Rotary Club of Ascot | Service | Fellowship | Corporate Membership

The Rotary Club of Ascot principally provides support to well-known local community activities and raises money for local and international causes. With a motto 'Service Above Self'', its main objective is service - in the community, in the workplace and around the world. There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide in 34,000 Rotary Clubs in nearly every country. It is not affiliated with any political or religious organisations.

Locally, it is particularly well-known for organising the hugely popular New Year's Day Sunninghill Wheelbarrow Race, which in 2016, raised over £8,000 to donate to the Ascot District Day Centre and other charities.   See PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS WHEELBARROW RACE winners .

The Club has also contributed to the purchasing of two new mini buses, used for transport to the Day Centre).


Local Competitions

The Club promotes local heats of Rotary GB 'Youth Speaks', 'Young Chef', 'Young Musician', 'Young Photographer' , 'Young Writer' competitions, as well as a 'Schools Music Concert' for local school children. Awards are also made to selected pupils who have given 'Service Above Self'

Social Opportunities

The Club holds numerous social events that combine fundraising and fun for Rotarians, families and friends. In recent years, these have included Garden Parties, Quiz Nights, Jazz and other Band Concerts, A Race Night and a Summer Barbecue.  There are close links with three European Clubs (St.Nazaire in France, Ingleheim in Germany, Gulpen Vaals in Holland), with regular reciprocal visits.

The fellowship that is generated is quite exceptional and members often become close friends. There is also a very active Inner Wheel Club with which some joint events are held. The IW is for the partners of Rotarians and meets twice monthly . New members welcome!

Charities Supported

Examples of charities supported include Rotary Foundation for International Projects, Polio Elimination, Shelter Box, Water Schemes, Eye Clinics, Thames Hospice, Ascot District day Centre, Thames Valley Air Ambulance, Rotary Youth competitions, Age Concern Bracknell Forest, Children With Special Needs, Christopher's Smile.

Rotary International

The Club also works in international projects throughout the world and is always ready to move quickly and decisively in emergency situations. Recently, the Club sent 6 Shelter Boxes and medical supplies to victims of the devastating Nepal earthquake.


The Rotary Club of Ascot meets at the Mill Ride  Golf Club on Wednesdays - the first and third of the month, at lunch time; the second and the fourth Wednesday , in the evening. If there is a fifth Wednesday, there is a joint meeting with partners.

Pictured: Recent Rotary Club of Ascot Dinner & Presentation of Wheelbarrow Race Cups

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The Club is currently seeking Corporate partners - operating a Corporate Membership Scheme. This enables a senior member of an organisation (all sizes of business) and up to three designees, to become Members - who can attend as many meetings, social functions and fundraisers, as practical. The Scheme has been launched in response to a clear wish - on the part of local business leaders - to associate themselves with the Club's ethos of commitment and responsibility within the local community. 

The Benefits: 

Membership is cost effective (annual subscription only);  gain a competitive edge  with an association with a trusted global brand;  staff can benefit from CPD - discovering new skills through Rotary activities, increased customer retention; motivating your workforce (Rotary is fun!); PR opportunities (the Club is frequently in the local news media; networking - Rotary offers worldwide opportunities for partnership. 


There are several opportunities for local businesses to sponsor Rotary Club of Ascot events, throughout the Ascot calendar. Such events include the Golf Day, the New Year Sunninghill Whellbarrow Race, which attract wide media interest. 

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Rotary International

1.    Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, part of Rotary International, has 1,845 clubs and more than 55,000 members.
2.    Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago and is now the world’s largest international service organisation with 1.2 million professional men and women as members. There are 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas.
3.    Rotary clubs are open to men and women who are business, professional or community leaders who want to use their experience for the benefit of others.
4.    Rotary initiates local and global projects to promote world understanding and peace and improve life conditions for people of all ages and cultures. To find out more, visit