Rotary Club of York

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What is ‘Friends of York Rotary’?


Friends of York Rotary are people interested in keeping in touch and assisting the work of Rotary but who are unable to commit to full membership. As well as getting information, they can become involved, working alongside York Rotary members within the local community by supporting projects and activities.


They can join either as an individual or as a representative of a local charity, business or other organisation.

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The Patron of Friends of York Rotary (FoYR) is BBC Radio York's well-known  Elly Fiorentini.  Elly is an Honorary Member and great supporter of our Rotary Club, She is also well-known for providing the commentary every year at our major fundraising event, the York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge.

"I am delighted to introduce you to Friends of York Rotary.


York Rotary is all about being involved in the community from the schools technology tournament to helping support international disasters and of course there is my favourite, The Dragon Boat Race, which has raised over a million pounds for charities.


This is a great opportunity to use any spare time you have to help enhance and support the community you live in.


York Rotary has some great events coming up and we would love you to be able to help at one or more of them.


I have loved every minute of supporting them even though, like many of you, I have a full on job.


I hope that we can encourage you to get involved in some way."






Upcoming FoYR events and York Rotary Club Activities


Friday Feb 15th 2019          Networking evening

                                              focussed on Use of Social Media

                                              6.30pm @ Door 84  

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Saturday Feb 23rd 2019  Rotary Fundraising Concert

                                         with "Grand of Uke Of York"

                                        Ticket sales / helping on the night

                                         More info here






Thursday April 18th       Rotary Charity Walk

                                         including buffet lunch/wine

                                        in aid of "Hope and Aid DIrect"

                                        £20pp   Details here




Saturday/Sunday in Spring (date tbc)  "Drop-in" Coffee morning  

                                                                   (family/baby friendly)



And for your diaries...



Sunday July 14th 2019        Voluntering at

                                            York Rotary Dragon Boat


                                            River Ouse, by Lendal Bridge






Other FAQ's

What are ‘Friends of York Rotary’ expected to do?


They will be invited to assist in current projects and also invited to attend specific meetings or events where they will get a closer understanding of what our Rotary Club is currently doing and hear plans of future activities. This will also give an opportunity to meet other Friends and the club members.


How will I know of forthcoming events or projects where I can help and contribute?


A regular newsletter will be circulated to all our registered Friends, this will contain details of current and future projects and events with details of how to become involved.


Do I need to pay anything to become a Friend?


No, this is a voluntary effort and we make no direct charge on Friends. Attendance at FoYR meetings, rather than project work, may attract a small charge to cover refreshments if they are required, typically around £10.


What can I bring to Rotary through the Friends programme?


Friends can bring extra skills and experience to our service projects which will strengthen our ability to support those in the local community who require assistance.


What will I gain through membership of the Friends programme?


New friends, an opportunity to make a difference in the community and have fun doing it.


Can I upgrade from Friend to full membership?


Yes, as a valued Friend you would be welcomed into the Rotary organisation





Please email our coordinator, Brian Joscelyne, on expressing your interest in becoming a ‘Friend’ and we will contact you!

Data Protection

The words on everyone's lips at the moment in GDPR !  Our Rotary Club will be  fully compliant with the new law, and will ensure any personal information given to us by Friends of York Rotary members is held securely and not used by nor shared with anyone outside of the Rotary Club of York



Our Launch Party!


The Friends of York Rotary was "launched" at an evening event at the Novotel, York on Tuesday May 29th.    Around 50 attended to hear the BBC's Elly Fiorentini - who is the Patron of the new group - express her strong support for the work  that Rotary does

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Rotary Signage at the 2018 Dragon Boat event in York


Kaminari Japanese Drummers performing at a fundraiser concert in February 2018 - organised as a "joint venture" between Rotary Club of York and York Against Cancer


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Judging at the February 2018 Technology Tournament run by York Rotary Clubs and attended by teams from 12 local schools


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Presentation of funds raised for Refugee Action York




You can catch up with all the news of what the Rotary Club of York is doing in our community on our News pages here


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If you are interested in hearing more about how you can support Rotary's work in York and further afield.  and are looking for an opportunity to contribute to our community and network with like-minded people, please contact us at 

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in the local community.  Elly is an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of York.  After an explanation of what Rotary is, and the background and aspirations of the "Friends" initiative from Club President Brian Joscelyne, some lively "break-out group" discussions and "brainstorming" took place, where many ideas were put forward by participants, from how they might contribute to the new venture and the benefits they are looking from from participation..  


Our thanks go to all who came - it was a high-energy and positive event and a great start for this new group.

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Socialising at our Launch event on May 29th




Our First Event - Visit to York Cocoa Works


Friends of York Rotary members were welcomed on our visit to York Cocoa Works in Castlegate on Friday July 6th by Founder and Managing Director Sophie Jewett,  who is herself a member of "Friends of York Rotary"

Sophie took us through the history of Chocolate making in York, dating from 1785 in Castlegate where her Cocoa Works operation is now based,  and her passion for creating authentic chocolate using a variety of cocoa beans from various countries in South America (from many farms which she has personally visited) and her interest in the social and political impact of cocoa growing in these countries, were evident.  


We were treated to a variety of chocolate samples with subtle taste differences, and finally some very unusual canapé creations – for example chocolate with goats cheese (actually delicious!)


Many thanks to Sophie and her staff for their hospitality and for a real education in chocolate making! As well as being a very sociable event, the evening raised £330 for our Rotary Club’s Charity Fund.

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Visit to York Cocoa Works July 6th

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Friends of York Rotary, an informal organisation recently formed by our Rotary Club, are a group of people who support our Club’s objectives and work, want to stay in touch with Rotary and what we are doing, and volunteer help occasionally.  


The group also provides an opportunity for members (many of whom are in the charity sector in York) to network with each other.  

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Barbeque held on Sunday September 16th



Thanks to all "Friends" who came along to the FoYR barbeque on Sept 16th.  Around 20 enjoyed great company, great food and - amazingly - good weather for this social event. Thanks especially to Rotarian Don Salter and Sheelagh for hosting and providing such a fabulous and extensive array of food for us.

FoYR Patron Elly Fiorentini and other Friends enjoying the barbeque

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With a very early (7am) Sunday morning start on October 14th, our team, made up of members of the Rotary Club of York, plus a very good turnout of "Friends of York Rotary", arrived at the University of York campus and prepared the Baggage Store at the Yorkshire Marathon to receive the runners' bags for safe keeping - tagged in numerical order!  




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The weather was atrocious, raining all day, so being under cover of the marquee was a blessing.



Despite a few challanges (not enough space, and a somewhat chaotic numbering system provided by the organisers) the team managed the job - just!  and it was pleasure once again to be involved with the community in this way.


The organisers also contributed just under £450 to our Club's Charity Fund, so it was a worthwhile effort!


MANY thanks to the FoYR members who came along to help and support our Rotary effort in the community - you were fantastic (and it was fun really, wasn't it!!?)

FoYR members Gillian and (at back) Chris helping

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Loads of baggage!!!


 Read earlier FoYR newsletters:   Edition 1  June 2018 


                                                          Edition 2  Sep 2018

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One of the aims of "Friends" is to provide an opportunity for members, many of whom work in the Charity sector in York, to get together and discuss issues of mutual concern,  and provide opportunities to learn about "best practice".    




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On the evening of November 1st the first such "networking" event was held, at the Novotel.  Close to 20 members attended,  and our guest speaker, Jane Hustwit (Chair of York CVS) pictured right,  got things off to a lively start with her observations about what the sector needs to consider in order to thrive in the current difficult climate.  

There followed a lively discussion, in small groups, about a number of topics such as volunteer recruitment, fundraising, grant application, social media and marketing.  Those present included representatives from charities both large, with multi £M budgets, to very small where running costs are a very large part of their budgets and are difficult to support.  It was an interesting exchange of ideas

It was a great social occasion for FoYR members to meet up, but also stimulated lots of ideas and thoughts.  Afterwards,  there emerged a clear desire to continue such meetings and FoYR will continue to provide such opportunities

Many thanks to Julie and the Novotel for providing the facilities and refreshments for the evening,  and to Jane Hustwit for her enthusiasm and support!

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