The ROTARY CLUB OF Biggleswade IVEL first gathered as a like-minded  group of individuals in September 1999, and was Chartered as a club in July 2000.


Unlike other clubs in the Biggleswade & Sandy area, we have our meetings in the evening rather than at lunchtime, thus enabling a different range of members to take part. 


Membership fluctuates with lifestyles and vocation, but currently we have around twenty five members with a fairly broad spread of interests and disciplines, but with only a 'slight' bias towards education and engineering.


Like all Rotary clubs we have a 'dual-gender' membership policy, and we are always encouraging the recruitment of younger members to our ranks.


Our club is officially part of Area A1 Corridor North, District 1260, ( within Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland, (www.rotarygbi.organd of Rotary International (

Guiding principles

The principles we follow have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.


The Object of Rotary

Is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.  Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. 
  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. 
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.

The Rotary Foundation

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.


The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible Foundation grant-funded projects that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.


To read detailed and interesting information on Foundation click on the download link below:

Foundation Overview.pdf
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