Actively engaging in Rotary work groups and activities enriches the Rotarian member’s club experience.
Ché Weist, President of the Rotary Club of South Ottawa, was a guest speaker at the Stittsville Rotary meeting on February 09, 2022. Ché shared information about RC South Ottawa, their membership program, fundraising and community service efforts.
Ché stated that statistics have shown the public perceives that the cost of Rotary membership is too high, that there are too many meetings and too much work to do. To deal with these false impressions, the club has adopted the practice of having a continuous dialogue with members from the time they join when they share their personal thoughts about how to contribute to the community. The next step is to ensure members are actively engaged in appropriate groups and activities to enrich their Rotary experience. Opportunities are provided for members to learn from each other as they work together to make a difference. The positive emphasis on membership has resulted in 23 new members
The service projects of RC of South Ottawa have mostly focused on women and children. The club is currently evaluating 4 international projects considering input from the local Rotarians and making sure the project is sustainable. Local community projects include Operation Come Home (for troubled youth), Wabano Centre, Parkdale Food Centre (see Ché and Chef Simon Bell working at Parkdale in photo above) and support for 3 Syrian families.
This club is registered with Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization with positive results as the club can give tax receipts to their donors. Before the pandemic, fundraisers included golf tournaments, a turkey raffle and a raffle for a hotel-stay. Ché suggested that since raising funds is more difficult now, clubs could choose to work together on larger projects.