Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich – 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.

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Meeting schedule for Rotary Year 2023-24
Andrew Sheret Building: Tuesdays at 12 noon

Visiting Rotarians are
particularly welcome.
Meeting Day change begins September 4.
The meeting schedule will be:
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays: 12 noon - Normal Club Assembly
    Next dates: Tuesday,  March 5 (DG official visit with Oak Bay - see calendar)
    Visitors -  Contact us or go to the Calendar menu and click on the event to register if you wish to attend 
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays: 12 noon - Informal Club meetings at the Sticky Wicket - Strathcona Hotel.
    Next dates:  March 19, April 2
    Look for possible changes of location and day from time-to-time. Check Calendar for Upcoming Events
  • 3rd Tuesday prior to regular meeting: Board and Committee meetings.
  • 5th Week: 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
    Event: Easter Flower Delivery
    Date: March 27 - 28
    Time: TBA - Information from Bill Bryant
    Location: TBA
    Event: Informal Social Lunch
    Date: March 26
    Time: 12:00 noon
    Location: Halibut House (Chinese Restaurant)
                      3500 Quadra St.
    Cost: À la carte
    Reply to the Clubrunner email or contact Cathy at 250-216-4453 or email


Patricia Crossley – Past President 2021-22

Patricia passed away February 14, 2024.
To honour the memory of Patricia please consider supporting her latest Kenya Well Project
Donations at: - select "Kenya Well - Patricia Crossley Memorial"

Rashna Charania

Rashna passed away March 1, 2024.
To honour the memory of Rashna please consider supporting the Camosun Bursary Fund
Donations at: - select "Camosun Bursary Fund"

Coldest Night of the Year
Support Rotary's effort to raise funds for OUR PLACE – We raised $2200
Victoria's Raging Rotarians walked walk at 10:30 am on Saturday, 24 February 2024 – Starting at the Rotary Garden at Ogden Point

Watch for Other Activities



ROTEX Student Presentations

In 2022-23 there were unusual circumstances and the Victoria-area clubs were able to send four students out on exchange:
  • Chelsea Mesman – Brazil
  • Teakerne Stewart – Austria
  • Jocelyn Wansbrough – Chile
  • Rebecca Wolf-Gage – Spain
Recently all four students made presentations at the Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich. It is always a pleasure to hear from such accomplished young adults – they are the future of Rotary.

TREKFest Rotary Raffle & 50/50 - 2023


50/50 - Prize $2670

Winner: P. Norman, Victoria, BC


TREKFest Raffle Prizes

Grand Prize
Two TREX Fx+2 ebikes

A. Grey, Victoria, BC

2nd Prize
$500 Credit at TREK Bikes Victoria

L. Curtis, Victoria, BC

3rd Prize
Passage on the Coho to Port Angeles

K. Nixon, Lantzville, BC
 No Photo 
Congratulations and thanks to all who participated

Recent Activities

Operation Trackshoes 
In June members from the Victoria and Saanich Rotary clubs helped manage events at the final Operation Trackshoes.

Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair 
In April members from the Victoria and Saanich Rotary clubs judged Environment-related projects at the Science Fair.
The following students won prizes.
  1. Alexis Kuo – An environmentally friendly approach to extracting heavy metals from solutions utilizing melanin found in hair
  2. Phoebe Dendes – Photo Volts
    Liam DeGoey – The Effect of Compostable Plastic in Soil on Plant Growth
  3. Quinn Davies – No More Nitrates !
  4. Liam Pope-Lau – Evaporation Electricity: Nanoengineering Wood for Sustainable Energy
Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich $2000 Scholarship
Evan Warburton – The Dual Dipole Radio Telescope
Evan received the Rotary Club of Victoria Scholarship as the top Senior project in the Science Fair

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

The Rotary Club of Victoria-Saanich has recently awarded $9,000 in scholarships to graduating secondary students.
A $2000 scholarship was 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 – June 2023
  • Threshold Housing Society: (Rotary Education Program) - $10,000 in December 2022 + $10,000 in May 2023
  • 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


February is Rotary
Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month 
February is a special month for the Rotary community as it is designated as Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. During this time, Rotarians across the world celebrate their commitment to promoting peace and resolving conflicts

This year’s theme is “Create Hope in the World”

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
Tuesdays at 12:00 noon 
1st & 3rd Week
Check the 'Calendar' link for updates
Andrew Sheret Building
Main Board Room
740 Hillside Ave W1,
Victoria, BC V8T 1Z4
Useful Links


Upcoming Speakers
Ryan Burles
Apr 16, 2024 12:00 PM
Future Development of the Belleville Terminal
Ian Batey
Apr 30, 2024
Police Victim Services of BC
Past Speakers
Spencer Evans
Mar 19, 2024 12:00 PM
The change in legislation no longer allowing natural gas in BC
Michael Peirone
Feb 20, 2024 12:00 PM
The Victoria Hand Project
Dr Giles Stevenson
Feb 06, 2024 12:00 PM
Cognitive Dissonance
Robyn Dunstan, Dr. Robin Love, Leslie Sunby
Jan 30, 2024
Palliative Care Involvement in Nepal

Club Executive

President Elect
Director - Secretary
Director - Treasurer
Director - Past President
Director - Past President
Director - Club Administration
Director - Youth Services
Director - Fundraising
Director - Membership
Director - Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Interact Advisor
Public Image
Service Projects
RYLA Contact
Upcoming Events

Additional Information

 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.