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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.

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All event proceeds go to supporting many excellent programs/organizations that otherwise would not have sufficient funds from other sources (eg government) to provide the services, programs, infrastructure and such that they provide. See our FACEBOOK page for details of all current events.

JAN 28, 2018: John Heintz Cup Relay Race, A Relay Race of 5-person teams who downhill ski, nordic ski, bike, snowshoe and run from the top of Red Mountain. Fun for everyone! Pre-registration at Bear Country Kitchen until January 27th and on event day from 10 am - 12 pm at RED Mountain Resort in the Conference Room. $50 per team or $20 for individuals. Awards ceremony to follow. Race will start and end at RED Mountain Resort. Details about all Rossland Winter Carnival events: www.rosslandwintercarnival.com

COURSE MAP (same as last year)


FEB 15, 2018: Deadline for student applications for Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa. We are looking for a top student that would like to attend this 4 day program April 29 to May 2. The trip is entirely paid for – no cost to students (Except maybe a gift for the host family). Some clubs don’t pay the flight –  OUR FLIGHT IS INCLUDED). An extraordinary experience for a student 16-18 years old (16 by May 2, 2018). Contact Steve Cutt for an application and more information: steve@rosslandrotary.org

2018 Brochure and 2018 Application


FEB 17, 2018: SPIRIT, an acoustic live-looping artist, will entertain us at the Old Firehall in a Coffee House style event (alcohol-free and therefore an all-ages event). It's a small venue, so get your tickets EARLY! Brought to you by GypsyRoseBud and the Rossland Rotary Club. Tickets $20 each at Powderhound Sports, Rossland, Rosemary Adamick and Michael Robbins (right, they will go fast!). More info about the artist and to buy CD's at www.spiritcool.com. 


NOW THROUGH FEB 25, 2018: Buy a FAT BIKE RAFFLE ticket to support your Rossland Rotary Club's LOCAL programs! Draw date Feb 26, 2018:

More details, see: Poster and Rules of Play


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, Ross Vegas, 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!


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.


  President: Kevin MacPherson, kevin@rosslandrotary.org
Past-President: Fred Behrens, fred@rosslandrotary.org
Secretary, Pres-Elect: Cheryl Darrah, cheryl@rosslandrotary.org
Treasurer, Foundation: Tina Kenyon, tina@rosslandrotary.org
Public Relations: Sheree Sonfield, sheree@rosslandrotary.org
Youth Exchange Officer: Pat Carson, pat@rosslandrotary.org

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