Greetings to San Francisco

Rotary Club of San Francisco

Club ID – 407  District – 5150

Founded – 1908

President: Sunny Singh  Secretary: Nancy Marie Graydon 

Meeting Weekly on a Tuesday at 12:00

Hotel Nikko, Mason Street, San Francisco 94102

The first Rotary Club in the world was established in Chicago in 1905 to strengthen business relationships through the provision of service to the community.

The Rotary Club of San Francisco was founded in 1908 as part of the effort to rebuild after the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the Club is the second oldest Rotary Club in the World and is affectionately known as “Club #2”.

As an organisation of local business, professional, and civic leaders, the Club offers unique opportunities to give and grow through strong relationships built by providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and helping to build goodwill and peace in the world.

Club members range in age from 35 to 95, and represent many different professions from financial managers to florists, from management consultants to mattress manufacturers, and from non-profit managers to nurses.

From its earliest days, the Rotary Club of San Francisco has been a powerful force for innovation within the Rotary World, proving that Rotary was a widely attractive and scalable idea, and launching the next four Rotary Clubs in the USA (Oakland, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York) and one of the first Rotary Club overseas (Dublin, Ireland).

The list of club activities is extensive, and well worth a read:

They assemble hundreds of shiny new bicycles for the annual Bike Build and give them to third and fourth graders from local elementary schools along with helmets, locks … and safety instruction is provided by the San Francisco Police Department.

The Club works with St. Joseph’s Family Center in San Francisco’s South of Market neighbourhood to help families overcome the chronic problems that cause homelessness and aid re-entry into self-sufficiency. 

The Club, alongside the Aquarium of the Bay, helps teach 3D printing to students with visual impairments. The students create small scale models of animals with braille signage, which are then offered to Aquarium guests from the blind and visually-impaired community. The Aquarium of the Bay is a corporate member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco.

Diaper bags are stuffed with items that all new mothers need, and are provided as gifts at baby showers for homeless expectant mothers as they graduate from the Homeless Prenatal Program’s prenatal and parenting classes.

Members spend time helping prepare and serve an annual festive Thanksgiving luncheon to the participants (adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities) and staff of The Arc San Francisco. 

Food for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is packaged so it can be distributed to a variety of populations in and around San Francisco.

The Club underwrites dance classes at the Smuin Center for Dance for elementary and middle school students in the Potrero Hill community. These classes increase self-confidence, build collaborative and individual learning skills, and improve the health of participants.

Dinners are provided to families whose children are being treated at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital as part of Family House’s effort to provide physical comfort and emotional support to these families, free from financial concerns.

There is more, we could all learn a lot … and they have fun.


Rotary Club of San Francisco

Greetings to Bakewell

Rotary Club of Bakewell

Club ID – 20005  District – 1220

Founded – 1977  Members – ~20

President: Ann Enders 

Meeting 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 12:30

Rutland Arms Hotel, he Square, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Greetings proposed by one of our members as his wife was visiting Bakewell for the “Bakewell Wool Gathering” with some like minded knitting friends (Stitch & Bitch).  He felt it seemed fitting to send Bakewell RC our best wishes.

Rotary Bakewell’s work focuses on 4 main areas:

Careers interviewing, debating competitions, leadership & citizenship development, ‘KidsOut’, Young Citizen & Youth awards.

Supporting local charitable organisations and good causes, ‘Sailability’ and supporting local traditions, such as wells dressing and brass bands.

Working with other Rotary clubs to fund worthwhile international projects, funding efficient and effective international charities, responding to local floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters and, most recently, Ukraine

Rotary Internationals own charity. Rotary Bakewell contributes to this and supports such priorities as polio eradication and promoting peace. Rotary foundation also provides grants to find sustainable solutions to such challenges as a literacy, poverty, malnutrition and climate change.

So far this calendar year, the club has run a Charity duck race on the River Wye, opened Rotary Bakewell Repair Café, and held a Quiz night, and organised a free concert: “Brass in the Park”.

On Saturday 23rd September the Rotary Club of Bakewell were very pleased to welcome Bakewell Mayor, Alyson Hill, to open the inaugural Repair Café at the Bakewell Methodist Church.

The event was a was well supported with many items brought in that in most cases, were successfully repaired, thereby saving items that might otherwise have been sent to landfill.

Local Rotarians were out in force to support the event, which was supported by donations from the local Aldi, the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund and from the people who had repairs undertaken.

Rotary Club of Bakewell

Greetings to Almaty

Rotary Club of Almaty

Club ID – 30965  District – 2430

Founded – 1995

President: Vitaly Koltochnik  Secretary: Altynai Basembieva

Meeting Weekly on a Thursday at 19:00

Intercontinental Hotel, 181 Zheltoksan Street, Almaty, Kazakhstan

This week I have taken my inspiration from Richard Osman’s House of Games and Tina’s favourite (not) round: Where is Kazakhstan?

This week, we are heading to the Rotary Club of Almaty, somewhere in Kazakhstan.

I don’t know how many members there are, but looking at the photographs, it seems like there might be quite lot of them … and I can see that there is a local Rotaract club, and they have a sister club in New Delhi.

Over the years, the club has planned and delivered a constant stream of socially beneficial projects aimed at helping needy Almaty residents and schools, hospitals and orphanages across the Almaty Region. 

In 2019, the club successfully completed a project to help the Eldani Charitable Foundation by donating five programable sewing machines to a production workshop in a local rehabilitation centre.

In 2020, they identified a problem at the Talgar Central Regional Hospital and managed to raise enough money to donate a fully kitted out ambulance.

The club is also involved in many international projects, joining forces with clubs from other countries to bring sustainable projects to life around the world. 

And of course, every year they hold a series of events to raise awareness and funds in support of the international effort to eradicate Polio.

Greetings to the Rotary Club of Almaty, in Kazakhstan.

Rotary Club of Almaty

Greetings to Detroit

Rotary Club of Detroit

Club ID – 3031  District – 6400

Founded – 1910

President: Reneé Yancey  Secretary: Theresa J Tobkin 

Meeting Weekly on a Wednesday at 12:00

Detroit Athletics Club, 241 Madison Street, Detroit, MI 48226

The Rotary Club of Detroit was founded in 1910, and it was and still is club number 16.  It was the first Rotary club in Michigan, preceding hundreds of Rotary clubs in the neighbouring states of Indiana, Ohio, and Ontario. 

Over the years, the club has seen thousands of members coming from Detroit’s businesses and professions, all of them providing service to Detroit and the world through hands-on projects and contributions of millions of dollars. 

Notable historic members include Edward Hines, Frank Campbell, Henry Ewald, Edgar Guest, Frank Cody, Stanley Kresge. 

The club collaborates with other Rotary Clubs in the district to provide service to Detroit and its surrounding communities and for several years it has partnered with the Detroit AM Rotary Club, the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club, and the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary Club to purchase and distribute new winter coats to local children in need.

The Rotary Club of Detroit is aligned with Rotary International on global initiatives including the eradication of Polio, and partnerships extend to Rotary Clubs in other parts of the world in support of clean water projects and disaster relief. 

The club also sponsors and mentors a Rotaract club at Wayne State University and an Interact club at Osborne High School.

World Clean Up Day last September saw the WSU Rotaract and The Rotary Club of Detroit gardening and picking up litter in front of the old police station at Belle Isle (Michigan), part of the International Day of Service project.

Rotary Club of Detroit

Greetings to Elk Grove Village

Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village

Club ID – 3119  District – 6440

Founded – 1970  Members – ~25

President: Ben Grey  Secretary: John Bourke 

Meeting Weekly on a Thursday at 12:15

Real Time Sports, 1120 W. Denon Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

In the UK the 30th August is National Toasted Marshmallows Day and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of marshmallows is in Elk Grove Village, Chicago, Illinois.

Elk Grove is known and respected for its excellent parks and recreation, schools, access to transportation, varied housing stock, vibrant economy, low crime rate, exceptional community service, and small-town atmosphere. In addition to Elk Grove’s residential community, it also possesses a booming business community.

An annual festival has grown up over many years and now includes a large carnival, five nights of entertainment and food tents. Rotary Fest is the annual fundraising event for The Elk Grove Rotary Club with funds going to help support local, regional, national and international causes. The Rotary fest webpage advises visitors to bring their own chairs, which isn’t unusual … and to leave their firearms at home, which to those of us living in the UK seems a strange thing to have to request.

In keeping with the Rotary motto – Service Above Self – there is a focus on awarding scholarships to students who have emphasized service to others and personal character in their high school careers.

Every year the Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village offers scholarships to successful applicants who meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Graduating high school at the time the application is offered
  • Residing in Elk Grove Village
  • Pursuing post-secondary education (vocational, college, or university)

The club has also provided over 1150 children’s scholastic books to promote literacy, and club members participate in an Arts and Community day at Child’s Voice when they read to the children and join them in an arts and crafts project.

Finally, as might be expected, Elk Grove Village Rotary Club supports a variety of local charities that provide services for older people and they also help at the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry.

“One of our favorite days of RotaryFest is hosting the Northwest Special Recreation Association – NWSRA Day Campers. We have as much fun as the campers!”

Elk Grove Rotary Club

Greetings to Devizes

Wadworths Building in Devizes

Rotary Club of Devizes

Club ID – 19924  District – 1200

President: Alison Batchelor  Secretary: Clive Harland 

Meeting Weekly on a Tuesday at 18:00

The Castle Hotel, New Park Street, Devizes, Wiltshire.  SN10 1DS

Devizes is the home of the Wadworth Brewery, and the Rotary Club of Devizes.

The Rotary club of Devizes is a dedicated team of men and women looking to contribute to community projects based locally, nationally and internationally.

The club supports the local Health and Well Being Showcase, which earlier this year, was held on the Big Green in Devizes.  The event is held every year and is part of the Devizes Street Festival’s Community & Family day where families are also able to watch a variety of Street Festival acts in the Market Place.

As well as learning about the Health and Well Being activities and services that are available in and around Devizes, visitors were able to have a go at fun stuff such as giant bubble making, bean bag throwing, tower building and bell ringing!

Devizes Rotary also provided a selection of delicious hot and cold refreshments, with all profits donated to local good causes.

The Big Green was also the location for  games like Tin Can Alley, Golf Putting and Football Shooting Practice.

Last year, the Club organised the inaugural Devizes Trolley Olympics featuring the Olympic Push, Pull, Dribble & Catch track events, the Omnes Tug of War field event, and the PHAB Push & Walk marathon.

The club also supports Young Chef, Crocus Planting in support of the eradication of polio, and raised money towards the purchase of a sports wheelchair for the Bristol wheelchair basketball team.

Rotary Club of Devizes

Greetings to Munich-International

Rotary Club of Munich Interntional

Club ID – 59258 District – 1842

Founded – 1928

President: Bortolo Venturelli  Secretary: Dr. Maximilian Pluta

Meeting Weekly on a Monday at 20:00

Hilton Munich Part Hotel, Am Tucherpark 7, München, 80538

Munich is of Europe’s most visited cities, full of monuments and fabulous museums.  It is a place with memories of yesterday, both good and bad, but is very much a city living in its present. Today, with some 1.3 million inhabitants, 16% of whom are foreigners, Munich is the third-largest city in Germany.  It is also the Germans’ first choice as a place to live, according to various polls, and is a major economic centre for north-south European trade, high-tech microelectronics and other industries.  It also has a huge publishing center and a burgeoning number of film studios.

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Today we are sending greetings to the Rotary Club of Munich International, Germany

This is an English speaking Rotary club made up of male and female Rotarians of different nationalities presently residing in Munich.

This year’s President is Bortolo Venturelli taking over in July from Thorston Amann who held the position for 15 months taking the club out of the Covid-19 Pandemic period.

The most famous club member was the writer: Thomas Mann.  Paul Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate.

The club has a busy calendar of fundraising events including a Joint Rotary Bike Ride made up of members from the Munich International Club and the other 4 Rotary Clubs based in the Munich area,

The club also supports local a Charity Hike, a local Charity Bike Ride, and an interesting Artificial Intelligence vs Natural Stupidity Competition!

One of the main fund raising events held on the 5th May 2023 this year was the Annual Classic Car Rally with 50 cars completing over a 170km course in the foothills of the Alps. This was the first event since the pandemic and previously had been staged over a number of years.

Rotary Club of Munich-International

Greetings to Noosa

Rotary Club of Noosa Daybreak

Club ID – 52106 District – 9620

Founded – 1999  Members – 25

President: Warren Parkinson  Secretary: John McAlpin 

Meeting Weekly on a Thursday at 07:00

Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort, Links Drive, Noosa Heads
Queensland, Australia

The Noosa Daybreak club is a group of local people with diverse backgrounds, joined together as friends, focused on the humanitarian needs of their community and of the world, and how they can be made better.

The club was chosen this week by one of the Members of the Rotary Club of Hertford Shires, whose family have been a part of the Noosa community for the last 40 years.

The Rotary Noosa Daybreak Club supports Khmer New Generation Organisation (KNGO) in Bospo Village, Cambodia, which provides education and community services for impoverished children and their families.

Closer to home, the Noosa Daybreak Club support RYDA – Rotary Youth Drive Awareness.  RYDA NOOSA is a joint project of four Rotary Clubs in the local area (Noosa, Noosa Heads, Noosa Daybreak and Cooroy).

The Noosa Daybreak club provides support to Salvation Army projects, drought and flood projects, Prostate Cancer Research, and a Childrens Therapy Room. 

The club has also purchased and presented a drone to the local Koala Crusaders.

If you are in the area, why not join them for breakfast.

Rotary Club of Noosa Daybreak

Header Image by Kai C:

Greetings to South Queensferry

Rotary Club of South Queensferry

Club ID – 18823  District – 1320

Founded – 1977  Members – 30ish

President: Mr Neil McKinlay  Secretary: Mr Eric J Proven 
Greetings originated by: Jasmine Morris

Meeting Weekly on a Thursday at 7:00pm

The Hawes Inn, 7 Newhalls Road, West Lothian

The Rotary Club of Queensferry has many similar projects to us but one interesting difference is that they have linked up with their district Council and identify small plots of land that can be enhanced with a bit of labour or a seat or planters.

Why have I chosen this club?

Well, they have nurtured a member since 1984 and he is the reason that I have chosen this club.

I want you to imagine a mountain. At the foot are more than 35,000 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs with over 1.2 million Rotarians. Some very famous members include Orville Wright, John F. Kennedy, Walt Disney, Neil Armstrong and Winston Churchill to name just a few. Then a little way up we have all these clubs put into districts, some are very large (whole countries) and some like ours are three counties Herts, Beds and Bucks, and each District has a Governor. For most of the world that is the structure until you get to the very top. Here we are slightly different as we have an extra level – RIBI so over our District Governors we have an RIBI President. Gordon was RIBI President in 2004-5. 

Gordon McInally (a dentist) has been President of his club, then district Governor of District 1320 before becoming vice president and then president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. He has also served Rotary International as a director and as member or chair of several committees. Now this Rotary year Gordon has been appointed to the very the top position and is Rotary International President.

Gordon is a delightful, modest man and a true humanitarian and his motto for this year is – 

Create Hope in the World

Gordon McInally calls for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing. He urges members to engage in tough conversations and earn the trust that’s necessary to realise these values.

Rotary Club of South Queensferry

Header Image by Alastair Newton from Pixabay

Greetings to Machupicchu Cusco

Rotary Club of Machupicchu Cusco

Club ID – 221921  District – 4453

Founded – 2010  Members – 20+

President: Sihuar Moscoso Neighborhood Secretary: Igor Macedo

Meeting Weekly on a Thursday at 7:00pm

Calle Palacio 126, Cusco

The Club was formed just over twelve years ago.

The kick-off meeting was on the 24th June, 2010 when the founding members met and agreed on the club name.  On August 24, 2010, the new Machupicchu club met with the Rotary authorities at the Hotel Britania, and after complying with all the regulatory requirements, the club began its life on August 26, and received its Charter from the hands of RI President Ray Klinginsmith on his official visit to Peru.

The club is involved with projects that help meet the needs of the community and the president talks about campaigns to support disabled children, a collection of donations for the fight against cancer, and the provision of blankets for the helpless elderly.

The Rotary Club of Machupicchu supports friendship, camaraderie and the exchange of ideas between members that enrich both the club and the Rotary family.

There is an active Facebook site at and there are pictures on the Facebook page of club members posing for a group photo outside Taunton Railway Station … but no explanation!

Rotary Club of Machupicchu Cusco

Header Image by HolaMa from Pixabay