Rotary Club of York

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Vocational Service - Team leader - Frank Paterson


This team arranges activities such as the Mock Interviews which are arranged  each summer at local schools, to be carried out by a team of Rotarians. These help pupils prepare for the "real thing", be it an interview for University or a job.


Vocational  visits for Club members, and often their partners as well, are planned quarterly, venues being decided and entered on the diary page as arranged.

Teams / Committees

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Fellowship - Chairman - David Impey


The dates of events, confirmed and provisional are on the diary page. Provisional arrangements are marked with an asterisk.


Dragon Boat Committee - Chairman  - David Fotheringham


The  Dragon Boat Challenge is the Club's major fundraising project and was started in 2003.  Since that time, it has raised over £1,000,000 for local charities, and is now an established part of York's calendar each July.  36 teams take part in heats, culminatingin a dramatic and exciting Grand Finale on the River Ouse in the centre of the City.   The north bank of the river is also full of interesting stalls to give the day a gala atmosphere.


The dragon boat web site is directly linked to the club site just click on the dragon for full details of the previous year's results, and the arrangements, teams and race card as they are finalised for the current year.


Club Service - Team Leader - Kevin Grogan


This committee looks after the successful running of the Club for its members, for example ensuring a "buddy system" is in place so members can watch out for, and communicate with, other members.


A diverse and wide-ranging programme of speakers is arranged and full details are included on the website diary page, and in Rotagraph.


      Speaker Subcommittee - Chairman - Trevor Phillips


Community Service - Team Leader -  Keith Hayton


With a wide-ranging remit covering service to the Club and to the Community, this committee allocates available charitable resources from the Club, and assistance available from Club members, for both regular annual events and many one-off projects in the City of York and further afield.


Rotagraph - Editor - Mike Sullivan


Rotagraph was first published in 1951 and has appeared monthly since. It is available to Club members from the first week of each month. Articles for publication should be sent to the Editor by the end of the preceding month please.


International - Team Leader - Nigel Naish


This committee co-ordinates the Club's activities in supporting international causes and Rotary projects.


Funds are donated as required for Shelterboxes and Lifeboxes to provide emergency help to disaster areas abroad; and other projects such as Sand Dams in developing countries are activively supported.


The Club also actively supports and raises funds for our projects overseas, such as the refurbishment of Ebenezer School in Livingstone, Zambia.


Get-togethers with our sister clubs, the Rotary Clubs of  Erlangen Germany and Aubusson France, take place bi-annually. The 2018 reunion was hosted by our Club in York in May 2018. Reports on these events can be found here



Fundraising - Team Leader - Diana Naish


Regular fundraising events such as sales at St Crux, Theme Nights and "small change collections" ("Change the World") continue to be a great success.  The team co-ordinates these as well as other fundraising ventures.


In addition, the team oversees "one-off" fundraising projects and events, examples being Big Band, Japanese Taiko Drumming and other musical concerts and similar events;  and the "York90" internet fundraiser run in North America during the Club's 90th year.




Membership Development and Retention - Team Leader -  Kevin Grogan


The Team is very active and is always on the look-out for people interested in supporting the ideals of Rotary by joining the Club.   Associate Membership ia also offered to allow potential members to gain a "flavour" of what what Rotary membership means before committing to full membership.


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Youth Service  - Team Leader -  Eileen Davis


This Committee was established in 2012 to being a focus onto all the various Youth activities that the Club supports.  This includes the Technology Tournament in York which the Club has helped organise for many years, and various Rotary-sponsored competitions such as Young Chef, Youth Speaks and, most recently,  Young Musician.


The Club has developed links ("Ambassadors") with local schools in order to facilitate communication about the various Youth Activities we support.

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External Relations - Team Leader  - Brian Joscelyne


This is a new team that has been established to develop closer relations between the Club and local people who like to be associated with our Rotary objectives and support activities.


Through the establishment of a "Friends of York Rotary" group, the goal is to form partnerships with individuals, organisations and businesses to further our aims of reaching out to the community and providing help where needed, whilst allowing businesses and charities to broaden their involvement in the community, increase networking opportunities, and help meet their Corporate Social Responsibilities goals.


The team also looks for opportunities to promote the public image of Rotary through social and traditional media and a presence at local events

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