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At the February 7 meeting, members of the Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial made the extremely difficult decision to dissolve, due to declining membership and the club’s inability to populate an Executive including a President-Elect. Dissolution will be effective June 30, 2017. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the people and businesses who supported our efforts over the past 13 years.
Since July 2004, the Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial has actively raised funds and supported charitable and community organizations in the work they do locally and around the world. And as the club bids farewell to the community, we’d like to recognize some of its many successes.
The Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial raised $20,000 for an irrigation system for Woodwyn Farms Therapeutic Program for the Homeless; we helped schools in Saanich purchase band equipment and rugby uniforms, hosted an annual public speaking contest for senior students, and sponsored the Island Catholic Schools public speaking contest; we sponsored booklets on climate change and provided youth leadership books to every middle and high school in Greater Victoria; we provided an annual vocational scholarship for a Camosun College graduate and helped the College furnish its study room; we provided funds for Greater Victoria Scouts Canada to build accessible washrooms, buy stoves and equip the kitchen at Camp Barnard.
We were tireless supporters of literacy, sponsoring programs through the Beacon Community Services 1000x5 program, Saanich Neighbourhood House and Kids in Touch, and we partnered with the GV Literacy Roundtable and local Aboriginal agencies to create a DVD sharing Aboriginal cultural wisdom with parents of pre-schoolers. We helped Beckley Farm Lodge acquire electric lifts and a new bus, supported end of life care through the Victoria Hospice Society, helped Saanich Volunteer Services Society purchase office equipment, held fundraisers and initiated Rotary involvement during the building and furnishing of Jeneece Place, and have long supported the Broadmead Care Society. And together with other Greater Victoria Rotary clubs, we sold thousands of raffle tickets to help get Victoria’s Food Rescue Network up and running.
Internationally, we supported school projects in Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Belize and Mexico; we provided funds for PolioPlus and supported the Ethiopia AIDS project, Disaster Aid Canada and Shelter Box.
There were gala events and white elephant auctions. Our trusty hot-dog wagon was a regular feature at community events and outside the Royal Oak Country Grocer, beckoning passersby with the tantalizing aroma of caramelized onions and BBQ’d hamburgers. Along the way, we met wonderful people, had a lot of fun and learned oh so much from the many interesting speakers who visited our club.

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Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial

We meet alternate Mondays at noon
Howard Johnson Hotel
4670 Elk Lake Drive
Victoria, BC  V8Z 5M2
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