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Welcome to Our Vibrant, Service-Oriented Humanitarian Club

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Our Projects
john whittaker current president

Hello, I’m Derrick!

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

President 2022/23 Paul Spaven’s Welcome Letter

Thank you for taking the time to look at or website. It should give you a flavour of the wide range of events and activities that you could be a part of.
This club is fun and informal but with a clear purpose of enabling each of our members to ‘put something back’ into our community – not just in Bristol, but around the world. As John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”.
And that ethos leads us to a wealth of amazing opportunities. Providing leadership and management skills to students at The Bridge Learning Campus in Hartcliffe; donating weekly to the local food bank; raising funds for charities at our Art Event; organising the Bristol Dragon Boat Festival; a charity motorbike ride around India; visiting and supporting vocational students and an electric cooking initiative in Nepal; school development and clean water wells in Africa… The list of what you can achieve within Rotary is as endless as your imagination.
The emphasis is on enjoying what we do, meeting new challenges and making some good friends along the way.
With something new this year; our Two Minute Hat Talks at each of our meetings. An unusual way to learn more about our members.
So, if you want to ‘put something back’ – and have fun whilst doing so – […]

Upcoming Events & Meetings

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Breakfast Meeting Speakers – Derrick Royall and Elaine Milne – Money makes the world go round
7:30 am - 8:45 am
Nothing seems to exercise the mind like money and in these difficult times with high inflation and an ever rising cost of living, how we look after, nourish and grow our finances are as important as ever. Our very own financial ‘guru’s’ take us through a completely independant look at money, from inve , ...
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Breakfast Meeting Speaker – Dr Paul Smith – Macedonia
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Our very own Dr.Paul Smith delivers a fascinating presentation following his historical trip to Macedonia. Learn more about this part of the world and it’s history. Situated south of the Balkans, Macedonia today is a highly important agricultural region within Greece, however over the centuries, this mountainous , ...
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Welcome to Our Vibrant, Service-Oriented Humanitarian Club

john whittaker current president

Hello, I’m Derrick!

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 inherently 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 have been meeting online on Zoom since April 2020, but are now meeting in person again at Redland Green Tennis Club, Redland Green Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 7HF.

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Meet Our Members

Paul Spaven
President
Geoff Mayell
Senior Vice President/Speakers
Derrick Royall
Past President 2021/22
Andy Cavanna
Secretary
Bob Whittington
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
Doug Karson
Member
WIllem Pietersen
District Secretary/Past Secretary 2019-21
Tony Hughes
Membership Chair/Past President 2017/18
Paul Spaven
President
Geoff Mayell
Senior Vice President
Derrick Royall
Past President 2021/22
Andy Cavanna
Secretary/Past President 2015/16
Bob Whittington
Treasurer
John Whittaker
Past President 2020/21
Mike Blott
Social Activities/Past President
Mary Whittington
Fundraising Chair/Past President
Kasey Phifer
Web Admin & PR
Steve Livings
Web Admin & PR/Past President 2016/17
Tony Hughes
Membership Chair/Past President 2017/18
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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.

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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Browse Our Blog 

KIDSOUT 2022 at Cattle Country

August 5, 2022|Projects|

  KidsOut is a Rotary charity, started by Rotary and run by Rotary. Lady Grantchester of the Moore’s family and owners of Littlewoods, suggested to the Rotary Club in Kingston, where she lived, that they take disadvantaged children on a day out. [...]

Getting Aid to where it is needed in Ukraine

March 8, 2022|Club News, Donations Requested, Newsletter, Projects|

All of us have been moved by the pictures being sent from Ukraine and the surrounding countries and the stories being told of tragedy and bravery; the separation of wives and children from the men who say to fight. We all [...]

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