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The Rotary Club of Athabasca …

Welcome to Our World

Rotary Founder

Paul Harris

In the beginning…

  • First Rotary Club in Chicago in 1905 by Paul P. Harris

  • Original club met for fellowship, in rotation, hence the name Rotary

  • Now 33,000 clubs with 1.2 million members

Motto: “Service Above Self”

  • There needed to be a purpose!

  • First project a public washroom in Chicago

  • Rotary became world’s 1st “service club”

  • 1910 - RC Winnipeg, Manitoba chartered and made Rotary International

Rotary Leadership

  • Rotary International governed by a President and Board of Directors elected from around the world

  • Each district annually selects a District Governor

  • Each Rotary Club is an autonomous group

    • Charters with 20 members

Rotary - an International Organization

  • Divided into 34 Zones

  • 529 Districts

  • 168 countries worldwide

  • Athabasca is in D5370 - covers northern Alberta, NW Saskatchewan, NE B.C. and N.W.T.

Athabasca Rotary Club Executive

  • President

  • President-Elect

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Sergeant at Arms

  • Director(s) for each Avenue of Service

  • All positions are a one year term that change July 1

The Four-Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do

  • Is it the TRUTH?

  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?


  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Object of Rotary

  • To encourage and foster the ideal of service

    • Development of friendships as opportunity for service

    • High ethical standards in business and identifying each as an opportunity for service

    • Application in personal, business and community life

    • Advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through fellowship

Avenues of Service

  • Rotary Club of Athabasca

    • Club Service

      • New member proposals and attendance

      • Charter Night

      • Club fellowship and social events

      • Club bulletin

      • Policies and guidelines

Jim Woodward at our

Jan. 15/05 Charter Night

Aaron & Angela Hodgins at our Jan. 21/06 Charter Night

Club Service

Avenues of Service

  • Rotary Club of Athabasca

    • Community Service

      • Rotary Way

      • Riverfront development (stage, spray park)

      • Fundraising events such Sportsman’s dinner, Canada Day, graduation, etc.

      • Firewood sales

      • Music festival

Community Service

’05 Annual Sportsmen’s Dinner

Katrina Lemay-Doan with John Short and President Noel Major

Avenues of Service

  • Rotary Club of Athabasca

    • Vocational Service

      • RYLA and RYPEN conferences and Adventures program (firefighting) for area high school students

      • AB Assoc. for Community Living

      • Business Integrity, Citizenship, Science and Technology awards

      • Northern Experience

      • Harvest weekend

Vocational Service

President Noel Major (left) presenting Brad Breckenridge of Buy-Low Foods with the 2005 Rotary Business Integrity Award

Avenues of Service

  • Rotary Club of Athabasca

    • International Service

      • Youth Exchange (inbound and outbound students)

      • Ajijic, Mexico orphanage project

International Service




President Noel Major, Rhonda Astasiewicz, Madre of the Mission San Pablo, Stan Lyle and Jackie Hobal

International Service Projects

  • World Community Service - can assist with matching grants

  • Nutrition / feeding programs

  • Educational assistance

  • Literacy projects

  • Medical equipment missions to Mexico

  • Russian orphanage

  • Water wells

Rotary International

  • Volunteers in Action

    • Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise helping in foreign countries (all vocations)

  • Group Study Exchange – GSE

    • 4 to 6 non-Rotarians plus Rotarian leader on a 4 week exchange

Rotary FoundationWCS & Matching Grants

  • World Community Service

  • Rotarians provide humanitarian aid through matching grants

    • global fund and partnering with other clubs, worthy projects can receive matching grants to help finance various projects around the globe

Polio Plus

  • Largest project ever undertaken

  • Rotary’s global campaign to eradicate Polio

  • Contribution of more than $600 million

Rotary Foundation

  • World’s largest private philanthropic organization

  • Depends on fundraising and member donations

    • Paul Harris Fellowship

  • Many individuals will be helped

  • Building international relationships

The Privilege of Rotary

  • GIVING SERVICE to our community



    through the common bond of Rotary

Your Obligations in Rotary

  • Participation

    • to be a Rotarian you must give of your time and talents:

      • in community work

      • in social functions

      • in Club and District activities

Your Obligations in Rotary

  • Attendance

    • Weekly meetings

    • Goal 100% - Minimum 60% expected

    • Attending other club meetings, make-up through the internet, attending committee meetings or club events / work-bees

Your Obligations in Rotary

  • Financial

    • Annual Dues $150/yr

    • Meals $12/wk

    • Fines (Sergeant-at-Arms/Fun Tax) $30/yr

    • Social Events (Estimate) $100/yr

      Approximate figures only

Rotary is Fun and Fellowship

  • A Rotary Club strives to be a fun, young-at-heart club

  • Social events are offered regularly

  • You participate for:

    • Fellowship

    • Service

    • Personal development

    • Improved world understanding

As Long as There are People

in Need


will be there

Find Out More About Rotary

Rotary International

Rotary District 5370

Rotary Club of Athabasca