About Rotary

Local business people who get together on a weekly basis.

Everyone is welcome, just make an enquiry with a view to be invited along to a regular meeting. Sometimes these seem a bit formal but remember all members were in your position at one stage and it takes a few meetings to get to know the members, you’ll soon find out we are all normal hardworking individuals trying to give a little time back to the local community. Renfrew members are made up of; joiners, builders, surveyors, electricians, magistrates, publicans, graphic designers, printers, shopkeepers, nurses, teachers, office workers etc.

It is about enjoying the local community and getting more out of the area for you and your family.


1. Friendship and Fun
Throughout the year many social events are organised for Renfrew Rotarians and their partners. The foundation chairman organisers a wide range of events for all interests including; theatre, weekend trips, snooker evenings, golf days, walks for all abilities, garden parties and barbecues, international food nights.

2. Help in the local community
We have projects throughout the year that help local charities, this might involve local fete’s, bag pack fund-raisers, visiting local hospitals and generally helping in the community. Charities over the years have included: Enable Scotland, Capability Scotland, CHAS, Yorkhill Sick Children’s Hospital, Accord Hospice, PoppyScotland etc.

3. National and International causes
We are part of a larger organisation RIBI and Rotary International this enables us to get involved in major international projects like PolioPlus and Mercy Ships, all helping around the world. You will also meet and make friends across Britain and the world, from all walks of life.

4. Weekly meetings
We meet every Tuesday at the Glynhill Hotel, 5.30 for 6.00pm. After an evening meal the President runs through current activities and the relevant committee chairmen give brief reports. A speaker is often invited to give a 15 minute presentation on his or her chosen topic and thereafter a quick questions and answer session. The subjects are as diverse as local planning issues to PoppyScotland. Proceedings are usually brought to a close at 7.45pm.


The world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The name “Rotary” derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.


Rotarians are members of Rotary clubs. Rotary clubs belong to Rotary International. To become a Rotarian, you must be invited to join a Rotary club by a member of that club. A qualified candidate for Rotary club membership is an adult of good character and good business, professional, or community reputation.

You can be involved as much or as little as you want, the only stipulation is that you must attend over 60% over the year, if you travel you can visit other clubs throughout the country and the world! The more you put into it the more you will get out of it.

Expand your horizons and become a Rotarian, you’ll never look back and you’ll make friends for life!

Friendship, fun and excitement – it’s fantastic!

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Weekly Meetings

We hold weekly meetings at The Normandy Hotel, Inchinnan Rd, Renfrew PA4 9EJ. Telephone: 0141 886 4100. Tuesday, 5:45pm for 6:00pm

Bill Gates

"One thing is for certain. The world would not be where it is without Rotary, and it won't get where it needs to go without Rotary." Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.


The president for 2016/2017 is Paul Maiolani. Iain said "Exciting times, I'm really looking forward to building on the success of Rotary in Renfrew over the last 63 years".


"I was introduced to Renfrew Rotary in 2005 through a business contact. Joining was the best business decision I have ever made" – David Atkinson, CO2 Design, Paisley.