Rotary International Centennial

As one of the first hundred clubs in Rotary, the Rotary Club of Victoria, BC, was proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International in 2005. Club 90's principal centennial project was the creation of a Rotary Welcome Garden at the ocean/cruise ship terminals.  It is hoped this gift to the city will continue to welcome thousands of visitors each year for the next hundred years.


Rotary Club of Victoria Centennial

On the 15th of November, 2013 the Rotary Club of Victoria observed its Centennial. To celebrate the Club’s 100 year history of “Service above Self”, several initiatives were undertaken during 2012 and 2013 as the Club’s “Project Centennial”.
During the Project, over a quarter of a million dollars was disbursed into the greater Victoria community. A van was purchased for Rainbow Kitchen, preceded a year earlier by replacement of all of their kitchen appliances.  $100,000 was donated to the Cool Aid Society for the complete refurbishment of their downtown recreation centre and purchase of a van for the disabled.  With an $18,000 donation, the Club financed the lease of the Mustard Seed refrigerated truck for another year – the funds were largely derived from the proceeds of a ‘Polo Match and Tea’ held in August, augmented by a donation from Club funds. A total of $76,000 had been provided to Mustard Seed over the prior four years towards lease of the truck which is critical to their Food Bank initiative.  And $100,000 was donated to a physical literacy program for the Craigflower Elementary School, composed of $50,000 from the Club and $50,000 from the Victoria Foundation - physical literacy believed to be just as essential as reading and writing literacy.
“Project Centennial” was most successful in achieving the Club’s objective of maximizing benefit to a broad spectrum of the less fortunate in the community – in particular the hungry, the homeless and the vulnerable.  All funds disbursed by the Club were derived from fund-raisers and proceeds from the Club Foundation.
The Club’s Centennial Year was crowned on November 15th – appropriately, one hundred years to the day from the Club’s inauguration.  A Gala Dinner was held at the Union Club with almost 200 members, guests and dignitaries in attendance, and Rick King - a Past-President of Rotary International - as a dynamic and entertaining keynote speaker.
[Updated: 2015-01-08 Murray Ramsbottom​]