Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Explorer Hotel
4825 49th Ave
Yellowknife, NT X1A2R3
During the summer, our meetings take place to Rotary Park. In the event of rain in the forcast we may move indoors to the Anglican Church Basement.
Vision and Mission of the Rotary Club of Yellowknife
Our Vision
The Rotary Club of Yellowknife is a service club of community members who work within the local and world community to make a difference.
Our Mission
The Rotary Club of Yellowknife adheres to the principle of Service Above Self in our work in the community and provides humanitarian service by building on the strengths of our members.
Club Directors
Past President
Director - Public Relations
Director - Club Administration
Director - Membership
Director - Community Services
Director - International Services
Director - Youth Services
Director - Foundation
Sgt. at Arms
Guest Speaker Coordinator
Rotary Club of Yellowknife


The Rotary Wreaths campaign did “amazingly well,” with this year's order of 600 selling out 10 days before the Nov. 26 deadline.

“It’s been a great year, the team has been amazing,” said organizer Pam Coulter. “We thought 600 was a stretch.”

Rotarians Tony Whitford and Stewart Pallard staff the Rotary Wreaths order table Sunday at the Co-op on Old Airport Road.
This year's order of 600 balsam fir wreaths are almost all spoken for, with 10 days left until deadline.

There are many smiles underneath those face masks.


A work party of 11 got to folding hundreds of donated shirts recently for shipping to Africa.

International Services Director Jan Larsson headed up the effort, which involved sorting, folding and weighing almost 900 uniform shirts deemed as surplus by the Territorial Government and donated to the Club with the stipulation they not be distributed locally as they had certain GNWT markings on them.

Balsam fir wreaths from a sustainable Nova Scotia tree farm, decorated and ready to hang with pride on your front door this holiday season. A perfect gift for friends, loved ones, neighbours or that hard-to-buy-for person!

And this year, we have a new, very convenient online payment option, which uses a QR code and the camera on most smartphones to take you to our order page which will accept credit card payments.

The Yellowknives Dene Drummers offering a prayer to start our executive changeover meeting in July.


Club Administration Director Lydia Bardak, who also serves as Sergeant-at-Arms, informed members this week that our regular Thursday meeting will be cancelled out of respect for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This newly installed utility will allow users of the park to plug in as they play — or work, as our members often do.


Club member Chuck Tolley was enjoying the tranquil scenery at Rotary Centennial Waterfront Park the other day when he was shocked to see that a much desired electrical outlet box had been installed near the gazebos.

A very small part of the overall multi-part shipment to Fort Good Hope.


The Rotary Club of Yellowknife ended up shipping $7,548 worth of much needed supplies to the people of Fort Good Hope. The original budget of $4,500 was exceeded largely due to the final cost of shipping the heavier bulk food items to the Sahtu community.

A still from CBC North's Sept. 4 video story. 
Thanks to CBC North for a fantastic video story about the Pump Track at the Rotary Mike Haener Bike Park, which opened last week at the Bristol Pits. It's a big hit with the two-wheeled set.
"It's pretty sweet to have this in Yellowknife," says one user in the video. "Before this, we didn't have much." 
It’s the first phase of the Bike Park, a free admission community facility conceived by the Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club, with the Rotary Club of Yellowknife being a major sponsor.

A locator map showing site of the Pump Track. Main image courtesy Google Earth.


The main construction of the Pump Track is now complete and ready for some fast fun on two wheels.

It’s the first phase of the Rotary Mike Haener Bike Park, a free admission community facility conceived by the Yellowknife Mountain Bike Club, with the Rotary Club of Yellowknife being a major sponsor.


Rotarians Muriel Tolley and Liam Miszczak pack the first Fort Good Hope shipment over the weekend.


The Rotary Club of Yellowknife has responded to the plight of residents in Fort Good Hope by approving $4,500 worth of much needed basic supplies for the Sahtu community.

A couple of workshops were held earlier this year to go through the Club's stockpile of bicycles. The best candidates were cleaned, refurbished and repaired. While the bicycles being auctioned are in working order, they are being offered "as is." 
The Rotary Club of Yellowknife's Bike Auction returns July 10 with 40 bicycles ready to be 're-cycled' to a new home. The auction is Saturday, July 10, at the YK Education District #1 Parking Lot, 5402 50 Avenue. Viewing starts at 10 a.m., with auction action kicking off at 11 a.m.

Jenny Reid, principal of Weledeh Catholic School, left, exchanges a plant and a card from students with Muriel Tolley in thanks for the donation.

The Rotary Club of Yellowknife completed another year of providing snacks to Mildred Hall School and Weledeh Catholic School. The children in both schools love receiving their healthy snacks each day, which are delivered to the schools at the beginning of each week by Rotary members.

The Rotary Club of Yellowknife's budget for 2021-22 has been approved. Coming through the pandemic, we will be running an operating deficit, but our bank account is healthy enough to warrant it. 

Club President Wayne Guy, new member Marta Moir and Club Secretary Liam Miszczak. 

The Rotary Club of Yellowknife is pleased to announce the induction of two new members: Marta Moir and Cheryl DeVine.

The student body poses for a picture. Photos from Edmonton Gateway Club.


A donation from the Rotary Club of Yellowknife has helped kickstart a new round of fundraising for school projects in Mozambique, spearheaded by Edmonton Gateway Rotary Club.

Specifically, the recent $4,300 donation helped build a badly need washroom block at Macambucuine School in Xai-Xai, Mozambique.

At recent Club meetings, we’ve had a enjoyable mix of non-Rotarians joining our weekly lunches in our guest speaker program.

Marie Coderre, executive and artistic director for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC), provided the club with an update on how the centre has fared during the pandemic.

President Wayne Guy presents Yanik D'Aigle with a pin for his latest Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
Yanik D’Aigle received another Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his contributions to the Rotary International Foundation.
“Yanik, as you know, is the manager at RBC and a wonderful supporter of the community and Rotary,” said Club president Wayne Guy. “And as past-president, he has served this club very well.”

Sponsors Austin Marshall, left, and Thola Rusike during the ceremony inducting Stewart Pallard and Shams Atroun, with Club President Wayne Guy.


Rotary Club of Yellowknife is pleased to announce the induction of two new members.

Shams Atroun and Stewart Pallard were officially welcomed to the Club on Feb. 25 at the monthly offsite lunch meeting in the basement of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Two more prospective members are also now attending our meetings.

A clipping from the Yellowknifer story that ran in late February.


The city’s Interact Club, associated with the Rotary Club of Yellowknife, made the news last month for helping out a major food drive.

As reported in the Yellowknifer, the Fill the Net food drive organized by YK Cares involved the Subway Bantam Development hockey team and the St. Patrick High School Interact Club.

YK Cares prepares weekend meals kits for schools on a biweekly basis throughout the school to ensure all students have access to weekend meals and snacks.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Kim Knutson joined a recent Thursday lunch to present the Club with an unexpected gift — $10,000 from the estate of her late husband and longtime Rotarian, Craig Hockridge.

The cheque was received by Club President Wayne Guy, who expressed sincere thanks for the bequest.

Craig passed away last May, after suffering a stroke. As a story in Cabin Radio noted, Kim had a roller-coaster year in 2020, as in March she had opened her new real-estate business.


Sales for a major annual fundraiser for the Club, Rotary Radio Day, are underway! Deadline for participation is Feb. 12, 2021. You can register and pay here or phone 867-445-5388.

Peter Vician asks a question during the Club's recent AGM. Members work hard to ensure all projects are scrutinized and all internal policies are being adhered to.


As the Club heads into 2020, we are looking both inward and outward. As we continue to find ways to accommodate the pandemic public health orders and still have meetings — including for members who choose to join via Zoom — we have also completed a Membership Survey to help the executive shape the club’s direction.

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January 2022