Welcome to the Rotary Club of London!

The Rotary Club of London, founded in 1911, was the first to be chartered outside North America, and is the premier Club in Great Britain.

It held its first meeting at Simpsons in the Strand. Following on from this, a further 108 Clubs were established in London.

About Rotary

Rotary International

Rotary International is a worldwide organisation of service clubs which brings together professional, business and community leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

For 114 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. Grassroots at the core, Rotary today links over 1.2 million members to form an organisation of international scope with nearly 35,000 Clubs around the world serving communities and providing for good causes wheever they are.

The Original Social Network

Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings amongst the offices of its members. The organisation adopted the maxim “Business is the science of human service and a person profits most who serves his fellow best.” Later the adopted motto of the Rotary organisation beame the much simpler “Service above Self.”

Meet our members

The Rotary Club of London Committees

President David Johnson

Vice President Ian Balcombe

2nd Vice President/Rotaract Sabrina Craciun

Hon. Secretary Chikako Osawa-Horowitz

Hon. Treasure Hugh Kirk MBE

Foundation Rajiv Sabharwal

International Nono Hardy

Community & Vocational Isabella Jones

Communications Candy Liu

Youth Service Robert Ghazi

Sports Brian Somers

Special Events Duchess K Williams-Alonga

Membership Clive Amos PDG

House & Administration Tom Swainland

District Liaison/Fraternal Kiyohiko Tanaka

Compliance/Health & Safety Olivia Ow

Almoner Harry Simmonds

Latest News!

The Club is coming to terms with the loss of our Honorary Member Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He first addressed the Club as a young man in 1950- taking over from his father-in-law as President of the National Playing Fields Association (Now ‘Fields in Trust Charity’) a position he held for the next 68 years!

He was elected an Honorary Member of the Club in 1975 and in 1976 a delegation was led by then President Theo Bernsen to Buckingham Palace, who presented him with a specially made Rotary pin. His last visit to the club was in 2007, and his last contribution was writing the forward to our centennial History in 2011.

Today is Rotary Day!


On this day in 1905, Rotary International was formed, and Rotary in London are demonstrating the values on which the organisation was founded, 116 years on.
 
23rd February each year marks ‘Rotary Day’, which in 2021 is 116 years since the formation of Rotary International by Chicago-based lawyer, Paul Harris.
 
With 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs in over 200 countries, Rotary is not only one of the oldest, but also one of the world’s largest and most successful membership and humanitarian service organisations.
 
Rotary, which started out as a professional networking organisation, quickly turned their vision to humanitarian service, with members and clubs having a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.
 
That vision endures today, with the organisation committed to tackling some of the world’s biggest issues including protecting the environment, providing clean water and fighting disease.
 
The latter of those has been thrown sharply into focus over the last year with the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the globe. In the UK and Ireland, Rotary clubs have launched thousands of vital projects to support those in need, whether it be by stocking foodbanks, volunteering at vaccination centres, ensuring children have the required equipment for lockdown learning, and much more.
 
Perhaps most notably, Rotary International spearheaded the ongoing campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. Since their End Polio Now campaign was launched more than 30 years ago, they have helped reduce cases of the paralysing disease by 99.9%, vaccinating almost 3 billion children and preventing 19 million cases of paralysis.
 
Our club president David Johnson said: “We’re all so proud to be part of such a wide-reaching and life-changing organisation. As with every Rotary club, we aim to have an impact in our local community and make a difference to those in our area in need of support.”
 
“Rotary Day is always a special day in the calendar, as it allows us to showcase how our organisation is rooted in the local community, but with a global impact.”
 
“We give our time and talents to help others, all while having fun and making social connections in the process. We’re always keen to welcome new members to our group.” 

The 2020 Golf Day Charity Challenge at Berkhamstead Golf Club in October

Children’s Charities Golf Day which was held on 8th October 2020, and raised £20,000 in aid of Lifeline4Kids and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

Lifeline4Kids absorbs its own administration costs which means that their total donations go to making bespoke equipment for disabled children.

Noah’s Ark provides a very wide spectrum of care and support for both children with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Since this annual event started in 2002 the total amount raised to date for children’s needy causes is circa £220,000.

Thank you for your support!!

Join our club?

At the Rotary Club of London, our activites are not just social and fundraising. The Club has several specialist Committees which oversee various aspects of the work that we carry out. These include an Interntional Committee to oversee our international filling and a Community and Vocational Committee which undertakes a lots of voluntary activites in the Community.

Rotary is committed to service in very many fields and is not afraid to set bold goals. Rotary began its fight against polio in 1979, starting with a project to immunise 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, this project covers the world and polio remains endemic in only 2 countries – down from 125 in 1988, and Rotary has comitted almost 1 billion US dollars to this campaign which is still on-going.