January 29, 2022

The faces of Rotaract leadership in Leeds

It was a pleasure to chat with Penelope Milner about her exciting plans for Rotaract in Leeds which, as part of Rotary in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, is building on the success of Rotaract in Bradford, led by the inspirational Katie Mahon, Artistic Director of Bloomin Buds Theatre Company.

As of January 2022, the Rotaract Club of Leeds has officially been formed with Penelope as President along with a Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Rotaract development lead. DM Penelope if you’re interested in finding out about Rotaract, becoming a Rotaract member or forming a Rotaract Club in your area.

By the way of introductions, Penelope is leading Rotaract along with Louis and Anna who have posted on  Leeds Rotaract Club (@rotaractleeds) • Instagram photos and videos


“Hi everyone! I’m Penelope, and I am the President of Leeds Rotaract. Currently, I am in my second year at the University of Leeds studying Geography. I am looking forward to developing the Rotaract network across Leeds and taking part in lots of volunteering and fundraising projects.”


“I’m Louis, the secretary of Leeds Rotaract and I’m a third year politics student. I’m new to the Rotaract Club scene and haven’t been involved before but am excited to see what we can do!”


“Hi guys! I’m Anna, in my third year of International Relations. I’ve been around Rotaract for a while, as I went on a year abroad to Japan with its mother organisation, Rotary, in 2017. I was then a member of the new Rotaract club of the French Riviera, and when moving to the UK became part of the National E-Club. I am the vice-president of this new Devonshire Rotaract Club and I’m happy to answer any questions so do pop up!”

Penelope is very aware of building a sustainable and diverse Rotaract membership that includes multiyear students from the University of Leeds and likeminded young adults who work and live in Leeds. Penelope’s study and career plans have no geographical boundaries, and she is already connecting with like-minded Rotaract groups across the UK and Rotaractors across the worldwide, as part of Rotary International.

Penelope is also keen to connect with the huge range of diverse Rotarians in the Leeds based Rotary clubs of: Aireborough LS18, Calverley LS28, Headingley LS6, Leeds LS10, Leeds Elmete LS14, Leeds Pheonix LS1, Leeds White Rose LS1, Roundhay LS17, Wetherby & District LS22 and Wetherby Wharfdale LS22. Penelope is very grateful for the support of our District Rotaract Lead, Tony Jordan of Roundhay Rotary.

For those who have already experienced Interact as 12-18 year olds within communities or schools, Rotaract is an ideal post-18 progression route. An alumni Interact member from Louth Rotary in Lincolnshire has already connected with Leeds Rotaractors as she is now studying Economies at the University of Leeds. Penelope herself, like many young people, took part in the national government supported National Citizen Service. Rotaract is there for anyone inspired by such 16-17 year old community-based projects. National Citizen Service - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

For 16-17 year olds who have taken part in our Rotary Young Leadership Awards (RYLA) Rotary Youth Leadership Awards | Rotary International residential experience then Rotaract could be their next step to stay connected with the Rotary family. Our own Yorkshire and Lincolnshire RYLA takes place just outside Halifax each summer.

We look forward to sharing more Rotaract in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire stories soon. If you want to find out more about the Rotaract opportunities in Leeds, then why not message Penelope Leeds Rotaract Club (@rotaractleeds) • Instagram photos and videos

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