rotary, you can be sure that the enormous sense of achievement that you'll experience helping your local community - and even communities around the world - will be matched only by the fun that you'll have doing it!

Clubs all over West Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly  have ambitious plans, so they're looking for more men and women to bring their energy, business skills and sense of humour to make a real difference to the lives of others.

Every Rotary club has a different 'personality' and offers a different range of benefits so it's well worth trying out a few of your local clubs and meeting their members to find the one that suits you best.

To find clubs near you, click here.

We know that there are some misconceptions about Rotary, so watch a few of our videos.


Benefits of membership

As a large and diverse organisation, Rotary provides individuals with the power to help those in need. There are countless opportunities to make a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves.

In an increasingly complex world, Rotary maintains a simple philosophy - make friends in your own community and throughout the world.

Giving back to the community
Through Rotary, service to local and overseas communities is well organised and rewarding. If you like helping others, here is your chance to do something worthwhile and make a real difference.

Fun and entertainment
Rotary is fun... a lot of fun. Every Rotary club and district arranges parties and activities that provide a welcome distraction to a hectic business life.

Business development
Networking opportunities are endless. Rotary consists of a cross-section from every business community and its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.

Personal growth and development
Membership of Rotary develops leadership, public speaking, social, business, personal and vocational skills as well as improving cultural awareness.

Continued learning
Clubs organise programmes and weekly meetings to keep members informed about what is going on in the community, the country, and the world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers on a variety of current topics.

Travel opportunities
Every Rotarian is welcome - even encouraged - to attend any of the 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical regions. This bond creates an instant friendship wherever you are in the world. Many a Rotarian in need of a local doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, or other expertise while travelling has found assistance through Rotary. 


Here in West Devon & Cornwall (Rotary District 1290) there are many clubs each different to the next in their own little way.  They all share the same goal though - helping the communities we live in both at home or abroad. 

Rotary clubs worldwide have been working with partner organisations since 1985 to End Polio in the world.  As the picture of Olympian Tom Daley at the top of this screen shows, we are "ThisClose" to Ending Polio. 

Polio eradication is just one worldwide project and clubs here in our district have done many projects to help overseas.  These range from providing clean water to remote villlages, literacy aids, medical and emergency vehicles (via our Overseas Project Team) and the infamous Shelterbox started in our district.

Closer to home clubs do many great things for the more local community.  Stroke Awareness campaigns are run by several clubs and as a result many lives have been saved.

There are also the Christmas collections that many clubs run which always proove to be popular..

The young in our society also feature heavily in what we do with many projects and events run to help develop the talent and skills of the young.  Here in District 1290 we run an annual Rotary Youth Leadership Award programme (RYLA) which is the envy of many districts around the UK.  Then there are competitions such as "Young Chef", "Youth Speaks" and "Young Musician" to name but a few.

There are so many things that clubs do that we cannot list them all here.  Please feel free to look at each clubs' own individual website to see what sort of events they do - click here to go to the list of clubs. 

Why should you join Rotary?  Let the Rotarians in this video explain how YOU could help make a world of difference.




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If you like what you have seen above (and in the rest of ours (or other Rotary) website) but feel you can't commit to becoming a member but would still like to become involved, Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland are trying a new initiative - Friends of Rotary - whereby you would not be a Rotarian but could still help out on certain projects.  Please get in touch if this appeals to you.F


For more information on joining Rotary in West Devon & Cornwall please call 07952 549063 or email the "Membership Chairman" via the contact page

If you're from outside our District and want details on Rotary in your area then you can visit the websites of the 28 other Districts in RIBI (Rotary International Britain and Ireland).




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