Rotary Club of Rochdale

The Rotary Club of Rochdale


The Rotary Club of Rochdale, founded in 1926, is a member of Rotary International.

We meet every Thursday.

The 1st,3rd (& 5th) in the evening, 6 pm for 6:30,

and lunch time on the 2nd and 4th, 12 p.m. for 12:30.

The first meeting of the month is also for Friends of the club and visitors.


92nd  President for 2018/19 is Keith Banks

There are 33 Members from all walks of life,5 Hon Members and 20 Friends who help at fundraising events.Being a service organisation much of the activity is helping local Charities such as Rochdale Children's Moorland Home ,Petrus homeless Charity,Rochdale Borough Users Forum and Rochdale Connections Trust. Rochdale Hospice, Samaritans, Mesothelioma research, Migraine Action,Christies hospital, Sand Dams (A Dam recently finished with funds from the club),Medic Malawi, NSPCC Childline,Birch Hospital Radio have also recently been supported. There is also a strong social programme with day trips,ten pin and crown green bowling,a book group and restaurant and musical events.There are links with local schools and a seniors afternoon out. A particular interest is in an UrbanFarm concept allowing growth of plants in small growbags allowing water conservation - a worldwide project is underway. A regular Cricket dinner has funded extra cricket coaching for amateur youth cricketers in the area and a 2nd Classic Car Show is being organised at Rakewood Littleborough on Sunday 15th July 2018.

Worldwide there are 1.2 Million Rotarians in  more than 33000 Rotary Clubs in 200 countries and geographical regions. Nearby clubs include Rochdale East, Heywood, Middleton, Bury and Oldham has 2 clubs. United by the District 1285 organisation multiclub events are held to raise funds for Polio eradication and socially there is a multiclub quiz competition won recently by Rochdale East.

The first Rotary Meeting was held in February 1905 in Chicago, USA. The Rotary Club of Rochdale was formed in 1926. We are a group of  friends, business and professional people who enjoy fellowship and volunteer our time and talents to serve our community at home and overseas.

The overseeing body in the UK is RIBI

Our local district infomation is here

The President this Rotary year 2018/19 is Keith Banks who can be contacted

by e.mail at:   

His chosen charities are Alzheimers Society and Medic Malawi

Secretary is Bob Chadwick  email

The Immediate Past President is Ann Stott  Ann.Stottjp@Rochdale.Gov.UK

Fellowship is an integral part of Rotary- a recent social event was a trip to the BBC in Media City, Salford, where 40 members enjoyed seeing where & how many BBC programmes are recorded and also transmitted live, including their flagship morning programme, 'Breakfast'.

The Club's book group meets monthly and there are regular games evenings and restaurant visits.

Service to the community and fundraising for charities is another major activity -The Rochdale Rotary Club has Community, Vocational and International activities;

                                              Rochdale Community Projects

UrbanFarm Project.
This unique vertical growing system has been developed by one of our members and has been recognised nationally and internationally as an ultra-low cost method for producing vegetables and fruit. It requires no arable land and is particularly suitable when used in arid climates. We have carried out trials in Britain, Kenya and Bangladesh with very positive results and its development marks a new phase in Rotary's progressive ideas for the modern world.
Rochdale Rotary Club was given the 2010 National Rotary (RIBI) Rodney Huggins Environment award for innovative projects. Additionally UrbanFarm has been awarded the 2013 Colombo Plate Environmental Award.
For more information please visit our project website



      Rochdale Vocational Projects

                                       Rochdale International Projects

  Methods of fundraising

These have included an art exhibition in the Rochdale shopping centre with local artist Geoff Butterworth, Bag packing at supermarkets,Brass band and other music concerts ,Arts and Craft Fairs,sponsored walks,Raffles,Sportsman's and other  charity dinners with special guests.In addition goods are given to the Petrus charity store and Rochdale food bank.


Contact Information

Rotary Club of Rochdale

Masonic Buildings
Richard Street
OL11 1DU

Tel: 01706 767409

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