Meet our President
Welcome to Bristol Rotary Club’s website.
Hello & thank you for visiting our website. I’m Laurie Haynes, the President of our club for the Rotary year starting in July 2023.
For over a hundred years the Rotary Club of Bristol has been initiating and supporting projects which make a real difference to people's lives here in our city and across the globe.
Take some time to browse through our website and you will see some of the projects the club has led on or supported, now and previously.
We focus on helping local charities and encouraging young people to achieve their potential. This we do by working with partner organisations and by running a range of competitions to encourage and showcase gifts of music, public speaking, technology, photography, catering and media in young people both locally and nationally. Our international work spreads to Nepal, Lebanon, Ukraine and other countries where our links with local Rotary Clubs ensures the money we raise is targeted exactly where it is needed. Our international partnerships bring us together with Rotary Clubs in Sweden, Germany, France and Portugal and multiply our fundraising efforts.
Our club meets fortnightly: once a month over a meal; once a month virtually and members meet socially for lunches, picnics, theatre trips, day trips and weekends away. We have an annual programme of presentations from visiting speakers which you can find here.
If you would like to give to Rotary, go to our donations page.
If you would like to learn how you can become a member or a friend of the Rotary Club of Bristol, or how your organisation can become our partner, write to us via the contact page.
Where others see problems, Rotary International sees solutions. Our 1.2 million members see opportunities and possibilities in their communities around the world.
'Looking Back, Moving Forward'
2018 saw the opening of the refurbished Meadow Vale Community Centre, supported by RC Bristol. The refurbished building was Phase1 & was never going to be large enough to provide the full range of services & facilities so badly needed. In 2019 the small community group, supported by RC Bristol, made an audacious bid for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding. We emerged victorious, securing £200,000 enabling us to move forward on Phase 2. Rotary living up to its claim "We're for Communities" & being "People of Action"Learn More
As a global network Rotary works hard to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, colour, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
We're creating an organisation that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities. We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We want people with differing perspectives and ideas who will help Rotary take action to create lasting change in communities around the world. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change. Rotary & the Rotary Club of Bristol have no tolerance for racism.Through Bristol Rotary Club, you'll find unique opportunities to get involved. Everyone is welcome in Rotary come and join us and find out!Contact Us
Our club was the first Rotary Club formed in the south west. We celebrated our centenary in style in November 2017 with a thanksgiving service and champagne reception for 100 and a Centenary Ball for 500. We commemorated our first 100 years with a special centenary project raising £100,000 for refurbishment of a community building in Meadow Vale, Bristol.Join Us
We have been involved in several major projects both locally and internationally including Run For The Future.
Raising awareness about Prostate Cancer, Run For The Future was an annual 5k family fun run on the Downs from 2006 to 2015 raising over £280K for research at local hospitals & universities and more importantly increasing awareness & changing perceptions amongst men so that many more now seek advice.Learn More