Thinking About Joining Rotary?

Rotary is the world’s greatest volunteer organisation based on service above self with fun and fellowship. We do great things but there are more needs than members to meet them. We need more members

Rotary had the image of male only Clubs with ageing members. How that has changed! There are clubs of all ages, all genders and all backgrounds and abilities, all in your area. Rotary has adapted to meet modern lifestyles. The following sections provide information for prospective members to choose what is right for their individual needs. There are a number of ways in which you can get involved. The great project we get involved in can be seen in other sections of this web.

Peoples lives have changed dramatically in the last decade, more home working, long hours, more travelling, less time all round but people want to and still find time to volunteer and change lives. This section outlines the flexibility, fun, fellowship and membership options which have resulted in Rotary Membership is growing at its fastest rate for decades.

Volunteering Work with Rotary Changes Lives

Whether you are volunteering by helping your local community and charities or responding to local and international disasters, there is a project or activity to suit everyone. By volunteering with Rotary, you know that you will be changing people’s lives for the better.

Being part of Rotary is more than just giving back to the community by volunteering. It is also about you bringing your skills, experience and enthusiasm to help it thrive, whilst making some great friends along the way.

Find out more e mail

Dick Parsley (Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton)

Robin Green (Rotary Club of Northampton West)

On this web site you will find details of Clubs in District 1070, all are interested in attracting new members. Many have websites which you are invited to visit.  See what they do and the projects they are engaged in. Join them on Facebook. We hope that you will be interested and wish to join.

An introduction to Rotary International

Why Rotary? from Rotary International in Britain & Ireland

Why Rotary? from RotaryRIBI on Vimeo.

Membership Retention & Development Teams

For information about joining Rotary contact Dick Parsley (Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton)

For information about Rotary’s membership involvement and engagement activities contact Robin Green (Northampton West)

Strengthening and supporting Clubs

The Membership Teams (some names may have changed for the current year)
Membership Attraction Chairman Dick Parsley (Wellingborough Hatton)
Membership Retention Chairman Robin Green (Northampton West)



Lawrie Cooke (Huntingdon Cromwell)


Geoff Richardson (Huntingdon Cromwell)

Membership Attraction PDG Dick Parsley (Wellingborough Hatton)
Membership Task Force  

Roger Hansard (Lincoln Lindum)

AW: John Elkington (Sleaford)

AE Richard Grant (Woodhall Spa)

B Jean Marie Vernon (Melton Aurora)
C Janet Cooke (Peterborough Ortons)
D Rodney Spokes (Leicester)
E Jim Davies (Market Harborough)
F Steve Howe (District 1070 E Club)
Visioning John Dewis (Peterborough)
Graham Martin (Soar Valley)
Visioning administrator Lawrie Cooke (Huntingdon Cromwell)
Social -District Quiz Charles Stevens (Wreake Valley)
Graham Packwood ( Wreake Valley)
           -District Golf Iain Martin (St Ives)
           -Minor Sports Les Aldridge( Ashby Hastings)
Club Basket Storage Ian day (Corby Phoenix)
Global Rewards Geoff Blurton(Kettering)
Alumni and RIBI Leads John Saunders (Leicester)
Rotary Fellowships PDG Geoff Blurton( Kettering)
Liaison  AG Graham Martin( The Soar Valley)

Membership Options available

We’re looking for men and women of all ages and backgrounds to join us either as volunteers, members or both. You can use your time, talents, professional skills and energy to improve the lives of people in our local communities and around the world.

You can enjoy business networking, personal development, meeting new friends, having a great deal of fun and experiencing the fulfilment that comes from achieving something worthwhile

Full Membership

This is where you join Rotary and become an a full active Rotarian with full voting rights and provide valuable input in determining the projects and activities undertaken and have fun and fellowship.

Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles of Rotary have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world. 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:

First: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

Second: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

Third: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

Fourth: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.

Of the things we say or do:

Associate Membership

This is a taster, “ a try before you buy” so an associate can get to know the Club and then become a full member in time. Associates pay subs to the Club not RIBI and the Club sets the amount . Wellingborough has 4 new members each year and many other Clubs have introduced this highly successful form of membership. There is a fixed period for associate determined by the club and most join as full Rotarians.

Corporate Membership

What is Corporate Membership?  The RIBI Corporate Membership Pilot Programme allows an organisation or company in a club’s area to become a member of the Rotary club, through an established membership approval process, and to appoint up to four designees as the individuals attending club meetings, serving on projects, voting on club matters, and serving as club officers and on club committees and so on.   Is there an established membership approval process to be used by clubs in RIBI?  No, it is up to each club to decide what this process should be. It is best to develop this before organisations are invited by the club to consider corporate membership.   What is a good way to get started?  Once you have identified an organisation that wishes to be considered for corporate membership the Rotary club might establish the background to the organisation and whether it maintains the high ethical standards expected of Rotarians.

A company, school,  acadamy or similar organisation  pays the membership fees and can nominate up to 4 people to be corporate members serve on committee and have a vote on the management of the Club

Flexible and Innovative Clubs

The RIBI Innovative and Flexible Club Pilot Programme focuses on clubs’ ability to self-determine their operations to fit better with the needs of their members and the community. Innovative and flexible clubs are fun, dynamic, resilient, tolerant,  interested in trying new things, proactive and members driven.  (Note: They must have been formed prior to 2010)

What sort of things could we do?  The club could try out different meeting logistics (time, day, frequency, location, online, use of social media, club event or social activity, and so on).


District 1070 E Club

This is first and foremost a Rotary Club. They are a group of fully engaged and fully committed Rotarians dedicated to the concept of Service Above Self. The difference between their club and most traditional Rotary Clubs is that they use technology to their our advantage.

“Increased work commitments and the resultant pressure on family times means that nowadays, especially if you are younger, still working, or trying to bring up a young family, your time is precious. It doesn’t mean that you haven’t the got time or the inclination to get involved, help out and do good in the world. It means that you have got your priorities right.

In our world, family comes first. The time that you can spare to devote to Rotary is precious and should be used wisely. We want your help where it is most needed, our Rotary projects. Our club meets online, using social media, Google Apps and state of the art video conferencing. The club is active 24x7x365. Members log in and contribute when time permits. All we ask is that, as a member, you personally commit to a minimum 12 hours of service per quarter. We do hold a short weekly video conference at 7:30pm on a Thursday evening that we encourage you to join for a minimum of 30 minutes and we all try to get together once a month either for a social activity or to work on a service project (yes, the children are invited too.) If you can make it, you are very welcome. If work or family life gets in the way, we understand. We want Rotary to work for you as well as you working for Rotary”.


What is an  Alumnus of the Rotary Foundation(Charity) award ? American words to describe any person, Rotarian or not, who has received a Rotary Foundation grant or scholarship award including Ambassadorial Scholars, Peace Scholars, recipients of Grants for University Teacher or Carl Miller Discovery Grants, Group Study Exchange team members, and Rotary Volunteers. Alumni are potential speakers for Rotary events.  Possibly those in your area might wish to join your Club.

We ask that clubs keep the committee informed of the whereabouts of Alumni with whom they have contact. John Saunders of Leicester  who is developing an E Club specifically to keep Alumni in contact with Rotary

Rotary Fellowships

Get a lot more out of Rotary – join a Rotary Fellowship

If you have a hobby, pastime or interest there is likely to be a Rotary Recreational or Vocational Fellowship which will bring you in touch with like-minded Rotarians both locally and worldwide.

A bit like new Rotarians, often those joining a fellowship wish they had done so earlier.

The following are some of the most active Fellowships:

  • International Caravanning Fellowship of Rotarians.
  • International Fellowship of Cricket-loving Rotarians.
  • International Fellowship of Cycling Rotarians.
  • International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.
  • International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors.
  • International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians.
  • International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians.
  • Rotarian Retro Automobile Fellowship.
  • Rotarians of Amateur Radio Fellowship.
  • Rotary Global History Fellowship.
  • International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians.

For more information, contact:-

Geoff Blurton (RC Kettering)

Membership Options at school and beyond:-


These clubs provide a fun way for 7 to 12 year olds with energy, enthusiasm and great ideas to make a difference. They are based in local schools and work with Rotary clubs on projects which could be anything from fundraising to sponsored events.


For young people aged 12 to 18 to work together helping others in their communities and across the world, whilst having fun and learning about the world. They are based in secondary schools or colleges and organise at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that benefits international understanding.


A unique international service organisation for people aged 18-30, offering a wide range of activities that enable young adults to try something new, whilst having a great time and meeting others. Rotaract is an opportunity for young men and women to enhance their personal development, address the physical and social needs of their communities and promote better relations between people worldwide through friendship and service. Contact Alan Jukes (Northampton Rotary Club).

Growing Rotary with New Clubs

Rotary District 1070 now has 89 clubs with nearly 2,500 members – but the need for the unique service to the community which Rotary provides is growing.

We are deeply involved in helping existing clubs retain and increase their membership.  However, there is always the opportunity to open new clubs and expand the choice of meeting days and times for potential new members.

Another new development for our district is that the Rotary Club of Northampton now meets twice a week – Monday lunchtimes and Tuesday evenings.  This gives busy people a better chance to attend their club meetings and play a full part in their club’s activities.

If you are interested in becoming part of a new and vibrant club in any of these areas, or if you want more information about Rotary, please contact our District New Clubs Officer, Dick Parsley.    He will be delighted to tell you more and invite you along to a meeting to see for yourself.

Satellite Clubs:

A satellite club is a potential Rotary club formed in the same locality as the sponsoring club, or in a community in a neighbouring area which would benefit from a Rotary presence.  All members of a satellite club are to be inducted into membership of the parent sponsoring club to become Rotarians, sharing membership of the parent club with the existing Rotarians but, thereafter, operating as a Rotary satellite club. As such, satellite club members will hold their own regular weekly meetings at a venue, time and day of their choice, organising and managing their own programmes, activities and budgets in accordance with Rotary aims and objectives.

The introduction of Satellite clubs provides a new and exciting opportunity to expand Rotary and grow membership, increasing our capacity to do more for those in need.

In towns and cities there must be many who up ’til now cannot attend a local Rotary club because things like the day, or time, of meetings, may not be convenient. There must be many young business men and women of goodwill who would like the opportunity to join us. No minimum number is given for forming a satellite club.

Northampton  had a number of their members having to spend time at their businesses so they formed a satellite Club. They meet at a convenient time evening as opposed to Lunchtime do not have a meal and do their rotary business in an hour they still mix with the main club. It has been a great success.


A strategic review done by the Clubs  for the Clubs to develop a long term plan. At the invitation of the Club, the District team will provide facilitators to assist in the process which develops and promotes the ideas of all the Club into a cohesive way forward.

For more information contact Lawrie Cooke of  Huntingdon Cromwell

Rotary – A Service for YOU?

  • Do you really know what members of Rotary do?
  • Would you like to know more about the Rotary Experience?
  • Would you be interested in joining?
  • There are Rotary Clubs near to you, why not find out more?

For details log on to the web site of Rotary International in Britain and Ireland and find out more.

An introduction to Rotary International

Why Rotary? from Rotary International in Britain & Ireland

Membership Services

(It is all about having fun and fellowship)

This team consists of:

District Golf – Iain Martin(RC St Ives) has organised this great event  and looking forward to a great 2016  District Golf Competition

District Minor Sports – Les Aldridge (RC Ashby Hastings) organises this fun event usually centred around a pub. Sometimes it gets very competitive but Les’s decision is final.

District Quiz – Charles Stevens (RC Wreake Valley) and Graham Packwood ( RC Wreake Valley) organise this highly successful competition where all members not just the Egg Heads have a great night.

Approximately two thirds of the Clubs in the District participate in these events. As each of the competitions are a chance to meet and share success stories and have fun and fellowship,  this initiative during then forthcoming year is to encourage the remaining Clubs to participate.

News and Events

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“Know your Rotary” and Rotary GO events are being planned for 2016/7 dates and locations will be publicised here shortly.

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