What is Rotary?
Rotary is the oldest "Service" club in the world
The local clubs are the "heart of Rotary" and meet regularly - usually weekly, with a meal and a speaker on a relevant topic. The clubs are assisted though a District grouping. For West Yorkshire, this is District 1040. Rotary offers the opportunity for self-development, networking and involvement in applying expertise to help the community at large.
Did you know this about Rotary?
1) Was the world's first service club organisation. Started 116 years ago in 1905, Rotary now has more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 Clubs worldwide. Rotary Club (motto ‘Service Above Self') members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger and thirst, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, and promote peace and understanding.
2) Rotary International can rightfully claim to be the largest "single" Charity in the world - The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has focused on certain international projects such as ‘Polio Plus'. It has helped to almost completely eradicate this dreadful disease.
Even now, Rotarians in Northern India are involved in helping millions of youngsters be vaccinated. Only three remaining geographical areas in the world yet to be declared clear of polio.
In partnership with the Gates Foundation (Microsoft's Bill Gates), who gave the BBC Dimbleby Lecture in 2014 in support of Rotary and praised it as an excellent example of how to tackle woldwide health issue
Rotarians are currently raising millions of dollars (as well as being operating on the ground, for instance in transporting youngsters to centres and administering the immunisation), to be matched by the Foundation, to make this disease a thing of the past.
To see a report by the BBC's Fergus Walsh, CLICK HERE. (Opens in a new window).
3) Rotary started the Aquabox venture whereby boxes are sent to disaster areas (www.aquabox.org) to provide clean water from any source for a village for several weeks. The boxes now include other materials suited for each particular disaster.
4) Rotary also started the Shelterbox (www.shelterbox.org) venture. A Shelterbox contains a 10 man tent, multi-fuel cooking stove, cooking and eating utensils, survival equipment, tool kit, water purification unit, children's pack etc. So far nearly 74,000 boxes have been sent to disaster areas, over 10,000 to Haiti in the 2 months from when the earthquake struck. They continue to provide much needed shelter now 3 years on. At the time, 7 Shelterbox tents wher put together to provise an emergency hosiptal facility.
5) Membership of Rotary is open to anyone over 18, provided that they believe in the principles of Rotary, see www.ribi.org. One of these is "Service above Self".
6) Rotary offers the opportunity to visit any club in the world and make friends and contacts. The 'work' of Rotary is very rewarding, and often good fun!
Visit the Rotary International Website for more information about 'Rotary Basics' - Click Here
If you are interested to learn more about Rotary in the locality, then follow the Rotary link below:
The 9 Rotary Clubs Participating in the Leeds Event are:
Aireborough click here
Calverley click here
Headingley click here
Leeds click here
Leeds Elmete click here
Leeds White Rose click here
Roundhay click here
Wetherby and District click here
For other Technology Tournament Centres and Rotary Clubs in District 1040 including Batley, Bradford, Catterick, Featherstone, Harrogate, Halifax, Skipton, Whitby, York: click here
Page last updated: 07/04/2020.