Welcome to the Rotary Club of Oadby Launde
The Rotary Club of Oadby Launde was Chartered in 1986. The club has always been known for its informality, and whilst meetings follow a traditional format, members do not take themselves too seriously.
Meetings take place at Glen Gorse Golf Club, Glen Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4RF on Thursday evenings, 6.30 for 7.00pm start. There is always a meal, usually followed by a speaker, with regular business meetings covering Rotary events. There are some outside meetings.
The club is one of the smaller clubs in Rotary, but in many respects, punches above its weight. Where possible, a full programme of international, Youth Service, Community and Vocational events are run.
In recent years the club has been particularly active in supporting international projects. The club has an on-going programme of filling and sponsoring Aqua Boxes and Disaster Boxes, usually working with third parties in the community e.g. local schools and church groups. Financial support has been donated to projects such as Mercy Ships and the Motorcycle Ambulance project in Uganda.
The club's programme of support for youth projects is particularly strong. Working with local schools, the club has developed a successful Youth Speaks initiative, with a number of winners over the years. The club has also been involved in Young Writer, Young Chef and Young Scientist. The club also supports Kids Out annually (a day out for young people at local theme park. The club sponsors kids with special needs from a local school). The club has also actively supported the Youth Exchange and International Scholar programmes.
Over the years, community projects have involved working with senior citizens (monthly bingo for the ladies, skittles night-out for the men!), leading a project on home security for vulnerable people, providing members to support charitable events and running late night shopping in Leicester.
Recently, the focus has moved to environmental projects, developing a useful partnership with Oadby and Wigston Council. Projects have included work at Brocks Hill Country Park, clean-up work at Fludes Lane and Chicken Alley, bulb planting on the A6 (and also at Newton Harcourt) and the sponsorship of floral planters in the Oadby Shopping Centre. Much of this work continues.
The club has a very active fund raising programme, donating around Â£5,000 each year to international, national and local charities through fund raising events, such as an annual Quiz Night (now in its 16th year), Book Sale, Christmas Tin Rattle and Bridge Drive. Recent beneficiaries have included The Salvation Army, Leicester Children’s Holiday Home, Mercy Ships, Canine Partners and many more.
The club also has an active social calendar. This includes outside visits (University of Leicester Botanical Gardens, National Arboretum, Bowls evenings etc.), supporting the annual District Conference, Christmas Dinner, President's Garden Party and visiting other Rotary clubs. We regularly invite speakers to talk on non-Rotary topics.
These events are supported by Friends of Rotary. This is a group of people who cannot commit to a weekly meeting, but are pleased to support our work by attending occasional meetings, supporting fund raising events and donating to the club's charity fund. There are currently 7 Friends of Rotary.
The club celebrates its Charter every 5 years, attracting support of around 70 Rotarians and guests for a formal dinner. Two recent guest speakers have been Rugby player Austin Healey, Leicester Tigers and England International, and Lars Tharp of BBC Antiques Roadshow fame. The 2016 Charter was held on 11th February, when our guest speaker was Jo Pratt, cookery book writer, TV presenter and food expert. Jo is the daughter of Rotary Friend David Pratt, and came up from London for the evening. She entertained the guests with anecdotes about her life and finished off with a cookery demonstration and booking signing.
Rotarians and non-Rotarians are welcome to visit the club. Please contact the club secretary, Rtn. Keith Cooper on 0116-2590173.
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We meet on Thursdays at 6:30 for 7.00pm
Glen Gorse Golf Club,
Glen Road, Oadby,
Leicester. LE2 4RF tel: 0116 271 4159