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The Rotary Club of Winnipeg Charleswood is one of the newer clubs in the district, having started in 1985. That does not mean it has not come to age in Rotary. It has produced 3 district governors and has members involved in several district level committees. It is a busy club that places great emphasis on fellowship and participation.

Community activities for the club include joint custodianship of the largest urban green space in North America, the Assiniboine Forest. The club has organized more than $250,000 in donations and grants for the Forest over the years, including the very successful Boardwalk project, which raised more than $35,000 to make the Forest more accessible.  More recently, we spearheaded a project to improve the 'curb appeal' of the entrance to the forest and a project to eradicate invasive weeds in high risk areas of the forest. Virtually every member of the club has put sweat equity into the Forest, as well as selling souvenir boards for the walk. The resulting partnerships with three schools, horse and pet owners associations, and the city of Winnipeg along with corporate sponsors have made the club a well-known force in Charleswood.

Recent international projects undertaken by the club include wells and sanitation facilities, providing wheelchairs, helping to build schools and supporting Rotary Internationals effort to eradicate Polio.

For many years the club has hosted one year exchange students and sent more abroad. Many students have taken advantage of club support to participate in short term exchanges, RYLA camps and the various Adventure programs. Another youth activity is the sponsorship of the city's only Rotaract club, a group of young people very active in the Winnipeg community.

The Charleswood club has always considered partnerships of great value. The club has traveled far and wide to assist with lobster dinners in Swan River, Domain, Kenora and Gimli.  Joining with other clubs has enhanced productivity and fellowship.  We also partner with other organizations to leverage our fundraising dollars to their maximum effect.  For instance, we partnered with Ryan's Well to drill a bore hole in Haiti.  Ryan's well brought the expertise and infrastructure necessary to complete this project.

The Club's main fundraising activities are an annual Lobster Dinner at which members normally serve over 600 people.

A small, young club, the Charleswood Rotary club is fully engaged in making Rotary work. With several members on the district council, the future holds promise for continued SERVICE ABOVE SELF.