Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Explorer Hotel
4825 49th Ave
Yellowknife, NT  X1A2R3
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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.
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Rotary Club of Yellowknife

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.

As part of the Club's 50th anniversary celebrations, special honours were announced at a recent luncheon. As well, the Union of Northern Workers made its most appreciated annual donation to the School Snack program, with officials from schools on hand for the event.
The Club decided to mark the event with an advertisement in the Yellowknifer newspaper, to share our story with the city.

Muriel Tolley receives her Paul Harris Fellowship recognition from Wayne Guy at our last luncheon.


Muriel Tolley has been honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship, proudly adding to the growing list of recipients this fall, as the Club celebrates it members in our 50th Anniversary.


Balsam fir wreaths fresh 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!

The carefully boxed, wrapped wreaths are $50 each and can be ordered up until Nov. 30 (hundreds are available, but we do run out some years). They will be hand delivered by a small army of volunteers on Dec. 4.

When he's not leading our Club this year as president, Wayne Guy can be found at his company, GUY Architects. Local radio station CKLB recently did a profile on the company, as it celebrates 30 years serving northern Canada. Read the story here.

Tony Whitford, right, listens to Peter Vician speak about him prior to accepting his Paul Harris Fellowship recognition.

A Paul Harris Fellowship recognition is the way the Rotary Foundation expresses appreciation for financial contributions made by members. Individual clubs can also decided to make a donation on behalf of a person in the community in order to honour them for their work.

At the last luncheon, three more Paul Harris recognitions were handed out to members, proudly adding to the growing list this fall at our Club.

Rotary is an international community that brings together leaders who step up to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. The eradication of polio is one of Rotary's longest standing and most significant efforts.
Along with our partners, Rotary has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
Public health precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have thrown a monkey wrench into the operations of many area businesses, including those owned by members of our Club.
Our local newspaper, Yellowknifer, profiled Vice-President Robert Crouch's Tamarack Computers, which has had to deal with this new reality. It's a story of resiliency and adaptation.

John Hazenberg offers the invocation at the start of the Club's offsite meeting last Thursday. 

Our Club held its first offsite indoor lunch meeting last week, gathering in the basement of Yellowknife’s historic Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Almost 20 members brown-bagged it for the event, which followed the COVID-19 public gathering guidelines.

Attached is the financial statement for the past fiscal year, approved by the club's executive on Sept. 19. Treasurer John Hazenberg will ensure that our annual filings with the registrar of societies are also up to date.

The 2020-2021 budget is being reviewed and will be discussed by the executive at its next meeting. All members in good standing will then be presented with the budget for discussion and approval at the AGM, the date of which will be determined soon.  

Chuck Tolley and Jan Larsson pick up the supplies (choosing to wear masks as a COVID-19 precaution).
While circumstances might be different for students returning to school this year, they still need to have good nutrition to be able to focus on learning.
For more than 15 years, the Rotary Club of Yellowknife — with an annual donation from the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) — has funded and supported with volunteers, the Rotary School Snack Program at city elementary schools.
It's a labour of love for the volunteers and the entire club would like to thank the folks at Rochdi's Your Independent Grocer on Old Airport Road for continuing the support this year we received from the previous owner.

Vice-president Celestino Oh, left, and president Wayne Guy present Pam Coulter with the certificate at the regular luncheon on Sept. 10, 2020.

Pam Coulter is the latest member of our club to receive the Paul Harris Fellowship recognition. It is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for Rotary’s founder, a Chicago lawyer, who started our organization with three business associates in 1905. Individuals who have shown by exemplary effort, sacrifice or dedication to the causes and principles of Rotary deserve the recognition of the Paul Harris Fellowship are eligible to be nominated, whether they are members of Rotary or not.
Paul Harris said:
“He who tries to find the good in others will be rewarded, for others will surely find the good in him. Of all the Earth’s sad and lonesome creatures, the most helpless is he who loves not his fellow men.”

Wet weather and high water provided challenges for completing seasonal maintenance in Rotary Park and on the boardwalk.

When the weather was nice this summer — and we had some glorious days — the club met outside and under the pavilions in the park to comply with public health COVID-19 regulations. But it seemed whenever some work was to be done, the rains came.

In this time of social distancing when, for everyone’s safety, we cannot gather for the annual Rotary Club Canada Day event through the streets of downtown, we’re asking you to share how you are celebrating Canada Day at home this year, for chance to win prizes!

How to enter:
1) Dress up you, your family and/or home for Canada Day
2) Take a photo of you and your decorations and post on the Facebook Event page anytime before midnight on July1, with a description of how you celebrate our great country.
3) Everyone who posts a picture will be entered into a random draw on July 2 to win great prizes, including: barbecues and gift cards. More details on prizes to come.
We were all deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Craig Hockridge. Craig devoted many hours to Rotary projects including the building of the gazebos in Rotary Park.
Attached are two photos showing Craig in action in helping to construct the iconic structures that are the centrepiece of the park. The pictures were taken in 2002 and the official opening picture was in 2003.
Craig's dedication, good humour and willingness to always step up will be greatly missed. 
Yours in Rotary,
Chuck Tolley
In the photo, Rotary Club of Yellowknife President-Elect Wayne Guy speaks during a recent online Zoom meeting of members. 
The Rotary Club of Yellowknife is a service club of community members who work within the local and world community to make a difference. The club was founded in 1970 with the sponsorship of the West Edmonton Club, with founding members quickly determining how to best follow the Rotary International mandate to take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in the members themselves. 

Work continues by Rotary Club of Yellowknife True North on the new bridge which will provide better access to the Back Bay Cemetery, which is a City of Yellowknife heritage site and the final resting for many of the community’s pioneering families.

Following social distancing guidelines, Yanik D’Aigle, president of the Rotary Club of Yellowknife, finds a unique way to pass a novelty cheque to Ben Linaker, United Way NWT board member, signifying a donation that will be matched to provide $12,000 to Yellowknife school boards for food support to children.

The Rotary Club of Yellowknife is pleased to partner with the United Way and the Yellowknife Community Foundation to provide $12,000 to Yellowknife school boards for food support to children in this trying time through the Together, We Are Strong campaign.

The club's Thursday luncheon meetings are now suspended until after Easter. This out of abundance of caution over the introduction/spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) into community.
The executive continues to meet online and will monitor the situation and update members as needed, through group email and on our online platforms.
A reminder that sales continue for Rotary Radio Day on Moose FM and work also progresses on other club projects.
This is also a good time for Rotarians to monitor needs in the community and either choose to offer your own help, or bring a suggestion to the executive for any larger responses.
And in the spirit of fellowship, please keep in touch with other club members, as we are all in this together.
Apr 22, 2021
Fellowship meeting at Anglican Church
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