Sunday, November 7, 2010

Winnipeg Rotary Anniversary Dinner

On November 6th Chris and I had the pleasure to attend the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg and the celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Canada. We were on our way to London, Ontario for a Rotary Zone Institute; this is a sort of national conference for DGNs, DGEs, DGs and PDGs.

PRIP Wilf Wilkinson
About 285 Rotarians and friends of Rotary attended the Winnipeg Anniversary dinner. It is remarkable that a chance meeting by a business man from Winnipeg in Chicago with Paul Harris started this club in 1910. Today there are more than 700 clubs in Canada. Think of all the service projects and all the friendships that the formation of this club has been the catalyst for in over 100 years.

The Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the Honourable Philip Lee spoke at the dinner and thanked Rotary for all they do in their communities. The keynote speaker was Past RI President Wilf Wilkinson. Wilf talked about the contribution Canadian Rotarians have made to the world in the past 100 years.

A video on the history of the Winnipeg club was shown and a book on the history of the club was available.

The Rotary Club of Vancouver celebrates its 100 years in 2013. This is the first club in BC. The RC of Vancouver has formed a centennial committee and is planning for the celebration.

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