Rotary Club of Victoria – Welcome

We recognize that we live, work and learn on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking First Peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and we gratefully acknowledge the Coast Salish Nations on whose traditional territories we meet together.
At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism.
Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our club.


Meeting schedule for Rotary Year 2022-23
Andrew Sheret Building: Thursdays at 12 noon

Visiting Rotarians are
particularly welcome.
  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays: 12 noon - Normal Club Assembly - Note changes of location after January 1, 2023
    Next dates ( April 6, April 20 at Andrew Sheret. Informal lunches April 13, 27 at the Sticky Wicket - Strath ).  Visitors -  Contact us if you wish to attend 
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays: 12 noon - Informal Club meetings at the Strathcona Hotel. Look for possible changes of location from time-to-time.
  • 2nd Thursday: Board and Committee meetings (on ZOOM - times variable).
  • 4th Thursday: 12 noon - Club business, location TBA (Andrew Sheret Building or ZOOM)
    5th Thursday: Social Event - check calendar for time & details.
  • Our weekly meeting includes fellowship, fun, a speaker and necessary club business
  • ZOOM link for Board and some club meetings
     Contact us for the Zoom link if the above link does not work


Coming up: Check the calendar tab for final details
Rotary Social Evening for members and partners
    Date: 30 March 2023
    Time: 4:30 pm
    Cost: Free for guests & active RCV members
    Place: Harbour House Restaurant
               607 Oswego Street 
 Please register via the Clubrunner invitation.

Recent Activities

Fundraiser for Our Place - Walk on Feb 25 
We raised $4620 !!!
Thanks to all who contributed and participated.

The Rotary Club of Victoria has recently awarded $9,000 in scholarships to graduating secondary students.
A $2000 scholarship was also awarded to Eunjo An, the student with the top senior project in the 2022 Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair. Eunjo competed at the Canada-Wide Science Fair and won several prizes with her project.

We have recently awarded the following grants:
July 2022 – February 2023
  • Threshold Housing Society: (Rotary Education Program) - $10,000
  • Esquimalt High School: (Science and Arts equipment) - $15,000
  • Human Nature Counselling Society: (Program expenses) - $2100
July 2021 – June 2022
  • Mustard Seed Food Distribution Centre: (forklift) - $15,000
  • Cridge Transition House for Women: (furniture) - $4290
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award: (fees & boarding) - $2100
  • Anawim Companion Soc. (furniture) - $7000
  • Intercultural Assoc. (Employment Computer Lab) - $5000


Festival of Trees

The RCV helped raise funds for the 
BC Children's Hospital Foundation. We contributed $3000 (matched by Scotiabank) and set up a tree for the Festival of Trees at the Bay Centre.

Anawim House Collection – 2022

In November and December, with participation by the Esquimalt High School INTERACT Club, we collected a large number of new and lightly-used items for Anawim House. Before Christmas we delivered a full car-load of goods and $310 to be distributed.
Jules from the INTERACT club with Terry Edison-Brown, Director of Anawim House

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Collection

In December Oak Bay Rotary organizes an annual Kettle Collection at the Oak Bay Avenue Pharmasave.
RCV and Esquimalt High School INTERACT members also participated.
Gerry is definitely dressed in Christmas attire!


GetAway Raffle & 50/50

Major Fundraiser for 2022

The GetAway Raffle & 50/50 raised about $16,000 for charity.
Ticket sales ended on July 3
Complete Prize Details at
Check out out Raffle web page under Fundraising 

Earth Environmental Day

In spite of COVID-19 restrictions the INTERACT and Environment clubs at Esquimalt High School organized a clean-up along streets in Esquimalt. Several Rotarians joined in to support their effort.
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The Rotary Club of Victoria worked with the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness to supply basic furnishings in Spaken House. The project is now complete and has  provided a safe, monitored space to reunite at-risk women with their children who have been taken into care. The ultimate goal is family reunification. RCV has helped  to provide a home-like atmosphere in a part of the house where the women can re-establish family ties with their children.
February is Rotary
Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month 
Rotary has identified a theme for each month.  Febrary's theme is “Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month ”.
This year’s theme is “Imagine Rotary.”
The monthly themes are meant to highlight the wide range of Rotary’s good work and give clubs some suggestions, timing, and guidance for their programs and activities.
Rotary International's vision statement: 
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
Check out our Mission and Vision Statement (SOAR) plus our Strategic Plan - also under the  'Members'  menu tag


Watch for New Activities


Meeting Information

Service Above Self
We meet
Thursdays at 12:00 noon 
Andrew Sheret Building
Main Board Room
740 Hillside Ave W1,
Victoria, BC V8T 1Z4
 Check the 'Calendar' link for updates
Useful Links


Past Speakers
Rear Admiral Christopher Robinson OMM,CD
Nov 24, 2022
The Royal Canadian Navy Today
Past President Gerald Pash OStJ, CD
Nov 10, 2022
The Stars of 1939-45 and more

Club Executive

Director - Secretary
Director - Treasurer
Director - Past President
Director - Past President
Director - Club Administration
Director - Youth Services
Director - Membership
Director - Rotary Foundation
Youth Protection Officer
Upcoming Events

Additional Information

Despite all the restrictions, we are still active locally and internationally.
Click the image to find out more. 
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 Our club has been serving Victoria since 1913.
We are neighbours, friends and problem solvers.
We are people of action.
What is a Rotarian?
  • A Rotarian is a person who digs wells from which they will never drink,
  • A person who vaccinates children they will never meet,
  • Who restores sight for those they will never see,
  • Who builds houses they will never live in,
  • Who educates children they will never know,
  • Who plants trees they will never sit under,
  • Who feeds hungry people, regardless of race, religion or politics,
  • Who makes crawlers walk half a world away,
  • Who knows real happiness, which as Albert Schweitzer said, can only be found by serving others.
Criteria for being a Rotarian
The criteria for being a Rotarian are simple:
  • Be an adult who demonstrates good character, integrity, and leadership
  • Have a good reputation within your business or profession, or community
  • Be willing to serve in the community or around the world         
 Rotary Club of Calcutta Visionaries || About Rotary
Our watchword for RY 22-23: Fun, social and easy to integrate into your schedule'
Rotary 5-year action plan            
Rotary Service options            

Membership Options 
We offer single memberships for individuals.
Family memberships allow you to bring an immediate family member at a discount.
Corporate memberships enable you to share the membership with designated individuals from your company or business.
Our Distinguished Honorary Members: 
 The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC,
 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia;
 Rear Admiral Angus Topshee OMM, MSM, CD
 Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, Joint Task Force (Pacific)
Club News
Rotary's seven areas of focus:
  • Peace building and conflict prevention;
  • Disease prevention and treatment;
  • Water sanitation and hygiene;
  • Maternal and child health;
  • Basic education and literacy;
  • Community economic development;
  • Supporting the environment
Rotary 5-year action plan
  • Impact (effective problem solving and new ways to translate our expertise)-
  • Reach (activate and inspire each other to build connections) -
  • Engagement (understand needs so that all participants are seen and heard)-
  • Adapt (inventive, resilient entrepreneurs, simplifying how we operate.)

Many banners have been added to our online collection.  The new ones are at the top and include a sizable tranche provided by Denis Paré.  There is also a separate online collection of non-club Rotary banners.

If a club member has a banner  to be included in the collection, it can be photographed by Director Kim McGowan.  Banners will be returned at a club meeting on request. Club members who are travelling, may request some banners to  exchange with Rotary clubs  along the way.  It is always an enjoyable experience.