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Welcome to Our Vibrant, Service-Oriented Humanitarian Club

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john whittaker current president

Hello, I’m John!

As this year’s current president, I’d like to extend a whole-hearted welcome to our Club. Join an online meeting or help out with a community project – no strings attached.

read our president's welcome letter

Welcome to Our Vibrant, Service-Oriented Humanitarian Club

john whittaker current president

Hello, I’m John!

As this year’s current president, I’d like to extend a whole-hearted welcome to our Club. Join an online meeting or help out with a community project – no strings attached.

read our president's welcome letter
Read Full Welcome Letter

“We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Rotary is a not-for-profit service organization that brings together professionals and business leaders to promote peace and goodwill around the world.

Rotary clubs are non-religious, non-political and open to everyone.

Our lively club has more than fifty members, and together we’ve raised more than £1 million for nominated charities since our club’s founding in 1989.

We believe in doing good in our own lives, our community and our world.

Before COVID restricted travel, some of our members regularly visited impoverished villages in Nepal to help build schools and advocate for improved sanitisation.

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One of our fun-packed fundraising events held annually is the Dragon Boat Festival in Bristol Harbour.

One of our most beloved and well-known fundraising events takes place every summer in Bristol Harbour, raising more than £20,000 each year for our nominated charities.

View the Dragon Boat Festival Website

As an inherantly business-minded group of people, we do charity differently.

Since Rotary International was founded in 1905, clubs around the world have collectively spent more than £2 billion on sustainable, life-changing projects. As we are largely volunteers involved directly with projects, approximately 92% of funds are spent directly on charitable projects.

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Our annual corporate golf tournament is held at the prestigious Bristol & Clifton Golf Club.

We’ve raised hundreds of thousands of Pounds Sterling for nominated charities through our golf tournament and the ensuring charity auction.

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Would you like to get involved?

Come along to an informal breakfast meeting Wednesday mornings. You can find out more about our projects and how you can give back to your community while having fun with like-minded people.

We’re meeting online on Zoom right now, so be sure to email our club secretary for the invite link. When we start meeting in person again, it will be in the Bambalan Restaurant in the heart of Bristol BS1 4XE.

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Meet Our Members

John Whittaker
President 2020/21
Derrick Royall
Vice President
Willem Pietersen
Secretary
Tim Brook
Treasurer
Mary Whittington
Fundraising Chair
David Wells
Dragon Boat Festival Organiser
Kasey Naví Phifer
Web Admin & PR
Steve Livings
Web Admin & PR
Mike Blott
Social Activities
Kellie Thatcher
Corporate Member
John Whittaker
President 2020/21
Derrick Royall
Vice President
Willem Pietersen
Secretary
Tim Brook
Treasurer
Mike Blott
Social Activities
Mary Whittington
Fundraising Chair
Kasey Phifer
Web Admin & PR
Steve Livings
Web Admin & PR
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Rotary Club Welcome Letter from 2020/21 President John Wittacker

Welcome to Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club

Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club was established over 30 years ago. We have around 50 members who are actively engaged in making a difference. Our club motto is to ‘Step Forward and Give Back’. Through the enthusiasm, vigour and good humour of our members, the Club provides a focus for informative weekly meetings, charity fundraising, service activities to support those in need, and a wide range of social events, thereby creating enduring friendships.

We meet at breakfast each Wednesday morning. Since the pandemic interrupted our lives, our meetings have taken place on Zoom, with presentations from key speakers from business, educational establishments and the charity sector. These high-quality presentations have attracted guests from different parts of the UK and internationally.

The Club energetically raises funds through two major annual events, The Rotary Dragon Boat Festival at Bristol Harborside, which has raised over £750,000 for good causes since 2001, and a Corporate Golf Day hosted at the prestigious Bristol […]

We Are an Active, Lively Club

International Projects

From building wells in Africa to constructing schools in Nepal, we engage in humanitarian aid around the world.

Weekly Club Meetings

We meet Wednesdays at 7:45am for an 8am start — on Zoom, of course for now.

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Community Involvement

We plant crocus flowers, help Bristol children in need, and raise funds for local charities.

Golf Tournament

We raise over £10,000 for our nominated charities in our annual golf tournament.

End Polio Now

Eradicating the Polio viruses is one of Rotary International’s largest causes.

Dragon Boat Festival

Our annual Dragon Boat Festival raises more than £25k for charitable causes.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

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Speaker: Gordon Young | Weekly Club Meeting
7:45 am - 8:45 am

3 March 2021 – Gordon Young of the Bristol Civic Society will tell us about the Bristol Blue Plaque Initiative. Visit their website here: https://www.bristolcivicsociety.org.uk

“Blue Plaques” commemorate individuals who lived or worked at a specific location with a blue-coloured wall plaque giving some basic

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Speaker: Vickie Wood | Weekly Club Meeting
7:45 am - 8:45 am

10 March 2021 – Vickie Wood of the Motivation Charity will explain about this local yet global disability charity and social enterprise whose vision is for a world in which all disabled people are included and can fully participate in all areas of life.

Through their wheelchairs, services and training projects, t

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Speaker: Leilah King of Bristol Mind | Weekly Club Meeting
7:45 am - 8:45 am

Bristol Mind aims to promote a positive view of mental health and provide services that are accessible, relevant and empowering to the people using them. Their services aim to contribute to mental and emotional wellbeing and to reduce stigma and discrimination.

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Speaker: Caroline Bowler of Travel Counsellors | Weekly Club Meeting
7:45 am - 8:45 am

Our own club member Caroline Bowler will give a highly interesting talk surrounding her work at the Travel Counsellors. No, they aren’t a group of talking therapists for people whose holidays have been cancelled. This company have worked for many years perfecting the art of creating bespoke package holidays and o , ...

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Speaker: Emily Nixon of Empire Fighting Chance | Weekly Club Meeting
7:45 am - 8:45 am

Emily Nixon is fundraising for Empire Fighting Chance, a charity that uses a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young people to realise their unique potential.

Empire Fighting Chance focuses on vulnerable young men and women, including those excluded from

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Enjoy interesting monthly social activities, take part in projects, and enjoy automatic membership in the Chamber of Commerce.

Take part in exciting projects and fundraisers.
Enjoy our interesting and informative monthly social activities.
Enjoy automatic membership in the Bristol & Bath Chamber of Commerce.

Individual Membership

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Promote fellowship amongst colleagues and benefit from automatic membership in the Chamber of Commerce.

Strengthen ties amongst colleagues with breakfast meetings and business networking while you also enjoy automatic membership in the Chamber of Commerce.

Corporate Membership

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Rotary Club Welcome Letter from 2020/21 President John Wittacker

February 23, 2021|Club News|

Welcome to Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club was established over 30 years ago. We have around 50 members who are actively engaged in making a difference. Our club motto is to ‘Step Forward and Give Back’. Through the enthusiasm, [...]

Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club Nepal Visit 2019

February 23, 2021|Club News, Projects|

The club visit was planned as part sight seeing and part Rotary work, to build on existing links with Rotary Pokhara Fishtail.We found Nepal a beautiful and fascinating country that is faced with many challenges, particularly following the 2015 earthquake.Objectives on Our [...]

Laptops & Tablets for Local Schoolchildren in Need

January 25, 2021|Donations Requested, Projects|

With the Corona Virus pandemic forcing the decision to work and study from home, many children residing in impoverished areas of Bristol don't have enough devices to study at home. Looking to Donate? Cash, bank transfer, and other monetary donations will [...]

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