The Rotary Club of Derby was founded in 1918 by 26 members including the famous printer, Cheney Bemrose. Since that time the club has been busy fund-raising to raise money for its chosen charities both at a local and international level.  So this milestone 96th year will be no different and the good work continues.  We are planning a number of events throughout this Rotary year 2015-16 to raise funds for local/international charities. Details of these are to be found in our club Events diary.

We are well advanced in developing a satellite club with seven prospective members now meeting once a month. This allows interested men and women who cannot make our Monday lunchtime meetings to participate in the club’s activities whilst enjoying a degree of autonomy. Meetings are on mutually agreed evenings and do not involve a meal. If this suits you and you would like to know more then get in touch through the contact page.

Our membership (men and women) currently stands at 50 and continue to welcome new members to the club.

What we do

We have two main areas of support within our club – community and vocational activities, and international activities. The club’s two main working groups look after these areas and organise a number of fund-raising events throughout the year. For more information, click on the appropriate area of service here :

Some Rotary facts :

The world’s first service club was the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA. The club was formed 23 February, 1905 by lawyer Paul P. Harris and three friends — a merchant, a coal dealer, and a mining engineer. Harris wished to recapture the friendly spirit he had felt among businesspeople in the small town where he had grown up. The name ‘Rotary’ was derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among member’s offices.

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. The Rotary motto is ‘Service Above Self.’

If you want to know more about the history of the Rotary organisation then visit the Rotary International website here.

… and for a more general history click here.