Meet our President
As president of The Rotary Club of Bristol for the year commencing July 2020, I would like to welcome you to our website. The theme chosen by Rotary International for 2020/21 is "Rotary Opens Opportunities" and currently Rotary clubs throughout the world will be considering the nature of the opportunities that they might embrace over the next 12 months.
Our members, men and women, come from a wide range of backgrounds and each bring to Rotary the skills and experience that enables us to be effective in supporting good causes locally and abroad. We are all united by a common purpose, which is to serve the needs of others in our community and promote international friendship and peace.
Due to the pandemic, it will be a challenging period for our club but we are determined to remain positive and will continue to plan for the future so that we are as ready as we can be to move forward once the situation eases. In our own city we will continue to support vulnerable people in partnership with other organisations. On an international level, we are exploring some new projects in Africa. Our youth activities programme will this year include a new competition - Young Photographer, which will operate alongside our existing programme of events. We will continue to maintain contact with friends in our twinned Rotary clubs in Bordeaux, Hannover, Porto and Stockholm.
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