Your time, energy, and a passion to improve your world are all you really need to get involved with Rotary.


Your time, energy, and a passion to improve your world are all you really need to get involved with Rotary.

Rotary is comprised of 1.2 million passionate individuals in 35,000-plus clubs worldwide. We are both an international organization and a local community leader. Together we lead change in our own backyards and across the world.
To join Rotary, contact us through the numbers on this page and we’ll start the process, which will included determining which club is the perfect fit for you.
Rotary volunteers work to clear brush along the Rotary Boardwalk on Yellowknife Bay. (All photos in this post by James O'Connor)

In Yellowknife, there are two Rotary Clubs — the larger Rotary Club of Yellowknife and the smaller Rotary Club of Yellowknife / True North — and an Interact Club based out of École St. Patrick High School.

As a Rotary Club member, you will be asked to:

  • Pay club dues and luncheon fees;

  • Attend meetings and events;

  • Use your professional skills and/or physical talents to make a difference; and

  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones in a fun, casual environment.

All Rotary Clubs meet weekly and ours has had a Thursday luncheon for most of its history. We meet at the Explorer Hotel from noon to 1 p.m. It’s a cash buffet-style event, non-alcoholic, which usually features a speaker and some longstanding light-hearted traditions. 

Our club's executive puts in many long hours of work to help oversee the work of various committees, manages finances and determine the overall direction of our club. The executive changes each January, offering new members a chance to serve.


The Rotary Club of Yellowknife / True North meetings are Thursdays at the Dancing Moose Cafe, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. That meeting features a cash bar and appetizers.

The Interact Club is for young people ages 12 to 18, intended to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of “Service Above Self.” 

Rotary’s history as a service club has evolved over the decades from a men-only business group, to a welcoming collection of folks from all walks of life.

Weekly luncheon meetings at the Explorer Hotel can attract anywhere from 30 to 50 members.


Local membership consists of young professionals, to government employees, members of the media and legal community, community leaders and a host of experienced Yellowknifers looking for an active life in retirement.

And active we are.

The Rotary Club of Yellowknife was started on May 23, 1970.

Since that time, the club has championed or supported a number of projects and events in the city:

  • Canada Day Parade;

  • Rotary Park and Boardwalk;

  • Rotary Range Lake Trail;

  • Rotary Radio Days on Moose FM;

  • Rotary Bike Auction;

  • Support for our Youth Leadership Programs;

  • Don Cardinal Art Scholarship;

  • Snack Program for local schools; and

  • Rotary Wreaths, the Christmas sales project that raises funds for our international projects.

Speaking of international projects, our club supports:

  • Polio Plus Campaign;

  • Philippines Project;

  • Mozambique School Project; and 

  • Dominica Project.

Impact starts with our members — people like you who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

An example of our club's community service is when we help the Salvation Army's local Kettle Program each year. 


Membership in a Rotary club is by invitation only. But we are a welcoming group. If your are interested in becoming a Rotarian, refer to the contact numbers on this webpage.

And thanks for reading this far, it shows you care.


Rotary District 5370 Governor Tracey Vavrek visited Yellowknife in 2019 to help prepare for our club's 50th anniversary. Long-time members were also honoured.