Mascot Andrew celebrates 100 years of Rotary in BC


Rotary came to BC in 1913 when the Rotary Club of Vancouver was chartered.  It is therefore the Mother Club for all Rotary clubs chartered in BC after that. Mascot Andrew was there for the festivities and celebrated.

Mascot Andrew celebrated the Rotary Club of Vancouver’s 100 years Anniversary. The Celebration began on April 16th, 2013 with RI President Sakuji Tanaka speaking to a joint Rotary Club of Vancouver and Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon which Andrew was unable to afford.  President Tanaka left Vancouver for Evanston and more Rotary work.


Andrew arrived in Vancouver for the Dock Party on the Convention Plaza on Friday, the Showcase on Saturday and concluded with a Celebration Gala in the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre on Saturday April 20th. 




 Friday, April 19 -

  • A celebration of 100 years of Rotary in BC, an evening of fun, music, and Rotary profile at the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. This time the special lighting of the Olympic cauldron went off without a hitch, ABBA Cadabra sang and danced.  Here is the report from the Band’s website; “ABBA Cadabra had so much fun performing for Rotary’s 100th Anniversary Celebration at Jack Poole Plaza on April 19th.  We were so grateful to everyone who came out for the show despite the rain.  It was really cool seeing the Olympic Cauldron lit up again.  This was only the second time it had been ignited since the 2010 Olympics.  Such an awesome event to be a port of! Thank you Rotary for having us and Happy 100th Anniversary”.
  • A motorcycle parade, mainly Harley Davidsons - sponsored by Trev Deely Motorcycles rumbled in and parked on the sidewalk – very impressive.

Saturday, April 20 -

Showcase of Rotary Clubs and Projects from throughout BC - Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre

Saturday, April 20 - A gala evening event with a world renowned speakers and Mascot Andrew’s first Black Tie Event.  Former Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point started off as one of the featured speakers; he was followed by Stephen Lewis, leader of the Ontario NDP for a decade (never made it as premier), then Canada’s United Nations Ambassador, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDs in Africa, and currently Distinguished Professor at Ryerson U and was, in 2003 appointed to the Order of Canada.


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