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What is Rotary?

Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community and around the world. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to Rotary's guiding principles, purpose and direction.

Rotary International's Focus

Rotary International has established six focus areas: promoting peace, preventing disease, providing clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, helping communities develop.

Rotary's Four-Way Test

Of the things Rotarians think, say or do, the Four-Way Test is applied: 1) Is it the TRUTH? 2) Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotary International's Five Avenues of Service

The primary areas of Rotary activity include:

Community Service

Includes projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.

Club Service

Activities that strengthen fellowship among Rotarians and efficient club functioning.

Vocational Service

Encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practise high ethical standards.

International Service

Encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.

New Generations Service

Recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development such as RYLA, Rotaract, Interact, service projects and supporting international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange.

Rotary Club of Rossland - History

Founded in 1951, Rossland Rotary has contributed to the Rossland community for years, using our time and some money to create or upgrade key community assets such as the Rossland swimming pool, Rossland Historical Society and Museum, Golden City Manor Society, Rossland Library, Centennial Park, Rotary Health Center, Mater Misericordiae Hospital emergency room entrance and orthopedic clinic, the Rossland Miner's Union Hall, Nickleplate Rotary Park, Jubilee Park, Mac Lean Elementary School, the Rossland Skatepark.

Since its founding, the Club has provided scholarship funds for students to seek education after high school. Rossland Rotary has made it possible for many Rossland adults and youth to participate in various Rotary programs. Some programs allow community members to visit or live in another country (Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Group Study Exchange). Other programs focus on youth education and leadership skills (Adventures in Citizenship, Adventures in Technology, Rotary Youth Leadership Program, guidance to Rossland Interact Club). Rossland Rotary has supported Rotary Youth Exchange every year since we were founded in 1951.

Rossland Rotary has contributed to international programs. We regularly apply for grants through Rotary International that allow us to multiply our donations. We host visiting Rotarians from around the globe, enriching our community and sharing with the worldwide Rotary community. International project contributions include Polio Plus, Tegucigalpa Market Children, sanitation in India, temporary housing (through the Shelter Box program) for people in earthquakes, and Rossland Rotary Interact Club's international projects. The Shelter Box temporary housing program contributions have aided people in earthquake disasters in the Philippines (tsunami & earthquake), Haiti, Pakistan, East Africa, and Nepal (7 Shelter Boxes from the Club and community fundraising efforts went to Nepal in 2015). Through Club members' donations to the Rotary Foundation, Rossland Rotary has supported Rotary International's work, grants and fellowships around the globe.

Rotary Club of Rossland - Today

Today, the Rossland Club membership is about 21 adults of all ages, gender and background united in the vision that we can make a difference in the community and in the world. We believe that our work is more effective and will have more impact by working as a team and through the structure offered by Rotary International.

We welcome you to attend a club meeting to visit and learn more about us, propose a project, make a presentation, or contribute to a particular project. The club is not affiliated with any religious or political organization (there is no secret handshake!), and we always appreciate the opportunity to get to know community-minded and service-oriented people who like the idea of "giving back" to one's community.


The Club meets Mondays, 6:15pm, Rock Cut Pub, Rossland, BC, Canada. We welcome visitors, potential new projects, speakers, contributors. Please contact any member or an officer (see below) to confirm your attendance.

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GREATER TRAIL ROTARY ONLINE AUCTION OCTOBER 9-18, 2017 (a community fundraising initiative for the Rotary Clubs of Rossland, Trail and Waneta Trail Sunrise)

Visit www.gtrotary.ca to see the items in the auction (and bid)! It's a simple process to register to bid, then browse the items and bid.

Your participation in the auction supports these clubs' projects and donations to: Rossland Youth Action Network (Y.A.N.), Rossland Skatepark, Rossland Museum, Trail's Riverfront Centre Library & Museum, Trail's Skate (All Wheel) Park, Trail's Kate's Kitchen, Trail's Sanctuary Pre-Teen Centre, Greater Trail Hospice Society, Rotary International Youth Exchange, Adventures in Citizenship and Adventures in Technology, and a few international projects for youth education and clean water in under-developed countries.

Donors' website link and more are presented on each donation's auction page.

Many thanks to everyone for your participation in this important fundraiser for Rossland Rotary.



Many thanks to all who assist Rossland Rotary in funding on-going programs, attending & volunteering to support our events, making donations. It's nearly impossible to name everyone, but below is an attempt.

Rossland Online Auction donors of goods, services and in-kind services (see www.gtrotary.ca for a full list with links to each): 3 Tree Contracting, The Josie, Big Red Cats, Louise Drescher, Macpherson West, Revival Boutique, Revolution Cycles & Service, Red Mountain Resort, Sheila & Don Vockeroth, Redstone Resort, Julie's Garden Care, Kootenay Gateway, Bear Country Kitchen, Better Life Fitness, LaFace Contracting, Mountain Town Knits, Redtop Barbershop, Alpine Grind, Out of the Cellar, The Essential Body Massage Therapy, Delicious Baby Boutique, Virtual Heights Accounting, Idgie's & Misty Mountain Pizza

Rossland area businesses who have made the Rotary Raffle possible: Revolution Cycles & Service, Gerick Sports, Powderhound Sports, Ferraro Foods, The Red Pair Shoe Store, Christina Lake Golf Club

Organizations who make it possible for us to sponsor a grade 11 or 12 attendee to the Adventures in Citizenship and Adventures in Technology programs: Rossland Branch of the Nelson District Credit Union, Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (Nuclear Medicine Unit), Kootenay Association for Science and Technology

Community volunteers, businesses and everyone who support Rotary and make our work possible. We couldn't do it without you!



Programs we support and how we fund them (see the Events page for details):

Local programs and events:

Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Interact Club Programs

Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa

Adventures in Technology in Saskatoon

Rotary Youth Leadership Program

Rossland Skatepark

Rossland Youth Action Network

Student Education Scholarships

Rossland Miner's Hall Kitchen Renovation

John Heintz Relay Cup Race

All Candidates Forum

Rossland Food Bank

Rossland Museum

Slopes for Hope

International programs:


Rotary International

Rotary International's Areas of Focus

Shelter Box

HELP Honduras (fka Tegucigalpa Market Children)

Kenya Education Endowment Fund

We raise funds through:

Greater Trail Online Auction


Fat Tire Bike Raffle

Rossland Rotary Annual Wine Festival (25 years)

Panhandling for Polio

Rotary International Grants

Private Donations, Sponsorships, Raffles, and various community fundraising opportunities

Newsletter Archive:

Oct, 2017; Oct, 2016; July, 2016; Mar, 2016; Jan, 2016; Nov, 2015; Sept, 2015; Mar, 2015; Jan, 2015; Dec, 2014; Oct, 2014; May, 2014

Rotary at Work pages in the Rossland News:

Fall, 2015: ShelterBox Canada contributes disaster relief worldwide; Another milestone to celebrate in polio eradication; Meet our exchange student from Germany; Thank you!

Jan 28, 2016: Rotary Club of Rossland celebrates 65 years; Tegucigalpa Market Children program has roots in the Kootenays; Paul Harris Fellows Recognized; Seeking youth applicants for Rotary programs (full version)

  President: Kevin MacPherson, kevin@rosslandrotary.org
Past-President: Fred Behrens, fred@rosslandrotary.org
Secretary: Cheryl Darrah, cheryl@rosslandrotary.org
Treasurer: Tina Kenyon, tina@rosslandrotary.org
Foundation Chair: Steve Cutt, steve@rosslandrotary.org
Youth Exchange Officer: Pat Carson, pat@rosslandrotary.org

Rotary Club of Rossland, PO Box 2106, Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0