About Rotary & the Kitchener Westmount Club
History of the Rotary Club of Kitchener Westmount
1905 On February 23rd, the Rotary Club was formed in Chicago, Ill. by Paul Harris and a group of civic minded businessmen with the motto, “Service Above Self”.1905 On February 23rd, the Rotary Club was formed in Chicago, Ill. by Paul Harris and a group of civic minded businessmen with the motto, “Service Above Self”.
1910 The organization became known as Rotary International when Winnipeg, Manitoba received their charter. As a matter of interest, New Orleans, Louisiana also received their charter that year, and was host to the 2011 International Convention attended by incoming President Tony Giovinazzo and his wife Janine.
1920 Guelph, Ontario received their charter.
1922 The Rotary Club of Kitchener Waterloo was chartered through sponsorship of the Guelph Rotary Club.
1963 The Rotary Club of Waterloo was chartered and the Rotary Club of Kitchener Waterloo became the Rotary Club of Kitchener.
1971 The Rotary Club of Kitchener Conestoga was chartered through sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Kitchener
1981 In March, members from the three existing local clubs formed the Rotary Club of Kitchener Westmount. Al Price, Glen Stewart and Don Willcox came from the Rotary Club of Kitchener; Bob Forwell came from the Rotary Club of Kitchener Conestoga; and Jack Duffy, Gord Ferguson and Glen Machan came from the Rotary Club of Waterloo. These seven gentlemen gathered together thirty-one men who wanted to join the new club, so forty members were chartered in the Rotary Club of Kitchener Westmount.
1986 The Rotary Club of Grand River was chartered through sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Kitchener Westmount. Our banner displays a large circle stating that we had sponsored this new club.
1989 Women were now accepted as members by Rotary International, and the Constitution was changed to reflect this. To date , four women have led our club as President – Jennifer Schoenmakers, Cathy Brothers, Moira Taylor and Cheryl Hugill. Women continue to take leadership roles in local, district, national and international Rotary activities.
Meeting Times for clubs in our Region:
Rotary Club of Kitchener – Monday 12:00 pm Crowne Plaza Hotel
Rotary Club of Grand River – Tuesday 7:15 am Crown Plaza
Rotary Club of Waterloo – Tuesday 6:00 pm (bi-weekly) KW Granite Club
Rotary Club of Kitchener Westmount – Wednesday 12:15 pm Concordia Club
Rotary Club of Kitchener Conestoga – Friday 12:00 pm Westmount Golf Club
Why Join Rotary?
Building in this complex world satisfies the basic human need for connection.
Leadership Development—association with like-minded business and community leaders provides effective examples of how to deal with many different situations.
Education—Weekly programs highlight local and worldwide topics of general and specific interest.
Why Join Rotary?
Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
Learn more about our structure.
Our motto: Service Above Self
For more than 110 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.
What we do
Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:
Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
Save mothers and children
Grow local economies
We work differently…
We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.
We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues — and find unique solutions.
We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.
We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.
Paul P. Harris
Founder of Rotary
The first Rotary Club was formed in Chicago, Ill. In 1905. Today there are over 33,000 clubs in 200 countries made up of 1.2 million business and community leaders.
Clubs are non-political, and include people from all walks of life, regardless of race, creed, economic status and gender.
Rotarians get involved in their communities and beyond to make a difference and to effect change through service projects and financial support.
You can find out more about Rotary International by visiting https://www.rotary.org