Category Archives: Rotaract in London

Chartered! – Rotaract Club of Canary Wharf

The District Team, supported by the RIBI President Denis Spiller (above), were present to see the Charter for the Rotaract Club of Canary Wharf being presented to the Club President Karolina at the Holiday Inn, Stratford, London on the evening of 02 November 2017.

RIBI President Denis told how he had moved from being a Rotaract Member to being a Rotarian, and he hoped that many members of the Rotaract Club of Canary Wharf would do the same.There was strong support from our District Governor Mike as well, and then the Board of the Club was recognised as well.

We all wish the Club every success, and look forward to working with them in the near future.


Charter Renewed for Rotaract Club


Rotaract is the version of Rotary set up for 18-30 year old students and young professionals.

With their hectic life style – and some Rotarians can still recall theirs! – there is always a chance that their paperwork and their archives go missing.  District Governor Helen took full advantage when it emerged that the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon and Golders Green (HHGG) could no longer find its Charter Document.

A replacement was procured and presented to the District Rotaract Representative Carla Sateriale at a recent committee meeting.  The presentation came as a surprise to Carla, and the document will be displayed with pride at all the Rotaract Club’s Meetings.

Super-Rotaractor Conference in London


The Rotaract Clubs in London joined with Clubs from Kent, from Germany and Italy for their second Annual Conference at Kings College London on 14 May 2016.

The event was opened by District Governor Nominee Mike Hodge (above), as our Governor and Governor Elect were tied up with duties at RIBI, and the programme got under way.  With talks on Leadership, Community Action, Public Speaking, Food Cycle – the answer to food waste, there was a full day for the members.  In the afternoon, we had a talk on personal motivation from the World Record Holder for running a Marathon with 100lb backpack!  Add to that, specific training for the Club Officers, and it was going to be a full day.


Not daunted, the Rotaractors found time to embark on a Service Project in the Strand, in Central London, with groups having a Super-Rotaractor wearing a specially designed cape undertaking random #Rotaractsofkindness.


Finally, we had awards, and the Rotarian of the Year Award was won by Assistant Governor Chris Wyatt, who had worked so hard on the formation of the Rotaract Club of Wandsworth.

In all a most enjoyable day was had by all, and we are looking forward to next year’s conference!

Happy 90th Birthday Ma’am


Rotarians from all over London were invited by the Worshipful the Mayor of the London Borough of Harrow, Councillor Krishna Suresh, to assist in crowd marshalling duties at two Beacon Lighting Ceremonies on Thursday 21 April 2016, celebrating the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

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The first lighting ceremony took place at Old Redding, Harrow Weald, close to the former home of W S Gilbert, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame.  The second lighting took place outside the Civic Centre Building in the centre of Harrow.

There was a strong turnout from the Rotary Clubs of – in alphabetical order – Edgware & Stanmore, Hendon. Harrow, Northwick Park and Southgate.  There was also support from Rotaract, the organisation for 18-30 year olds that works on Rotary Club lines. Once their marshalling duties were complete, the Rotarians and Rotaractors were invited in the Mayor’s Parlour for refreshments.

A New Rotaract Club in London


On Tuesday 19th January 2016, a new Rotaract Club was chartered in the centre of London.

The New Club is based on the Kings College campus in central London, part of London University, and received its charter from District Governor Toni Finkel and sponsoring Club President Ian Caldwell, from the Rotary Club of Chelsea.

It had taken a major effort from a number of Rotarians over the years to get the Club underway, and we all wish the new Rotaractors every success with their Club.  A programme of mentoring and support has been put in place, and we hope that the new Club President Bella (centre in the picture) and the many supporting Rotaractors a happy and rewarding time with the Rotaract.

Watch Rotaract in London’s Brilliant Video

The Rotaract Clubs in London got together and made a video for their party to support Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign on Rotary’s Birthday. Credit goes to the brains behind the video – Alexandru Calcan, the composer (and performer) of the song – Michael Bianco, and all the London Rotaractors who took part. Well done Rotaract!! Click here or on the snapshot below to watch the video.rotaract_video

Rotanet – The first networking event for Rotaractors, young Rotarians and their friends

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Rotaract Rotary partners in service

What is Rotanet?

Rotanet is an event where Rotaractors, young Rotarians and their friends get to meet up. It’s a fun event where you can learn more about Rotary and Rotaract, share your ideas and experiences or simply have a drink with some brilliant local people.

Who can attend?

Anyone! This event is not just aimed at Rotaractors and Rotarians – it’s for ANYONE in the local area. If you want to learn more about Rotaract and Rotary and what it can do for you, come and meet members in an informal and relaxed setting.

This event is ABSOLUTELY FREE!


Monday 19th August at 6pm.


The event will take place in a pub close to Tower Hill in Central London. The exact venue will be communicated about one week before the event. Guests will be responsible for buying their own drinks and nibbles.


Rotary is an organisation of business and professional persons of all ages united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to help build goodwill and piece in the world.

Rotaract is an opportunity to be part of a fun, dynamic and unique International organisation for people aged 18-30, offering a wide range of activities that will enable you to try something new, whilst having a great time and meeting others. Rotaract offers a wide choice of social activities, actively supports your local community, raises money for charity and gives you the opportunity to develop your personal skills and gain new life experiences in the UK and abroad.

Rotary and Rotaract are non-political and non-religious


What can you expect?

  • Networking opportunities – Rotanet is an informal networking event, which will give you the opportunity to meet and chat
  • Find out concrete ways in which you can help your local community
  • Learn more about Rotaract and Rotary
  • Meet fellow Rotaractors and Rotarians

REGISTER now at Remember… It’s FREE!


Chance for Knowledge – Westminster Rotaract project in Bulgaria

The Chance for Knowledge is a project developed by Rotaract Club of
Westminster and Rotaract Sofia Vitisha Izgrev Club. It was run under
the supervision of Rotary of London and Rotary Sofia Vitosha.

The main objectives of this project were to help in the supply of new
Braille machines for the school which would enable new students to get
the proper tools for education. By providing them with four new
machines Rotary help their educational advancement and social

Purple Pinkies Pub Crawl Picks up Prize!

All in purple for Purple Pinkies!

Purple Pinkies Pub Crawl Picks up Prize!

This year London Rotaract brought home the World Rotaract Week prize for best End Polio Now event, against hopefuls from across Great Britain & Ireland.

Every year World Rotaract Week takes place in March and Rotaract in Great Britain & Ireland hold a competition in support of the End Polio Now $100 Million challenge. All across the nation clubs are encouraged to be creative and find new ways of raising awareness for End Polio Now and to raise a minimum of US$100. The more people who get involved the better.

This year the Rotaract London clubs decided to join forces to raise awareness and funds for End Polio now. We chose a strip of pubs in Hammersmith, arranged permission in advance and went from pub to pub handing out leaflets, answering questions and collecting donations. Did we mention that we were all wearing purple? Yes, as part of the theme everyone had something purple so we were a large purple mass moving from pub to pub, attracting attention for the cause. We collected more than our US$100 target and more than that, we handed out lots of leaflets and answered questions about polio and spoke about the work of Rotary International. Rotarians showed their support too, helping us with the Tabbards, Buckets and End Polio Now flyers and we even had a Rotarian join us for the event. It was great to have the clubs uniting for a common cause and the night was a success! The District 1130 Rotaractors were named this year’s competition winners – a great start to a great year.

Look out for us in next year’s competition!


On the move!

 Taking a break before we hit the road again!

All in purple, including our Rotarian, Sarah.



Rotaract Rewarded

District Rotaract Officer Celine Pasty with Immediate Past Rotaract District Chairman Lydia Johnson, accepting the Presidential Citations from Immediate Past District Governor Storrie
Rotaract Rewarded!
The first Rotary in London District Council Meeting for this year saw four of the London
Rotaract Club’s awarded Presidential Citations.

Immediate Past District Governor David Storrie presented awards to the Rotaract Clubs of
Ealing, Putney, Westminster and Hampstead Hendon & Golders Green. Projects undertaken
by the Rotaract clubs last year included a chicken farm for a community in Kenya,
rejuvenation of a school library in Romania and fundraising to build a bridge for a South
American community. These are in addition to the numerous bucket collections, breakfast
mornings, soup kitchens and other community events the Rotaract clubs organize each year.
Last year Rotaractors also engaged in hikes to the Peak District, a historical tour of Carfe
Castle and excursions to Weymouth and Saffron Walden. The clubs are elated to receive
Presidential Citations.

The awards follow the former District Governor’s visits to each of the clubs during his
term last Rotary year. The visits were part of the District Governor’s message for the year,
which included promoting Rotary’s support in New Generations and building long term
membership for Rotary clubs.