Our club was chartered in 1946 with 21 members. This was long before the Tyee Plaza, Ostler Foreshore Park, Discovery Harbour landfill reclamation works.  In those days the waterfront was close at hand, the old Island Highway often ran alongside the high tide mark with the highway frequently blocked with winter storm debris being tossed onto the road.  Seaplanes would land in the bay (foreshore area) adjacent to the old Willows Hotel, which along with all the Rotary meeting gear, was destroyed by fire in 1963.  In May of 1948 the first Rotary beach cleanup was undertaken.

Throughout our history, members have continuously adopted the theme that Rotarians are committed to "putting something back into the community."  This has resulted in millions of dollars and tens of thousands of volunteer hours into projects for the citizens of Campbell River.

Rotary was the first modern era service club, starting in Chicago in 1905 and expanding internationally into Winnipeg in 1911. Rotary has five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, New Generations, and International.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 200 countries worldwide, approximately 1.3 million Rotarians belong to more than 34,000 Rotary clubs.  Find out more about Rotary at Rotary Basics.

The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.  Rotary has a number of guiding principles  including The Four-Way Test and Object of Rotary.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The world's Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.

Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised US$240 million to immunize the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary's centenary year and the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the PolioPlus program will have contributed US$500 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist at national immunization days in polio-endemic countries around the world.

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.

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The Four-Way Test

Followed by Rotarians worldwide in their business and professional lives, The Four-Way Test was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932. It has since been translated into more than 100 languages and is used by organizations and individuals throughout the world.

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? 

Object of Rotary

First formulated in 1910 and adapted through the years as Rotary’s mission expanded, the Object of Rotary provides a succinct definition of the organization’s purpose as well as the club member’s responsibilities.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Rotary Code of Conduct

As a Rotarian, I will
1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities
2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically,
encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as
fellow human beings
5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work
for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in
my community
7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything
that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians
8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded
others in a business or professional relationship

Club Grace

The Club Grace below was recited for many years at each Club meeting:

Bless our club oh Lord we pray;
bless us one and all today.
Bless Thy bounty here prepared;
which in fellowship is shared.
Lord to Thee our thanks we give,
bless us as we strive to live,
dedicated heart and mind,
to the service of mankind.

Past Presidents

1946-47           KEN CRAIG
1947-48           OSCAR THULIN
1948-49           KEN BROWN
1949-50           ALEC MCLEAN
1950-51           STAN SUTTON
1951-52           EINAR ANDERSON
1952-53           JOE IACI
1953-54           LEN ROSSITER
1954-55           LORNE RITCHIE
1955-56           CYRIL HAQUE
1956-57           TOM HARGREAVES
1957-58           JACK BAIKIE
1958-59           ALLAN MACLEAN
1959-60           GORDON MASON
1960-61           DOUG BATE
1961-62           BUD DENHOLME
1962-63           JIM SMITH
1963-64           SHERMAN EVANS
1964-65           KEN ANTONELLI
1965-66           RUSS PRESTON
1966-67           KEN CARPENTER
1967-68           CORKY CORBETT
1968-69           JACK ROSS
1969-70           BILL MEYER
1970-71           BRANT FELKER
1971-72           ARNOLD CAMERON
1972-73           MIKE CRUISE
1973-74           CARL THULIN
1974-75           ‘MAC’ MCDOUGALL
1975-76           LEN HUDOCK
1976-77           FRANK SULLIVAN
1977-78           WILF SHIPWAY
1978-79           LARRY REYNOLDS
1979-80           BRIAN TAYLOR  
1980-81           ED COOLEY
1981-82           DOUG REEDMAN
1982-83           BILL ANDREW
1983-84           AL GRANT
1984-85           SCOTT MCIVOR
1985-86           DAVID MACLAREN
1986-87           NORM BELL
1987-88           JIM ROBINSON
1988-89           ED HRECHUK
1989-90           JERRY FINNEN
1990-91           CLARKE HAUSER
1991-92           JIM VAN TINE
1992-93           JOHN ROBILLIARD
1993-94           PIETER KOELEMAN
1994-95           DON MACNAUGHTON
1995-96           TED FOSTER
1996-97           SAL SALMINEN
1997-98           GARRY DROWN
1998-99           RON BURRELL
1999-00           ANDY ADAMS
2000-01           JUNE REEDMAN
2001-02           JIM FORSYTH
2002-03           FRANCOIS EGAN
2003-04           RAY HUGHES
2004-05           IAN HAY
2005-06           JUDY SHEPLEY
2006-07           MARLENE WRIGHT
2007-08           DAVE HANNA
2008-09           BRIAN SHAW
2009-10           DOUG DYER
2010-11           STERLING CAMPBELL
2011-12           PATRICIA GAGNON
2012-13           TODD PEACHEY
2013-14           MARK DEGAGNE
2014-15           LORRIE BEWZA
2015-16           GARY MCLELAN
2016-17           CATHY KAARDAL
 

Rotarians of the Year - Rotary Club of Campbell River

1988-89   RAY LUDFORD
1989-90   PIETER KOELEMAN
1990-91   KEN WHEATON
1991-92   RALPH BOYD / HANK MEURY
1992-93   KEN CURLEY
1993-94   LARRY REYNOLDS
1994-95   WARREN THOMPSON
1995-96   GRANT NIELSON
1996-97   IAN HAY
1997-98   STAN PROCTOR
1998-99   TED FOSTER
1999-00   FRANK SULLIVAN
2000-01   SCOTTY MACLAREN
2001-02   GARRY DROWN
2002-03   WARREN THOMPSON
2003-04   DOUG REEDMAN
2004-05   TED FOSTER
2005-06   PIETER KOELEMAN
2006-07   DOUG REEDMAN
2007-08   PIETER KOELEMAN
2008-09   KEN WHIDDINGTON
2009-10   IAN BAIKIE
2010-11   DAVID HEATH
2011-12   DAVE PROCTOR
2012-13   LORRIE BEWZA
2013-14   ROB HARRIS
2014-15   LORRIE BEWZA
2015-16   KEN WHIDDINGTON
2016-17  AMY STEVENSON
 
Director of the Year - Rotary Club of Campbell River
88-89 HANK MEURY AND JOHN ROBILLIARD
89-90 BRUCE WOERMKE
90-91 JOHN VAN DER VLIET
91-92 TED FOSTER
92-93 BARRY SCOTT
93-94 AL PIERCY
94-95 GARRY DROWN
95-96 JUNE REEDMAN AND MIKE WILSON
96-97 ANDY ADAMS
97-98 JUNE REEDMAN
98-99 LARRY STRIGHT
99-00 BARRY SCOTT
00-01 AL ECCLES
01-02 IAN HAY
02-03 JOHN VAN DER VLIET
03-04 BRIAN SHAW AND JUDY SHEPLEY
04-05 DAVE HANNA
05-06 BOB GOWRYLUK
06-07 KEITH PRICE
07-08 BOB GOWRYLUK
08-09 UNKNOWN
09-10 BRIAN SHAW
10-11 JEANNE WESTON
11-12 SUSIE MOSCOVICH
12-13 CATHY KAARDAL
13-14 GARY MCLELAN
14-15 JEFF KING
15-16 IAN BAIKIE
16-17 STEVE NAGLE


Community Projects

  • 2016-17 - John Perkins Scooter Shed
  • 2015 - Elk Falls Suspension Bridge
  • 2015 - Senior Centre Tables, Rivercity Players Fire Safety, Nunns Park Scoreboard, Maritime Heritage Centre Sound System
  • 2013-15 - CR Aquarium
  • 2013 - Splash Park
  • 2013 - Art Gallery Upgrades
  • 2012 - Baikie Island Trail Bridge
  • 2011 - Walter Morgan Shed Roof, Head Injury Society Building upgrade, Laughing Willow Garden Shed
  • 2010 - Cari Infant and Toddler Centre Upgrades, 50th Parallel Monument upgrade, Search and Rescue equipment
  • 2008  - Rotary Seawalk Completion
  • 2008 - Rotary Beach Park upgrade, Raven Trail cleanup, Willow Point Interpretive Centre, Quinsam River trail bridges
  • 2007 - Tidemark Theatre sound system, Paradise meadows Centre
  • 2006 - Centennial Pool Upgrades
  • 2001-04 - Maritime Heritage Centre
  • 2001 - Ken Forde Park & Public Boat Launch
  • 2000-01 - Yuculta Lodge Gardens
  • 1997-98 - Centennial Park Playground
  • 1996-97 - Beaver Lodge Forest Bridge
  • 1996 - Cari Infant and Toddler Centre upgrades
  • 1995-96 - Phase 1 of the Rotary Seawalk
  • 1993-94 -CR Museum additions and archives
  • 1991-92 - Cari Infant and Toddler Centre
  • 1990 - Discovery Pier Wheel Chair Ramp
  • 1989 - Wheel Chair Accessible Fishing Platform
  • 1987 - Discovery Fishing Pier, Ripple Rock Trail
  • 1985-87 - CR Museum Steam Donkey
  • 1981-82 - Quinsam Nature Trail
  • 1974-76 - Original 50th Parallel Monument, Our Place Centre
  • 1966 - Trails on the banks of the Campbell River
  • 1960 - Rotary Beach Park
  • 1954-56 - Centennial Swimming Pool
  • 1948-50 - Rebuild Scout's Hall
  • Donations to The CR Hospital Foundation - March for Children
  • Since 1986 - Bursaries to CR students
  • Since 1969 - hosting of over 100 Exchange students
  • and many other Community Projects over the years