Global Initiatives

Rotary has been bringing the world closer since the very start. Chicago lawyer Paul P. Harris formed the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905, with the vision of a service organization where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Sixteen years later, Rotary had clubs on six continents!


The strength and determination of Rotary members carried the organization through World War 2, when clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband but continued to meet in secret. The size and influence of Rotary also helped in founding many service and international organizations, including the UN and Easter Seals. In 1979, Rotary committed to the fight against polio with a program to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remained polio-endemic – down from 125 in 1988.

Ongoing passion and perseverance has created positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. For 2016, the Rotary Foundation was awarded the title of World’s Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals


Our International Programs



Disasters don’t take time off and neither do we. ShelterBox Canada is dedicated to helping ensure no family is left without shelter after natural disaster or conflict – by going where others can’t, or won’t. Rotary works to provide sturdy green ShelterBoxes that contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home.


Injongo Early Childhood Development:

A collaboration with the Rotary Club of Claremont South Africa to improve early childhood development by enhancing/providing skills to preschool kids and teachers thus ensuring that children are prepared to enroll and thrive when time comes to joining elementary school. It also provides education for parents on the importance of education. This project is obtaining financial contributions from Chinook Rotary club, Claremont Rotary club, the Government of Canada, our Rotary district and The Rotary Foundation, in all we expect the project to exceed $100,000.


All Schools Mexico:

A collaboration with the Rotary Club of Bahia de Jaltemba – La Penita to refurbish schools in an impoverished area north of Puerto Vallarta Mexico. The project received financial contributions from both clubs and our Rotary District which provided 75% of the necessary funding.


LED Lighting for Myanmar:

A collaboration with Medical Mercy Canada to provide LED Lights to homes and schools in the Southern Border area of Myanmar where the people have no access to electric power. This project has been a long-term collaboration with Medical Mercy spanning many years.


Childs Future Education Project Cambodia:

A collaboration with the Calgary Rotary club to improve education levels and more importantly the literacy rate in children such that secondary school completion rates dramatically improve. The project spans two years and will be funded by the two clubs plus the Rotary District The Rotary Foundation and the Government of Canada. In total project costs are expected to approach $350,000.


Provision of Scholarships to a Girls Secondary School in Malawi:

This project has been ongoing for many years in collaboration with Atsikana Pa Ulendo Malawi Education Foundation in which the club has provided scholarships for 3 pupils each year. The school is located in one of the poorest nations on earth.


Global Housing Projects! Homes For Hope:

Dozens of Rotary volunteers travel to Mexico with Homes of Hope. In the spring of 2016, Rotarian Dan Doherty and some 90 people gathered together to build homes for six needy families. Building conditions were ideal! Homes of Hope volunteer assignments include painting, measuring, framing, wiring, and assembling roof trusses. Some of the funds raised go to furnishing the homes with a stove, bed, table and chairs. 


Keeping Girls In School, Days For Girls:

Days for Girls helps girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene, vital health knowledge, and income-generation opportunities. Women and girls discover their potential and self-value, are equal participants and agents of social change and are given opportunities to thrive and grow through more time spent on their education.


Reducing Global Polio Cases by 99.9%:

To try and reach every child, Rotary and its partners work with governments and local leaders to gain access to communities. Children on the move are reached by vaccinating them at transit points. Vaccination efforts are safeguarded by ensuring the safety of health workers, building trust, and community acceptance, and increasing political accountability. Our end to polio programs has reduced global polio by 99.9%.