About Us

The following is an extract from the Rotary International Web site:

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is the association of Rotary clubs within England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. We have over 1,800 clubs consisting of more than 50,000 men and women from all walks of life.

We’re For Communities

Our clubs are based in local communities where members meet on a regular basis to enjoy friendship, networking and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others.

Clubs utilise the skills, expertise and dedication of their members to help improve the lives of people in communities both at home and abroad.

We are community champions who stand up for our communities both locally and overseas. We support those who need help, we strive to improve lives and we bring about positive change in our neighbourhoods.

Every event, initiative or project that we run – whether it is local, national, international or online – is rooted in the notion of community. This is because we believe that society works better when communities work together.


Across Great Britain and Ireland, clubs often come together to collectively support our national initiatives such as Know Your Blood Pressure Day and Community Emergency Support, which provides assistance to communities following major emergencies or disasters.

Our clubs support a range of national charities and often collectively support other national initiatives such as Children in Need. We also pull together to help communities elsewhere in Great Britain and Ireland who find themselves in need.


Our members carry out a wealth of international programmes and activities all over the world, reaching out to people in need. In many countries, millions die of starvation and from diseases that could be prevented by clean water, proper sanitation or medicines.

Rotary members in Great Britain and Ireland use their skills and links to clubs in other countries to alleviate some of the causes of poverty.

Other projects include eradication of hunger and malnutrition; reduction of child mortality, disease prevention and education for all.

When natural disasters strike, anywhere in the world, Rotarians are usually the first people to take action, organising collections and raising large sums of money for the various charities that are best equipped to provide relief for those in need.

There are around 1.2 Million Rotarians in 35,000 Clubs located around the World and each Club  operates  in the first instance  to serve the needs of the particular community in which it is located, but supports also National and International initiatives. 

There is a structure to the organisation which ensures that all clubs operate to the same exacting standard of ethics and within the same guidelines. 

One important aspect of Rotary is that the President and officers at all levels throughout that structure change on an annual basis, a policy that sustains the vibrancy of the organisation.  The Rotary year at all levels runs from 1st July to 30th June.

Rotary International is headquartered in Evanston , Illinois, USA. https://www.rotary.org 

Each year, the incoming president  outlines his hopes and aspirations to enhance the quality of life for all on a global basis.  Those ideals then cascade down through the various levels of the organisation for implementation in the clubs’ local communities. 

When clicking on any of the links in this article, we encourage the reader to enter the words End Polio Now in the Search Bar or indeed click on any associated icon or reference.  T

his will lead the reader to an outstanding success story, whereby all clubs throughout the World have participated at some stage to eradicate the dreadful disease of Polio. 

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI) oversees the operation of all clubs within our territory. Please visit : http://www.rotarygbi.org 

The Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown is part of Rotary District 1100, in which there are 55 Clubs.

If you would like to learn more about us or become involved, please visit us at: thamesdownrotary@gmail.com or pick up the telephone for an informal chat with Rotarian Chris Ockwell (club treasurer) on 07712 078942