Who is Rotary and what do we do exactly?
Who we are:
The Rotary Club of Powell River was chartered in 1955 and in the ensuing decades has welcomed hundreds of members into the fold. It is one of more than 35,000 clubs worldwide with a total membership of 1.2 million. Rotary International was also part of forming the United Nations and currently holds 32 observation seats.
Our local Powell River Rotary presence includes different levels of participation starting with the Earlyact Club (ages six to 12), Interact Club (ages 13 to 18), Rotaract Club (ages 18 to 30), and Rotary morning and evening clubs (30 and over).
What we do:
Our clubs work together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education and grow local economies. More recently Rotary has added protecting the environment to its list of main efforts.
Locally we provide assistance to many groups and organizations alongside community service projects using funds raised through different initiatives and by volunteers.
Our clubs offer opportunities for members, and those interested in making a difference, to become involved. Through meetings, social events and volunteer projects, our members learn about the issues facing our community and communities all over the world, partnering with local, national and global experts to exchange ideas about potential solutions and draw up action plans to respond. Along with these opportunities to serve, members also are able to regularly network, resulting in lifelong friendships and business connections.
Solving real problems takes real effort, commitment, and vision. Rotarians work to protect communities from preventable disease, keep women and children healthy, improve education and economic outcomes, create safe water and sanitation infrastructure, and make our community and the world a more peaceful place.
Past/present local projects:
Rotary Pavilion at Willingdon Beach
Willingdon Beach water park
Powell River millennium rock at viewpoint
Palm Beach playground
Popeye characters at Willingdon Beach
Powell River Festival of Performing Arts
Taste of Art - Auction and slow dinner
The Knuckleheads/Rainy Day Lake project
Morocco medical/dental project
Ending Polio - Partnering with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization and UNICEF to end polio, once and for all
Brooks Jazz Dinner
ARC garden project
Library art sculpture
Westview dog park shelter
Willingdon Beach preschool playground
Plus many, many more