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The Rotary Club of Canmore is one of more than 33,000 clubs which put “Service Above Self” in more than 200 countries. The 80+ members of the Rotary Club of Canmore are part of the 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide forming a global network of business, professional and community leaders volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities.


Founded in 1991, the Rotary Club of Canmore has raised more than one million dollars to support a wide variety of local and international projects - each serving to raise the profile of Canmore internationally, as well as help individuals and local community groups tackle activities which contribute to the quality of life in the Bow Valley and in many communities in developing countries.


Rotary has a major focus on youth and helping our local and global communities. Each year the Rotary Club of Canmore provides awards and scholarships to deserving students in all our schools recognizing their outstanding achievement in citizenship as well as academic, vocational and artistic pursuits. As the major sponsor of the Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair, Rotary encourages young people to excel in the sciences. A few have even gone on to compete at provincial and national levels!


The Club participates in Rotary Youth Exchange where a high school student from Canmore is sponsored to spend a year abroad. As well, we host a high school student from abroad here in Canmore for a year. The Club also champions international work by identifying, funding and supporting projects that are consistent with the goals and objectives of Rotary International in the areas of basic education and literacy, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, peace and conflict prevention/resolution as well as economic and community development. Almost half of the money the Rotary Club of Canmore raises from fundraising supports our work in Mexico, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Uganda and Somalia.


The Rotary Club of Canmore collaborates with other agencies and sponsors on the popular “Build a Better Business - Learn at Lunch” series which targets issues of interest to businesses in our community and covers a wide range of topics at meetings over lunch at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club.


Financial and volunteer support to local community groups and their activities has been a hallmark of the Club - including Rotary’s Canada Day Breakfast, the Canmore Folk Music Festival, the Canmore Highland Games and World-Cup cross-country and biathlon events. The Club is most proud of its support for those community activities which fly under the radar - including sponsorship of soccer and hockey teams, recognizing veterans and acknowledging local residents who make outstanding contributions to our community and its fabric.


The tremendous support Rotary enjoys in Canmore has allowed the Club to undertake a number of Legacy Projects which provide lasting services and facilities in our Town. Along with other community agencies, the Rotary Club of Canmore has been a partner in the expansion of the Bow River Seniors’ Lodge, the enhancement to Rotary Friendship Park and the Canmore Library. We have made significant financial contributions to the Canmore Hospital Cancer Treatment Centre and Canmore Rotary House, each providing much-needed community resources for individuals in special need and distress.


To learn more about Rotary International – the oldest service organization in the world – its effective program to eradicate polio and its reach into all corners of the globe - go to the Rotary International website at www.rotary.org.