We know you’ve heard of the Rotary but do you have any idea what they do?
Rotary International is a 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
Rotary Regina started not long afterwards in 1917 and it is the City of Regina’s oldest service club of any kind. The club’s record of service includes the creation of Regina’s Rotary Park, over 60 years of support to the Salvation Army Kettles and over 70 years of hosting an annual Rotary Christmas Carol Festival. Such early service now forms part of the heritage of all five local Rotary Clubs, whose members collectively demonstrate their continued relevance and engagement in meaningful service to the Regina community.
In the recent past, the Rotary Club of Regina earned new accolades when the Rotary International president awarded a Presidential Citation for exemplifying how Rotary shares its talents, skills, energy and resources in order to create a better world. The Club’s service also earned a Gold Level Award for Health and Hunger Resources. This award recognizes dedication, commitment and caring for the less fortunate, both in one’s community and internationally. The Club sponsors public schools’ Conflict Management Conference, supports Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, youth development and enrichment programs, New Generations literacy and numeracy programs, plus a special relationship with Cochrane High School. In short, the 95-year tradition of service to Regina continues.
(excerpts taken from RotaryRegina.org)