Charleswood is very privileged to have an active and involved Rotary Club.
I was privileged to join them in a celebration of their 30th anniversary this spring. Although the Charleswood Rotary is considered a relatively new club, it is certainly not without its accomplishments. I also noticed with interest that when the club began in 1985 it had to have 23 men to be chartered — women were not admitted at that time. Since women have been included in 1989, there have been six women presidents. Of the original group who started with Charleswood Rotary, there are still five charter members.
One of the main activities of the Charleswood Rotary is custodianship of one of the largest urban green spaces in North America, the Assiniboine Forest. The club also supports literacy activities for both new arrivals to our country and those at risk of losing those skills over the summer months.
Recent international projects undertaken by the club include wells and sanitation facilities, providing wheelchairs, helping to build schools and supporting Rotary International’s effort to eradicate Polio. They also continue to support Shelterbox, an organization which responds instantly to natural and manmade disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who are most in need. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.
For many years the club has hosted exchange students and sent some abroad. Partnerships have always been fostered by this group — both within the community and with other Rotary clubs. They have shared the success that they have had with their annual lobster dinner with other clubs.
Charleswood has also produced three district governors from their club.
Charleswood is very fortunate to have such an active, hardworking club in our community. They have earned the respect of others in Charleswood and are well known for their efforts and have touched the lives of many with their accomplishments. They are a vibrant and active club that emphasises participation and leadership. They truly exemplify the motto "Service Above Self."