Rotary Club of Rochdale

About Rotary and becoming a Member/Friend

Membership of Rotary is by invitation. However at the Rotary Club of Rochdale we hold regular "Visitor's Evenings" so that you can find out more about Rotary and we can get to know you.

We have made several new members over the last few months and if you are keen to join then an existing member will help you and where appropriate will act as your sponsor for membership.The Rotary Club of Rochdale is a small but thriving group of men and women working for the common good locally, nationally and internationally.

We are involved in charitable projects and have an interesting and enjoyable social life together. Although we have many projects on the go we are a small club and would like to do much more, we need your help.

We know that most people have a social conscience and want to “give back” to the community

MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION is £120 per year which allows attendance at weekly Rotary meetings (not necessary to attend every meeting) with many interesting guest speakers. Meals are 2 course  costing £15.There is an opportunity to meet educated people in many trades and occupations and many worthwhile things to join in with or organise yourself(see below for opportunities mentioned under Friends of Rotary).

If you feel you can not give such a time commitment to be a Member why not consider becoming a Friend of The Rochdale Rotary Club.

 We are looking for people who support the ideals of Rotary and who are willing to lend their support to service activities as and when they can.

The benefits of being a Friend are:-

The opportunity to find out more about us, by being invited to attend an evening meeting on the 1st Thursday of each month. This would usually consist of a meal then Club business followed by a guest speaker. You should phone the assistant secretary during the week to confirm if you will be attending so we can order the right number of meals.

Our club bulletin will be sent to you by email or post, detailing the club’s activities.

You will be invited to join us at our social events, walks, musical evenings, special meals out, etc.

You will be encouraged to help with our service projects. These change regularly, and a member can explain more about this.

You would be able to attend our annual Charter Evening, when we celebrate the date when our club first started. (1926)

You would be able to join us at our annual District Conference – a great three days of socialising, excellent speakers and first class evening entertainment.

There is a small annual fee of £25 and our evening meetings have a £15 charge for the two-course meal.

If you would like to be considered for membership or becoming a Friend,

please contact:-

Rtn John F Kay
The Membership Convenor
Rotary Club of Rochdale
Bent House Cottage, Halifax Road
Littleborough, Lancs OL15 0JB

What is Rotary?

Rotary International is a world fellowship of people from all walks of life united in the ideal of service. Acknowledged as the world's first service organisation, Rotary has nearly 30,000 clubs with a membership of around 1.2 million in over 162 countries.

The spirit and ideal of Rotary, which has attracted so many from different races, faiths and cultures, has been simply but eloquently stated in The Object of Rotary.

The principles of service, understanding and goodwill are sustained by the fellowship which a Rotarian enjoys with fellow members in a club, and the mutual understanding and relationship which are shared with fellow Rotarians throughout the world. Rotarians are encouraged to serve individually and as members of their clubs through their vocations and by the application of service to their personal, business and community lives.

For more information about Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland visit the RIBI website:   

And an informative video at:


A Brief History of Rotary

The first Rotary Club in the world was organised in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 23rd February 1905 by Paul Harris. He was a young lawyer who gathered together a group of men in the spirit of friendship and understanding, each of whom were engaged in a different form of service to the public. That basis for memberhip, one person from each business and profession in the community, still exists in Rotary. At first, the members of the new club met in rotation at their various places of business, and this suggested the name "Rotary".

Since 1905, the ideas of Paul Harris and his friends have become ideas which have been accepted by people of practically all nationalities, and of many political and religious beliefs. Today there are Rotary Clubs in Austria and America Samoa, in Brazil and Brunei, in India and Italy, Scotland and South Africa - in 168 countries and 34 geographical regions. The universal acceptance of Rotary principles has been so great that there are now more than 32,000 Rotary Clubs, which have a membership of over 1,200,000.

The general objectives of Rotary Clubs in every country are the same - the development of fellowship and understanding among the business and professional leaders in the community, the promotion of community endeavours and of high standards in business and professional practices, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. Rotary Clubs everywhere have one basic ideal - the "Ideal of Service" - which is thoughtfullness of and helpfulness to others.


The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, and in particular to encourage and foster:


The Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do, consider the following:

Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


The Mission of Rotary International

The mission of Rotary International is to support its member clubs in fulfilling
The Object of Rotary by:

  1. Fostering unity among member clubs
  2. Strengthening and expanding Rotary around the world
  3. Communicating worldwide the work of Rotary
  4. Providing a system of international administration


The Rotary Grace

"O Lord and giver of all good, we praise thee for our daily food.
May Rotary aims and Rotary ways, help us to serve thee all our days. Amen."

Thanks are given to the Rotary club of Swaffham District 1080 for this article



Contact Information

Rotary Club of Rochdale

Masonic Buildings
Richard Street
OL11 1DU

Tel: 01706 767409

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