ROTARY CLUB OF SIDNEY BY THE SEA
Who Are we?
Our club is a reflection of the community where it works. The Peninsula's demographic is mostly people that have retired in the area or are working to attend to the community needs. The average age of our club's membership are in the 60's but a group of fun, seriously committed and very active people. Our meeting place is at the Shoal Centre that is a Senior's building for assisted and independent living. Some of our members enjoy the rule of "80" but the rest attend regularly all breakfast meetings where we share our personal stories or the issues our community faces. The club just celebrated its 20th anniversary and we invited past members to share their stories. We learned about the challenges and goals that the club had at its beginnings and how much of that is still alive.
The club is currently working on the annual main fundraiser project: "Montecarlo" event is a party for people of all ages that come together to share a time of fun playing at the "casino", dancing, mingling while contributing though silent and live auctions. This is the club's most important fundraiser event that will take place on May 14 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.
Once a month the members get together at one of the local restaurants or pubs to enjoy a relax evening where members and spouses share a couple of hours. Twice a year the women members of the club and the spouses of our members get together for a lady's only evening to counteract all the golf tournaments that lot of our members share.
Discover Your Passion
The main causes that we are committed to are health and education locally and internationally; we believe that providing health care and education is a way of empowering people. We are fortunate to count among our members the Director of Mercy Ships in Canada and the club has been instrumental for a matching grant of $100,000.00 that Rotary gave to the non profit organization.
Our local projects include the “Rotary Water Spray Park” at the newly renovated Iroquois Park , ORCCA Dental Clinic, the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association. We have also supported the Sidney Lions Food Bank and our local hospital, as well as funding the training of Seeing Eye dogs.
Internationally our support has been instrumental to improve the lives of women through education in Malawi, Uganda and Dhaka in Bangladesh. Another commitment of our club is to improve the health conditions contributing to the fight against Polio and supporting the of work Mercy Ships in their quest to provide medical care.
A fundraiser for World Community Services takes place twice a year at the residence of one of our members. Local and international projects keep us very busy!