Welcome to the Riga International Rotary Club

Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.
The Riga International Rotary Club was chartered on 22 August 1998. We belong to the Rotary District 2410 which covers the whole Latvia and part of Sweden.
The first Rotary Club of Riga was founded 1933, it was shut down during the Soviet occupation.
During “Glasnost” in the late 1980s and the following liberation of Latvia the old Riga Rotary club was restarted with help from the Swedish Rotary organization.
A number of foreign experts came to Riga to help modernize the society.
Many of them wanted to do more for Latvia and joined the Rotary club.
Because of the increasing number of foreigners who could not speak Latvian there was a decision to start an English spoken club: 
The Riga International Rotary Club.
The Club has the status of an approved charity organization by VID, so if you make a donation
to us it will be considered as eligible allowance for corporate income tax purposes, 
depending upon the approach you use.
Our data: 
Rīgas Starptautiskais Rotari klubs, Kuģu iela 24, Rīga, LV-1048, Reģ.nr.: 40008036330
Banka: Luminor Bank AS, RIKOLV2X, IBAN: LV47RIKO0000084023375
Club News
This years Santa's Fun Run will happen Sunday the 3rd of December (the same day as the Christmas Market opens) at the Dome Square in Riga's Old Town.
The official  time is 14:00 until 17:00 but we will start handing out and also sell Santa Suits (tickets) from 13.00.
At 14:00 our DJ will play music and we will have warm up exercise.
At 15:00 the Run starts.
At 16:00 the event ends.
Welcome to join! Use the link http://santafunrun.lv
Picture from the Santa's Fun Run warming up
We do this to add some fun to the Christmas celebration and, most important, to collect money for charity.
This year as previous we will donate the net from this event to Ronald McDonald House Charities RMHC. They drive a truck which is a small hospital to rural areas in Latvia to give specialist medical care to children. And the are also helping Ukraine with medical aid.
From the money collected during the Santa's Fun Run in December 2022 we donated half of it to RMHC's medical trucks helping children in rural Latvian areas and the other half into the trucks helping people in need of medical help from and within Ukraine.
Here is a screenshot from RMHC's Facebook Page with a thank you to us among other contributors:
Here is a link to their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/RMHCLatvija
And to their web site: http://www.rmhc-latvia.lv
One of the main charity events that we do every year is the Santa's Fun Run.
It is arranged in Riga a few weeks before Christmas.
We usually manage to raise a good sum of money for charity by this event.
Since a few years we have done the so called "Food Drive". We donate money and buy food to needy families in Latvia. The Salvation Army is helping us to distribute the food packages. This happens around Christmas.
We are collaborating with the Bad Homburg Kurpark Rotary Club in Germany from where we get yearly donations of used clothes.
We take help from the Salvation Army to distribute the clothes to needy people in Latvia.
Rotaract in Riga
Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, to develop leadership and professional skills and have fun through service.
In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side
We have an international Rotaract club related to us here in Riga.
All over the world there are Rotary Clubs, as a member you are always welcome to visit them.
Below we show flags from clubs that have visited us or that we have visited.
We meet every week.
We usually invite guest speakers to inform us on interesting issues.
Sometimes we have bigger gatherings for fun with families as showed on the picture to the left.