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Funny ideas about Rotary! – Sept 2023

Rotary is a non-religious, non-political organisation open to people seeking to help the community.
Sure, it has 1.4 million members across 200 countries that work on some huge international projects but most of the work of the 36,000 Rotary clubs is focused upon helping their local community and Banbury Rotary Club is no different.

Banbury Rotary is a group of 50 plus local men and women from all walks of life just trying to help the people of Banburyshire.
This may take the form of holding money-raising concerts to help local charities, Christmas supermarket collections to provide food vouchers to those in most need, clearing up the canal in Spiceball or planting thousands of crocuses in People’s Park or helping out with local covid clinics. We work closely with several local charities – in particular Katharine House Hospice.

People can have some funny ideas about Rotary – but we are definitely not some sort of secret male-only organisation!
The prime criteria for membership is to combine a willingness to spend a bit of time helping us help your local community combined with a natural commitment to be truthful, fair and friendly.
At Banbury Rotary we believe that people work together best where there is an ethos of firm friendship and so in addition to the many annual ‘service events’ (see below)  we also have a substantial programme of social events for members and friends.  Come and join us!

We are always looking for new members to help us with events and projects.  If you have the time to become a full member – that’s great. If you’re life is too busy with work and family to become a full member, we welcome you as a Friend of Rotary to help out as and when you can and also maybe join us in some of our social events.

Read through the myth-buster above: it may make you see Rotary in a fresh light.  We’d love to talk to you at one of our events (next one is The Canal Festival ) or email

Here’s a list of some of the projects and events we’ll be engaging with this year.

Alans Africa (Schools in Sierra Leone)
Canal Clear-up in Spiceball Park
Canal Day with Katharine House Hospice
Banbury Car Meets (Funds to Frank Wise and Lunchbox Project)
European Exchange Group
Covid Clinic help.
Banburyshire Choir Charity Concerts
Crocus Planting in People’s Park
Children’s concerts
Supporting Guru Asara Trust (Girls in India)
Supporting Keynyan Kids Project
Lend with Care (Loans for 3rd world mini-businesses)
Help for Local Foodbanks
Plastic Blitz clear-ups (Spiceball)
Poppy Day collections
Rotary Scholars
Youth Leadership Challenges (Frank Wise School)
Carol Concert
Help with student practise interviews
Help with Broughton Cycle Sportif
Help with Tour de Triggs
Ukraine Help (Hospital generators etc)
World Polio eradication
Xmas Collections – Katharine House
Xmas Food Vouchers
Young Chef
Young Musician
Young Photographer

etc. etc.

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