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 21-22
Union Club: Thursdays at 12 noon

Visiting Rotarians are
particularly welcome.
  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays: 12 noon - Normal Club Assembly
    Next dates ( Jan 6, 13 ). Visitors -  Contact us if you wish to attend
  • 2nd Thursday: Board and Committee meetings (times variable).
  • 4th Thursday: 12 noon - Club business, assembly on ZOOM
    Next Date - Jan 27 (No meeting Dec 23) Contact us for the  Zoom link 
  • 5th Thursday: Social Event - check calendar for time & details.
  • Our weekly meeting includes fellowship fun, a speaker and necessary club business

Coming up: Check the calendar tab for final details
  • Monday, Dec 13 Christmas lunch at the Union Club. For details Contact Gordon
  • December. Salvation Army Kettle Campaign organized by Oak Bay Rotary
  • December: Clothing collection for Anawim House Collection also at 640 Montreal St. on Dec 4 10:00 - 11:30 am
    Information under this Link
  • January 12: Rotary Rendezvous Pub Night.
  • February: Coldest Night of the Year walk (Feb 26 - details tba) 

Dinner at the Union Club Sept 28
Walking tour James Bay, Aug 22
Garage sale Nov 13
Empowering Girls
Expect to hear much more about this challenge issued by our RI President.
The Empowering Girls initiative is a club and district level service project opportunity designed to encourage Rotary and Rotaract club members and leaders, as well as district leaders, to participate in service projects that focus on the health, education, safety, well-being and economic development of the girls of our world.

The Rotary Club of Victoria has awarded $9,000 in scholarships to graduating secondary students.
We have recently awarded the following grants:
  • 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
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The Rotary Club of Victoria is working with the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness to supply basic furnishings in Spaken House. The project aims to provide 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 is helping to provide a home-like atmosphere in a part of the house where the women can re-establish family ties with their children.
Pictured are the beds that RCV has purchased. The purchase of the bunk beds allows the children to sleep in beds rather than on the floor.
The December Rotary focus is
Disease treatment and prevention
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

Anawim Collection

Meeting Information

Service Above Self
We meet
Thursdays at 12:00 noon 
Union Club of BC
805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC
Canada  V8W 1Z6
 Check the 'Calendar' link for updates
Useful Links


Past Speakers
Eric Keating
Dec 02, 2021
Scuba diving with Frank White
Rotarian Anil Puri.
Nov 25, 2021
Polio immunisation
Jennifer McCaughey
Nov 18, 2021
Rotary Foundation
RCMP Chief Superintendent Michael O’Reilly
Nov 04, 2021
Remembrance Day - the RCMP in war and peace

Club Executive

President Elect
Director - Secretary
Director - Treasurer
Director - Past President
Director - Club Administration
Director - Membership
Director - Service Projects
Director - Public Image
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Services
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange 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 21-22: Fun, social and easy to integrate into your schedule'
True Leaders don’t create followers – they create more leaders!!!
TIP OF THE MONTH – Deliver what we promise! 
            Planning for the future: Building the future while honouring the past
President-elect considers purposefulness and change
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.
Interested in a possible satellite with more flexible meetings? 
Click here

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.)
Want to be of service to the community but don't have the time for a lunch hour meeting? Our club is exploring the possibility of creating a satellite. Members of a satellite would be full members of the sponsoring club (Rotary Club of Victoria) but would set their own meeting time, frequency and format. They can set up their own projects or join those of the main club. We believe this might better meet the needs of young, working people. For more information contact President elect

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.