Fresh Start Friday Mornings

Join us on Friday mornings for our Speaker series.

Every Friday morning 7:45AM – 9:00AM

Wagas, 2nd Floor
265 Jiaozhou Lu (at Xinzha Lu)

Entrance on Xinzha Lu, to the left of the main door

Rotary in China

FreshStart is part of a vibrant community of  Rotarians in Shanghai – Sixteen clubs and counting!

Rotary Young Leadership Awards

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
is an intensive training program for young adults.  We focus on 18-30 year olds.  Our RYLA is a four day group retreat of 25 young leaders geared at honing their personal awareness and leadership skills in a dynamic and exciting experience of exploration and adventure

Join the global fight against Polio

Though October 24th is “End Polio Day”, the global fight against polio is ongoing, every day. Rotary is one of the main sponsors in the worldwide eradication campaigns – we are very close to eliminating this disease from our planet but need vigilance and support.

Rotary 4-way Test


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?

Rotary Theme 2017-2018

Rotary has had a theme since 1970. This Rotary-year (2017-2018) it is “making a difference”.

We care for Community

Our members are part of a strong network of business professionals strongly rooted in the place we live and share

Social Enterprises

We believe Social Enterprises are a valuable key to growing social awareness and engagement

Guided by Rotary Principles

We apply the Four Way Test and focus on the 6 attention-areas of Rotary with our projects and events

Jim has a passion for consulting and product safety testing. He leads our "Save Kids Lives" global grant project.

Mr. James Feldkamp

President, Consumer Goods Advocacy

Harriet leads our projects committee and oversees the Safe Kids Lives and other initiatives. She is the only one on our board who can be found up early in the morning - doing FitFam.

Ms. Harriet Gaywood

President Elect, Chief Marketing Officer

Andrew leads the website committee - and (though not a morning person) also acts as the Sergeant at Arms to welcome our visitors every Friday morning.

Mr. Andrew Backer

Director and Sergeant at Arms, Webmaster

Gary runs all administrative aspects of our club, which is "holding up half the sky". He currently lives in Malaysia and can often be seen running on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Mr. Gary Permenter

Club Secretary, Legal Counsel

As the treasurer, Louise keeps her eye on our finances. Hailing from Ireland but with a long history in China, she also shares a passion for sports, and rugby in particular.

Mrs. Louise Leonard

Treasurer, Management Consulting

Tobias leads our club this year. He has been living in Shanghai since 2001 and can often be seen on the streets of Shanghai with his daughter Mischa and his (undisciplined) dog Zeb.

Mr. Tobias Kars

Past President, Anti Counterfeiting / IT

As an active practitioner of a psychology-based approach, Steffen Ummelmann creates healthy systems in mid-life adults, children and groups. He is passionate about our youth initiatives together with Angie and has been instrumental in sponsoring our first Rotaract club.

Mr. Steffen Ummelmann

Director, Head of Youth Services, Founder of MindAxis

Randal was instrumental to founding our club and deserves a spot on our website. He started our club to provide the first breakfast meeting for Rotarians in Shanghai and to apply the idea of a Pilot Club with a focus on social enterprises. Randal, we thank you!

Mr. Randal "the Randalizer" Eastman

Honorary Member, General Manager, Wellness

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